On Friday 17th May, staff challenged the year 13 students to a football game; a match that had been anticipated for weeks on end. Constant jibes in the corridors between students were more than reciprocated by staff, yet it would only, and could only be decided at the end of a hard school week – on the 5 a-side pitch.

Nine members of staff put their name in the hat, from senior management to teachers and site staff. Over twenty year 13s turned up to compete and so it was decided that a “round robin” tournament would be the course of action; the two student teams hashing it out for what we as Quest staff would know to be for the wooden spoon!

Game one began with the Quest boys scoring first, but it was charity on the staff’s behalf, for seven unanswered goals went in by the elite Quest employees, many of the staff members getting onto the score sheet and Mr. Mills keeping out plenty of shots by the opposition. Mr. Bevan of the PE department was putting holes through the nets with his juggernaut shots, Mr. Iseghohimen was defending as if his life depended on it and Mr. Ahmad, well he was just the poster boy, looking good in the middle of the park.

The match ended with a 7-1; scoreline to the staff and a worthwhile rest whilst the two sets of Quest students ‘duked’ it out.

Not that anyone was really paying attention, the score was something like 3-2. But we staff were up again, and this time we took on the second Quest student team. Once again, showing how kind we are as staff members, we let them score first, but then we turned on the heat and it was another pummeling ending with a score of 7-2.

The final game was a bit of fun where most of the students and staff poured onto the pitch for a last-minute kick around.

Needless to say, the year 13 cohort should hang their heads in shame. Scoring three goals against fourteen isn’t pleasant maths for even those about to take their pure examinations.

The turnout by the lower years was amazing, with plenty of support for the staff. And it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon,

Thanks go to all participants.