Sports News

This term has been a positive one for the PE department and pupils at Birches Head Academy.  Click on the TABS below to find out how we’re doing, results and up and coming fixtures and events.

Future Events – Extra-Curricular / Primary LinksSports day poster

Sports Day – Wednesday 12 July

Northwood Stadium

First race – 10.30am;  Ends 2.00pm

All parents welcome


Andy Griffin Academy

Andy Griffin delivered a football session to the aspiring undefeated year 11 football team. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to show an ex professional footballer why they have been unbeaten all season. The Andy Griffin Football Academy has offered 3 coaching sessions to the school, in order for our students to experience what it would be like to be a part of the football academy when they leave school. It was a very beneficial session and the students gained valuable tips from the ex-Stoke City player.

There have been a number of fixtures for all year groups in both the city and county cup competitions. The Year 11 and Year 9 teams have both progressed to the next rounds of the city cup.




In their first fixture against St Joseph’s college, the Y7 girls performed outstandingly. The girls challenged their oppositions with some fantastic passing and outwitting play but struggled to score a goal. However, with the ecstatic team morale, the girl’s did not let this affect their gameplay, they continued on throughout the fixture with positive attitudes and great teamwork.

Congratulations to our U13’s netball team, who played in a netball fixture on Thursday 17th November at Fenton Manor. The team played 4 other schools: St. Margret Ward’s, Ormiston Horizon, Thistley Hough and Discovery Academy. Despite only having 7 players with no substitute, every single player gave their all and this was evident in the overall progress that they had made since their first competitive match in October. The girls performance progressed throughout the festival and we managed to give Thistley Hough and Discovery Academy a really good challenging game. I am  so proud of all the girls that completed in this game! Well Done. Miss Bloore

Our U14’s girls football started their footballing season in November against Haywood Academy. These girls regularly attend practices on a Thursday night and so I am confident that the girls will be successful.

The girls have further fixtures against: Excel, Thistley Hough and Discovery Academy.

Year 8 RFU Rugby Festival at Lichfield Rugby Club

The Year 8 team enjoyed great success at the RFU Staffordshire plate competition. The team were unbeaten in their qualifying group, finishing 3rd overall out of the 16 schools who took part. Ilesa Tiko was named player of the tournament scoring 8 tries and assisting 3.

The team have up and coming fixtures against Ormiston Horizon Academy, Cardinal Griffin High School and Erasmus Darwin Academy.

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Our U14’s badminton team have secured a place in the County Badminton Final’s, due to take place in January.

Our team attended a tournament at St Peter’s Academy, where they played various players. As a result from their hard work and commitment shown during their games, the U14’s won recognition of efforts alongside their place in  the county finals. This is a massive achievement and something that the  girls should be very proud.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Before School        (7.45-8.25am)

Whole school briefing


Before School (7.45-8.25am)

Whole school year meetings

Before School   (7.45-8.25am)

Dodgeball (Mr Jenkins) Sports hall

Before School (7.45-8.25am)

Benchball (Miss Bloore) Sports hall

Before School (7.45-8.25am)

Basketball (Mr Ashman) Sports hall

Lunchtime (12pm-12.30pm)

7/8 Football (Mr Jenkins / Mr Maloney) Sports hall

Lunchtime (12pm-12.30pm)

Netball (Miss Bloore/Miss Graffy) Sports hall

Lunchtime (12pm-12.30pm)

9/10 Football (Mr Ashman) Sports hall


Lunchtime (12pm-12.30pm)

Hockey (Miss Bloore/Miss Graffy) Sports hall

Lunchtime (12pm-12.30pm)

Table tennis (Mr Ashman) Drama


Running club (Mrs Underwood)

After School (2.50pm-3.50pm)

Netball (Miss Bloore) Front yard


Year 7 & 8 Dance club (Miss Adlington)

After School (2.50pm-3.50pm)

No clubs due to staff meetings

After School (2.50pm-3.50pm)

Mother and daughter sports (Miss Bloore)


All year groups open dance club to rehearse for Winter Show (Miss Adlington)

After School (2.50pm-3.50pm)

Boys Football (Mr Ashman / Mr Jenkins) Fields /Sports hall


Girls Football (Miss Bloore) Front Yard


Dance club + BTEC P6 by appointment (Miss Adlington)

After School (2.50pm3.50pm)

Rugby (Mr Jenkins) Fields


Hockey (Miss Bloore) Sports hall

Birches Head Academy continued with broke new ground this term by enrolling on Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’ programme.

Schools who take part in the programme will receive Sky Sports Living for Sport t-shirts and a visit from one of the world-class athlete mentor team. Our athletes have been selected for their ability to engage with young people through their own stories of struggle and success, including the challenges they had to overcome such as bullying, dyslexia, exclusion and living with a disability.

Mel Clarke, Paralympian Archer, joined a group of year 9 students on Friday 25th November.  The students were enthused and motivated, taking part in a range of physical activities. This is a fantastic opportunity for the girls and something that they will be able to reflect upon throughout the year and programme.



Birches Head Academy’s Physical Education Department has excellent links with the local primary schools. This is in the form of curriculum support within Physical Education lessons and through the provision of competition opportunities delivered at Birches Head Academy. Each year Birches Head Sports Leaders support the provision of 6 sports festivals and numerous cross country and athletics events.

The first of these festivals took place during the first half term of the new school year. It was decided, as the dodgeball festival was such a success last year to offer this festival to the primary schools again this year. Over 50 students from Carmountside Primary Academy and Abbey Hulton Primary School attended the event. Sports leaders from years 7 up to 11 planned and delivered the event for the participants.

The students planned fun warm up games and short skills drills which allowed the primary school students to develop the skills needed in order to be successful when playing within a game. To finish the event off, the leaders organised a short competition which allowed the primary students to showcase the skills which they had been learning in a competitive environment. The sports leaders worked together in teams with the senior year 11 leaders mentoring the younger leaders, providing help and advice to develop their skill base and confidence. The event looked amazing from the side of the hall with all of the sports leaders doing a very professional.

The primary school students really engaged with the event and had a big smile on their faces throughout. The event ran very smoothly. This will hopefully inspire both the sports leaders and the primary school students to continue their participation in sport in the future.

This is just the beginning for these events with 5 more taking place this academic year, table tennis being the next event on the calendar.


To be confirmed