Houghton Road, Newbottle, Houghton le Spring, DH4 4EE

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Newbottle Primary Academy

Aim High Academy Trust


Welcome to Newbottle Primary Academy

Aim High Trust

Aim High Academy Trust is a not for profit, publically accountable, Multi Academy Trust who act as a Multi-Academy Sponsor within the clear geographical context of the Coalfields area of Sunderland.  Its members and directors, who are appointed on a voluntary basis, are drawn from wide experiences both within the private and public sector, and bring significant educational and other professional expertise to the trust.  With a predecessor primary school history going back to 2006, the trust has the expertise, capacity and experience to secure transformational change and sustainable improvement within our schools.  Our vision is to provide tailored and specific solutions to all the schools in our trust, through the involvement and co-ordination of our core improvement team (Executive Head Techer, Assistant Executive Head Teacher, Academy Improvement leads and Finance lead) along with the sharing of outstanding practice between our families of schools.  Aim High Academy Trust is committed to inspiring, supporting and enabling all pupils to aim high, believe in themselves, achieve their full potential and develop the skills needed to succeed and enjoy life.

Newbottle Primary converted to academy status in February 2014. We are a large successful co-educational primary academy for children of all abilities from 3 to 11 years of age. The academy is not affiliated to any particular religious denomination and is located slightly south of the village of Newbottle, approximately 5 miles from the centre of Sunderland and 7 miles from the centre of Durham.  We occupy a modern, single storey building which was built and opened in 1993. The school also has an extensive forest within its grounds and offers an outdoor environment programme to all of our pupils. The school is proud of its many sporting and artistic awards.  Newbottle Primary Academy aims to promote a safe, happy and responsible community in which children can learn and be valued as individuals.  The school subscribes to the values of Aim High Academy Trust as set out in the Trusts strategic plan.

Please visit http://www.aimhighacademytrust.co.uk/ for more details about the trust.

Recent news

Durham Food Bank

We would like to thank everyone who donated items for the Durham food bank. It was weighed and totalled and the result was that altogether it would make 362 meals! It was said that they have never had such a wonderful turn out from a school before and we were thanked very much!


Newbottle Choir @ Elvet Church, Durham, 12 December 2017 

Choir with Colin Briggs -BBC presenter and the staff from the Alzheimer’s Society. Elvet Methodist Church Durham


awards galore 

We are very proud of all our children.  Take a look at some of the awards we've handed out today: 
Sporting Achievements
Y5/6 Indoor Athletics - Houghton Kepier School cluster champions
                                       - City of Sunderland champions
                                       - Tyne and Wear Bronze Medalists
Y5/6 Hockey - HKS champions
                       - C of S champions (St Michael's were in a different festival)
                       - T & W semi - finalists
Y5/6 Tag Rugby - HKS champions (A team) and Runners up (B team)
                            - C of S finals cancelled due to bad weather - however we have been C of S  
                               champions 17 times in the last 18 years.
Y5/6 Football Teams - A Team - 'A' League R-up and 'A' Cup Final Winners 
                                      - B Team - 'B' League R-up and 'B' Cup Final Winners
                                      - Girls Team - Cup Final R-up
Houghton Dash - Winning School and first placed boy and girl.  Of the first 14 finishers in the race, 11 were from Newbottle, including the first 5 places.
Y5/6 Quad Kids Outdoor Athletics - A team C of S champions
                                                             - B team 3rd place
                                                             - A team in Tyne and Wear final Thursday 6th July 
Y5/6 Cricket team - County Durham Finalists
Y5 Cricket team - Hetton Lyons CC festival winners
                             - In C of S final Monday 3rd July (very depleted team due to Joseph rehearsal)
Y4 Skipping - HKS R-up (but won the skip dance!)
Y4 Hockey - Runners-up
Y3 Tennis - 3rd place
Y4 Tennis - 3rd place
Y4 Tri-golf - HKS cluster winners
                   - C of S final cancelled due to weather
Y3/4 Quadkids - 3rd and 4th places
We have also participated in C of S Sportsability events, which give opportunities to enjoy sporting activities for children with physical disabilities or conditions such as autism.
The school has run a Change4Life club this year, designed to engage reluctant participants and the less active.  We have also participated in Change4Life Celebration Festivals within the Kepier cluster.
All pupils in Y4 have participated in the Sports Leaders Playmaker award - an award to provide pupils with the skills needed to set up, assist and manage sporting activities themselves.
Newbottle held the first Aim High inter-school Quadkids athletics competition.
We have achieved a Silver Award for the School Games Mark in recognition of our sporting provision for the 2nd consecutive year.
Although we await confirmation of the Sunderland Active Schools Award, I have been informed that we are likely to achieve a Gold Award (and certainly have enough evidence for silver)

year 2 authors in the making

Year 1 had a lovely morning listening to our year 2 reading the stories that they've written this week in their English lessons about 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'.  

Go Go go joseph!! 

What a fabulous show .... Take a look at our photographs ... 

Joseph Production

ks1 sports day

The sun was most certainly shining down on our KS1 Sports Day today.  We were so proud of all of the children's efforts. It was a pleasure to see them encouraging and congratulating each other's achievements.  It was lovely to see so many parents too! A big thanks to Mr Carter for co-ordinating the event and the KS2 helpers for their assistance.  Thanks also to the 'Friends of Newbottle' who sold refreshments.  

"The easter message of hope" visit to St. Matthew's church

Today we visited St. Matthews Church for our Easter Service.  We looked at all of the things we have made over the years each Easter - the hands, the cross and this year the beautiful bunting that was displayed all around the church.  We watched a short video clip about, 'The Super Cool Story of Jesus', sang songs, listened to a short talk and dramatic reading and then said a short prayer.  Everyone was given a palm cross.  We had a very nice morning and would like to thank the church for making us feel so welcome.  


Next week as part of school's 'Autism Awareness Week, which starts 27th March, children across the school will be taking part in themed assemblies and lessons about Autisim and what it can mean. They will be taking part in a range of activities and also learning about differences. 

The following websites have information, resources and activities about Autism which you might find interesting:




We had such a brilliant time skiing in France last week.  Take a look at our photographs.


World Book Day is a day that we set aside every year to celebrate books, reading, authors and illustrators.  All of the children have been given a book token and a book mark. To celebrate the children came to school dressed as their favourite story book character.  Parents were also invited to school for a read-a-long session with their child.  We hope that the children have had lots of fun today and that it has really ignited their passion for reading.  

Sporting achievements

Well done to the boys and girls who have represented the school in all of our sporting achievements this year. With a special shout out to those who competed in the Tyne and Wear Hockey and Athletics Finals.  Newbottle Academy are Sunderland Champions for both Year 5 and Year 6 Hockey and we came 3rd in the Tyne and Wear Athletics Final.  Keep up the hard work everyone!

As a school we are also exceptionally proud of the achievements of Malaika Engbongbo who has been asked to represent Tyne and Wear in a North Athletics Competition.  She will be the only Year 5 pupil to have been selected to compete.  So well done and good luck! 

City Sings for Friendship

In celebration of the SUNDERLAND CITY OF CULTURE BID 2021 the KS2 choir performed at the Sunderland Empire of February 5th 2017. They sang alongside ten other schools from Sunderland and were the smallest primary school in the show, but they didn't let that stop them because what a brilliant performance they gave us! We were so proud of all the children that performed, "For Good", and "You Aint Never Had A Friend Like Me" as not only were you fantastically talented singers but you also did dancing, splits and even pulled a rabbit from a hat - who knew you were so skilled.  It was obvious that you and Mrs Swirles have been working very, very hard and we hope that you enjoyed being part of such a fantastic celebration of music.  Well Done Everyone!


IMPORTANT INFO - The children will find out casting lists later this week!! A big well done to all of the children who took part in the auditions.  We have some very talented boys and girls.

Way, way back

Close every door to me

Song of the Pharoh


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Houghton Road, Houghton le Spring
Tyne And Wear DH4 4EE

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0191 553 6566

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0191 553 6571

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