Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting

changeseventMany thanks to all of the parents and carers that attended our Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting Changes event on Thursday the 22nd of October.

The feedback from parents has been excellent and a number of parents that were unable to attend have been in touch to see if they can access some of the resources shared on the evening.

The folder linked below contains a copy of the presentation to parents and resources used in the changes to the Maths & English curriculum workshops. Additionally, more materials can be found on the National Curriculum Assessments website..

More information on the changes to Assessment and Reporting, plus Assessment Frameworks can be found here.

Photography Competition


  • Termly photography competition- the first deadline is Friday December 11 with 3 prizes of £5 WH Smith tokens
  • Art and Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) theme
  • First term’s themes are either:
    • Colour and Light
    • Plants and Trees
    • Food- healthy/unhealthy

Please email with your name and class to:

North Of Tyne Champion Schools Rugby League Tournament

On Tuesday the 10th November Newminster headed to their first North Of Tyne Champion Schools Rugby League Tournament.

The boys were in high spirits off the back of a good performance in the Rugby League Sky Try Tournament held at Kingston Park the previous month.

However, having entered the competition in the second round we had some fixtures to make up. On a windy day the boys played seven, twelve minute games of Rugby League. Battling through the conditions and some tough opposition to finish with 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. The most pleasing thing from my point of view with the enjoyment the boys seems to get from the tournament and the improvements they made in their performances. As most of the boys have never played the game before this year, this was the most pleasing aspect of the day.

We can now look forward to another tournament closer to Christmas.

Well done boys. Mr Twentyman


School Gateway

SchoolgatewaySchool Gateway is now being used for all payment – replacing ParentPay.

More information on School Gateway can be found on the School Gateway page, and via the logo on the sidebar on the right-side of the webpage.

Big Band Sounds Concert

We are putting a Jazz Band concert with three bands playing at KEVI this coming Friday 20th November in our Lower School Hall at 7.30 pm (finishing about 9.30 pm).

Students aged 12 and under are free and adult tickets cost just £5. There will be a bar with soft drinks and alcohol (for adults) available and supplied by VIP Brewery.

The concert will be very informal with cafe style set up (chairs around tables) so people can move around and each band will only play for about 20 – 25 mins each then there will be a short breaks.

Tickets can be bought from the KEVI General Office (01670 – 515415) or on the door.

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Great North Air Ambulance

DSCF0137 (Large)Well done to both Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools who donated £2000 to the Great North Air Ambulance after a very successful fun run earlier in the term.

The charity was chosen after the Mayor of Morpeth, Alison Byard, visited the schools to talk to the children about her work as Mayor and why she had chosen this charity for her year in office. She has aimed to raise £5000 so she is two fifths there! Rose Akenclose & Patricia Ford from the GNAA accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity and thanked the students for their amazing hard work.

Please visit for further information about the charity.

Remembrance Day 2015

The whole school was involved in remembrance day activities on Armistice day. The purpose of the day was to remember all the service men and women who have lost their lives through war.

Activities included: Training with a drill sergeant (Mr Jensen); Poppy making; Visit to Eden Camp; Ceremony at the Cenotaph with Val Cowan from the Mustard tree trust; Make do and mend sessions with Linda Jensen from the Women’s Institute; VE party; Trench Art; Wartime singing; Enigma machine workshop; Making Apple sauce; and Letter writing.


Kids’ Lit Quiz (UK) Competition

Newminster B from left to right: Charlie Halliford Y7, Jake Hewitt Y7, Megan MacInnes Y6, Bronwen Rees Y6

On Tuesday, two teams from Newminster travelled to Gosforth to compete against nineteen other schools from around the North East in our regional heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz.

This is a national competition with similar regional heats taking place in Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England throughout autumn. The UK final – which decides the British team that competes in the World Final in Auckland – will be held in December.

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Remembrance Day

poppy-32120_640On Wednesday 11th November Newminster Middle School will be commemorating Remembrance Day with a whole school event. Each year group will be taking part in different WW1 and WW2 themed activities throughout the day.

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