Sporting stars are honoured at Henlow Church of England Academy awards evening

Henlow Academy team of the year
Henlow Academy team of the year

A fantastic year of sporting success was celebrated at Henlow Church of England Academy with a sports award evening.

Head of PE Lisa Carter organised the event to mark the dedication, enthusiasm and passion of pupils for all sports, as well as to recognise success at county level.

Henlow Academy sports awards - Kayleigh Scorah, sports personality of the year, with head of PE Lisa Carter.

Henlow Academy sports awards - Kayleigh Scorah, sports personality of the year, with head of PE Lisa Carter.

Headteacher Caren Earp spoke about the importance of the health benefits of sport, but stressed that sport at Henlow was most definitely more than just a health fix.

She said the many hours spent training and playing football, hockey, tennis, netball, rounders, rugby, basketball and doing archery, cross country, gymnastics and dance, revealed a commitment to the universal sporting values of respect, determination, passion, teamwork and honesty.

In a special video message recorded earlier in the day, Casey Stoney, England World Cup women’s football bronze medallist, told pupils to ‘Dare to Dream’. She encouraged pupils to make the most of their time in school, to listen to their coaches and to their teachers and to make sure that they worked hard to achieve their potential.

She likened Henlow’s best ever year of sporting success to her own best ever year in her career and showed her bronze medal as a motivation for pupils to make their dreams come true. Casey had been present at the school sports day earlier, as part of her work with Sky Sports for Living.

Henlow Academy sports trophies

Henlow Academy sports trophies

Stories were recounted of pupils overcoming personal, medical and physical hurdles to compete and succeed, as well as awards made to those who had represented the school the most in each year group - Henlow Caps.

A poignant, but memorable moment was when Mr Jaggard spoke to pupils and presented the Jaggard Cup - dedicated in the name of his son, Neil, who died in a tragic accident aged just 12.

It was the first time since 1982 that Mr Jaggard had felt able to present the award and his softly spoken words about his son and how much Neil had loved sport hit home with parents and pupils alike.

Jessica Harper was delighted and overwhelmed to receive the cup - having just broken the school record for the 100m that afternoon - and she was honoured to receive the cup.

Henlow Academy PE team

Henlow Academy PE team

Additional recognition for the Jaggard family in the sporting arena came in the form of Mr Jaggard’s grandson, Roger Mackay, who won the Unsung Hero Award in the Year 8 boys category.

Finishing with the Sports Personality of the Year award, Lisa Carter, head of PE, thanked the audience of 200 for all of the support that they had shown to their children - for the kit washing, taxi service, cheering and shouting and general support of their children.

Award winners

Caps boys

Henlow Academy sports award evening - the Jaggard family with Jess Harper, winner of the Jaggard Cup and Lisa Carter, head of PE.

Henlow Academy sports award evening - the Jaggard family with Jess Harper, winner of the Jaggard Cup and Lisa Carter, head of PE.

Year 5 Daniel Ward

Year 6 Alex Maxwell

Year 7 Joseph James Lawson

Year 8 Lewis Pitcairn

Caps girls

Year 5 Millie Rogers

Year 6 Charlotte Tarttelin

Year 7 Tabitha Brown Ayesha Brown

Year 8 Danielle Vince

Jaggard Athletics Cup

Jessica Harper

Rising stars

Year 5 / 6 boys

girls only

Year 5 Joshua Stock

Year 5 Ellie Quinlan

Year 6 Benn Robson

Year 6 Charlotte Tartellin

Unsung Hero

Year 7 / 8 boys

girls only

Year 7 Max Whittaker Mead

Year 8 Roger Mackay Joshua Scoot

Year 7 Freya Rutt

Year 8 Darcey Bowles

Lifetime Achievement

Samuel Beckwith

Rebecca Maxwell

Team of the Year

Year 7 & 8 Girls Football

Sports Personality of the Year

Jamie Parker

Kayleigh Scorah