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See how the children at St George's have been getting on in Intra and Inter School Competitions!


Friday 21st June 2023

St George's Boys Football

 On Friday 21st June, the Boys Football team travelled to Hurworth to play in their final league game after winning their previous 2 games 2-0 against Harrogate Hill and 7-0 against Reid Street. The boys got off to a fantastic start, scoring within 15 seconds! The boys played some excellent football, some of the best they have all year and the game finished 7-0 to St George's with some brilliant team goals scored.

The second St George's team played against a second Hurworth team that was another good game of football. Hurworth went 2-0 up, but St George's managed to get 2 goals to get the game level before going on to get 2 late goals and win 4-2, an incredible comeback. Mr Mackenzie, Mr Simpson and Mr I'Anson were incredibly proud of all the boys tonight. This means as well as winning the Town Cup and the Foundation Cup this year, the boys football team have now won their mini league and topped the group with 9 points, they will compete in the Champions of Champions in the next couple of weeks. 

Pictured above: 

Top row from left to right: Noah H, Fletcher M, Jack J, Rupert L, Jack B, Samuel F, Oliver R, Thomas H, Archy W, Max B 

Bottom row from left to right: Harry C, Noah G, Olly F, Hayden G, Klayton C, Archie H, Liam C, Jasper H, Matthew W, Simeon T, Jacob S


Monday 19th June 2023

Girls Football

 On Monday 19th June, The Girls football team travelled to Hurworth to play their 3rd and final league game of the school campaign. Having already drawn 0-0 against Whinfield and beat Mowden 4-0, all was resting on the game against Hurworth and winner would win the mini league. The St George's Girls got off to a great start scoring the first goal of the game through Ellie.B. It was 1-0 at half time and the girls were playing great. Hurworth are a strong team and got back into the game with an equaliser shortly after half time. Both teams then had chances and Hurworth took the lead with only a couple of minutes to go to win 2-1. It wasn't to be for St George's this time around, however they have had a fantastic year winning the Girls Town Cup and the DFC Foundation Cup as well as representing Darlington in York Regional Finals. Hurworth will now go on to compete in the Champions of Champions and we wish them the best of luck. The girls football team is made up of Honor G, Pippa B, Ella G, Lily R, Maddy P, Sienna W, Emily W and Ellie B.

On the same night, we took our Year 5 Girls Football Team to play a friendly against Hurworth Year 5 Girls. This was the first time the girls had played together for the school and they were fantastic to watch. They went 1 nil up with a goal from Gracie S and they grew in confidence throughout the game with another goal from Gracie and 2 goals from Charlotte B. As well as Annie A keeping a clean sheet. They showed great team spirit and were respectful to their opponents. The Year 5 football team was made up of Annie A, Mia M, Cara P, Charlotte B, Gracie S, Ella J and Serena A.



Friday 16th June 2023

Girls Cricket

On Friday 16th June, the Girls Cricket Team finally got to represent the school after the first competition was postponed due to the rain. The girls had been looking forward to the day for a whole month. The weather certainly didn't disappoint as it was one of the hottest days of the year. Considering the girls hadn't played much cricket, they played some brilliant stuff throughout the day, winning 4 of their 6 games. As it was such a hot day and they behaved themselves, they were treat to an ice lolly and an ice pop to cool down! The team was made up of six Year 6 girls and four Year 5 girls. 

Pictured above from left to right: 

Back row: Arianna P, Georgi W, Charlotte S, Maddy P, Sienna W

Front row: Bethany D, Mia N, Cara P, Phoebe H and Ella M



Tuesday 23rd May 2023

St George's Boys Cricket

On Tuesday 23rd May, 10 boys were chosen to go to Darlington R.A Cricket Club to represent the school for a cricket competition. There were 3 boys from Year 6 and 7 boys from Year 5 who had all attended the after school cricket club for the previous weeks and impressed Mr Mackenzie. The boys were magnificent all day, winning 5 of their 6 matches and only losing 1 match. They were excellent in all aspects, fielding well, bowling well and batting well, they took some great wickets and there was some fantastic catches. Unfortunatlry in the last game against Mowden, they took a narrow win to qualify for the Finals. Finishing 2nd was a great achievement for the boys, with only 1 of them (Matthew A) playing regularly for a team on the weekend. 

Pictured above from left to right:

Back row: Noah H, Rupert L, Alex G, Jack B, Noah G

Bottom row: Matthew W, Henry J, Toby C, Matthew A and Simeon T.



Friday 28th March

Football Friday - Girls Football

 On Friday, 9 girls from Year 3/4 got the chance to go and enjoy a girls football festival. The event was for girls that do not play football for a team outside of school and was a development festival to involve playing relaxed games. The emphasis was on participation and having fun, giving girls the opportunity to play. and they all had a great time. Mr Mackenzie was impressed with some of their skills and how quickly they picked the game up. Hopefully this will inspire some of the girls to continue playing football. 

Pictured from left to right:

Top row: Mia, Sienna, Esme, Magdalena

Bottom row: Lily, Matilda, Charlotte, Elyssia 



Thursday 23rd March 2023

St George's Boys Win Town Cup


Yesterday, the boys travelled to Eastbourne Sports Complex to compete in the Town Cup. There were 16 teams from across Darlington looking to lift the trophy.

The boys were magnificent all day, remaining unbeaten to lift the famous trophy! They played 10 games in total throughout the day, winning 8 and drawing 2, scoring a total of 23 goals and only conceding 3 all day.

This is the second year in a row that the blue and white stripes of St George’s have took home the trophy. This now also makes St George’s the most successful team on the trophy which dates back over the last 24 years to 1999!

St. George’s have now won it on 5 occasions! Firstly in 2005, again in 2017 and 2018 and most recently in 2022 and now 2023.

What an unbelievable achievement for a village school. We would like to thank all of the continued support from parents and carers.

Picture from left to right:

Top row: Jack J, Archy W, Samuel F, Thomas H, Max B and Mr Mackenzie

Bottom row: Noah H, Oliver R, Jack B, Fletcher M and Rupert L.
Tuesday 21st March

St George's represent Darlington F.C Foundation


On Tuesday, after both successfully winning the Darlington F.C Foundation National League Trophy, the boys and girls football team travelled to York to compete against other National League Clubs, including teams like Spennymoor and Blyth Spartans.

The girls got off to a fantastic start, winning their first 5 games and scoring plenty of goals. They then lost narrowly to York 1-0 and eventual winners Scarbrough. They finished the group on 12 points and qualified for the semi final! They came up against York again and unfortunately lost 2-0. We were super proud at how amazing they were all day and what a fantastic achievement.

The girls team was made up of Honor, Lily, Ella, Pippa, Sienna, Ava, Emily, Ellie and Madeline.

The boys team went that one step further and got to the final of the competition, after beating Blyth Spartans in the Quarter Final and Chesterfield in the Semi Final. They came up against a strong Scunthorpe team and were 2-0 up at half time. Scunthorpe got back in the game and it finished 2-2. Unfortunately the boys lost 3-2 in the dreaded penalty shootout. However, they picked up their runners up medals and still qualify for the Next Regional rounds in April. If they win the North Regionals, they will go on to represent the school and club at Wembley in May!

The boys team was made up of Samuel, Jack B, Archy, Jack J, Fletcher, Noah, Max, Thomas, Oliver and Rupert.

A massive well done to both teams in what was a fantastic day out.

Thanks to all the parents for your support.

Mr Mackenzie and Mr Tunstall
Thursday 2nd March 2023

St George's Girls Win Town Cup

Yesterday, 9 Girls from Year 5 and 6 travelled to Eastbourne Sports Complex to compete in the Girls Football Primary Town Cup. There was 16 teams in attendance and it was a fantastic day.

The team was made up of Honor G, Pippa B, Ella G, Lily R, Sienna W, Ava M, Emily W, Madeleine P and Ellie B.

The girls won their first 3 games in the morning group stage without conceding a goal, scoring 5 goals!

This meant St George's were competing for the trophy in tier 1 on the afternoon, playing 7 more games against the likes of West Park, Abbey, Heathfield, Whinfield, Reid Street, St Mary's and St Bedes.

They won 3 of these games and drew 4 giving us a total of 13 points, making that 6 wins and 4 draws throughout the day and going 10 games unbeaten!

St George's scored a total of 13 goals throughout the day with Ellie scoring 5, Pippa, Emily and Ava all scoring 2 each and Ella and Madeleine also getting on the scoresheet. We only conceded 3 goals all day with Honor magnificent between the sticks!

It was a very close competition with lots of draws and it was amazing to see the talent across all the schools attending. In the end there was just 1 point between 1st and 2nd place. In third place with 10 points was Abbey, in second place with 12 points was St Bede's and in 1st place and winning the Primary Town Cup was St George's with 13 points!

What an amazing achievement, these girls were brilliant all day and I am very proud of their resilience to come from behind in games and keep fighting till the final whistle. They fully deserve the recognition and success due to their sheer hard work and desire.

Mr Mackenzie

Thursday 9th January 2023

St George's Boys Win National League Cup

 Last Thursday, 10 boys from Year 5 and 6 travelled to Eastbourne Sports Complex to take part in the Darlington FC Foundation, National League Trust U11 Cup. The boys were feeling the pressure from the off as the girls had won their competition a few weeks earlier!

The team was made up of Jack B, Samuel F, Archy W, Max B, Jack J, Fletcher M, Rupert L, Oliver R, Thomas H and Noah H.

Just like the girls, the boys went unbeaten all day, only conceding 1 goal and scoring 12 goals! St George's won their first game against St Bede's, before drawing 0-0 with St Augustine's in a tight game. The boys then beat St Johns, Middleton Tyas and Polam Hall in the remaining games to qualify for the final, top of the group on goal difference with 13 points.

In the final, St George's came up against St Augustine's who were also on the same points and had won all their other games. The final was a tense affair and both teams had chances to take the lead but both defended well. The final whistle went and just like 3 weeks earlier in the girl's competition, the final had finished 0-0 and went to a penalty shootout. The shootout when to sudden death with Max and Oliver converting their penalties and Jack making a save. Thomas H stepped up and calmly slotted his penalty into the bottom corner and then the St Augustine's GK hit the post and St George's were the winners!

A brilliant day out and we are very proud of the boys, they will now represent Darlington F.C in the Regional rounds. Well done lads.

Mr Mackenzie


Thursday 2nd February

St George's Dodgeball - Y4

 On Thursday 2nd February, ten Year 4 children represented the school at the Dolphin Centre at a Dodgeball competition. Mr Dobson accompanied the children and they all had a fantastic day.

Magdelena, Scarlett, Esme, Eleora, Harry, Robby, James, Noah, Chloe and Edison made up the dodgeball team. They had not had much experience playing dodgeball but had been recognised for their good throwing and catching skills in PE.

There were 16 schools at the competition and St George's qualified for the first tier after the group stage games, meaning they were competing for the medals!

They finished in 4th place, just missing out on medals (in a sudden death shootout). We are very proud of our year 4 pupils and coming 4th is an excellent achievement.




Wednesday 25th January

Darlington Sportswinners Scheme Grand Final

 On Wednesday night, the St George's Boys Football team and from last year and Mr Mackenzie were invited to Darlington College for the 48th Darlington Sports Winners Grand Final, having been nominated for an award for their success last year reaching the National Finals.

It was fantastic to see some ex pupils who have now moved onto secondary school and current pupils Max, Archy and Thomas who are now in Year 6  The team included Jack R, Reece D, Archy W, Toby G, Max B, Thomas H, Jack L, Ethan S, Zac H and Ethan W. 

The boys were the WINNERS of the Primary School Team Award and that was not the only accolade they picked up on the night. They also won overall team award and were presented with the Councillor Brian Jones Trophy which is an amazing achievement. It comes back to St George's, having previously won the award in 2019 with the success of the Girls Football Team of 2019. 

We are all very proud of our current and ex pupils and wish them the best of luck in the future with their sporting endeavours. 




Tuesday 24th January


National League Trust U11 Girls Cup


Today, 9 girls from Year 5 and 6 travelled to Eastbourne Sports Complex to take part in the Darlington FC Foundation, National League Trust U11 Cup.

The team was made up of Honor G, Pippa B, Ella G, Lily R, Sienna W, Ava M, Emily W, Madeleine P and Ellie B.

The team went unbeaten all day, only conceding 1 goal and scoring 8 goals. St George's won their first 4 games in the competition, beating St Bedes, St Augustines, St Johns and Hurworth, before drawing 0-0 with Polam Hall in the last group game.

This meant we finished top of the group with 13 points and played St Bede's in the final. It was a tense affair with both teams having chances to win the game, but the sides could not be separated!

The final went to a dreaded penalty shooutout. Ellie B stepped up first and scored her penalty, and St Bede's responded, 1-1. Ella G stepped up next and put her penalty into the bottom corner. Honor then saved the next penalty from St Bedes! Honor then stepped up to take one herself and if she scored, we won! ... Honor dragged her penalty just wide, before going back in goal to save St Bede's final penalty and win us the competition!

Top effort from all of the girls today, who worked so hard for each other and fully deserved to bring home the trophy. The girls will now qualify for the regional rounds, representing Darlington F.C.

A massive well done girls, we are so proud!

Mr Mackenzie



Wednesday 18th January

Tees Valley Sportshall Athletics Finals


Last Wednesday, 23 children from Year 6 went to the Tees Valley Finals after their success of coming 2nd in the Darlington Finals before the Christmas break and qualifying for the next round.

The children had a fantastic day and all give 100% effort in each track and field event. There were 14 schools from across the Tees Valley and it was a very competitive event. We had lots of 2nd and 3rd placed finishes in the time trial heats and a 1st with Harry and Hayden winning the 6 lap paraluf race!

Overall. the children came in 5th place which is a fantastic achievement out of all the schools in the Tees Valley. The St George's children have done so well to get to the finals and represent our school and Darlington. We would like to pass on our congratulations to the other Darlington school competing, Abbey, who came in 3rd place and got bronze medals.

We are extremely proud of the children and they are a credit to our school.

Many thanks
Mr Mackenzie






November 22nd 2023

Sportshall Athletics Finals



Last Tuesday, 23 children went to the Sportshall Athletics Finals at the Dolphin Centre after qualifying with flying colours the previous week. This time St George's were up against 9 other local primary schools who had finished 1st and 2nd in their respective clusters.

There were two-time trials with 5 schools competing in the 1st time trial and 5 schools competing in the 2nd time trial. The boys and girls did extremely well again in the track races, winning most of their races and some more great performances in the field events.

After giving their best efforts in every single event, the event finished, and the results were in. St George's came in 2nd place and won the silver medals! This means they have qualified for the Tees Valley Sportshall Athletics Finals in January. Well done to Abbey Juniors coming 1st place and Reid Street in 3rd.

Myself and Mrs Norris were extremely proud of all the children and we look forward to the next round. Thanks again to all the parents and carers who came to show their support.
November 15th 2022

Yesterday, 22 of our Year 6 children got the opportunity to represent the school in the Darlington Sports Hall Athletics Cluster. Over the past 5 weeks they have been trying out for each event in PE lessons with Mr Mackenzie.

They were competing in the events against 5 other primary schools from Darlington. It’s safe to say that St George’s absolutely smashed it and won every single track race of the day!

Track Results:

Obstacle Relay - Girls - Fleur, Charlotte, Ellie and Georgi - 1st place 🥇

Obstacle Relay - Boys - Jack J, Noah, Asher and Levi - 1st place 🥇

1+1 Lap Relay - Girls - Sophie and Maddy - 1st place 🥇

2+2 Lap Relay - Girls - Ava and Sienna - 1st place 🥇

1+1 Lap Relay - Boys - Max and Archy - 1st place 🥇

2+2 Lap Relay - Boys - Thomas and Liam - 1st place 🥇

6 Lap Paraluf - Girls - Charlotte and Fleur - 1st place 🥇

6 Lap Paraluf - Boys - Hayden and Harry - 1st place 🥇

Over/Under Relay - Girls - Ellie, Georgi, Arianna, Ella - 1st place 🥇

Over/Under Relay - Boys - Noah, Asher, Levi and Matthew - 1st place 🥇

4x1 Lap Relay - Girls - Maddy, Sophie, Sienna and Ava - 1st place 🥇

4x1 Lap Relay - Boys - Max, Archy, Thomas and Liam - 1st place 🥇

The children also competed in various field activities which included Chest Push, Speed Bounce, Standing Long Jump, Standing Triple Jump, Vertical Jump and Soft Javelin. We had some excellent results in those events as well and Mr Mackenzie and Mrs Norris were unbelievably proud of all the children.

St George’s won the cluster in 1st place and will now compete in the Finals next week! We look forward to going back to the Dolphin Centre and the children giving their all once again!

Let’s go St George’s Team! 💙🤍
10th November 2022

Last week, some Year 5 pupils went to the Education Village to compete in the Darlington Basketball Cup. Freddie W, Rupert L, Jack B, Freddie W, Charlotte B, Fletcher M and Mia N had great fun learning the skills and putting them into practise in the games.

We played a total of 4 games and we won 2 and lost 2. Both games that we won were high scoring games of 6-4, with Rupert, Jack, Freddie and Fletcher scoring the points. A great day had all around and a massive well done to the St George’s basketball team.

Last week, some Year 5 pupils went to the Education Village to compete in the Darlington Basketball Cup. Freddie W, Rupert L, Jack B, Freddie W, Charlotte B, Fletcher M and Mia N had great fun learning the skills and putting them into practise in the games.

We played a total of 4 games and we won 2 and lost 2. Both games that we won were high scoring games of 6-4, with Rupert, Jack, Freddie and Fletcher scoring the points. A great day had all around and a massive well done to the St George’s basketball team.
October 12th 2022 

Tees Valley Cross Country


The children who qualified for the Tees Valley Cross Country ran for Team Darlington today and did exceptionally well. A massive congratulations for getting this far and representing your town. We are super proud of you at St George's
Football County Cup Semi Finals

County Cup Semi Finals


October 10th 2022
Last night, 10 children represented St George's Academy in the County Cup Semi Final at Pelton Primary School. The lads were not only representing St George's but also representing Darlington after being chosen as the only Darlington school to complete.

The boys remained unbeaten all night and drew all 3 games but it wasn't quite enough to go through to the Finals. We drew the first game 0-0 with a clean sheet for Samuel. We then went on to draw the next game 1-1 with a fantastic strike from Max to get the equaliser. We went 1-0 up with a great header at the back post from Oliver R and would have qualified if we held on for the 3 points, but it wasn't to be and we conceded an equaliser in the second half and the third game ended 1-1.

Well done to all, the boys were a pleasure to coach.

Mr Mackenzie

Picture from left to right:

Top row:
Noah, Fletcher, Samuel, Archy, Max

Bottom row:
Henry, Jasper, Oliver, Rupert and Thomas




September 29th 2022

St George's Success at Cross Country


Yesterday, 28 children from St George’s travelled to Eastbourne Sports Complex to compete in the Cross Country event. Every single one of them ran a fantastic race and put every bit of effort they could into completing the race.

We had 15 runners finish in the top ten of the races and qualify to represent Darlington at the Tees Valley event! This is an unbelievable achievement for one school and is definitely a record for the most top ten finishes we have ever had at a cross country event. The children were an absolute pleasure to take to the event and I am super proud of each and every one of them.

We also had 4 medalists with Rosie C finishing in 1st place and getting the gold medal! Rupert L finishing in 2nd place and getting the silver, as well as 2nd and 3rd place in the Year 3/4 boys race with Joe R getting a silver medal and George P claiming the bronze.

You can see the finishing results below of each child. There was around 80-100 children in each race and we had at least one runner in the top 10 of every race ran which really is incredible.

What an unbelievable achievement, thank you to all the parents/family who came along to support and cheered all the St George’s children on, we really do appreciate it. As for those who couldn’t make it due to work commitments etc, they had plenty of support from the staff, other staff members and St George’s parents 😄


Year 3/4 Girls:

Rosie C - 1st
Esme W - 14th
Eloara M - 23rd
Heidi L - 24th
Abigail A - 29th
Magdelana H - 41st

Year 3/4 Boys:

Joe R - 2nd
George P - 3rd
Maxwell M - 6th
Charlie B - 9th
Ethan W - 19th
Sebastien L - 22nd

Year 5 Girls:

Emily W - 4th
Rebecca N - 6th
Grace V - 7th
Mollie S - 23rd

Year 5 Boys:

Rupert L - 3rd
Jack B - 11th
Simeon T - 12th
Freddie W - 22nd

Year 6 Girls:

Ella M - 5th
Charlotte S - 6th
Sienna W - 10th
Maddie P - 19th

Year 6 Boys:

Max B - 4th
Thomas H - 6th
Hayden G - 8th
Archy W - 15th



Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Learning Trust

St. George's Church of England Academy is a member of the Durham and Newcastle Diocesan Learning Trust which is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and an exempt charity registered in England and Wales at The Cai Building Cable Dean Royal Quays North Shields Tyne and Wear NE29 6DE