TrustEd Talk

Sports Partnership for Local Schools

South-east Shropshire schools have signed up to a rearranged sports partnership.  The sports group, co-ordinated by Chris Jew has run very successfully from Idsall School for many years.  It is moving as an organisation to run from the TrustEd Schools’ Partnership, based at Oldbury Wells School in Bridgnorth from September, with Idsall School remaining a vital partner school. 

“We are very excited to have this wonderful organisation join us in September,” said Sarah Godden, CEO of the Trusted Schools’ group.  “Our local schools have all benefited from the partnership over the years, and it is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that the service will be joining us.  I have worked with Chris Jew and his team for many years, when I was Headteacher of Oldbury Wells School, and have more recently seen for myself the benefits of the service in our Primary Schools too.”

“We are so pleased to have 28 schools signed up to work with the partnership next year, with four secondaries and twenty-four primary schools!” said Chris Jew, who leads the service.  “The service next year will build on how we have worked historically and will be called the TrustEd Sports Partnership.”

The service will still be using a dedicated team of experienced PE teachers from each of the four secondary schools, to do the work with the twenty-four primary schools.  These secondary schools include Idsall School, which will be a highly valued school in the partnership, with strong experience and expertise in community Sports.  The other schools are Oldbury Wells School, Bridgnorth Endowed School and William Brookes School.

Michelle King, Headteacher of Idsall School, fully supports the new arrangement saying, "It is a really exciting time for the programme to develop further, the great work it does to support more pupils across Shropshire, and the huge benefits the sports partnership brings to schools; it's a key service that will continue to grow".

This service already provides a great range of sporting activities for pupils.  They also lead staff training in the primary schools and run a Sports’ Leader programme with older pupils.  This summer they are running several summer schools for primary aged pupils, alongside Oldbury Wells School. 

“We are really looking forward to working with the TrustEd Sports Partnership next academic year.  They have done tremendous work with us historically and we are so pleased they will be building up their work with our school into the future,” said Rebecca Lee, Headteacher of Castlefields School. 

Lee Tristham, Headteacher at Oldbury Wells said, “The new service will be great for our pupils I am sure, and indeed pupils across all of the schools locally.  I am particularly pleased they will be re-establishing the work they do in helping older pupils become Junior Sports Leaders, which was put on hold because of Covid.  At Oldbury Wells we look forward to being able to host sports events again, for primary schools which are coordinated by the Sports’ Partnership.” 

Photo – Chris Jew, Sarah Godden. Lee Tristham with Castlefields and Oldbury Wells Pupils