Football team reach the semi finals of the English Schools National Cup


On Tuesday 24th January our football team managed a 4-3 win to secure their place in the English Schools National Cup Semi Final.

It was a hard fought game against the students from Carisbrooke College on the Isle of Wight.

Dylan Williams scored the first goal and then Olly Cheek scored a hat trick. In between our 4 goals Carisbrooke College also manged to score 2 goals.

At half time South Molton went in 4-2 ahead.

In the second half Carisbrooke College put a lot of pressure on the SMCC team. But the boys stayed disciplined and kept Carisbrooke out.

Carisbrooke scored late on to make it 4-3 but our boys handled the pressure and kept Carisbrooke at bay!

Man of the match was Olly Cheek, scoring 3 goals and handling the pressure of scoring 2 of them from the penalty spot.

The draw for the semi final is on Monday lunchtime, 30th January.

Congratulations to the whole team, we are very proud of you!

SMCC Show Jumping & Eventing team news

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Acorn Saddlery will be sponsoring our Show Jumping and Eventing Team.  Having recently joined the North Devon Show Jumping League, our students are looking forward to representing SMCC – as well as our local saddlery, which was established in 1985!

The students were thrilled with their welcome packs – thank you, Acorn Saddlery.

Football team reach quarter finals of Schools National Cup

Congratulations to our Year 10 boys on reaching the quarter finals in the English schools national cup.

They won their latest match against Alcester Grammer School 4-3 with Olly Cheek scoring a hat trick, Jordan Knibbs scoring the other goal.

Well done boys, we are very proud of you.

The next match is on Tuesday 24th January at SMCC , kick off 11.30am.


Ellie flies solo on her 14th Birthday

Year 9 pupil Ellie Carter took to the skies for her 14th birthday on 28th November 2016.

As far as the family are aware that makes her the youngest ever female solo pilot and equal to the youngest boys that have done it.  A truly impressive achievement, especially at such a young age.

Her flight (s) were good. The wind was gusting to 24 knots and the safe limit for solo pilots is around 15. She flew in the winds (with an instructor perfectly), and then alone when the wind dropped slightly.

Congratulations Ellie, we are very proud of you.

Young Writers’ Teen Poets competition success!

Leah Kitteridge (Year 9) recently entered one of her poems, ‘Home’, into the Young Writers’ Teen Poets competition. We are absolutely delighted to share with you that Leah’s poem has been chosen for publication! The winning poems were selected based on imagination, creativity and use of language. We are really proud of Leah and look forward to hearing about further successes in the future! Well done, Leah!

Showjumping and eventing team news

On Sunday 15th January at Mullacott Equestrian Centre, Izzy Beard (Year 11) competed Dury picking up 4 faults in the 70cm and coming second in the 75cm. This means she has qualified for Cricklands and the Sunshine Tour at Hickstead. Izzy was worried that Dury would spook in the indoor arena, but he performed well and excelled under the pressure of the jump-off.

Maisie Atkinson (Year 11) competed on Itsy, who jumped double clear in the 70cm, coming fifth. She also completed two classes on William – winning the 90cm and coming 2nd in the 85cm. Maisie has also qualified for the Sunshine Tour at Hickstead.

The Sunshine Tour is a national series that encourages grassroots and unaffiliated riders to participate in competitions in the disciplines of dressage, showjumping and showing. Riders who finish in the top four places at a qualifying event will qualify for the Championships at Hickstead.

Well done, girls!

Latest news from the SMCC Show Jumping and Eventing Team

South Molton’s Show Jumping and Eventing Team have been working hard over winter to train and ready their horses for the upcoming season.

Grace Sinclair (Year 7) arranged several schooling sessions with her two horses and then competed at Mullacott on the 30th December, winning the 90cm and the 1m and coming 2nd in the 95cm on Dottie. Grace also took Merlin and Dottie to King Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre on the 2nd January and went clear in the 90cm-1m class.

Keely Ball (Year 7) had lessons with Erica Alden and Andrew Lovell over the Christmas break on her 15.2 10 year old, Diesel, working on maintaining control whilst jumping as well as practising her flatwork.

Molly Matthews (Year 7) also competed at Mullcott on the 30th coming 1st in the 80, 2nd in the 85cm and clear in the 90. Her horse, Dollar, performed really well.

Izzy Beard (year 11) competed at Coddem Equestrian Centre in the 75cm pairs, claiming 1st place (even with 4 seconds added for a pole!). In the 80 Dury had one pole down but in the 85 the pair went clear to qualify for Cricklands and came 6th overall. Izzy also used some of her free time during the holidays to school Dury over some cross-country fences with Tim Cheffings. They worked on skinnies in the indoor arena.

Izzy with Dury

Lily Cronk (Year 7) also worked in the indoor XC with Tim Cheffings. Lily rode Olly her 13.2 11yr old – Lily loved jumping though the owl hole as this was the first time Olly had done it!

Anna Drury (Year 7) competed at the West Country Equine Fair in Exeter in their Pony Club Horse & Hound Show Jumping Challenge. Christie, Anna’s 21yr old mare got through to the 4th round! Anna also took her pony Tazz for a lesson with Tim Cheffings and confidently jumped a 90cm course on her 13.2, Tazz.

We are all really proud of the Show Jumping and Eventing Team for training so hard over winter – and for having so much fun with their horses and ponies!

We are really looking forward to hearing about their future successes in the New Year!