Leadership, Coaching and Volunteering
On the 28th February 2017 The Grange School won a national award for its Leadership, Coaching and Volunteering Programme. The award titled ‘Advisor and enabler of others’ was presented at the Youth Sport Trust Lead School Conference at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. This is the second year running that The Grange School has won a national award for its leadership programme. In the 2015-2016 academic year The Grange was presented with the ‘Advocate for change across a county’ award.
The Grange School is the Youth Sport Trust Lead Specialism School for Leadership, Coaching and Volunteering in Dorset. The programme, led by our School Games Organiser Dan Moody and supported by the PE team, has grown and developed in Dorset to the point where it is now embedded in each school's offer to its young people. We have a county-wide approach where we try to provide equal opportunities to every school in the county. At the Grange School we have developed a leadership pathway which we first piloted in the Christchurch area starting at primary level with bronze ambassadors and moving all the way through to platinum young ambassadors and the Young Coach Academy at age 16+. We have introduced an awards system to support this pathway which was developed through consultation with various primary, middle and secondary heads of PE. As the lead school, we pilot new ideas at The Grange and in the local area and then roll out the ideas that work as county-wide initiatives. We're very proud to say that this has worked incredibly well over the last 5 years and schools across the county have implemented these ideas. Since September in partnership with the Dorset School Games Organisers we have developed and delivered 7 primary leadership academies across the county which 125 primary schools have attended resulting in the training of 850 new bronze ambassadors. These fantastic young people provide countless opportunities for children in their schools by supporting their PE coordinators to promote healthy active lifestyles, run competitions and clubs and act as role models. We also deliver successful Step into Sport days with the lead inclusion school, a young coach academy with 42 young coaches and our flagship event, the Dorset Leadership Academy, which this year hosted 35 schools and 350 young people. At each of these events we take the opportunity to offer professional development to teachers and support staff who attend each day. We introduce new ideas and provide case studies to demonstrate how young leaders and volunteers can have an impact on whole school improvement, engaging the least active and making sport fully inclusive for all. Each year over 90% of middle, secondary, independent and special schools in Dorset access the Leadership Programme run by The Grange School.