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Welcome To Sponne School


A very warm welcome to Sponne School.

We work hard to ensure that learning is at the centre of all that we do and are very proud of the achievements of our current and past students. The examination results in 2016 were outstandingly high as has become the norm here at Sponne. Congruatulations to you all for achieving so well. Sponne is a vibrant learning environment and we encourage all of our students to actively engage in all that we offer. Many events take place in addition to our ‘normal’ planned lessons and details for some of these can be found on our website.

I hope that you will find helpful information on our website but do contact us if you would like any further details.

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GUTP Opening Evening


If you are interested in training to teach please come along to our Open Evening to find out about this, our course and to meet our team. For further details and to register please visit our website www.gutp.co.uk

 

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.’

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English Schools Cross Country Championships


On Saturday 18th March two representatives from Sponne had the honour of competing for the County in the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Norfolk - the most prestigious event in the calendar.

Luke Harris was selected to compete in the U17 (Yr 10 and 11) Championships and finished in an excellent 304th position despite being bottom of the age group. For the girls, Katie Mannix, was selected to compete in the U15 event and was again competing against older Yr 9 athletes. Katie started steadily but moved through the field to finish in 228th place. Two outstanding performances - well done!


 

Year 12 vs Year 13 Football



Kieran Seager and Dom Riley struck early to set Year 13 on their way to a 3-1 win over a lively Year 12 side in this hotly-contested Sixth Form fixture.
With October’s previous renewal of this clash ending in a 1-1 stalemate, it seemed there was much more at stake this time as both sides vied to come out on top in what is always a competitive game between the two Sixth Form Year Groups.
Year 13 started the better of the two sides, scoring after just two minutes with their first chance on goal as Seager’s powerful strike from just outside the box beat Year 12 goalkeeper Aidan Dougherty at his near right post.

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Big Bang on the Move


At the beginning of March approximately 70 Year 10 students attended the first "Big Bang on the Move" in Northampton. This popular trip focused on STE(A)M - Science, Technology, Engineering, (Art) and Maths and was presented by the University of Northampton and Aspire Northamptonshire together with Learn By Design and was held at the Saints rugby ground.

The students attended the headline show from Atomic Science looking at solids, liquids and gases. There were shows from MAHLE and in the Immersive Theatre dome about the universe. There were also workshops about robotics and coding. Other highlights included making bracelets, listening to blood flow, taking blood samples (not for real!), making music with bananas, playing gigantic operation and holding snakes. Some swam with sharks using VR headsets. My personal highlight was stroking a meerkat and learning that other planets have rings, not just Saturn. Students also took the opportunity to talk about careers with the NHS, the RAF and engineering companies including apprenticeships. There were also representatives from the universities of Northampton and Loughborough and Tresham College.


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Indoor Rowing - County School Games


After successfully qualifying (in either first or second place) from the district round, Sponne School indoor rowers represented South Northants in the County School Games in Kettering Leisure Village on Wednesday 22nd February. Fourteen other schools took part and the standard was very high and extremely competitive, often with only a handful of metres separating the final placings.
Each student had to compete individually for an age related time period ranging from 2 minutes for year 7s up to 5 minutes for year 10s and then as part of their relay team racing for 2017.

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Year 7 Girls Basketball Squad - County Schools Winter Games


I had the pleasure of taking the Year 7 Girls Basketball squad to Kettering leisure village on 23.02.17, following them successfully winning the last round at Moulton. The girls represented South Northants and played against the following schools; Northampton school for Girls, Brooke Weston Academy, Sir Christopher Hatton Academy and Bishops Stopford.The games were really tough and physical, not a game went passed without a bump or knock and our team bench was always present with an abundance of ice! The girls fought hard and play the best I have seen them, improving each game.Every single girl played their part in the team and we couldn’t have been without any of them. Poppy Waldron was also acknowledged by the officials and awarded a ‘passion’ wrist band.


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Year 7 Netball Tournament Champions


On Monday 27th February, myself and Mrs Wade took the Y7 girls netball squad to the County Plate tournament and they came back Champions, winning in the final against Quinton House 4-2!The squad consisted of: Phoebe Anderson (Captain), Emily Hinton, Maddie Pritchett, Alex Hall, Poppy Waldron, Maddison Brayfield, Skye Roberts, Lilly Webb, Francesca O’Dell, Denaya Jones. We’re so proud of them all we could burst!

The girls played incredibly well, the best we’ve ever seen them play and only lost 1 game all day (that was their warm up game!)They marked their players very tightly and got so many interceptions and turnovers I lost count!There were grazes and blood as tumbles were taken and bumps received but they all just jumped up and played on until the final whistle, without any complaint!

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County (Yr7 & 8) Sportshall Athletics Tournament


On Tuesday 21st Sponne School took part in the County (Yr7 and 8) sportshall athletics tournament with both the boys and girls having won their respective events at the South Northants event. Fourteen other schools took part and the standard was understandably high - particularly in the sprinting events. The first individual event saw disaster for Sponne as Oliver Adams damaged a leg muscle and could take no further part in the event. The other athletes rallied around, covered his events and competed well. Individual victories were hard to come by but the girls in particular were regularly finishing in the first three in their respective events. The field events, jumping and throwing, were also proving fruitful with several victories and second place finishes.

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