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Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council

Jnr/Snr Sports School of the Year

The Sports School of the Year award was introduced in 2008 and candidates are annually invited to submit applications detailing their sporting activities, achievements and future plans. Applicant schools should note that over the past year they have -

Given pupils a wide range of opportunities to participate in high quality PE and extra curricular sport - Shown continual commitment to school-club links - Enabled teams and/or individuals to make considerable improvements in sport Committed to teacher / coach training to continually improve the quality of sport in their school - Curriculum development - PE results - Out of hours provision - Leadership and volunteering - Health and fitness - Inter school competition - Extra curricular activities - Inclusion and success of sports teams - Recognition of individual success.

Junior Sporting School of the Year

Previous winners - 2008 & 2009 (St Mary's Junior School), 2010 (North Waltham), 2011 (Rucstall), 2012 (North Waltham), 2013 (St Mary's Junior School), 2014 (St Martin's Primary School) 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 (St Mary's Junior School)

Sherborne St John CE Primary School

Achievements for 2019 include; KS1 winning two Basingstoke competitions; two teams qualifying for the Hampshire School Games (bronze in tennis); and winning the Year 5/6 tag rugby league for five consecutive years. Year 6s are trained as young leaders and lead activities at lunchtimes with children across the school. Year 5s were given the opportunity to learn a new sport which they then taught to other year groups in the juniors and Year 6 sports’ leaders also led and taught another school Tri-Golf, supporting other schools to be able to participate in inter-school competitions.  Children across the school are given the opportunity to represent the school in competitions and play competitively within inter-school competitions. A team represented the school at the Hampshire School Games for the last 6 years and they have achieved a gold school games mark for the last two years. The school ensures that KS1 participate in inter-school competitions, including gymnastics, skipping, scatterball, athletics, a football festival and football competition.

Silchester CofE Junior School

The school offered an exciting sporting curriculum throughout 2019 with professional coaches assisting, new sports introduced and new playground equipment increasing lunchtime activities. A variety of after school clubs are now available alongside activities to support emotional health plus morning pre-school clubs available. The raised enthusiasm for sport saw the school gain excellent competition results against much larger schools including cross-country, rugby, football, athletics and rounders.  School teams have also competed in Rugby and Netball Leagues plus taken part in rounders, squash and tri golf tournaments. Additionally, the schoolchildren have been inspired by the Sports for Champions initiative and also been involved in community activities including Country Dancing and a fun run. Wellbeing week was another success involving physical activities during lunchtime as well as before and after school. This has resulted in more children than ever before have competed for the school alongside inter-house tournaments and inter-school competitions. Silchester is a small school with a giant sporting spirit.

St Bede’s Catholic Primary School

The pupils of St Bede’s have excelled in sports over the last year and achieved a huge amount of success during local sporting events and competitions. They worked hard on transforming the attitudes of pupils so that they have the confidence to take part in a variety of sports and to demonstrate their capabilities. This resulted in them winning the Basingstoke Quad Kids Event, the Basingstoke Tri-Golf competition, the Year 5 football festival at the Power League Centre and the football league that we set up with other local schools. They reached the quarter finals of the Year 3/4 Overton Tag-Rugby festival, the Basingstoke schools table tennis competition, the Girls’ Tag rugby festival at Oakley School and the District Cricket League. They are keen to develop sporting opportunities in their area and set up a football league with four other schools last year, with an accompanying tournament held at the school venue.  All of these achievements resulted in the School Games Silver Award at the end of the 18/19 academic year.

St Johns CE Primary School

St John’s has an incredible passion for sport with a desire to give the largest number of children the opportunity to take part in, and develop, a lifelong love for sport. Through Sports premium funding they employ a level 2 sports coach to provide high quality coaching throughout the lunch hour and to support class teachers within PE lessons.  In 2019, the school competed in 35 sporting competition’s giving 70% of children an opportunity to experience competitive sport. The school represented Basingstoke at county level in individual table tennis, badminton and team table tennis with the boys and girls teams. 2019 highlights included progressing to the zone finals in team table tennis for the third year in a row, and becoming Hampshire champions in badminton and both boy and girl team table tennis. They took 30 children to the Hampshire Games to represent Basingstoke in Multi-Skills, Quad Kids and Tri-Golf events and also achieved the Gold School Games Mark for the second year.

St Mary’s CE Junior School

St Mary’s had a rewarding 2019 with children taking part in all levels of competition. From numerous inter class activities to success at county finals. A brilliant team of girls won the Kwik Cricket county finals, and girls team getting silver at Yr5/6 Football County Finals. More success for the table tennis teams with a silver and an individual silver.  The St Mary’s family (parents, parent volunteers and parent coaches) have been instrumental in ensuring the success of their talented pupils. They are very proud of their pupils who assist staff with scoring, timing and mentoring less experienced younger peers.  Yet again, St Mary’s finished Top of the Basingstoke Schools Medals Table with 20 plus medals for 2019. They qualified for County Finals in Football, Individual Table Tennis, Team Table Tennis, Indoor Athletics, Cross Country, Girl’s Cricket and Boy’s Cricket, and progressed to the regional finals in the Individual Table Tennis.  In the Hampshire School Games, they had teams representing Basingstoke in Girl’s Football, Netball and Basketball.

Winklebury Junior School

The Junior School achieved the Gold School Games Mark and the Infant School the Infant Sports Mark which was a significant achievement for the Junior School as they had have never applied for a School Games Mark before. This showed their commitment to school sport and to giving all their pupils a chance to compete and enjoy sport. The school hopes they are instilling a lifelong love of sport and physical exercise to encourage their pupils to take responsibility for their wellbeing. A huge highlight for 2019 included the gymnastics team coming 8th at the Hampshire Games with both schools picking up the Basingstoke trophies. Also during 2019, more children got to do more competitions in a greater variety of sports, including four children who went to Laser-Run World Championships.

Senior Sporting School of the Year

Previous Senior School Winners - 2008 (Bishop Challoner), 2009 (Testbourne), 2010 (Vyne), 2011 (Hurst), 2012 (Costello), 2013 (Dove House Academy), 2014 (Challoner), 2015 (Dove House Academy), 2016 & 2017 (Challoner)

Senior School Nominations for 2019 

Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School

As a PE Department, Bishop Challoner endeavour to deliver the most comprehensive, stimulating and interesting PE and Sports that they can for their pupils, which include; before school clubs, lunchtimes, break-times, after school clubs, fixtures, tournaments, revision sessions, Duke of Edinburgh awards, trips all to benefit the pupils. Successes include; U13 Cricket team retained the Basingstoke School cup competition, Netball saw the Year 11 ‘A’ Team remain unbeaten for the full 5 years at Secondary School and year 8 and 9 Basingstoke League wins.  Girl’s rugby entered County Tournaments where they competed well and Boys Rugby continues to grow as the school’s First XV won the Hampshire Shield defeating Romsey School 42-12 in the final held at Basingstoke RFC.  The School also offers a Youth Sports Trust – Girls Active Programme which is a programme designed to support and develop young girls who are disengaged or who have lost their way. Pupils lead assemblies, workshops and sports sessions to gain leadership, communication and personal skills through the medium of PE. Their final task is to set up and run a school event.

The Costello School

The Costello School had many successes over 2018/19 with the school winning the title of district champions in the Basingstoke Schools Athletics for the 9th year. 19 individuals were district champions and 28 students represented Basingstoke at the County Championships. They won 22 different team and individual events including Hampshire Table Tennis Champions, Y9 netball district champions (holding the title for 3 years in a row) and District and County Plate cricket champions. In addition to this the school placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in 35 different team and individual events ranging from local league to district and county level.  In 2019 they were awarded with the Silver School Games Mark for provision, access, inclusion and commitment to the development of competition across the school and into the wider community with links between their primary schools being stronger than ever. They also achieved the best PE exam results for The Costello School ever, achieving 100% Pass rate (two years running), 82% Merit or higher, 33% Distinction or higher.