Summer School for Year 6 transition

To help our Year 6 pupils to transition smoothly to Duke’s Secondary School in September, staff at Duke’s have put together an exciting Summer School programme for pupils to enjoy!

Taking place between 19th-23rd July, our Summer School programme is packed full of fantastic, fun activities to help the new Year 7s to get better acquainted with their new school and make some new friends along the way!

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If anyone has any questions about Duke’s summer school programme, please contact Mrs A Mitcheson on 01670 816111 ext. 358 or email

IASS Newsletter for SEND families out now

Check out the latest newsletter from Northumberland Information, Advice and Support Services (IASS) sharing information with you on local events, services and news in Northumberland and the North East for children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and/or disabilities) and their families.

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LIGHThouse – issue 36 – 01/07/21

Click here to view the latest issue of our LIGHThouse newsletter. In this edition:

  • Teacher’s creativity gives PMLD pupils new lease of life
  • Transition days get Year 6 ready for the ‘big school’
  • Transition with a difference as Warkworth pupils go ‘coasteering’
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar brought to life for our littlest learners!
  • Gadget Shoes and Boo-able Villains at JBP!
  • Art and Design students visit Northern Print
  • Grace Darling pupil scoops KS2 creative writing prize
  • Duke’s Sixth Form is now on Instagram

LIGHThouse – issue 35 – 24/06/21

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In this edition:

  • Last chance for free uniform delivery from Michael Sehgal
  • School Diversity Week comes to NCEAT!
  • Year 6 transition – virtual open evening resources now online
  • Staff humbled by National Thank a Teacher Day
  • County athletics success for Duke’s pupils
  • Growth Mindset Day at Grace Darling Infants
  • Warkworth Primary needs your help!
  • Duke’s student turned pro football star hosts special assembly
  • CEO’s blog: Bishop’s changes get green light from Department for Education

LIGHThouse – issue 34 – 18/06/21

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In this edition:

  • Free uniform delivery offer extended through June
  • Library gets a boost thanks to efforts of Castle School pupils
  • New Reading Corner launches on Bishop’s website
  • James Knott pupils’ Race for Life raises over £3k for Cancer Research UK
  • Something old, something new, something borrowed, EVERYTHING blue!
  • Roundnet comes to Duke’s
  • CEO’s blog: Should we extend the school day?

LIGHThouse – issue 33 – 11/06/21

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In this edition:

  • School Diversity Week at NCEAT
  • Free uniform delivery from Michael Sehgal
  • Farewell Year 11 and Year 13
  • Jam business reaps rewards for Castle School pupils
  • Community art project takes flight at Warkworth Primary
  • Student runners raise nearly £2,000 for Cancer Research
  • JBP pupils inspired by World Ocean Day
  • CEO’s blog: ‘Knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing’
  • Brand new Trust prospectus out now

A generous donation towards books and resources is helping early years’ pupils at a Northumberland primary school to play ‘catch up’ in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

Young learners aged between two and four years who attend Bishop’s Primary School’s early years’ facilities have received special ‘Story Sacks’ filled with books, educational games and learning resources to enjoy at home thanks to a £2,000 donation from Newcastle Diocese Mothers’ Union.

Mothers’ Union is a Church of England affiliated organisation with over four million members worldwide, whose primary aim is to support Christian family life and the nurture of children.

When the pandemic first hit, Mothers’ Union members realised that children’s development, especially those in isolated communities or areas of high socio-economic deprivation, would be particularly affected by an extended period of lockdown.

With over 900 members in the Newcastle Diocese area alone, the charity’s Diocesan President, Barbara Packer, wanted to explore how the charity could best support the children deemed most in need throughout Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Barbara said: “Since we are a Church of England organisation, I approached the Diocesan Education Department for advice as to the best way to help children in our Church communities to gain access to educational resources which would support their development in the aftermath of lockdown.

“The department suggested Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust and more specifically, Bishop’s Primary School. We had already decided that we could afford to give £2,000 and that we would be guided by ‘those on the ground’ as to the best way to use it.”

Trustees from the charity were directed towards Bishop’s Primary School’s Principal, Melanie Hinson, who launched a staff consultation to determine who would benefit most from the initiative.

“Staff agreed that it was our early years children whose education had been most affected by the prolonged period of lockdown,” Melanie commented.

“While our older children have been able to engage in a full programme of remote learning, for our two and three year olds, the lack of interaction with children their own age has seen them return to our early years settings less confident, more anxious and in some cases, less independent than they were before.

“Liaising with Mothers’ Union, we agreed that ‘Story Sacks’ – or something similar – seemed to be a good way in which quite a lot of children could benefit, and receive resources which could be used at home to support their speech and language development, fine motor skills and confidence building among other things.

“The Story Sacks have been really well received by staff, parents and our young learners. We can’t thank Mothers’ Union enough for their kind donation.”

Serving South East Northumberland with campuses across Ashington, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and Lynemouth, Bishop’s Primary School (part of Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust) is one of the largest primary academies in the region, with over 1,600 pupils aged 2-11.

With early years provisions based at four out of its five campuses, Bishop’s Primary is an early-adopter of the new EYFS framework for high-quality early learning.

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LIGHThouse – The Pre-Half Term Bumper Issue!

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In this edition:

  • Half Term free school meals update
  • Important Covid-19 legislation changes
  • Year 6 transition gets under way
  • Free delivery offer for school uniform orders from Michael Sehgal
  • Castle School pupils get creative with Kandinsky-themed artwork
  • Grace Darling pupils graffiti the school… in the best way!
  • New maths homework platform launched at Duke’s Secondary
  • Fitbits galore at Warkworth Primary
  • From the BBC to Microsoft – Duke’s in the spotlight
  • Outdoor Classroom Day celebrations
  • CEO’s blog: A question of Trust

Spring has sprung at an Ashington primary school following a generous donation from a local garden centre.

Wansbeck Garden Centre has kindly pledged hundreds of bedding plants to Bishop’s Primary School’s Josephine Butler Campus for use in its flower garden.

The flower garden, which is tended by pupils as part of the school’s ‘Gardening Gang’ is the centrepiece of the Academy Road-based campuses’ outdoor space; which also comprises a potted courtyard, a poly tunnel and an allotment area, complete with its own chickens, rabbit and ducks.

Using the donated plants, the children decided to update a planted version of the school’s logo using a mix of Stokesia and Lobelia to capture the purple and yellow colours of the Bishop’s crest.

“Our Gardening Gang is an immensely popular part of our enrichment and mental health and wellbeing programmes at Josephine Butler,” said Mrs Clare Marriott, Head of Campus at Bishop’s Primary School – Josephine Butler Campus.

“The children enjoy working outdoors and seeing the difference that their work makes to the garden. It’s also a great opportunity for us to teach the children about the importance of looking after the natural world around them.

“We’re incredibly grateful to the staff at Wansbeck Garden Centre for their kind donation of so many flowers! It’s really allowed our children to be creative and we’ve had so many compliments from staff and parents about the work the children do outdoors. These generous donations mean we can continue to develop our curriculum and the community links that are so important to us.”

Nic Crofts, Plant Manager at Wansbeck Garden Centre, commented:

“At Wansbeck Garden Centre, we pride ourselves on being an active part of our local community and regularly work with schools and other not-for-profit groups.

“We’ve had an unseasonably cold start to the year, which has meant that many of our plants which would usually have gone flying off the shelves have been sitting in our greenhouses. We would rather see these go to good use than get wasted, so we were delighted to support Josephine Butler’s Gardening Gang with their flower display.”

Bishop’s Primary School – Josephine Butler Campus operates as part of Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust (NCEAT).

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LIGHThouse – issue 31 – 13/05/21

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In this edition:

  • Important Covid-19 updates
  • Bishop’s Primary School consultation update
  • Free delivery offer for school uniform orders from Michael Sehgal
  • Bodyguard boss steps up for William Leech Campus
  • Lynemouth Council Award for Citizenship
  • Castle School prepares for special winged visitors from Africa
  • Warkworth pupils kickstart social action challenge for Captain Sir Tom Moore
  • Grace Darling pupils celebrate Europe Day
  • Maths and stories prove a perfect combo at Josephine Butler
  • Keeping your child safe online