PE staff with principal Craig Morrison. Picture: Tony Jones.

Staff and students at the King Edward VII Academy are celebrating a major sporting success.

The King’s Lynn school has been crowned Sports School of the Year at the Active Norfolk Sports Awards last week in Norwich.

The accolade included recognition for school sport and the academy’s sporting links with the community, which cover a range of activities from sailing, rugby and golf to netball and basketball.

This was the first time a West Norfolk school had won the award.

Jody Walters, head of PE at the academy, said: “We were delighted to be even nominated for the award and thrilled that we have won it.

“This award summarises the wide range of opportunities our students here at KES are provided with to participate in high quality, physical education and extra-curricular sport.

“It also shows our continued commitment to school-club links and our extended school’s ethos.”

The evening also saw celebrations for a former borough Mayor, Paul Brandon, who won the BBC Unsung Hero Award for his contribution to voluntary sport and there was runner-up successes for other West Norfolk schools.

For more details about the awards, see page 78.