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Greensward Academy offers a multitude of extra curricular activities before school, during the lunch break and after school.  Whether you are sporty, dramatic, artistic, scientific, mathematical or linguistic or are simply looking for revision sessions, there will be something to suit you.  

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Many activities are organised and led by staff giving freely of their own time and we encourage all students to take advantage of these excellent opportunities. 

Volunteer Police Cadet Unit - click on the link for more details and how to apply.  



 After all the sacrifices, castlings, forkings, promotions, en passants, checks, tears, laughter and gambits, the 2015-16 Greensward Chess Tournament finally came to end, with Year 12 James Rowan crowned champion.  It was a fiercely fought final, befitting of a tournament which captured the imaginations of all participants and observers.  Jonathon Grey finished as runner-up, which should be considered an outstanding achievement in itself as he bested early favourite Sathurjan in the semi-finals.

With all staff members knocked out and a Year 12, Year 8 and two Year 11 students making the last four, the semi-finals were the perfect showcase for the outstanding talent apparent in this year’s young cohort. After a thrilling surge through the initial knock-out phases, Ross Millard finally met his match as he fell 2-1 to eventual champion James Rowan. His efforts and giant-killings will live long in the memory and will place him as one of the favourites come next year’s tournament.

It was James though, who took the trophy and winner’s prize home.  This follows James’ impressive Essex Junior Championship win, and reflects his dedication and commitment to the game. Most of the tournament’s participants were in attendance as 2015 champion Mr Aitken handed over the much-lauded trophy and vintage chess set to this year’s winner.  Runner-up Jonathon also received his prize as both were applauded for their remarkable efforts.

If you have an interest in chess, or would like to learn more about it, come to the library at any break time or lunchtime where you will find plenty of willing players to help you get to grips with the wonderful game. All ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged to join.


19 February 2016 - the Equestrian Team consisting of Faith Claydon (Ellie), Lucy McGrath (Cloud), Megan Papworth (Rosie), Jordan Murphy (Suzi) and Olivia McCaul (Leo) competed this week for the First time at Wix Equestrian Centre in Manningtree.  A bit further to travel but worth the visit.

Equestrian Team Wix Equestrian Centre Competition

The team were wearing their new jackets and saddle pads very kindly supplied by their sponsor Anthony Dockerill of ARDS Photographic.

Jordan started the day with a lovely round in the 70cm and then joined Faith, Lucy and Megan in the 80cm, unfortunately the team had a few fences down so finished outside the rosettes.

In the 90cm Faith and Megan retired, Lucy had a fence down and Olivia had a refusal which again meant we missed out on being placed.   In the final class of the day Olivia and Leo completed a super clear round in the 1m securing 3rd place.

Although the day was not as successful in winning rosettes, it was a day for trying new things like the venue, its set up and jumping surface, gaining experience by jumping a new height and tackling new fences and learning about the ponies’ and riders’ capabilities and strengths.  Once again the Team was outstanding in their behaviour, their attitude and their support of one another.   As their sponsor says “The students are a credit to the school in performance and attitude".

A big thank you to the parents for supporting the students and getting them to events.   Thanks also to Anthony Dockerill of ARDS Photographic for his support of the team and for taking some great photos (

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