School named top of the class at sports awards

Kishan Patel, Ashley Teale, Faith Graham, Diya Patel, Shantel Matanzima, Samia Ahmed and Ellise Garcia.
Kishan Patel, Ashley Teale, Faith Graham, Diya Patel, Shantel Matanzima, Samia Ahmed and Ellise Garcia.

Pupils at a junior school have celebrated after being named top of the class for sports at a regional awards ceremony.

Park Junior School, in Wellingborough, was honoured at the recent BBC East Sports Awards 2012.

The Great Park Street school saw off stiff competition from other schools across the region to be crowned the winner.

The school’s triumph at the Northamptonshire Sports Awards in November meant that it went on to represent the county at the regional awards held at the University of Bedfordshire last week.

While at the awards ceremony, teachers and staff from the school rubbed shoulders with some of the UK’s top Olympic athletes and medal winners, including Louis Smith, Greg Rutherford and Anthony Agogo.

And they took home a glass trophy in recognition of the sports work carried out at the school over the last year.

Headteacher David Tebbutt said he was “absolutely delighted” with the win, and he believed the large amount of sporting activities and events held at the school to celebrate the Olympics had been key to their success in winning the award.

He said: “I think we won because we put so much effort in to our Olympic year.

“We wanted the children to experience a wider range of activities – and all the children, not just some of them.

“We committed ourselves to a lot of activities and sports which we had never done before, including rowing, fencing, archery, gymnastics and golf.

“We also perform very well in sports with our gifted and talented children. We’ve got through to four county finals with our hockey, athletics, golf and rugby teams.

“We have also got very strong links with local sports clubs, including Wellingborough Rugby Club, Finedon Cricket Club and the Waendel Sports Centre.

“The school also held special sponsored Olympic events, including a race where each child did 10 laps around a running track.

“So it’s something that we have built up over a long time and we made 2012 very special so it’s very nice to be recognised.”

Mr Tebbutt said he hopes to arrange for an Olympic athlete to visit the school in the new year as part of the celebration.

He added: “The Olympic athletes are good role models for our pupils.”