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Sports College Latest News: October 2019

Our students have all had an incredible start to the academic year. Pupils in all age groups across all classes are working hard and demonstrating our departmental focus for the year: friendship, respect and excellence.

Through the curriculum all classes have been fully focused on their learning and always strive to be their best. We take great pride in our PE uniform and our high expectations remain. Can we remind you that even if your child can not take part in PE, they should bring their PE kit to each lesson as they can take on an alternative role within the class.
The extra-curricular programme continues to thrive with students being offered a huge number of clubs and competitions to take part in. We have already had many successes in a range of competitions as well as competing in friendly
fixtures. Our students continue to learn through training and competition and their success is a reflection of the hard work that they put in. I am very pleased to report that out first combined boys and girls tour took place at the start of October, with Year 8 boys football and Year 9 girls netball going to Jersey. They played against local sides in Jersey as well as absorb the atmosphere and enjoy this cohesive
experience. My thanks go to Mr Russell, Mr Merrett, Miss Freeman and Miss Smith who accompanied the students on this trip.

After half term we will be starting our water confidence class on a Wednesday After school which is to support pupils who are less confident in the water.
Students will have been identified from their swimming lessons and invited to this club. This is run by a specialist swimming teacher who is very experienced and we encourage your child if invited to attend this.

This year Miss Freeman is overseeing the Elite Sports Students, which is designed to promote the success and support where required for students who are competing at County level or above in their respective sports. If you have any questions relating to this, please contact Miss Freeman directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mrs K Davis

Head of Physical Education

Report from Head of Girls' Physical Education


Welcome back! I’d like to start the new year off celebrating the success of the end of last term. On Wednesday 10th July we took nine dancers and one singer to the Chelmsford Schools’ Gotta Dance Festival held at the Civic Theatre. This was a fantastic evening of students from a range of schools sharing dance and our students did us very proud. We performed cohesive dance performances which were powerful and precise. The students thoroughly enjoyed the evening and are looking forward to next summer’s show. We are also looking forward to welcoming back the gymnastics, trampoline and dance performance which will take place in December. Miss Smith is working hard with a range of pupils to put this show together.

After the excitement of the last academic year coming to an end, the new term has begun once again with numerous extra-curricular clubs running for all age groups. As usual we offer something for everyone to take part in. The participation levels have been fantastic and the hard work that students have been putting into training has clearly paid off with successful results in early fixtures.

The Year 7 girls have enjoyed a number of fixtures already in football, netball and basketball. Their commitment to training has been very good across all activities. The Year 8 girls have enjoyed early netball fixtures and are fully prepared to kick start their football and basketball competitive season. Our U13 football team enjoyed Essex Cup success as they won their opening game and progress to the next stage of the competition. Students in all year groups have enjoyed cross country competitions and fully commit themselves to running hard each time.

The Year 9 teams have started how they finished last year which is very positive. They have already had many fixtures which have been very exciting in both football and netball. Their netball continues to be very strong as they qualified for the County Round of the National Competition and were successful in their first Essex Cup game progressing through to the next round. They await their first basketball games in both the MESSSA and Essex Cup competitions. Year 10 and 11 girls continue to access the extra-curricular programme. They look forward to their up and coming fixtures over the next half term. Our Sixth Form girls continue to enjoy playing netball and they look forward to the first round of their National competition which takes place in November.

We look forward to our swimming teams starting their campaign in the pool in the district league and galas. We are also very pleased to report that both our Junior and Inter teams performed fantastically well in the National Swimming galas that took place in September. They were all a credit to the school on such a big stage in competitive swimming.

Teams in all age groups have many more league, Essex Cup and National fixtures coming up in a range of activities. Can we remind students to check the team sheets and ensure they inform parents/carers of when they should be collected from school. If there are any changes made to clubs during the week a message will be put up on the PE reception screen to inform them.
Although we offer a number of competitive opportunities for students to take part in, we also provide many opportunities for them to enjoy taking part in physical activities and compete in friendly fixtures. We would like to encourage anyone who has not tried a club in the PE department to come along and give one a go. Our clubs are fun and open to everyone to join in. We would also like to remind pupils that if they would like to play in fixtures against other teams we ask them to attend all the required training sessions, and to inform a member of the PE staff if they cannot make a session.
Finally we would like to thank you all for your support in the PE department. We have been very pleased with the excellent start to the year.

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Mrs Davis

Head of Girls' PE

Report from Head of Boys' Physical Education

Welcome back to all on what has been an excellent start to the 2019/20 academic year already in Boys PE. We welcome our new Year 7 intake who have made a great start and welcome back all years from 8-13 who hopefully look forward to another enjoyable year with us in many different forms of sport, whether it is
competing for a school team, taking part in an extra-curricular club or following our extensive school curriculum during lessons.

Year 7 have made a really positive start to their journey at Great Baddow. The boys have played a wide range of fixtures against Shenfield, Southend and King John in football. While also competing in a rugby festival at St Martins school and a basketball friendly against St. John Payne school in the first half term. Although a number of these fixtures have been friendlies on Saturday mornings, the boys have enjoyed playing in a host of A, B and C team fixtures.

Years 8 – 13 have continued where they left off at the end of the last academic year, showing hard work and commitment to school team fixtures and training across all sports in A and B team fixtures where applicable. These sports have included football, rugby, basketball cross country, table tennis, badminton, golf and trampoline. As the clocks change and winter draws in, basketball will start to gather momentum in the coming weeks after half term with many district, county and national matches taking place.

Well done to both the Junior and Inter-Boys cross country teams who competed in the first round of the national school’s cross country cup at Felsted School and we are awaiting confirmation of hopefully progressing to the next round in both age groups. Greg M and Jake B deserve special mentions with exceptional individual performances saw them finish first and sixth respectively in a strong field of well over eighty students in each race.Congratulations must also go to a number of boys who have been selected to represent Mid Essex and Essex in a range of football fixtures for district and county sides.

On the first weekend of October, we had the pleasure of taking fourteen Year 8 boys across to Jersey in the Channel Islands for our annual football tour. The boys performed excellently in both matches played and were a real credit to the school throughout.

Students will change activities for PE after half term. Can we please ask that students check the Programmes of Study board to ensure they know what activity they will be doing and that they have the correct PE kit. It is essential that students dress appropriately for PE. We have been very pleased with how they have embraced the extra-curricular programme in this short half term. We would still like to encourage anyone who has not tried a club in the PE department to come along and give one a go. Our clubs are fun and open to everyone to join in.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the students for their continued hard work and also parents for your support in bringing your children to clubs and collecting them.


Mr A Russell

Head of Boys' PE

Gold School Games Mark

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012 in the run up to the London Olympics. It’s designed to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

The Games Mark criteria cover a wide range of areas and it aims to increase participation in competition across the board and not just the select few.

Questions include;

What percentage of young people in your school are engaged in extra-curricular sporting activity every week?

  • On average over seven hundred extra-curricular sporting opportunities are undertaken by our Great Baddow students.

How many sports does your school provide Level 1 (Intra) competition?

  • At GBHS we offer twenty different sports throughout the year, clearly surpassing the target set by Games Mark of ten.

How many sports does your school provide Level 2 (Inter/against other schools) competition.

  • Again Great Baddow High School were well and truly clear of this target (six) as we take part in thirteen different level 2 competitions.

Other questions include, providing information on ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams and what percentage of students have an opportunity to ‘Learn to Lead’ through PE. Thanks to our close links with the Chelmsford School Sport Partnership over 38% of our students worked as leaders at primary events.

The School Games Mark sets challenging targets and Great Baddow High School can now be proud to be re-accredited ‘Gold’ School Games Mark this year.

Well done to all the students who made this possible, but a bigger thank you to the PE department, who without all the extra hours they commit to the department, achieving this recognition would be impossible.

Chris Huartson PE Department Assistant School Games Organiser