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  • World Book Day - Thursday 7th March 2019

    World Book Day is in the second week after half term.  This year we're not asking staff or students to dress in book costumes, but instead we will be holding a lunchtime book quiz in the LRC.  Students will need to sign up before the event and they can take part in teams of up to four.  The theme for this year is 'Share a Story' and we're asking form tutors to do something book-related during registration that day.

  • RT11B - Service 521 COUNTRY LION

    Dear Parent/Carer

    Further to the email sent yesterday regarding the closure of Church Street. With effect from this afternoon (16.1.19) the boarding/drop off point for West End students will be Crofts Store, Stocks Hill. Please ensure your child is at the bus stop 5 minutes before the departure time of 8.05am. If you have any queries regarding this contact details are below.

    Thank you.

    Tess Dearden 
    Student Services 
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    01327 350284 ext 126

  • Open Evening for Prospective Sixth Form Students

    View our Sixth Form video HERE

    You are warmly invited to attend an Opening Evening for all Prospective Sixth Form students and their parents on Thursday 31st January 2019 at 6.30pm.
    This will take place in the Main School Hall. A prospectus will be available together with a Subject Option Booklet, Application Form and Option Choice sheet.
    All of these can also be viewed on our 6th form website pages.

    The evening will consist of a formal presentation from our Head Teacher Mr Iain Massey and the Sixth Form team in the Hall outlining the application procedure, options available and Sixth Form life in general, together with the opportunity to meet subject teachers and current Sixth Form students to discuss the courses and opportunities available at Sponne Sixth Form.

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  • Year 10 Reverse Advent Calendar

    Students in Year 10 decided against running Secret Santa during form time this year, instead students wanted to support Towcester Foodbank by taking part in a reverse advent. This initiative was led by Mrs Nelson last year and this year she opened it up to the whole of year 10.

    Over the past few weeks, students in 10HN, 10ES, 10SCW and 10SC have been bringing in items from everyday groceries, to Christmas treats including mince pies, cakes and selection boxes.

    Students from 10HN, 10SCW & 10SC helped deliver items to the foodbank during Tuesday lunch on the last week of term.  A total of 58.2kg of items was collected in total – well done to all students who got involved!

  • David Dein Visit

    I arranged for the talk to take place on 12th November and we invited year 11 PE students and our year 12 and year 13 students who consisted of our prefects, members of our Sixth Form Debating Society and any Sixth Form student who is interested in football.  David did a highly engaging presentation for 50 minutes which although it was centred around the theme of football, consisted of  key messages about how to be successful in life - hard work, positive attitude and keeping both your mind and body active.  We met with our students last week to draw up a list of questions for the q+a session (which lasted approx 20 mins) and David was happy to answer any questions such as 'What job would you do if you were not involved in football?', 'What has been the most difficult decision you've ever had to make?', 'how will Brexit affect football?'  David also gave copies of his DVD on the premier league entitled 'A whole new ball game' to those students who asked questions.
  • Wind Damage

    As you may have heard, we have had some wind damage to part of the roof on E block (maths). I would like to reassure you this is just superficial damage to some roof felt and underlying insulation panels, and it does not pose any health and safety risk to students or staff.
    Repair work will be carried out over the next few days, and there may be some room re-allocations for the classrooms affected. However, I expect the disruption to be minimal. 
     
    with kind regards
    Mr Iain Massey
    Headteacher
  • New Parent Governors

    We are pleased to announce that Klaus Bond and Barbara Gundle have been elected as new parent governors on the Local Governing Body for Sponne School.
    Mr Bond is returning to a second term as a parent governor, and we look forward to welcoming Mrs Gundle as a new member of the governing body.

    Congratulations to Mr Bond and Mrs Gundle!

  • Cucina Vacancies at Sponne School

    Kitchen Porter

    The job is term time only, Monday to Friday and the rate of pay is £7.85. The daily hours / shift times are 11.00am to 16.00pm (25 hours per week.)

    Temporary General Catering Assistant (Maternity Cover)

    This position is term time only, Monday to Friday and the rate of pay is £7.85. The daily hours / shift are 8.30am to 14.30pm. (30 hours per week)

  • Public Bus Timetable Information

    Service: 88
    Northampton - Swan Valley - Towcester - Silverstone - Brackley

    Service rerouted to run via Delapre Park Gates and Gloucester Avenue between Northampton Town Centre and Mereway Tesco replacing part of service 10 / X10

    All journeys will run via Milton Malsor and Blisworth replacing service 89 / X89 which is withdrawn - revised service 55 covers the Northampton - Swan Valley section.

    In Towcester buses will run via Wood Burcote Park, Towcester Health Centre and Springfields to Silverstone

    Service withdrawn between Silverstone and Brackley

    Half hourly service provided between Wood Burcote and Silverstone with service X91 (Brackley - Milton Keynes)

    Journeys to / from UTC Silverstone will be retimed to depart The Drapery at 0743 and will also replace the 0732 service X89 from Northampton to Milton Keynes

    The 0754 Towcester to Northampton journey is revised to start from Potterspury at 0735 for the benefit of scholars travelling to Spone School. The return journey is provided on the 1502 departure from Northampton

    Connections are available at Wood Burcote to / from service X91 for customers wishing to travel to / from Silverstone at these school times.

    Service: 89 / X89
    Northampton - Blisworth - Towcester - Potterspury - Deanshanger - Milton Keynes

    Service withdrawn

    Service 88 covers the Towcester to Northampton section and service X91 runs via Towcester & Milton Keynes via Potterpury

  • Towcester Community Poppy Project

    The beautiful poppy art installation and poppy cascade at St Lawrence church was created by the community of Towcester. Staff and students from Sponne School contributed towards the artwork and the individual poppies.

    Students met on Wednesday lunchtimes to knit and sew individual poppies. These formed part of the external display and those within the church. The project was very successful and there was lots of support from the local community.

    The overall display was extremely poignant to commemorate the Armistice of World War 1.

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  • New bus times from 17th Sep 18

    SMS and Compliance have addressed the lateness of the following bus. From Monday 17th September, the new times will be used as shown below:-

    Adstone Side Road opp phone box - 07:50 - 15:58 New Time -07:40

    Maidford, The Old Pub - 07:57 - 15:48 New Time -07:46

    Seawell Grounds, Banbury Lane, Nr Foxley - 08:05 - 15:40 New Time -07:52

    The Old Stables, Church Street, Blakesley - 08:06 - 15:39 New Time -no access

    Woodend, Bus Shelter - 08:07 - 15:38  New Time -08:01

    Blakesley, opp Shop - 08:10 - 15:35  New Time -08:07

    Greens Norton, Park Farm - 08:13 - 15:30  New Time -08:13

    Greens Norton, Recreation Ground - 08:15 - 15:25  New Time -08:15

    Greens Norton, Towcester Road for Little Court Farm - 08:16 -  15:24 New Time -08:17

    Sponne School Technology College, NN12 6DJ - 08:35 - 15:15 New Time - 08:35

  • GCSE Examination Results 2018

    Students receiving their GCSE results at Sponne School in Towcester today were again delighted with their outstanding results.  This pattern of exceptional performance has continued for an eighth successive year with students not only attaining highly but showing significantly greater progress than would be expected nationally from their starting points at the end of Year 6.  Despite the uncertainty with the new and more challenging 9-1 assessments being introduced for most subjects the results at Sponne have held up and  in many aspects improved for students of all abilities.

  • A Level Exam Results 2018

    Students and staff at Sponne School in Towcester are celebrating another excellent set of A Level results this year with many individuals achieving outstanding grades. Despite new specifications and a return to the two year A Level programme, results have remained very similar to previous years and most students continue to achieve the highest grades available. Just under 50% of students gained the very highest A*-B grades with all students passing. Students did particularly well with the very highest grades of A* and A grade with more than a third of all students achieving at least one of these.

  • Exam Results 2018 toolkit

    National Careers Service -Exam Results 2018 toolkit
    The exam results helpline is available throughout August

    The exam results helpline, delivered by the National Careers Service will be available in August to provide additional support to students (and their parents) as they receive their exam results. Callers to the helpline will have direct access to experienced careers advisers who can advise on all the different options available to them including A-levels, GCSEs, BTECs, Apprenticeships and other vocational options. Other support will be available on topics such as clearing, university, gap year, moving away from home, re-sits and student finance.

  • Dragons’ Den – Year 8 Enterprise Event

    Thursday the 12th of July the whole of Year 8 were off timetable. In tutor times we had been working on enterprise skills such as thinking about what it meant, looking at presentations and evaluating their success and brainstorming ideas. Each form was split into groups who then had to come up with a product to pitch to our Business Dragons. The teams were expected to plan, market, price and pitch for their product. I got the wonderful opportunity to go round and to talk to all of the groups about their ideas and I can honestly say I was impressed with how they worked – the creativity and ingenuity they showed was remarkable.

  • Millie Rees – Rotary Club Young Designer

    On Saturday 16th of June I took part in the  Rotary Club Young Designer Competition final at De Monfort University. It was an amazing experience with the chance to see wonderful designs from GCSE and A Level students from all over the district.

    We arrived at the venue at 8:00AM and we were all allocated a table  where we set up our exhibits, I added my sauces to my sauce caddies and put up my display board. We were then given time ,while other people were arriving, to have a look at the other exhibits in the competition. There were 3D models of wedding venues, a Mary Poppins costume and meerkat enclosures, apple presses,  sweet dispensers, bike storage areas, lamps, tables and chairs, dresses, skirts, jackets, wind chimes, docking stations, disability walking aids and temporary shelters for refugees.

  • Girls in Engineering – Year 8

    On the 19th of June, a group of Year 8 girls went to the University of Northampton for a “Women in Engineering” day. It was a very successful day which started with a talk from one of the organisers. We then visited a variety of local engineers by visiting lots of stalls all showing what they do and how they use both science and engineering. This included a robot that could move on its own and even sit down. There was a man called Cosmic Chris as well as people from the Army, some engineers who look at how to stem canal banks and we got a chance to test out some virtual reality kit. We also saw a giant 3d printer on an engineering bus.

  • Sponne Musicians

    It has been yet another extremely busy end to the term for Sponne Musicians. On Friday June 22nd the Senior Choir and Sponnaissance gave a lunchtime recital to an appreciative audience in St Lawrence Church as part of their recital series and also the first event of Towcester Midsummer Music. Yr 8 jazz and soloists performed again as part of the Midsummer Music Festival on Saturday 23rd June in the town hall.

  • FLY A FLAG FOR OUR ARMED FORCES

    Photos from our recent performance at the Forum on the morning of 25th June 2018 for FLY A FLAG FOR OUR ARMED FORCES day parade.

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  • U16 Female English Indoor Boardercross Competition

    Well done to Freya Savage on winning the U16 female English Indoor Boardercross comp. Even against the strong competition, she raced hard and fast, winning 5 of the 6 races.

  • GCSE Art Exhibition 2018

    Myself and Ms Turton are very proud of all our Y11 Artists; they have all worked very hard to produce a big body of Art work.  There is a lot of hours that go into the Art GCSE and this means all of our students have had to be very dedicated and enthusiastic to use a lot of their spare time completing the work. The work this year is of a high standard and we are hoping the grades will match this.  The sketchbooks are comprehensive and show the journey the students have taken to arrive at their final pieces.  We wish them all the very best for whatever they decide to do in the future and hope they carry on being creative.

    All the best Ms Noble

     

  • East Midlands Water Polo

    Congratulations to Georgia Corcoran on her selection for the U16 East Midlands Water Polo Squad. Georgia will compete down in Somerset in her first regional tournament in July this year where the East midlands squad will face other regional teams from across the country. Well Done Georgia.

  • Rotary Young Designer

    On Wednesday 25th April the Design and Technology department were proud to host the regional finals for the Rotary Young Designer competition.

    The six entrants in the GCSE category were Jasmine Bond, Tom Cartwright, Maddie Chapman, Luke Harris, Jacob Moreton and Millie Rees. In the A level category we saw work from Beanna Field, Emi Johnson, Becca Kimber, Beth Loosely and Freya Robinson.

  • Iona Smith – 7RW

    Iona has played football for Northampton Town Girls and Ladies and for past 4 years and converted to a full-time goalkeeper at the start of this season. As well as training with the Cobblers twice a week, she also attends weekly specialised training with a company called GK ICONs - who run national goalkeeper schools which are led by Professional keepers and coaching staff.

  • Well done Caitlin Wreford – Dance Competition

    In her solo performance she came first, her acro duet they came first which also came first overall in her age category.  In the group dances they had two 3rd places, one 4th and a 1st.

    With her acro duet and the group dance “Fabulous” they made it through to the grand final along with 14 other finalists.  The duet came in a brilliant 7th place and the group dance came first.  She came away with 3 trophies and 9 medals overall with many more trophies for the group dances.

  • Spring Concert 2018

    It has been an exceptionally busy term for many of the Sponne musicians with combined county and school commitments. The term was rounded off on Tuesday evening with our Spring concert featuring all the Sponne music enhancement groups. Over 150 musicians took part and performed to a full house. Well done! Congratulations also to the members of Sponne Brass Band, Jazz Orchestra, String Orchestra, String Ensemble, Sponnaissance and Sponnaissance Reborn who took part in the Regional Festival of Music for Youth on 22nd and 24th March. The performances were very well received with some excellent feedback. Here are some extracts from the music mentor feedback:

  • THE PINNICLE OF STEAM EVENT

    THE PINNICLE OF STEAM EVENT
    Incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

    Sponne took a group of year 7 students to this event on 20th March 2018. The students participated in a range of interactive workshops and activities which were supported by students from the University of Northampton. The students participated in some physical challenges including a climbing wall and a strategic caving activity.

  • Sponne Music Groups - Music for Youth

    Here are a few videos from the Music for Youth - Northampton featuring Sponne music groups.

    Thank you to Mr Milan for filming them.

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  • Netball Club - Ages 7-15

    Every Saturday 9-10am at Sponne School, Brackley Road, Towcester
    For ages 7-15, all welcome!

    Get active, learn a new skill and make friends - Just £2 per sesion.
    Separate sessions for minis (7-9 year olds) and juniors (10-15 year olds)

    Basic skills covered, like catching, passing, shooting and footwork. No experience necessary. Suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to improvers. We suggest trainers are worn and please bring a bottle of water.

    For more information visit facebook.com/towcesternetball or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Street Food Posters Winners

    Year 7
    Elizabeth Freegard 7RW
    Rachel Fox 7KMS
    Orianne Neyroud 7RW

    Year 8
    Lottie Dawson 8AE
    Holly Rees 8AE

    All Student did really well and put a lot of effort into their posters, please do praise all the students in the 3 groups who did the work over a weekend 7KMS, 7RW and a few of 8AE

  • World Book Day

    World Book Day went ahead on Thursday 1st March – despite the snow! 

    Many students from Years 7, 8 and 9 made a fantastic effort with their book character costumes.  Staff also took part; with the English Department dressing as characters from Roald Dahl books; Drama as Alice in Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts; History as Mr and Mrs Potato Head, and the LRC staff were Roald Dahl’s witches.

  • Towcester Music and Performing Arts Centre

    Article By: Sarah Turnock
    NMPAT - Head of Towcester Centre

    NMPAT have recently run a joint project between the three NMPAT Saturday Centres of Towcester, Queens Cross and Brackley in conjunction with the City of London Sinfonia to give the students at those centres an experience of playing in a 100+ piece orchestra using some of the BBC Ten Pieces and also having a composition created from their ideas gathered in a workshop in December. The fruits of our labours were shown in a concert on Saturday at the High School in Northampton. One of Ben’s composition ideas formed a main theme in the specially composed piece!

    The Sponne pupils involved were:

    Ben Maxwell - leading the cellos
    Lily Isaac
    Faith Hawkins
    Cerys Sampson
    Laura Punter
    Katie Baker

  • Proms concert

    A huge well done and congratulations to all of the musicians who took part in the Proms concert at Whittlebury Hall on 4th  February. The concert involved 110 musicians in all, including the Sponne Concert Band, Brass Band,  Jazz Orchestra, Senior Choir and visiting championship section brass band from Oxfordshire, Kidlington Concert Brass. The groups played to a packed capacity audience of over  350 people. Each group played some of their own repertoire as well as playing together as a massed band. The event showcased many talented soloists. The evening has raised a considerable sum of money for Sponne and also the Towcester Rotary Club for charitable causes. The additional retiring collection after the performance was in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust and raised £1015.10. Well done to all those who took part!

  • Junior Side Saddle Champions

    Nine year old Annabelle and 12 year old Jess Ross are keen side saddle riders. As well as taking part in all pony club and riding club activities, it is the noble art of side saddle at which they excel, and as the current National champions in both equitation and jumping, they are planning out their 2018 campaign.

    They are both active members of the side saddle display team ‘A bit of the side’ and can be seen doing displays at Blenheim International Horse Trials, and many other country shows, pony club camps etc.

    Says Mum, Emma “My girls work so hard, riding before and after school, often in the dark and they live for their ponies, it is grey to be able to share their 2017 successes and aims for 2018”.

  • Jackson O'Rourke - Qualified for the Edinburgh International Swim Meet

    JACKSON O’ROURKE Year 11 CML has qualified for the Edinburgh International Swim Meet Incorporating the British Championships 2018
    This is a Qualifying Swimming Meet for the Commonwealth Games 2018

    He has qualified for the following events:
    1500 metre Freestyle
    200 metre Breaststroke
    200 metre Individual Medley
    400 metre Individual Medley

  • Mental Health Awareness Day 9th February 2018

    We all have Mental Health and sometimes we may need additional support and help with this. One thing we all need to do is raise awareness and reduce the stigma that surrounds some mental health issues.

    Next week (5th to 11th February) is Mental Health Awareness week and Friday is the Northamptonshire Mental Health Awareness day. Once again Sponne School will be supporting this by getting involved in raising awareness in our assemblies and a balloon launch. Recently Tessa Parkinson from ‘Talk Out Loud’ came to deliver our resources for the awareness day, including wristbands, leaflets and activities for Yr11 students.

  • Dance Competition

    Article Written by Bernie Noy ( Year 9 )

    On the weekend of January 5th- 7th 2017, my twin sister and I travelled to Blackpool to compete in the National Championships for Ballroom and Latin dance. Thousands of pairs, soloists and group dancers attended. It is the largest competition in the UK. To compete here you have to qualify and to qualify you have to compete regularly in smaller competitions and earn “points.” The “points” depend on where you place in your category.  Then, you qualify to the Britain's Best if you have enough points to prove you are at a high level. Finally, if you have placed at Britain best then you get through to the championships. Josie and I came 3rd at Britain’s Best which was excellent for us! There are many more ways to qualify for the championships but that is the way our dance school choose. Overall, in your category there are thousands of people you have to compete against to even get to Britain’s Best.

  • Polar Regions Composition Project

    Well done to Ethan Brackley for submitting beautiful subtle piece of film music to the NMPAT composing competition. It was judged 'highly commended and rank in the top 4 in the county wide competition.

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

    Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, at Sponne School

    The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is in its seventh year at Sponne School. It is a nationally recognised award.

    Is looked upon favourably by employers and universities. It’s a challenge for young people aged between 14 and 24

    Each student completes a personal programme of activities in four sections usually over a year.

    Volunteering, Skill, Physical and Expedition sections, at three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

    This year I am running just Bronze and Gold levels with over 70 Bronze students and 30 Gold students.

    Adrian O’Grady

    Design & Technology Teacher

    Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager

    Sponne School

  • Charity Dodgeball

    Well done to 12NL for organising a Staff vs. Students Dodgeball game to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust.

    The event was well attended and enjoyed by staff and students. The event raised a fantastic £326. Well done to the staff team who beat the students 2-1.

    Thank you to everyone who came to watch participated or donated.

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  • Towcester Youth Sessions

    5-6pm every Thursday at Towcester Leisure Centre (sports hall)
    For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Free sessions For 11-14 yr olds(exceptions can be made)

    • Football • Dodgeball • Kwik cricket • Basketball • Capture the Flag • Tag rugby • Other multi skill sport games

    Starts Thursday

  • THE FA PEOPLE'S CUP: It’s Everyone’s Game!

    The FA People’s Cup is a small-sided football competition, run in partnership with BBC Get Inspired. It is completely free to enter, running across the county for players ranging from U14s, through to veterans football.  Our local venue GOALS (Northampton) will be holding three events, which students may be interested in participating in;

    • U14 male (Y8/9) on Friday 23rd February, 1830-2130
    • U16 male (Y10/11) on Friday 23rd February, 1830-2130
    • 16+ male (Y12/13) on Sunday 25th February, 1400-1700

    Last year 35,000 people competed, making it the biggest 5-a-side tournament in the country!

    Students wishing to find a team to play for / enter a team should register their interest with Mr. Cornelius in D16.

  • Anti-Bullying Poster

    The year 7s forms had a competition for who could create the best anti-bullying poster.

    The top 4 posters were:

    7RW:
    Max Czerniuk, Maisie Ballinger, Faith Hawkins

    7CJ:
    1) Scarlett Baillie, Zak Ager, Lauren Pettefer, Jack Read
    2) Isabel Heley, Emily Rogers, Tegan Doucherty-Legge, Harry Pannell, Joseph Vicars

  • Futsal

    Having received a free Futsal starter pack last term, students in Years 7 and 8 have been enjoying after school enhancement sessions in this exciting and fast-paced sport.

    Many professional footballers honed their skills on a Futsal court, including Lionel Messi, Kevin De Bruyne and Neymar!  The emphasis is on technical skill and ability, which translates across to many football competencies.

  • Boot Swap

    If you have come back after Christmas to find your football boots don’t fit READ ON.

    • Bring in your old boots – clean and in a plastic bag with the size marked on
    • Swap this for a raffle ticket
    • Look to see if there are a pair of boots you want in your size
    • Swap the raffle ticket for the boots!If you can’t find a pair then put your name on the raffle ticket and hand it in to the prize draw – one winner only -  a new pair of boots in your size

    Where and when?

    Friday 19 January lunchtime in the sports hall 1.05 – 1.45

    PS if you just want to donate your old boots that would be good too – clean and in a plastic bag with the size marked on – same time and place.

    Any boots that are left over and small will be donated to the Junior Schools.

  • Music Results - Jan 2018

    Mr Fleming's brass students

    Emma Bond Y9 grade 3 trumpet
    Aran Lincoln Y8 grade 3 cornet
    Adan Davidson Y9 grade 5 tenor horn
    Jake Rees Y11 grade 6 tuba - distinction

     Mr Bugby's trombone students

    Ellie Taylor Y12 grade 7 trombone - distinction
    Archie Milan Y13 ATCL performers diploma on the trombone - (this is a professional qualification - letters after his name!)

  • Sponne School receives free Futsal starter pack

    England Head Coach delighted as Sponne School receives free Futsal starter pack

    Sponne School is all geared up to start playing Futsal after receiving a free starter pack – news that has delighted Michael Skubala, England Futsal Head Coach.

    The pack contains 2 Futsal goals and 10 Futsal balls which will be used in PE lesson and in after school Futsal Clubs.  The intention is to be playing regular inter-school Futsal fixtures from October 2018.  Inter-form Futsal tournaments will be taking place after school in January and February for years 7-9 and in the 6th form for both boys and girls.

    The starter packs are designed to adapt existing sports halls, playgrounds and other hard surface facilities to make them Futsal-ready. The packs came courtesy of a £300,000 Futsal scheme, which is funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation.

    Futsal is a five-a-side game, normally played on a flat indoor pitch with hockey-sized goals and a size four ball with a reduced bounce. The exciting, fast-paced game is played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.

    Regarded as an important and growing game, it is hoped that the provision of equipment and courses will lead to the development of more Futsal players, leagues, competitions and facilities across the country.

    The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, and is subsequently an excellent breeding ground for football competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game. 

    As well as delivering the Futsal scheme, the Football Foundation delivers Grow the Game and also the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England. Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 15,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn.

    Michael Skubala, England Futsal Head Coach, said: “A big well done to Sponne School for securing a Futsal starter pack – they have a bright future ahead of them now! We want to get more people playing the sport for the love of it and who knows; perhaps we’ll see some future international players unearthed as a result. Futsal is growing all the time and The FA, with the help of the Football Foundation, is dedicated to increasing its importance and popularity further For All.”

  • Festive Musical Performances by Sponne Musicians

    As is traditional in the festive season, Sponne School Musicians have been involved in numerous Christmas events both in school and the community, once again being fantastic ambassadors for the school.
    Huge thanks to them for their festive enthusiasm and commitment.

  • Music Results

    Mrs Gallacher students:-

    Holly Rees - viola Grade 4 - Merit
    Charlotte Dawson - viola Grade 4 - Merit
    Ellina Hickman - violin - Grade 4 - Merit

  • Tate Gallery Trips

    Tate to Tate gallery trip Y10- 9th Nov

    We had a very successful trip to both Tate galleries in London which despite a delayed home journey went very well.

    The highlights of the visit were seeing the impressive paintings up close in Tate Britain and the Henry Moore sculptures, then taking the boat along the Thames to the Tate Modern and the highlight here was in the Turbine Hall- experiencing the artwork by Superflex One Two, Three– Swing!- 3 persons swings.

  • Congratulations to former student

    Congratulations to former student, Laura Simpson - who is in the starting squad for Oxford vs Cambridge Womens Match 2017.

  • Swim England National Championships

    A Massive well done and good luck to both Matthew Smith 11SC and Jackson O’Rourke 11CML for qualifying for the Swim England National Championships in Sheffield in December.

    A fantastic achievement for both boys and a real acknowledgment of all the hard work that goes in at training- alongside this, both boys have an impeccable record and both 100% attendance!

    Good luck boys we wish you all the luck!

  • 'Bah humbug!' Year 10 christmas spirit

    Year 10 are getting into the Christmas spirit in English, with Scrooge pictures and annotations - 'Bah humbug!'

  • Beauty and the Beast

    On Wednesday 18th Thursday 19th and Friday 20th October, students from Sponne School performed Beauty and the Beast to a packed house. The performance was outstanding. Some of the feedback emailed in to school following the performances sums it up:

    “What a spectacle! The set, costumes, music and drama  were amazing – this was like a West End show!”

  • Year 7 First Food Lesson

    Two year 7 classes have participated in their first food lesson at Sponne School.
    Some students have put great effort in to planning their creative fruit salads! Fantastic effort by all preparing their fruit creations today!

  • Kids Lit Quiz 2017

    On Thursday 2.11.17 we held our annual Sponne heat for the Kids Lit Quiz after school in the LRC.  Year 7 and 8 English groups were represented by quiz teams, and well-supported by friends and family who came to watch.

    Many thanks to members of the English staff who came to help with marking, and to Eleanor Rees, Millie Rees and Tom Perks who were our question masters, scorekeeper and general helpers.

  • Anti-Bullying Week

    On the Friday 17th November it was anti-bullying day. Students were asked to wear mufti and wear odd socks to raise awareness of this year’s theme of “All different- All equal”. There was great support of this throughout the whole school. Lauren Chapman from 8LT even created her own anti-bullying socks! There have been some excellent student led assemblies on the theme of bullying that have taken a lot of time and care to put together.

  • Year 8 - Remembrance

    Leading up to Remembrance Day, Year 8 watched a video showing how the British Legion have used the poem “In Flanders Fields” for this year’s poppy appeal. Students were then given the opportunity to write a poem based on Remembrance. Some of these are proudly on displayed on the Year 8 noticeboard. A huge well done to the following students: Lucy King, Rosa Bains, Phoebe Morris, Millie Seagrove, Dominic Prestidge, Rio Ayre, Hazel Middleton, Nyah Lock, Edan Lilayut, Louie Preston, Olly Comerford, Joseph Buckley, Eleanor McConnell, Sophie Burling, Lewis Butlin-Pannell, Julian Slator and George Cook, Angela Morales-Malagon, Kaci Newman, Lucy Minns and Samantha Reeves

  • Examination Certificates

    Summer 2017 examination certificates are now ready for collection from the exams office at school, on weekdays between the hours of 08:00 and 16:00. If you have left Sponne, you will need to bring some identification with you to enable you to take them. You can also nominate someone to collect them on your behalf; that person will need to show written permission signed by you. Alternatively, you can email authorisation to the exams office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The person collecting your certificates will also need to bring identification with them, such as a driving licence.

  • 5-a-Side Football

    This was the first event held by Sponne this academic year, and it was very successful. Many different primary schools arrived to play in a 5-a-side tournament. There were a total of 84 children who took part in the football games, and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Forest Federation was the primary school who won the A team tournament, and subsequently secured a place in the district finals which are taking place on the 2nd of November. Hopefully the turn out will be as successful, if not better for the Rugby tournament which is taking place on the 11th of October.

  • English Schools Cross Country Cup

    On Wed 11th October Sponne took part in the Regional Round of the English Schools Cross Country Cup. The event was held in Bedford and had schools from Northants, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

    For the Junior boys, (Yr 7 and Yr 8) Liam Cowley was the first finisher in 18th position and the team finished an encouraging 8th position. The Inter girls team (Yr 9 and Yr 10) ran extremely well against tough opposition to claim 4th team place (first Northants school)- the same position achieved by Katy Mannix in the race itself. Pride of place went to the Junior girls team of Emily Hinton, Amy Harris, Lucy King, Amber Salkeld, Aimee Reynolds and Lily Issac - the final three all in Yr 7 - as they finished in third position and again leading Northants school. Individually Emily Hinton ran a superb race to finish in 2nd place. Well done to all!!

  • Sponne 6-1 Campion

    Jack Paterson became the latest Sponne striker to score a hat-trick as Sponne Sixth Form achieved a massive win over their old rivals Campion in the second game of the league season.

    Going 2-0 up in the first half, Sponne turned the fixture into a rout after the interval with another tremendous attacking display, a Paterson chip shot being a highlight along with Jack Swales’ slick finish.

    Sponne were expecting to be tested much more by Campion than they were in their recent 9-3 victory over Silverstone UTC and the assumption was initially proved correct as they faced a tough opening half hour, with Campion frequently on the attack. The visitors had the better of the early exchanges and forced Sponne to defend in numbers, with Paterson an isolated figure up front. But the tireless ball-chasing of Sponne captain Matt Woods coupled with Ryan Smith’s much-needed physical presence and control in midfield proved instrumental as Sponne withstood Campion’s early pressure.

    As the first half continued, Sponne began to work their way into the game and ask some questions of the Campion defence. Paterson was caught narrowly offside when through on goal while Josh Murphy saw his shot saved by Campion goalkeeper Tomkins. Campion themselves then nearly got the opening goal when their striker Turay got the better of the home defence and found himself with only Sponne goalkeeper Sam Butler to beat- Butler produced a smart save to keep the game goalless.

    Campion were made to rue their missed opportunity when Murphy put Sponne ahead minutes later. A long upfield ball from left-back Toby Gruncell was latched onto by Paterson, who outpaced Campion’s retreating defence as he tore into the opposition box before squaring the ball across to Murphy, who tapped in from close range.
    Sponne once again had Butler to thank for keeping the visitors at bay moments later as Campion captain Moss struck a powerful shot from 30 yards out which was flying into the top of the home side’s goal before Butler tipped it over the crossbar to the relief of his teammates.

    A second Sponne goal was needed to consolidate their advantage before half-time and the Murphy-Paterson attacking partnership produced just that as Murphy won the ball in his own half and bombed forward before slipping a well-worked pass through the Campion defence to put the ball at Paterson’s feet with just the goalkeeper to beat. Paterson made no error as he stroked it past Tomkins with a composed finish to give Sponne a 2-0 lead as the half-time whistle sounded.

    What had looked a close game after half an hour now seemed an eminently winnable one to Sponne Coach Mr Cornelius, who decided to make a number of early substitutions to rest some key players ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Moulton College. Ryan Smith, Callum Anderson and Josh Murphy were all brought off near the interval to keep their legs fresh for the game in two days’ time.

    Campion were quick out of the blocks in the second half but Butler again came to the rescue as he pulled off a terrific double save after Sponne’s defence were caught out by an inswinging corner kick. Butler first denied Turay at close range before parrying Moss’ strike from the rebound, with Sponne then managing to clear the ball away.
    Jack Swales regained the initiative for the home side by receiving the ball on the halfway line and then making a goal all for himself as he motored into the visitors’ box, scoring with a classy low finish through the legs of Tomkins to put Sponne 3-0 up. However, Turay was quick to pull a goal back for Campion at the other end with an audacious scissor kick from four yards out to give the visitors some hope going into final half hour.

    But both Swales and Turay’s fine finishes were to be outdone by a remarkable piece of football from Jack Paterson. The Sponne striker won the ball on the edge of the box, took one look up and scooped a sensational chip shot over the two Campion centre-backs and past Tomkins, putting Sponne into a 4-1 lead with ten minutes left to play and undeniably scoring the goal of the game in the process.

    Paterson’s wonder-goal had assured Sponne of victory but that didn’t stop them from increasing their lead as Campion faded badly in the closing stages. Paterson got his hat-trick with a simple tap-in before the ever-industrious striker Elliot Hutton got his name on the scoresheet by slotting in a rebound from a Tomkins save to make it 6-1 at the final whistle.

    This Sponne team have now won both of their first two league matches in superb style, and will take heart from the fact that to a man they all raised their game in the second half to put a well-organised Campion team to the sword. Next, they travel to Moulton College for their first away outing of the campaign, and if their current performance level can be sustained, three wins from three seems a very realistic possibility.

    MATCH FACTS

    SPONNE (4-2-3-1):Sam Butler, Toby Gruncell, Ewan Fotheringham, Callum Anderson (sub Luke Warwick HT), Chris Foden (sub Michael Rapson HT), Matt Thomas, Ryan Smith (sub Elliot Hutton 35’), Josh Murphy (sub Harry Wakeling 55’), Matt Woods (captain), Jack Swales, Jack Paterson

    Coaches: Mr Cornelius & Mr Trusler

    CAMPION (4-4-2): Tomkins, Murphy, Kehoe, Gooch, Batterham, Scott, Clarke, Phelps, Toseland, Moss (captain), Turay

    Coach:Mr Hawkey

    REFEREE: Mr Steve Edwards

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Josh Murphy (Sponne)

    Match Report by Toby Foster, Photos by Josh Margan

  • Junior side saddle rider of the year

    Jessica Ross (8CP) has just been crowned Junior side saddle rider of the year and has been invited to attend the Blenheim International Horse trials to perform in a display of Champions. Congratulations Jess from us all here at Sponne.

  • Sponne 9-3 Silverstone UTC

    Elliot Hutton scored a sensational seven-minute hat-trick as Sponne Sixth Form convincingly beat Silverstone UTC in their opening fixture of the South Northants Sixth Form Football League season.

    A Sponne win never really looked in doubt as their midfield trio of Mitch Walker, Matt Thomas and Matt Woods dominated play, with Silverstone lacking the cutting edge prevalent in Sponne’s attacking football.

    The home side were very quickly out of the blocks with Will Fraser shooting narrowly wide inside the first 50 seconds of the contest, and it was to be just five minutes in when Matt Woods opened the scoring for Sponne with a smart chip shot over Silverstone goalkeeper Bunce.

    Woods soon doubled Sponne’s lead as he outpaced Silverstone defender Micallef to a long ball played through by Sponne captain Mitch Walker, rounding Bunce and finishing well.

    Silverstone struggled for momentum having been pegged back early by Woods’ brace, their problems worsening after the UTC’s centre-back Witchman fouled Will Fraser inside the box with a cynical shove. Referee Steve Edwards awarded a penalty kick for the foul and Walker converted it in textbook fashion with a powerful low shot into the bottom left corner of the net to put Sponne in a commanding 3-0 lead.

    Despite their strong start, Sponne were reminded of the threat Silverstone could pose when UTC striker Goyoki went through on goal, his run only thwarted by Callum Anderson’s last-ditch clearance.

    As the game reached the 25 minute mark, Sponne struck again with Jack Swales scoring the goal of the match. A well-worked pass from Matt Woods was controlled by Swales who finished emphatically, shooting through the legs of the goalkeeper to put Sponne 4-0 up.

    The first half finished in frenetic fashion, as Silverstone midfielder Dotteral clawed a goal back for the UTC through a penalty kick after Callum Anderson’s foul on Anthony Jane-Grey in the box. Sponne striker Josh Murphy managed to restore his team’s four-goal advantage with a minute to go in the half though as he tapped in at close range from Will Fraser’s pass. But the last action before the interval happened at the other end of the pitch when Goyoki blasted a shot wide from five yards out after Sponne goalkeeper Sam Butler failed to claim a high ball.

    A 5-1 scoreline at half-time put Sponne firmly in control but their coach Mr Cornelius was determined not to be complacent as he brought on 5 substitutes, including attacking midfielder Elliot Hutton, in a bid to add fresh impetus to the side.

    Despite their impressively quick start to the match, Sponne were slow off the mark in the second half as Silverstone struck within two minutes of the contest resuming; Goyoki heading in from a corner kick which might have been defended more robustly.

    Just as Sponne began to work their way into the game again, they suffered another setback when Sam Butler, who had looked otherwise capable between the posts, misjudged his smothering of a shot from distance, the ball slipping through his grasp and over the line to give Silverstone a glimmer of hope with the score at 5-3. But Sponne reacted swiftly to extinguish any hopes of a Silverstone comeback, as Matt Thomas punted home a long-range goal, shooting from 20 yards through a crowd of players to make it six for the home side.

    Moments after the restart, Thomas went from scorer to provider as he squared a ball into Hutton, who finished composedly from six yards out. Just three minutes later, Hutton got his second, anticipating a poor clearance from Bunce and beating Silverstone defender Micallef to the wayward ball before rounding the retreating Bunce and smashing a shot into the bottom left corner. With the scoreline at 8-3 and ten minutes left to play, Sponne had already ensured a commendable victory but Hutton stole the show as he completed a seven-minute hat-trick after outpacing Micallef again to a loose pass and sweeping the ball into the back of the net with another exceptional strike.

    There will be more difficult tests in the coming weeks for this Sponne team but their resounding victory will give the squad great optimism about their chances of success in this season’s competitive league. Sponne’s midfield in particular looks more than capable of competing with the best that this division has to offer, whilst Woods, Hutton and Swales have the ability to score goals against much tougher defences than Silverstone’s. Next week, Sponne will reignite an old rivalry as they play away at Campion School; a match likely to be more competitive than their season opener turned out to be.

    MATCH FACTS

    SPONNE (4-2-1-3): Sam Butler, Harris Woodward (sub Harry Wakeling HT), Luke Warwick, Callum Anderson, Chris Foden (sub Sam Collins HT), Mitch Walker (captain) (sub Ryan Smith HT), Matt Thomas, Matt Woods, Will Fraser (sub Alex McCabe HT), Jack Swales (sub Elliot Hutton HT), Josh MurphyCoach: Mr Cornelius

    SILVERSTONE UTC (4-4-2): Bunce, Mensah, Micallef, Witchman, Limbachia, Barker, Dotteral, Acquah, Al-Karim, Goyoki, Jane-GrayCoach: Mr Fitzhall

    REFEREE: Mr Steve Edwards

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Matt Woods (Sponne)

    Match Report by Toby Foster, Photo by Josh Margan 

  • GCSE Examination Results 2017

    Students at Sponne School in Towcester have again achieved outstanding results in their GCSE exams.

  • A Level Examination Results 2017

    Students and staff at Sponne School in Towcester are celebrating another excellent set of A Level results this year with many individuals achieving outstanding grades.

  • Yr 7 County Athletics Championships

    On Monday July 3rd Sponne School had an unprecedented 12 students qualify for the County Schools Athletics Championships.

    For the boys, Jayden White threw a personal best of 7m 68 cm in the shot for 6th place. We then had 3 other boys who finished in 5th position – Elliot Woodward in the hurdles 13.4 sec, Joel Anker in the 1500m 5mins 24 and Liam Cowley in the 800m 2mins 33. Joe Dolan went one better in the long jump finishing in 4 th with an impressive 4 m 24 cm. Pride of place went to Nathan Trim in the 200m, however. Nathan was up against some very strong opposition but held off all challengers to win in an outstanding tome of 27.1 secs.

    For the girls Danica Thiyagarasa achieved 1 m 20 cm in the high jump for 5th place whilst Skye Roberts threw 6 m 42 cm for 7th place in the shot. There were an incredible 3 silver medal winning performances as Emily Hinton (800m), Hazel Middleton (discus) and Maddie Pritchett (javelin) all achieved personal best performances. The outstanding performance from the girls came from Poppy Waldron, however, who won the 100m crown winning with yet another outstanding performance of 13.5 secs.

    All athletes should be truly proud of their achievements with many hours of dedicated training enabling them to achieve so highly.

    Mr Gercs

     

  • U13 (Year 7 & 8) District Athletics

    Thursday 8th June we attended the U13 (Year 7 & 8) District Athletics at Rugby Athletics Stadium.

    It was a very soggy day in Rugby after several days of heavy rain so conditions were not ideal, however we kept our positive attitude and carried on regardless.
    For many of the Year 7’s this was their first experience of competitive athletics and also a chance to qualify for the county competition on Monday 3rd July, and they didn’t disappoint!

    We had some fantastic performances from both our Year 7 Boys and Girls teams with some outstanding individual performances from the following; Emily Hinton, who secured 1st place and a NEW District Record in the 800m with a time of 2:38.5. Nathan Trim, finishing 1st in 200m with a time of 28.1 And Hazel Middleton becoming district Champion in the Discus with a throw of 17.9 meters. The Year 7 Girls relay finished 1st after an amazing final leg from Poppy Waldron bringing the team from 3rd to 1st.


    Full team as follows: (names marked with a (Q) have qualified to represent South Northants in the next round on the 3rd July)

    Year 7 Girls - Maddie Pritchett (Q), Poppy Waldron (Q), Nicole Adams, Emily Hinton (Q), Amy Harris, Lucy King, Lilly Webb, Charlotte Wilder, Lucy Owen, Denaya Jones, Danica Thiyagarasa (Q), Skye Roberts (Q), Hazel Middleton (Q)

    Year 7 Boys - Jack Woodward, Nathan Trim (Q), Liam Cowley (Q), Joel Anker (Q), Kierut Sidhu, Elliot Woodward (Q), Marcus Littlewood, Joe Dolan (Q), Joe Furlong, Jayden White (Q), Micah Arnold Haley.

    The Year 8’s were equally as impressive with outstanding performances from Oliver Adams in the 100m with a time of 13 Seconds and Charlie Woodward in the Javelin with a best throw of 22.82 meters and Both the Year 8 Boys and Girls teams won their Relays.

    Full team as follows:

    Year 8 Girls - Darcey Ballard, Georgia Corcoran, Caitlin Donohue, Cara Mannix, Emma Taylor, Katie Mannix, Mia Waldron, Isabella Taylor, Freya Brown, Georgia Corcoran

    Year 8 Boys - Oliver Adams, Jack Brydon, Alfie Harcombe, Jacob Mortimer, Alex Pluck, Lachlan Buchanan, Ben Dimond, Ethan Shelby, Ben Dimond, Luke Desborough, Oliver Adams, Charlie Woodward

  • 6th Annual Summer School Games

    Thursday 6th July 2017 was the 6th Annual Summer School Games at Moulton College, Northampton. These School Games are like a mini Olympics and include an Opening and Closing Ceremony and Medal presentation at the end of the day. The Games include an array of sports for all different age groups for children from across the county. Earlier in the School Year Sponne Year 7 Cyclists had previously won the preliminary round held at Sponne and were eagerly anticipating an exciting day ahead.

    The Weather was extremely hot and with little shade near the outside track it was extremely tough going. The sprint races saw us secure a 1st place from Tom Blewett and two 2nd places from Freya Shepherd and Madeline Pritchett. The toughest race of the day due to the hot conditions was defiantly the endurance race, completing 3 laps of a very tough and demanding course. Blistering heat aside Seb Nelson was fantastic and finished in 1st place. The Relay was our final race of the day and true to form, Lotty Dawson got us off to a fantastic start putting us at the front of the pack, Mitchel Boffin probably had the hardest leg of the relay as he was given a bike that was far too small for him but he totally pulled it off and kept us in the lead. Unfortunately we were piped at the post after a slip on our final lap to finish in 2nd place. Final Mention to Madeline Pritchett who was awarded a bronze medal as the 3rd placed Girl of the day

    As in the previous round our cyclists experienced may ups and downs throughout the day and things didn’t always go our way, but once again our support for one another was by far the most impressive attribute. These 6 students have shown real team spirit and incredibly mature attitudes to the trials and tribulations of competitive sport and for that they all deserve a medal.

    Congratulations to:

    Lotty Dawson, Madeline Pritchett, Freya Shepherd, Tom Blewett, Seb Nelson and Mitch Boffin

  • Bronze Certificate Award

    Sponne School awarded Bronze Certificate by the Incorporated Society of Musicians


    Sponne has been awarded the ISM / ISM Trust’s Bronze Certificate. This means that more than 10% of the whole Yr 11 cohort achieved an A* to C in GCSE music. The students who do take music continue to achieve exceptionally higher than the national average with 100% achieving A* -C and of that 52% achieving A* or A grades in Music GCSE.

    Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM – the professional body for musicians – congratulated the school, saying:

    ‘We are delighted to recognise Sponne’s achievement in music and celebrate the commitment to music education shown by the school in their high uptake and high achievement of pupils’.

    ‘Music is a valuable subject, it brings value in itself to pupils as well as supporting achievement in other subjects. Music also opens doors and generates educational opportunities for pupils from all backgrounds. We are delighted that Sponne values music within their school curriculum and as the professional body for musicians and a subject association for music education, we are delighted to recognise this high level of achievement with this certificate.’

    The certificate is awarded by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the ISM Trust (www.ismtrust.org).

    The Incorporated Society of Musicians is the UK’s fastest growing professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. We were set up in 1882 to promote the art of music and to protect the interests of all musicians. Today we support nearly 8,000 members with unrivalled services and expert advice, from study up until retirement.

    The ISM Trust, the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ (ISM) sister charity, was created in 2014 to advance education, the arts and to promote health.

    The primary focus of the Trust is to deliver high quality professional development by leading practitioners from the ISM and also in partnership with other organisations.

    The ISM Trust is dedicated to creating pioneering resources to support music and all those who work in the sector inducing music educators, performers, and composers and delivers its work through webinars, regional seminars, training events and advice packs.

  • Exceptional Work by a Year 7 Student

    Izzie Rees (7RB) made this cake for her English homework, to represent the difficulties that soldiers had to face, when living in the trenches.WELL DONE IZZIE, a superb piece of work!

  • Music Achievements

    Congratulations to:-

    Holly Alice Morton and Oliver Clayton - Violin Grade 6 with distinction
    Grace Patterson - Viola Grade 3 with a pass.
    Louise Martin- Grade 3 Clarinet

  • School Games Cycling competition

    Monday 15th May saw the School Games Cycling competition come to Sponne. The competition consists of an individual sprint race, a technical course and a team relay. There were 6 schools entered each with teams of 3 girls and 3 boys, all from year 7.

    Sponne girls got off to a flying start in their individual races finishing with two 1st and a 2nd place and the boys followed suite with 1st, 2nd and 4th place. The technical course is where all the drama took place, we experienced broken shoes and tangled peddles but our tenacity and team spirit proved unbeatable. Sponne won 3 of our 6 technical races and came 2nd in the final relay. As a result of such a fantastic performance Sponne were crowned District Champions!!!! And will be attending the next round on the 6th July at the Summer School Games.

    Six Individual medals were on offer to the top three riders of the day for both boys and girls, and Sponne took home three of them:

    • Lotty Dawson – 1st placed girl
    • Maddie Pritchett – 2nd placed girl
    • Tom Blewett – 1st placed boy

    What was also very commendable was the team spirit and support our students showed each other, especially when things didn’t go our way, they cheered and encouraged to give each other the strength to finish in style. Well done everyone we are incredibly proud of you all!

    Full Team:

    • Lotty Dawson
    • Maddie Pritchett
    • Freya Shepherd
    • Tom Blewett
    • Seb Nelson
    • Mitchell Boffin

     

  • Outstanding Athletics Results

    On Friday 12th May Sponne took part in the English Schools Athletics Cup at a blustery Corby track. This competition is for Juniors (Yr 7 and 8 combined) and Inters (Yr 9 and 10 combined). Each competitor has to do a track and a field event and each performance receives a point score - all the scores for each individual team are added up to get an overall team score.

    For the Inter girls the leading performers were Jasmin Bond in the 200m and Elin Roberts in the shot. Overall the team did really well and finished 3rd. The Inter boys achieved the same position with the throwing events being the most productive for Sponne athletes through Dillan Bishop, Kody Jonson and Bradley Cooper in the shot, javelin and discus respectively

    Hopes were high for both Junior teams having won the sportshall indoor County athletics title in the winter and they did not disappoint. The boys event was extremely close throughout the day with Sponne, NSB and Campion swapping the lead during the competition. The result all hinged on the relay, ran in torrential rain, and the quartet of Liam Cowley, Nathan Ross, Nathan Trim and Lachlan Buchanan produced a fabulous performance to take overall victory by 2 single points. Individually Oliver Adams (100m and discus), jack Brydon (300m) and Alfie Harcombe (200m) stood out and produced outstanding performances but all boys contributed to the victory - the first time in Sponne's history.

    The Junior girls also had individual high scorers in Katie Mannix (800m) and Lucy Underwood (shot) but the whole team performed above expectations and ended up resounding winners of the Championships - again the first time ever for Sponne !!

    Northamptonshire is one of 8 Counties in the Midlands area. Once all the respective County competitions have taken place, the top eight point scoring schools are invited to the Midland A final with the next best teams going to a B final. We will have to wait to see the outcome but both Junior scores are extremely high and look likely to place them in the A final.

    Well done to all those that took part.

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