2019
LONDON BOROUGH WINNERS

Carolyn Thorpe

Deputy Headteacher

Barking and Dagenham
Becontree Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Carolyn has worked at Becontree for 25 years and every year she brings something new to the table. Carolyn researched, planned and implemented a bespoke Becontree Walk. It was a 100 Mile Challenge to get our school community more active in line with the national Daily Mile initiative. “

“Carolyn wasn't happy to implement a simple daily mile experience for children; instead she has planned a range of 15 minutes exercise classes that take place before school, during lunchtimes, in the local park and in the school hall.”

Barking and Dagenham

John King

Site Manager

Barnet
Coppetts Wood Primary School

Quote from nominator: “John started a girls’ football competition for primary schools in Barnet, as a tribute to him, there is now the John King Trophy for this tournament which is the subject of fierce competition every year.”

“John gives up an enormous amount of his own time to take children to sporting competitions, from football, netball to cross country. Without his dedication, the children would not have these opportunities.”

Barnet

Vicky Bull

PE Specialist Teacher

Bexley
St Fidelis Catholic Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Vicky's impact at our school extends beyond the PE curriculum into playtimes and lunchtimes. She leads a team of fantastic pupil Sports Leaders and committed Midday Supervisors, in providing activities beyond lesson time that is sociable, fun and energetic. “

“Every playtime Vicky provides children with opportunities to play competitive sports independently, to practice specific sporting skills, to dance to the music they most love at the moment or to talk to trusted adults about their successes or worries.”

Bexley

Konstantina Giachnaki

Sports Coach and PE Specialist

Brent
Kilburn Grange School

Quote from nominator: “In Konstantina’s life she has had lots of people telling her that 'she can't' and through sport she has learnt that 'she can'. Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like it to win and lose, it teaches you about life. This is the message she aims to pass on to children.”

“Coach K is fantastic with the children, her lessons are fun, energetic, informative and engaging. The children adore Coach K, they look forward to their P.E lessons through-out the week”

Brent

Jo Brash

PE Teacher

Bromley
Tubbenden Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Jo uses her own time to put on clubs and competitions and is a true a role model for all young children who perhaps feel like sports isn’t for them. She sees the potential in all children and gets them to see it too.”

“She gives up her free time providing a running club before school and dance clubs and yoga at lunchtimes. She has also identified and encouraged other teachers to share their sporting talent with football and rugby clubs, including one for girls.”

Bromley

David Benham

Year 1 Teacher

Camden
Christopher Hatton Primary School

Quote from nominator: “As well as developing sports skills, David places an emphasis on the wider benefits of PE and sport, such as teamwork and social skills, positive attitudes towards health and fitness, and the opportunity to enjoy and achieve in a variety of ways.”

Camden

Jack Pogson

PE and Sports Coach

City of London
Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Jack is passionate about ensuring children at Sir John Cass Primary School gain great enjoyment from physical activity through PE, sporting competitions or just on the playground at break.”

“He believes that PE is a very important part of the curriculum and encourages physical activity and a love of the outdoors through having outdoor play every day. Also, in order to ensure his pupils are involved in structured play at lunchtimes, he has trained play leaders who arrange a variety of sporting activities during lunch.”

City of London

Mary Mangan

PE Leader

Croydon
The Federation of St Joseph’s Catholic Junior, Infant and Nursery Schools

Quote from nominator: “Mary works extremely hard to introduce the children to lots of different sports and fitness disciplines and ensures they are given opportunities to represent the school.”

“She nurtures competition, but encourages and ensures participation at all levels. She truly believes there is a sport for everyone. She’s unique, fun, passionate and the kids love her. Mary is enthusiastic and inspiring to all of our pupils.”

Croydon

Nicolas Jeffs

Year 6 Teacher

Ealing
Berrymede Junior School

Quote from nominator: “Nick has focused on getting girls involved in the sport of cricket. This has led to hundreds of girls learning, participating and competing in the sport.”

“Nick has given up his time to run many clubs before, during and after school each week. This has been a huge benefit for the school and his enthusiasm has not only inspired the children but the staff to participate in clubs as well.”

Ealing

Alex Flett

PE Teacher

Enfield
The Raglan Schools

Quote from nominator: “Alex has developed inter-house competition opportunities across several sports, fostering a passion to get children active and involved. In 2016 - 86 of our pupils were involved in representing their school, compared to 185 in 2019.”

“Alex now has his “Dream Job,” as he would describe it, where he can put his whole focus into supporting young people to develop a love of physical activity as sport. Getting more pupils engaged in active sport has been Alex’s mantra since arriving at Raglan and this year saw the school receiving the Platinum Games Award in recognition of excellent and consistent PE and Sport at Raglan.”

Enfield

Laura Ings

PE Coordinator

Greenwich
Plumcroft Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Laura has brought physical education to the forefront of the school's agenda so it sits alongside numeracy and literacy. Laura ensured our school was the first in Royal Greenwich to introduce the Daily Mile and her enthusiasm has led to teachers becoming joggers and runners entering events around London up to half marathon level.”

“Laura is in demand from other schools in Greenwich to share her outstanding practice across a whole range of physical education experiences. Teachers come to the school to learn from and be inspired by her.”

Greenwich

Innogen Fryer

Year 1 Teacher

Hackney
Holmleigh Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Innogen is enthusiastic about making sure all children are active and are supported to be the healthiest they can be, inside the classroom and outside, during playtimes, or before and after school. “

“She was given the role as the School Travel Plan Champion for an accreditation scheme called Stars run by TFL in January 2018, since then she has done an incredible amount of work to get all of our pupils more active and I am proud to say Holmleigh has already reached a Gold Member status.”

Hackney

Robert Hoskins

Year 6 Teacher

Hammersmith & Fulham
Wormholt Park Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Rob is an outstanding and inspirational PE Leader who works tirelessly to provide both the highest quality P.E. and extracurricular opportunities for our children as well as leading by example. He has worked with Q.P.R, the London Sports Trust and local secondary schools who provide use of their sports facilities to extend children's opportunities to try alternative sports such as trampolining.”

“Rob has organised a wide range of extra-curricular activities ranging from football to multi-sports. He has also organised the mentoring programme run by QPR to support boys likely to disengage with education, which has proved highly successful.”

Hammersmith & Fulham

Pelagia Eftheriades

Teaching Assistant

Haringey
Ferry Lane Primary School

Quote from nominator: “From her desire to create a cycling community, Pelagia was awarded TfL funding to buy adults and children’s bicycles and helmets plus a new secure cycle store. Many children have been able to access the Bikeability courses. She runs coffee mornings for the parents bringing the diverse communities together, this includes targeted interventions such as parents and staff cycle training. She coordinated several training sessions with the mums, who have surprised their families by cycling.”

“She has inspired the community to become more active and choose a healthier lifestyle. The staff have regular cycling sessions with Pelagia leading the group. This helps reduce their stress and increase their self-esteem.”

Haringey

Ruth Kennedy

Teaching Assistant

Harrow
Camrose Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Ruth has organised sporting personalities to visit the school and developed links with local sporting clubs who regularly attend our school to coach pupils; these include Watford and Barnet FC. Since taking a lead in PE our pupils regularly attend borough sporting fixtures and this number of events has not only tripled - to more than 23 sporting fixtures a year, but now includes football, gymnastics, cross country and athletics.”

Harrow

Viv Allaway

PE Specialist

Havering
Newtons Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Thanks to Viv the children in our school love PE and it's a passion they take forward long after they leave the school in year 6. She often gives up her own time (she works at school 2 days a week) to take children to sporting events that fall on days she doesn't work.”

“She is a true inspiration, she mentors the staff at our school to ensure that PE is well taught and well-loved throughout our school and that she leaves a legacy at Newtons once she retires. Viv set up our school’s ballroom dance squad, the children love it and recently they performed at the mayors show at the Queens theatre Hornchurch. Viv had been teaching PE for over 40 years, she lives and breathes sport.”

Havering

Lorraine Zymanczyk

PE Teacher

Hillingdon
St Bernadette Catholic Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Lorraine runs various themed whole school days that engages the school and staff to get pupils active. She also makes sure that it is not just the ``sporty pupils`` that get to take part in sporting opportunities outside of school”

“Through the work that Lorraine has done to set up Create Play in the play areas in the playground the school is now highly active during their breaks and lunchtimes. Her enthusiasm for getting pupils' active and changing their lives is infectious. She also has a team of SMSA's and student leaders that oversee the active playgrounds and equipment.”

Hillingdon

Jared Bell

PE Specialist

Hounslow
St Michael & St Martin Primary Catholic School

Quote from nominator: “Jared is the school's TfL STARS Programme Lead and his work to promote active travel has ensured that his school has remained STARS accredited for 8 years. Jared's work also enabled his school to come 1st place in the last Beat the Street Competition (borough-wide walking competition).”

“Jared's British/New Zealand background and a love of sport inspired him to author the children's book 'Piri's Big All Black Dream', to motivate children to take part in sport and to demonstrate that no dream is too big!”

Hounslow

Amardeep Panesar

Headteacher

Islington
Copenhagen Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Amardeep believes in leading by example, and as a result of this ``Can Do`` attitude both teachers and pupils alike are actively involved in sport at school and outside of school. Amardeep has been a qualified coach from the age of 18, and has used her experience as a coach to encourage and introduce a wide range of sports at all the schools she has worked at, from after school clubs, part of the PE curriculum, activities for staff and parents and the wider school community.”

“As the head teacher now her passion for sport has not diminished she has implemented a programme of after school clubs delivered by teachers, and Community clubs, providing pupils with the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities.”

Islington

Lynn Plumbley

Learning Mentor

Kensington and Chelsea
Oxford Gardens Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Lynn is one of the most enthusiastic and positive people you could every meet! She's always happy to help, adores the children and has bags of energy. She's infectious with her enthusiasm for anything active!”

“Whilst working with the school to implement a community tennis link, Lynn was fully supportive and encouraged plenty of children to attend after school classes. She was also instrumental as a pillar of support for children whose families went through the trauma of the Grenfell Tower fire.”

Kensington and Chelsea

Tony Wood

Head of Games

Kingston
Westbury House School

Quote from nominator: “Mr Tony Wood is a true inspiration to the children of Westbury House School and is a pillar of positivity within the community. As Westbury House is a small independent school, he asks the children to be the best they can be on the field and off.”

“Mr Wood is extremely creative and makes the most of our limited space to create the most exciting games for the children to participate in, the children always rave about how much fun they have.”

Kingston

Tom Yearly

Early Years Teaching Assistant

Lambeth
Ashmole Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Mr Yearly is a real hero he recognises that although it may be difficult or in some cases impossible to access the academic mind of a special needs child, sometimes their abundance of energy means they could be the next Usain Bolt or Ronaldo they just need they opportunity to show it and a hero to recognise it!”

Lambeth

Vicky Miller

Learning Mentor

Lewisham
Haseltine Primary School

Quote from nominator: “I know Vicky through working on TfL's STARS accreditation programme and Haseltine School currently hold gold status. The gold status is down to the hard work of the children of course, but none of this would be possible without the leadership of Vicky to keep them on course and help them reach the targets required.”

“Haseltine School is also involved in the Mayor of London's school air quality audit programme which is concerned with poor air quality around London’s schools. Vicky is dedicated to the children and getting them involved in activities that help to raise awareness of serious issues affecting the health of pupils.”

Lewisham

Paul Archer

Sports Coach

Newham
New City Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Paul has mastered the art of adapting PE to make it inclusive. He is passionate about addressing children’s sensory and physical needs and the importance of PE for their overall development. Paul has been a proper hero to so many children over the years. He has helped children that little bit extra to learn different sports over the past 15 years.”

“He has been involved with teaching and also helps teach young teachers in PE. As well as being involved in teaching children with disabilities before during and after school. The last 18 months, I have worked alongside Paul at New City and the work he does to help enrich the PE curriculum for the pupils is incredible. He teaches sports like fencing, salsa dancing, cycling, boxing and various disability games which I have never seen taught in any other school I have worked in.”

Newham

Kaye Cornwall

HLTA and PE Teacher

Redbridge
Redbridge Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Kaye has made a very valuable contribution to raising the profile of PE and sports across the school. Her aim is for all of the children to have represented the school in a sporting event during their time at Redbridge Primary School.”

“As well as leading PE, Kaye is passionate about all children leading an active life. She organises Bikeability training for the children right from Reception to Year 6 to ensure that children leave Primary School able to ride a bike safely. As part of this, she organises ride a bike/scooter to school weeks to encourage the children to be more active. Kaye has dedicated 20 years of her life to Redbridge Primary School and has always maintained the same aim. She is loved by the children and adults alike and her passion and drive is incredible.”

Redbridge

George Pannell

Sports Coach

Merton
Liberty Primary School

Quote from nominator: “George works tirelessly to encourage kids (and us parents!) to be active. 7 days a week he is dedicated to building pupils' confidence through putting on extra activities to encourage wider participation. George is a very inspirational person, coach and a PE teacher. Kids and young athletes are always at the heart of his lessons or his training sessions. Children of all ages absolutely adore coach George and want to be as active as he is.”

“George's lessons are always fun but at the same time well-structured and meaningful. George runs mums and dads football sessions (which I am a part of), sports half term camps, after school clubs and school teams at Liberty Primary School. George is such a fantastic role model for children in the local community - making sports fun and accessible for all abilities.”

Merton

Lizzie Knowles

Teaching Assistant

Richmond
St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Lizzie is passionate about integrating sporting opportunity into the school day. She coordinates and does the admin for after school sports clubs ensuring there is something for everyone.”

“During school whenever possible, you’ll find Mrs Knowles on the Astroturf joining in PE lessons, being a role model to girls, proving to them that they can be as good as, if not better than the boys. Week in week out, she splits her time between supporting year 6 in class and helping the small PE department deliver high a quality sports programme.”

Richmond

Imran Ali

Teaching Assistant

Southwark
Camelot Primary School

Quote from nominator: “As well as supporting children in school, he works tirelessly at the weekends at fixtures and has encouraged myself and other staff members to support our girls and boys football teams by attending their matches, which has boosted moral in our teams and with the teachers!”

“He encourages girls and boys equally and builds children's confidence with his kind and supportive manner. Every morning, he stands outside my classroom and shakes each child's hand and says good morning. He takes a genuine interest in their learning and their holistic development as people, and is willing to do anything to support myself and them in this respect.”

Southwark

Matthew Warner

PE and Sports Lead

Sutton
Cheam Common Junior Academy

Quote from nominator: “Matt does all he can to encourage our pupils to take part in sport. Matt is an incredibly dedicated PE Co-ordinator who inspires a huge number of children on a daily basis. He is in school by 7.30am and running a sports club by 7.45am, 5 days a week. He runs a lunchtime sports club 5 days a week too, as well as two after school clubs every day. That’s twenty clubs a week, providing 600 places for children at our school to get active, be healthy and love sport.”

“Matt inspires children across the school regardless of ability and believes in sport being a driver to unlock each child’s potential. He teaches all children across the school for P.E. and has introduced over 40 clubs run by himself and other staff each term.”

Sutton

Amy Clough

PE & Healthy School Subject Leader

Tower Hamlets
St. Mary & St. Michael Catholic Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Amy is a PE teacher whose passion for sport is infectious to all the children that she teaches. Amy involves herself with the children and always makes them feel important.”

“Most importantly she is the first to join in games with them and lead dancing and fun activities. Amy is just such a brilliant PE teacher she does everything for her school. She is passionate funny and always demonstrates enthusiasm to each and every one of the kids and staff. She is well and truly a positive role model.”

Tower Hamlets

Assunta De Biase

Head of PE

Waltham Forest
Woodside Primary Academy

Quote from nominator: “Ms De Biase has developed and championed a 15-minute exercise session for the whole school (approx 1000 pupils) every morning before school. All the kids get moving together and have a great time, led by the sports staff, but also supported by their class teachers. This reinforces the importance of everyone being involved in healthy living choices. This great initiative is set to pumping dance music which makes all the kids happy and excited to be there.”

“Assunta has inspired all the Woodside pupils to exercise daily. Her and her team have put in place an entire healthy living programme across the school. Parents, staff and pupils are encouraged to move more and learn more about healthy eating.”

Waltham Forest

Paul Madden

PE Teacher

Wandsworth
Broadwater Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Paul is an inspirational and innovative PE Teacher and co-ordinator at Broadwater, which is an inner-city school. He runs an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities, from traditional sports to some more unconventional activities. This includes Family Tennis Club which provides parents and other family members the opportunity to learn with their child, he does this alongside a number of activities which are offered to groups of children to develop social skills and fitness.”

“To improve the health and well-being of the children at the school he has set up and now runs 14 sports clubs per week. Members of staff are eager to support Paul in the participation of competitions around the Borough of Wandsworth and they will happily volunteer to accompany him on these worthwhile events.”

Wandsworth

Michael Brown

PE Co-ordinator

Westminster
St Saviours C of E Primary School

Quote from nominator: “Michael Brown is enthusiasm itself. He is a brilliant role model for the children and staff at St. Saviour's School and encourages us all at every opportunity to take part in physical activity. He introduced the Daily Mile to St. Saviour's and positively demonstrates how it is possible to gain extra fitness.”

“Michael works with children from 3-11 and they all respond well to his wide and varied lesson programme. They adore him. He works closely with all staff to provide quality CPD and attends numerous courses and network meetings to further improve his own practise. He attends all staff meetings and is an integral part of our teaching team.”

Westminster