Daily Telegraph praises Corby Glen school for sports provision

England footballer Sue Smith opened the new 3G pitch at Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen.
England footballer Sue Smith opened the new 3G pitch at Charles Read Academy in Corby Glen.
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A national newspaper has recognised Charles Read Academy’s academic and sporting achievements.

In a story exploring the impact of sport on examination success, The Daily Telegraph said that at Charles Read Academy there have been “remarkable increases in the number of sporting fixtures and pupils’ participation that have also corresponded with improvements in exam results, as well as attendance and behaviour.”

In the last year, the number of fixtures that the academy has participated in has nearly doubled and the number of children choosing to do five extra sporting activities per half term has trebled.

GCSE results have also improved by over 20 percentage points in the last two years.

David Ross, sponsor of the Trust of which Charles Read Academy is part of, says sporting participation can directly benefit performance in the classroom. “Being part of a sporting team shows young people the values of respecting others, working hard and showing commitment and dedication. If these traits are transferred to the classroom, it helps our teachers bring out the very best in each student academically, too.

“I am delighted that Charles Read is getting the national recognition it deserves - it is a fantastic school with a very bright future.”

In April, England footballer Sue Smith officially opened the school’s new all weather 3G sports pitch. The pitch was named in memory of Bailey Drew, a popular Year 7 student and keen sportsman, who passed away last year.

Read The Daily Telegraph article here