Palatine was designated as a Specialist Sports College in September 2004. Our bid to become a Sports College was successful due to our rigorous yet imaginative plans for working in the field of PE, Sport and Leisure Activity not just in school but also within the local community. The guiding principle underlying the process is one of partnership between the Government, the school and the local community. On its part the Government provides Palatine with a significantly increased level of funding – in effect £100,000 towards a major building project and £125,000 per year for four years. On its side, Palatine has to meet agreed targets through a School Plan and a Community Plan.