‘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.

School of Rock

On Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th June 2019 Newminster and Chantry pupils and staff performed the musical ‘School of Rock’ to sold out audiences!

Please click here to read further.



Morpeth Junior Netball Club

If you enjoy playing or are interested in playing Netball and in Year 5 or below Morpeth Junior Netball Club are looking to set up a new High 5 section.

Please here for further information.

KS3 Fight for Fairtrade

Students in KS3 Geography lessons have been learning about the importance of buying Fairtrade. In their English lessons they have written poems for the ‘Divine Chocolate Competition’ that highlight the importance of supporting Fairtrade. Here is one of the fabulous entries that Sam, in Year 8, wrote below:


Fair Trade Chocolate

The sight of the chocolate made his mouth water,

He thought of the Easter egg he’d bought for his daughter.

The price on the chocolate was only 99p,

But the cost that was paid was more than that fee.

The money was paid and went into the till,

He was happy with his purchases, happy until…

His daughter saw the chocolate and he saw her smile fade,

When she spotted the chocolate wasn’t Fairtrade.


The daughter said what she was taught at school,

That nothing about chocolate was fair at all.

African farmers, they toil in the fields,

Work night and day to keep up the yields.

They harvest the beans, dry them off in the sun,

And never have time to have any fun.

At the end of the season they look what’s been made,

To check in their wallets, they’ve barely been paid!


With fair trade in action, the farmers are smiling,

The harvest is in the beans, they are piling.

The quality is higher and the prices are fair,

With money in their pocket, they take much more care.

His daughter convinced him that Fairtrade is best,

With respect to the farmers, it passes the test.

He returned to the shop to get back what he paid,

And the shopkeeper asked him, ‘So what is Fairtrade?’


Sam Best – Year 8

PTA Meeting – May 2019

Thank you to those parents who attended the PTA meeting on Tuesday 21st May.  There are lots of events planned for the remainder of the year.

Please click here for a copy of the minutes.

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 http://music.northumberland.gov.uk, 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 https://live.paritor.com/p/2302. 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.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Visit Chantry

All of Chantry’s Year 8 pupils were given the opportunity to spend time with representatives from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Services as well as the Environment Agency. The workshop was aimed to raise awareness of water safety and provided the pupils with the opportunity to practise some safety training techniques as they were shown how to throw the line and how to wear a safety vest. The event was a huge success and feedback from Chantry pupils said they “enjoyed the chance to learn how to throw the line,” “it was exciting to try out some of the life-saving equipment” and “understood that it was important to be stay safe when near the water.” We would like to say thank you to both Northumberland Fire and Rescue Services and the Environment Agency for taking the time to join us at Chantry.

Chantry against Plastic

We would like to say a huge thank you to Freja, Jack Gebhard (the Mayor of Morpeth) and Wendy Fail (from Groundwork NE and Cumbia) for taking the time to join us at Chantry to raise our awareness and understanding of the problems caused by plastic misuse.  We were encouraged to think about how we could become ‘plastic clever’ and reduce our use of single-use plastics both at school and at home. So how can you help? Could you use a reusable water bottle rather than a plastic bottle? Use a bag for life rather than a single use plastic bag? Help join in with a little pick in the local area? By working together we can all make a difference.