Excellence in the Sixth Form
Greensward Academy is in the top 4% nationally for A level and academic value added. Congratulations to all our staff and students in the Sixth Form for such an outstanding achievement.
GWA Chess Team Victorious at ECF Tournament
With barely two minutes left in a taut, tense and tentative battle of wits and nerves, an unguarded queen gave James Rowan the opportunity to edge ahead and give his team a vital win in Greensward’s debut English Chess Federation tournament entry. In the third round of a 6-team round robin, all eyes had fallen on this heavyweight battle between two of the most impressive players on the day. His win was added to that of Sathurjan’s, and proved to be crucial in securing the title.
Ranked 1 and 2 in the team, James and Sathurjan’s 100% winning record throughout the competition reflected the incredible talent that Greensward’s Chess Club has developed over recent years and was testament to all that have attended. Indeed, if it wasn’t for the five wins also picked up by younger chess club members Ross Millard and Matthew Jarvis, things would have played out very differently and left Greensward off the podium completely. Becoming champions in Greensward’s first ever ECF tournament entry is an incredible achievement for the boys, especially when considering that only James had any previous experience of competitive chess, or of time constraints. With proud coaches Mr Bailey, Mr Aitken, and Mr Worgan looking on, it was an unforgettable day for the team, and will stand the academy in good stead for future competitions.
If you are interested in learning how to play, make your way to the library on Tuesday lunchtimes to receive tuition from Mr Worgan and club members. If you are unable to make Tuesdays, or just fancy a game, Mr Bailey’s chess club is open every day at break time and lunch in the library, where you’ll find plenty of willing opponents waiting to play you.