Boughton Monchelsea Primary School has a rich and successful sporting tradition and prides itself on the variety of activities that are provided for the children. In recent years the school has won two county tournaments, which is a remarkable achievement for a one form per year group school.
The school were the Kent Primary School netball champions in 1989 and semi finalists in 1991. In 2001 the Kent Kwik Cricket Tournament was won (and this from an entry of over 400 schools). The previous year we were placed fourth in the country. All major Maidstone and district football and netball competitions have been won several times and there has also been triumphs in athletics, rounders and hockey tournaments.
Over the years the school has had many pupils be selected at county and district level. Ex pupil Craig Wilkins has played football at Nationwide Conference level, Louise Watson represented Great Britain and England at senior level athletics and has won national awards and hockey player Natalie Seymour has represented Great Britain and England and won a Commenwelth bronze medal at the 2010 games in Delhi!
Remarkably even in the 1920s and 1930s the school had a great sporting record, particularly in regards to athletics, winning many trophies and having several pupils gaining representative honours.
The school currently offers a variety of extra curricular sports and there are school teams in football (boys and girls), netball, cricket, rounders, athletics and swimming. In addition, pupils are able to pursue community run sessions at the school in swimming, gymnastics, dance, tennis, multi-sports, basketball and karate.
The sporting facilities are excellent with the school having a superb indoor heated swimming pool, a school field with an athletics track, hard play area with netball courts and use of the local recreation ground with football, athletics, basketball and cricket facilities. The school encourages children to adopt a healthy lifestyle and passes on information about local courses and clubs.
We have visiting coaches at various times of the year and our continuing commitment to PE and sport was one of the contributing factors to our Healthy Schools Award in 2007.
International swimmer Nick Gillingham MBE opened the refurbished school pool in 2000 and this is used by all pupils on a regular basis. In 2007 our new hall, named after Wendy and Graham Clarke, was opened by the Kent and England cricketer Geraint Jones MBE. The splendid facility of over 1502m provides a much improved environment for sporting activities and is regularly used by the community as well as the school.
The school is proud of its "Activemark" status from Sport England. This involved the whole school working together to review its programmes of physical activity, both during school lessons and in extra curricular activities. We were presented with this award at a county ceremony in Ashford in July 2004. In 2006 we gained FA Charter status, recognising the high standard of football coaching in place at Boughton Monchelsea.
Since 2006 we have been active members of the School Sports Partnership, working collaboratively with other schools in Maidstone. This has allowed us to provide additional sporting opportunities for pupils and to have access to improved staff training. In July 2007 a Health and Fitness Week introduced pupils to a range of new activities, including orienteering, self defence and skipping.
In 2009 the school once again recieved an Activemark award and in January 2010 the school was nominated for the best Primary School in Physical Education and School Sport in our area by the Maidstone Schools Sports Partnership.