School of Sport
School of Sport
At Wallace High School we are proud, since our official launch as a School of Sport in November 2012, to have evolved a model that promotes inclusion and participation at a school and community level, alongside elite performance and excellence.
This has culminated in us receiving three national awards: the 2013 Sunday Mail and sportscotland School Award; and the sportscotland Gold Award in November 2015 and 2017.
Our Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport structure and our pioneering School of Sport curricular model, indeed, promote values first, and everything else second. Since the launch of School of Sport our youngsters have engaged with many high profile sporting figures, including: Andy Murray, Sir Chris Hoy, Laura Trott, Robbie Renwick, Alan Lawson, Billy Stark, Rob Harley and Finn Russell.
The BBC and Sky Sports News have also covered our commitment to values, effort and how this can lead to sporting excellence.
The model is based upon a vision that sport can be the vehicle to inspire, engage and develop the cognitive and practical abilities of the Wallace community, which encompasses a genuinely comprehensive catchment area. The school has five thriving Schools of Sport: Football (including a new girls' programme), Basketball, Rugby, Swimming and Dance. Pupils are released from traditional timetable requirements and receive specialised coaching for 3 hours per week from S1-3 as part of their personalised curriculum.
The programme currently provides this specialist experience for over 200 pupils (roughly 1/3 of our junior school). All of these specialised programmes are in addition to the 2-3 hours of quality Physical Education these pupils receive as part of their day-to-day curriculum, and can only happen with the support of all staff.