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School Games Mark 2015/2016 Application Window opens

Tue, 31 May 2016 19:08

What is the School Games Mark?

The School Games Mark is owned and created by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is implemented and developed by the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England.

The Mark rewards school for their commitment to and the development of competition, school sport and physical education and was first launched in June 2012 via the School Games website.

All schools in England who are registered on www.yourschoolgames.com can apply for a School Games Mark via their school dashboard.

When and where can I apply for the Mark?

The online application window for 2015/16 will be open on Wednesday 3rd June 2016 until Wednesday 30 September - although it is strongly recommended that you apply before the Summer Holidays.

What if my school has achieved a previous Mark?

The Mark is an annual award and must be reapplied for each year. The schools previous award will be archived on both the school dashboard and the SGO dashboard.

What do I receive when I achieve a gold, silver or bronze award?

If your school achieves the School Games Mark you will be able to download the official logo and School Games Mark certificate. All pennants and plaques (Gold level only) will be sent to your School Games Organiser.

What is verification and what is validation?

The verification process ensures that the data submitted in your Mark application reflects the provision of PE, school sport and competition in your school. At all levels of the award verification takes place via the schools head teacher and the SGO, who will read through the application and confirm the award.

Some applications will be selected as part of a formal, external validation exercise by the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC). This will involve a visit to the school to audit the application. If your application is chosen for validation you will receive automatic confirmation within 14 days of the application being submitted.

A Clinic to support schools in making their School Games Mark application will take place on

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

@ Millway Primary School

4.00pm - 5.30pm

Anyone is welcome to attend - to book a place please go to; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/school-games-mark-clinic-tickets-25797271333

Partnership Awards Evening - Shortlist announced

Tue, 31 May 2016 19:03

On Tuesday 12th July 2016, Northampton Academy will host the annual Enhanced Schools Partnership Awards evening. The evening rewards and celebrates teams and individuals contributions and achievements in PE and School Sport.

The Selection Panel (1 x SSM, 1 x SDO-SS, 4 x SSCo's, 1 x NSport) met on Thursday 26th May 2016 to determine the winners of each category. There were some very strong entries in all of the categories, so this made it a really hard to judge the nominations. A huge Thank You to everyone who nominated.

The shortlisted Nominees are...



Young Leader of the Year Award

All Young Leaders that were nominated

Contribution to School Sport Award

Abbie Thompson (Lings Primary)

Michael Bridgette (Blackthorn Primary)

Mr Fox (Bridgewater Primary)

Change4Life Shining Star Award

All C4L participants that were nominated

NEW Change4Life Shining Star Champion

Revealed on the night

Team of the Year

Lings Primary (New Age Kurling)

Parklands Primary (Boccia Team)

The Arbours Primary (Football Team)

Sports Performer of the Year Award

Latesha Betsy (Lings Primary)

Razvan Grumazescu (Parklands Primary)

Ruby White (Abington Vale Primary)

NEW Sports Project of the Year

Boothville Primary – Kids Marathon Club

Lings Primary – Virgin Active Inspirations Crew

Parklands Primary – Whole School Running

Most improved Sport School of the Year

Blackthorn Primary Academy

Boothville Primary School

Parklands Primary

The Arbours Primary

New Partnership with Maude Sport

Tue, 31 May 2016 18:57

Schools Discount

Northamptonshire Sport has negotiated a 20% discount fee for any School in Northamptonshire ordering equipment / goods from the Maudesport website;


The 20% discount will be applied to any purchase before the end of July 2016 when using the Promotional Code MPNSG20.

Maudesport will offer Northamptonshire Sport a rebate for all purchases made by Northamptonshire Schools. Any funds raised through this process will be invested back into PE and School Sport.

I have also provided Maudesport with a comprehensive calendar of competition for the county and they will look to offer termly offers which may help and support schools to prepare for School Games Competitions.

Northamptonshire School Games Merchandise

Maudesport have now set up our own unique area on the website to allow Staff and representative individuals and/or teams for the 2016 Summer School Games to purchase School Games customised merchandise.


Whilst parents/guardians can go on and individually purchase merchandise they will be charged an additional postage & packaging fee of £4.99.

However if a school place a bulk order, there will be a P&P fee but this will only be £4.99 for the entire order.

The website will be available for people to order merchandise from until end of July – to capture any students who may be recruited last minute or for those who miss out/undecided prior to the games.

The partnership and process will be evaluated post School Games to make a decision about options for future Winter and/or Summer Games.

Last date for orders for Thursday 7th July 2016 is Friday 17th June 2016

Northampton SSP 'Offer' launched

Tue, 31 May 2016 18:51

The Northampton School Sports Partnership, last week launched it 2016-2018 Partnership 'Offer' to primary schools. After much consultation with existing Partnership Enhanced Schools, Standard Schools and To help with consistency and Head Teachers, the offer looks exciting, challenging and will provide a wide scope of opportunities, to those schools opting to be an Enhanced School.

The Primary PE and School Sports Premium has also been confirmed until 2020. In 2017 the Government will launch a sugar tax on the soft drinks industry to try and curb childhood obesity and increase opportunities for young people to get involved in sport. It has been confirmed that the 'sugar tax' will be invested in primary sport, and early indications suggest that it is highly likely that the amount of PE and School Sport Premium funding a primary schools receives per academic year will nearly double.

Entry into Level 2 School Games Competitions is free of charge for all schools within the Partnership. The Government provides the host School (Northampton Academy) with £23,800 per year to employ a School Games Organiser (SGO) to organise and deliver a series of Level 2 School Games Competitions and other core tasks and deliverables. They do not provide any additional revenue funding.

To deliver high quality competition, which gives a positive experience, we hire fit for purpose facilities, purchase equipment (which is available for schools to loan at no charge) to deliver the competition programme and purchase medals and print certificates to reward and recognise the efforts of young people at our competitions, we have to ask schools to contribute to these costs – we are allowed to ask for these contributions without our grant agreement.

The Partnership is offering schools the opportunity to opt in at one of two levels;

Standard School Offer (£150.00)

This offer contains a basic level of engagement with the Partnership and its core staff. There is no dedicated School Sport Coordinator linked to this offer.

Enhanced School Offer (£3250.00)

This offer contains a comprehensive programme of opportunities for your pupils, staff and school as a whole. Through this programme your school will be linked to a dedicated School Sports Coordinator (SSCo) one day a week based at a Secondary School.

'Bolt On' Service

The Partnership will organise a variety of workshops and training opportunities to upskill and develop both staff and pupils. All Schools have the opportunity to buy these services – discounts will be offered to Enhanced Schools. The workshops are still being finalised but will be announced shortly.

Level 2 KS1 Multiskill Festival

Mon, 30 May 2016 20:25

On Friday 27th April 2016, the Partnership hosted an Enhanced Schools KS1 Multiskill Festival - non enhanced schools could also access this competition via the virtual link we set up.

Young Leaders from Northampton Academy had undertaken training for the competition from Northamptonshire Sport during the Easter Holidays so were well prepared for the event, and on the day did an excellent job managing a team, explaining and demonstrating each station and keep team morale high. However we were not prepared for the weather...I think the experienced all four seasons in one day, but the pupils coped very well and the smiles and laughter I could here and see demonstrated just how much enjoyment they were having.


1st: Abington Vale Primary School

2nd: Ecton Brook Primary School

3rd: Cedar Road Primary School

Level 2 Year 3/4 Mini Red Tennis Competition

Mon, 30 May 2016 20:06

On Wednesday 23rd May 2016 Northampton Lawn Tennis Club and Dallington Lawn Tennis Club kindly hosted our Level 2 Year 3/4 Mini Red Tennis Competition, with 18 schools participating across the two sites.

In April 12 Young Leaders from The Duston School undertook a 3 hour Tennis Leaders workshop to up skill them to confidently and competently officiate the Level 2 School Games competition. To support them in applying the knowledge they had learnt during their workshop, they officiated a small friendly Tennis Tournament at Dallington Lawn Tennis Club, which they all handled really well. They were well prepared for Level 2 Competition and did a superb job officiating all the games in the tournament - this was a great help to the teachers who were able to focus on ensuring their players were well organised.

Results - Northampton Lawn Tennis Club

1st: Weston Favell Primary School*

2nd: Lings Primary School

3rd: Abington Vale Primary School

Results - Dallington Lawn Tennis Club

1st: Millway Primary School*

2nd: Queen Eleanor Primary School

3rd: East Hunsbury Primary School

Level 2 KS2 Goalball Competition

Mon, 30 May 2016 19:57

On Wednesday 4th May 2016 the KS2 Inclusive Goalball Competition took place at Danes Camp Leisure Centre.

This competition is like no other competition the Partnership organises...due to the nature of the competition (participants needing to listen to a bell inside a ball) there is no cheering or noise other than that made by the court officials. Every school adhered to this rule and the quality and standard of the competition of a very high level. a special mention to Lings Primary for their slickness and team work during every day...it was very impressive!


1st: Lings Primary School*

2nd: Queen Eleanor Primary School*

3rd: Earl Spencer Primary School

*Schools qualify for the Level 3 School Games

Level 2 Year 5/6 Quadkids Athletics Competition

Mon, 30 May 2016 19:39

Oh what a day...despite the weather forecast we decided to continue to run the Year 5/6 Quadkids Athletics Competition on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at Kettering Athletics Track. As we set up the morning competition in attire more common with our Cross Country event (wellies and waterproofs) we did wonder whether we had made the right decision. Having briefed the participants in the clubhouse all the participants embarked onto the athletics track for the competition to start. In no way did the weather dampen the spirits of the staff and participants which was amazing throughout the competition, nor did it hamper the superb performances of many participants (think they worked extra hard to get out of the rain!).

Having put the morning results into the car to try and dry out, we prepared for the second competition of the day, thankfully with the rain having eased. There were again some amazing performances from the afternoon participants - we really do have some very talented young athletes in Northampton.

With all intentions of combining the morning and afternoon results, and taking through our two highest placed schools to the Level 3 School Games, this was just not possible as unfortunately the ink was washed away from the Girls 600m morning race. So we decided that the best placed morning and afternoon schools should progress.

A HUGE thank you to all the staff who undertook officiating roles throughout the competition...without you we could not have ran the competition.

The results were;

Morning Competition

1st: Millway Primary School*

2nd: The Good Shepherd Primary School

3rd: East Hunsbury Primary School

Afternoon Competition

1st: Cedar Road Primary*

2nd: Queen Eleanor Primary

3rd: Delapre Primary School

*Schools qualify for the Level 3 School Games

Malcolm Arnold Academy cluster update...Term 5

Mon, 30 May 2016 19:24

This term was a quiet term within the MAA Cluster with most schools opting to enter minimal competitions and concentrate on their SATS. As much as we value the importance of School Sport and Physical Activity we are aware of the students' academic needs as well. I wish all the MAA Cluster all the best with their results and hope your students demonstrated their determination and resilience that they continually show in their Sport performances.

Whilst our cluster had an academic focus, the new MAA Leadership Team was selected. All applicants had to complete an application for and justify what they would bring to the role, the experience they already have, and the benefits they think they will receive.

I am pleased to announce our new Leadership Team looks promising, with a large number of talented athletes who will be working with the Cluster over the next year. Our Girls have recently been trained as High 5 Umpires and will be hosting our next training event in preparation for the Level 2 Competition, where they will undertake Umpiring roles at the competition. Our boys have been waiting patiently for their first sporting event and we are hoping to deliver a cricket CPD for them during term 6 so we can offer another sporting opportunity to you all.

Lauren Price, SSCo

NPAT cluster update...Term 5

Mon, 30 May 2016 19:21

The Young Leaders across our cluster have been hard at work this half term. With my lunchtime observations in full swing, I have had the opportunity to witness some outstanding leadership, from excellent leader organisation at Lings Primary, superb planning at Abington Vale Primary, phenomenal amounts of children engaged at Weston Favell Primary and creative/engaging activities at Ecton Brook Primary. It truly has been such a pleasure to visit all your schools and see the impact your committed Young Leaders are having!

This half term has also seen the pre-Level 2 Kwik cricket practice festivals, with attendance across our cluster excellent as always. It was fantastic to witness the schools and staff arriving with squads, working hard together not only as school teams but also to offer advice and tips to other schools too- with a view to 'raising everyones game' at the Level 2 competition. This obviously did the job Weston Favell Primary winning one of the tournaments, and progressing to represent the town at the upcoming Level 3 School Games - Good Luck Weston Favell!

Emily Carter-Morris, SSCo


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