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Schools across Wales have been awarded a gold star for their high standards in PE.  Tonypandy Community College has finished top of the class after their work in PE received a glowing report.

The Sport Wales and the Association for Physical Education (afPE) is recognising those schools who are putting PE to the top of the agenda.

ActiveMarc Cymru recognises schools that are committed to developing high quality physical education and school sport and to promoting the benefits of physical activity.

Chair of Sport Wales, Professor Laura McAllister, said: “We believe that schools play an essential role in building a Wales in which children are hooked on sport for life. “It is important that young people have positive early experiences of sport and physical activity that build a foundation for lifelong involvement in sport. This award recognises those schools that are giving our children an excellent start.”

Headteacher Mrs O’Sullivan said ” I am delighted that once again Tonypandy Community College have been awarded The Quality Sports Mark  by The Sport Wales and the Association for Physical Education. The College has an outstanding reputation across the Local Authority and Wales as a first class provider of physical education and sport. This award recognises the success of the Post 16 Academy, examination results at both Post 16 and Key Stage Four as well as a successful and engaging core and extracurricular provision that all students enjoy.
The Governors and staff are are incredibly proud to receive this award as it acknowledges a first class provision and successful collaboration of staff, students and the wider community.”

A spokesperson for the Association for Physical Education said: “There is strong evidence that children who receive high quality physical education within curriculum time, build a firm basis for future participation and achievement; and also do better in the rest of their schooling.  “It is good to see that schools which make adequate provision for physical education also report higher achievement across the school, in other subjects, but also in behaviour, attendance and retention.  The ActiveMarc award recognises this vital contribution to school life and children’s education.  Physical education in schools is a great investment!”

Leighton Andrews, the Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning, is backing the accreditation scheme which provides a seal of approval to those schools which are making a firm commitment to PE: “ActiveMarc Cymru is an important benchmark so that schools can continue to make improvements to physical education. We know that positive experiences of PE and sport at school help to encourage active lifestyles into adulthood which is something that the Welsh Assembly Government is firmly committed to.”

For more information, please contact the College  on 01443 436171