Chess in Schools

Sam, Wesley, Rosie and Charlie each represented Welton at the annual Chess in Schools South West Region Championship on June 5th 2014 and achieved 2nd place in the Year 4 category. They had to play 6 tough games of chess, each 20 minutes long, against some of the best chess brains in the area. A real achievement - well done!

Welton also achieved 3rd place in the grand London Chess Classic Tournament in Olympia on December 11th 2013! Well done to Wesley, Sam and Jamie who represented the school so well!


We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Chess in Schools and Communities organisation - click here to be taken to their website. Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of chess on pupil's academic performance, especially in maths, reading and general intellectual achievement. Chess makes children smarter by developing the following skills:

  • Improving concentration
  • develop critical thinking
  • develop logical reasoning
  • develop calculating ability
  • develop memory.

The children in Year 4 receive a 1 hour lesson per week for the whole academic year. I think we have some chess champions of the future in this school!