The facilities at Lovelace are second to none. We have worked hard to be able to offer the children all year-round outdoor PE experiences, including cross country, orienteering, tennis and athletics. The grounds are extensive and unique to the area, and we regularly invite other schools to compete in a variety of competitions. We encourage and nurture every child to reach their full potential, wherever their PE journey begins. The field has the capacity for two football pitches as well as an athletics track (marked out in the summer term) and we also have a path circling the field which we use all year round – 3 circuits equals the daily mile!
“The school uses the additional sports funding for primary schools extremely well to introduce pupils to a range of exciting physical activities.” – Ofsted
We are also very fortunate to have a covered swimming pool. The children get to swim for at least 21 weeks a year, in a warm, heated and well-maintained pool. Our swimming record is well above the national average, and we are very proud of the children’s hard work and enthusiasm throughout the whole school from reception through to year 6. We are very proud of the school’s swimming achievements and strive to maintain them every year.
“Pupils from Reception to Year 6 benefit from regular swimming lessons in the school’s pool, and pupils report that swimming is a particular favourite with them.” – Ofsted
Mr Foskett is the full time Sports Coach at Lovelace working with Miss Pritchard (P.E. Co-ordinator). He is employed to manage sports throughout the school – which means the children are taught PE by a specialist trainer at least once a week. He also prepares the children to compete against other schools. Lovelace has consistently been one of the top schools in the borough for participation. The children have had varying success at the tournaments in the Borough events, recently winning the Borough Tag Rugby and Cricket tournaments in 2019.
Having gained 5 consecutive gold Sainsbury’s School games awards we were given a special platinum award in 2019/2020 as a result. This award was carried forward for 2020/21 due to the pandemic. We hope that inter-school competitions can fully resume once government advice allows.
In addition to the compulsory 2 hours of PE a week – Lovelace also has a variety of sports clubs: