Schools chalk up a hat-trick

Executive Headteacher of Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools & Technology Colleges Paul Lawrence, celebrates the schools winning three awards with a group of pupils.
Executive Headteacher of Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools & Technology Colleges Paul Lawrence, celebrates the schools winning three awards with a group of pupils.

THEY say good things come in threes — and it certainly applies to Morpeth’s middle schools.

Newminster Middle School & Technology College has received the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) from national organisation Prospects, as well as the Basic Skills Quality Mark from the Alliance for Lifelong Learning.

And the Investors in People (IiP) accolade, by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, has been awarded to Chantry Middle School & Technology College.

In a review of its work with parents, Newminster was praised for its ‘clear sense of direction and purpose about the parental involvement strategy that seeks on-going improvement’.

It also impressed with the transition arrangements for joining the school and moving into high school and the different ways in which it communicates with parents.

Paul Lawrence, Executive Headteacher of both schools, said: “We are delighted to accept the LPPA, which reflects the hard work and commitment of colleagues and parents.

“We will now use the award as a catalyst for further improvements as we seek to raise aspirations and standards for the benefit of all our students and their families.”

Chantry received IiP after demonstrating how staff work together to develop teaching and learning activities, as well as its effective partnerships with parents and the community.

Head of School Steven Johnson said: “We are delighted to be recognised with this award, which highlights the good work we do at Chantry.”