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Hurst Knoll St James'

CE Primary School

Inspiring Faith and Learning for Life


School Clubs

At Hurst Knoll St. James’ we believe that school clubs play an important role in children’s development because they provide them with opportunities to undertake activities that they might not have access to. They also develop the children’s social and physical development progressing to team achievements therefore inspiring children to have higher aspirations.


We are therefore delighted to offer children a range of clubs which take place after school. At varying points of the school year, these have included:

Sports Clubs


Tennis Club


Led by a professional tennis coach from Rose Hill Tennis Club.


Cricket Club


Led by a professional cricket coach from Lancashire County Cricket Club.


Football Club


Led by a professional football coach from Curzon Ashton FC.


Multisports Club


Led by Miss Donnellon (PE Lead) and Mrs Oatley from Inspiring PE. ‘Multisports’ is so named because it covers a range of sports throughout the school year, depending on the time of year and the Tameside School Sports competition calendar. These sports have included:








Boxing Club


Led by Miss Donnellon, a Schools’ Amateur Boxing Association (‘SABA’) accredited boxing coach.


Girls’ Football


Led by Miss Stevens. The girls’ football team have been to competitions organised by Tameside School Sport.


Boys’ Football


Led by Mr. Liddy.

Non-sports Clubs




Led by Miss Wood. The choir were delighted to take part in the 2019 Ashton-under-Lyne Christmas lights switch on.


Drama Club


Led by Mrs. Alberti-King.


Mindfulness Club


Led by Mrs. Spiby and Miss Baker.


Languages Club (Spanish)


Led by Miss Reilly (a Spanish-speaking member of staff).

Key Stage 1 Relaxation Club  Led by Miss Kay. 


There is no charge to parents for any of these clubs, including those from outside professionals.

Additionally, we believe that sports competitions are essential for children’s development as they help them to grow and learn through the essential sporting values:

  • passion
  • honesty
  • teamwork
  • self-belief
  • determination
  • respect

Therefore, as active members of the School Sports Partnership (please see our section on ‘PE and Sport Premium’ for further information) we have participated in a number of after-school competitions over the last few years. As a result, we were delighted to be awarded the Gold standard for school sport from Tameside School Sports Partnership and the School Games initiative in the academic year 2018-2019.


Lunchtime activities

During lunchtime we encourage the children to remain active. We provide the children in Upper Key Stage 2 with the training and leadership skills to be ’Young leaders’ in either being part of our 'Playmaker' leadership team working with Reception and Key Stage 1 or in our Change 4 life club team working with Year 2/3. This enables the children to develop their team building skills and work with younger children in a responsible role and encourage the school’s ethos in keeping active.