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.

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.

The Rocky Monster Show

IMG_0295 (1)Monday 19th June – 6:30pm, Tuesday 20th June – 6:30pm

Pupils at Newminster and Chantry have been rehearsing ready to perform the musical ‘The Rocky Monster Show’ in June.

Tickets will be available for the ‘The Rocky Monster Show’ performances at the school offices from Monday 15th May (strictly morning break times only). The tickets are priced at £4 adult and £3 child / OAP.

About the ‘The Rocky Monster Show’…..

Bizarre, anarchic and very funny, this Rock ‘n’ Roll musical is a riotous mix of the Addams Family, Young Frankenstein and Phantom of the Opera, with Rebecca and The Rocky Horror Show thrown in for good measure!

Baron Frankenstein’s descendant, and ex-pop star turned professor of Genetics, creates DNA moulds of people in his computer. How these moulds come to life as the ultimate Rock Group, headed by a clone of Elvis himself is the highlight of the hilarious plot.

More traditional monsters also add spice to the explosive mixture. Audience and cast will love the Rock ‘n’ Roll score, much of which is an affectionate send-up of the 60’s.

Information for Applicants

Completing the Application Form

If you have a Gmail account:

  • Open the Application document
  • Click ‘Sign in’ at the top right of the page
  • Go to File > Make a copy
  • Complete the application form in the Google Doc

Without a Gmail account:

  • Open the Application document
  • Go to File > Download as > Microsoft Word
  • Complete the application form in Microsoft Word

Newminster Middle School – Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 11th December

We would like to invite pupils to come to school on Friday 11th December 2020 wearing their Christmas jumper (all other uniform items apart from jumpers should remain the same). There will be a voluntary contribution of £1 for this non-uniform day with all proceeds going to Save the Children.

There is no need to buy a new jumper for this, how about swapping with a friend, decorating a jumper you already have with tinsel and baubles or wearing one from last year?

This is the best bit… by doing this we are raising money to change the future of children all over the world by making a positive difference to their lives.

Let’s get sparkly and Merry Christmas from all of us here at Newminster Middle School.

Year 8 Romeo & Juliet Soundtrack Competition! What would Shakespeare think..?

The challenge is to select  song lyrics, which not only reflect events in  a specific scene, but also explore the young lovers emotions and the problems they face.  The play script is full of powerful imagery… Our pupil’s task is to find a song that echoes Shakespeare’s language and justify their choice, through comparison with the text.
Closing date 3rd December 2020

Newminster’s Angels

This December students at Newminster are going to create some Angel sculptures to put around the school and the school grounds. Angels are symbols of love, hope and strength and we hope that these will provide some extra Christmas smiles as the children and staff spot the Angels around us.


What Christmas is For

Newminster Middle School are taking part in the Music Partnership North’s ‘Christmas Virtual Performance’ of Fiona Lander’s song, ‘What Christmas is For’

Students will be recorded singing and signing this song at school.  Students will also need to practise at home as well as school as the deadline for filming is the end of November. The resources needed to practise are below; 

As part of this, there will be a video produced with all the schools who have taken part.  We are encouraging anyone viewing the video to donate to the homeless charity, Crisis.  A link showing how you can donate to this charity in the final video which will be released in December.

Get singing and signing.

Friday 13th November – ‘Children in Need 2020’

Pudsey Art Show!

For this year’s ‘Children in Need’ Newminster Middle School in Morpeth, who have been recently awarded Artmark Platinum for the second time in a row, came together on Friday 13th November to produce a Pudsey Art show!

Although the whole school community couldn’t be together in person at the moment due to COVID19, their art could be on show as one united unit.

Each student and staff member in school created a piece of art for the exhibition (models, painting, sketches, baking, bunting, gem art, jewellery, textiles, lego, digital images) which covered the school hall using the theme of friendship, care, Children in Need, Pudsey and charity.

In addition to the art show they held a Pudsey themed non-uniform day to raise money for the charity with a raffle of a Pudsey themed hamper for this fantastic charity!

Findings from recent research shows that right now the coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on the mental health and well-being of UK children, and for those who were already facing disadvantages, life has become incredibly difficult. It has never been more important that Children in Need can keep funding life changing projects and charities, providing crucial services for vulnerable children and young people through this crisis.


Christmas Card Competition 2020

Calling all local young artists!

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuiness needs your help.

Can you design a Christmas card that shows Northumbria Police and your community working together to keep you safe and improve lives?





Children in Need

Dear Parent/Carer
We just wanted to remind you about the arrangements for ‘Children in Need’ on Friday 13th November.  
Along with the non-uniform day and Pudsey Art Show (please click here to see letter) we are raffling this amazing Pudsey Hamper, as seen below. Tickets are priced at 50p each (with all proceeds going to ‘Children in Need’) and will be sold to pupils during their morning registration periods during these days:
Monday – Year 5
Tuesday – Year 6
Wednesday – Year 7
Thursday – Year 8
The raffle will be drawn during the day on Friday 13th November.
Please get creative this weekend to produce Pudsey art work for our show. Pupils can bring their art to school anytime next week and hand it to their form teacher (the earlier the better). All art work will be collected by the pupils on Friday to be taken home.
Many thanks for your support with this.
Kind regards
Charlotte Jones – Curriculum Leader of the Creative Arts

Great British School Lunch

As part of National School Meals Week, we are celebrating the Great British School Lunch on Thursday 12th November. The menu is packed with all your British favourites. Please see the attached menu and please remember to preorder your child’s lunch.

Northumberland Libraries – BorrowBox Digital Library

Northumberland Library has a digital library that can be accessed all the time. It contains eBooks and eAudiobooks for both adults and children. In the current climate it has proved to be popular with our library members and we would like to try and make more people aware of this free service. If people are not members, they can join online at the library website and get access straight away without having to come into the library to collect their card.

You can view what is available on the website here – There are over 300 eAudio titles for children with lots of popular authors featuring such as David Walliams, David Baddiel, Liz Pichon and Roald Dahl.



Unity through Music

Lockdown isn’t going to stop UNITY THROUGH MUSIC!
Music Partnership North are celebrating the young musical talent of Northumberland through a FREE live streaming performance on 16th December.
If you sing or play an instrument, submit your video for a chance to make it through to the final five performances which will be showcased in the event.
See the attached flyer for more information and help spread the word #unitythroughmusic
We look forward to hearing from you.