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.

Ceilidh Band enjoy a Sophy Ball Folk Workshop

The Three Rivers joint Ceilidh Band (Newminster, Chantry and Dr Thomlinson Middle Schools) were lucky enough to have had a workshop with the incredible folk musician Sophy Ball on Tuesday 16th October 2018. Not only is Sophy a professional folk musician but she is an arranger.  KEVI music department asked Sophy if she could create an arrangement of Ceilidh Tunes especially for the Middle school bands to perform using money donated at the joint Three Rivers Ceilidh last year.
Wonderful music making and we are looking forward to the next Three River Ceilidh in February 2019.

Year 8 Careers Conference

On Friday 5th October, Year 8 students entered the world of work and for the first time ever, the annual Careers Conference took place at Linden Hall.

The core purpose of the day was to provide students with the opportunity to engage with employers from a range of different sectors.  The day is a central part of the careers programme for Year 8 students as they will soon embark on their journey towards high school education and be required to make GCSE choices very early on.  We hope that this day. along with various other planned events in Year 8 will help prepare the students to make informed career choices for the future.  The event highlighted alternative careers pathways such as apprenticeships as well as the more traditional routes into employment.

The careers speed dating session involved students grilling employers and Business Ambassadors from a range of local employment sectors to get a flavour of career pathways and typical working days.

The afternoon workshops were delivered by Northumberland Fire and Rescue, Police, RAF and the Navy.  The workshops highlighted all of the different roles in various organisations as well as key skills needed to be successful and addressed common misconceptions.

Liz Kinninment, Headteacher at Newminster Middle School, gave a keynote speech to launch the day’s activities.

At Newminster we are committed to encouraging students to think about their future careers from a very early stage.  Being able to offer students the opportunity to experience a live working environment like this is invaluable.  The experience certainly opens their eyes to the possibilities available and will hopefully help inspire their future career choices.”

The conference day was delivered in partnership with Northumberland Business and Education Partnership and we would like to thank all of the businesses that made the day a success.

Contributors for the speed dating activity included

  • NCC
  • NCC Apprentices
  • Newcastle College
  • Interserve
  • Newcastle University
  • HMRC
  • RAF
  • Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service
  • Police Service
  • British Army
  • Robertsons

Here is what the students had to say:

“There are a lot more job opportunities in some jobs that you wouldn’t expect”

“It was an inspiring day”

” I have a new understanding of my future career”




‘Bring it On’ Event

A group of Year 8 pupils attended the Bring It On event at the Beacon of Light in Sunderland on Thursday 4th October. The event showcased many exciting engineering businesses and opportunities across the North East and aimed to inspire, educate and motivate pupils to explore Engineering as a future career.
Pupils took part in many exciting activities including gaming demonstrations, using 3D plastic printing, creating cable structures, operating machinery and using virtual reality headsets.
Pupils really enjoyed the event and came away with lots of inspiration for their future careers.


Year 8 ‘Big Bang Fair’ Competition success

Congratulations to all of our Big Bang Fair Competition Entrants – on Thursday 4th October they presented their CREST STEM projects to judges at the Regional Fair, which was part of the ‘Bring It On’ exhibition at the Beacon of Light in Sunderland. Pupils spoke confidently about their work, the judges were extremely impressed and two projects were awarded with prizes. One of our projects will be representing the North East at the Big Bang Fair National Finals 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham, and these pupils have also been invited to a special event at Parliament next month. Well done everyone, we are very proud of you.


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The King Edward VI High School Open Evening, Thursday 11th October 2018

The King Edward VI High School would like to warmly invite parents/carers of prospective students to visit school and meet staff and students at their Open Evening on Thursday 11 October 2018 from 4.30 pm – 7.00 pm.

There will be a presentation at 5.00 pm in the Lower School Hall.  This presentation will be repeated again at 6.00 pm. Please attend whichever presentation is most convenient for you.

Please note that parking is restricted on the school site, therefore it would be appreciated if you could car share or walk where possible to this event.

The portal for applying for places in Northumberland is now open and closes at midnight on Wednesday 31 October.  Further information about the admissions process can be found by following the link below:

Rotary is calling all Young Musicians

Music is an international language and Great Britain and Ireland is home to some of the most talented young instrumentalists and vocalists in the world. The RotaryGBI Young Musician competition encourages this talent by providing an opportunity for the thousands of young people who enter each year, to demonstrate their musical skills.

Starting with club level competitions, winners progress to district events followed by regional contests with the hope of progressing to the national final. There they compete to take home the prestigious title of RotaryGBI Young Musician of the year.

The organiser for the District Competition in District 1230 (West of Scotland) is William H Campbell who can be contacted at

Entries in Solo Instrumental and/or Vocal categories are invited from clubs within District 1230. These should be submitted to Bill Campbell by Friday 9 February 2018.

Please click here for further information

Open Evening – Wednesday 10th October 2018

As you will be aware, as your child is now in Year 4, they will be moving on to the next phase of their education in September 2019.  The portal for applying for Middle School places in Northumberland opens on Wednesday 12th September and closes at midnight on Wednesday 31st October.

For further information please click here