The aim of being a Sports College is to have an impact on students’ lives in terms of their personal development, well-being and achievement both academically and in other non-academic areas. We work in close collaboration with the Youth Sport Trust and have recently been made a gold partner school. Youth Sport Trust Partner Schools need to demonstrate how they deliver high quality school sport and improve the PE experience for every young person. We also show that we use sport to raise achievement levels across the school. As a partner, Whitecross Hereford receives additional training and development opportunities and is involved in national education and sport initiatives.
The specialism gives us an enhanced capacity to deliver high quality educational opportunities to our students. In particular, it has allowed us to work with our partner primary schools to enhance sporting opportunities.
The specialism has had great success in raising sports participation levels with 129 out of 180 Year 7 students attending an extra-curricular sports club in their first term at school, and 100% involved in inter-school sport through inter-academy sport competition and sports day. We regularly compete on a national level for Football, Futsal, Hockey and Athletics.
Whitecross Hereford is the hub site for the local Leadership Academy and Multi-Skills Academy, and supports Gifted and Talented athletes through the Junior Athlete Education programme. This provides opportunities for our students to work as young leaders and gain accredited qualifications. Whitecross Hereford has strong links with many local sports clubs.
We are delighted to announce that Whitecross’ dedication and commitment to sport and PE has been recognised by the awarding of the Sainsbury's School Games Gold Kitemark for the second year in a row. The award is extremely difficult to obtain, involving a huge number of areas, including participation in competition, attendance at extra-curricular clubs, links with local sports clubs and the development of leadership skills with students. We are honoured to receive this. Our aim is for children to experience high quality learning in PE, understand the contribution that regular physical activity contributes to their health and wellbeing and participate competitively in sports within school and the wider community.
Although there is a specific focus on sport we still hold on 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.
If you have any questions regarding the specialism please contact Mr D Woodward by email at:-