'Leaders, staff and governors are strongly committed to pupils' safety and well-being.'
'Staff are united in their committment and ambition for all pupils to do their best.'
Ofsted May 2017
Abbots Way, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 2ES.
Telephone: 01782 694580

Sports Reports

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Sainsbury’s School Games
The Sainsbury’s School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. There are bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark.
We are delighted to announce that Friarswood Primary School has achieved the Bronze award in the Sainsbury’s School Games Mark 2014-2015.

On Monday 16th May we attended a Tag Rugby competition.  The team consisted of players from year 3 & year 4.  We played 4 games, we won 2, drew 1 & lost 1.  The children had a lovely time & really enjoyed playing as a team.  We had some excellent players in the team who play rugby outside of school and they encouraged the other children.
Lots of parents came to watch the children and this is a great help as they show lots of encouragement to all of the children.
Well done Friarswood!


The FA Skills have been coaching in our school
This term FA Skills coach Tom Beecham has been delivering football coaching to Y1 and 2 in PE lessons this half term.  The children have really enjoyed Tom taking PE lessons, and learning through games and challenges.  While the teachers have been receiving training by completing The FA Primary Teachers Award to support them with delivering PE in the future.
The FA Skills programme started in 2007 and the current team of 158 coaches who work with children and support teachers all over the country.  The programme’s unique child-centred philosophy has established it as the leading youth football programme in England.  Its foundations are The FA’s ‘4-corner’ coaching model, developing children socially, technically, physically and psychologically, giving them more than just football skills but life skills such as confidence, teamwork, decision-making and problem-solving.
This commitment to deliver high-quality, child-centred football coaching is delivered by expert, full-time FA Youth-qualified coaches. All lessons are delivered in line with the National Curriculum for PE, ensuring that all sessions are planned and delivered to the highest standards. 
Beyond school, boys and girls aged 5-11 of any ability and experience are encouraged to join The FA Skills programme, to experience expert football coaching with sessions during the school holidays (except Christmas) as well as at after-school Skills Centres through the academic year.
If your chid would like to join an FA Skills Centre, the nearest one to our school is at Newcastle Academy, with sessions running from 4 pm to 6 pm on Thursdays.
If you would like to find out more about the Skills programme or would like to register your child for a session please feel free to contact Tom on 07943 551175 or Tom.Beecham@thefa.com


Swimming Gala

Some of our junior children took part in the Newcastle swimming gala on Monday.  They were fantastic!  Lots of first and second place were won.  The children were focused and showed confidence when swimming even though some were quite nervous.  At the end of the gala it was announced that we came in first place as a school.  Brilliant!  A huge well done to Libby Alyah, Ella, Mollie, Tegan, Alexzandra, Alice, Harry, Haydn and James. 


On Monday 18th April a group of children from Year 1 and 2 attended a Change 4 Life Sports Festival, which was held at Newcastle College.

The children participated in a number of games and activities which were led by second year students at Newcastle under Lyme College, along with other schools in the area.  The children really enjoyed taking part, and were great team players! The children particularly enjoyed the kurling (where we used the kurling stones to aim for a target to score points).  As well as the boccia, which is a Paralympic sport (where two teams, one using red balls and the other using blue balls had to throw the ball onto the court and try and get closest to a white ball in the middle of the court). They learnt lots of new skills and really enjoyed working in teams with children from other schools. We ended our day with a school against school competition and Friarswood won the game of boccia with a score of 14 to 10!  Well done Friarswood.


Netball (10.11.15)

Our netball team played on Tuesday against Westlands Primary School.  They played against a strong team, who have a couple of members from Newcastle Town!  Although they didn't win, they played well as a team, didn't give up and showed growing skills.  Well done to the team!


Football (17.11.15)

(Written by Haydn - Year 6).

On Tuesday 17th November our football team took part in a Sainsbury's School Games inter-school competition at Chesterton Community Sports College.  We played against four different schools and worked well as a team.  We came second and didn't lose any games!  Well done everyone.


Netball (07.12.15)

On Monday 7th December, the Netball Team took part in a netball tournament at Keele University.  The girls worked extremely hard and there were lots of happy places as they booked their place in the final on Tuesday!  Their commitment was reflected in their fantastic performance as they finished third in the final.  The girls worked exceptionally hard during all of their matches and it was lovely to see that they created chains down the court and used the space efficiently.  Friarswood is very proud of their positive attitude on and off court.  Well done to Alyah, Mollie, Ella, Charlie-Beth, Cassie, Esme and Sammy!



On Monday 18th May 2015 four of our Year 4 children went to Keele Sports Centre to take part in a Mini Tennis competition.  We played four other schools in our league.  The children played really well and enjoyed themselves!  The matches lasted for seven minutes and the children had to serve under arm - some of the rallies between the children lasted for a few minutes and they showed great control!  The event was led by a coach from Basford Tennis Club who explained all of the rules to the children before we started and demonstrated the techniques.  The scoring and umpiring was done by the children of the Sports Leadership Group from local high schools – they did a super job!

This event was a new sporting event for us and one that the children thoroughly enjoyed.  We are looking forward to the competition next year.

Football against Hempstalls.

The match was our first of the season, as we entered late.

We got off to a strong start and worked well as a team. Lots of communication between the boys, finding space and passing with conviction.

We won the match by a convincing 6 goals to nil - well done boys!

Nana and Sami were star tacklers.

Alex scored a hat-trick.


Tag Rugby Tournament.

This was a new event for our children

Regardless, the first match was a loss by only 1 point.

Fortified by this we went on to win the second and third match by 1 and 2 tries.

We lost our final match after a decision by the referee that didn't go in our favour.

The children worked well and had a great time.

Haydn and James B showed a natural flare for the game. 


On Tuesday 17th March, Friarswood and Castle Primary went head to head in an adrenaline packed match.  Our team took part in a match which tested all of their well-developed skills.  There were nerves but they soon became familiar with the atmosphere of the pitch and grew in confidence and strength; leading them to an impressive win of 8 – 0! The team has progressed beyond measure and are a real team, it has been lovely to watch them train and play each week. Well done Friarswood!  We hope that you are very proud.