We offer a wide and varied number of sporting activities at Betty Layward and compete across the Borough in football, cricket, netball, athletics and more.
PE and Sport
PE and sport is a central part of the school development plan. The context of sport is used across the curriculum and the skills and positive values of sport are integrated into the school ethos. PE and sport are used to engage the wider community and foster positive relationships with other schools.
The high-quality physical education curriculum at Betty Layward School aims to promote an understanding of the many benefits of exercise, competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. The pupil’s regularly take part in inter and intra school competitions and have represented the borough in a range of sports and occasions. The PE curriculum is diverse, providing pupils with the confidence to try new activities as well as enhancing their existing skills in a diverse range of environments. There are opportunities for all pupils to develop their leadership, coaching and officiating skills. All pupils receive two hours or more of timetabled high quality PE.
The timetable also allows for the pupil’s at Betty Layward to experience physical activity in the local community, using the local park and leisure centre to cater to the pupil’s needs as well as skilled tutors visiting the school.
The school has a clear physical activity policy which incorporates PE and school sport but also offers informal physical activity such as break-time activity, active travel and supervised play. Positive attitudes towards healthy and active lifestyles are encouraged among pupils and staff, and is extended to parents or carers.
Betty Layward regains status as Cross Country Champions!
It is a requirement for maintained schools to publish data regarding swimming proficiency at the end of key stage 2.
Our school provides a swimming program at a local swimming centre with experienced swimming coaches. Students from year 4-6 have scheduled swimming lessons throughout the year.
As a school, we are working to provide additional opportunities for all children to all become competent in the curriculum objectives by the end of year 6.
Allan Shearer Supports Betty Layward Football!
Holly’s Bubble Run!
On Sunday the 13th of May, I went to Weymouth to participate in a 5k around Lodmoor Country Park to raise money for Weldmar hospice. We started of with a hot zumba warm up and then we were off! Every kilometre, a mound of colourful bubbles in a balloon arch up to my chin would be waiting to be tackled. At the very end were the blue bubbles, which I could practically swim through. When we finished we were awarded with medals and cold drinks and then it was the end!
Girls Clissold Cup Tournament
On Monday 11th June the girls Monday football club competed in the Clissold Cup tournament. We lost our first match 1-0 to De Beauvoir but won the other 2 matches. We won 3-0 against Grasmere and 2-0 against Parkwood. Sadly, De Beauvoir didn’t loose a single match so they qualified for the final against Jubilee. De Beauvoir won 3-1 and took the trophy home. Well done to all the girls in the Monday football club.
By Martina (6 Chilli)
On Wednesday 13th June 2018, some children in Cerise and Fuchia class went to Clissold Leisure Centre for a year 4 swimming competition. When we got there we done activities such as racing in the water which Osas won a gold medal in, swimming with a noodle, diving and picking up the glowing sticks. We had lots of fun.
Well done to Kirill, Osas, Sarah, Amirah, Jenny, Cicely, Harshal and Constantino.
By Kirill (4 Fuchia)
Girl’s Football Champions
On Thursday 19th April 2018, the Betty Layward Girls football team went to the 5-a-side football tournament at Queensbridge Sports Centre. We played against Jubilee and Princess May twice and we won 3 games and lost 1, which meant we qualified for the final which was against St Pauls with St Michaels. We ended up drawing 1-1 so we are sharing the trophy with St Pauls and St Michaels. This will be the second year in a row that Betty Layward girls football team have won the Hackney 5-a-side tournament! Well done to all the following girls: Emiliana, Katie, Betsy, Rosa, Martina, Ava and Tilly.
By Rosa and Ava (6 Chilli)
Girl’s Football – Top 5 in London!
On Tuesday 20th March 2018, 8 Girls from Betty Layward went to Redbridge Sports Centre to represent Hackney at the London School Games to compete against other boroughs. The first round of games were group staged and Betty Layward came top with victories over Kensington and Chelsea (2-0), Hounslow (3-0), however we lost against Croydon but qualified for the medals and trophies round.
The medals and trophies round was really tough with a victory over Camden (2-1), a draw against the overall winners Richmond (0-0) and a draw against Lambeth (1-1). This meant we qualified for the quarter finals which we unfortunately lost to Kingston (1-0).
Out of 33 Boroughs taking place Hackney came in the top 5 which matched the achievements of our past Girls football team in 2014/2015!
Well done to the following Girls: Ella, Elsa, Katie, Ava, Rosa, Immy, Martina and Bea.
By Ella (5 Buttercup) and Martina (6 Chilli)
Betty Layward Gymnastics Stars!
On Wednesday 7th March 2018, 8 children from Betty Layward took part in the Young Hackney Gymnastics competition at Queensbridge Sports Centre. We did a vault , floor and a body management routine. We were competing against schools from Hackney to see who would represent Hackney at the London Youth Games and luckily our key steps 2 team came 3rd and our key steps 3 came 1st!!!
A big thank you to Fiona (Sasha’s mum) for coaching us during lunchtime but also a massive thank you to Simon for entering us and choosing us to represent Betty Layward, thank you!!!
By Sasha, Dureti (5 Saffron) and Willow, Kirill (4 Cerise)
More Cross Country Success!
On Wednesday 31st January 2018, the Betty Layward cross country team competed in the Hackney Cross Country League, race 3 at Hackney Downs Park. It didn’t take us that long to get there as the race started at 2pm. There were about 200 children there and over 15 schools taking part. Even though the weather was really cold, Betty Layward did really well especially with Martina coming 1st and Rosa coming 2nd in the Girls race.
By Kaiyan Awojobi- Perina (5 Buttercup)
Girls Football Team Invited to Tour Wembley Stadium!
On Thursday 15th February 2018, 8 girls from the Betty Layward football team went on an exciting trip to Wembley stadium due to the fact that they won a tough tournament at Mabley Green. It was a fantastic experience that we will never forget, enjoyed by both adults and children. During the tour of the stadium we saw the changing rooms and t-shirts bearing the names of successful players. Also we went pitch-side and sat in the royal box.
A special thanks to year 6 chilli class teacher Jason, for kindly taking us to Wembley in his spare time. Another special thanks is for the Hackney Sports Unit. Last but certainly not least Simon who has helped us to reach success, your all heroes.
Thank you from all the girls in the football team.
By Elsa Downie, Immy McCabe (5 Buttercup) and Ava Marter (6 Chilli)
Boys Rugby Stars!
Hackney Bulls v Saracens Match Report
4th February, 9:30 am, under 11s rugby tournament; Hackney Bulls went up against Regents Park Royals and Saracens RFC. Hackney’s first opponent was the well-known Regents Park Royals, Theo from YR 6 Ruby class as Team Captain. The result: 4-1 to Hackney Bulls, Zion from YR 6 Ruby scoring 2 tries. Hackney Bulls next match was against Saracens. The unfortunate outcome was 4-2 to Saracens RFC, however Hackney Bulls did not put their heads down as they went on to their 3rd and final match which they went on to draw to Regents Park Royals 3-3, Zion from Ruby scoring yet another try. Overall, it was a good day for Hackney Bulls as they went off to celebrate and give out awards at Nandos in Enfield; Zion won Muddiest Player and Theo won Best Player for Work Rate at the Break Down (that’s means the best at rucking).
Theo Williams – Year 6
Girl’s 7-A-Side Football Champions of Hackney!
On Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8 Girls from year 5 and 6 went to a football tournament at Mabley Green. The first round was a league format and we played 3 games and won all of our matches. Our first game was against Rushmore and we won, our second game was against Gayhurst and we won, and last game of the league was against St Mary’s which we also won!
We then progressed in to the semi-finals and beat Parkwood by 5-0 which led us into the finals against St Pauls with St Michaels. We won 3-1 to win the cup. Well done to the following Girls: Ella, Betsy, Immy, Elsa, Ava, Rosa.L, Martina and Bea. We are now the top Girls football team in Hackney!!!
By Ella Bowles and Martina Abels (5 Buttercup and 6 Chilli)
Girl’s 5-A-Side Football!
On Thursday 25th January, 7 children went to a 5-a-side Girls football tournament at Queensbridge Sports Centre. Our first game was against Randal Cremer and we won 3-0. Our second game didn’t go to plan and we drew 0-0 against St Pauls with St Michaels. Our third and final game was against Springfield and we won 3-0. Altogether Rosa.L scored 3 goals, Martina scored 2 and Immy added her name to the score sheet as well.
Well done to all the following Girls: Ella, Immy, Elsa, Rosa.L, Martina, Ava and Katie.
By Ella Bowles (5 Buttercup)
More Cross Country Success!
On Wednesday 29th November 2017, 24 children from year 5 and 6 took part in a cross country race with lots of other schools and their were over 400 children taking part. It was one of the four races which happens at Hackney Downs park.
First it was the boy’s race. They all ran really well along the path, up the small hill to the finish line to grab a token so Simon could write their position down. Then the girls ran and they also did really well, running along the same course, before sprinting to the finish line.
In the end team Betty Layward did really well. For the boys Benji came 3rd and for the girls Rosa.L came 2nd and Martina came 3rd. Well done to those children and all the other runners who did the cross country.
By Ned Naylor (6 Ruby)
Cross Country Superstars!
On Wednesday 6th December the Betty Layward cross country team went to compete in race 2. The track was approximately 1.4km long and quite uneven. There were two races, a race for the boys and a race for the girls. Many of us came in the top 50, a few in the top 10 and 2 of us even came in the top 5! I think it was a very good experience and can’t wait to do it again!
By Martina Abels (6 Chilli)
High 5 Netball Stars!
On Wednesday 13th December 2017, 8 pupils from Betty Layward went to take part in the High 5 Netball tournament. We played 3 games loosing the first 2. However we won the last game and came 3rd out of 4 schools! Altogether our team scored 2 goals and conceded 6. It was our first Netball competition as a team and we were very proud of ourselves. A big thank you to Briony, our fantastic coach!
By Martina Abels and Rosa Lloyd (6 Chilli)
KS2 Girls 5-A-Side Football CHAMPIONS!
On Thursday 16th November 2017, 8 girls from Betty Layward went to play in a 5-a-side tournament at Queensbridge Sports Centre. We played 3 schools from Hackney and won all of our games. We scored 6 goals and conceding no goals!
Well done to the following Girls: Ella, Betsy, Imogen, Rosa.L, Martina, Dureti, Elsa and Melanie.
By Elsa Downie and Ella Bowles (5 Buttercup)
KS1 Multi-Skills Sports Festival!
On Wednesday 15th November, a group of year 2 children took part in a multi skills festival at Clissold Leisure Centre. The competition involved a carousel of different sport/ activities such as running, jumping and throwing.
Well done to all the children who took part and thank you to Lucie for your support.
Dureti is a Swimming Star!
Over the weekend I did a swimming competition and I got one bronze for 50 backstroke and I got one silver for 50 front crawl. I was swimming with my swimming club called hackney aquatics swimming club. After Both my races my legs were absolutely dead. I enjoyed this competition and hope to do many more.
I achieved my goal, two races, two medals.
Dureti Parkes (5 Saffron)
Orienteering at Clissold Park
On Wednesday 4th October 2017, Betty Layward took part in the Hackney Orienteering League at Clissold Park. It was a very fun afternoon, especially when you had to use the dibber to keep track of the numbers where you had been on your map. I would definitely like to do it again! Well done to all the children who took part and a big thank you to our lovely adults Karen and Emily who took us to the park.
Louis Halsey – Year 6
Benji – Our Cross Country Star!
On Saturday 30th September I took part in the North West London Young Athletes’ Cross Country League. I ran for London Heathside Athletics Club. The race was 2km at Horsenden Hill, Greenford.
I ran against 50 u10 and u11 boys and I came 7th. I was the first u10 and my time was 7:39 mins.
For my first ever cross country race I was very pleased with the result.
Benjy Bediako Y5 Buttercup
Girls Win Clissold Cup!
On Monday 3rd July, Betty Layward Primary School stormed to victory in the Clissold Cup.
They started off with a 1-0 win against Grazebrook with a world class goal for the school from Millie Fairs.
After that uplifting victory we suffered a unfortunate 1-0 loss, at the hands of Parkwood school. However, that didn’t dampen our spirits.
Next was William Patten, who we drew 0-0, followed by another close draw against Grasmere,with a notable performance from Martha Mcdonald (Helen’s daughter).
In the last game a 1-0 win against Queensbridge was enough to ensure our place in the finals.
The first game in the finals was a draw against Parkwood and the next was a win against Queensbridge! Enough effort to win us the trophy.
All that was left was for Queensbridge to beat Parkwood. The 3-0 demolition that followed succeeded in cheers of delight from Betty Layward girls and their supporters as they were crowned champions!!!!!
Year 5 Orienteering
On Monday 4 teams from Year 5 Saffron took part in an orienteering competition in Clissold Park, along with lots of other Hackney schools. The competition involved 15 checkpoints in the Park. Each team was given a map and a scanner which you needed to scan at all the checkpoints, as quickly as possible. Betty Layward made an astonishing effort with Jonah and Sonny coming first for Betty Layward, and Ned and Patrick coming second! Well done to all the team.
London Youth Games Tennis
On Thursday 29th June, Betty Layward went to Redbridge Sports Centre to represent Hackney at the tennis tournament. There were 28 boroughs from across London and Betty Layward came joint 9th. What an outstanding achievement!!!
Well done to Benjy, Atticus, Sophia and Stella and a huge thank you to Emily for taking us.
By Atticus Endean (5 Buttercup)
Mini Green Tennis Tournament
On Friday 23rd June, Betty Layward A and B team took part in the Mini Green tennis competition at Clissold Park. We played an 8 round robin group matches, 4 single matches and 4 double matches. The A team came 5th and the B team came 7th.
Well done to all the children who took part and thank you to Ruth for taking us.
By Theo Hastings (5 Buttercup)
Fencing Team Wins!
On Friday 23rd July 2017, the Betty Layward fencing team went off to William Pattern with Dorinda for a competition. There were 5 other schools from Hackney and guess who came first? US!! We got given our medals and trophy at the end which we passed on to Simon, he was very pleased and made an announcement in assembly. We had a great time!!
Well done to the following children: Ethan, Elsa, Ned, Audrey and Patrick.
By Patrick Roland (5 Saffron)
Betty Layward Sports Stars!
Well done to all the children who took part in various sporting activities such as Swimming, Tennis, Football and Orienteering.
Year 4 Mini Red Tennis
On Friday 9th June, some children went to a mini red tennis competition at Clissold Park. Out of 14 schools Betty Layward came 4th and a special mention to Ruby who took part in her first tennis tournament.
Well done to the following children: Imogen, Milo, Sasha and Ruby.
By Imogen McCabe (4 Fuschia)
Year 3 and 4 Aquathon
On Wednesday 7th July, 16 boys and girls from year 3 and 4 were chosen for a swimming competition at Clissold Leisure Centre. We took part in about 26 races and won majority of the races. This was good training for the swimming gala next year. Simon was cheering us on all the way and thanks to all the parents that came along to support.
By Ella Bowles and Elsa Downie (4 Fuschia)
Year 5 Buttercup Orienteering
On Wednesday 24th May, Year 5 Buttercup took part in World Orienteering Day at Clissold Park. We worked in groups to find electronic tags on trees. There were over 200 people taking part and 3 people in Buttercup class came first overall, with their time scored at 18.48. Well done Tane, Theo, Atticus and the whole of 5 Buttercup class!!
By Atticus Endean (5 Buttercup)
Years 3 and 4 Mixed Football
On Wednesday 10th May 2017, the year 3 and 4 Betty Layward football team went to Mabley Green for a boys and girls football tournament. We played 4 games, recording a victory against Sir Thomas Fairchild, two draws against Rushmore and Grasmere, and a defeat against the finalist Millfields!
Well done to the following children: Ella, Duretti, Jacob.R.J, Milo, Rex, Imogen, Marcel and Desharn.
By Ella Bowles and Imogen McCabe (4 Fuschia)
A piece by David Lefevre (Hackney Sports Competition organiser)
Last evening saw the finals of the Hackney Schools’ Athletic Association Boys Five a-Side football tournament at The Queensbridge Sports Centre.
The tournament began in November and last evening saw the final 5 teams compete in a very combative league, involving some high quality football.
The league ended with 3 teams tied on 8 points, two teams with the same goal difference and Mandeville eventually prevailing by virtue of one extra goal scored.
On Thursday 23rd March, 8 boys from Betty Layward took part in a 5-A-Side finals tournament at Queensbridge Sports Centre. There were 5 teams including us. We were able to record victories over Grasmere and St Scholasticas and draws against Mandeville and Rushmore, which meant we were unbeaten. We lost out on only +1 goal difference but apart from that the boys played extremely well and to us, we are champions!!
Well done to the following Boys: Buzz, Max, Eddie, Benji, Leo, Ethan, Atticus and Daniel.
By Max Clements (Year 6 Ruby)
Girls 5-A-Side Football
On Thursday 16th March, the Girls football team took part in the repechage, which means a second chance to qualify for the finals! Luckily, we already qualified for the finals. We lost our first game against Mandeville however we picked up draws against Rushmore and Parkwood. We also recorded our first victory of the tournament against Jubilee!
Well done to the following Girls: Yasmine, Lola, Maddy, Immy, Orla, Rosa and Bella.By Imogen McCabe (4 Fuschia)
On Wednesday 15th March a selection of students from year 4 and 5 went to a football tournament at Mabley Green. We won all of our league matches against De Beauvoir, Jubilee, St John and St James, Grazebrook and Sebright, working our way in to the semi- finals where we beat Parkwood 1-0 to qualify for the finals. We lost the final 2-1 after extra time and the golden goal rule however we finished second out of 26 schools in Hackney.
Well done to the following Girls: Ella, Katie, Dureti, Betsy, Ava, Imogen, Rosa.L and Elsa.
By Rosa Lloyd and Ava Marter (Year 5 Buttercup Sports Ambassadors)
On Monday 30th January, Betty Layward took part in the Hackney Primary Schools Cross Country League, race 3. at Hackney Downs Park.
The boys and girls raced separately against a few other schools. The run was around 1.4k and was about 3/4 of the park. When the race was over we were given a card telling us what place we came, which was then recorded into a little plastic folder net to our names
Thank you also to ALL the parents who came to show their support.
By Rosa Lloyd -Sport’s Ambassador in Year 5 Buttercup
Boys 5-A-Side Football
On Thursday 8th December 2016, 7 boys from Betty Layward took part in a 5-A-Side football competition at Queensbridge Sports Centre. We played 4 games and scored 5 goals in total. We won 2, drew 1 and lost 1 which meant we have qualified for the finals in the new year!!
Well done to the following boys: Buzz, Max, Eddie, Benji, Leo, Ethan and Daniel.
By Max Clements (6 Ruby)
Betty Layward Wins Swimming Gala
On 7th December, at 11:15, a few Year 5 and 6 children were taken out of class to prepare for a Swimming Gala at Clissold Leisure Centre. When we arrived we all warmed up for 10 minutes and then got ready for the races to begin. There were individual boy and girl races for each stroke and then a 100m relay medley (which four people from each school took part in). The final race was a 100m freestyle relay (which four people from every team took part in). We all swam amazingly, and in the end we came back with 14 medals in total: six gold, six silver and two bronze! The atmosphere was incredible, and we were all very supportive. It was really fun, and we definitely showed all of our aquatics skills! Well done for winning the gala 3 years in a row. GO BETTY LAYWARD!
By Linnea Cramer (6 Chilli)
On Monday 5th December 2016, a group of children from year 5 and 6 took part in a Cross Country race(2) at Hackney Downs Park. We were all very excited about the competition and had great fun. Out of 165 boys, Betty Layward boys are in the top 100 with Ethan currently in 5th place! Out of 150 girls, Betty Layward girls are in the top 50 with Martina in 16th place! All the cross country runners were amazing and they should be really proud of themselves because they were great today and really tried their best.
By Betsy Brooke-Taylor (5 Saffron)
On Monday 28th November, a group of us went to Hackney Downs Park to take part in a Cross Country race. It was 1.4k and the girls went first, followed by the boys. In each race there were about 200 children per race and most of the Betty Layward team finished in the top 100! Ethan came 6th and Betsy came 10th!
Well done to the cross country team!
By Ethan Stewart- Caws and Clay Corbett (6 Ruby)
Girls 5-A-Side Football Stars!
Today, Thursday 24th November, we went to Queensbridge Leisure Centre to play a tournament. There were supposed to be 6 schools competing however only 3 turned up, us as well as Rushmore and Jubilee.
First we played Rushmore and won 1- 0 thanks to goal scored by Orla from a free kick that went past many defenders and through the goalkeepers legs.
Next game we drew 0-0 with Jubilee.
There were hardly any goals in the tournament as the defence was so good. Most of the other teams were made up of girls from Y6 so we did really well as Immy is only in Y4 and Martina and Rosa are in Y5.
In our next game we lost 1 – 0 against Rushmore – which was the only goal let in by Yasmine in all 4 games.
For the final match we yet again drew 0 – 0 against Jubilee.
Thank you to Simon for all his coaching and support as always, and a shout out to Emily and Paul for coming along.
Overall we enjoyed playing but wish we had got more goals in the net.
Sasha – Our Gymnastics Star!
Last weekend I went to represent London Gymnastics at the Men’s Artistic National Elite Grade Final in Birmingham. There were nine teams from around the UK and London came third earning us a bronze medal. We did six pieces which were high bar, parallel bars, rings, floor, vault and pommel horse. We also did physical and artistic preparation programs as well. I am very proud of myself and my team. Now I am back to training at North East London Gymnastics club also known as the Cube.
By Sasha Dobrynin- Lait (4 Cerise)
On Wednesday 19th October 2016, Betty Layward Boys Football Team took part in The Glyn Williams 7-A-Side competition at Mabley Green. Our first game was against Grasmere and we fought hard for the victory however Grasmere came out on top and won 2-0. We were able to record draws against Southwold and St Scholastica’s.
Well done to the following Boys: Clay, Max, Louis, Eddie, Clem, Benji, Devari, Milo and Josh.
By Clay Corbett (6 Ruby)
Junior Girls Football – Silver Medal
On Wednesday 12th October 2016, 8 Girls’ from year 4 to 6 took part in the a 6-A-Side competition at Mabley Green. There were many victories against Millfileds, Rushmore, Princess May, Daubeney, London Fields and Woodberry Down with Martina even bagging herself 6 goals! However we lost a close final against Springfield. There were over 180 girls competing against each other and Betty Layward came second!! The London F.A said it was the biggest football event across the whole of London for Girls’ Football Week. We had so much fun and it was worth all the practice. Thank you Simon and well done to the following Girls: Imogen, Millie, Yasmine, Maddy, Lola, Orla, Rosa.L, Martina and thank you to Emily McCabe for your support on the day.
By Millie Fairs
Year 5 Orienteering – Monday 3rd October 2016
On Monday me and some people in my year went to Clissold Park for an Orienteering competition against seven other schools from Hackney. We were given a map and set off looking for the numbered stations located on our map. Once we had done so we scanned an item on our fingers to prove we had found them.
When we found all fifteen stations, we returned to the start where they told us how long we took.
Thank you to Leda and Karen for taking us.
Well done to the following children: Martina, Rosa.L, Atticus, Theo.H and Ned.
By Rosa Lloyd (5 Buttercup)
Hackney District Football Trials – Tuesday 13th September
On Tuesday 13th September, seven members of the Betty Layward football team took part in the Hackney District trials at Clissold Park.
Majority of the boys made it through to the next round of trials.
Well done to the following boys: Leo.A, Benji, Ethan, Max, Buzz, Clem and Buzz.
By Max Clements (6 Ruby) and Leo Adjaye (6 Chilli)