Horsforth School


 This season we have entered teams in the under 13 and under 15 Leeds Schools’ Netball Leagues.  Friendlies have also been arranged for the other age groups.  So far there have been six matches:  one for the under 12s (Year 7), two for the under 13s (Year 8) and three for the under 15s (Year 10).  The results are as follows:

Under 12s

Horsforth v Lawnswood (Friendly)

Horsforth won 18-2

Under 13s

Horsforth v Priesthorpe (League)  Horsforth won 10-3
Farnley Park Horsforth won 11-1

Under 15s

Priesthorpe (League) Horsforth won 16-0
Lawnswood (League) Horsforth won 11-2
Farnley Park (League) Horsforth won 10-2

A fantastic season so far – well done!


With the football season now in full swing, Year 11 students Danny Wilkinson, Ross Moran, Owen Neary and Andy Longden are looking for honours as members of the Yorkshire Amateurs team.  They train once a week at Braimwood School and play on Sunday.  At present, they are top of the Leeds and District League Division One, thanks to impressive performances, including a 5-0 thrashing of Pudsey.  Having won the Cup last season, they are aiming for the league title this time around and we wish them good luck.


Year 9 – unbeaten this season!

The Year 9 girls’ hockey team remain unbeaten in their matches this season.  their latest victory was against Benton Park, the final score being 4-1.  A squad of 9 players all contributed to a very skilful and convincing win.  Player of the match was Becky Smith from 9E who scored all four of the Horsforth goals.

Leeds Schools U14 team

final trials for the Leeds Schools’ under 14 team were held at Adel on 4th December.  30 girls were picked from an initial 70 and this included two Horsforth pupils Becky Smith and Lucy Fussey.  Both girls played extremely well at a very high standard and Becky Smith was selected for the final squad of 16 players.

 Year 10 hockey U15 finalists

Year 10 remain unbeaten this season as their latest success came at the Leeds Schools’ under 15 tournament at South Leeds Stadium on 27th November.  A squad of 14 players took part, the results being as follows:

Pudsey Grangefield Horsforth won 5-0
Garforth Horsforth won 2-0
Woodkirk Horsforth won 1-0
Guiseley Horsforth drew 0-0


You are all a credit to Horsforth School!


Natalie Brown of 11C is currently on form in the National Squash Championships.  Natalie has played for Yorkshire’s under 17 side against Gloucestershire, Merseyside and Lancashire and the squad has won all three games!  They are now through to the South of England select! Natalie and Liam Prior have just come back from their Irish exchange where they played with the Irish Squash Club, Carlow.  They are both also playing in the Irish Open in January. Just to add to Natalie’s success, she has also recently played and beaten Mr Crow – now that is something to tell the world about!


For the fourth year running, there was an enthusiastic response from children at Horsforth School to the National Asthma Campaign’s sponsored swim.  Twenty-six children from Year 7, all of whom arrived at Horsforth School only in September, swam a total of 830 lengths and together raised £1089 for the charity, the highest amount ever.

The event took place at the Leeds Grammar School pool.  Mrs Watson, Head of Year 7, said “We are delighted that so many Year 7 children, themselves new to the school, should be prepared so soon after arrival to be involved in raising money for such a good cause.  The number of lengths swum and the money raised are both fantastic.”

Older pupils from Horsforth School were also involved in charity fund raising when six teams entered the Leeds Swimming Marathon and raised over £200 in support of ‘Candlelighters’, the children’s cancer charity based at St James’s Hospital.  Senior Teacher, Alan Young, said “It’s really good to see children, their parents and teachers getting together to raise money in this way, having a good time while not losing sight of the value of helping others.  It’s an important part of the quality education we aim to deliver.”


Sport: Football
Position: Centre Midfield, Right Wing
Current Status: Plays for England Under 15s
How did it all happen?

Playing for Westbrook Juniors, James was spotted by a talent scout and went on from there.  He supports Leeds United, where he has been a ball boy and had several free tickets!   He has played for Leeds under 16s and under 17s as well as Ireland under 14s.

Favourite stars: Paul Gascoigne and Harry Kewell
Other Interests: Also plays cricket and 2 years ago played for Yorkshire but feels he would like to concentrate on football.
What the future holds?

Tournaments coming up in England, Ireland and France next year for under 16s team.



Congratulations to all who ran in the 3rd race of the Leeds Schools Cross-Country League on Saturday 18th November at Whitkirk. 

Results are as follows

Under 12 Girls Gaby Rowell   1st
Under 12 Boys A Lowther   14th;  E Van Heel  16th;  A Milner  34th;   R Knight  36th ; C McDonald  41st.   Team came 4th.
Under 13 Girls C McFadden  7th;  C Lee 8th;  J Warrington 9th;  R Parsons 16th; G Bailey 26th   Team came 1st.
Under 14 Boys G Moore  2nd;  J Lowther 11th.
Under 16 Girls K Holmes  5th;  M Parsons  7th;  I Reynolds 8th;  Team came 1st.
Under 16 Boys M Needham  21st

The next League Race is in January, so keep practising and don’t eat too much Christmas Pudding!



Year 7
The Year 7 rugby squad travelled to Garforth Community College on Saturday.  Twenty-one keen and eager individuals wanting to represent the school on the rugby pitch.

Selection at this stage is on instinct as much as any other factor, as we search for patterns of play.  The fifteen who started the match began rather cautiously and gradually played their way into the game.

Garforth scored first with a breakaway try down the left wing but almost immediately Chris Ross broke from a maul and shot over to bring the scores equal.  Just before half-time Garforth were awarded a penalty, which they took quickly and ran in a try to the left of the posts.

For the second half Mr Nash made six changes to ensure that everyone got a game.  The introduction of Edward Van Heel brought instant success when he ran forty metres to score.  Jonathan Walker stepped up to convert.

Garforth then put us under a lot of pressure and the tackling of Andrew Kearsley, Oliver Parker and Alistair McInnes was crucial.  Edward Van Heel then sealed the game when he stole the ball in a tackle and ran in for his second try.

The whole squad can look forward to games against Roundhay and Leeds Grammar with a degree of optimism.

Final Score:  Garforth 10    Horsforth 17

Year 9
The fixture list had been badly hit by the weather this season with several games cancelled and one, versus Pudsey Grangefield abandoned.  The team achieved a fine 21-12 victory over Benton Park and in their latest game put up a spirited display to go down 21-10 to a very strong Garforth team.  The most disappointing aspect of the season so far has been the poor attendance at training which has held back the development of the team.  Practices take place every Tuesday after school.

 First XV Match Report
n Wednesday 18th October Horsforth First XV took on Guiseley.  Again it was wet and muddy making conditions poor.  Horsforth started sluggishly and let Guiseley score two-week tries to take the lead by 14 points.  Horsforth then started to play well and defended well to enable us to pressure Guiseley.  There was still more effort needed from the Horsforth forwards if we were to win the game.  At half time the score was still 0-14, the message was for the Horsforth forwards to up their game and pressure Guiseley to enable the backs to have more possession of the ball.

Horsforth started the second half brightly with strong runs and great tackling from the forwards; this was rewarded by a Chris Thornton try and a conversion by Sam Skaife.  Horsforth were now in the hunt for the win and were now losing by just 7 points (7-14).  The forwards kept the upper hand and Horsforth always looked like scoring but great defensive work by Guiseley and a lack of imagination from the Horsforth backs meant that the final score was 7-14 to Guiseley.

Special congratulations go to Joe Bennett, Chris Thornton and Sam Skaife for getting through to the under 17s Central Yorkshire Squad.  Their first game is on Sunday 3rd December, so good luck from all the team.

 By Dave Wrigglesworth

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