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Sports Report 1 - 2019/20


I took two mixed Year 7 and 8 Girls Football Teams to a 7v7 tournament at Unsworth Academy on Wednesday 18 September, where we played two teams from Unsworth Academy and two teams from The Derby High School and what a great afternoon it turned out to be.

Team 1 – Natalie (Y8), Matilda (Y8) Lilly (Y7), Eryn (Y7) Maisie (Y7), Ella (Y7) and Captain Freya (Y8)

Team 2 – Josephine (Y7), Ellie (Y8), Sam (Y8), Emily (Y7), Leah (Y8), Mille (Y8) and Captain Amelia (Y8)

The girls played 5 games each including having to play each other which resulted in Team 1 taking the win 1-0 with a goal from Eryn, although I have to say the teams were very even for the majority of the game.

Team 1 won 4 games and lost 1 with results of 0-1, 5-0, 1-0, 2-0, 1-0.  With goals coming from Lilly (5), Eryn (3) and Freya (1).  Finishing with 12 points.

Team 2 won 3 games, 1 draw and 1 loss with results of 1-1, 3-0, 0-1, 2-0, 3-0.  With goals coming from Amelia (4), Millie (3), Emily & Josephine.  Finishing with 10 points.

Credit to our goalkeepers, Ella and Freya for Team 1 and Ellie for Team 2 who only conceded 3 goals all afternoon.

Team 1 went on to win the whole tournament, with Team 2 coming either 2nd or 3rd, we’re not quite sure!

All the girls where a credit to the school, their team work, attitude and willingness to learn and do their best is something I was very proud of. We had a great time with lots of laughs, a very enjoyable outing.



I took a young Year 9 and 10 Girls Football Team to a 7v7 tournament at Unsworth Academy on Wednesday 25 September.  We were joined by an Unsworth Academy team, two teams from The Derby and one from Elton.  The other teams were predominantly Year 10 pupils whereas we had one Year 10 and 7 Year 9 girls.

The team was made up of Olivia, Kate, Leila, Ally, Gracie, Izzy and Lauren from Year 9 and Robyn from Year 10.

There were no easy games in this tournament.  Everyone had to concentrate and work hard to gain results.  We won 2 games with scores of 2-0 (Robyn) and 5-0 (Robyn 3, Gracie & Izzy).  Losing 1-0 with an own goal which was disappointing as we deserved at least a draw against the overall tournament winners and a 0-0 draw against the eventually tournament runners-up.

We weren’t disappointed with our third place result given how close we had come to those above us.  Our team work was great, with girls switching positions and working hard for each other.  We are now looking forward to our next outing on the 20 November when we’ll being looking for top spot.



On Thursday 26 September Miss Hulme took 27 girls from Years 8 & 9 to a Rugby World Cup promotion event at Sedgley RUFC.  The girls watched some of the England vs America match during lunch time before heading to the pitches for some training and games.  The girls absolutely loved getting involved and learning some new skills.  They all got ‘stuck in’ especially with the mud!  A huge thanks to all the coaches and volunteers who organised and ran the event.

Miss Hulme

School football

School football is an incredible aspect of the year: a time to have fun, play with your friends and play football to a very high standard.  As a year, we make a spectacular team with all of the different talents.

Last Wednesday we played a game against the Year 8s.  It was a close game but in the end we came out with a 2-0 win.  Our string strike force held it together and waited for the right time, this led to getting through on the defenders and in some cases scoring.

The school football team can also help with issues in and out of school.  For example, if you have had a bad day in school, maybe got in trouble, or you have just fallen out with one of your friends, you can express your feelings playing on the pitch.  It is a time to have fun, but to get better at football and to represent the school.

Adam W, Y9


It was another great outing for our Senior Girls Football team as they headed up to Woodhey for the Bury Schools 7v7 Tournament.

They were against experienced teams from Woodhey, Tottington, St Gabriels, Elton and St Monica’s all of which have players who play football outside of school and who have met lots of times before.

The team of Hollie, Esme, Sophie, Emma, Olivia, Faith, Makenzie, Jasmine (all Y11) and Robyn (Y10) played their first game against St Monica’s.  A slow start for the girls but it was worth waiting for them to pick up the pace with two quick goals from Hollie and Robyn sealing a 2-0 win.

Second game was against the host Woodhey.  The girls had now fully warmed up and you could tell.  They quickly broke down the Woodhey team scoring 3 goals (Robyn 2 & Hollie) in 10 minutes to seal another win.

Third game and another win, this time with a wonder goal from half way from Esme against Tottington.

Next up was against Elton.  This was always going to be a tough game.  We must give credit to our ever strong defence and reactions of our goalkeeper as this end to end game resulted in a 0-0 draw with neither team being able to break the deadlock no matter how hard they tried.

Last game was against St Gabriels, like us they had had good results so was probably going to be the hardest game of the afternoon.  It didn’t disappoint.  End to end from start to finish and gutting that we conceded our only goal of the day in this game.  This resulted in 1-0 loss with no time to equalise.

We finished the tournament as Runners-Up on 10 points with the winners St Gabriels on 11.  It transpired that the last game was a winner takes all match.

I am incredibly proud of the girls, they are a credit to the school and to the game of football.  They play the game in the correct sporting manner with an aim to play to the best of their ability at all times whilst having fun and laughs.  A joy to be with.


Gina – Black Belt at Karate

Well done to Gina in Year 10 who achieved her Black Belt in Karate.  This is a fantastic achievement and is a reward for Gina who works really hard at this sport.

Ellie in Year 9 and Fraser in Year 10 – Excelling in Swimming Outside of School

Well done to Ellie in Year 9 who is excelling at Swimming outside of school.  Ellie achieved 9 personal best times out of 9 races in one weekend.  

Ellie achieved county times in the:

· 200 metre front crawl

· 200 metre individual medley

· 100 metre front crawl

· 50 metre front crawl – Ellie also achieved a regional time in the: 50 metre front crawl

Well done to Fraser in Year 10 who is also excelling at Swimming outside of school. Fraser achieved a county time for the 50 metre freestyle and a county time for the 100 metre freestyle.

Bury Times Write Up on the Best Practice Award in PE

The Bury Times kindly did a write up on the school and PE Department receiving the ‘Best Practice in PE Award’ from the North West Counties PE Association.  This appeared in their newspaper and on their website on Thursday 12 September 2019.  The article was as follows:

“A HIGH school has been recognised for its outstanding achievements in Physical Education.

Bury Church of England High School has received a Best Practice Award in PE by the North Western Counties Physical Education Association.

Paddy Connolly, Bury C of E High School’s head of PE, said: “The department has fantastic students that really buy into the wide-ranging extra-curricular programme and take part in all of our lunch and after school activities.

“This award shows we’re working really hard and this is an award for the whole staff, department and parents who provide us with so much support.”

In the last academic year the school has enjoyed a wealth of sporting success including with the under 15’s girls football team who reached the final of the Greater Manchester County Cup and lost narrowly to a late goal. While the under 12’s boys football were double winners of Bury Schools Central Venue Football League. Many of the school’s teams also represented Bury at the GM School Games.”

Year 11 Boys Basketball 

The Year 11 Boys Basketball team played in the central venue Basketball league at Philips on Monday 16 September.  The central venue format is a new idea in the Bury local authority to try to ensure students get as many Basketball matches as possible.

In the first game Bury CE High School came across a really strong team from Philips.  We lost the game but did not give up against excellent opposition.  In the next game we played St Monica’s and won the game.  It was an excellent team performance but a special mention must go to Adam and Marcus who scored consistently for Bury CE High School.  In the final game of the night we played Woodhey and this was a really close game.  In the end Woodhey came out winners but Bury CE High School played well overall.  Player of the match overall was Marcus in Year 10 who was playing up a year group. 

Bury CE High School attended the second round of the central venue Basketball league games at Philips on Monday 30 September.  In the first game we played an outstanding game to beat Prestwich.  In the second game the team lost to Bury Grammar but played well in parts of this game.  Player of the match was Ben in Year 11 who was excellent in both games.

After winning 2 games over the two central venue nights Bury CE High School qualified in 4th place overall for the finals night on Monday 14 October.

Boys Football Reports

Our Year 11 and Year 10 Boys Football teams played against Derby on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 September.  Both teams won convincingly and all the students who played were a credit to the school.

Player of the match for Year 10 was Ethan and player of the match for Year 11 was Stephen.

The Year 10 Boys Football team beat Woodhey 4-2.  Player of the match was Tom.

The Year 11 Boys Football team beat Woodhey 6-3.  Player of the match was Declan.

The Year 8 Boys Football team beat St Gab’s 5-1.  Player of the match was Theo.  Goal scorers were Roman with 3 goals, Zak with 1 goal and Tyler with 1 goal.

Girls Netball Results

The Year 10 Girls Netball team beat Philips 11-1.  Player of the match was Abigail.

The Year 8 Girls Netball team beat Philips 21-15.  Player of the match was Leah.  They lost to St Gabriels 6-4.  Player of the match was Frankie.

The Year 11 Girls Netball team beat St Gabriels 16-7.

The Year 9 Girls Netball team beat St Gabriels 17-9.  Player of the match was Gracie.

Year 9 Boys Rugby v Bury Grammar

The Year 9 Boys Rugby team played fantastically well against a strong team from Bury Grammar.  Unfortunately they lost to a last second try from Bury Grammar with the score finishing 15 points to 10 points.  All the students who played were brilliant and it was great to see four Year 8 students playing up a year group in the Year 9 team.

Player of the match from Bury Church was Adam in Year 9.

Sale Sharks Developing Player Programme (DPP)

Bury CE High School have nominated Toby in Year 9, Charlie in Year 10 and Calum in Year 10 for the Sale Sharks Developing Player Programme (DPP).  This elite training programme is open to the best Rugby Union players from across the Greater Manchester area.  

Harrison, Garrett and Will in Year 10 along with Jack and Adam in Year 9 have already made it through the trial process for this elite training programme last year and so will be involved this season in the Sale Sharks DPP.

After School Boys Rugby Club 

Well done to all the students who have been attending the after school Rugby Union Club every Thursday.  The turn out has been great and there are a number of competitions/games planned as we progress through this academic year.

We are delighted to welcome Glyn Smith from Bury Rugby Union Football Club who has kindly offered to come in and help with the coaching.  Glyn is an excellent coach and it is a great opportunity for the students at Bury CE High School to work with Glyn.  

North-West PE Association European Sports Day on Friday 27 September 

The School Sports Organising Committee (SSOC) were invited to help out at the European Schools Sports Day at Sport City in Manchester on Friday 27 September. Bury CE High School were only one of only four high schools invited to help out and lead events. We took twelve members of our School Sports Organising Committee to deliver an inclusive invasion to ten different primary schools from the Greater Manchester area. The sports leaders from Bury CE High School were excellent and were all praised by the staff at this event for their outstanding leadership skills.

Rugby League Success

Garrett and Will in Year 10 play Rugby League for Rochdale Mayfield Rugby League Club.  This is also alongside both students excelling at Rugby Union.

Mayfield Rugby League Club won the North West Counties Cup on Sunday 15 September against a strong team from Orrell.

This is a fantastic achievement.

PE Stars of the Week

To help the PE Department at Bury CE High School celebrate students sporting success we have introduced the ‘Star of Week for PE’.  The department decides on a weekly basis who has achieved these awards.  The winners so far this academic year are:

Star of the Week 2019 to 2020 – Half Term 1

Date Girls Winner and Reason Boys Winner and Reason
Friday 13/9/19 Gina in Year 10 – gaining her black belt in Karate. Alfie in Year 8 – excellent attitude in PE and for being made captain of the Year 8 Boys Football.
Friday 20/9/19 Ellie in Year 9 – excelling at Swimming outside of school. Marcus in Year 10 – player for the competition for the Year 11 Basketball team this week.
Friday 27/9/19 Robyn in Year 10 – player of the competition at Football and for excelling at a range of sports. Tom in Year 10 – player of the Football match v Woodhey and for setting a fantastic example to other students.
Millie and Billie-Rose in Year 8 – both excelling at Netball and both have trials for Manchester Thunder. Frazer in Year 10 – excelling at Swimming outside of school.