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Alumni - Norristhorpe Junior and Infant School


A class from the 1960's/70's - but who are they? Please let us know if you recognise yourself.

The Year 6 Class of 2017/2018

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The Year 6 Class of 2016/2017

The Year 6 Class of 2015/2016

Y6 2016

The Year 6 Class of 2014/2015


Norristhorpe Alumni

We would like to bring you news of the achievements of our ex-pupils. If you know of past pupils who have achieved something they would like to share with us, please let us know.

Or, are you an alumnus or alumna of Norristhorpe J&I School and happy to share with us stories about your life after leaving the school?

Do you have any photographs that you'd be happy to share with us?

If so , we'd love to hear from you.

Please contact us via office.norristhorpe@kirkleeseducation.uk

Thank you, Mrs Lyles (Headteacher from September 2012 to present)

Please take a look at some of our past pupils where we do have information/photographs of their fantastic achievements. Well done everyone!

Freddie Osenton-Brown - Norristhorpe J&I School Pupil 2007-2014

Freddie Osenton-Brown 

Ava Oxley-Szilagyi - Norristhorpe J&I School pupil 2006-2013

Ava began cycling aged 8 and for the last 5 years she has trained 4 days a week and has competed on Saturdays and Sundays. She cycles in both Closed Circuit and Cycle Cross events.

In 2012 she was ranked 1st nationally in the Under 12's and in 2013 she was ranked 2nd. In 2014 she moved into the Youth category and was once again ranked 1st.

In 2015 she moved clubs to PH-MAS VCUK Women's Cycling Team and was ranked 1st nationally again!

Bradley Walmsley - Norristhorpe J&I School Pupil 2003-2010

Bradley's ballet career started at a young age, attending dance classes at Timesteps School of Dance. At 8 years old, he successfully auditioned to become a Junior Associate with The Royal Ballet School.

From there, he has performed with The English Youth Ballet and worked alongside The Northern Ballet and The Professional Dance Experience

His first audition with Central Ballet School was back in February in Leeds; he was then chosen to attend the final round, which he attended in London. 1000's apply – it’s very competitive - ballet pupils attend from around the world. At the beginning of April '15 he found out he had been successful and moved to London that September.


Cameron Feather - Norristhorpe J&I School Pupil 2001 to 2008

Having always loved playing football, especially in goal, Cameron's first signing as a goalkeeper was with Halifax Town Centre of Excellence in 2008 where he stayed for 3 years. From there in 2011 he was scouted by Huddersfield Town Academy where he played successfully in the U14's, U15's and U16's teams.

Cameron put his football career on hold to concentrate on his "A" levels but now at Edinburgh University he is back in goal again, this time for Spartans FC, Under 20's. Spartans Under 20s are the current East of Scotland u20s League Champions. Announcing Cameron's arrival on the Spartan's website " Cameron Feather (ex England Schools and Huddersfield Youth Keeper) is available for selection as he prepares for life at University in Edinburgh.”

Matthew Johnson - Norristhorpe J&I School Pupil 1999 to 2006

After winning his first senior British medal with 1500m Freestyle bronze as a 14-year old in 2010, Matthew Johnson took international competition in his stride the following season.

He won four individual golds at the 2011 European Youth Olympic Festival in Trabazon, Turkey then made three individual finals as the youngest British male at the World Youth Championships in Lima, Peru.

In 2012, Matthew made his European Junior Championship debut in Antwerp, winning double gold over 200m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley as well as 400m Freestyle silver.

After making a senior debut at the 2012 World Short Course Championships in Istanbul,

He returned to the European Junior stage in 2013, defending his 200m Butterfly title as well as collecting silver medals over 400m Free and 400m IM.

Matthew narrowly missed the podium at the 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships, finishing fourth over both 200m Butterfly and 400m Individual Medley.

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Tom Burgess - Norristhorpe J&I School Pupil 1997-2003

Tom played junior rugby league for Dewsbury Moor before moving to Bradford Bulls in 2011. In 2012 he represented England Knights in the European Cup and in 2013 he played for England again in the Rugby League World Cup. 2014 saw him in the Four Nations Series.

Tom has played for Australian South Sydney Rabbitohs since 2012.


George Burgess - Norristhorpe J&I School pupil 1997 - 2003

George trained with the Bradford Bulls before being signed with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2012. That year he also played in the England Knights team.

In 2013 he was named as the Daily Mail Rookie of the Year and was selected to play for England in the Rugby League World Cup. He was also honoured with the International Federations Rookie of the Year award for 2013.

2014 saw George being selected for the England national rugby team again and playing in the Four Nations series.

George continues to play for Australia's Rabbitohs team.


Danica Roberts - Norristhorpe J&I School Pupil 1996-2003

Danica played football for her high school team, Castle Hall School,when they were 4 year winners of the Spen Valley Schools Cup. She went on to play for Leeds City Vixens who won the Northern Combination League.

In 2010 Danica began to play for the USA college soccer team, the Lady Bobcats, when she won a scholarship to Jones County Junior College. In 2012 she was chosen to star in "Walkabout" a recruiting video  showcasing Lady Bobcats Soccer Team and the Jones County Junior College campus. 


Danica now attends the University of Southern Mississippi and her soccer success continues as a recent match report confirms "USM's Danica Roberts notched her 12th goal in 11 games with a right footed blast that found the back post netting."

Sam Burgess - Norristhorpe J&I School pupil 1994-2000

Sam ( nickname "Slammin' Sam") began his career playing rugby league with Bradford Bulls and moved in 2010 to South Sydney Rabbitohs. Sam was the first South Sydney player in 43 years to be awarded the Clive Churchil medal for Best Player in the Grand Final. He has also represented both England and Great Britain. In 2014 Sam moved back to England and switched to Rugby Union & now plays for Bath. He was selected to play for England in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.


Luke Burgess - Norristhorpe J&I School Pupil 1992-1998

After Luke left Norristhorpe he went to Heckmondwike Grammar School. He began his rugby league career playing Prop on loan to London Harlequins followed by a spell at Leeds Rhinos. In 2008 he was the inaugural winner of the Albert Goldthorpe "Rookie of the Year" award. In 2011 Luke moved to Australia to play for South Sydney Rabbitohs and  in 2015 he moved to Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

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