Participation key at St Mary’s

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A love of sport and physical education are the aims of St Mary’s Catholic High School.

Pupils from the Chesterfield based school, on Newbold Road, have a lengthy list of sporting successes to their names from a year to remember on the playing fields.

Head of PE Martin McKee said: “Considering we are a Catholic school and our pupils travel from considerable distances, the attendances at practices is consistently very good.

“During the summer term we had approximately 100 pupils attending athletics practice. The department works extremely hard to promote a love of physical activity and sport. The pupils have responded with some outstanding performances. We are very proud of their achievements.”

Among the pupils’ achievements, the Y7 athletics team won the area championship, finished third in the Midlands Championships and were indoor area athletics champions. Elisabeth Grant won the area cross country championships while the Y8 boys won a football league and cup competitions. Not to be outdone, the Y8 girls won the borough netball competition and reached the county final. The Y8 girls won the county hockey competition. They recently won the borough rounders competition.

The Y9 boys won a football cup competition and finished runners up in the league. The Y9 boys were also basketball champions. The Y9 girls won a county hockey tournament.

The Y10 boys were joint winners of the rugby sevens competition. The Y10 girls won the borough netball. They also won the borough rounders competition.

Jayden Budworth won the county U16s table tennis championship. In Y11, Ryan Beale was the individual cross country champion. The Y11s won the area basketball contest. The girls won the county hockey competition.

The school has excelled in cross country and area athletics, while three pupils have competed nationally.

Ella Barrett is national champion (300m); Alicia Barrett is national champion (80m hurdles) and Lauren Davies-Beckett finished ninth in the inter girls 300m.