London - Southwark




Southwark within Inner London.


Bessemer Grange Primary Sch.

Tutor: Michael Brown


Coburg Primary School

Tutor: Peter Mant


Crampton Primary School

Tutor: Anu Beniwal


Deptford Park Primary School

Tutor: Anu Beniwal


Grange Primary School

Tutor: Peter Mant


Harris Academy

Tutor: Peter Mant


Hollydale Primary School

Tutor: Adam Bukojemski


Ivydale Primary School

Tutor: Peter Mant


John Ruskin Primary School

Tutor: Michael Brown



Judith Kerr Primary School

Tutor: Anu Beniwal


Keyworth Primary School

Tutor: David Okike


Oliver Goldsmith Primary School

Tutor: Michael Brown


Pilgrim's Way Primary School

Tutor: Michael Brown


Rye Oak Primary School

Tutor: David Okike


St. Francis Primary School

Tutor: Peter Mant


St. John's Walworth CE Primary

Tutor: Andrew Offord


St. Peter's Primary School

Tutor: Michael Brown


St. Mary Magdalene Primary

Tutor: Michael Brown


Surrey Square Primary School

Tutor: Peter Mant

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Queen’s Birthday Party at Hollydale

10th June 2016


On the 10th June, Hollydale school held a birthday party for the queen. The children enjoyed drinks, cookies and other snacks whilst listening to music. They also had a chance to practice their chess skills ahead of the CSC Southwark tournament the following week.


Most of the chess players were from Hollydale’s year 3 and year 4, although at one point deputy headteacher Franca La Malfa came to play and give some advices to students.




Katherine Marshall, John Ruskin Primary School - "The children at John Ruskin Primary have benefited hugely from learning chess. The tutor from Chess in Schools has been excellent - the lessons are well-planned and resourced, and build very clearly on the previous week's learning.


Chess has helped with their ability to visualise shapes and patterns in maths, as well as to plan clearly and think before acting. It has also supported the development of social skills, helping with their self-esteem and buildng resiliance. Children who achieve at all academic levels, from those who are listed on the special needs register to those on the gifted and talented register, have enjoyed and accessed chess. We are now running a very popular after school chess club too."



Maria Sendonari, Camelot Primary School, Southwark, London - "The children have gained so much from taking part in chess in schools. Their teachers have noticed that they have been quick to pick up on work involving co-ordinates in maths lessons and are applying problem solving skills across different curriculum areas.


The children have learnt that making mistakes is ok because you learn from them and also they have learnt to respect each other and there seems to be a calmer atmosphere in the classroom. The children looked forward to their weekly chess sessions and many of them now play with their parents at home."



Southwark Tournament


On 11 July we held the first CSC Southwark Chess Tournament. John Ruskin kindly provided the venue and Katherine Marshall from the school was very helpful in organising and running the tournament. Nevil Chan, Michael Brown and Peter Mant were there on the day with myself and Katherine and helped make it run smoothly.



The children enjoyed themselves and played some very good chess. Teams came from Bessemer Grange, Camelot, Grange, John Ruskin, St Francis and Surrey Square.


The results were:


1st John Ruskin Azure
2nd John Ruskin Emerald
3rd= Grange and Surrey Square

- Dan Staples





Newham report here



Check out how kids can now play chess

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Battlelines: Clockwise from left, chess coach Peter Mant, Catlin Grant (8), Nicole

Oduah (9), Febishola Akinde (9), Nicollette Oduah (9), and Teslim Kolapo (9).


Hundreds of primary-aged children in Southward are taking advantage of a year-long drive to teach them chess.


The ancient pastime has traditionally been seen as a "posh" game played by knights and kings with playing pieces including, er, knights and kings, but now children in one of the country's most disadvantaged boroughs are learning it too.


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