An Essex school is taking top honours in a range of sports as a result of its extra-curricular clubs.

More than 100 students from Maltings Academy in Witham come in at 7.30am and stay after school every day to develop their skills.

Ranging from rugby to athletics to badminton, the clubs are paying off with the school entering and succeeding in more tournaments than ever.

This year both the Year 7 girls’ sports hall athletics team and the Year 11 boys’ basketball team have become district champions.

Head of PE Ray Bias said: “I have never seen anything like it, with so many children wanting to be in school when they don’t have to be.

“They are doing far more than many other children around the country. And that is why they are now competing against some of the best schools in sporting competitions.”

Main Pic: Malting’s Academy sports pupils


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