We are pleased to announce that Ashmount School was named as second place finalists in the 'Healthy Schools' award in the Leicestershire Live Education Awards held last night at the King Power Stadium.
The aim of the award is to recognise a project, individual, class or whole school who make it a priority to lead a healthy lifestyle. This could be by encouraging exercise, or teaching pupils about eating healthy foods. This category also includes schools putting in extra work to make the mental health of their students a priority.
Ashmount was recognised for the wide range of sports, PE and swimming opportunities on offer to our students.
The majority of our students have always accessed in-school swimming sessions at least once a week, in addition to a range of PE and sports activities and physiotherapy programmes throughout the school week. However, in 2018/19, we implemented a new swimming programme across our whole school which resulted in almost all pupils taking part in Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) accredited programmes. In 2018/19, all pupils received their first award, swimming certificate and badge. In July 2019, our PE and sports coordinator Aimee Merison organised a swimming awards event for our students, their parents and carers, staff and governors, to celebrate their children’s swimming achievements. T
In July 2019, Ashmount was awarded the Youth Sports Trust Gold Award, and the School Games Gold Mark for the fourth year in a row.
During 2018/19, the school has worked with Leicester City Football Club to pilot their English All Stars Programme for children and young people with special educational needs. This has resulted in our pupils being provided with access to weekly lunchtime and after school multi-sports clubs and a weekly football tournament led by Leicester City coaches.
During 2018/19, students have also been given the opportunity to take part in a range of additional sports and PE activities, including: dance performances at The Curve and Loughborough Town Hall; and a 10 week programme of BMX sessions.