Today St Mary’s, tomorrow the Premiership?

Almost 100 children took part in a Year 4 tournament and a Year 5 tournament at the inaugural Aireborough Learning Partnership Trust football competition held recently at St Mary’s, Mentson.  Despite the variable spring weather there were lots of excellent skills and endeavor on display at an event enjoyed by everyone.

Both competitions were run on a league basis and featured mixed gender six-a-side teams. Benton Park Year 12 students had helped to organise and run the day as an integral part of their BTec course. Thanks to their efforts and refereeing skills we saw great attacking, resolute defending and some fantastic goal scoring celebrations – clearly some of the participants had been spending a lot of time on choreography!

Both leagues were closely contested but at the final reckoning the Year 4 competition was won by Yeadon Westfield Junior School with Rawdon Littlemoor School as runners-up. Fir Year 5 the winners were Rawdon Littlemoor School with Rufford Park School finishing as close runners-up.

Alison Anslow, Chair of the ALPT commented, ‘The event went well and all of the children seemed to very much enjoy themselves irrespective of the results. I think it was a great way of bringing many of the Trust’s schools together and very much promoted the feeling of a wider community. There was a good atmosphere and lots of smiling faces so I hope that we have started something that we can build on over the coming years.’



football 3 football 1

football 2


Inspiring our future leaders

Recently, six members of  the Queensway School Council paid a visit to the Palace of Westminster in London to meet  local MP, Greg Mulholland. The meeting, held within one of the Parliamentary meeting rooms where they had the opportunity to  focus on the role of MPs and their impact on decision making as well as  questions about democracy and politics in general.

It was a very inspiring event for the children which helped them to understand the democratic government system and how this relates to their role as school councillors. In addition to learning about our democracy and watching the Commons from the public gallery, the children also enjoyed a tour of the Houses of Parliament, a ride on the London Eye and sightseeing in our capital city.

Greg Mulholland said: “It was a huge pleasure welcoming the Queensway School Council to Parliament. It was inspiring to meet a group of young councillors who were so keen to learn and to use what they had learnt in their own roles representing fellow pupils at Queensway.

We had an excellent discussion. They were very keen to learn about Parliament and how it operates, and we discussed democracy and representing people. I hope that they have learnt a lot from the visit and that it has inspired them to carry on doing their best to represent their peers and to change things for the better. It is great to see how seriously they take their role as school councillors and I hope that it has inspired them to carry on in that role and perhaps one day to stand for Parliament too.”

Queensway Headteacher Alun Davies said: “It was both an exciting and inspiring day which will raise the children’s aspirations. They were able to gain experiences which they will never encounter in the classroom and create memories which will last a lifetime. We are very grateful to Greg for organising the tour of The Palace of Westminster and for being generous with his time to help the children have an amazing day. They are now being challenged to use their experience to inspire other children in school.”

Queensway at Parliament 2                                              Queensway and the Eye  Queensway in the tube

Why not try being ‘over the hill’?

Join the Over the Odda 10k starting from Hawksworth C of E Primary School, 6th May at 11.00 a.m.

‘A challenging trail race with stunning views over both the Aire and Wharfe Valleys’ for both adults and juniors.


Junior races begin at 9.30 a.m.

1 lap of a mile for 8 – 11 year olds, 2 laps for 12-16 year olds.

  • Medal for all junior finishers.

Adult races begin at 11.00 a.m.

  • Fantastic memento for all finishers, individual prizes for the top 3 male & female finishers and 1st place in vets categories
  • Great selection of refreshments available at the school (race HQ)
  • Each 10km entry fee will include one raffle ticket. The raffle will be drawn whilst you are out running the OTO and will include some great prizes! Be sure to check the board to see if your race number is the winning ticket when you cross the line!

Keep up to date on Facebook at ‘Over the Odda 10k’.

For any queries please contact

OTO 1    OTO 3

Click here to return to the News page