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COMING SOON: Year 9 virtual parents' evening
On 13/05/21 we will be holding a virtual parents' evening to provide an opportunity for Year 9 pupils, together with their parents, to discuss their progress and get answers to any questions they might have around their KS4 options. 

We will be using Schoolcloud to hold the video appointments - all parents will shortly receive an email with instructions on how to create a free account and book appointments. The system works on almost all smartphones, tablets, laptops and static computers with a camera facility, if you do have any issues using/accessing the app however, please contact your child's class teacher at your earliest convenience. 
Find out more about Year 9 options
'The Big Ask' at Bishop's Primary School

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on all of our lives, but as businesses and individuals start to get back to some kind of "normal", what about our children? Has anyone thought to ask them what they want to see in a post-Covid world? The Children’s Commissioner for England, Rachel de Souza has.

'The Big Ask' is a new nationwide survey designed by the Children's Commissioner to collect the views of children and young people aged 4-17 about life after Covid and we're delighted that our children across Bishop's Primary will be taking part.

Pupil views are very important to us at Bishop's and encouraging children to share these is an excellent way to develop their independence and character.

This is the largest ever survey of children and young people in England, using what they say to show the government what they think, and what they need to live happier lives.

Children will be given the opportunity to complete the survey in school. Or they (and you) can access it at home via the Children's Commissioner's website

Find out more about 'The Big Ask'
Money talks with NUFC Foundation at Warkworth Primary
Earlier this week, our KS2 pupils enjoyed a financial literacy session with Phil from the NUFC Foundation. Over the next six weeks, Phil will be coming into school to host further sessions covering topics like bank accounts, payments, balances and monthly wages. It really is so important to make learning relevant to pupils’ everyday lives in order to support the development of fundamental life skills and and enhance their career opportunities. 
More news from Warkworth Primary
Castle School pupils' musical makeover for 'Baby Shark'
This half term, Castle School's secondary classes theme is 'Healthy Living' so Norham Class are using ice cream van jingles as a stimulus for their music lessons. Check out the video below to see the group's version of the song 'Baby Shark', led by Callum. 

The students learned to play the famous song by following a written version of the notes to play on the glockenspiel. They think it would make a great tune to attract people to buy ice creams!
Sing along if you know the words... You know you want to!
Would you be interested in becoming a Castle Parent Governor?
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a parent/carer to become involved in supporting leaders and ensuring provision of the very best education and opportunities for our children.

We have a vacancy for one Parent Governor at Castle School. The Governors are keen to encourage any parent/carers to apply, who feel they have the skills, time and aptitude to support our children to realise and further their aspirations and ambition.

The governing board particularly requires a diversity of skills in areas such as education (special needs) medical, legal, financial/ accountancy and leadership, and parents/carers with these skills are urged to apply.

If you would like to apply for this important role, please email your name, address and the name of your child to Lesley Dalby, Governance Manager at, not later than 9am on Friday, 7 May 2021.
More news from Castle School
After school clubs resume at Grace Darling
Here at Grace Darling, we are delighted to be able to start to reintroduce some of our after school clubs – at last, there are some signs of things starting to get back to normal!

Our Friday night Football Club has now started again for children in Years 5 & 6. Mr. Stewart will be starting up Cricket Club soon for children in Year 3 and we also have Multisports starting for children in Year 2 and Year 4.  All clubs will be operated under Covid guidance from the DfE to ensure they are safe. For more information, please contact the Grace Darling Campus.
More news from Grace Darling Campus
Sixth Form students gain skills for life with Barclays Bank
Pupils at Duke's Sixth Form have been learning about the importance of managing their money with a little help from the experts at Barclays Bank. Here's what two students, Luc and Georgia thought about the sessions:

"On Monday 26th April, all of sixth form took part in an educational video conference with Barclays which was to help us understand the importance of taking care of money, how to use it and how to store it, along with protecting your bank details and the risks that come if you don’t. Also they asked questions about whether we had jobs or not and how your employer gives us our wages. In my opinion, I found this a good idea as it was very instructive and gave me and I hope the others a better idea on how to take care of yourself in terms of watching how you use money." - Luc. 

"The session explained about how to manage finances in the future once we have left school and in employment or higher education. It was good because it told us that once we leave education, we have all these payments and how we should prioritise our money to pay them. It will help in the future because we will become adults in society and won’t have to rely on our parents for money and for bills to be paid whereas we would have to do them ourselves and make money work between a mortgage, car payment, taxes etc." - Georgia.
More news from Duke's Sixth Form
CEO's blog: What do we want for our children? (Part 2)

I can’t imagine many people would argue that having good subject knowledge isn’t important, or that achieving the best possible qualifications in English and Maths aren’t essential for success after school. However, I would argue that the current system of examinations and the expectations for school performance tables and inspections is very narrow in its focus, leading to vocational qualifications often being seen as the poor relations to the ‘academic’ ones.

There is too much emphasis on a small range of subjects favoured by the government and too much resting on ‘all or nothing’ final exams, which require pupils to recall a huge amount of subject knowledge. It feels like we are stuck with a model from 19th Century schools in the 21st Century. What is missing are more opportunities for practical learning and assessment throughout a course, not just at the end. Many universities get this and use this as the assessment model for degrees. I think that the current systems forced upon schools means we are missing an opportunity. We need change and that can only come if enough of us agree and make our voices heard...

Continue reading on the CEO's blog
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