Super Season of Sport

Withington’s success in National and regional competitions in athletics, badminton, hockey, netball and lacrosse has earned us a place in School Sport Magazine’s 2019 list of the top 100 independent sports schools in the country. This puts WGS in the top 10% of independent schools in a table that includes boys’, girls’ and co-ed schools.

Head of PE, Mrs Liz O’Neal said: “This is testament to the hard work and commitment of the teams and individual sportswomen and also the PE staff. The school’s policy of enabling the girls to go out of school to away matches and the financial provision for equipment, CPD and coaching also makes a huge difference, not to mention our fantastic new sports centre and artificial pitches and courts.”

The 2019-20 season was foreshortened by the pandemic but Withington girls still achieved an impressive list of accolades!



Once again, Withy teams punched well above their weight in the South Manchester League, with five of our six teams finishing winners or runners up in a league of eight local schools. The U12s (who were unbeaten for the whole season) and U16 teams finished top of their leagues and the U13s, U14s and U18s in second place. A superb record when you consider Withington has fewer pupils per cohort than most of our opposition schools.

U12A – Unbeaten in the South Manchester League


U12B – Finished top of their league and qualified for the knockout competition


U13A – Greater Manchester County Champions and ISNC semi-finalists


U13B – Won triangular competition and qualified for the knockout round


U14 – Greater Manchester County Champions; North West Champions and National Finalists; Semi-finalists in the SNS competition


U15 – Semi-finalists in the ISNC Plate Competition


U16 – Reached the 4th round of the SNS National Cup


U18 – 3rd in the Greater Manchester County Tournament




Congratulations to our brilliant U11 Lacrosse team who were semi-finalists in the Greater Manchester Pop Lacrosse Championship round on 13th March qualifying them for the National Finals which were scheduled for June, but never took place due to the pandemic. As in previous years, they were the only all-girls team in the tournament. Year 5 and 6 girls played in a mixed team – one of 11 teams – at the Timperley Tournament on 4th March. The team played really well, with three wins, two draws and one loss, and finishing the tournament in third place.


U12s – North Schools runners up


U13s – North Schools 3rd place


U14s – North Schools runners up, qualifying for the National Schools Tournament, where they finished 14th out of 36. This is the first-ever WGS U14 team to reach the Nationals!


U18s – Competed in the National Schools Tournament and finished in 12th place



U13 – Third at the Greater Manchester County Tournament and a mix of U12/13 reached the Quarter Final of ISHC Plate Competition



U14 – Greater Manchester County Champions