Oakley Vale Primary School

Part of the Brooke Weston Trust

Educating the next generation of inspirational adults

Oakley Vale’s Change for Life Club Triumph at Trust Sports Awards

Oakley Vale’s Change for Life Club Triumph at Trust Sports Awards

Congratulations to our amazing Change for Life Club who won the award for outstanding contribution in KS2 at the Brooke Weston Trust Sports Award Evening.

The Sports Awards were held at Corby Cube and students from across the Trust took part. Dancers from Thomas Clarkson Academy provided the entertainment and special guests were tennis player Jade Windley, footballer Alistair Patrick-Heselton and freestyle footballer Jamie Knight who gave a display of his tricks.

Jamie presented the group with their trophy and their nomination read: ‘The change for life club have been great ambassadors for their school. They show determination to succeed in all they do. Being part of this club has really had a positive impact on developing their social skills and confidence.’

The club, run by teaching assistant Mrs Butler and nicknamed ‘Mrs Butler’s Fun Club’ is on a Wednesday before school and currently has 16 members.

Mrs Butler said ‘The students that come to the group are not always the ones that might get picked for things but when they join ‘Change for Life’ they have a purpose and their confidence grows. They start off really shy and quiet and after a few weeks are joining in and bursting with confidence. We play games together and discuss healthy eating and exercise as well as group chats about topics such as determination and what makes a good group. I adapt all the games for the less abled students so that everyone can join in.

‘The students know that it’s not about winning or loosing it’s the taking part that counts and the encouragement they show to each other is second to none. They always say ‘Don’t worry we can try again’ and ‘Believe in yourself, you can do it!’ One student said to me ‘Mrs Butler I love Wednesdays because my school work is always good on a Wednesday because Change for Life helps wake up my brain’.

‘I am so incredibly proud of all of the students. The fact that we have won is just amazing and shows that all of our hard work has paid off and together we have created a bubble of confidence in the students and helped transform them from shy isolated children to a group that work together and believe in themselves.’