Kings Mill School has always had a great tradition of participating and actively competing in a wide variety of activities and sports over the years. With our sports hall, Rebound Therapy room and Hydro pool we have great facilities available in school. We have introduced new and exciting sporting opportunities for the pupils in the form of a lunch time sports club, the after school sports club (run by Martin with the assistance of Kelsie and Niamh) and the after school dance club that continues to run. These clubs have been extremely popular and the pupils have a great time whilst engaging in a variety of physical activities. If you would like any information about any of the school clubs, please contact the office and they will give you all the information you need.
We have also a developed a fantastic community partnership with local sports clubs, community groups and other local schools over the years which we aim to maintain. These local groups have given us the opportunity to use their facilities such as fields, all weather pitches and a variety of indoor spaces.
Andy Watts sadly retired in the summer of 2019 after many years of great service. He did a remarkable job whilst organising sports at Kingsmill School and we can’t thank him enough for what he helped us to accomplish as a school. We have since welcomed Martin and Tom to promote physical activity in school and they will strive to maintain our excellent standards. As part of his new role, Martin Cattle now delivers sport across the whole school whilst enabling teachers and support staff to improve their delivery of P.E. by working closely alongside him. On top of this Martin and Tom organise P.E. across the whole school to ensure that our pupils receive a variety of high quality physical activities during their time at Kingsmill School.
The pupils of Kingsmill currently have access to traditional sports such as: football, rugby, netball, basketball, hockey, cricket, athletics, tennis, volleyball, badminton, fitness/circuit training, dance, golf, table tennis, Parkour and swimming. In addition to this our pupils also take part in a selection of disability and adapted sports and activities such as: Boccia, New Age Kurling, Goalball, Table Cricket, Polybat, Dodgeball, Handball and seated volleyball.
On average, as a school, we compete against other schools (both mainstream and special schools) in over 30 sporting events each year. We aim to ensure that all of our young people get the opportunity to take part and compete in physical activities as we believe this provides them with invaluable life skills and experiences.
Over the years we have consistently had the largest number of Yorkshire and Humber Champions in athletics and swimming with some of our pupils competing in national finals. We have also become a leader in Boccia and Table Cricket, qualifying for regional and national finals in both, as well as competing in the largest disability rugby festival in Europe (and winning it!)
The school were recognised by the Youth Sport Trust as their Lead Inclusion School and Innovation School for the Humber region since 2014 promoting inclusion in physical education and sport in all schools and educational establishments as well as community groups and in 2016 we won School of the Year which was presented by the Yorkshire Federation of Disability Sports Organisation as well as gaining the Gold Award for Sport awarded by Sainsbury’s School Games. The Gold Award continued until 2018 when we were awarded the highest award possible – the Platinum award! We are extremely proud of these past achievements but we will continue to strive towards greater things in the future.
We believe that our pupils can achieve great things with the right support. Each year we train a selection of our pupils to be Sports Leaders so that they develop the confidence and ability to assist in the delivery of sporting activities. The current leaders supported the school during Sport Relief as well as a variety of other sporting events. We are very proud of the achievements and we look forward to creating more Sports Leaders in the future.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the pupils, staff, governors and the Friends of Kingsmill as all of this would not have been achieved without the dedication and hard work of everybody involved. It’s been a great team effort and we endeavour to maintain the high standards we have set ourselves.