Instrumental/Vocal tuition with Music Partnership North Autumn Term 2019

We would like to offer students the opportunity to take part in instrumental / vocal music lessons in school starting in the autumn term.




Northumbrian pipes

Percussion (drum kit)


Guitar (Electric, Acoustic, Bass)




Brass (trumpet, cornet, trombone, tuba, horn, baritone)



Please note that other instruments may be available if viable group sizes can be achieved. If your child wishes to learn an instrument not listed above, then please contact Music Partnership North to discuss further.

Lessons take place weekly, during the school day, either individually or in groups of up to 4 and are of 30 minutes duration. We deliver up to 33 lessons over the academic year.

The cost of tuition equates to £6.25 per lesson for a shared lesson or £17.50 for an individual lesson. We have a limited number of instruments for hire, although we do not hire percussion or keyboards. The cost of instrument hire is £23.00 per term unless your child qualifies for free school meals or is a looked after child in which case hire is free. Additional costs will need to be considered such as the purchase of a tutor book, valve oil for a brass instrument and replacement strings for violins. Please visit our website at, for full terms and conditions and additional information on instrument hire.

Parents wishing to purchase an instrument can do so through us without paying VAT. This is called an Assisted Purchase Scheme and details of this can be found on our website together with links to various organisations who may be able to offer financial assistance.

If you would like to register your child for lessons then please visit Once you have completed the registration process we will allocate your child to a lesson and forward details of the day and time and how lessons can be paid for.  This information will be sent out at the start of the autumn term. Registration must be completed before 7th September 2019.

If you have any questions concerning tuition or registration, please contact Lesley Scott at the office on 01670 624045.

Please note the steel pan lessons are provided by a different supplier and you need to sign up for them separately. Please see Ms Jones if you need further details about this.

‘World of Work’ conference for Year 8

On Wednesday the 23rd of May students visited Kirkley Hall for our ‘World of Work’ conference as part of our whole school Careers Education, Information & Guidance (CEIAG) programme. Students got the opportunity to take part in some of the workshops below:



Tax Facts

Student Life

Preferred Learning Styles & Personality Types

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.

Autumn Disco

Don’t forget our Autumn Disco on Tuesday 22nd October doors will open 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm.

Entry is £2.00 payable at the door (exact money would be great!)

There will be a fancy dress competition which will be optional and refreshments will be sold throughout the evening.



Chantry Middle School PTA AGM

Thank you to those parents who attended Chantry Middle Schools’ PTA AGM on Tuesday 1st October 2019 and to our PTA for their continued dedication and hard work – your support has such a positive impact on our school.

Please click here to view the minutes from the AGM.

Please click here to view all our upcoming PTA Events.


Northumbria University Exploring Science Outreach

STEM Ambassadors from Northumbria University spent the day at Chantry delivering Exploring Science Outreach sessions to KS2 students.
Working in small groups, students had to design and construct a motorised moon rover using Technical Lego. They then programmed their rover to see how well it performed on different surfaces.
The students all had a great time and learnt all about the different forces acting on their moon rovers. They also had a chance to discuss university life with the STEM Ambassadors.
We are very grateful to the team from Northumbria University for their support and expertise during the day.

Stobhillgate First School

The Trust is pleased to announce that Stobhillgate First School launched a consultation on 7th October to join the Three Rivers Learning Trust. This is a positive step in the further development of the Trust and we look forward to the consultation responses. If the proposal is supported then Stobhillgate would aim to join the Trust on the 1st April 2020. The consultation documents are available on the school website for anyone wishing to engage with the process. There will be a drop-in session which will be attended by the Stobhillgate Headteacher and Governors and representatives of The Three Rivers Learning Trust at 5.30pm in Stobhillgate First School on Tuesday 15th October.

The aim of this session is to hear views on the proposal and answer any questions. This consultation will close on Monday 4th November at 5pm.

#CelebrateArtsmark Week – Double Platinum!

Artsmark Blog – Double Platinum!

Charlotte Jones is the Curriculum Leader for the Creative Arts at Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools in Morpeth (separate schools co-located on the same site).

Our two middle schools received some excellent news at the start of this year’s autumn term. After being awarded the Platinum Artsmark in October 2017 we heard that we had again achieved Platinum in both schools. Returning in September can often be a challenging time for both pupils and staff and this was just the news the school and the Creative Arts Department needed to give us a momentum boost for the new academic year, inspiring us to build further on past achievements.

Artsmark has become a key contributor to the core values of our schools and for meeting our long-term goals. We have been very fortunate to receive the continued wholehearted backing from the Three Rivers Learning Trust throughout our journey to keep the arts at the heart of the school curriculum in the two schools. We have a designated Trust governor for the arts who is an active participant in the work of the Creative Arts Department. Without this backing, especially at a time when the arts is being squeezed by budget/curriculum tensions, we would not have been able to continue to move forward and maintain Platinum status.

Our pupils have been given the opportunity to take part in a huge variety of creative arts experiences over the last two years. Underpinning everything we do is an all-inclusive policy to help students to use their talents and to fulfil their potential. We involve the whole school as a community in events and activities whenever possible and smaller specific activities are open to all students. Feedback is encouraged though student voice activities and questionnaires to get ideas and make improvements in the arts offerings.

Our whole child development approach involves specialist teams, working musicians and artists and their dedication has continued to produce fabulous results in terms of personal development of our students. Some of the events and activities they have been involved in over the past year have included Sign2Sing, Whole School Rock Choir for Comic Relief‘ and ‘School of Rock’ the musical. ‘Health and Wellbeing Day’ experiences for our students have involved workshops with Beamish, Mushroom Works, Dance City, Baltic artists and Music Partnership North (MPN).

Our numerous events and activities are always recorded and a good way to see what we have been doing is to take a look at our websites: and our Creative Arts Facebook Page: @CMSNMSCreativeArts. These give a flavour of what we get up to. We have recently welcomed ‘The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir’ to our schools for the day and the pupils enjoyed performances and workshops culminating in a joint performance with our choir.

A critical success factor in our Artsmark journey has been building networks and teams within our schools and building links and partnerships externally. The Creative Arts team recently met with the School Improvement Partner, Academy Council and Governors for the school to present information about the range of enrichment activities taking place, levels of student participation, engagement and future plans for development of the provision. This has resulted in further support from our leadership team and through this we were given the opportunity to train the primary trainee teachers in the trust. We now deliver a yearly CPD session on teaching primary music. The impact of our journey has seen our creative arts staff team speak at various conferences across the North East about our Artsmark journey and experiences. They have written blogs and articles to document parts of our journey for various websites and newsletters.

We have been able to strengthen our bridging role in the partnerships between the feeder schools and the high school in our three-tier system in Morpeth. Work of the Morpeth Music Partnership (MMP) is aimed at improving and gaining maximum benefit from links between the schools for students over their entire school career. Embracing transition days, training of trainee primary teachers, moderation meetings, staff coaching and attending various arts events also help to develop leadership skills. In March 2020 the MMP will be putting on a major event called the Morpeth One Big Performance which will highlight all the outstanding musical activities that are taking place every week across the partnership from first access musical experiences through to middle and high school ensembles. The idea of the event is to highlight how music and the arts are so important in a young person’s educational journey. The day will provide an opportunity to share the love of music, enthuse and inspire the young people, create musical role models and strengthen both school and community partnerships.

We have continued to use arts events to link with our local community and wider community and these have been strengthened through media links with local newspapers and TV. A new and particularly beneficial link has been with a local nursing home. Students have performed there and residents and staff attended a performance of our summer term musical School of Rock. The Bronze Arts Award students have also contributed to the community of Morpeth by creating art for Platform 2 of Morpeth train station. Newminster School won a bid for £1000 for art materials with the project being funded by Northern Rail’s Community Funding and the South East Northumberland Rail User Group. The pupils chose the theme of Morpeth in Bloom ‘Between Rivers and Woods We Dwell’. They have designed and painted 6 square boards which are displayed permanently at the station.

Our Artsmark journey continues … we grasp as many opportunities as possible and the department’s ethos involves team building and encourages risk taking and creative thinking. The aim is to be accessible, diverse and encourage confidence and enthusiasm to stretch, challenge and raise the aspirations of our students. Artsmark has helped us to widen our resources and to focus on putting all learners’ experiences at the centre of our planning. From starting the process and gaining the Platinum award 2 years ago we have gained momentum and have the drive to continue to push forward the Creative Arts in our schools. We see it as an ever-evolving process building upon past successes to improve upon the provision offered to all of our students.

It’s difficult to offer advice for anyone starting their Artsmark journey as every school’s circumstances are so different. It is also important to note that not all ideas and projects work but here are some pointers we have followed. Make a plan and be prepared to adapt as circumstances change. Always look for new project opportunities, partners and ideas. Make contacts and develop networks. Involve as many students as possible and the local community in activities. And above all – BE CREATIVE!

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Un Voyage Magique

Thursday 26th September was European Day of Languages and every year we enter a national competition run by Association for Language Learning,  This year’s theme was ‘A Magical Trip’ and pupils had to produce a short piece of writing using a language other than English.  Some of our Y6 pupils created some amazing compositions in French for their ‘Voyage Magique’.

 “I went to see Les Misérables at the theatre this month and that inspired me to plan a trip based on the French Revolution.”  Ollie, 6S

“I wrote about a trip I had already been on as I have some great memories from it.  I also added some photos from my actual holiday.” Ava, 6I

“My trip is all about going to Disneyland as it is definitely a place of magic!”  Eva, 6L

Good luck to all our entrants and we will let you know of any Chantry competition winners.

C’est très intéressant! ¡Es muy interesante!

With Y7 now studying both French and Spanish, they are eager to share some interesting facts they have discovered about the 2 countries.  A display board of their work is now up for all to see in the school’s main corridor, as well as in the MFL block.

Year 6 Visit to St Mary’s Lighthouse

Year 6 students have just taken part in the annual field trip to St Mary’s Lighthouse as part of their current Science work on habitats, feeding relationships and adaptation.
During their visits the students learnt about the local geology, undertook a rock pool study and climbed the 137 steps to the top of the lighthouse tower. The children particularly enjoyed learning about how the various rock pool creatures are adapted to live in such a challenging environment.
A big thank you to the parents and carers who gave up their valuable time to come and help with the visits.
Thanks also to St Mary’s Lighthouse wardens Adam, Sam and Pip for their knowledge, expertise and making us feel so welcome.

School Admissions

Northumberland County Council have updated their webpage to make it more informative and friendly for parents and carers.

Please click here for further information.

Could we kindly ask that all school admission queries go via the contact centre

0345 600 6400 or email

Thank you for your cooperation.


On fait la cuisine

Following a successful bid by our MFL ambassadors, Y8 delivered a French cooking class for some of our KS2 pupils.  Demonstrations were given using only the target language and some delightful cupcakes with a continental twist were cooked up.

“I learnt the name of a lot of new ingredients and as we have been doing about pets in French class, I decorated one of my cakes with ‘un chien’.”  Lewis, 6L

“When we did the decorating, we had to ask for the icing colours in French.  Bleu, blanc and rouge were used by everybody.” Caleb, 6M

“The Y8 chefs were not allowed to speak any English and I did my best to only speak French too.  I enjoyed telling off the chefs if they weren’t using ‘français’.” Theo, 6I

“It was a great event and a chance for us to use our language skills in a new context.  Although we had a few technical hitches like eggs being dropped and losing the cup cake cases, I was glad to get the chance to be involved in something a bit different.” Ben, 8J

“There was definitely a lot of hard work and dedication involved, writing and learning the recipe, but everyone had a great day.”  Jack, 8M

Thanks to our Year 8s for leading the event and to Europe Direct Durham for the funding.  More events to celebrate languages, both European and farther afield, will be taking place this week so keep posted for more details.