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St Aidan's named 9th best state school in the country for sport

St Aidan’s Church of England High School in Harrogate is the 9th best state school in the country for sport, according to School Sport Magazine.

St Aidan's named 9th best state school in the country for sport St Aidans Church of England High School has been ranked the ninth best state school in the country for sport. School Sport Magazine released a comprehensive list last week, having analysed over 4,200 schools in England. And St Aidans in Harrogate was ranked at number 35 - the 9th best state school. Head of PE John Strover was delighted with the news. He said:

“The thing that we are most proud of is the inclusive nature of our Extra Curricular programme. It is broad so there are options for lots of students and all students are encouraged to attend. “We try our best to give as many opportunities as possible to all students who commit to the different activities. “The C and D team matches give us just as much pride as our A team doing well in a competition.”
When asked what specific sports have contributed to this repeated success, he said:
“Our Athletics and Cross-Country programmes have been strong for many years, we often have multiple teams reaching the National finals. “We often have teams in Football, Hockey, Netball and Basketball that do well in National Competitions. In recent years, our Squash teams have also had some success.”
The teaching staff at St. Aidan’s Church of England are second to none, according to John. He said:
“A good teacher makes a big difference, we are fortunate to have a fantastic PE department and some other colleagues in school who run various sports. “Although high quality coaching in training sessions and matches will ensure the teams progress and improve, creating the right environment that is supportive, caring, and inclusive means that all students no matter what their experience or ability are able to develop physically, socially, and mentally.”
He added:
“The staff work hard to run clubs and arrange fixtures that all students can take part in. The students work hard to commit to those clubs, take to opportunities and develop their skills and personal qualities. "The parents are always supportive, and the school has shown a commitment to extra-curricular sport and values the positive outcomes it delivers for our students and community.”
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