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Elite sports report

6 November 2014

After a series of successful team trials in September, we’re very pleased that the Elite Sports teams are making great strides.


Year 7 Netball trials took place early in term. Pupils completed a series of drills testing specific skills such as shooting, passing and footwork. The standard was exceptional. Pupils were chosen for their decision-making and leadership skills, along with their ability to communicate and work well as a team.

The girls are coached each week by Miss McNestry, Miss White and an external Level One netball coach. Early sessions are very promising and we’re aiming to represent the school and local community in competitions by the end of the year.


Pupils from Year 7, 8 and 9 were given an opportunity to show their abilities on the court. The players selected are now taking part in weekly sessions aimed at developing individual basketball skills as well as building team spirit in preparations for fixtures.

The team is already making solid progress – benefitting from the chance to play more and to learn the general skills of moving up and down the court as quickly as possible. In particular, it’s good to see Callum Burgess-Leah showing good effort and acting upon feedback. Matthew Fleming also shows dogged determination in defence. The sign of good things to come!


Fifty of the best footballers in Year 7 made their way to the Sobell Centre in September, where the PE staff got a first chance to observe the talent of the new cohort! During the trial, pupils were tested to their limits: required to demonstrate independence when leading group warm-ups, technical skills, and decision-making during matches.

The highlight of the evening came during the 7-a-side matches in which staff were treated to highly entertaining end-to-end football, goals galore, scrambles in the goalmouth, the rattling of crossbars and heroic goalkeeping. The teams are now all confirmed and training proceeds apace. Congratulations are already due to Year 8 football team who – after a humbling 6-0 defeat to Hurstmere in September – returned with renewed determination to beat Central Foundation School 3-2 in October, putting them through to the third round of the London cup.

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