Achievements and Awards

Archibald is very proud of its many achievements and awards. Read on to find out more about these…

School was awarded the School Games Mark Gold as recognition for entry to improving opportunities for competitive PE in school. We have achieved Gold in the academic years 22/23, 21/22, 18/19, 17/18 and Silver in the school year 16/17.

To gain the Eco Schools Bronze Award Archibald First school had to demonstrate its commitment to caring for the environment.  We gathered together a team of adults and children and carried out an environmental audit.

To move onto the Silver Award our Eco Team (the Green Team) had to use the information from the environmental audit to create an action plan.  The Green Team keep a close eye on the rest of the school, letting us know how well we are doing and reminding us of when we need to do better!  Our first key action was to make sure that we recycle as much as we can.

Finally, after three years of hard work we applied for Green Flag status.  To achieve our Green Flag, we had to submit our application to a panel of experts which was then followed by an external assessor who came to the school to check that we were following our action plan.  We now proudly fly our Green Flag over the school entrance.  We have since maintained our Green Flag award for another 9 years with our latest reaccreditation in July 2023.

In 2022 we renewed our Healthy School award for the sixth time. This means we have officially been a healthy school for over twelve years!!!

In November 2023, we were awarded the Inclusion Quality Framework Mark after a robust quality assurance process through the Local Authority.

We are also an International School.  This shows that we have an international ethos in our school and explore through our curriculum how we can have an impact on the world.  This covers a wide range of activities, including our School Council and in our Modern Foreign Languages lessons. we have maintained this award for 9 years, most recently being reaccredited in July 2021.

We have also achieved Artsmark status.  This is a nationally recognised award which shows we demonstrate excellence in arts and cultural provision. In October 2022, we were awarded Artsmark Gold!

Our Newcastle Music Service have nominated Archibald to be a Music Mark school for the second year running. This award recognises our music offer at Archibald First School.

Archibald First School has successfully completed a comprehensive online safety training programme demonstrating our commitment to keeping children and young people safe online. We have received a National Online Safety Certified School Accreditation for its whole community approach to protecting children in the online world.


In September 2018 and September 2022, we were awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark at the highest level – Gilt.

In February 2024, we were awarded the OPAL Platinum Award for our Outdoor Play and Learning provision. Find out more here.