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Nicholas Hawksmoor swim their way into School Games Finals

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:16

Daventry Leisure Centre was the host of the South Northants and Daventry SSP School Games Year 5/6 Swimming Gala on Tuesday 7th June as teams from 16 primary schools around the districts completed for places at the Level 3 Finals.

The event saw teams from Helmdon, Southfield, Pitsford, Guilsborough Crick, Deanshanger, Overstone, Upton Meadows, Brixworth, Woodland View, Brackley Juniors, Ashby Fields, CCS, Bracken Leas, Wootton and Nicholas Hawksmoor compete across 11 different individual and relay races. All the races were kindly supported by club volunteers from Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club, who took on the role of officiating over the races and conducting the timekeeping.

The teams competed across three heats with time from the three then being compared to give an overall position for each event. Teams/swimmers finishing in the top 6 then earnt point towards their team total with 6pts being awarded to 1st place and 1pt given to 6th place. Races included the 4x25m Medley and Freestyle Relays and individual events for boys and girls in breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and backstroke. The event finished off with the Cannon Relay where 8 swimmers competed for each school.

Once all of the races had finsihed and all of the scores had been counted, it was Nicholas Hawksmoor who claimed victory with 49 points. Last year's district winners Wootton edged 2nd place with 41 points with current County Champions Bracken Leas claiming third with 38 points. Full results of each individual race as well as the overall team scores can be found in the attachment at the bottom of this report.

The SSP would like to thank all of the swimmers, teachers and parents who supported and encouraged everyone during the competition. They would also like to reserve special thanks to all of the volunteers from Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club who without their help, the event would not have been possible.

Good luck to Nicholas Hawksmoor and Wootton as they progress to the School Games Level 3 Swimming Finals at Corby International Pool on Friday 24th June.

Level 2 Year 3/4 Tri-Golf Festival

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 19:59

On Wednesday 20th April 2016 Northampton SSP were blessed with fabulous weather to host two Year 3/4 Tri-Golf Festivals. We continued our well established partnerships, hosting our festivals at Collingtree Golf Club and Brampton Heath Golf Club.

It was very evident that many of the schools had taken the time to prepare and providing practice opportunities for their teams - the impact of the investment is that the quality of the competition is greatly improved and the experience the pupils have is so much more positive and rewarding. It was also very encouraging to see lots of new pupils given the opportunity to compete in a School Games competition.

If anyone is interested in pursuing their interest in Gold they should contact

Kieren Thomas - Brampton Heath Golf Club - 01604 843939

Jon Gibson - Collingtree Golf Club - 01604 700000

The results;

1st: Lings Primary*

2nd: Abington Vale Primary*

3rd: Boothville Primary

*The school qualify for the Level 3 School Games

Level 2 Year 9/10 Boys Rugby 7's Competition

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 19:49

The first ever Northampton SSP hosted Rugby 7's Competition was hosted on Northampton Saints training ground. Despite some good efforts by all the teams entered Malcolm Arnold Academy dominated the competition and were really quite impressive in every game they played. As an RFU 'All School' they have benefited from investment by the RFU through coaching opportunities, teacher education and competitions.


1st: Malcolm Arnold Academy*

2nd: Northampton Academy

3rd: The Duston School

*School qualify for the Level 3 School Games

Level 2 Year 7/8 Boys Softball Competition

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 19:44

Hosted at Northampton School For Boys on Tuesday 17th May 2016, four teams competed for one place at the Level 3 Summer School Games.

The games were of a high standard, but the competition was dominated by Northampton School for Boys.


1st: Northampton School for Boys A*

2nd: Northampton School for Boys B

3rd: Northampton Academy

*School qualify for the Level 3 School Games

Level 2 Year 5/6 Girls Kwik Cricket Competition

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 19:40

The Northampton School Sports Partnership hosted three Level 2 Year 5/6 Girls Kwik Cricket Competitions this year, again due to the demand from schools to enter this competition. The competitions were hosted at ON's Cricket Club and Northampton Saints Cricket Club. The qualify of the performances was very high with some great individuals performances as well.

The winners from each of the competitions were brought together for a play-off to determine the two schools who would go on and represent Northampton SSP at the Level 3 School Games.


1st: Standens Barn Primary School*

2nd: Weston Favell Primary School*

3rd: Thorplands Primary School

*Schools qualify for the Level 3 School Games

level 2 KS2 Inclusive Archery Competition

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 19:29

The Partnership delivered two Level 2 KS2 Inclusive Archery Competitions this year due to the demand from schools to enter the competition. The first of the competitions were held back on the 13th April 2016 at Duston Sports Centre, whilst the second competition was held more recently on the 25th May 2016 at Danes Camp Leisure Centre.

The Inclusive competition format is the same as that applied to the mainstream competition, the only difference is each team must include a minimum of 3 pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND)

The quality of the competition on both occasions was a very good standard, and whilst the pupils understood it was a Level 3 qualification competition, there was a really nice, clam and friendly atmosphere at both the competitions.


1st: Lings Primary School*

2nd: Boothville Primary School

3rd: Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School

*School qualifies for the Level 3 School Games

Level 2 Year 4/5 Take 6 Mini Basketball Competition

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 19:16

On Wednesday 27th April 2016 our Level 2 Year 4/5 Take 6 Mini Basketball competition was hosted over three sites; The Duston School, Malcolm Arnold Academy and Northampton School for Girls, due to the demand from schools to enter.

The quality of competition of a very high standard across the competition sites. To select the final two schools to qualify for the Level 3 School Games, the winners of each competition site were invited to participate in a play off, which again was of a particularly high standard.


1st: Delapre Primary School*

2nd: Earl Spencer Primary School*

3rd: Thorplands Primary School

*Schools qualify for the Level 3 School Games

Npton SSP Multiskill Academy pupils bowled over by opportunity

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 10:25

Activity 1: Athletics

Teacher in Charge: Miss Lawrence

Having to make a change to the programme last minute due to facility issues, the pupils participated in an outdoor athletics session. The session focused on Relays (particularly baton change overs) and a development exercise for the Javelin.

Relays: the technique of baton change overs was introduced to the group and the group were given a series of exercises to practice in small groups. The exercise also incorporated an element of endurance training, although the pupils will slightly oblivious to this element due the style of activity delivery. This section concluded with a Linear Relay challenge.

Javelin: Vortex Howlers are commonly used as a teaching aid to develop javelin throwing techniques. The pupils were taken slowly through the foot, body and arm positions and then given the opportunity to practice this. This section concluded with a Howler Challenge, where points were scored for the distance the howler was thrown.

Multi-Ability Cogs: Physical, Social & Personal

Activity 2: Puzzle solving

Teacher in charge: Miss Lawrence

The pupils were presented with a large wooden maze and a Table Tennis Ball. The only instructions they were given initially was that they had to get the ball from the identified start zone round to final section. Both groups attacked the task in hand with little group discussion prior to starting. The groups experienced some success, managing to get the ball half way round the maze.

The groups were stopped and asked to discuss in their groups if they needed to amend any aspect of their team cohesion; Group 1 were happy with their method, however Group 2 decided that each member of the group should be responsible for talking when the ball entered their section of the maze. On reflection Group 2 experienced the greatest amount of success. The task was changed, and the groups were asked to reverse the direction of the ball (from the finish to the start). Group 1 continue to demonstrate a whole team approach, whereby Group 2's approach of one leaders per section provided the group with greatest success – they managed to get the ball round the entire board without it falling out!

Multi-Ability Cogs: Cognitive, Social, Personal

Activity 3: Indoor Bowls

Teacher in charge: Northampton & District Bowls Coaches

The group travelled to the Northampton & District Indoor Bowls Club in Northampton for their first off site visit – what a great experience we all had!

Unlike many externally delivered sessions, there were very few instructions given to the pupils – the Club Coach provided the pupils with a few key pointers before the group was spilt between 5 rinks. Each rink was manned by a club coach who provided the pupils with techniques and tips whilst they played. About an hour of active tuition was given before each rink embarked on a small competition. The session concluded with a 'mass bowl'. A 10p was placed in the middle of the Green, whilst all the pupils were positioned around the edge of the green. At the same time all the pupils bowled their wood to try and get it to stop closest to the 10p – this was a great end to the session with several of the pupils winning Mars Bars for their efforts! All the pupils agreed that actually playing the game was a lot harder than they had anticipated. The effort and concentration displayed by all the pupils was highly commendable and despite the difficulty level of the sport no one gave up and they all strived to succeed.

Thanks go to Northampton & District Indoor Bowls Club for their warm welcome and providing the pupils with a wonderful opportunity.

Multi-Ability Cogs: Cognitive, Personal


Today's session concluded the 2015/2016 Able & Talented Multiskill Academy programme. Parents were invited to attend a short presentation where the pupils shared with them the aspects of the programme they had enjoyed and the skills and attributes they learnt or improved. The pupils made evaluation boards which they annotated with photos and comments about the programme, and a group evaluation was also conducted to support the planning of future Academy sessions.

Young Leaders Conference 2016

Tue, 31 May 2016 19:23

On Friday 15th April 2016 over 80 Year 5 pupils went to Benham Sports Arena for the annual Enhanced Schools Young Leaders Conference. The theme for this years conference was Change4Life, with the event supported by staff from Northamptonshire Sport and the Partnership. The day was split into two sections; Planning and delivering a C4L session and promoting C4L at your school either using the C4L toolkits or promotion of a C4L Sports Club in your school.

The Young Leaders were so excited to have been chosen by their school to attend this event, that the day oozed with energy, ideas, motivation and determination. There was some great ideas shared between the pupils and their schools. The planning and delivery of the day ensured the pupils could return to their school with some short term achievable goals, and a plan that would support them to develop their ideas into the next academic year.


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