Northumberland school buildings need £2k per pupil to bring them up to scratch

More than £2,000 per pupil is needed to bring school buildings in Northumberland up to a satisfactory condition – far higher than in many other areas, according to a new report.

Mayor of Morpeth Coun Andrew Tebbutt pictured with a group of pupils at Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools and Technology Colleges' event for SignHealth's sign2sing initiative.

Singing and signing to raise funds

Pupils at two Morpeth schools showed some excellent multi-tasking skills during an event in aid of a deaf health charity.

Staff Dawn Parker, Sarah Dickinson, Kath Dickinson and Faye Robertson with youngster Kiara Reed at the SEND to Learn Nursery in Pegswood Children's Centre.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

New nursery specialises in additional needs children

A new venture that provides inclusive nursery education to children aged between three and five has started in Pegswood.

Darras Hall First School, Ponteland

New school bid sparks scores of objections

Plans to demolish the existing first school at Darras Hall and replace it with a two-storey primary have sparked dozens of objections.

Reidun McGill with some of the pupils she helps: Hazel Wall, Esme Parkinson and her own son Riley McGill.  Picture by Jane Coltman.

Reidun’s helping hand also gives school a funding boost

As well as doing a range of activities to help pupils, a parent who has children at a school in Morpeth is giving it some useful funds, thanks to her employer.

Warmer classrooms for group of pupils at first school

Warmer classrooms for group of pupils at first school

A number of pupils at Abbeyfields First School in Morpeth are benefiting from draught-free classrooms, thanks to money donated by E.ON’s Energy Action Fund.

One possible design for the new Morpeth First School on the current County Hall site.

Council’s commitment on school places in Morpeth

Northumberland County Council has reiterated its commitment to the provision of school places in Morpeth, stressing there is availability.

Cookswell Garage has presented Pegswood Primary School with new sports kit. Headteacher Andrew Waterfield is seen with Claire Brind, left, and Julie Stephenson from the Citroen garage and some delighted pupils.  Picture by Jane Coltman.

Generous garage sponsors strips

Pegswood Primary School pupils are enjoying wearing their smart new kit in Northumberland sporting events and competitions.

Conservative county council candidate for Kirkhill in the May 2017 elections, Richard Wearmouth.

School places issue in the political spotlight

The issue of future school places in Morpeth has once again been debated.

The blackbird was the most common playground visitor in 2016. Picture courtesy of RSPB

Schools can take part in Birdwatch

Children all over Northumberland are swapping books for binoculars to take part in the UK’s biggest schools wildlife survey.

Andy Johnson, director of education at Northumberland County Council.

Schools improving and council having impact, but more to do

By working together, ‘we can help Northumberland become more successful, cohesive and prosperous’ – that’s the view of the county’s director of education.

Coun Robert Arckless.

Reminder on useful funding support for low income families

Northumberland County Council is reminding families who receive state benefits that they may be entitled to claim free school meals.

Advantexs Stephen OConnell

Warning for schools over agency closure

Northumberland schools could be without access to adequate e-safety advice and security resources when a Government-backed support network closes this year.


WATCH: Lion mascot visits Morpeth schools

A new mascot based on the design of a Morpeth teenager was the mane attraction during a visit to Morpeth’s middle schools.

Newminster and Chantry Schools' Christmas show

Pupils spell out Christmas in wacky show with plenty of talent

Pupils from two of Morpeth’s schools put on a special performance at a town church earlier this month.

Theatre and Comedy
From left, Dang Vuong from Stratstone Tyneside BWM, Filipa Conceicao, assistant centre manager at Sanderson Arcade, Iona and Santa. Picture by Trevor Walker.

Surprise Santa visit for Iona after competition success

A pupil at Newminster Middle School and Technology College in Morpeth enjoyed a special visit from Santa before the end of term.

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Mascot created in Ryan’s mind to visit town school

A Morpeth boy was the king of a national design competition for a deaf health charity.

William Leech Campus pupils, including Evie Whitfield and Maddie Johnson at the front, Park View residents, Isos staff and local councillors.

Colourful creations are on display in housing scheme

Children in a Northumberland village have created some beautiful artwork to brighten up the lives of a group of older people.

Northumberland College Foundation Academy students and tutors working outdoors in Kirkley Halls walled garden. Picture by Trevor Walker.

College’s new academy will benefit groups of teenagers

Northumberland College has opened a Foundation Academy to provide five-day-a-week courses for groups of teenagers with special education needs or disabilities.

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