The Tameside school sports partnership is led by a School Games organiser based at Rayner Stephens High School and a partnership development manager based at New Charter Academy.

Rayner Stephens High School is part of the Tameside School Sports Partnership working with 7 High Schools and 41 primary schools across the borough in the delivery of school sport initiatives on a local, county and national level. The programmes delivered by the SSP are not only to develop participation in sport for all students in the borough but to create opportunities for children and young people to develop skills in leadership, the organisation of sport and also offer opportunities to lead a more healthy and active lifestyle. The work of the partnership also supports schools and teachers through a programme of CPD and resources to advise, guide and support the delivery of PE and sport initiatives in schools.

For more information of the Tameside School Sport partnership, you can visit the School Sports Partnership website.


Sainsburys School Games


The School sports partnership is also the driver of the national Sainsburys School Games programme with School Games Organisers based at both Rayner Stephens High School and New Charter Academy hub sites. The school games programme provides opportunities for all students to get involved in sport in many ways and includes 4 areas of development, Participation, Competition for all, development of school sports clubs and leadership.



The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national finals event:

  • Level 1 – sporting competition for all students in school through intra-school competition
  • Level 2 – individuals and teams are selected to represent their schools in local inter-school competitions
  • Level 3 – the county/area will stage multi-sport Sainsburys' School Games festivals as a culmination of year-round school sport competition
  • Level 4 – the Sainsburys' School Games finals: a national multi-sport event where the most talented young people in the UK will be selected to compete in our sporting venues (including the Olympic Park in 2012).

The world is a competitive place with challenges and pressures on all our lives to stand out from the crowd or to be successful. What better place to learn then the lessons of what it takes to be your best, to be creative and to accept winning and deal with losing than school sport? The School Games is all about the pursuit of personal excellence and being the best you can be. To help with this, there are a set of values developed by young people called the Spirit of the Games.



In order to provide more competitive sporting opportunities, a key focus is to give more young people responsibility for the sports that are run and in the officiating and organisation of the programme offered. Whether it is as a performer or player, a reporter or a referee, the School Games provide an excellent opportunity for all young people to take on a role and make a positive and active contribution to their school. Whether as an athlete, leader, official or coach the School Games hopes to engage everyone – whether they see themselves as ‘sporty’ or not.


Health and wellbeing

Whilst we can offer more competitive sport opportunities to a greater number of young people, there are often more difficult to reach groups that are not interested in participating in traditional sports or activities. The Change4Life sports clubs programme supports young people to explore different types of activities and to engage with the School Games through an alternative route. There is something for everyone with a focus on inclusion rather than elitism.

The School Games can provide additional opportunities for schools to work in partnerships with other schools, organisations and businesses as well as within and across communities to promote learning and well-being. They can also be an opportunity for parents and carers to support school sport.

To see all of the latest Rayner Stephens High School Games news please visit our School Games page.