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SSP Cross Country 2017

With good overall conditions and nothing but blue skies this years cross county proved to be as popular as ever, with an amazing 92 children taking part. Overall 29 of our primary schools had students competing in the race which is truly outstanding.


All 92 runners should be extremely proud of their efforts in reaching the SSP finals and for their performances on the day. It was fantastic to see so many talented runners competing for the top spots as well as getting to watch lots of the School Games Values being demonstrated by lots of our other runners.

This year we would like to celebrate the runners that demonstrated the spirit of the games values of: determination, passion, self-belief, respect and honesty. To celebrate these values we have decided to pick a boy and a girl as this years spirit of the games winners (schools will find out soon).P1050424

We would also like to give Baslow St Anne’s CE Primary School a special mention for getting an amazing 12 runners through to the SSP finals, a new record!


Boys Results

1st Bakewell Cluster

2nd QEGS Cluster

3rd Hope Valley Cluster

4th Highields Cluster

5th Anthony Gell Cluster

Girls Results

1st Highfields Cluster

2nd QEGS Cluster

3rd Bakewell Cluster

4th Hope Valley Cluster

5th Anthony Gell Cluster

Finally we would like to say a massive thank you to all of the SSCO’s, QEGS Sports Leaders and the Highfields Sports Apprentices for helping to make this years event the best yet!


Year 3/4 Mini Tennis

Our annual Year 3/4 Mini Red Tennis tournament had 6 teams enter this year, doubling last years competition size. We had two teams from Osmaston (who have represented Rural Derbyshire at the School Games for the past couple of years), two teams from Turnditch, All Saints Juniors and Kniveton.

Straight from the start there was lot’s of great tennis on show for all to see with Turnditch A beating Kniveton in the first match. The closest match of the tournament came a little later when Kniveton managed to beat Osmaston B by 21-17, securing them a place in the semi final.

By the end of the pool matches four teams had secured their places in the semi finals. Turnditch A faced All Saints in the first semi final of the tournament and Osmaston A faced Kniveton in the second semi final.

Semi Final Results

Semi Final 1: Turnditch 38 – All Saints 15

Semi Final 2: Kniveton 15 – Osmaston 33

The 3/4th place playoff was between Kniveton and All Saints who looked evenly matched going into their final game, with both teams managing to score 15 points in the semi finals. This game proved to be more rewarding for both teams as Kniveton recorded 17 points, unfortunately for Kniveton though All Saints turned on the style and scored 29 points meaning they finished 3rd.

The Final game of the day. Turnditch A vs Osmaston A. The games started and it was clear to see why these two teams had made it to the final.  Throughout the final there were some excellent rallies and a real show of respect as players clapped and complimented each other on their points. The scores were in, Osmaston had managed to limit Turnditch to 30 points, the least that they had scored all tournament but Turnditch had also managed to limit Osmaston to even fewer with them scoring 21 points, also their lowest of the tournament.

Meaning this years trophy went back with Turnditch CofE Primary School. The final job of the day was to award the spirit of the games trophy. With so many teams showing huge amounts of respect, passion, determination, honesty and team work throughout it was a very tough decision that wasn’t decided until the very end of the day. As we packed away the equipment and proceeded to move into the minor hall for the presentation there was one young boy that stood out, he opened the door and without being asked continued to hold it open for all students, parents, teachers and young volunteers as they walked through, making my very difficult decision a lot easier! It was for this reason that Spirit of The Games trophy went to Kniveton CofE Primary School.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and teachers who helped our young leaders umpire the games and also to the schools and parents that helped to supply the equipment, we couldn’t have ran such a successful competition with out you all.

Year 7/8 Sportshall Athletics Results

Year 7 Boys:

1st Queen Elizabeths Grammar School

2nd Anthony Gell

3rd Lady Manners

4th Highfields

Year 7 Girls:

1st Queen Elizabeths Grammar School

2nd Lady Manners

3rd Anthony Gell School

4th Highfields

Year 8 Boys:

1st Queen Elizabeths Grammar School

2nd Lady Manners School

3rd Highfields

4th Anthony Gell

Year 8 Girls:

1st Lady Manners

2nd Queen Elizabeths Grammar School

3rd Highfields



County Table Tennis & Badminton Results

Table Tennis

U.13 Boys Individual

Gold = Samuel Cooper (Chapel High)

Silver = Oliver Barnett (Brookfield)

Bronze = Lawrence Hart (QEGS)


KS3 Boys – QEGS 3rd

KS3 Girls – Lady Manners 3rd

KS4 Boys – QEGS 3rd

KS4 Girls – Lady Manners 7th


Well done to all the teams that represented us at the county finals and congratulations on your achievements.




Mini Leader Training

The Mini Leader training is a programme aimed at year 5/6’s who show a passion for leadership in sport. It is a great way to improve children’s confidence skills as well as their organisational  skills. The mini leader training lasts for 2 hours with the first hour aimed at the theory side of being a mini leader and the second hour is aimed at the practical side.

St Annes CofE Primary School, Baslow, are the latest school to partake in the mini leader training. Their year 6 pupils were trained up at the start of the academic year in order to prepare them for the challenges of becoming a Mini Leader.

They took part in a range of activities and challenges to prepare them for their role as a Mini Leader including: workshops on what makes a good leader; scenario cards;  game planning and  game and activity analysis. As a Mini leader they will be expected to plan and run playtime and lunchtime games for the younger students, to do this they will need to work with the Midday supervisors to plan their activities.

On returning a month later I was able to observe the Mini Leaders running their practical sessions for the reception, year 1 and year 2 students. The Mini Leaders said “Since becoming a Mini Leader our confidence has grown and we have improved our leadership skills whilst also getting to know the younger students better.”

When asked what their favourite parts of being a mini leader was their replies were all very similar as they all agreed that helping the younger students to play together nicely was the best part.

If you’re a school that have bought into the RDSSP then why not book some Mini Leader Training for your year 5/6’s? 100% of the mini leaders would suggest this programme to other schools as its “Great for your confidence and gets everyone involved in activities they love to do.”

To find out more about this scheme please email Janice Price



SSP Tag Rugby Finals

Our annual tag rugby tournament may have changed venues this year, but it was as successful as ever. Lady Manners School located in Bakewell provided the perfect venue for our frosty afternoon of Tag Rugby. Not only did they provide the facilities but they also provided a group of fantastic young officials as well as some spectacular views.

Nine teams from across Rural Derbyshire competed for two hours to win the trophy (and to keep warm) with teams playing 8 matches each. The games exploded into life from the starting whistle with 23 tries being scored in the first round of games! The tries didn’t slow down either, with every game showcasing some amazing end to end rugby.

Despite the cold weather everything went according to plan, thanks to the hard work of everybody involved. One Headteacher said “it was extremely well organised, ran to time and the referees all knew what they were doing and stuck to the same rules! Staff felt it was a very positive experience and thoroughly enjoyable.”

At the end of all the games the players formed a tunnel and clapped the sports leaders through to say thank you for being so friendly, polite and professional at all times. By the end the temperature had plummeted a few more degrees so we quickly moved onto the competition results and the spirit of the games results.

9th place – Bonsall

8th place – Osmaston

7th place – Hulland  (Spirit of the Games winners)

6th place – Bradwell

5th place – Longstone B

4th place – Longstone A

3rd place – All Saints

2nd place – Lea

1st place – Turnditch

We would like to congratulate all the teams for taking part and say a huge thank you to Lady Manners for the fantastic leaders.


SSP Results


1st Osmaston

2nd Longstone

3rd Lea

Spirit Of The Games  Turnditch

Mini Soccer (Small schools)

1st Hathersage

2nd Longstone

3rd St Josephs

Spirit Of The Games  Baslow

Mini Soccer (Big Schools)

1ST All Saints

2nd Parkside & Wirksworth Juniors

3rd Wirksworth Juniors B

Mini Soccer (Girls)

1st Parkside

2nd Osmaston

3rd Lea & Osmaston B

Spirit Of The Games  Lea

Cross Country

Boys Individual                 Girls Individual

1st Ellis Cameron               1st Olivia Allen

2nd Jake Walklett               2nd Fion Patton

3rd Jack Bullock                  3rd Freya Lester

Boys Team                          Girls Team

1st QEGS                              1st Highfields

2nd Highfields                     2nd QEGS

3rd Anthony Gell                3rd Bakewell

Tag Rugby

1st Turnditch

2nd Lea

3rd All Saints

Spirit of the Games Hulland