Todmorden High: Rosie climbs to victory

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Todmorden High School student Rosie recently competed in the second round of the BMC British Youth Open Bouldering Championships in Manchester.

This competition forms part of the GB junior team selection process and acts as an ongoing assessment of current team members - all of the top young boulderers from around the UK attended this event.

Rosie, pictured, competed in the first round last November and finished seventh (just outside a final place – top six), Rosie was keen to challenge her personal best and see if she could improve her ranking.

This time, with an outstanding climb, Rosie managed to finish in third place, qualifying for her first ever final.

Rosie said: “I have been bouldering for around four years now and competing in the sport for two to three years. Bouldering is similar to climbing but without ropes and with a big crash-mat, it’s much more fun. It would be really exciting if bouldering became a category in the Olympics and hopefully our team could qualify.”

Rosie trains two to three times a week and it is clear that all her hard work is finally paying off. Round three takes place in June, where Rosie is hoping to keep her UK top ten ranking.

Taking to the sky for charity

Todmorden High School student Hattie has decided to raise money for Help for Heroes by organising a sponsored skydive.

Along with the help of her family, friends and school and following months of planning and campaigning Hattie has so far managed to raise around £800 out of her £1,000 target.

Hattie said: “Help for heroes is a charity I have felt strongly about since I was little. I feel like we should give back to the injured men and women who have fought for our country and its people.

“To give back, I am going to do a charity skydive. With the help and support from my school, family and friends I aspire to raise over £1,000. Any donation, big or small, will be changing the lives of thousands of men and women, along with their families.”

Hattie has been campaigning around her local town of Todmorden as well as her school.

Last week, Hattie held a bake sale where staff and students were encouraged to bring in baked and bought goods along with donations for the charity. There was also a raffle held on this day; both events attracted a lot of attention and along with a sponge the teacher event and sweet jar competition, Hattie managed to raise more than £300.

For more information on Hattie and her chosen charity, and for the chance to donate on her Justgiving page, visit

Rugby coach’s free sessions

Halifax Rugby League Club has provided Todmorden High School with a ten week coaching course free of charge for our key stage three students.

Chris O’Connor, a professional rugby league coach, has started working with students in order to promote rugby league and the evenings have been popular already.

The aim of this programme is to encourage pupils to try new sports and also for the school to start playing in competitive formats in the near future.