LTA Recognition for Prince William School
Posted: Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:44
Prince William School, Oundle, has been been awarded the Northamptonshire LTA's Education Award. The award recognises a school which supports it's pupils in developing their tennis skills through PE and extra-curricular activities, works with local clubs to allow the most able to progress in the sport, and uses the sport to create exciting cross-curricular lessons, particularly in English and Maths.
Prince William's links with tennis clubs across the Oundle and district area, including Corby Tennis Centre and Oundle Tennis Club, have allowed pupils to excel in the sport and compete at a national level. High levels of communication with primary schools in the area and the School Sports Partnership allow pupils already playing tennis to be identified for support early, as well as highlighting pupils who may benefit from the sport, such as those less interested in team games or lacking in confidence or motivation.
The hard work of the PE department across the school has facilitated the use of sport specific themes in lessons such as science, geography and maths, in which tennis has been used as data sets, the physics of ball motion and the nature of touring events have been used as topics. This has sparked the interest of some less engaged pupils and is helping to bring up attainment levels in the school.
Prince William received a kit bundle from the Northants LTA as a prize, and the school will now represent the county at the regional awards.
Head of Faculty Simon Rielly said "this award highlights the outstanding work being done by all school staff to make the curriculum engaging and relevant to pupils. Tennis is a popular activity with pupils and is a vehicle for developing confidence, self-belief and leadership as well as physical skills".
School Sports Manager for Corby, Oundle and Thrapston, Chris Long, said "the work that Prince William have done with local primary schools and clubs to support the growth of the game of tennis has been widely beneficial. Supporting primaries in the delivery of a more specialist sport increases access to physical activity in the area, and top level coaching and performance pathways are made available through excellent links in the community".