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Level 2 Inclusive Sitting Volleyball Competition

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:40

On Tuesday 6th December the Partnership hosted its first ever primary Inclusive Sitting Volleyball Competition at Lings Forum Leisure Centre. Northamptonshire's Inclusive School Games Competition programme provides an opportunity for SEND (special educational needs or disabilities) pupils to compete alongside mainstream peers in the same team and in the same competition. In Inclusive competitions, a minimum of 50% of the team must be comprised of pupils with SEND. At this competition we far exceeded this with many school choosing to use this competition as an opportunity to engage pupils who may not otherwise get the chase to present their school, as other competitions are not suitable for them.

This Level 2 competition was a qualifying event for the Level 3 Winter School Games which take place in February 2017. On the day of the competition each partnership was allowed to progress just one team, but due to the demand and number of schools entering this competition across the county, the decision has been taken to increase this to 2 teams per partnership.

Thanks to Daniel Thompson from Volleyball England who came and helped deliver the competition.


1st: Lings Primary*

2nd: Abington Vale Primary*

3rd: Ecton Brook Primary

*Qualify for the Level 3 School Games

Level 2 Year 5/6 Swimming Gala

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:04

On Thursday 1st December 2016 Northampton School for Boys hosted the annual Partnership Level 2 Year 5/6 Swimming Gala. The event was again supported and delivered by Northampton Swimming Club, whose volunteers provide expert officiating to imitate a high quality swimming gala experience for all those who participated.

With 16 teams competing at one competition it was by far our biggest ever swimming gala, and the quality of the gala was also of the highest level for many years.

The winners and runners up of this event will now proceed to a standalone Level 3 School Games Swimming Gala in June 2017 – so plenty of time to practice!


1st: Weston Favell Primary*

2nd: Millway Primary*

3rd: Bridgewater Primary

*Qualify for Level 3 School Games

Level 2 New Age Kurling Competition

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:52

On Tuesday 15th November 2016 thirteen schools participated in the Level 2 School Games Inclusive New Age Kurling Competition. The Northamptonshire Inclusive competition programme provides an opportunity for SEND (special educational needs or disabilities) pupils to compete alongside mainstream peers in the same team and in the same competition. A minimum of 50% of the team must be pupils with SEND. Over the last couple of years the Inclusive competition programme has gone from strength to strength engaging more young people in competitive sport than ever before. An incredible 88% of those participating in the competition were SEND pupils – the greatest attendance we have had at a Partnership competition.

This competition was no exception. The quality of the competition was outstanding, with each and every school demonstrating many of the Spirit of the Games values; Self-Belief, Honesty, Teamwork, Determination, Respect and Passion.

As this was a Level 2 School Games competition the winners of the competition will now proceed to the Level 3 Winter School Games in February 2017.


1st: Parklands Primary School*

2nd: Abington Vale Primary

3rd: Lings Primary

*Qualify for Level 3 School Games

Level 2 Yr 5/6 Gymnastics Competition

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:49

On Wednesday 9th November 2016, 23 teams from across the partnership took part in the Year 5/6 Key Steps Gymnastics Competition at Kingsthorpe College and The Duston School. Those participating in the competition have a series of routines to practice and remember off by heart before performing them in front of a number of judges. The Judges, young leaders from both Kingsthorpe College and The Duston School, undertook a training workshop in advance of the competition, to adequately prepare them to be able to confidently and competently judge the routines to a high standard.

Throughout the year the partnership run three levels of competition and each and every one of them is highly contended – the effort and determination that is invested in the gymnastics to prepare them for these competitions is second to none, which subsequently always results in an exceptionally high quality competition.

As a Level 3 qualifying event the partnership is able to put forward two schools to represent it at the standalone Level 3 School Games event in May 2017.

Thanks to Kingsthorpe College and The Duston School for preparing their leaders and allowing the partnership to utilise their facilities and equipment.


1st: Abington Vale Primary*

2nd: Ecton Brook Primary*

3rd: Lings Primary

*Qualify for the Level 3 School Games

Enhanced Schools Dance Festival

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:08

On Friday 4th November 2016, six Enhanced Schools participated in the Year 3/4 Dance Festival at Dexterity Dance School (Estha Jones School of Dance). Highly trained and experienced Dance Teachers from Dexterity Dance School led the sessions; each group were allocated a different genre of dance.

The effort, enthusiasm and determination to achieve throughout this session was displayed by all the participants, and the sheer joy and excitement oozed out of them all.

Each school was tasked with performing their dance back in their own school during an assembly or celebration event. Teachers were fully engaged in the session as well learning the dance to enable them to support their pupils once they returned to school and to help them prepare to showcase their performance.

We are hugely grateful to Dexterity Dance School who hosted the event for us and allowed the participants to learn from the very best of teachers!

We established a link with a Dance School to enable pupils to persue their interests in Dance should they so wish.

Website: www.dexteritydance.com

E-mail: dexteritydance@gmail.com

Tel: 01604 877577

Secondary Sports Leadership Conference

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 11:15

On Friday 21st October, Malcolm Arnold Academy hosted the first Secondary Sports Leaders Conference of the year. Over 30 young leaders attended the conference and the students had the choice of 2 out of the 3 different workshops on offer.

The conference was designed to be very practical, with the delegates gaining skills in emergency first aid, delivering an inclusive session and effective communication to lead. All attendees were fully engaged, enthusiastic and motivated for all sessions and their behaviour was a real credit to their schools.

We hope that these students can now take these skills learnt from the conference back to their schools and make a real difference in supporting their leadership programmes

Following the success of this event, a second conference will be planned for the spring.

Sportshall Athletics...update

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:44

The Sportshall Awards Scheme is an ideal personal best challenge within and between schools. It provides an ideal opportunity for SGOs to advocate an established programme which has proved successful across many partnerships around the Country.

With an increased emphasis on providing personal best challenges in curriculum time the Sportshall Awards Scheme is an enjoyable programme with many PE and cross curricular benefits:

• Provides individuals with personal self-improvement goals

• Fully inclusive with adapted activities provided

• All the resources are available online for free - Awards Resources

• The programme can actively engage every child in KS2

• Can be used as induction tests at KS3 and to identify the gifted and talented

• Ideal opportunity for pupils to plan and deliver their own sessions

• Links directly to preparing for Sportshall Athletics School Games competitions

• Enables house/intra-school and inter-school competition

• Results help monitor progress within schools

• Badges & certificates can be used to reward individual progress

• A centrally managed National Virtual League is provided for schools across the Country to chart their progress

• Most schools already have equipment to deliver the programme themselves

• Children ENJOY the activities

We hope you see the value and benefits and your advocacy of the programme as a solution to introducing personal best challenges to your schools would be valued.

If there is interest to initiate area wide delivery programmes even more benefits can be derived:

- We can manage and run local virtual leagues for you

- Area wide progress monitoring programmes can be undertaken

- Grant and Local Pilot funding has previously been secured for the delivery of local projects

'We have been using the Sportshall Awards programme extensively for a number of years across Nottingham and it has proved to be the ideal programme to engage students in a personal best challenge. The activities that it incorporates are ideal to assess the students fundamental movement and athletic skills, and it provides the ideal vehicle to engage students in a meaningful leadership and officiating capacity as well.'

Nick Robb, Ellis Guilford, PE and School Sport Manager

We believe that Athletics is in a unique position to provide a well balanced personal best challenge.

The programme & resources already exist and most schools already have Sportshall equipment! If we can introduce local programmes / encourage them to use the kit in a standardised format then locally, regionally and nationally we could have some really important and valuable information about relative progress in our schools. Please find attached a Case Study from an extensive programme of delivery in Ontario, Canada.

There is no cost associated in engaging in the programme (certificates and badges are additional/supplementary). We would actively encourage anyone to use the standardised format to secure your own local funding but would appreciate any results to be fed back into the National Virtual League so we can grow and demonstrate programme growth.

Level 2 - Year 7 Boys & Girls 5-a-side Football Competition

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:34

On Thursday 6th October 2016, The Goals Centre hosted the Year 7 Girls and Boys 5-a-side Football. The competition was a good quality, as schools had everything to play for if they wanted to represent the Partnership at the ESFA Regional U12 Indoor competition early in 2017.

Thanks to all the Teachers who refereed the games.

The results;

Year 7 - Boys

1st - Abbeyfield School

2nd - NSB

3rd - Malcolm Arnold Academy

Year 7 - Girls

1st - The Duston School

2nd - NSG

3rd - Malcolm Arnold Academy


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