College’s farm to fork food experience

Professional cookery students have been working in partnership with agriculture and horticulture departments to create a special a la carte Northumberland lamb dining experience.

The Dales Specialist School at Cowpen Road, Blyth.

Increasing capacity at Northumberland’s special needs schools

Northumberland County Council is urgently creating more school places in the face of a huge increase in the number of pupils with special educational needs.

Coun Wayne Daley

Fewer parents are fined over absence

Schools in Northumberland have backed off handing out fines to parents if their children miss school, figures from the Department for Education have shown, reflecting a national drop for the first time.

Truancy is one of the reasons for unauthorised absences from schools; unauthorised family holidays is another.

Northumberland schools fined fewer parents despite rise in pupil absence

Schools in Northumberland have backed off handing out fines to parents if their children miss school, figures from the Department for Education have shown, reflecting a national drop for the first time.

Ashington Town Council civic head Victor Bridges officially opens the polytunnel, watched by pupils and staff at the school and Coun Lynne Grimshaw.

Outdoor addition at primary school

Bothal Primary School recently obtained a polytunnel to support its work with green-fingered schoolchildren.


Revealed: 11 South Tyneside schools rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

These South Tyneside schools have reason to celebrate after being given the highest possible rating by Ofsted at their last full inspections.

Pupils, staff and governors at Seaton Sluice Middle School were smiling after the Ofsted report for the school was published.

Report is good news for school

There were plenty of positives for a Northumberland school in a recently published report.

Coun Mark Swinburn and Coun Loraine De Simone in Cramlington.

Cramlington play park to get revamp

A town centre play park in Cramlington is finally going to get an upgrade following years of neglect.

Great NCEA Spelling Bee winner Chloe Smith, Y2, is presented with her prize by Steve Burke, team leader for customer involvement at Bernicia.

Pupils get a buzz from spelling bee

The Northumberland Church of England Academy was recently awarded £500 from the Bernicia Community Grant fund to help towards its inter-campus spelling competition.

WISE Academies Trust - CEO Zoe Carr

Blyth Quays Trust makes WISE move

The Blyth Quays Trust has announced it will be merging with WISE Academies.

New Delaval Primary school in Blyth.

More than 100 new school places

A total of 115 new school places are being created in five schools in south-east Northumberland to meet the increasing pupil population.

Andy Haldane, chief economist at the Bank of England, visited the LifeSavers Bank at the Josephine Butler Primary Campus in Ashington last Friday.

Chief economist praises school bank

Young bankers in Ashington recently had a new trainee cashier to put through his paces – the chief economist at the Bank of England.

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Cramlington nursery is acquired

A North East childcare business that operates a group of nurseries has acquired a new nursery, with the support of a £210,000 loan from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Julie Roberts and Bethan Harding.

Bede Academy promotes 3-18 learning model

A Northumberland three to 18 academy has hosted the UK’s first conference on all-through education.

Alanya Wilson from Newbiggin. Picture by Iconphotomedia.

Scholarship for Newbiggin student

Leeds Beckett University has awarded a £1,000 scholarship to an English and media student from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

Katrina  Gilmore, spa manager Emily Cape and Tyler Richell.

Students trained in spa techniques

Active Northumberland is working with Northumberland College to help two local students gain work experience in the beauty industry.

Northumberland College's main campus in Ashington.

College calls for alumni to celebrate diamond jubilee

Northumberland College is calling on former staff and students as well as members of the local community to attend its Diamond Jubilee event next week.

Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland Conservatives, outside County Hall in Morpeth.

Post-16 transport charges to be axed in Tories’ first budget

Transport charges for post-16 students are to be abolished for the next academic year, the leader of Northumberland County Council has pledged.

The going gets tough in Northumberland schools.

Struggling to balance the books

An increasing number of schools in Northumberland are unable to balance their books, according to the latest data from the Department for Education.

Some positive education news for the county.

Seven-year-olds performing well

The proportion of seven-year-olds reaching the expected standards in most subjects in school has gone up in the last 12 months in Northumberland, according to figures from the Department for Education.

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