A primary school in Bournemouth has been acknowledged for its tailor-made approach to learning and teaching pupils how to lead a more active lifestyle.

St Katharine’s Primary School was highly commended in the Outstanding Primary Practice category at the Youth Sport Trust 2024 Conference Awards, sponsored by Sports Directory and The LEGO Group.

The award , sponsored by The LEGO Group, recognises primary schools that have used PE, sport and play to build a foundation for learning through prioritising the health and happiness of its young people. 

The Youth Sport Trust is the UK’s leading children’s charity improving every young person’s education and development through sport.

St. Katharine’s PE specialist Mike Burke said: “It’s amazing, just to be recognised is phenomenal.

“We look at every single child and know that each and every one is different, we teach everyone differently.

“Our big thing is that we help every child to achieve their full potential and find their thing no matter what sport that is.

“It’s been so interesting to speak to different people in the same industry as us and want the same thing as us, for children to be engaged in active learning.”

Reigning heptathlon world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson was also in attendance to recognise those who have gone above and beyond from across the country.

The 31-year-old also sat down for a keynote speaker session and shared advice and anecdotes from her athlete career.

She said: “It’s been a really great evening and event.

“Sport is what I do and how I’ve been brought up through youth development and all the competitions that I did through this organisation as a kid.

“It’s nice to be here and giving back and it’s great to hear so many inspiring stories.

“I don’t know who I am without sport and that came from PE lessons doing high jump when I was younger.

“From that young age, I found an identity through it where I was known for being good at something.”

More than 120 nominations were received from across the seven categories, and judging panels of experts reviewed the shortlisted entries to decide the finalists.

Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver added: “There have been so many incredibly worthy nominees for the various awards.

“I’m so excited about all the innovation and tremendous practice that is going on across the country to build brighter futures for young people through the power of sport.”

The Youth Sport Trust Annual Conference Awards celebrate schools, settings, trusts, and individuals who, working alongside Youth Sport Trust, have made a real and impactful change to the lives of young people. Find out how the Youth Sport Trust is building brighter futures for children through sport and play.