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School Games & Forest Games Linked Competitions


Dene Magna's School Games Organiser is Alan Beard, based here at Dene Magna School. 

Alan can be contacted on his email: or the main school number of 01594 542370.


All Event Reviews

Please click on the event below for more details.

Team Cross Country 

We had a fairly dry day up until the winner’s ceremony to run our Steve Gooch Primary Cross Country Finals on Thursday 3 October on the field at Five Acres School.  We had 20 schools sign up for this Forest Games' event and we would like to congratulate over 200 runners who took part in running the 1.2km course.  We had some great support from the Five Acres PE Department and their sports leaders, so many thanks to them and for the support from the local District Council, Berry Hill Rugby Club and the teachers and parents/carers who attended. 

This was a great event for the students to ready themselves for larger competitive events and hopefully keep that interest in running.  We celebrated the highest placed teams with Matt Hatton from Steve Gooch Estate Agents who sponsored the event this year with Matt coming along to present the trophies and medals.

The top 3 girls' and boys' teams offered some incredibly low scores and I must mention the winners:  Ann Cam Girls, who scored 26 for their top 4 runners in their team of 6.  This score was outstanding.  Highnam Boys delivered another superb low score of 32.  This is such a team effort and should be seen as a positive engagement with young people with all the talk about inactive in the wider media.  

Top 3 Team Results:


1: Ann Cam   Score  26
2: Hope Brook          72
3: Lydbrook              80


1: Highnam  Score   32
2: Coalway               75
3: Primrose Hill        93

Fastest Girls Run:   4.48:31  Lydbrook
Fastest Boys Run:   4.30:57  Primrose Hill






Active Maths: Continuing Professional Development

Our School Games Organiser, Alan Beard, hosted a course for local primary teachers on Thursday 10 October 2019.   The course was an introduction on how to engage students in Maths and English utilising physical activity within their lessons to stimulate and further engage student learning.

We had a good turn out of PE coordinators and teachers who attended from the following schools English Bicknor, Highnam, Mitcheldean, Coalway, Primrose Hill, Lydbrook, Berry Hill, Woolaston, Clearwell, Westbury and Hope Brook.

Big thanks to Active Maths tutor Kevin Barton and the enthusiasm from all staff who attended.   It is great to support our Forest Schools with CPD opportunities at Dene Magna.



Primary Badminton Festival

We ran our first Badminton festival for students from year 3 & 4 at various schools across our district on Wednesday 16th October at Newent School.

Campbell Wilson our Badminton national governing body relationship manager, FOD School Games Organiser Alan Beard and student sports leaders from Newent School ran a super engagement festival in the sports hall.

The students who attended really enjoyed the different activity stations for this Racket Pack Festival.  They all tried out badminton related skills over the fun packed afternoon, keenly assisted by the Newent sports leaders.  

Many thanks to the Steve Edgell and the Newent PE team, Roger Stroud and Campbell for delivering this activity for interested schools.   We look forward to keeping this on our Forest Games yearly calendar and we will be offering teachers further CPD to assist them within their school badminton.

Selection of photos:




Primary Quick Sticks Hockey

We held the North Area School Games Primary Quick Sticks Hockey Finals on Tuesday 12th November at Newent School.

My thanks you goes out to the Newent School Leaders who I feel did an outstanding job, it is not easy to see everything on the pitches and they looked after 43 matches during the event.   

We were supported by Newent Hockey Club, especially Jane Price who helped the leaders and the standard of hockey improved as we progressed across the 17 rounds.

We got the eventual winners for the Lions Winners:  Tibberton School who overcame Forest View in the Lions A teams finals 2-1.

The TIgers B teams were in 2 different pools with the pool winners St Whites B beating St Whites C team in a penalty shoot out  

Well Done to the winning teams who go through to School Games County finals next year.

Hope Brook School came 3rd on points in both the Lions & Tigers combined groups.

The Pool Games points results:

Group A Lions 
Tibberton 27 pts
Forest View 23 pts
Hope Brook 14 pts
Picklenash 13 pts
Newnham 12pts
St Whites  12pts
Ann Cam   9pts

Group 2 Tigers

St Whites B  20pts
Hope Brook 12pts
Ann Cam       9pts
Tibberton       9pts
Picklenash     8pts

Group 3 Tigers

St Whites C    20pts
Newnham       10pts
Soudley          10pts
Redmarley       7pts
Pauntley          5pts

Outstanding effort to all teams concerned.

Photos of Winners & Event:

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Primary School and Forest of Dean Games Calendar 2019-20


Secondary School and Forest of Dean Games Calendar 2019-20