STUDENTS have battled it out on the courts and pitches in an Olympian trial of skill and strength, under the watchful eye of a world record holder.
Young people from The King's Academy, Coulby Newham, travelled to Northumberland to test their mettle in a sporting contest pitting the four schools that make up the Emmanuel Schools Foundation.
They received encouragement from world record holding 100m and 200m breaststroke swimmer Nick Gillingham, who brought his double Olympic medals for them to see and hold.
The King's students were joined by boys and girls from Emmanuel College, Gateshead, and Trinity Academy, Thorne near Doncaster, at host school Bede Academy in Blyth.
It was the first time Bede had hosted the annual event, which moves around the ESF schools each year.
Students fought gale force winds to compete in netball, football, rugby, volleyball, hockey and cross country; at stake was the honour of their schools.
Members of Bede's leadership and management team reported on the success of the various events before the Academies Sports Cup was handed over by Bede Academy student Laura Rolt to Alice Qinn, of The King's Academy, which will host the next competition.
Simon McAcree, head of sport at Bede Academy, said: "It has been an absolutely fantastic day. It has more than lived up to expectations. I have been so impressed by the nature of the competition and how well you have worked together. The team spirit and confidence has been so good to see."
The King's Academy principal Chris Drew added: "Our students always enjoy the ESF Olympics. It's a great way for them to meet up with other young people from another part of the North East and to make new friends.
"It also helps to enhance our own team spirit, with all of The King's students supporting and motivating each other."
King's' football and volleyball squads did particularly well, taking top honours.