Specialist Sports Colleges focussed on enhancing not only the health and well-being of young people, but also to raise the achievement of pupils through a wide range of sporting opportunities. Although there is no longer a national movement of Sports Colleges, we have used the focus of sport to raise attainment across the School and have developed a host of new initiatives which have benefited both the School and the local community. The School has become closely linked with the Youth Sport Trust and fully involved in a number of initiatives introduced by the YST.
At Lancaster, we aim to use sport and the values it represents - leadership, perseverance, fair play, teamwork, and responsilbility - as a language through which we can develop the potential in all young people. We hope to involve all of our pupils in a range of activities within and beyond the curriculum that will enable to them to find a path towards a healthy, happy and active life.
Our vision as a Sports College in 2000 still holds true today and is encapsulated in our mission statement:
"To become the focal point for the development of PE and Sport within the local community, committed to sporting excellence and participation, providing outstanding standards of teaching, coaching and guidance for our pupils and sharing our expertise and facilities with other schools and the wider community."
Our objectives in achieving our vision in sport include:
•Extending the range and availability of Sporting Competition.
•Extend the range of opportunities in PE and sport, esecially developing young leaders, volunteers and officials
• Raise the standard of teaching and learning in PE and across the School
• Develop and foster links with other local schools and with local sports clubs.
• Share good practice across the community
The focus of some of our work in sport includes:
1. Developing primary school PE and the transition from primary school to secondary education. Mr. Hodges and Mr. Singh work with a range of primary schools and pupils. The main aims have been to develop the confidence of primary teachers in leading high quality PE lessons and also to give primary pupils the opportunity to be a part of The Lancaster School in Years 5 and 6 by attending after school sport and art activities.
2. Working with pupils who are performing at a high level in their chosen sport. Currently we have pupils who represent Leicester City F.C., Derby County F.C. and Leicester Tigers Academy as well as pupils who are nationally ranked in the top 50 in the country at Tennis. These pupils require time off school to train or compete. We have organised additional support and time for these boys to keep up to date with work that is missed.
3. Promoting tennis in the school and developing elite performers has become a high priority. This is led by our Tennis Coach Mr. Whitmore and as mentioned above, we now have boys who have outstanding national rankings. In the latest National competitions (May – December 2012) our under 15 team lost in the Regional Final, finishing 5th= in the country. The under 13 team went one better by reaching the National Finals and finishing 4th overall. This has given Lancaster a National ranking of 6th in the country, just behind the likes of Millfield and Reeds School (who boast Tim Henman as a former pupil).
4. Leadership and Volunteering
Lancaster provides a wide range of opportunities for pupils who wish to develop their Leadership and Volunteering skills. These include:
- The Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Sports Leaders UK Level 1 Award
- Leadership Opportunities, often linked to primary school events led by Leicester SSP
- Lancaster Sports Volunteers - a Year 9 initiative which gets pupils involved with helping at a range of sporting events. A number of these are linked to the Sainsburys School Games, both at Lancaster and at external events.
- A limited number of officiating courses are also offered.
All pupils going out into the community have received great praise for their attitude, effort and excellent manner with the competitors. This praise has come from organisers, assessors, staff from other schools and parents or supporters at the events.
This is a Lancaster tradition that I hope continues for a long time.
Nick Wood receiving the 2011 Sky Sports Pupil of the Year Award from Olympic Gold Medallist Darren Campbell and Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallagher