School Sport

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'Be the best they can be'

Norton In Hales currently hold the following awards:

A Youth Sport Trust scheme to reward a school for the quality of their PE and School Sport practice.

A Government led scheme to reward a school for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

We are delighted that in 2016/17 we retained our GOLD status!

This completes a 'hat-trick' of Gold awards, in 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and now in 2016-2017.


Sports News

Last Updated: 15th September 2017

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See our Physical Education & Sport Development Plan for the academic year 2016/17: PE & Sport Development Plan

Read our latest newsletter here - Summer Sports Newsletter

To help young people in our school enjoy their PE and School Sport we have selected a number of pupils to lead as Sports Captains for their houses. 

House Captains: TBA

Play Leaders: Megan, Lilie, Dunia, Ellie, Jack, Lewis, Neo, Eva

Media Leaders: George, Ethan TE, Ella, Addy, Geordina, Millie, Mackenzie, Maya

Officials: Maxwell, Bethany, Caitlin, Ethan, Zach, Alice, Amy, Kimberley

Celebrating our children's

sporting achievements

Below are the results and reports from a range of competitions our children have taken part in during 2016/17. These include competitions within school (Intra-school), those where the children have competed for school (Inter-school) and also external competitions.2017/18 results and reports will appear here in due course.

Intra-school (Level 1 Competition) 2017/2018

Throughout the year we will once again be running our Level 1 competition throughout the school. During P.E. lessons children will take part in mini tournaments across a range of sports. Last year was a really close battle between all the teams - we're sure this year will be just as exciting!

Inter-School (Level 2 Competition)
Market Drayton Area School Sport Partnership:

Wednesday 14th June
Year 3/4 Mini Red Tennis
Well done to Ella, Millie, Zach and Zeb who recently took part in a Year 3/4 Tennis tournament at Market Drayton Tennis Club. They served, volleyed and aced their way through lots of games, displaying excellent sportsmanship whether they won or lost. They were a delight to take to the event and were a real credit to themselves, their families and the school.
Well done to all four children.

Tuesday 13th June 
Key Stage 2 Swimming Gala
A huge well done to Team Norton pupils after they won the North Shropshire Primary School Swimming Gala at Market Drayton Swimming Centre! The fantastic team of Matthew, Noah, Eben, George, Megan, Hannah and Lilie ended the gala with 35 points, placing them at the top of the 9-team Small Schools Competition. A special mention must go to Matthew (who won the backstroke event outright and came third in the butterfly) and Noah (2nd in butterfly) who have qualified to represent North Shropshire later in the month. A huge well done to all 7 pupils! What an excellent achievement!

Thursday 25th May 
Year 1/2 Mini Red Tennis
Congratulations to Year 1 pupils Lilian and Isaac and Year 2 students Eliza and Ryan who participated in a Mini Red Tennis event at Market Drayton Tennis Club yesterday. The children served and volleyed in an action packed competition and represented the school with pride. It was great to see the joy on their faces when they won points or the sporting attitude they showed when defeated. Well done to all four children. 

Monday 22nd May
Kwik Cricket
Norton In Hales went close in their quest to bring the Sports 
Partnership Kwik Cricket trophy back to school. After a dominant performance in both the group and knockout stages the team made it all the way through to the final!

In their first game - playing Market Drayton B -  the Norton batting fired, with the team rattling off 294 for 2 in their 8 overs. They then bowled and fielded like their lives depended on it, restricting their opponents to 249 for 4, with wickets for Alice, Eben, Fern and Joe.

The next game was a tighter affair. Once more the Norton bowling was good, leaving the team a victory target of 247. It took a 6 off the second to last ball of the match to push Norton over the finishing line, leaving them top of their group and in the semi finals!

In the semi final a brutal display of batting from Noah (32 runs in just 2 overs!) coupled with an excellent opening partnership between George and Ellie meant that Norton finished on a score of 273 for 2, in response to the Hinstock total of 228 for 5. Again the wickets were shared around with one for Matthew, Ellie and Fern, and two for Joe.

Although the final didn’t go our way once again the team put in a
super performance. Everyone played their part in a great team effort all day long and second place (out of 12) was just reward for the way the children represented the school. Well done to everyone involved.

Team: Noah, Fern, Matthew, Ellie, George, Alice, Eben and Joe

Friday 19th May
Team Norton stormed to the Rounders Playoffs after a pulsating evening of furious strike and field action yesterday.

Having made the short journey to Market Drayton Junior School the team were in a tough group, playing against Longlands, Adderley and the hosts, MD Juniors. Each game took place over 2
innings, with each side batting for a total of 14 minutes.

In their first game Norton played against the eventual group winners, Longlands. Although the team lost 14—7, the bonus point that they achieved for getting half of the oppositions score was to prove vital in the end. However the team quickly put the opening defeat out of their minds with a resounding victory against Adderley. Some excellent hitting from Matthew, George, Noah and Eben saw the team rack up a large total which they then defended excellently to emerge as victors.

With both Norton and Market Drayton Juniors having both won and lost a game, the final group game became ‘winner takes all.’ A tense game came down to the very last strike, with Joe’s brave dive for the line being enough to tip the game Norton’s way, sending them through to the next stage of the competition.

It was a real team effort; Millie showed great bravery and determination against older children, Ella selflessly ran herself out to enable Ellie to complete a half rounder that was vital for the team
during the final game, Ellie fielded tenaciously and Fern batted with style and common sense all evening long, adding valuable points on to the teams score. Well done everyone!

The team will now play next Thursday for a place in the grand final! Go Team Norton!

Monday 15th April
Well done to the 5 children who took part in this morning's Tri Golf. After a morning of exciting putting and chipping action our team played their way to a 3rd place finish! 

Huge congratulations go to Alice, Amy, Megan, Ethan and Freddie for their fantastic work... perhaps we'll see one of you in the Ryder Cup one day!

Friday 28th April
Congratulations to our two archery teams who recently took part in the Area Sports Partnership archery tournament. Taking part in two disciplines - traditional and jigsaw - our budding archers shot their arrows with style and precision. In the traditional format our 'A' team finished 9th out of 26, with a score of 71, whilst our 'B' team scored 42. However, in the jigsaw format the 'B' team finished a magnificent 6th, having scored 76 points! Our 'A' team also put in a strong performance to achieve 11th place.

Overall, this meant that our 'A' team were placed 7th out of 26, with the 'B's' finishing 11th. Well done to all the pupils involved - what a magnificent bunch of budding Robin Hoods we have!

Monday 6th March
This morning we took 18 children from Years 1-6 to the Maurice Chandler Sports Centre to compete in the ActivSports Level 2 Dodgeball tournament. With teams made up of children from 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6 our pupils really gave it their all as they dodged and threw with gusto! 

There were lots of highlights; in the Year 1/2 team, all 6 children dodged brilliantly. A special mention must go to Isaac though - what a bendy chap!! On the next pitch Mackenzie nearly managed to win a game for the Year 3/4 team on his own; left to play 6 v 1, he whittled it down to 2 v 1 before finally being defeated. Meanwhile, the Year 5/6 team scored an excellent victory with all their players still on the court!

What was lovely to see was that, whatever the result, Team Norton were always quick to go and shake the hands of the opposition - in fact their sporting attitude was commented on by a couple of schools! 

Well done to all the children for representing the school so brilliantly! What a great morning!

Monday 28th November

Year 5/6 Netball & Basketball
Team Norton participated in two sporting events today; Hi-5 Netball and Basketball. 7 eager netball players and 4 bouncing basketball players made the trip to the exceptionally cold Maurice Chandler Sports Centre, all aiming to play their best and represent their school superbly.

The netball team were first in action. Although they were unable to make it out of the group stage they showed real potential, playing better netball as the games progressed. Every player had something to be proud of; Jack covered the court with great zest whilst Lilie proved herself something of a magical ‘centre’ player. Fern showed great improvement with each passing game and Dunia also showed up very well on her school team debut. Ellie was her usual combative self, Matthew launched many attacks with his huge throws and George must have worn his trainers out as he did that much running.

The basketball team showed off their stylish and silky skills, which were rewarded dramatically in the first game with a last gasp winner. Thanks to the goals of Eben (who scored in every game!) they played their way to the quarter final where, sadly, they were edged out of a close game. Again the team of Eben, Noah, Lola and Neo could hold their heads high after a super performance.

As always, the children conducted themselves superbly and represented Norton In Hales School fantastically. Well done to you all.


Thursday 17th November 
KS2 Quicksticks Hockey
After a morning of exciting hockey action Norton In Hales were delighted to finish fourth in the Market Drayton Area Quicksticks Hockey Tournament. In the really rather cold Maurice Chandler Sports Centre our fearless five played skillful hockey to such a degree that it took them all the way to the semi-final. Here, despite their best efforts they were pipped 3-1 for a place in the final before slipping to defeat in the 3rd place play-off as well. The children were fantastic and each had their own little highlight of the morning; Lola's equaliser in the second match turned the game Norton's way, Neo tackled everything that moved, Ethan set up lots of attacking play with his precision passing, Alice grew in confidence with every minute she was on the pitch and George - sensationally - scored all 4 goals in a 4-0 victory during the group stages! The children represented the school superbly, behaving excellently and showing fantastic sportsmanship, win, lose or draw. Well done to all of you!


Monday 17th October 
Yr 5/6 Tag Rugby
9 children made the short journey to the Grove to represent Team Norton in the Market Drayton Area Tag Rugby competition this morning. After three frantic matches and two exciting victories, the team were delighted to finish second in their group. This saw the team progress through to the Quarter Final stage where they met a very strong Hodnet school. Despite two excellent team tries, Norton slipped to a defeat that saw them exit the tournament. However, everyone involved should hold their heads high for the manner in which they performed and the way they represented Norton In Hales school. Huge well done to Matthew, Joe, Eben, Noah, Jack, George, Freddie, Lola and Ellie. You were brilliant!


Monday 10th October 
KS2 Cross Country
A huge well done to the 13 children from Norton who took part in the Cross Country event at the Grove this morning. A long - and slippery - course saw the best emerge from our runners who all tried their best and represented the school superbly, cheered on by a large group of parents and supporters (who we would like to extend our warmest thank you to for their help in transporting children to and from the event). Congratulations to Alexander, Zeb, Zach, Maxwell, Mackenzie, George, Freddie, Ellie, Lilie, Lola, Matthew, Eben and Noah. Everyone at Norton is very proud of you! 

What's On

Sports Club

For 2017-2018 Autumn term we will be offering the following sports clubs:

Lunchtime Club: Year 2 Club (12.30-1 pm)
After School: Key Stage 2 Competitive Sports (3-4 pm)

Lunchtime Club: KS2 Level 2 Competition Preparation (12.30-1 pm)
After School: Key Stage 1 Multi Sports (3-4 pm)

Before School: Thursday Fun Run (8.15- 8.45 am)
Lunchtime Club: Year 3/4 Club (12.30-1 pm)
After School: Key Stage 2 Multi Sports (3-4 pm)

Lunchtime Club: Jumpin' Jax Club (12.30-1 pm)

Events / Competition Calendar 2017/18

Market Drayton Area School Sport Partnership Winter School Games Programme

Cross Country and High 5 Netball

Tag Rugby and Quicksticks Hockey

Gymnastics, Basketball, Handball and Sports Hall Athletics

Once we have dates for the tournaments we will add them.

Photos of some of our activities and sporting teams

Accessing Local Clubs

If your child enjoys a sport they may wish to pursue it through a local club.  Through our children we have brought together details of local clubs which your chidlren may be interested in joining.

Simply click here to access information and contact details for local sports clubs