This year Bradon Forest School’s annual event, celebrating students’ sporting achievements from current Year 8 to Year 11, over the last year, took place on Thursday 6 October during Women in Sports Week.
Students’ were rewarded for their outstanding achievements and development in over a dozen sports ranging from Dance to Rugby. Speeches were made by the school’s Sports’ Ambassadors, Tommy Elbrow and Caitlyn O’Neil to open the evening event.
A keen sports woman, Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Julie Dickson, presented the sports awards. Mrs Dickson has competed in National Fencing Championships in the past and played hockey for Swindon until recent years. Mrs Dickson said, “I am so pleased to be able to celebrate the achievement of our students in sport. I really appreciate how hard they have worked and particularly appreciate the discipline needed to compete at a National or International level.”
National Standards Awards were given to students for their achievements in competing in National or International Tournaments and topically this year the awards all went to girls. Ella Billingham, Kyra Jones, Lucy Tucker and Isobel Webb received the Dance award. Hannah Peachey picked up the football award and the gymnastics award was given to Hannah Dagg, Jessica Lomas, Joanna Rosowska and Taylor Toyn.
Leadership Awards were given to individuals that had helped with running and organising many of the sporting events and fixtures particularly with partner Primary Schools. Sports Students of the Year for 2015/2016 were awarded to Year 7 to 10 students; Riley Saunders, Madge Hutchinson, Tobias Lango, Jasmine Gregory, Harrison Mace, Jasmine Payne, Louis Brown and Phoebe Skelton.
Mr Andy Hartley, Head of PE, said, “I am proud to be able to celebrate the outstanding sports success of our dedicated students. We often compete against specialist sports schools and colleges, and the fact we can hold our own is a credit to the passion of both our staff and our students. We are very excited about our new Sports Hall that will be ready very soon and are looking forward to using it for training and matches over the coming year.”