STAFF and pupils are celebrating their success in the latest inter-schools athletics championships to be staged in Bury.

A total of 14 schools from across the borough went head to head in this year's Bury School Athletics Championships.

But it was Philips High School who came out top — an achievement they have attained no less than 11 times in the past 17 years.

Hundreds of pupils from Years 7-11 took part in this year's event, which was held at the Market Street running track.

Year 7 pupil Anya Williams, representing Philips High, received a gold for 100m run and two silver awards for both the 200m and relay races.

Meanwhile, Year 11 pupil Romario Swaby clinched gold for the discus and three silver awards for 100m, 200m and relay.

Justine Bailey, supply manager and head of Year 11 at the Whitefield school, said: "The pupils worked extremely hard with their training and special thanks goes to their coaches Mr Carinci, Mrs Carinci, Mrs Davies and Mr Barlow who have dedicated their time to coaching the young athletes to aim for their best athletic sporting potential.

"Everyone at Philips High is extremely proud of their achievement and are now looking at having to extend their trophy display to accommodate the new awards."

Events in the championships on July 2 included 60m and 75m sprints, 4x100m relays and 600m, as well as shot putt, long jump and javelin.

Philips High came in first place, with St Monica's RC High School finishing second and Woodhey High School third.