Sport in The Sir John Colfox Academy is one of the areas that is valued highly in the Personal development of student’s abilities and life skills. Students are encouraged to work on not only their practical abilities, but also their teamwork and leadership skills. Working together in lessons to perform activities and devise strategies to complete tasks forms an important part of our curriculum, and by asking student’s to lead warm ups and activities we are looking to improve communication and confidence.
Participation in extra-curricular is strong, and we continue our tradition of playing a large number of fixtures against other schools in a variety of different sports. All over the County our reputation for sporting participation and excellence continues to grow, and we have received National recognition by reaching the Chance to shine Cricket finals held at Edgbaston Cricket ground and the English Schools Cross Country finals. One of the most pleasing things has been that when I attend fixtures or County tournaments PE teachers from different schools often come up and say ‘Oh, you’re Colfox. We have heard about you!’
Our Extra-Curricular Sporting Activities:
- Cross Country
Alongside the fixtures played we built on our commitment of trips to sporting events to educate students in elite level sport. We ran our first Netball tour, took students to tennis, cricket, rugby, athletics and netball games, and provided sporting activities for all in our activities week.
- Exeter Chiefs Matchday experience (Rugby)
- Team Bath v Manchester Thunder (Netball)
- Hampshire v Middlesex (T20 Cricket)
- Wimbledon (Tennis)
- Birmingham Athletics
- ‘Can do’ games (Sailing, Windsurfing)
- Dorset Cycling Championships
Alongside our Curricular and Extra Curricular activities we run a highly successful Leadership programme. Our SSCO works hard to link our students in with the primary school events, taking a variety of students across all year groups to supervise and run the activities for the younger pupils. This is one of our most popular schemes, and the students who are selected invest a lot of time and effort, but get huge rewards for their work.
Sporting achievements 2017-2018:
Colfox celebrate sporting success with awards evening.
On Wednesday 3rd October The Sir John Colfox Academy held its annual Sports Presentation Evening. Headteacher David Herbert opened the event and addressed a hall full of students and families. He thanked the PE department and paid to tribute to them for providing one of the busiest extra-curricular programmes in the county with a wide variety of sports on offer. On top of that he thanked the team for putting on so many opportunities to go as a school and watch major sporting events together including, cricket, rugby, netball and basketball
Head of PE Gary Littlechild explained that the level of sporting success this year was exceptional, with many teams gaining National, Regional and County recognition for their performances, as well as some outstanding individual performances. Mr Littlechild stated that although it is fantastic for the school to be recognised in these instances, the main aim of the school is to run an extensive extra-curricular programme that gives all students the chance to attend. Sports such as Tennis, Handball and Table Tennis have all been given a much higher profile leading to increased numbers of students attending clubs.
Some of the highlights included the Yr10 Boys football team winning the area cup. Cross Country was again one of our most successful sports, with the Year 7 boys winning the area and County competition. This team also came runners up in the South of England competition that allowed them to go to the national finals. There were also wins for the Junior Boys (area and County), Inter Boys (area) and Inter Girls (area). Cricket was the other big success this year, with numerous teams performing well. In the eight-a-side softball competition, the U15 and U13 team won the County tournament, with the U13 going on to win the South West Regional tournament. The U12 won the County Cup Plate competition, and the U13 reached the final of the full County cup, where they narrowly lost to Clayesmore. The U13 and U15 team were also the area winners of the cricket tournament. In Netball we placed as runners up in the U13 area competition, and were fourth in the County, whilst in rounders’ the U14 team won the area competition.
Throughout the evening prizes were awarded for outstanding performances in each year group, as well as every student recognised for their participation by being awarded a certificate. Awards were then presented by sponsors. After the individual awards had finished, the School sporting colours were handed out. These are given to those students who have shown a high level of commitment and perseverance throughout the year in each activity, which always allows the evening to end on a positive note.
Alongside the sporting success, Irene Fairly was given a special mention for the outstanding amount of time and effort that is put into the school leadership programme, where a huge number of events are run by the students to encourage primary school children from the Bridport area to take part in sport. Mr Littlechild indicated that without the continuing commitment and expertise from Mrs Fairley, and the enthusiasm of the students, the primary school events would be much harder to organise and oversee.[Not a valid template]