Girls team set for World Cup

Pupils from Ponteland Middle School turned out to wish their football team luck as they set off to Barcelona to play in the Danone Nations World Cup.

Wednesday, 18th September 2019, 07:33 am
Updated Thursday, 10th October 2019, 12:42 pm
Ponteland town councillors Sue Johnson and Katrina Woodrow also came along to wish the Ponteland Community Middle School team well.

They will be representing England at the world’s biggest football tournament for children aged 10 to 12.

The girls’ schools team qualified successfully out of around 3,000 schools in their 2018 school year.

The tournament will take place in the RCDE Stadium from now until Saturday and you can follow the team’s progress at

Ponteland Community Middle School, part of the Ponteland Academy Trust, has a fine record of academic as well as sporting success, coming 25th best Primary and the best Middle School in England in the 2018 Sunday Times league tables.

Headteacher Caroline Pryer said: “This is a remarkable achievement for this school from Northumberland and for girls’ football in the region, which has been so well supported by the many community clubs in the area and their volunteer coaches.

“As the school now prepares to become a full primary school in September 2020, its staff remain committed to encouraging and nurturing the talents of their students of all ages and abilities in everything that they do.

“The school is open to admissions at all age groups for September 2020.

“There will be a school open day on Thursday, October 17, from 10am to 2pm, or please call the school on 01661 824853 to arrange an alternative visit or to discuss application procedures.”