Sports Academies

The Spires Academy Elite Academy Programme aims to:

  • Develop Gifted and Talented students across the Academy.
  • To provide specialist coaching and stretch and challenge students within the area of their expertise.
  • To provide opportunities for students to participate in sports they may not have considered and assist in identifying potential elite competitors.
  • To develop a deeper knowledge of their identified sport and promote competition amongst other schools within Kent and nationally.

Gymnastics Academy

Successes in 2015/16 include:

  • 4th in U14 Floor and Vault National Qualifiers competition.
  • 1st in U19 Novice Girls Category of Floor and Vault regional competition (Toni Quirke).
  • 1st U13 Novice Girls Floor and Vault regional competition (Amy Carpenter).  
  • 3rd U12 Intermediate Floor and Vault competition (Jasmine Manley).
  • 4th in the U14 Milano Team Trio in Sports Acro, Floor and Vault competition.
  • 3rd and 4th in U12 Sports Acrobatics (Eloise Wallis and Jasmine Manley).

Outline of the provision

All students access gymnastics within the curriculum.

Gifted and Talented Gymnasts attend Canterbury Gymnastics Club on an invite only basis once a week for 2 hours where they are coached by a BGA (Level 3) coach within the disciplines of floor, vault, sports acrobatics, tumble and floor.

Students then compete for Spires Academy at qualifying competitions within the South East of England. Our aim is to reach the Nationals in May 2017 at Stoke on Trent.

Golf Academy

Successes in 2015/16 include:

  • Two students represented Kent (Ben Collins and Kieron Collins).
  • One student trained with Kent (Kurt Bryant).
  • Two students won Order of Merit and Junior Club Championships with their respective clubs (Kurt Bryant and Owen Fagg).
  • Owen Fagg came 6th out of 45 juniors at Princes Junior Links Open representing Spires Academy. Two other students finished in the top 12.
  • Owen Fagg played in the Princes Junior Open and came 10th out of 36 juniors from across the country.
  • Spires came 4th in South East Region British Schools and Colleges League playing against international players at U19 level.

Outline of Provision

Stretch and challenge the most able golfers and introduce students to golf.  Gifted and Talented Golfers attend training sessions at Boughton Golf Club with PGA Head Professional, Greg Haenan. The programme runs throughout the year with a lesson every two weeks and access to either the golf course or the academy course following the lesson. The first team have full membership to Pentland Golf (Boughton Golf Club and Etchinghill Golf Club) and currently play in the East Kent League Team against golf clubs from across the South East.

Students also play in the British Schools and Colleges League involving 4 fixtures against other colleges across the South East (including Brighton and Eastbourne) as well as the South Links National Qualifier. Last year this was held at Princes Golf Club but this may not be a Royal Cinque Port this year.

Equestrian Academy

Successes in 2015/16 include:

  • Spires’s equestrian team won Barton Field Farm Equestrian Jumping Cup against Canterbury Christ Church University show jumping team. The equestrian team also took first and second place in the individual competition.

Outline of the provision

Students are taught at Barton Field Farm (Canterbury) by accredited instructors. This provides stretch and challenge to the most able dressage and show jumpers within the school. It all helps to improve their Junior section and allow our talented students to access coaching from highly experienced coaches.

Students have a show jumping lesson at Barton Field Farm every two weeks in groups of 6. The provision is differentiated to ensure that even the most experienced show jumpers are stretched. Spires Academy will launch the first Show Jumping League for Schools in South East Kent for many years in conjunction with The Pony Club and Barton Field Farm Equestrian Centre in 2017. Schools invited to take part in this provision are The King’s School Canterbury, Canterbury Academy, St Edmund’s School (Canterbury), Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School, Kent College and Canterbury Christ Church University.

Football Academy

Successes in 2015/16 include:

  • Kent representative currently playing at Crystal Palace FC (Megan Pearce)

  • A student currently playing at Gillingham FC (Sophie Chapman).

Outline of Provision

This is to stretch and challenge our most able footballers (boys and girls) within the school using our own Nicky Lewis (FA Level 2 coach and ex county footballer) to coach the students and utilise his links with Dover Athletic FC.

Player Profile - Sophie Chapman

Player Profile - Megan Pearce


Dance Academy

Successes in 2015/16 include:

  • Bobbie Scargill solo finalist at Kent Freestyle Dance competition (May 2016). She had to dance 4 rounds to make her final and achieved an incredible 6th place overall. Bobbie Scargill and Kiya-Elise Ward were pair’s finalists in the same competition. They had to dance 3 rounds to make that final and finished in 4th place.
  • Sinead Campbell and Robyn Beattie competed in the Street and Slow categories and scored incredibly well against U18 competition. Sinead entered in the Slow category and Robyn in the Street. Both girls managed to be recalled and got through to the 2nd round of the competition.
  • Robyn Beattie came 2nd in the Kent Street Dance competition.
  • Kiya-Elise Ward, Bobbie Scargill, Robyn Beattie and Sinead Campbell were all placed at Kent Street, Freestyle and Slow Dance Competition (July 2016).
  • The Dance Academy performed at The Marlowe Theatre in the Spires Dance Showcase and at many awards ceremonies.

Outline of the provision

Students will be taught by an external dance company who deliver a variety of dance disciplines. This also improves their Junior section and allows our talented students to access coaching from industry professionals.

Students have one Dance Academy session a week.  They perform throughout the county but the Spires Marlowe Dance Showcase and other school productions are the highlight of the year for our students and other schools within the area.

Leadership Academy

Successes in 2015/16 include:

  • Megan Pearce and Sinead Campbell have been invited to take part in the Kent Leaders Scheme run by the Youth Sport Trust.
  • Spires students ran Petham Primary School Sports Day July 2016.
  • Spires students ran Canterbury Sports Partnership Rounders Festival June 2016.
  • Spires students supported Sturry Parish Council Summer Festival July 2016.

Outline of the provision

This is to allow students the opportunity to achieve qualifications such as the Young Leaders Award, Kent FA (Level 1), Award for Sports Leadership, Maths Leaders, Literacy Leaders, and Badminton Junior Leaders. The experience will also prepare students for Unit 6 of BTEC Sport (Level 2) qualification which is recognised within the open bucket of GCSE qualifications. This academy will also enable students to support primary schools and partnership sports events across Kent. In 2016/17 they will also support a new scheme being launched by Canterbury Sports Development Unit to make Spires Academy the Performance Centre for Badminton in East Kent.