A Whitley Bay middle school is celebrating becoming the seventh school in the country to achieve a top grade for physical education.
Valley Gardens Middle School achieved the Quality Mark with distinction from the Assocation for Physical Education for demonstrating ‘outstanding commitment to improvement in PE and sport’.
Headteacher Michael Homer said: “The assessment process was extremely rigourous which makes the achievement all the more rewarding.”
The school has recently had a series of sporting achievements.
In Rugby 7s, the U12 boys won the Northumberland Schools Tournament held at Woolsington, despite being a man down.
In football, the U12 boys won the North Tyneside Cup, sharing it with the team from St Thomas More after drawing the final.
Valley Gardens’ girls achieved a hat-trick in the North Tyneside Netball Championships, winning the Year 6, 7 and 8 tournaments.
Year 8 girls were also victorious in volleyball winning the North Tyneside Central Venue League, with the Year 8 boys runners up.
A group of 29 Year 5 pupils from the school took part in a skipping festival at Marden Bridge Middle School, where the team emerged as overall winners.