SPORT is the key to success at Nortonthorpe Hall School in Scissett.
The school, which has around 60 pupils is for students with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties (EMSD) and sport is a good way of helping them achieve and succeed.
PE teacher Ryan Gladwin said: “Sport has a very positive impact on school life and generally most boys enjoy it thoroughly.
“They have three 40-minute sessions of PE a week in which we do a variety of activities and we are constantly looking for new sports to try.”
The school, which prepares students to return to mainstream education at schools across Kirklees, has a fully equipped gymnasium and students are encouraged to try out a wide range of sports including table tennis, ultimate frisbee and volleyball.
The success is two-fold with students improving their self esteem and self confidence and also achieving Btec sport qualifications.
The school is also hoping to introduce a Young Leaders programme in the future which will further develop life and social skills including teambuilding and increasing self confidence.
Recently the football team at the school has been lucky enough to gain sponsorship in the form of a new football strip from Wakefield Road-based teaching agency Stafflex.
The new kit proved to be a big motivator when the squad took on a team from Scissett Middle School. Although not victorious, the squad from Nortonthorpe showed excellent attitudes and effort in the game.
Mr Gladwin added: “I believe that playing against mainstream schools such as Scissett will give the boys a vision of what they could experience at mainstream schools and hopefully inspire them to one day move back to mainstream education.”
Success has also been achieved by the school in athletics, five-a-side football and cross country.
The school is part of the Yorkshire EBSD partnership and its team is the current athletics champions for key stage three, a title which the school will defend this month.
The key stage four team also won the EBSD five-a-side football tournament in Leeds, beating off stiff competition from 12 other schools across the county.
Athletes also won the EBSD partnership cross country title event which was held at Pontefract Racecourse.
Students are also encouraged to lead healthy lifestyles and are encouraged to try out a large variety of different sports.
The school’s most recent visit by Ofsted inspectors praised the good variety of physical activities that were on offer to students and the emphasis on healthy eating which did well to promote pupils’ health.
For the summer term several fun sports days have been planned to encourage students to enjoy the great outdoors.
Coaches from the Huddersfield Giants rugby league community coaching scheme will be leading sessions at the school, teaching core skills and tag rugby sessions.
Mr Gladwin is also planning a number of events during National School Sport week in June to inspire students even further.
The school encourages visitors from a variety of clubs and organisations and members of Huddersfield Astronomical Society are among those who have been invited.