Top marks for after school activity clubs

With the Extended Services in Schools Gold Standard award at Burnley Road Junior, Infant and Nursey School, from the left, Ruby Owers, 9, Jacob Blackhurst, 9, Holly Brooks, six, extended schools co-ordinator Rowena Sweeney, Amy Syrett, six, Bailey Topping, 11, and Alex Myers, nine
With the Extended Services in Schools Gold Standard award at Burnley Road Junior, Infant and Nursey School, from the left, Ruby Owers, 9, Jacob Blackhurst, 9, Holly Brooks, six, extended schools co-ordinator Rowena Sweeney, Amy Syrett, six, Bailey Topping, 11, and Alex Myers, nine
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STAFF and children are celebrating after receiving top marks for their after-school clubs and activities.

Burnley Road Primary School has been given a gold standard for its extended school services by Calderdale Council.

It is one of only 14 schools in Calderdale to receive the award and had to meet more than 70 standards of quality to reach gold.

The school offers fitness clubs such as athletics as well as crafts, arts, photography, choir and music.

Rowena Sweeney, the school’s extended services co-ordinator, said she was thrilled.

“It’s brilliant, especially as we’re one of the first schools in Calderdale to receive gold. We worked very hard for it.

“Every single child has benefited in some way or other,” she said.

“If we have discovered a child hasn’t joined in anything I’ll ask them what they would like us to do,”

“The children have really enjoyed coming to school and we’ve noticed improvement’s to their self-esteem and well-being. The school is now a fun place to be,” she added.

A plaque to mark the award will now be on display in the school’s foyer.