There is something for everyone at Smith’s Wood Academy with regard to physical activity and sport; and this includes families, the wider community, staff, primary pupils, our campus special schools and of course our own ever-eager students. Our outstanding sports facilities, boasting a multi-route climbing wall, swimming pool and 26-station fitness suite in addition to gymnasium, sports hall, multi-use games area, artificial turf pitch and grass pitches, are used around the clock to enhance the health and fitness of our entire community. Free family fitness sessions are increasingly popular on Mondays and Fridays.
Physical education lessons deliver a broad and balanced programme to mixed-gender groups with an emphasis on engagement and enjoyment. The department prides itself on achieving excellent BTEC Sport results year on year as well as reaching the highest standards in local sports competitions. We topped the table in North Solihull last year when the results of School Games and non-School Games competitions were aggregated and we are currently Solihull under 12 girls’ basketball champions. We dominated local indoor rowing events in 2016 and we regained the prestigious Birmingham Cup for under 16 boys’ football in 2014. All sports clubs are open to all abilities and pupil leadership is encouraged through lessons, clubs and our weekly-meeting Sports Council.
Outdoor and adventurous activities are valued strongly and trips to our Cottage in Wales are complemented by opportunities to have a go at archery, climbing, BMX biking and scootering as well as completion of the Duke of Edinburgh awards. We have a national standard archer in school (Year 8) in addition to a trampolining club on site that has produced national individual and team champions.
We hold regular Inter-House sports competitions and hosted the local primary schools’ and borough secondary schools’ cross-country races last month; over 400 runners competed on our well-maintained field and three of our elite performers progressed to represent Solihull in the county trials. The school and local community have always valued PE and sport and I am immensely proud of the impact the hard work of the PE staff has brought about, to enhance the lives of the young people in our care.