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Project Ability Multiskills Festival

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:44

On Tuesday 25th April 2017 Northampton SSP hosted its first ever Project Ability Multiskill Festival. The festival format was developed in line with the KS1 Multiskill Festival format. The festival took place indoors at Lings Forum with the schools rotating a series of 6 activity stations. All the pupils who participated in the festival had a thoroughly enjoyable time. For many pupils this was the first time they have been off their school site and represented their school.

This event was a qualifier for the Level 3 Summer School Games. due to the nature of the festival and the vast diversity of abilities at the festival Ecton Brook Primary School, Earl Spencer Primary and Blackthorn Academy will represent Northampton SSP at the level 3 Summer School Games on the 6th July 2017.

Yr 4/5/6 Able & Talented Multiskill Academy

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:39

Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6 Able and Talented Multiskill Academy: Session 4

Date: Tuesday 30th May 2017 Venue: Northampton Academy

Year 4 Participation: 14 pupils

Year 5 participation: 8 pupils

Year 6 participation: 7 pupils

Activity 1: Group Juggle

Teacher in Charge: Steve Jones

Pupils were arranged into groups of 6/7, the aim of the game was to pass a ball in a sequence, but the ball was not allowed to be passed to anyone next to you. The ball had to continue in this sequence. The task got increasingly more difficult with the groups moving in a circular direction still passing the ball and then moving about a given area in no given direction. Groups were challenged in improving their personal best rather than competing against the other groups. This was a fun and enjoyable game, where all the pupils worked really hard.

Multi-Ability Cogs: Social, Cognitive & Creative

Activity 2: Physical Assessment & Sepak Takraw

Teacher in charge: Steve Jones

Physical Assessment:To determine the progress made by the pupils throughout this year's Able & Talented Multiskill Academy they were challenged against a series of Fundamental Cards; Agility, Coordination with a ball and Coordination with equipment. Pupils were asked to assess their own abilities but were bought together regularly to check and challenge their decision. The pupils managed this task very well.

Sepak Takraw (Kick Volleyball) is basically a cross between football and volleyball, played on a badminton court with a hand-woven ball (takraw). Three players on each side of a 5-foot high net get three chances to kick, knee, shoulder, or head a takraw ball back to the opposing team. Like Volleyball, players try to play the ball toward the front of the net, making the best use of their three hits to pass, set and spike, as opposing players attempt to block - but all without using hands or arms, just like football! It is very exciting to play, and is a great spectator sport! Developed in Asia, this game also introduces some unique aspects of Asian culture.

Having explained the aim of the game (but not showing them the youtube video in fear they may try to copy some of the crazy moves!) the pupils were very keen to have a go. The pupils got into pairs and with a beach ball or soft playball had to pass the ball to each other without letting the ball touch the ground – this proved a challenge for many of them. Due to time restraints, the activity was quickly progressed and pupils were arranged to into small groups, with a group placed either side of a low level badminton net. The teams competed against each other, with the winning teams those who reached 10 points the quickest. It was fair to say the skill level was less than desirable, but given the limited instructions and preparation they were given they could be forgotten for the quality of play!

Multi-Ability Cogs: Social, Cognitive, Creative & Physical

Activity 3: Contemporary Dance

Teacher in charge: Nikki Antonaccio

Nikki is an outstanding Dance teacher and has worked with the Able & Talented Multiskill Academy on a previous occasion – her style and personality removes any apprehension any of the pupils may have when told they are going to undertake a 'dance' session. Nikki split the group into a girls and boys group and proceeded to teach each group a slightly different dance to the same piece of music. Within the dance sequence the pupils were tasked with linking together moves from individual sports into a sequence that would be integrated into the main dance performance. There were several pupils (boys and girls) working well out of the comfort zone but each and every one of them gave 100% an amazing achievement.

Multi-Ability Cogs: Physical, Creative & Social


This year's Able & Talented Multiskill Academy programme finished on a high with a superb Dance performance by the pupils to their parents and families. Whilst each pupils was presented with a participation certificate, Sianne, Malachy and Latesha were recognised as 'Shining Stars' for their attendance at every session, their determination to achieve, their ability to work in a team and the passion and self-belief they have demonstrated at every session.

Northamptonshire Schools County Badminton Association - Trial dates

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:25

Northamptonshire Schools County Badminton Association (NSCBA) is the sole body tasked with developing junior badminton within Northamptonshire. Working with Northamptonshire Badminton Association (NBA) and Badminton England, we work with clubs and coaches to develop the sport.

NSCBA run county age group squads at Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17, as well as running a series of tournaments throughout the year.

Our mission statement is:

• To promote and encourage the playing of badminton amongst all children of school age in Northamptonshire

• To raise the standard of badminton amongst all children of school age in Northamptonshire

• To provide the means for the continuous development of children and encourage them to become members of senior clubs in the county

• To provide all eligible children with the opportunity to become members of the Association's age group squads and to guide their development towards being chosen to represent the county at first junior, then senior level

At the recent Parents' Information Evening, we set out our vision for the future:

For Northamptonshire to be recognised as a thriving centre for Badminton, where young players of all ages can fulfill their full potential in a safe and encouraging environment

We also laid out our plans for the next few years:

By 2017:

• Top 25 finish at Under 17 ICT

• Shire's League teams entered at U13, U15 and U17 level

• Players in age group squads entering National tournaments

• Effective talent identification system established with club and school involvement

More information on the Junior Badminton can be seen through the website, including squads, tournaments and coaches. For information on how to take part have a look at our 'How to Play' page.

County Squad Trial dates...

Date: Sunday 25th June 2017

Venue: Caroline Chisholm School, Wooldale Centre for Learning, Wooldale Rd, Northampton NN4 6TP

Age Group

Players born

Trial Time

Under 12

1st January 2007 or onwards

10.00am – 11.30am

Under 14

1st January 2005 to 31st December 2006

10.00am – 11.30am

Under 16

1st January 2003 to 31st December 2004

11.45am – 1.15pm

Under 19

1st January 2000 to 31st December 2002

1.30pm – 3.00pm

School Games Mark - window is now open

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:19

The School Games Mark application window has now opened (Wednesday 31st May 2017). there will be a smaller window this year for school to apply with the final day for applications on Friday 28th July 2017.

The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition, leadership and extra curricular opportunities across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels.

- OfSTED can use the Mark award as part of their inspection framework

- You can proudly display your collateral at your school

- You can use it as a development tool to aid the PE teacher or Headteacher as your school

- You can add the logo to letterheads and email signatures to show your outstanding commitment to school sport.

The Mark is a retrospective award which will validate your success over the ongoing academic year. Therefore, it's important to familiarise yourself with the criteria documents made available in January each year.

You can start your application now by clicking the 'start application' button on the right-hand side of your dashboard. Please also note the 'view support' button. This will take you to the Mark resoucres page and will offer you further support with your application.


Level 2 Year 5/6 Quadkids Athletics Competition

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:43

On Wednesday 24th May just less that 290 Year 5/6 pupils competed in the annual Year 5/6 Quadkids Athletics Competition at the new athletics track at Moulton College, fighting for a place at the Level 3 Summer School Games on Thursday 6th July 2017. Once again the quality of performances was at an incredibly high level, and the behaviour and sportsmanship was also on par. Congratulations to all that competed, and despite the rather warm weather, you all should be very proud of your achievements.

Team Results

1st Cedar Road Primary 1761 points*

2nd Millway Primary 1723 points*

3rd Abington Vale Primary 1533 points*

*Schools qualify for the Level 3 Summer School Games – capacity has increased to 3 schools per SSP this year

Individual Results


1st Alice (Cedar Road) 249 points

2nd Shanice (Cedar Road) 241 points

3rd Molly (Millway) 221 points


1st Reuben (Cedar Road) 256 points

2nd Kaih (Millway) 248 points

3rd Felix (Thorplands) 246 points

A full set of results can be found in the attached document

Level 2 Year 4/5 Take 6 MIni Basketball Competition

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:01

Over several evenings 22 teams have competed in the Yr 4/5 Take 6 Mini Basketball Level 2 School Games competitions at Abbeyfield School, The Duston School and Weston Favell Academy. During the preparation for the competitions Young Leaders from each of these secondary schools received training from Martin Spencer, lead officer for Mini Basketball England.

The quality of the competitions yet again increased from previous years, and the preparation and determination from the players is testament to this.

Delapare Primary, Abington Vale Primary, Millway Primary, Earl Spencer Primary, The Good Shepherd Primary and Thorplands Primary were cluster winners and went on to play a final round of games to determine the overall winner and runners up to represent the Partnership at the Level 3 Summer School Games. All the teams played incredibly well and there were some hard fought matches played.

Thanks to all the Young Leaders from Abbeyfield School and The Duston School - you did a great job and should be really proud of your efforts.


1st: Delapre Primary School*

2nd: Millway Primary School*

3rd: Thorplands Primary School

*Schools quality for the Level 3 Summer School Games

2017 Young Leaders Conference

Mon, 08 May 2017 19:35

On Friday 28th April 2017, 120 Enhanced School Year 5 pupils attended the annual Young Leaders Conference. The theme for this year's conference was '60 Active Minutes', a target which has emerged from the recent release of the national Obesity Strategy. The conference provided pupils with a practical experience where they were exposed to a variety of Change4Life activities and pupils were challenged on how these games could be made harder/easier and how they could be adapted to be played at home with family members and friends. The afternoon session focused on how to set up successful Change4Life Sports Clubs at their own school, challenged the pupils to design their own games to be played at home and at school – there were some fantastic ideas, and for them to understand their role as a Change4Life Champion. The newly designed activities will be collated and shared with all the Enhanced Schools for them to share with their leaders and used as a tool to encourage greater participation in physical activity at home.

At the conference we were joined by Alistair Patrick-Heselton, a Change4Life and Sky Sports Living for Sport Ambassador. Alistair opened the conference with a very motivational and inspirational speech, sharing his sports journey after being involved in a very serious car accident. Throughout the day Alistair worked with each group, checking and challenging their understanding of the programme and making them think about their role back in their school and how they can make a real difference.

Secondary Sports Leaders Conference 2

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:12

On Friday 31st March 2017 Malcolm Arnold kindly hosted the second Secondary Sports Leaders Conference of the year, Abbeyfield, Kingsthorpe College, Malcolm Arnold, Northampton Academy and The Duston School all attending.

During the morning the secondary leaders were mentored by qualified and experienced coaches in one of the following sports; Multiskill, Tennis, Netball and Cricket, up skilling them to be able to confidently and competently deliver a warm and skill based activity session.

For the afternoon session 120 Year 4-6 pupils were invited from Kingsthorpe Grove, Kings Heath and Spring Lane Primary Schools to be taught by the Secondary Leaders, ensuring the leaders were able to apply and deliver what they had learnt during the morning session.

Every session that was lead by a group of leaders was outstanding - their quality of delivery, their social interaction and engagement of pupils in fun and enjoyable sessions was fantastic.

Well done to all the leaders who attend and thank again to Malcolm Arnold Academy for host the event.

Healthy Schools Week

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:33

Healthy Schools Week is back this year and will challenge primary school children across the county to take a journey around the world.

Healthy Schools Week 2017 is a countywide opportunity for all of our primary schools to celebrate and promote children's health and wellbeing by engaging in some of our many school and home based fun activities, competitions and events. There will also be the opportunity to access a whole host of resources for you to keep and use throughout the school year. The team will be out and about during the week joined by some of our county's delegates and VIPs. We will be visiting many schools to see how they are celebrating and also seeing a selection of schools who will be showcasing their best practice in children's health and wellbeing.

The week will close at Brixworth Country Park where schools are invited to attend a free orienteering event in the beautiful surroundings of the Brixworth where they will be challenged to hunt for clues and solve different challenges.

To find out more about Healthy Schools Week 2017 and to register your school go to




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