Sporting greats Jessica Ennis and Tom Daley there to see St Lawrence Academy from Scunthorpe named best of British for PE
A SCUNTHORPE secondary school has been named the best in the country for physical education.
The St Lawrence Academy, on Doncaster Road, won State School of the Year for Physical Education at a star-studded awards ceremony.
The event was attended by sporting greats such as Jessica Ennis, Tom Daley, Jonathan Edwards and Sally Gunnell.
The academy, which was nominated by a former student, was announced as a winner at the Aviva/Telegraph School Sport Matters Awards, held at Lord's Cricket Ground.
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Two members of staff and two students travelled to the event.
Zac Cowling, a former student, nominated the school for the award earlier this year.
Zac, 16, now an apprentice at Scunthorpe United, said: "I heard the awards mentioned by someone in the PE department.
"The amount of opportunities they gave me at school made me think they deserved some recognition, praise and reward for what they do.
"I wrote a nomination and sent it to the judges but I was really shocked when we were shortlisted.
"It was a fantastic experience, just being sat in and around stars like Jessica Ennis and Tom Daley.
"It felt good to help put Scunthorpe on the map and fly the flag for the town."
The academy had its award presented by former Olympic champion swimmer Duncan Goodhew, who also shared a table with Zac, fellow student Natasha Pell, head of PE Lindsay Shutes and PE teacher Ryan Oates.
Lindsay said: "Every table had at least one Olympian on it. It felt amazing to be there representing the academy.
"To collect the award and be recognised in front of these people was so unexpected, which only added to the excitement.
"Duncan said that for such a small school, compared to the other nominees, we provided such good opportunities, community programmes and celebrations of success. He also mentioned the range of activities on offer at the academy and variety of trips we take the students on."
Mr Oates said: "We went along thinking it would be a great day and were proud to be shortlisted.
"We were taken aback at how glamorous it was and even had a tour of Lord's.
"When we heard the academy's name called out it gave us goosebumps.
"It was so surreal and we were like excited school kids ourselves. Walking past the likes of Jessica Ennis and the Harlequins rugby team to get the award, and seeing them applaud you, was such a feeling of pride.
"It is a whole team effort. We try to provide our students with opportunities that we didn't have ourselves at school."