Trust Expansion Consultation

Over the course of the last year the Board of The Three Rivers Learning Trust and the Governing Bodies of schools within the Morpeth Education Partnership have been exploring the most beneficial way forward for schools that have expressed an interest in joining the Learning Trust.

Please click here to see the letter to parents/carers.

You can also find a Frequently Asked Questions document here.

Consultation begins today, Monday 9 October until Monday 13 November at 4pm.

Year 6 in Kingswood

Enterprise Day & ‘The Wedding’

IMG_2604The whole school took part in an Enterprise Day on Friday the 7th of April. The theme for the day was ‘The Wedding’.

All classes worked in six teams to tackle the challenge of attracting a couple to celebrate their wedding at a hotel.

Students had to consider everything from the food, entertainment costs, cake, decorations, stationary, room hire and photography. All students had a role in their group and the Financial Wizards of the group worked on the final customer quote by working out total costs, price per person and profit.

The activity was run in collaboration with Northumberland Education Business Partnership and local Business Ambassadors. Student feedback from the day was extremely positive and the Business Ambassadors were complimentary about the school and said that it had been a pleasure to work with our students.

Book Fair 2018

Just a reminder that our annual Book Fair will be held in the school library from Monday, January 22 to Friday, January 26.

On Tuesday 23, the Fair will stay open until 4:15pm to enable those of you who collect your children from school to view the books, if you’d like to.

It would be lovely to see you!

All children will have the opportunity of visiting the Fair where they can purchase from an exciting range of books and items of stationery.

We strongly recommend a visit to for a flavour of the books that will be on offer.

From here you can also purchase discount vouchers which give your child 20% more book buying power at the Fair.

The free helpline is 0800 212281

60% of the total Fair takings comes back to school to be spent directly on our children in various different ways, so it’s worth supporting.

Last year we took an astounding £2,910!  With your help, we might break the £3,000 barrier!!



Clowning Around Enterprise Activity

5B & 5I took part in an enterprise activity led by Business Ambassador, Carole Richards. A number of Business Ambassadors supported the session form HMRC & DWP.

Students worked in teams of 6 to design and manufacture products and agreed their roles within each company group. Students experienced being a Sales Executive, General Manager, Buyer, Production Worker, Accountant or Quality Controller.

All students developed their leadership, decision-making, negotiating, teamwork and listening skills during the session as well as learning about the world of work and employability. Well done to Evie, Daisy, Robbie, Eve & Owen for being on the winning team.

5N and 5R will take part in Clowning Around on Friday the 19th of January.

Government Consultation on Sex and Relationship Education

Parents, teachers and students have been given the opportunity to help shape the new Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) curriculum.

In 2017, legislation was passed by Parliament to make relationships education compulsory in all primary schools and sex and relationship education compulsory in all secondary schools. The curriculum for the subject is also being updated.

The guidance for this change can be found here.

Please click here if you wish to complete the government consultation survey. It takes around 30 minutes and closes on 12 February.

Year 7 Enterprise Project with The Key and Leading Link

As part of DLE on a Friday afternoon, 7M took part in an enterprise project in conjunction with “The Key” and “Leading Link”. The project is a real experience of creating an enterprising idea, persuading a Dragons Den style panel to invest up to £125 per team, making the product and then selling the product.

The children were split into groups in September and they all had to take on a role within their groups: project manager, finance manager, sales manager to name a few. They then brainstormed and researched their business ideas. As they knew they would be selling their products at a children’s Christmas market in December, the theme very quickly became Christmas for all five teams.

Lydia said “I found cooperating as a team was difficult at this stage because everyone in the group had their own ideas and we had to try and narrow it down once we knew what we could buy.”

Lewis said “The finance manager had a hard job. We nearly didn’t get finished in time and we couldn’t have got the money if we didn’t finish but Miss Mackenzie helped and we made it in time.”

Once they had decided on their business idea they then needed to research, cost and work out potential profits before standing in front of a Dragon’s Den style panel. The aim of which is to persuade them to invest up to a maximum of £125 per group. It was a nerve wrecking time as this was something most of the children had not done before. Thankfully, all teams were successful and could therefore proceed with ordering their items.

Benji said “I enjoyed presenting our ideas to the Dragon’s Den panel.”

Joe said “I was quite nervous during the Dragon’s Den panel, answering the questions was difficult and trying to explain the amount of profit we would make!”

Once the deliveries arrived, the excitement built and the productions lines began. There was glitter, ribbon and Christmas packaging galore as all the children worked extremely hard to get their products made, priced and packaged within the time frame.

On Saturday 9th December, the children attended a Christmas Market in Morpeth Market Place which was made up of stalls run entirely by school children. The children had a great time and learnt an awful lot. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed by buying products or simply coming along and talking with the children about their products.

Sienna said “I most enjoyed selling the products at the market because people got to see what we do at Chantry Middle School and what we had made. There were children from King Edward VI High School too we could show what middle school children are capable of.”

George said “I really enjoyed our time at the market and persuading people to buy our products. I stayed most of the day as I was enjoying it so much!”

The children also sold their products at the Christmas Fayre in school. The total amount of money will be totalled soon but it looks as though this will be around £500. The children would like to invest some of this money on improving the KS3 outdoor space as well as donating money to a charity which is important to them. Further information to follow in due course.

Lucas said “Thank you to The Key and Paul, Julie and Lyn from Leading Link. We couldn’t have done it without you!”

NMS and CMS Performance of Miracle Child at St James Church

Chantry and Newminster choir performed the Christmas musical ‘Miracle Child’ to a packed church full of parents, carers, governors, staff and friends of the schools at St James Church on Wednesday 20th December.

The story …

There were two ‘miracle children’ in the heart-warming Christmas musical ‘Miracle Child’​: one was obviously the baby born at Bethlehem, but the other is materialistic Rikki​, who is transformed as s​he learns the importance of giving.

What does the Christmas story mean to self-centred Rikki​, 2000+ years after the miracle of Jesus’ birth? ‘Miracle Child’ begins with a family party on Christmas Eve, and Rikki​ expecting loads of presents – but having forgotten to find something to give her parents.

She attempts to sort out the problem in time for Christmas Day…​

A poignant, ​entertaining and modern take on the Christmas story.​

​Simon Taylor​, CEO of The Three Rivers Learning Trust said “Last night’s concert was superb! Well done to everyone involved with the production.”