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Market Drayton Junior School

Market Drayton Junior School

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School Games

School Games

We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded the Platinum Award for School Games for the second time, in recognition of all the sport the children participate in.




Intra School – Level 1


Throughout the year we have many opportunities for the children to compete against each other in a range of different sports. Within our Physical Education lessons, the children progress through the skills and work towards a mini competition within their classes. We also have opportunities for teams to play each other in preparation for upcoming competitions either at lunchtimes or after school. In addition to this, we also have events such as the Robert Spiers Football tournament.


The Kevin Mann memorial race is another annual event, in which all year groups enter their long distance runners to take part in the races. We also have our annual Sports Day where the children compete against children from their year groups to gain points for their house team.

Inter School – Level 2


Once we have had our Intra-Schools competitions, we then select teams to progress onto the Level 2 competitions which are between local schools. We have 12 schools in our local area that have worked together with ActivSports to create a year round competition calendar. This in itself provides our children with excellent sporting possibilities and allows them to play against other schools competitively.


Winter competitions – cross country, netball, tag rugby, hockey, gymnastics, sports hall athletics, handball, basketball


Summer competitions – orienteering, NAK, dodgeball, archery, rounders, tri-gold, mini red tennis, football, cricket, swimming gala

School Games - Level 3


This is the county level, where the winning teams from Level 2 progress. The standard at this competition is fantastic and the children gain a real sense of achievement when they reach this stage. We have a wealth of sporting ability within our school and have been able to provide many children with the opportunity to compete at this level.


You can find out more about the School Games and how it works here:



We aim to provide the children with opportunities to work with a range of people from different sporting backgrounds to inspire them and develop belief in achieving their goals. These workshops have been extremely valuable for all children as they have come away with a range of skills, not necessarily all linked to sport.


Several professionals have been into school to run workshops with the children e.g. Sasha from Hoola Nation led workshops with each class to inspire children to start Hoola Hooping and to discover the different health benefits that it has.


In addition, Danielle Brown visited the school to share her Paralympic and Olympic success story with the children.


We also welcomed Paul Sturgess, former Basketball player for the Harlem Globe Trotters and World’s tallest basketball player. He shared his success story with the children in a whole school assembly and then ran workshops with each class teaching them basketball skills and tricks.

Spirit of the Games


The 'Spirit of the Games' values underpin the School Games Festival and are important to instil in the children to develop good sportsmanship in all areas of PE and Sport.


Each year, we are recognise these values within our PE curriculum as well as during the competitions, and we give the children the opportunity to be nominated for demonstrating these values. Nominations will then be considered by the sports committee and winners will receive a medal engraved with the 'Spirit of the Games' value. All nominations will also receive a certificate in recognition of their effort. We hope this will encourage the children to develop their sportsmanship skills even further.

The Spirit of the Games values are:



With others and with yourself. Have the courage to do the right thing. Be truthful and promote fairness in every situation.



Treat everyone equally, support each other and work together to have fun and achieve. Celebrate each other’s’ success. Be a good friend and a positive team player in school, sport and life.



Treating others politely and with understanding. Accepting life’s ‘ups and downs’ with grace. Respect every day, in everything you do and for everyone around you.


Self belief

You’ve got to believe to achieve. Have the self-belief and confidence to succeed and reach your personal best.



Giving it 100%, putting your heart and soul into whatever you are doing and never giving up. Care about what you do and the people around you, and approach each opportunity with enthusiasm and positivity.



Keep going no matter what. Determination is about the journey you go on to push yourself and achieve your dreams. Have the mental strength and the self-discipline to overcome obstacles, commit to your goals and keep working every day to become the very best you can be. Don’t hold back!

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