King Edward School Sport Partnership
The King Edward School Sport Partnership has existed for twelve years. During the first nine years, Aston was the sports college at the hub of a partnership of secondary and primary schools. The School Sports Partnership, SSP, was a network: the Partnership Development Manager (PDM) would lead the partnership with the help of the School Sports Coordinators (SSCo) based in the secondary schools. Each secondary school worked with a family of primary schools and liaised with Primary Link Teacher (PLT).
One of our greatest successes was the swimming program run with Steve Parry and the temporary swimming pool. Our figures for children achieving twenty-five metres rose from three per cent to forty-five per cent, with nearly every child learning to swim.
When the funding was cut in 2012, the School Games programme was introduced, the PDM in some schools becoming the School Games Organiser (SGO). SGOs are part-time posts, their main tasks being to plan and support a program of level 2 competitions, leading to the level 3 events hosted by the City.
In 2012 schools were offered the opportunity to continue to be supported by Aston through a package of continuing professional development and coaching programmes. A number of schools took up this opportunity and we have continued to grow, developing our support package and increasing the number of schools working with us. The schools who are presently part of the partnership are Anglesey, Aston Tower, Benson, Bordseley Village, Brookfield, Chilwell, Cromwell, Holy Trinty, James Watt, Lozells, Mansfield Green, Manor Park, Sacred Heart, St Chad's, St Joseph's, St Francis', Welford, and Yew Tree. The partnership is now run by the SGO/PDM, and a Sports Partnership Administrator. Apart from encouraging Games in schools, we work with a number of sports coaches and are constantly looking for ways to further develop and support the schools.