What does Sports College status mean to the Academy and the community?
- We develop sport in our community and currently support a number of community sports clubs
- We lead on national initiatives relating to sport
- We employ extra PE teachers
- We host Sandwell School Games and are the lead school in Sandwell for the national Health and Well-Being programme
- We run an Enrichment programme for all Year 7 and 8 students
- We work directly with National Governing Bodies for Sport
- We accept 26 students each year based on sporting aptitude
- We add to our facilities and equipment: in recent years we have had a new sports hall extension completion with new floor and lights throughout as well as new cricket and table tennis facilities. Our sprung gym floor has just been replaced and we are currently in the process of carrying out development work on our pitches
- We arrange sporting events and competitions
- We have representation on the Black Country School Games Local Organising Committee
- We employ specialist coaches who are all local people
We hope that by these means we will be able to enhance involvement in sport and sporting excellence in our school and in the wider community. Most particularly we hope to promote that enjoyment of sport and physical recreation which leads to ongoing involvement and a more healthy and active community. These include football, volleyball, table tennis, cricket, rugby, martial arts, dance, gymnastics (including trampolining) and climbing. We also host satellite and judo and table tennis clubs, having previously hosted netball and boxing clubs.
Although the range of sports we are involved in is very wide, our traditional ‘big’ sports like football, netball and athletics continue to have real importance. We also focus on gymnastics (including tampolining) table tennis, dance and health and well-being.
We have held National Titles in trampolining and table tennis in recent years. We have a particular mission for developing these sports. Although there is a specific focus on sport we still hold absolutely to our belief in striving for the very best possible academic outcomes. We believe that a happy and successful involvement in sport can be a very positive way of raising achievement in all aspects of school life. Our elite performers receive lifestyle support and guidance.
We are champion of the Black Country School Games:
We have been the overall winners of the games 5 times in the last 7 years. We enter more sports than any other school in the competition. This makes us the most successful sporting school in the whole of the Black Country.