Place Farm Primary Academy Netball Team


On Thursday afternoon, our netball team took part in the U11 High 5 Netball competition at Castle Manor. After winning the competition last year, the pressure was on to maintain our title. Thankfully, we settled into the competition with a comfortable 3-1 win against Clare. From then on, we maintained a clean sheet, winning 2-0 against Kedington, 9-0 against New Cangle and 2-0 against Hundon, securing victory for the second year running! The children all demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and team work throughout the competition! Well done, everyone! We would like to thank Mrs Abbink for her support.


Swimming – Area Final

On Thursday, Miss Jarvis and Mrs Coe took a team of seven swimmers to Haverhill Leisure Centre for the Suffolk Schools Swimming Gala. We waited in anticipation for the ‘first heat’ of four schools to begin, ready for our turn in the ‘second heat’ against two other local schools. The children (and adults) were full of excitement and positive, competitive spirit throughout the gala.

Of the eight events in our heat, Place Farm took the winner’s podium for five of them; the boys backstroke (Mason), the girls backstroke (Chloe), the girls breaststroke (Elizabeth) and both team relays, and were within inches of winning the remaining events. Mason and Chloe also achieved the fastest time for their races! With five wins under our belt, Place Farm were reigned CHAMPIONS for the overall event! The children look forward to entering the County Finals later in the year.

Miss Jarvis and Mrs Coe could not have been more PROUD of the children’s sportsmanship, commitment and enthusiasm throughout the competition. Well done, everyone! J


Basketball - Regional Final

Place Farm entered a team of 10 children into the West Suffolk Regional Final in Sudbury.  5 boys and 5 girls represented the school, managing to win every game on their way to the final. In the final, the team played against St Gregory’s, a team they had already beaten in the group stages. The children refocused themselves and put in a fantastic performance to win the final 22-2. The school will now go on to represent West Suffolk in the County Final.

Congratulation to Jayden Abbink, Mason Gillingham, Kyle Batterbee, Mason Hall, Dylan Easton, Olivia White, Kundai Mbudaya, Chloe Lappin, Tammy Rayment and Amelia Wilson who all performed extremely well, showing brilliant sportsmanship throughout the competition.

Sports Newsletter

A special newsletter to celebrate the success of Place Farm’s sporting achievements. Due to the exceptional success of our many Sports Teams this year at Place Farm, a special celebratory newsletter has been commissioned. Place Farm has identified itself within Haverhill as a school that is committed to achieving sporting success. This is only possible with the support and commitment of all of the children, and of course their parents, who have attended sports clubs at school this year. Special thanks go to all the members of staff who have given up their free time this year to support the sports clubs, in particular Mr Bonas, Miss Fagg, Miss Jarvis, and Miss Pilsworth (not to forget Mr Dagnall, who got the ball rolling at the start of the year).


Sports Clubs

There have been a number of Clubs this year that have been run with the support of teachers from Place Farm and Castle Manor. In the Autumn term, the main clubs were Football, Rugby and Basketball, whilst the Spring term saw the introduction of Netball and Tennis. Finally, in the Summer term, Rounders and Cricket Clubs proved hugely popular among children in Years 4, 5 and 6.


Sports Captains

Congratulations to Kyle Batterbee, Jayden Abbink and Olivia White for becoming our new Sports Captains. The children were nominated by Mr Gudgeon, Mr Bonas, Miss Fagg and Mr Holder. These children have shown huge commitment to Sports at Place Farm over the school year, regularly attending a variety of sports clubs after school. They have also represented the school impeccably in a number of local and county competitions.

We would also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to our departing Sports Captains; Mateus Dos Santos, Bethan Todd, Emily Soar and Frankie Gleed. The children have set a brilliant example in modelling commitment, sportsmanship and fairness, to our new Sports Captains. We wish you every sporting success in the future.


Local Area competitions and County Finals

Due to the commitment of the children attending clubs and practices, Place Farm was able to enter a number of different Local Area competitions including: Cross Country, Football, Tag Rugby, Basketball, Sports Hall Athletics, Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Rounders and Outdoor Athletics.

Out of all of these Local Area events, Place Farm won the Basketball, Sports Hall Athletics, Tag Rugby, Netball, Cricket and Rounders, meaning that they went on to represent the area in the County Finals. Having the school reach one County Final would have been a huge achievement, so to have six teams in the County Finals was a massive success. All of the children did exceedingly well in all of these Finals, with particular successes coming in the Netball (top 8), the Cricket (6th) as well as Basketball and Rounders, where we finished in an amazing 3rd place in both sports (that’s out of the whole of Suffolk!!!) 


As always, we would like to thank you all again, for your continued support and cooperation with Sport at Place Farm. We look forward to seeing even more of you at our Sports Clubs next year.                 

Mr Gudgeon.




Netball Competiton

On Thursday 10th March, Place Farm were fortunate enough to enter two teams into the local High Fives Netball Competition. Throughout the competition, both teams demonstrated excellent sportsmanship, impeccable behaviour and exemplary netballing skill. After defeating New Cangle (4-0) and Coupals (6-0) in the initial round, our first team made it through to the semi-finals where they came up against Clements. This was one of our trickiest games, however, we maintained our ‘clean sheet’, and were victorious with a 2-0 win. As we entered the final, the nerves began to surface, but yet again, with the support from their team mates, the children kept their composure and secured a 4-0 win! This is the first time we have won the High Fives Netball competition, so a massive WELL DONE to our fabulous netball teams!