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The St Luke's cluster schools, with support from their Active Schools Coordinator have been successful in applying for funding which is aimed at providing opportunities for targeted children.
St Mark's, St John's and St Thomas' primary schools as well as St Luke's High School received a £10,000 Awards for All funding grant aimed at removing the barriers children and families face in order to be physically active on a regular basis. The funding will give children who couldn't normally access opportunities on their doorstep the ability to fully engage with all ERCL classes as well as all our local sports clubs have to offer. The fund will help tailor a programme to each child's needs, whether that's learning to swim or taking part in the local football club. It also includes the ability to buy equipment if needed, for example tennis racquets or running shoes...essentially whatever is needed to encourage regular participation!
Evidence shows that children who take part in enriching activities outwith the school day, such as physical activity and sport, have a better quality of life and engage more in community life as well as having higher attainment in school, so by using a targeted approach, families from low decile scores on the SIMD (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) have a fair chance amongst their peers to succeed in life.
Supporting families to access community based opportunities will give them a better quality of life and encourage them to engage fully in community life outside of school.
Nicola Roberts, Acting Principal Teacher, St Mark's Primary School
The cluster schools are working together to create the infrastructure that allows all children from all backgrounds the opportunities to continually access programmes that add value to their life. The programmes are closely linked with the community to ensure that even when school ends the children have an outlet, whether that's in the evenings and weekends or thinking long term as something that may support them through their lives. We all know that sport can be great socially and also as a way to continually learn and develop.
Steven Percy, Active School Coordinator, St Luke's Cluster