Active Schools Update - Spring 2023

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Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel

Well done to all schools who showed how they support pupil fitness and care for the climate by signing up to the Sustrans annual Big Walk and Wheel challenge. 22 Calderdale schools took part, the largest percentage of participants in the whole of the North of England 

Congratulations to Elland C of E Junior, Infant and Nursery School, overall winners of the 2023 Calderdale Big Walk and Wheel competition whose prize is a £1000 playground makeover courtesy of WJ Roadmarkings. And a special mention to Barkisland and to last year’s winners, New Road, for their spirited attempt in what turned out to be an extraordinarily close competition.

New Road Primary - Calderdale's First Centre of Excellence

Congratulations to Active School Champions, New Road Primary School. The Sowerby Bridge school are the first Calderdale school to become a Yorkshire Sport Foundation designated Centre of Excellence for its superb extra-curricular provision. Of particular note is its incredibly successful Family Fitness after-school club where pupils and parents exercise together— so popular it has a waiting list!

Calderdale PESSPA Conference 2023

The start of the Spring term saw the area’s first PE, School Sport and Physical Activity conference at The Shay Stadium. Well attended by schools throughout the borough, delegates were treated to keynote addresses from the Association for PE, CMBC Public Health and the Headteachers of our very own Active School Champion schools. They were also able to attend a wide variety of workshops as well as visit provider market stalls.

Organised by Yorkshire Sport Foundation, the event was a terrific success and will become an annual feature on the Calderdale schools’ calendar.

Healthy School Awards

Congratulations to five schools who have each been awarded the Calderdale Healthy Schools Award in recognition of their commitment to supporting students in their physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. Schools apply by completing an audit process that looks at provision in four focus areas: physical activity, food and nutrition, emotional health and promoting health and wellbeing. All five schools agreed it was a simple and very valuable process to undertake.

First Secondary Schools to Receive the Award

Brighouse High School and Lightcliffe Academy have both received the Bronze Award to commend their support of students aged 11– 16/18 and have only a very few steps to take to achieve Silver, with both schools aiming to do exactly that.

Primary Schools Achieve Silver

Congratulations to Ripponden Primary School, Todmorden C of E Junior, Infant and Nursery School and Calder Primary School, all recipients of the Silver Award in recognition of their support and provision. All are now hoping to achieve the coveted Gold Award in the near future.

To show your school’s commitment to pupil health and for further details email