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Balderstone is a PLATINUM School!

We are extremely proud to announce that we have been awarded the 'School Games PLATINUM' award for our commitment to the engagement of children in physical activity, the development of competition and school sport across school and into the community. Schools are only eligible for Platinum if they have achieved GOLD for the previous 4 consecutive years. A case study was submitted which stated clearly the impact of the work we have carried out.

Thanks to the school governors, staff, parents, coaches, children  and HRVSSP for your contributions, support and laughter along the way.

Whole School Achievements/Impact

  • We achieved the PLATINUM Sportsmark award in June 2023 for our sports provision.
  • We qualified and sent 2 teams to participate in the Lancashire Youth Games: Y5/6 Orienteering and Y3/4 Striking and Fielding
  • We won GOLD in the HRVSSP orienteering competition.
  • we won GOLD in the HRVSP KS1 New Age Curling competition
  • We won Bronze in the Y1/2 Animal Olympics event
  • In swimming, we returned with 2 silver and 1 bronze medal
  • One child qualified for the Lancashire Cross country running finals 
  • 100% of our Y5 and Y6 children were given the opportunity to represent school this year on at least 4 occasions; 
  • 100% of KS2 children represented school at events this year
  • 100% of our KS1 pupils represented school during this academic year.
  • This year, we provided extra curricular clubs in: Girls football, boys football, yoga, sporthall athletics, athletics, glow dodgeball, futsal, tennis, rugby, trigolf, ultimate frisbee, Kurling, netball, Fundamental movements skills, daily mile, martial arts, quidditch, change 4 life club,handball, cricket, archery


Last academic year, we spent £2,140 of our sports funding to provide additional lessons to children in Years 5 and 6 who had not previously reached the required standards in swimming.  Children attended an intensive 2 week swimming course in September 2022, swimming for an hour every day. Some of these children attended a further 2 week intensive course in December 2022 but this was funded through the school's funds for swimming.In addition to this, a further 7 children in Y5/6 received further lessons in December 2023, through the school's funds for swimming. We are pleased that all the children in Year 6 have now met the required standards for school swimming.

Pupils Can

Number of Pupils (14) 

swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres


use a range of strokes effectively


perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations