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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 - Junior School - 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 (St Mary's Junior School)

St Bede’s Catholic Primary School

St Bede’s really raised the profile of sport and healthy lifestyles over 2018. A weekly football academy began for over 100 children aged 4-11 and which helped the year 6 boys go on to win the Basingstoke Football Tournament. A vast range of Clubs are now in place at the school; from Boxercise to Ballet, and children have the opportunity to also enjoy many ‘theme days’ such as a visit from ex-GB men’s gymnastics captain, Christian Thomas. Over 70% of pupils clubs and teams of children have also taken part in numerous local competitive fixtures and tournaments including Quadkids, the Basingstoke Cross Country tournament, Overton Tag-Rugby Competitions, the local netball league, the Indoor Athletics competition, the hockey tournament at Down Grange and various local football tournaments for both boys and girls

St John’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

In 2018, the school achieved the Gold School Games Mark, introduced the Golden Mile, had success in table tennis and offered inclusive sports and development for all.  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 effective use of the Sports premium funding, they employed a level 2 sports coach to provide high quality coaching throughout the lunch hour and to support class teachers within PE lessons.  This also ensured they had the capacity to take part in a wide range of competitions, resulting in them sending teams to 34 competitions during the last academic year in which they achieved placings in many. They also provided out of hours sports clubs in 14 different sports.

St Marys CE Junior School

A hugely successful 2018 saw St Mary’s finish Top of the Basingstoke Schools Medals Table with an amazing 29 medals; 14 gold, 11 silver and 4 bronze. The school 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 both the Individual Table Tennis and Girl’s Cricket as a result of being County Champions in both, a fantastic achievement!  In the Hampshire County School Games, the school had teams representing Basingstoke in Quad Kids, Tennis and Basketball. They also entered the School Games award for which they were proud to achieve a Gold medal.

Winklebury Primary School

Winklebury had fantastic results in Sports Hall Athletics (coming 7th in Hampshire), Quad Kids Athletics (Top 20 at the Hampshire Games) and Tag Rugby (Tudor League winners and Fair Play Award winners). The children showed enthusiasm, dedication and pride when competing, and the school were delighted to be awarded the Bronze Sports Mark for KS1. They used some Primary Premium Funding to upskill an HLTA who teaches PE across the Federation on the Primary Education Sports Specialist Level 5 course in order to provide a greater variety of sports equipment for use in PE lessons. A taster course was provided for girls football at lunchtimes and the school has links with Wessex Wyvern MPC, Live 2 Run 4 Fun and Basingstoke Gymnastics Club.

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)

Senior School Nominations 

Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School

Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School had success in many sports over 2018. Athletics saw the boys coming 3rd and girls 2nd in the Basingstoke Schools Athletics and 14 y7/8 girls and boys represented Basingstoke in Hampshire Schools. Table Tennis saw u13 and u17 boys win Basingstoke Schools and represent Basingstoke at the Hampshire Cup. Girl’s rugby continued to flourish and boy’s rugby achieved First XV – County Cup Final and U15s qualified to the County Cup. U13s won the Basingstoke Schools Cricket Cup and the school fielded two successful netball teams with the year 11 A team remaining undefeated for their entire five years of competition.  Pupils experience a diverse range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities and the school is committed to further developing the pupils through the medium of Sport and PE.

The Costello School

The Costello School continue to successfully engage students in an enriching and varied PE programme. Students have access to at least 12 different timetabled activities, in addition to extra-curricular opportunities; through trips, fixtures, development days and tournaments. In 2018, they were promoted to a Silver School Games Mark award for commitment to the development of competition across the school and into the wider community. Their most inspiring achievement has been the incredible success they had in retaining District Champion status in a wide expanse of sports. To be reigning Champions for Athletics for the 8th time is something the students, department and the whole school are incredibly proud of.