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Reading School awarded the ‘Get Berkshire Active’ Secondary School of the Year Award 2020

We are delighted to inform you that Reading School won the Get Berkshire Active Award, for the Active Secondary School Award category and thank you to all key supporters – the Reading School Community

The winner of the Active Secondary School Award was selected via a public vote and the winner was announced yesterday, at the Awards evening held at the Hilton Hotel in Reading. The evening began with an opening from Tim Dellor, a radio presenter on BBC Radio and Level 4 ECB-qualified coach and Sue Antiss MBE, founding Trustee of Women’s Sport Trust and Chair of Get Berkshire Active.

Mr T Evans (Assistant Headmaster), Mr D McGall (Assistant Headmaster), Mr S Allen (Housemaster) and Mr J Steadman (Housemaster were there to collect the award.

Mr D McGall (Assistant Headmaster) said:

Many thanks to Sport England and in particular the Get Berkshire Team for organising the awards evening. It was an inspirational event and brilliant to meet a host of other nominees from diverse fields across Berkshire who share a passion for sport, physical activity and the role it can provide in mental and physical wellbeing. We are very proud that Reading School gained recognition through the award of “The Reading Way” and how sport can indeed play a central part in building good men.”

Mr S Allen (Teacher of PE & Housemaster) said:

It was an honour to be nominated along with some amazing other schools from Berkshire. We have developed our curriculum to try and ensure every student can find a physical activity they can be passionate about and therefore stay fit and healthy for life. I love being part of a team where there are constantly new ideas to improve our department and the opportunities for our students. We are really proud to win the award and grateful to everyone who supports us.”

At Reading School, we offer a diverse range of sporting and co-curricular activities to our students.

We are committed to maximising the value of activities beyond the classroom, therefore activities are overseen or led by sports coaches, staff and senior students to enhance leadership skills. To increase participation, we run popular House sports events as well as encourage students to be select from an array of sports activities each term, from Rugby, Rowing, Basketball, and Badminton to Lacrosse, Table Tennis, and Climbing - active participation has hugely increased.

Students have stated:

“Being able to select from a range of activities means I can try new sports activities.”

“I have fun and it boosts my confidence.”

“Sports improves my fitness.”

“It enables me to socialise with my peers.”

“It allows me to burn steam through sports in a highly academic environment”

Sporting triumphs achieved by students are celebrated in an annual SPOTY ceremony and through our annual Sports Day.

Our aim is to build capacity and competence within the school to ensure that our PE department is constantly being developed to benefit present and future students joining the school.

Community is a big part of Reading School and through our Social Mobility Programme, ‘Future Stories’ Year 5 pupil premium pupil boys from local primary schools are invited to our Earth, Water and Fire Summer Camp, where they get the opportunity to participate in outdoor team building activities including canoeing. We are immensely proud that we are able to provide this opportunity to young people in our local area.

We are also committed to embodying an active culture not only for students but also for staff, with free use of the Fitness Suite, as well as staff, running and cycling clubs.

There have been many generous voluntary contributions made and funding has helped to support a fantastic array of co-curricular clubs and activities offered at lunchtimes and after school. As a result, the importance of sports is encouraged and valued.

Thank you, it is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to all the Reading School community, once again for your vote of support and to those who have donated and supported specific projects, to enable us to make improvements to the quality of PE and sports at Reading School.

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