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.

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is holding a competition to mark the end of World War 1

Are you aged between 9-16 years old and would like to use your creativity to say Thank You to the First World War generation? Then why not enter our art, poetry and song competition to say thank you to those who served, sacrificed and changed our world in your own individual way.

Visual Arts Bronze Arts Award

Congratulations to the Visual Arts Bronze Arts Award pupils for their amazing work this year. ​​The Moderator was really impressed and said ‘ The portfolios were very well presented and contained some fantastic art work’.

Keep up the good work at KEVI.

Morpeth’s Got Talent

This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your musical talent whether you are an amazing singer or in the best band we want to hear you!!

Winner of ‘Morpeth’s Got Talent’ wins the opportunity to perform on the Live Music Stage at Morpeth Food and Drink Festival on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October.

Last year the festival attracted a whopping 45,000 people to Morpeth Town Centre, this is a great opportunity to get yourself out there and be heard!

Auditions to take place on Saturday 21st July in Sanderson Arcade from 12.00pm in the Piazza.

All ages welcome all you have to do is fill in the entry form by clicking here and send to:

Lottie Thompson, Lumley House, Sanderson Arcade, NE61 1NS.

Or Email:

If you need any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Celebrating Success with a Book – Newminster’s Word Millionaires

When a student achieves 70% or more on a book quiz, the words in the book are totalled. When this total reaches a million, the student can choose a book to keep as a record of their success. These prizes are funded with commission earned from the annual Book Fair, so prizes are selected from the Scholastic UK website.

Some of the students have read more than 3,000,000 words this year and every million earns them another book!

This year’s Word Millionaires (numbers indicate multimillionaires): 

5L 5M 5S 5W
Michael F Chloe S Harry W [2] Martha G
Eve H      
Zoe P      
6B 6F 6J 6P
Holly B [2] Jack D Charlie H Chloe C
Erin C Riya G [2] Matthew P Lilly M
Lola St Mia S   Arthur [S]
Lola St Mark W [2]    
Finley T      
Year 7 Year 8    
Ethan C Kaitlyn S    
Luke T Chloe F    
Daniel W      
Leonas E      
Iona L      
Thomas R      

 Well done everyone – and keep reading!



















Well done everyone – and keep reading!


House Events 2018

The final house events occurred this term and it was fantastic to see all our pupils involved.


The final team house events of the year were a fantastic spectacle for all involved. Well done to Dacre for topping the table in this event.

Sports Days

The sports days also demonstrated superb participation and attitude from all involved. Dacre once again took the Track and Field event titles!

Area athletics

This took place at Monkton Stadium in Jarrow and once again Newminster had the most participants qualify through to the County Finals. A brilliant achievement for all involved with many pupils gaining PBs in their respective events.

The County event a couple of weeks later was a chance for our athletes to go up against the best in Northumberland. A massive well done to those who attended and in particular to Ollie in Year 6 who became County Champion in the High Jump.

Year 7/8 girls’ beach rugby

The final ‘official’ rugby festival of the year was again an awesome event in which we had the opportunity to take all our Year 7 and Year 8 girl rugby players to this exceptionally well attended competition. It has been an absolute pleasure this year seeing so many girls involved in this sport.

Newminster U13 Girls Netball team have had an outstanding season. In a tough league of 12 teams the girls won 10 matches with competence, unluckily losing only one game by one point!  Amazing statistics, so proud, well done!!

The team were:

Bella D

Eadie B

Esme S

Libby D

Fran T

Lucy Mc

Ruby G

Ellen D

Emma G

Oral C

We wish them more fabulous sporting success as they move onto KEVI!

 Summer Games 2018

Well done to all our pupils who took part in this prestigious annual occasion at Cramlington Learning Village. First mention goes to our Year 5 and Year 6 Quadkids who became County Champions at the event and to our Year 8 girls’ football team who took 2nd place. Also very well done to our Year 6 and Year 8 leaders who had a fantastic active involvement here. Last and by no means least we’d like to say very well done to Martha (Year 5) who designed the new county mascot, Hero Hand who was there to support all teams. See Twitter for some great pics on the day.

Year 8 Sports night

This annual event has taken place for a few years now and it involves teams from Newminster, Chantry, Richard Coates and Ponteland Academy. 10 boys and 10 girls from each school compete against each other in games of football, handball, rounders and basketball. We would like to congratulate our teams for demonstrating, as always, impeccable behaviour, attitude and ability in a very successful night.

Year 8

A final mention of the year goes to our wonderful Year 8 students who have given us here so much pleasure in their participation, attitude and commitment to school sports. Mr Dick has mentioned that he genuinely hasn’t had as much enjoyment in his 20 years at Newminster. Their immense success in a variety of sports has obviously put a smile on their faces but for him, he has never known a group of pupils show such commitment, attitude and determination to all they have been involved in. Particular note goes to his best ever Sports Ambassador team of Lucy, Ruby, Chris and Ollie for not only overseeing the sports leaders but for the role models they have been for the whole school. We wish them all the very best in the future and hope they continue in this way at high school.

Mischief Makers

Coming to a library near you… It’s FREE! It’s FUN! Last year, over 2,000 children in Northumberland took part in the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for 4 – 11 year olds.

This year’s Challenge takes place in Beanotown, where Dennis, Gnasher and their buddies are on an adventure to discover hidden treasure.

As children read their library books, they receive stickers in return (some with mysterious smells!).

By collecting the stickers on their special Beanotown poster they will get the clues they need to discover where the treasure is hidden!

How the Challenge works

  • ‘Mischief Makers’ launches on Saturday 14th July. Children sign up at their local library to receive a colourful starter pack to keep track of their reading
  • Children read six books collecting rewards along the way – all free
  • Prize draws will take place throughout the Summer and children can win family passes to local attractions across the County
  • Children can find out about authors and different kinds of books, supported by library staff, with activities and a website to stimulate their creative responses to books
  • Young children can read with their parents/carers, older children can challenge themselves with books they’ve never tried before
  • Children who complete the challenge are presented with a certificate and a medal at a special ceremony at the beginning of the new term

The SRC is designed to have maximum child appeal. It’s not a competition, but a personal challenge which offers reading inspiration and incentives to encourage children into libraries.

Why take part? Research by the UK Literacy Association shows the SRC:

  • Widens pupils’ reading range and boosts their desire to read at home.
  • Encourages children to read far more books over the summer
  • Is seen by children as an overwhelmingly positive experience.
  • The Challenge is a great example of how libraries and schools can work together to prevent the ‘summer reading dip’ and develop a lifelong love of reading for all the family

Extra ways to support ‘Mischief Makers’:

  • Please remind your children about ‘Mischief Makers’ and to visit the library over the summer – they can join the challenge at any time from 14th July.
  • There are fantastic resources to help you promote the Challenge in school: a link to the special schools pack which includes a powerpoint presentation – perfect for assemblies!
  • Encourage parents to take their children to the library during the summer holidays – it’s free and it’s fun!

For more information or for posters and flyers to display in your school, contact Jackie White, Librarian, Children & Young People’s Team


Morpeth Town Council Art Planter Competition

Newminster Middle School Pupils win Town Council Art Competition

Huge congratulations to the following Newminster Middle School Students who have been selected to have their art work printed onto planters in the Morpeth Market Place:

Gracie H (overall winner)

Iona L

Amelia H

Ruby HW

Louise C

Emma Mc

Andrew L

Kate K

The students at Newminster produced art on the theme of ‘Morpeth Heroes’ and were entered into the Morpeth Town Council Art Planter Competition in conjunction with Lateral Art. They chose from a range of materials to create their art including, chalk, charcoal, pen and wash, drawing pencils and watercolours.

The selected students have all won vouchers for the art shop by the Chantry, ‘Lateral Art’, which they will receive next week.

​The planters will be on display from next week​ in the Morpeth Market Place and the art entries from everyone who took part will be on display in the Town Hall from Friday 13th July.

Well done to everyone who took part and Mrs Woolley for sorting and entering the pupils.


Music Partnership North

Music Partnership North offer musical instrument tuition to all students at school.

Students are offered the opportunity to take up tuition, either as part of a group or individually, on a range of instruments. These lessons take place during or at the end of the school day.

If you would like further information regarding this, please contact the school who will be happy to advise you which instruments are available along with the cost of lessons.

Advice on hiring or purchasing an instrument can also be arranged through Music Partnership North.  Further information about this is available on their website

If you require any further guidance on the work of Music Partnership North please contact the office on 01670 624045.