BGN Cluster Autumn Term report 2023

It has been a busy term of competitions and festivals for The BGN Cluster of Primary Schools.  School Games Pathway Competitions dominated with schools having the opportunity to take part in cross country, hockey, and girls’ football competitions. Tag rugby and badminton festivals were also organised for schools to participate. 

Wykham park hosted The Banbury Area Key Stage 2 Cross Country on Thursday 5th October.  Bishop Loveday, Orchard Fields, St. Joseph’s, St. Mary’s Aston Le Walls, and William Morris Primary Schools participated in the event.  Both team and individual qualifiers from this competition had the opportunity to compete against schools from across North Oxfordshire at The Partnership Final on Friday 1st December at Sibford School.  



Bishop Loveday, Cropredy, Orchard Fields, St. John’s and St. Mary’s Aston Le Walls took part in The Banbury Area Year 5/6 Tag Rugby Festival at Banbury RFC on Thursday 12th October.  The event involved nearly two hundred children and twenty teams from eleven schools.


 “Lots of rugby matches and plenty of game time for the children.  Young leaders officiating were brilliant.” 

“Brilliant day, so much fun.  Will there be another tag rugby competition? I really enjoyed it”.


On Thursday 9th November Wykham Park Academy hosted The Banbury Area Year 5/6 Inter2Hockey Festival.  Bishop Loveday, Orchard Fields, and St. Mary’s Aston Le Walls joined seven other schools to take part.  Congratulations to St. Mary’s Aston Le Walls who qualified for the partnership final in March 2023.

It was also pleasing to hear lots of positive comments from the participants taking part.

“It was lots of fun.  I hadn’t been in a hockey game before.”

“My hockey skills have improved so much.”

“It was fun, active, friendly and inclusive.”



Two girls’ football competitions took place at Blessed George Napier; Year 5/6 on Thursday 2nd November and Year 3/4 on Thursday 23rd November.  Five schools including Bishop Loveday, Cropredy, Orchard Fields, St. Joseph’s, and St. Mary’s Aston Le Walls took part in the Year 5/6 competition.  St. Mary’s Aston Le Walls were victorious and have qualified for The Partnership Final in February 2024. 

Orchard Fields and Bishop Loveday took part in the Year 3/4 competition with Orchard Fields progressing to the partnership final. 


 “The girls had lots of fun.  Great referring from the young leaders.”

“The whole competition was great. Super young leaders, very fair and made us feel welcome.”

“Organised, helpful and efficient student leaders. Friendly atmosphere.  Student leaders refereed well.”

“I was so happy when I scored.”

“My team were really encouraging.” “I enjoyed playing in lots of different positions.”



Our final event saw Bishop Loveday, Hardwick and St. Mary’s ALW take part in the north area Year 3/4 Badminton Festival.  Participants rotated around ten badminton stations guided by BGN student leaders. 


 Rory Mawn

School Sport Coordinator




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