Sporting Achievements

Sporting Achievements

Sporting Achievements 2019-20

The school has a very successful reputation for sport in the Preston area. This reputation has been established by the hard work and dedication of many staff at the school to run coaching sessions and clubs either before school, after school or at lunchtimes. In recent years, the school has won many local and regional sporting events across a wide range of sports and many age groups.

Building on from the success of the 2018/19 year of sport, the school has again demonstrated consistency across all sports within the Preston area. In March of 2018 the school received a ‘Highly Commended’ award at the Preston Sports Awards. The school had previously won this award the year earlier. These awards demonstrate the schools’ commitment to sport and physical activity.

The school is an active member of the Preston Schools’ Sports Council and actively take part in a wide range of sporting festivals and competitions enabling children from EYFS to Year 6 to represent their school against other schools in Preston. Below is a link to a website that illustrates the sporting achievements for this academic year. Previous awards and achievements can also be viewed from this website page.

It is worth noting that over 40 schools regularly participate in these various competitions. The school participates in all the sporting events on offer and consistently rank in the top 5 in the district. .

The school has enjoyed numerous sporting successes over the last year. In particular, the school has excelled in boys football, hockey, swimming, dance and gymnastics. Gymnastics is a particularly successful area of sport for the school with the school being the reigning year 5 and 6 district champions. This particular team were also crown 5th best school team in the country at the English Schools Gymnastics Champions in June 2019. This was a fantastic achievement; beating off many other schools to qualify for this event. The team were narrowly edged out of the medal positions by 3 independent schools who employ gymnastic coaches to deliver their lessons.

This year has seen a further rise in the number of children represent their school at inter-school sport. All pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 have taken part in sporting events this year. In addition to many children from years 5 and 6, we even entered a competition for our EYFS aged children. In total, nearly 75% of all school children have represented Queen’s Drive this year. In 2019 the school was awarded the School Games ‘Gold’ mark. This was the third time running that the school has been awarded this top accolade. The children at Queen’s Drive all get the opportunity to represent their school in an inter-school athletics festival at some point in the school year. Children from year 2, 3 and 4 take part in a sports festival at Ashton High School against other large primary schools in the area.

Due to the Covid pandemic in 2020, the inter-school sporting events have been limited. However, in the events which did take place, the school again demonstrated a high standard and consistently finished in the top 4 in the district. The school has continued to provide opportunities for the children to take part in a wide range of sporting opportunities through extra-curricular clubs. The school has participated in the ‘Virtual Games’ in recent weeks which has seen the children take part in sporting activities at home during the lock-down period. Many of the children have attempted daily exercise routines and challenges – a wide range of sporting activities have been witnessed and put on the schools’ twitter site.

The school has been awarded the School Games ‘Gold’ award once more for its dedication and commitment to sport. This is the 4th time running. The school was hoping to be awarded the platinum award for 2020 but due to the restricted sporting opportunities due to Covid 19, this was not possible. We will strive for this next year!