QEGS among top schools for sport

Date: Tuesday 27th November 2018

QUEEN Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith, is among the top one per cent of sporting state schools in the UK, according to School Sports magazine.

It was 27th in the magazine’s annual chart, which is compiled from state schools’ results in 20 different sports across more than 120 national competitions.

QEGS’ teams performed well in a range of sports last year, with some impressive results which included:

The boys’ team reaching the English schools cross-country cup final and the girls’ team coming third in the national schools’ cross-country relay.

The boys’ and girls’ key stage 3 badminton teams, and boys’ key stage 4 team reaching the county finals.

The junior boys’ tennis team winning the county championships.

The under-15 rugby team making it to the semi-finals of the national NatWest Vase competition and winning the Cumbria cup.

A gold medal for the under-14 gymnastics team and a silver for the under-19s.

Head of PE Alastair Worth said: “Our main aim in all the sports we do at QEGS is for the students to enjoy themselves. Winning is always less important to us than whether they have done the best they can and had a good time, and we operate a policy of ‘if you train, you play’.

“Our teams worked incredibly hard last year and their obvious enjoyment has been reflected in the success and recognition they have achieved, which is fully deserved. We are very proud of them all.”

A spokesman for School Sports magazine said: “Our top sporting state schools of the year reflects competitive achievement in a range of sports throughout 2018 and honours those schools that take competitive sport especially seriously.

“An indication of just how difficult it is to reach the list can be seen when you realise that reaching the top 30 means you are in the top one per cent of sporting schools in the country.”