Posted: 7th February 2024

  • Sarum Hall School enjoys success at the London Schools Gymnastics Competition
  • School aims to embed a lifelong love and appreciation of sport for all pupils
  • Competitions enjoyed so far this year include football, netball and gymnasticS
  • Other sports on offer include fencing, chess, swimming, cricket, cross country and dance

Belsize Park, London, February 2024: –

Sarum Hall School took part in the London Schools Gymnastics competition this month and the under 9’s proudly walked away achieving second place, having competed against many top London schools.

Next year the team are aiming for first place with their teacher Miss Vettese saying “I’m so proud of the gymnastics team. They displayed exceptional poise and focus throughout this tough competition. Placing second will really motivate us to reach for first place next year.”


The under 11’s narrowly missed out on third place too, an incredible effort, especially given that just 2 years ago Gymnastics wasn’t even a featured sport at the school.

The School has placed great emphasis on sport in recent years.  PE teacher Miss Vettese joined in 2022 and has since driven the sporting achievements of the school forward with great enthusiasm. Competitions and fixtures with other schools have more than trebled and the school have invested heavily in new equipment and resources for the PE department.

Highlights this year will see Miss Vettese take a group of netballers of all abilities to a special training weekend at Condover Hall in Shropshire. They will enjoy a fun-packed stay and develop their interpersonal and key skills both on and off the court. And this summer the whole school can look forward to their first ever full day swimming gala.

Miss Vettese continues, “An appreciation of sport is a gift that I hope to give all of our pupils. Sport is so important for young people and has been undervalued for many years. My aim is to give pupils of all abilities a love and appreciation of sport from a young age. I am proud of the sporting accolades that we are starting to achieve and I can’t wait to see us continue to compete across a range of disciplines.”

Miss Karen Coles, Headmistress at Sarum Hall School, says: “While we strive to be the very best in sport that we can be, sport is about more than just winning. The life lessons that sport can teach our children go far beyond the physical benefits. Sport helps to develop character and to learn important skills such as respect, problem solving, resilience, perseverance, confidence and collaboration. The benefits are endless and it is wonderful to see our children achieve so much in such a short time.”





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