Over 350 students and parents packed the Will Mackaness Hall at The Wey Valley School in Weymouth to celebrate students’ sporting achievements at the school’s 18th Annual Sports’ Awards

Delighted year 11 students Marnie McCombe and Robert Deadman carried off the ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ awards in recognition of their overall and sustained contributions.

Stuart Heath, PE teacher, said: “Marnie and Robert are both worthy winners of these awards, which reflect very high levels of sporting achievement and – perhaps more importantly – the crucial part they play at school as excellent role models for other students.”

“Marnie’s special sporting interest is netball, while Robert’s into cricket and rugby, and they’re both great all-rounders - always willing to help, and a real inspiration to their younger schoolmates.”

A total of 60 awards were presented during the evening, some of them given out by the specialist coaches who visit regularly to teach Wey Valley students more unusual sports such as martial arts and volleyball.

Other Year 11 award winners included Stacey Hancock and Tom Edgeley for their dedication to extra-curricular sports, and Rebecca Raybould and Alex Jolliffe for their dedication to sporting excellence.

Principal Phil Thomas said: “This event was the culmination of our young peoples’ school sporting careers, and it’s been fantastic to witness how the positive personal values of sport have helped instil confidence and raise self-esteem among them.”

Stuart Heath said: “We encourage our students to take part in as many local and regional sporting events as possible, from traditional sports such as football, rugby, cricket, netball, tennis and basketball, to modern sports such as mountain biking, rock climbing, sailing, kayaking and orienteering.”

The Wey Valley School became a specialist Sports College in 2003 - the only one in the Borough of Weymouth and Portland – and offers an unusually wide range of PE related qualifications, such as the BTEC First Diploma in Sport, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and the Sports Leaders Awards.

As a result, 95% of Year 11 pupils at Wey Valley can expect to gain a further qualification in one or more specialism because of their participation in one or more of the many sports activities run at the school.

Over the past 10 years more than £1,750,000 has been invested in improved sporting facilities at Wey Valley, including provision of a new fitness studio, a dance studio, a floodlit multi-use games area for netball and football and an athletics sprint track. 

Its most recent addition, The Wey Valley Tennis Centre - part-funded by the Lawn Tennis Association – is the only one of its kind to allow access to all racquet games between Exeter and Bournemouth.