Bo’ness Academy opened its School of Sport last week and hopes it is a success with the children.
Minister for Sport Jamie Hepburn and ex-Scottish footballer John Robertson were on hand to cut the ribbon on Tuesday, August 25.
The academy is hopeful the initiative will benefit youngsters both inside and outside of the classroom.
Principal teacher of health and wellbeing Jonathan MacWhirter said: “We hope this will help the children, not just in sport but in life.”
The 16 selected first year pupils will enjoy an extra two periods of PE per week, right up until third year. The extra classes will focus on developing the skills and techniques of the children in dance and football. Students can also participate in after school sessions.
However, pupils must adhere to certain rules to stay within the programme.
Mr MacWhirter said: “The children’s behaviour and attendance across all classes, not just in the School of Sport, will be monitored. Parents and children understand pupils can lose this opportunity if they misbehave or turn up without proper kit.”
The school aims to improve more than just skills in sport.
The PE teacher who championed the project said: “I believe that being involved with this will teach the pupils many life skills such as planning, organisation and timekeeping. These skills can not only boost their overall attainment but develop them for the workplace.”
With a number of older students interested in PE teaching as a career, the school offers them the opportunity to begin training. The school is paying for pupils to get their qualifications, allowing them to deliver some of the lessons and giving them valuable experience.”
The school has been given the backing of headteacher David Mitchell. He said: “We look forward to the benefits School of Sport has for our young people.”
The school allows anyone to audition for the 16 places.