Green Farm Road, Colne Engaine, Colchester, CO6 2HA

Tel: 01787 222717

e-mail: (Mrs Sarah Cushney, School Business Manager)

Headteacher:  Mrs Julie Sarti

The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

Diocesan Offices

53 New Street Chelmsford Essex CM1 1AT

Telephone: 01255 863646


At Colne Engaine we recognise the value of sport, not just for the positive impact it has on health and wellbeing, but for its role in developing collaboration, team spirit and leadership qualities. We pride ourselves on the reputation we have built up locally as a small school with a competitive spirit and excellent sportsmanship: - we are often complimented on the way our teams conduct themselves when representing us and they do so with pride, knowing the role they have as ambassadors for our school.

Sport Coaches

A few years ago, we were fortunate enough to bid successfully for Lottery funding to secure a sports coach to work with us for a year.   Through the Sports Premium, we have been able to maintain this support and our coach works alongside taching staff to develop sporting skills through the curriculum as well as running sporting activities after school and through lunch and play times. 

Sporting Clubs

We run a wide variety of sporting clubs over the year, including multisports, football, netball, cricket, rounders, basketball, fencing, spy club (which includes some orienteering) and athletics. We are very fortunate in having a strong body of volunteer staff and parents and carers, who help us to run these clubs, for which we are very grateful.

We also run a highly successful gym trail three mornings a week, to support the gross motor skills development in identified children.

Tournaments and Competitions

We belong to a strong and thriving consortium of schools and are part of a significant programme of festivals and competitions for all age ranges in school.  We are active in the local area and attend all organised tournaments and sporting events for the local group of schools. As one of the smaller school, we are very proud to ‘hold our own’ in these competitions, often winning tournaments that we enter. This was recognised by the Sports Partnership, who nominated us as the ‘most improved school’ in recemt years.

We also try to organise as many ‘friendlies’ as we can against the local small schools, which are always events of huge excitement, well attended by our supportive parents and carers.


One of the highlights of recent years was our success in reaching the National finals of the school swimming championships, held in Sheffield, in the Olympic sized swimming pool. As the only small school and the only state school in the competition, we were thrilled to come third overall.

National Events

We have been very active in supporting national sporting events, which led to us being chosen to work alongside an artist to create a beautiful banner  to celebrate the Tour of Britain cycling race when it passed locally, which the whole school attended, cheering the cyclists on as they rode across the Essex/Suffolk border. 

More recently, we have made a film charting the journey to the podium of Beijing Paralympic Boccia gold medallist and 2012 Paralympian Dan Bentley. Dan has become a friend to us, coaching children across the school in Boccia skills and coming along as guest of honour to our Sports days since 2012

"Provision for sport has developed considerably and supports very effectively the drive to develop teamwork skills."  Ofsted April 2012

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Here are short videos which show two of our activities:
  • Rugby


  • Swimming