New Online Payment System

SIMS AGORA – Online Payments

NCEA Castle School is introducing an online payment system for parents called SIMS Agora (the system is to have a name change in a few months – but all information will remain the same).

This system allows you to pay for various school related items, such as:

• Academy Meals Cashless Catering Top-Up
• Trips and Visits – Deposits and Payments
• Other items for purchase will be added as the system is developed

Find out more information here 


Dinosaur Topic

Vicky and Louise’s class have loved the dinosaur themed topic!
 In Vicky’s class we’ve enjoyed a range of dinosaur stories, built dinosaurs out of bones, made dinosaur fossils, made silhouette dinosaur art.

We looked at dinosaurs which were meat or plant eaters, explored with a range of dinosaur games on the computer, moved like dinosaurs, made dinosaurs out of fruit and had lots of sensory choose relating to dinosaurs!


In Louise’s Class, we have enjoyed stories such as “Dinosaur Roar” & “10 Little Dinosaurs” . We made dinosaurs using play dough and pasta and also made paper plate dinosaurs.

We explored how dinosaurs became extinct and made dinosaur skeletons out of straws. The children enjoyed rescuing dinosaurs from ‘fossil rock’ and from ice!

Adam enjoyed going on a dinosaur hunt around our garden.   

Fabric Faces

In Jack’s class we have had a great time exploring materials in Design Technology lessons. We have learnt how to connect fabrics using different methods such as sewing, stapling, sellotaping, gluing and using safety pins.
We used all of these techniques to produce our fabric faces!

6th Form Enterprise

The 6th Form Enterprise team have been hard at work again, this time making heart shortbread for Valentine’s Day.

They were extremely popular and a grand total of 746 heart shaped biscuits were made to fulfil 123 orders!!


Every part of the process from taking orders, making the shortbread and packaging was all carried out by the students – they even hand delivered every order!

Well Done – They really did taste as good as they look!!

Chinese New Year Enrichment Day

Our whole school was involved in an enrichment day in February around the theme of Chinese New Year.

The children and staff came to school dressed either in costumes to do with their Chinese zodiac animal or their lucky colour. This was Ross Murray’s brilliant idea who then researched it and made a table so everyone could work out their animal or their colour.

Each class carried out activities in their classrooms related to Chinese New Year including decorating circles for our Chinese dragon display.

Our sixth form students made some delicious Chinese food for us all to sample.
In the afternoon our classes all buddied up with either a Primary or a Secondary class and joined together to have some food, served by the sixth form students, and helped each other to put their circles on our Chinese dragon display.
We also had an impromptu Dragon dance down our corridor with the fantastic dragon’s head which was made by Daniel’s family. We all had a brilliant time and enjoyed working together.
We carried on the theme into our staff meeting and began our meeting by having some Chinese food and a well earned sit down after a busy and very exciting day.

Sensory Garden Update

Thank you to everyone who donated what they did for our sensory garden project.

We now have 6 lovely, colourful planters down…

One area is now complete to turn into a barefoot sensory path with the use of tyres which will be getting filled with different sensory materials for pupils to explore…

Next step is to fill the planters with compost so we can get our plants in which pupils have helped with…

We also need more pebbles to cover the other areas so we can get more sensory resources down.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Vicky Box

(Class Teacher – Castle School)




Improving School Communications with ParentMail

Communicating with parents is an important part of what we do, making sure you get the correct information about school news, activities and things that really matter is something we care about.

From Wednesday 16 January 2019 we will be using ParentMail, a service used by over 6,000 schools, nurseries and children’s clubs to communicate to parents. ParentMail will be beneficial to you because you can:

  • Use a free mobile app on Android and iOS to pick up school messages instantly.
  • Have an account simply for school messages (away from your busy email inbox!)
  • Connect to other schools, nurseries or clubs that use ParentMail.
  • Highlight important messages or archive old messages to make life easier.
  • Messages can be sent directly to mums, dads and carers – even grandparents!

Registering with ParentMail is very easy!  Over the next few days you will be sent either an email and/or text message from ParentMail, when you receive this please just follow the instructions in the message.

Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.

Once registered, if you have an Android or Apple smartphone, we would highly recommend you download the ParentMail App for the best user experience.  To do this, simply search for “ParentMail” in your App store.

If you need any additional information or assistance, please visit the help site:  or if you have not received any contact from ParentMail within 7days please contact Rita or Sam in the school office.

Sixth Form Enterprise

Sixth Form Enterprise 
The sixth form enterprise team have worked really hard this term and have produced some fantastic items for sale including homemade jam and lemon curd, reindeer dust, snowman soup, glitter glasses and dog biscuits.
We are so proud of Faye and Jasmine who did an outstanding job representing Castle School when they went to sell their goods at the enterprise fair in Morpeth.
It was a fantastic opportunity and experience for our Sixth Form and they thoroughly enjoyed attending the enterprise fair.