Great Cornard school aims to boost activity after joining £13.5-million PE pilot scheme
A Great Cornard school has argued that access to good physical education and sporting activities is as important for students as learning maths and English, after joining a new £13.5 million pilot programme.
Thomas Gainsborough School in Wells Hall Road is one of 40 schools nationwide taking part in a new Sport England-led scheme, which is providing funding to train teachers, so they can offer more activities to pupils.
It is hoped the initiative will help increase the level of participation in sports, particularly for those who find some level of difficulty with PE in school.
Ross Myhill, head of PE, told the Free Press the school had “jumped at the chance” to apply for the scheme, having not received government funding for PE since 2008.
“Everybody should have access to sport and physical activity,” he said. “It’s hugely important.
“I would always argue that PE is as important as the core subjects. There has been numerous studies that say a healthier body and mind gets you better results.
“We’re still at a very early stage, but there’s so many things that could happen with this money. We have a term plan and things could go anywhere from there.
“It’s about including students not only in the school, but in the community as well.
“It’s not just about able-bodied athletes and people who are already participating.
“The biggest impact will be the number of students participating in some kind of physical activity.”
Mr Myhill added that the school’s long-term goal is to appoint graduate trainers, who would serve as a link between TGS, primary schools and after-school clubs, to provide coaching sessions.