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Gospel Oak Won Camden Active School Award 2018-2019

Back in July ten children attended the Active Schools Awards at the Camden Centre at Talacre Sports Centre. On behalf of Gospel Oak, they accepted the School & Community Games award for top primary school in the borough (probably the hardest and most prestigious category to win). This award is allocated based on points accrued from:
  • How successful in borough competitions schools were. Gospel Oak won: the Girls Cricket tournament, Girls Football Tournament, Year ¾ and Years 5&6 Key Steps Gymnastics, Basketball, Year 4 Quad Kids, Year 5/6 Athletics, Year ¾ Football, Benchball & Sports Hall Athletics competitions. Also, several B team competitions such as netball, rugby and rounders. We also came 2nd and 3rd in the vast majority of the other competitions (swimming, year 5/6 tennis, girls year 3&4 football, rugby etc). 6 teams were also invited, as Camden champions, to represent Camden in the London School Games.
  • How many competitions were entered and how many children participated. 99.4% of children in years 2-5 represented the school in at least one inter-school match this year (average 3.5) and Gospel Oak entered over 50 different competitions covering a range of 16 different sports.

This is a terrific achievement as many other Camden primary schools now take sport very seriously (over half now emulate Gospel Oak by employing specialist PE teachers or coaches). Many, many children have trained hard and always given up their time to represent the school with enthusiasm and determination. However, special congratulations go to those children who have shown outstanding dedication throughout their time at Gospel Oak. Special thanks also to  Nathan Pallas, Luke McCann, Adam Khalid and Lisa McInally who have trained and escorted teams on trips - as well as all the other staff that have assisted at events and released children to make this possible.


All children at Gospel Oak have two PE lessons a week (see below to find out when):
  • At Key Stage 1 these might be: games, gymnastics, dance, athletics (running, jumping, throwing) or swimming.
  • At Key Stage 2 these might be: games, gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming or outdoor activities/pursuits (primarily accessed through activities on year 6 school journey) 
  • From years 1-6 one PE lesson a week is taught by Jef Gooding (a secondary trained PE teacher) and the other session by the class teacher or the instructor at Kentish Town swimming pool. Click here for info on PE Kit

  • We have been been awarded CS&CG Gold (see below). We have also been awarded Active Mark Gold status for our sporting provision and sporting achievement. Gospel Oak is one of only 3 primary schools in Inner London to be awarded gold status. Before the 2012 London Olympics Sebastian Coe visited the school to present the award. Click here for pictures and videos.

Clubs and Extra-Curricular Sports

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Outside the PE curriculum after school clubs and sessions were held in: girls, boys and mixed football, netball, x-country, cricket, athletics, rounders, gymnastics, rugby and basketball.  Nathan Pallas has run open lunchtime clubs 5 days a week at which most children from years 1-6 have attended. Kevin McCabe and Luke McCann organised and refereed football matches in the junior playground every lunch hour. GOSA and the school have organised a very successful fun run for the seventh year. Between them, the pupils from Reception to Year 6 (almost 420 children) ran almost 1000 miles and raised thousands of pounds in sponsorship money. 

Inter-School Competitions

Whilst fun and high rates of participation are the main focus (over 60 KS2 children took part in each of the athletics and X-country events), the end result of the children's enthusiasm is that Gospel Oak is still the most successful school in Camden in sports competitions. Children have this year taken part in over 80 inter-school fixtures - all children from years 2-6 have represented the school. The Camden Schools Sports Association runs leagues and tournaments throughout the year which 38 primary schools take part in. 

15 children were selected to represent Camden in the School Games at Crystal Palace (athletics, basketball and gymnastics). At this event (the biggest children's sports event in Europe) they competed against the most talented children in London at a world class venue.

Selection for School Teams

This is often a contentious issue for both children and parents. Whilst it is true that some children are selected more often than others, any child that attends school sports clubs and training sessions will be offered the opportunity to represent the school in a fixture - if at all possible.

Of the 38 primary schools in Camden, Gospel Oak enters the most events and is proud that all children are given more sporting opportunities than at any other school in the borough. In the 2018-2019 year 238 of the 240 children in KS2 represented the school in a sports fixture.

Children are selected for sports teams by different criteria depending on the event. 

Low Level Events. Camden Sports Development Team host many "inclusive" events every year. We aim to participate in as many of these as possible. Last year we entered 6 different competitions.

Mid Level "B Team" Events: Due to demand, many CSSA events are over-subscribed which limits the number of children that can potentially participate. However, whenever possible, Gospel Oak will enter an B team as well as a A team. Some CSSA events, such as the Cross Country event, allow up to 80 entries which, for the last 15 years, has allowed us to take all 60 year 3 children - regardless of ability.

High Level Events: Many CSSA events are a very high standard and it would be foolish to select children other than primarily on ability (otherwise children will be completely outclassed and potentially disheartened and humiliated).

Friendly matches: Children who have seldom participated are always prioritised for these fixtures. However, it is very difficult to arrange such fixtures. Most schools are reluctant to take on extra workload and if they do, tend to bring higher ability children that know the rules. Opportunities are therefore limited. As such, children who are keen and make the effort to attend clubs/practices will always be prioritised over children who show little commitment or interest.

Younger Children: For obvious reasons, almost every formal competitive sports event is for KS2 children only. The vast majority of these are are targeted at year 5&6 children. Opportunities for year 3&4 children are therefore relatively limited - unless they are particularly talented and can physically cope with playing with older children.

PE Days - 2019 - Autumn Term

RKTuesdays and Fridays (shorts, t-shirt, barefeet all lessons)
RSTuesdays and Thursdays (shorts, t-shirt, barefeet all lessons)
1CJ & 1NWednesdays (games) and Thursdays (gymnastics)
2L & 2ITuesdays (games) and Wednesdays (gymnastics)
3C & 3TMondays (swimming) and Wednesday (games)
4MS & 4JMondays (gymnastics) and Friday (swimming)
5E & 5TMonday (gymnastics) and Thursdays (games)
6C & 6AWednesdays (games) and Fridays (dance)

PE Kit

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Illness and Injury

If your child is unable to participate in a PE lesson please ensure you write them a note to explain the reason to the teacher.

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