Carden Primary School wins prestigious National School Sport accolade

A Brighton school has become one of the first schools in England to win a new national award for making a commitment to develop its students to be the best they can be in competitive school sport.

Carden Primary School was one of only 104 schools in the country to receive the special School Games Platinum Award. The Award is part of the School Games Mark, a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 and administered by national charity the Youth Sport Trust, which had close to 9,000 applicants this year. Its aim is to reward schools for a commitment to the development of competition across schools and into the community.

Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision, grading them either bronze, silver or gold, and assists schools in developing an action plan for future progress. The Platinum Award is the new fourth level of the award scheme, introduced earlier this year to celebrate schools who had shown consistently high-levels of enthusiasm and commitment to school sport. Applications are only open to those schools who achieved five successive gold awards.

To achieve the gold award a school must meet a certain set of criteria, which includes engaging a high percentage of young people in both curricular and extracurricular activities, participating in a minimum number of competitions across different sports, and reaching out to target groups including young leaders, volunteers, and those previously identified as the school’s least-active pupils.

Helen Longton-Howorth, Head Teacher said: “I am so pleased and proud that our fantastic PE team and children who have worked tirelessly to achieve this award have been successful. It is testament to our hugely successful sports and PE programme which is so beneficial to all our students.”

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: “We are pleased to introduce the new Platinum Award this year to give these exemplary schools the recognition which they deserve. We are extremely proud of all our award winners for the passion which they have shown towards the School Games and their dedication to providing opportunities for all young people to take part in competitive school sport.

“At a time when young people are becoming less healthy and less active, the School Games provides opportunities for millions across the country to participate in sport and reap the benefits of an active lifestyle both on and off the field. Schools like Carden are really leading the way.”

All Platinum Awards will be valid for two years and successful applicants will not be required to apply again in 2018. The school will have the opportunity to maintain their Platinum Award when next applying in Summer 2019.

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Youth Sport Trust

We have been awarded the GOLD Quality Mark for the forth year in recognition for our Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport. Carden have a very good relationship with the Youth Sport Trust and are regularly providing training in partnership for other colleagues and schools as part of our commitment to provide high quality PE and school sport across the city. 


Afpe Distinction for Carden

We are very proud that Carden have received the Afpe award. We are one of only 80 schools in the country who have achieve this and the only Primary school in Sussex.

The Association for Physical Education (Afpe) is the only physical education subject association in the UK who are committed to help, support and PE in schools and the wider community. 

We are very pleased with the award and look forward to working with Afpe in the future.


Sainsbury's School Games Mark

The School Games Mark was launched nationally by the Government in the Olympic Year of 2012. 

The scheme praises schools for competitive participation, sporting excellence and enthusiasm. To gain the School Games Mark, schools have to demonstrate they are offering pupils a range of sporting opportunities including competitions, an annual school sports day and encouraging sports leadership among young people.

Carden continue to participate to a high level in all of the competition available and now hold the School Games Platinum Award