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Active Schools Virtual Awards: High School Special Project

  Gorgie Mills School

Prior to June 2018 there had been minimal engagement with Active Schools as school felt that the Active Schools programme would not be suitable for their pupils due to the level of pupil support needed. During a turn around meeting with PE it was identified the gap in extra-curricular delivery provided an ideal starting point for collaboration with Active Schools. School staff are now key to extra-curricular volunteer delivery with clubs including relaxation, basketball and football. Four club links have been established; Edinburgh Rugby, West Edinburgh Warriors, Hearts FC & Dalry Karate Group. Gorgiemills now attend and are active members of the Special School Cluster PEPAS meetings. Through links developed, a Gorgiemills pupil is delivering dance at Braidburn School. We hope to link this pupil into the Young Ambassador programme next year which would be another first for the school.

Broughton High School

During a Broughton Cluster Head Teachers meeting it was decided to focus on a transition project during 2018/19 due to the impact of the varying demographics of the pupils who attend the school. The project was supported by the school SMT with one of the PE teachers given contact time to develop this piece of work. A yearlong transition project saw P7’s receiving blocks of Health and Wellbeing delivered by PE staff, coaches from after school clubs and HE teachers. A transition event was held at the end of the project with all nine P7 classes attending.

This project was a great success with pupils reporting feeling less anxious about attending the three day visit as they had had the opportunity to get to know pupils from other schools and had been introduced to school staff and club coaches. There was also a positive impact on the amount of S1 pupils taking part in the Active Schools after school programme.

Wester Hailes Education Centre

Murrayfield Wanderers Rugby Club have been supporting WHEC and cluster primary schools for five years.  They support rugby in all cluster primary schools during curricular time and extra-curricular clubs. They have a formal agreement with WHEC, supporting curricular PE and provide two extra-curricular clubs. The relationship that the coaches build with children in the primary schools is key to the success of engagement in extra-curricular rugby at WHEC. 

The club work closely with the school’s transition programme and also with children identified as having ASN. Inclusion has been a priority for extra-curricular rugby and the club have provided a safe environment so that these pupils can have a positive sport and team experience.

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