Rainford High School is celebrating a hat-trick of wins for its PE department at the prestigious Educate Awards, held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on Friday 17th November.
The PE Department won the Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School award for the third time in the past five years, following wins in 2013 and 2014 as well as being runners-up in 2015 and 2016.
Judges commented on the wide range of opportunities offer at Rainford High and the inclusive, yet aspirational and high quality sporting offer that consistently results in outstanding team and individual success at local, regional and national level.
Rainford High’s commitment to developing ‘the whole child’ through outstanding sporting provision can be illustrated by the offer of over 200 Inter-School recreational and competitive opportunities in 2016/17. This resulted in 23 local and/or regional competition wins, across a wide range of sports, as well as creating opportunities for students of all abilities (including disability games as part of a physical and mental health week and offering sporting scholarships to a range of elite performers) to achieve their maximum levels of ‘personal excellence’, in roles of performer, leader, coach and officials.
The PE department also continues to develop ‘future leaders’ through recognising and developing students’ leadership skills across all Key Stages. Rainford High Sports Leaders have an enviable reputation for excellence in the local community and have supported the development of sporting opportunities for future generations within St Helens, through leading primary transition clubs at Rainford High and delivering a range of sporting activities in feeder primary school schools; during and beyond the school day.
Principal of Rainford High, Ian Young commented: “This award is testament to the talents of our fantastic students, the commitment, time and dedication of the PE staff and the consistent support of the school, sponsors, partners and parents in providing all students with the opportunity to achieve sporting success. Many congratulations to all!”
The Educate Awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its sixth year and is the biggest celebration of education in the North West of England.
Rainford High is an 11-19 school with just over 1600 students. The school has a successful sporting pedigree with teams regularly being successful in town, regional and national competitions across a range of sports as well as students receiving representative honours at the highest level.