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Match Reports

Spring Term 2018

English Schools Football League Cup- Second Round

On Wednesday 14th February, the Year 6 footballers took part in the second round of the EFL Cup at Wast Hills Training Ground. The competition consisted of the top three teams from the previous qualifying tournaments. Over the course of the afternoon, the boys won 2 matches, drew 2 and lost 1. Although we beat the eventual winners of the tournament, we came third in the group, missing out on the final by 1 point. The boys put in a fantastic effort and should be very proud to come 3rd out of the 14 teams who entered the competition.

Indoor Rowing

Four boys and four girls from Year 6 competed in an Indoor Rowing competition at Langley Secondary School. Each child had to row as far as they could on a rowing machine in one minute. After that the girls and the boys competed in a relay to try and row the furthest as a team. The boys came 8th and the girls came 3rd. All the children that competed showed excellent school games values and were a credit to the school.

Sports Hall Athletics

A squad of 25 Year 6 boys and girls attended the first round of heats for the Sports Hall Athletics competition. The children took part in 6 track events and 6 field events. The children were superb and put their full effort into the events and were cheering their teammates the entire event. In total as a team we finished 1st in our heat and move on to the Sport Hall Athletics Finals at the end of February. The children should be extremely proud of their efforts and did the school proud.

English Football League Cup

On Wednesday 24th January, a squad of eight Year 6 pupils took part in the Schools English League Cup qualifying tournament, first round, at Wast Hills (Birmingham City Football Club’s training ground).

The boys were in a group of eight teams, with the top three of the group qualifying for the next round of the competition.

The boys played seven 6-a-side games in quick succession; each game was 8 minutes long with no half time, on a large pitch. The competition was tight and the end results close. Out of our seven games, we won four, drew two and lost one. This left us second in our group and allowed us to qualify for the next round of the competition in February.

The boys put in a fantastic effort and were superb ambassadors for the school. They should all be extremely proud of their efforts.

Boys Football

The boys have gelled well as a group and are working hard in training. In the league we have a 100% record and are on track to qualify for the Champions League.

In the cup the boys successfully negotiated their way to the 2nd round of the competition, winning their 1st round fixture 3-0.

Eight boys will be taking part in the English Football League Cup at Birmingham City Football Club and will play the competition at the Wast Hills Training Ground.

Girls Football

The girls have worked incredibly hard in training and are a very eager squad who are desperate to play. The girls will be playing in friendlies against local schools and are eagerly anticipating the 2nd round of the Solihull Shield.


The boys have started excellently in the basketball leagues and won their opening three fixtures. The boys have shown great enthusiasm and determination.


Year 5 competed in a School Games Dodgeball tournament. Teams from 5S, 5P and 5D competed at Solihull Sixth Form. All the teams showed fantastic sportsmanship and values and were a credit to the school. 5D will have another opportunity to represent the school after qualifying for a finals tournament.

Autumn term 2017

Netball (end October)

The netball season kicked off yesterday with seven members of our squad playing Monkspath School. Against tough opponents, our girls played fearlessly. Although they didn't win, Dorridge showed determination and great team spirit.

We are extremely proud of everyone who took part and grateful to the entire squad and Miss Benton, who all helped us to prepare for Thursday's match. Huge thanks to the parents who helped with transport and cheered the team on!
Mrs Davies and Mrs Brookson

Biathlon (October)

An incredible effort from all the boys and girls, who had to complete a 25m swim and then a 400m run. In both the boys and girls competitions we just missed out on a top 3 finish which meant we didn't qualify for the finals. However, we could not be more proud of the children who competed across Years 5 and 6.

Cross Country (October)

Thank you for a fantastic effort from pupils, parents, and staff for helping to make such an incredible event run so smoothly. All six boys and girls teams (three of each) put in a fantastic effort.

The Boys A team won their team event with the other two boys teams finishing in 7th and 11th.

The Girls A team came second in their team event, narrowly beaten by Solihull School. The other two girls teams finished 6th and 11th.

A special mention to Laura who received an individual medal for finishing in 2nd place in the Girls race.

A fantastic effort from all!

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.