Groups of students at Morpeth’s two middle schools aimed for the sweet taste of success in fun competitions.
There were plenty of seasonal treats in the latest Great Chantry Bake Off and Newminster Bake Off contests and a lot of effort also went into the cake decorations.
Year 7 pupil Fergus Evans was the winner at Newminster with his eye-catching and delicious chequered, passion fruit flavoured snowman cake.
Maddy Stewart (Year 7) and Zoe Jones (Year 8) were second and third respectively.
Year 8 students Alfie Wilson, James Wardlaw, Victoria Lewis, Jack Talbot, Lydia Goldsmith, Rachael Higgott and Sophie Smith and Year 7s Robbie Brown, Caitlin Johnstone, Erin Carr, Charlotte Urwin, Charlotte Layton and Jess Gagie also took part.
The three guest judges were Julia Swinglehurst (Year 7), Tom Colvin (Year 9 at King Edward VI School) and Lauren Seabrook (Year 9 at KEVI).
Head of school Elizabeth Kinninment said: “It was fantastic to see such a high level of ability and commitment from our students.
“The standard of all the cakes and other baked items entered was excellent and it made the judging a challenge.”
Ronan Gascoigne was the Chantry winner after his Christmas Pudding Cake greatly impressed the judges (members of staff and pupil Lauren Jackson – winner of the school’s FutureChef heat for 2014/15).
A beautifully decorated Stollen cake by Hannah Eke was second and third place went to Joshua Wilson for his Shortbread Christmas Tree.
The teachers who organised the competitions thanked all those who entered, as well as parents and guardians for encouraging them to take part.