It may be the awards season in Hollywood this month but the PE department of Sacred Heart Catholic College in Crosby have already received their big accolade.
Sacred Heart was recognised as Secondary School of the Year for 2015 at the Merseyside Sporting Champions awards before Christmas, with the six-strong PE department, headed by Cheryl Hewlett, receiving their prize at the Adelphi Hotel.
"The PE department would like to thank all Sacred Heart's students, as it would not be possible without your support, dedication and enjoyment for sport to have achieved this award," said Mrs Hewlett. "We try to offer as much as possible with extra-curricular activities for every child, and our children at school attend everything so we are very lucky."
The PE department provide 25 different clubs for their students and Sacred Heart pupils excelled in a wide range of sports in 2015. Netball teams from Years 7, 8, 9, 11 and the 6th Form won the Sefton League, for example, while the school’s Under-18 footballers won the Sefton and Merseyside Cups. Sacred Heart teams were also national trampoline finalists – with Sam Ramos making the British Gymnastics squad – and finished seventh overall in the national cross-country championships, with the help of Daniel Slater, a GB triathlon athlete and national cross-country champion.
The long list of students to shine also included: Beth Cheminais (national judo bronze medallist); Rob Gilroy (English Catholic Schools’ football captain); Joe Brennan (Lancashire tennis team); and Megan Howard (Liverpool Ladies' Under-16 football captain).
Sacred Heart pupils are not the only beneficiaries of the school’s commitment to sport: the college offers public access to its sports hall and organises disability sports for the wider community. The school also puts on competitions and lessons for its feeder primary schools.