Broadstairs school Haddon Dene celebrates gold award for its sporting achievements

CHAMPS: The Haddon Dene swimmers

A Broadstairs school has been awarded the School Games Gold Mark for its commitment to developing competition across the school and community.

Haddon Dene Prep School in Gladstone Road was commended for its hard work in the School Games Mark scheme, which was set up by the Government in 2012 to ensure young people have access to competitive sport.

Haddon Dene boasts a list of sporting achievements this year, including reaching the regional Primary School Swimming Championships, winning the Thanet Schools Swimming Championships (U10) and the boys’ team winning a gold medal at the British Schools Biathlon preliminary round. 

Haddon Dene pupils taking part in the Swim Safe scheme.

Four children also reached the National Schools Biathlon Championships and the school’s netball team came sixth out of 26 at the Thanet Netball Championships. 

Pupils also took part in Swim England’s Swim Safe Campaign at Margate beach.

The award was given in recognition of the breadth of sports the school offers including horse riding, fencing, yoga and mindfulness, netball, football, tennis, rounders and swimming. 

Headteacher Joanne Parpworth said: “We are so thrilled to receive this award in recognition of the sporting opportunities we offer our children. 

“Mrs Crompton, Mrs Dyer and Mr Pullman are a dedicated team, offering the finest curriculum in physical education. 

“Many of our children are selected to join competitive clubs as a result of the skills they have built during their time with us.”