Bury school is riding a wave of success in sport, music and dance

Pupils from the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust took to the stage for this year's Evening of Dance ANL-160425-125750001
Pupils from the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust took to the stage for this year's Evening of Dance ANL-160425-125750001
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From a top accolade to reaching a national final and staging a hit show, a leading Bury St Edmunds school is riding a wave of success in sport, music and dance.

County Upper is one of only two schools in the country to scoop a Distinction for the second time in the Department for Education’s PE and Sports Quality Mark.

Head of PE Millie Collins and deputy Nathan Marshall with the Sports Quality Mark

Head of PE Millie Collins and deputy Nathan Marshall with the Sports Quality Mark

The school initially received the top ranking when it was amongst the first nationally to be asked to try for the award which launched in 2013. It received another Dinstinction after being re-assessed by the Association for PE.

Head Vicky Neale said: “This award is a testament to the tremendous quantity and quality of sport both in lessons and through extra-curricular activities at County Upper and to the work of our Sports Trust in providing excellent All-Through PE.”

The school’s wind band has also made the national final of Music for Youth, in Birmingham, in July after impressing judges in the Eastern region round.

County Upper is part of the All-Through Trust and 140 pupils, aged six to 18, shared the limelight in an ‘Evening of Dance’ show. Mrs Neale added: “Staff and pupils, led by Ann Stoten, worked very hard for months and it was evident throughout the high quality show we all enjoyed.”

Sarah Burns (back) and Elizabeth Sanderson (front)

Sarah Burns (back) and Elizabeth Sanderson (front)

The wind band at the Eastern region final of Music for Youth at Snape Maltings

The wind band at the Eastern region final of Music for Youth at Snape Maltings