A 'FIRST-CLASS' approach to physical education at a North Oxfordshire primary school has bagged it a national award.

Staff and pupils at Bure Park Primary School in Bicester are celebrating after being handed the Outstanding Primary School award by the Youth Sport Trust.

The award looks at PE and sports provided by schools right across the UK and the Bicester primary earned a high level of praise.

Youth Sport Trust chief executive, Ali Oliver, said: "The Youth Sport Trust would like to wish a huge congratulations to Bure Park School for winning the Outstanding Primary School award.

"Bure Park has demonstrated a huge commitment to supporting its pupils to be healthy both physically and mentally by delivering first class PE and sport throughout the school, which is fantastic to see.

"They are worthy winners of this special prize and truly embody the values that the Youth Sport Trust champions."

Bure Park picked up the award in front of more than 500 headteachers and school sport professionals at a ceremony at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, Warwickshire, last week.

It was part of the Youth Sport Trust’s 2018 Annual Conference recognising best practice and achievements through PE and sport by schools, colleges and young people across the UK.

There were seven awards given out overall, all based on this year's theme of 'Sport changing lives – for good'.

Bure Park Primary School took home the Outstanding Primary School Award for its dedication to providing movement breaks for children during the school day, ensuring all pupils receive at least two hours PE a week and employing a specialist PE mentor to work alongside staff.

PE coordinators, Susie Parker and Mandy MacIntyre, said: "We are extremely proud to have received this national accolade.

"At Bure Park, we try to put physical activity at the heart of many things we do.

"This award would not have been possible without the hard work of all the teaching staff, support from senior management and governors, our PE mentor Karen Sargant, the North Oxfordshire School Sports Partnership and the fantastic children who we are privileged to have at Bure Park."

Headteacher, Yvonne Hewson, added: "This is an amazing achievement for Bure Park and celebrates the work of everyone involved, especially Mrs MacIntyre and Mrs Parker who have worked with enthusiasm and commitment to lead sport and activity in the school.

"The team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the 'power of sport and activity' develops children who are physically and mentally healthy."