Northumberland school buildings need £2k per pupil to bring them up to scratch

More than £2,000 per pupil is needed to bring school buildings in Northumberland up to a satisfactory condition – far higher than in many other areas, according to a new report.

Matthew Fenwick, left, training officer Julie Hindhaugh and Kyle Marshall.

Success for apprentices

Two IT apprentices will be going back to school permanently as they have been hired.

Cookswell Garage has presented Pegswood Primary School with new sports kit. Headteacher Andrew Waterfield is seen with Claire Brind, left, and Julie Stephenson from the Citroen garage and some delighted pupils.  Picture by Jane Coltman.

Generous garage sponsors strips

Pegswood Primary School pupils are enjoying wearing their smart new kit in Northumberland sporting events and competitions.

The blackbird was the most common playground visitor in 2016. Picture courtesy of RSPB

Schools can take part in Birdwatch

Children all over Northumberland are swapping books for binoculars to take part in the UK’s biggest schools wildlife survey.

Amy O'Neill, Toni-Dee Wood and Nicola Taylor from The Wallaw present �458 to head of school Sarah Robson and pupils Thomas Kendal, Layla Brosnan, Eboni Dryden and Ruby Alexander at Morpeth Road Primary Academy in Blyth. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Fun parties raise big total for school

Festive fun at a Wetherspoons pub in Blyth has raised some useful funds for a school in the town that was hit by vandals over the summer holidays.

The Soul Space at Bedlingtonshire Community High School.

Pupils on board with soul station

It’s good to talk, as pupils in Bedlington have been finding out.

A Bright Socks fundraising day at St Benet Biscop.

Pupils pull their socks up for fund

Pupils put their best feet forward to step into harvest fundraising.

The nativity by Years 5 and 6 at Bede Academy in Blyth included a performance by stars where Eve Turner goes through a transformation into a Superstar.

School puts on a super nativity

A school nativity had the X-mas factor as pupils searched for a superstar in their seasonal spectacular.

Sixth Form students at Bede Academy help load Blythswood Cares van with donated shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts. Picture by Daniel Sword.

Pupils turn gift-givers

Generous Blyth pupils are making a happier Christmas for more than 200 children across the world.

Abbie Emery, Tara Blyth, John Strasenbugh, Laura Brown, Luke Shears, and Cassey Kinghorn.

Youth election results announced as thousands cast their vote

More than 6,000 young people voted this week to elect Youth Parliament representatives and new members of the Northumberland Youth Cabinet.

Some of the participants in the childcare pilot podcast.

Podcast on Northumberland's 30-hour free childcare pilot scheme

Members of Northumberland County Council's Early Years Team got together with partners and service users to discuss the 30-hour free childcare pilot and what it meant to them.

Pupils from Bedlingtonshire Community High School with cupcakes from their Bake My Day business.

Business bake-off earns a fair crust

Entrepreneurial Bedlington pupils have shown they have just the ingredients for business success.

County council deputy leader Dave Ledger, a group of pupils and staff Jill Preece and Becky Johns with the new seats at Stakeford Primary School.  Picture by Jane Coltman

School introduces ‘buddy benches’

Children at Stakeford Primary School are taking a stance against loneliness and bullying – by sitting down.

Pictured, from left, are Jason Sunil, Christie Edge (sales manager), Martha Cape, Claire Clifford (Barratt Homes Sales Adviser) and Evan Johnson.

Time is captured for the future at site

A future generation will learn about what Morpeth was like in 2016 thanks to a group of pupils.

Bedlingtonshire Community High School pupils learn about safety.

Safety first for Bedlington pupils

High school pupils were certainly safe and sound on their latest outing.

Tony Platten and four students from Bede Academy in Blyth with a Raspberry Pi single board computer.

Schools can get a ‘slice of the Pi’

North East philanthropist Tony Platten is helping primary schools across the region to purchase cutting edge Raspberry Pi technology.

Some of the goods on sale at Bedlingtonshire Community High School's Macmillan coffee morning.

Bedlingtonshire High brews up funds

Sixth form students put the fun into fundraising at a community coffee morning.

Rev Yvonne Tracey collects the blankets from Horton Grange Primary School. She is pictured with Charlie, Abbie, Josh, Abbie and Macey.  Picture by Jane Coltman

Pupils’ donations are all sewn up

A Blyth school has been clicking together for some good causes.

Year 6 pupils test out Bedlingtonshire High School

Pupils put ‘big school’ to the test

Primary school pupils have been given an early taste of secondary school life.

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