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Match Reports

Spring Term 2019

8th February

Year 3 Personal Best
Last week the whole of Year 3 took part in the Personal Best Festival at Tudor Grange. The event was centred around the School Games Values: Passion, Self-Belief, Respect, Honesty, Determination, and Teamwork. All of the children demonstrated these values superbly and were a credit to the school. Mr Melville, Mrs Guevara and Mrs Shackley were extremely proud of them all.

Netball Skills
On Tuesday, Mrs Hales and Mrs Harden took a team of eight to the Netball Skills tournament at Tudor Grange. Over the course of the event the team managed to improve their scores by over a minute and came a respectable 5th place overall. The team showed excellent teamwork throughout and should be extremely proud of themselves.

On Tuesday night, Mrs Moment took a team of six from her class to take part in the Dodgeball finals. The team gave their all and showed superb determination, coming 9th. Mrs Moment was impressed by the team's honesty and passion. Thank you to all the parents who came to support.

Sports Hall Athletics
On Thursday, a team of 27 pupils travelled to Solihull Sixth Form to compete in the heats for Sports Hall Athletics. The team competed in a variety of track and field events and throughout the competition showed self-belief, respect, teamwork, and determination. The team finished 3rd, just 10 points behind 2nd place. We were all extremely proud of their efforts. They represented the school with pride.

Girls Football
On Monday, the girls resumed their season against Bentley Heath. In a well fought game the girls came out 4-0 winners, continuing their 100% record this season. The girls again showed considerable skill and teamwork throughout. Thank you to all the parents who came to support the team.

Boys Football
On Thursday night, the boys played their next round of fixtures at Old Sils. Their first match became a friendly due to the other team not having enough players. Four of our boys took turns to play for the other team and their teacher praised our children for their kindness, effort, and willingness to play to allow her children the chance to play a match.

In their second match, the boys fought hard and after a late equalizer drew 3-3. The boys showed superb determination throughout. Mr Tolman and I were extremely proud of them all. Thank you to all the parents who came to support the team. Mr Melville.

18 January: Year 5 and 6 Basketball

On Wednesday, the school Basketball teams attended the next round of the Basketball league competition to see who would get the chance to qualify for the finals in round 3.

Both the Year 5 and Year 6 teams were in the top 4 and have made it into the 3rd round. Both teams showed great determination and perseverance. We would like to say a big thank you to the parents for your support.

Written by Harry C.

Autumn Term 2018

05 December: National Young Mathematicians Awards

On Wednesday, a team of Year 6 pupils from Dorridge attended the National Young Mathematicians Regional Finals at the Explore Learning Centre in Shirley.

Maths CompetitionThere was stiff competition.The team did so well even getting through to this stage – it means that they were in the top 500 schools countrywide! They worked exceptionally well as a team, and showed a real passion and enthusiasm for what they were doing.

We are delighted to let you know that Dorridge were the regional winners on the day! We are so proud of them! They performed amazingly, particularly regarding their teamwork. Explore were impressed that they had taken on the feedback given to them last time. They will receive medals and will be put forward to the Head Office as a nomination for the Grand Final.

We will update you as to whether they are successful or not as soon as we know.

05 December: Year 5 and Year 6 Basketball

On Wednesday, the Year 5 and Year 6 basketball teams played 3 matches each at Tudor Grange School. Year 6 won all three of their matches, which gives them a steady 9 points, leaving them joint first. Year 5 won two out of their three games, giving them seven points, leaving them joint second. Both teams showed great determination and teamwork. Year 5 and 6 will now play in the second round of the league in January. Thank you to parents for your great support, we appreciated it. Well done to our team mates, who all played excellently. 

by Will B and Harry C

04 December: Year 5 Dodgeball

On Tuesday night, Mr Melville, Miss Sheridan and Mrs Moment took 3 Dodgeball teams to a tournament at Solihull Sixth Form College. Each of the teams showed fantastic determination and teamwork throughout the competition and represented the school superbly. We could not be more proud of them! Thank you to all the parents who supported the teams, we greatly appreciate it.

28 November: NTL Football Tournament

On Wednesday evening, both our Boys and Girls football teams travelled to Chelmsley Wood to compete in the National League Tournament, hoping to win the opportunity to represent Solihull Moors in a regional tournament.

The Boys team put in a phenomenal effort against their opponent. Each and every one of the team should feel incredibly proud of how they behaved on the pitch. They showed great determination and respect throughout. Despite their best efforts, they couldn't overcome last year's winners but should take great pride in the efforts. 

The Girls team continued their fantastic form this season, recording an impressive 7-0 win in their only fixture. The girls showed amazing teamwork and skill throughout the match and impressed all the watching parents and staff. The girls should be incredibly proud of their efforts. Due to their win, they will progress to the Regional tournament where they will represent Solihull Moors and have an opportunity to progress to the final at Wembley. We could not be more proud of the team.

Mr Melville and Mr Tolman extend a huge thankyou to all the parents who came to support both teams, your encouragement was greatly appreciated. 

October update

Biathlon: On 2nd October, we took 20 children to take part in the annual Biathlon at St Martins. The Biathlon consists of a 25m swim and a 400m run. All the children who competed gave a superb effort and represented the school with pride. The boys team finished 5th and the girls team finished 6th. Both groups demonstrated passion, respect, determination, and team work. We could not be more proud of them. A special thanks to the parents who offered their support at the event.

Girls Football: The girls team made a fantastic start to their season in their first game in the inaugural Girls Football League. In a very tough game against St George and St Teresa the girls won 2-0. All ten players who took part showed amazing spirit, determination and teamwork. After only four weeks of playing together this was a wonderful performance.

Summer Term 2018

Quad Kids (July)

On Friday 6th July a team of 30 Year 3 and 4 pupils went to Warwick University to represent the whole of South Solihull in a Quad Kids athletics tournament. On a hot day each of the children gave their all in Long Jump, Javelin, 50m and 400m. In total Dorridge finished in 4th place. All the children should be immensely proud of this accomplishment.

A special thanks to the parents who gave up their time to help.

Cricket (July)

Huge congratulations to the Year 4 cricket team. On Monday 9th July, 15 pupils attended the 'Chance to Shine' finals at Edgbaston Cricket Ground and won!

137 schools entered this year and the standard of cricket has never been higher.

Year 1 Cheerleaders (July)

Congratulations to the KS1 Cheerleading Team who performed brilliantly on Tuesday night, 3rd July, at the festival held at Lode Heath School. It was a real celebration of the hard work they’ve put in over the last few weeks, practising weekly before school. Well done to you all.

Football (July)The winning boys' football team

Huge congratulations to our football team who were crowned winners of the Solihull Schools' Football league cup on Wednesday night, 4th July. Following a nail biting match against St George and St Theresa’s, they celebrated a 3-2 win! Well done to the whole team, including Mr Melville and Mr Tolman - another superb achievement!

Year 3 and 4 Quad Kids (June)

After a fantastic competition at Lode Heath School, with 8 children, our team beat 21 other local schools in the Level 2 competition. Our local School Games Organiser selected them to represent our school and South Solihull at the primary multi-sports level 3 County School Games festival. 30 children from Year 3 and 4 will be taking part in a tournament at Warwick University. They will be representing the whole of South Solihull in 50m Sprint, 400m, Javelin and Standing Long Jump.

Year 3 School Games Tennis (June)

Mr Melville, Mrs Shackley and Mrs Thelwell accompanied two Year 3 tennis teams to a competition at Tudor Grange. After a fantastic competition one of the teams managed to progress to the final and finished 2nd. The standard of tennis was superb and both teams should be incredibly proud of all their efforts.

Borough Sports (June)

After two days of intense athletics competition at Norman Green Athletic Track, Dorridge finished in 3rd place. It was a superb team effort and all the children who competed showed superb determination, skill, sportsmanship and teamwork throughout. We could not be more proud of them.

School Sports Partnership School Team of the Year Award (June)

We are delighted to announce that the Dorridge netball team has been shortlisted for this award. The team has been invited to take their parents to an evening of celebration at the Core Theatre in Solihull. Keeping our fingers crossed!

Update: the Dorridge Netball Team was awarded ‘Highly Commended’. Congratulations to all the team!

Football (26th April)

Boys- After a long and hard fought season our boys gave an outstanding performance at the league finals on Tuesday night. In our semi-final we narrowly lost 2-1 to the eventual winners. The boys showed excellent determination and conducted themselves superbly throughout. We could not be more proud of them.

Girls- On Monday night the girls played their 2nd round FA Shield fixture. The girls put in a superb performance and showed excellent determination in a very entertaining match. Although we didn't get the result we wanted the girls should take a lot of pride from them performance!

Spring Term 2018


Before breaking up for the Easter holidays, Dorridge played their final netball league matches at Peterbrook School. Both the A and B teams won decisively and we now eagerly await the result of our position in the Borough League.

On Tuesday night at the South Solihull Primary Netball Tournament (despite the pouring rain) Dorridge A and B teams displayed a superb standard of ability, agility and sportsmanship. We were extremely proud of all of the players who took part and are delighted to announce that Dorridge A took the gold. What a successful season this has been!

Netball training continues on Tuesday nights and we would like to invite budding netball players from Year 4 to join our current squad for the summer term. Please contact Mrs Davis or Mrs Brookson if you would like to come along.


On Thursday 15th March, the netball team welcomed Valley Primary School for a home game for a decisive victory, winning 19-0. Encouraged by this result, the team went on to secure a 11-1 win against Knowle on the following day, also at home.

We are delighted by the team's much deserved success so far this season and are looking forward to our final league game at Peterbrook Primary School. On this occasion, we have been invited to take two teams, which will be doubly exciting!

Yet again, we must mention the entire squad because they make this standard of play possible. Thank you to everyone who attends our Tuesday training sessions.

Tag Rugby

We took part in a tag rugby festival on Wednesday 21st March with other local schools. It was good to see so many children participating wholeheartedly and with good team spirit. Congratulations to team 12 who finished top of their group. Thanks also to our many parent helpers who made sure we all got there safely.

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.