Northumberland School Games

 Stair Climb Challenge 6th - 16th July
The School Games Organiser team would like to invite and encourage you to join in our next School Games
Virtual Challenge, to climb the 17 peaks of  well known buildings, hills and mountains. This challenge is probably more suited to the home environment as it involves flights of stairs, but can be done on door steps or steppers ( 15 step ups = a flight of stairs). We would like not just pupils involved, but parents and teachers too!

Northumberland School Games Walk/Challenge
We would like to invite you  to join the Hardrian's Wall Challenge which is a Northumberland School Games initiative. I have attached the information leaflet. If you would like to join in please share your walking or running distances via the Northumberland School Games Facebook Page over the next 10 days. The easiest way to record distances is to use a tracking app such as Map my Walk or Strava to upload your distances through a screen shot. 
Miss Haswell


School Games Mark Update June 2020

You may recall I explained that the School Games Mark has been paused for this year meaning that Hipsburn retained the gold award we gained last year.

Since then we, like many schools, have said that we would like the work we have done (and continue to do virtually) this year to be recognised. In response to this, Youth Sport Trust introduced two one-off awards. There are no Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels to these. One is an award for schools which have committed to the development of PE and school sport during the autumn and spring terms and the other is an award for schools which have continued this work virtually this term.

Northumberland School Games Organisers produced a ‘criteria’ which was applied to all schools across the county in awarding these School Games Marks.

I am delighted to announce that we have gained both awards! Click here to go to our news section for more information.

Thank you for all your support!

Miss Haswell


I am delighted to share with you that the Northumberland & Tyne & Wear Virtual School Games will take place on Friday 19th June between 10.00am – 3.00pm.

The School Games will be targeted at both Primary and Secondary aged children and young people and will cater for children still at home or children who may be in school.

The event will be on the newly formed YouTube channel as well as uploaded to other social media channels. 

There will be different events/ competitions/ activities – all of which require minimal equipment and are socially distanced (other than the ‘Family’ section which is targeted at children still at home and runs over school lunchtime).

Every hour there will be activities for Primary aged students and every half hour there will be activities for Secondary aged students. 

More information will follow – including a programme and information on how to access – but we wanted you to have the date in your diary. Please start sharing this with your families as soon as you have the opportunity.

Dave Birch

School Games Organiser North Northumberland | Active Northumberland


School Games Newsletter
The 2019 academic year saw the School Games Mark Awards reach over 10,000 Schools. With the 2020 School Games Mark window due to open in less than two weeks, the team at the Youth Sport Trust working closely with Sport England, has worked hard to consult with a range of stakeholders on the approach to take in light of COVID-19, school closures and social distancing measures.

The consultation has included School Games Organisers, Head Teachers and importantly a sample of schools and PE leads who in 2019 achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold School Games Mark. While there were, of course, a number of schools that felt they had the relevant information to report on two terms worth of work, the overriding feedback from the Head Teachers we spoke to was that the priority for staff during the summer term was to cater for the immediate needs of students while also preparing for school returning to a new normal.

With this information in mind, the decision has been made to pause the 2020 School Games Mark; as a result schools will retain their 2019 School Games Mark Award.
To provide some reassurances;
  • Platinum schools will retain the status for a further year
  • Schools that would have been eligible for platinum this year will continue to be eligible in 2021

What next? 
  • We recognise that for some schools this news will come as a disappointment. In recognition of this, and based on the feedback from those involved in consultation we are working on the development of a Badge/Certificate that SGOs can present to schools in recognition of their involvement in the virtual programmes over the summer term
  • For those schools that are able to, arranging time with your SGO to help them prepare for 2020/21 and where possible to strive for the next level award
  • For any queries please continue to use 

We would like to thank you all for all the work you are doing to support young people during these difficult times.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to support you as you plan for the future.

School Games Team

February 2020
Sportshall Athletics - Year 5/6 - 6.2.20
Last Thursday, pupils from year 5 and 6 represented our school at an inter-school athletics tournament in Alnwick. The pupils had to compete in a range of track and field events, including relay races, obstacle races, triple jump, javelin, speed bounce and many more. Our team performed brilliantly, with the girls' team placing first and the boys' team coming second. Overall, we came second out of five schools and we are so proud of this achievement! Well done, Year 5 and 6.
Sportshall Athletics Results
  Girls Boys Overall
1st Hipsburn Whittingham Whittingham
2nd Whittingham Hipsburn Hipsburn
3rd Shilbottle Shilbottle Shilbottle
4th Swansfield Swansfield Swansfield
5th Belford Belford Belford
Whittingham will now represent our area in the County final at Blyth on March 26th.

Y3/4 Mixed Tri - Golf - Thursday 10th October - Alnmouth Golf Club
A group of our year 3 and 4 children attended a Tri-Golf event at Foxton this week. Mr Moloney and Mrs Wort (Chair of Governors) went too.
Despite the windy weather, the children had a fun filled morning learning new golf skills and playing against Shilbottle Primary. The results were as follows:
First place - Shilbottle Mixed Year 4 549 Points
Second place - Hipsburn Mixed 3&4 506 Points
Third place - Shilbottle Mixed Year 3&4 443
Fourth place - Shilbottle Mixed Year 3 409
Well done to the Dunstanburgh team consisting of Caitlin, Ewan, Adi, Connie, Jack, Charlie M, Charlie K, Penelope, Bella  and Owen. We're so proud of you!