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Match Reports

Autumn Term 2016 - second report

Dorridge Primary have enjoyed an extremely busy sporting time this term with a great variety of sporting fixtures taking place.


After the previous report we were approached by a few different parties who were keen to help sponsor the Girls’ Football Team. We are incredibly grateful as a school to have such a supportive parent base and are pleased to announce that the generous donation from Mrs McCarthy will not only pay for the branding for the football kit, but also help contribute to a new tracksuit for the netball team. Look out for team photos once all the kit has arrived and been embroidered in the new year.


This term the Boys’ football teams have been working very hard and gelled well as a group. The A-team has reached the second round of the Solihull F.A. Cup after a convincing 4-1 victory over St James. However, after being placed in a very competitive group, they have had a mixed start to their league campaign. The team have recorded two wins, a draw and a loss which currently places them in 3rd position. The boys are working hard in training to strengthen their defence and trying to take the chances they are creating in games.

The B and C teams have also been training hard and won a combined friendly 6-0. The players in those teams continue to impress Mr Melville and their attitude and enthusiasm has not gone unnoticed. Mr Melville would like to thank all players for their effort and he hopes for success in the league and cup in the New Year.

The Girls’ Football team had their first competitive match of the season during the South Solihull Girls’ Football Tournament. It was a steep learning curve for the girls, playing on a very cold night against much stronger opposition. However, they defended really well and managed to draw two games and narrowly lose two matches. We will be opening the training up to girls in year 4 next term to help bolster our squad and prepare new recruits for the future.

Year 4 also competed in a one-off friendly tournament this term. The team played extremely well, especially after having no prior training together as a group. They finished runners up in their league on goal difference, which unfortunately meant they could not go through to the knockout stages. The team they drew with in their group went on to be the tournament winners, which shows how competitive our school was. This will no doubt help to continue the strong tradition of Dorridge Primary fielding competitive football teams for years to come.


The Netball team had their first matches this term. Unfortunately, the weather was atrocious and everyone, including Mrs Brookson and Mrs Davies, were completely soaked through by the end of the evening. Despite the conditions and the adjustment to the new ‘High 5’ netball rules for teams and referees alike, the girls played admirably and managed to draw one match and lose one. They are excited to see their new team tracksuits and we are sure they will continue to do the school proud with their effort and commitment.


The whole of Year 4 enjoyed a competitive afternoon of hockey this term, organised by Arden. Our mixed gender and ability teams showed great sportsmanship and teamwork throughout the tournament. This will be great preparation for the Level 3 hockey tournament that some of these children will take part in when they reach Year 6.


Two Year 5 teams took part in the inaugural South Solihull Dodgeball Tournament this term, held at Solihull Sixth Form College. It was a really fun and frantic evening of sport which both the players and spectators thoroughly enjoyed.

Our pupils competed with great sportsmanship and honesty, which was a pleasure to watch and a real credit to the school. Unfortunately, other teams were less honourable and waited for the referees to send them off the court rather than walking off themselves, which ultimately meant we lost more matches than we perhaps should have done. We may need to introduce the children to ‘playing to the referee’ and some of the other grey areas of competitive sport for next time!


The first basketball league night of the year took place in December with teams from both Year 5 and 6 participating. The children looked the part in their brand new kits, which had been funded by the PTA. The standard was really high and both teams played fantastically well. The Year 6 team recorded a win, a loss and a draw whilst the Year 5 team won two of their matches and lost one. Both teams are currently lying second in their respective leagues. Great determination and teamwork was on display throughout and it was a pleasure to see the children represent Dorridge Primary in such a great light.

KS1 Multi-Skills

The whole of Year 2 took part in the KSI Multi-Skills Competition this term. It is a really fun event in which the children are measured on their balance, jumping, throwing and running skills. The results are added up and then compared to the other schools taking part in South Solihull. The winning school then goes on to represent the area in the regional finals. This event could not have worked without the help of the Year 6 children who helped deliver and record the results. We are very proud of the children involved and they have been commended by the staff leading the event for their fabulous effort.

Play Leaders

Sixteen Year 6 pupils have been trained, by an external coach, in how to deliver clubs and games during break and lunchtime; they were commended on their enthusiasm and maturity during the training. We are looking forward to utilising their skills in the coming terms to set up some new clubs which are active, fun and accessible to all children.

Daily Mile

Year 6 alone have run over 70 miles since starting the daily mile in September! This is a wonderful achievement for all the the children and adults involved. Other KS2 classes have also been getting involved by running weekly miles or similar type activities. This increase in physical activity will have a huge impact on the children’s physical wellbeing and we hope it will promote a lifelong learning and enjoyment of being active.

There are many more opportunities to compete in different sports during the next half term with rowing, indoor athletics, KS1 gymnastics, basketball, netball and football fixtures all in the calendar.

Thank you for your continued support

Autumn Term 2016

Cross Country

Dorridge recorded their first silverware of the year at the South Solihull Cross Country Competition.

The pop-up cross country club for years 5 and 6 (set up this half term) had such a huge response from the children that the club needed to be split into year groups. This enabled Dorridge to enter their largest cross country team to date, with 48 children (24 girls and 24 boys) participating in the competition.

In recent years we have performed exceptionally well at this event by having the fastest boy. This year was no exception with Oscar making it three year's wins on the trot. Previously, we have not managed to form a team strong enough to win the team event. This year that changed with the Boys excelling to win the team event for the first time.

The girls terrifically finished second in the team event, which is also the highest the Dorridge Girls have ever achieved.


Dorridge entered two teams consisting of twenty children from years five and six into the South Solihull Primary Biathlon competition at the start of October. The Girls finished 8th with the Boys finishing 6th out of 16 schools in each gender. This was a fantastic result, especially as it is an event in which the children have no prior training.

Other sports

Both the Boys and the Girls Football teams have been working hard on the training field in preparation for upcoming cup, league and tournament football fixtures next term.

Netball club has also started this term with the girls getting used to the new ‘High 5’ netball rules they will be using in the upcoming fixtures.

There are many more opportunities to compete in different sports during the next half term with dodge-ball, basketball and football tournaments all in the calendar.


We are very grateful to have received generous donations from both the PTA and Taylor Wimpey Midlands this term. With their contributions,  the school has purchased two complete sets of football kits and a new utility kit to be used for basketball, indoor athletics and borough sports. These have all been embroidered with the Dorridge Primary emblem and the football kits display the Taylor Wimpey logo. Look out for press releases and photos in the local press which should appear during the next term.

We are currently looking for a sponsor for the Girls Football Team. If you know of anyone who works for a company who has a local advertising budget or would be willing to sponsor our girls’ shirts then please contact the school office with the details.

July 2016

Having won a local schools cricket tournament, a group of 10 Year 5’s were given the opportunity to compete in the final county round at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, earlier this week.

Despite soaring temperatures, they convincingly won their first four matches to get through to the semi-finals. Unfortunately at this point they were narrowly beaten by 4 runs.

Throughout the day the boys demonstrated an excellent attitude towards the game and the opposing teams, proving themselves worthy ambassadors of the school.

A great day was had by all!

June 2016

Well done Dorridge Athletes!

For the second year in a row, Dorridge finished as team runners-up in the Borough Sports Athletics Meeting, only being beaten by Solihull School (in other words, we are the top state primary school in Solihull).

The children performed fantastically well across every event. Both year 5 and year 6 won medals in nearly all of the field events and the year six boys relay team topped the competition off with a gold.

There was brilliant determination, sportsmanship and perseverance shown by all of our children. We are very proud of the children for all their hard work in training and so pleased that they were rewarded with success.

The picture below shows some of the Year 6 athletes after the awards ceremony with medals and their trophy.

Some of the Year 6 athletes

April 2016

Huge congratulations to the Boys Football team on winning the Solihull Leagues Trophy.

The boys did remarkably well to win the Large Schools League 2 category for Solihull schools, which was played in a series of matches over the past few months.

As a result, they attended a Champions League night on Wednesday 27th April. Here they faced Langley in the semi-final and comfortably won 3-0. As the time for the final approached, the boys became aware they would face Our Lady of the Wayside, a team that has previously stopped Dorridge teams in their tracks. The boys took an early lead 1-0, but it appeared they had met their match in the second half when OLW equalized. In what was a nerve racking end to the match, Greg Gahan, the Team Captain, broke through and scored the winner!!

Mr Tolman's hairline doesn't thank the boys, but he personally could not be happier!