The PE department at Darlington’s independent day and boarding school Polam Hall is celebrating a bumper number of its students being selected to represent County Durham in netball.
Eight of the Polam Hall students were successfully selected after fighting off 70 others in a series of gruelling trials.
The girls have been chosen to represent County Durham on the England Netball National pathway team, the County team and the Satellite team and the selection means the girls will attend weekly sessions of up to four hours.
Phillippa Hirst, 15, who has been selected for the England Netball National pathway, meaning she is one of the top 20 players in the county said: “I am very proud to have been chosen for the team. I have always attended Polam netball practices and I am really grateful to the teachers for encouraging me to try out.”
Macie Bisicker-Peacock, 12, who has been selected for the satellite team which will feed into the county team said: “I listened and tried very hard in my PE lessons and it makes me really proud that I have achieved this.”
This is another fantastic achievement for the school who had a student gain a place at the South Durham and Cleveland Regional Netball Academy earlier this year. Polam Hall School encourages all of its pupils to participate in sports activities and to reach their potential.
Sarah Hirst, PE teacher at Polam Hall School, said: “We are all absolutely delighted that the girls have been selected. They deserve the recognition for all of their hard work.”
Polam Hall is currently an independent school but is applying to become a free school from 2015 to enable them to share its educational offering to all.
It has been based at its site in Darlington since 1854 and prides itself on maintaining its traditional values and rich heritage while being able to offer pupils the strongest possible skills for the future.
For more information on the school visit: www.polamhall.com.