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.

Newminster Bake Off

Many congratulations to all of the students who participated in the recent Newminster Bake Off.  As always the quality of the cakes produced were to an exceptional standard, well done to everyone who took part.

Newminster and Chantry Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir Visit – Tuesday 17th September 2019

The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir is touring the North East for 2 weeks in September fundraising. They are planning to spend a day at Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools on Tuesday 17th September.

Their visit will comprise of an assembly performance for both schools, workshops for classes and an afternoon workshop for the joint schools choir. Their visit will culminate in an evening performance which will take place at 6:30pm in the Chantry hall. The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir will perform along with some join pieces with the Newminster and Chantry school choir. Tickets for the concert will be available on the door (adults £4 and children £3). There will also be refreshments, African crafts on sale and a raffle.

To coincide with the visit and raise money for the charity Pearl of Africa Child Care Ltd, we are planning on holding a non uniform day across the two schools where pupils wear the clothes in the colours of the Ugandan flag – black, red, yellow and white with a suggested donation of £1 per student. African crafts will be available to buy on the day too.

The charity Pearl of Africa Child Care Ltd, which organises the tour, is a registered charity in England and Wales and all the money is sent to the charity which sends it to Uganda to help the schools educate, house and feed orphans and destitute children in six schools in Kampala and Masaka District in S.W. Uganda.  Molly Wasswa, co-founder of the schools, will be travelling with the choir once again on their eighth visit to the North

Choir members will need to return to school to perform in this exciting concert at 6pm on Tuesday 17th September.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Key Stage 2 Results

We are delighted to be able to share with you our KS2 results for 2019. The students and staff have worked incredibly hard to achieve some fantastic results. 95% of our students reached the expected standard for maths; 88% in writing and in SPaG and 85% in reading. These are some of our best results ever and we are incredibly proud of our students. Well done to everyone involved!

Three Rivers at the North East Book Awards 2019

Four months of hard (but pleasurable) work came to an end on June 10th when thirty-nine Chantry and Newminster students and fifteen parents gathered at the Centre for Life  to meet the authors whose work they had come to regard almost as ‘old friends.’

A small group of us started reading and discussing possible contenders for the North East Book Award 2019 at Christmas, but the process was tricky as the books we liked best were less challenging than usual.  For this reason, and because some of them were also quite short, we settled on six strong candidates instead of the usual five. In April, younger students came on board, eager to read and review the shortlist:

 Boy 87        Girl in the Window The Closest Thing to Flying       A Darkness of Dragons   She Wolf Seaglass

vote for their favourites and meet the authors.

This year, we were privileged to be asked to present two of the four authors who were able to attend and our Year 6 students did us proud!

We warmed immediately to debut author, Ele Fountain. She is an articulate and engaging speaker who moved with her young family to Addis Ababa at the height of the refugee crisis.  She felt a moral obligation to expose the impossible choices refugees have to face by helping readers see the situation through their eyes. To find out why we thought her book was so good, read our reviews on        Use the links to navigate to the shortlist. 

Year 6 students: Eleanor and Lucy of Chantry and Maisie and Eva of Newminster were thrilled to be asked to present her and she was quite overwhelmed by what they had to say about her book.

We first met author, Gill Lewis three years ago when she donned a gorilla suit to promote her book and shared the stage with a bemused Ross Welford and a hyper active teacher. This time, she’d brought some flamboyant headgear – a tropical rainforest in a hat – and our students were very keen to try it on!  To understand the connections between a hat and modern slavery; global extinctions and the origins of the RSPB, you’ll just have to read the book. It covers a lot of ground!

Well done to Gill’s presenters, Year 6 students Amelia and Lily of Chantry and Lauren and Chloe of Newminster.  Gill was obviously thrilled by what you had to say – and you said it beautifully!

Sadly, this year’s winner was unable to attend the ceremony for health reasons.  She suffers from the same chronic fatigue syndrome as her central character and this prevents her from getting out and about.  Everyone was very sad that she was unable to collect her well-deserved award.

Although we all thought Penny Joelson’s, A Girl in the Window was a deserving winner, we would have been quite satisfied if any of the first four had won, they were so good!

Click here to see our presenters in action

Click here to see Ele responding to one of our questions

Click here to once again see our presenters in action

Click here to see Gill’s thanks

Click here to see Gill responding to a question from Pippa in Year 5

British Dodgeball

British Dodgeball would like to invite any young people aged under 16 to participate in the European Dodgeball Championships junior event, on Thursday 25th July 2019 at Sport Central, Newcastle.

Please click here for further information.