Bishop of Newcastle Visit

The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman kindly offered our pupils the opportunity to design a Christmas card.

Everyone really enjoyed doing this and the designs were all based around the true meaning of Christmas. It was a difficult choice as all of the designs were fantastic! Bishop Christine chose a card made as a group effort from children in Vicky’s class

Well done to Adam, Bella and Paris!

It was a pleasure to see Bishop Christine yesterday when she visited Castle School to meet our pupils and kindly bring gifts for the children (Chocolates and sweets always go down a treat)

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed meeting Bishop Christine and seeing our Chaplain Sally.          A huge Thank You for coming to visit and we wish you a very Blessed Christmas.

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More of the Christmas card designs

Card designed by Owen

Card designed by Tiger

Card designed by Thomas

Card designed by Callum H

Card designed by Vicky’s Class


Christmas Journey

Berwick Class thoroughly enjoyed a visit to the Christmas Journey

We were made to feel so welcome today at St Andrew’s and St Mark’s church in Newbiggin. The lovely ladies (volunteers) & Reverend Marie Attwood took us on the Christmas journey. The children listened intently as they were taken to see Mary making bread and then being visited by an angel. Then we headed off to the hills to visit the shepherds tending their flock. Our next stop was to see the animals and then we heard all about the 3 wise men. Each step of our journey was carefully and simply reenacted with a sensory element to keep the children engaged.

Jen said “I have to say the whole of  Berwick class ‘did us proud’ The lovely ladies were blown away with Thomas’ questions and answers. Every child behaved impeccably and they all enjoyed listening to the real meaning of Christmas – what a fantastic morning we all had!”

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Children In Need 2019

A huge Thank You for your support and kind donations to support Children in Need 2019

We raised a fantastic £148.57

Our Sixth Form students did a fantastic job selling the Pudsey merchandise in the week leading up to Children in Need


We had a great day and every one looked fantastic!

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There was lots of fun activities in primary, including sensory play, arts and craft and decorating biscuits

Secondary completed the pennies for pudsey challenge!

Christmas Communication Boards

‘Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches………’

It’s nearly that time of year again, Christmas will be here before we know it!

Sue Emery (Speech and Language Therapist) has designed a communication board using boardmaker symbols to ensure that everyone can be involved in decorating the Christmas tree.

If anyone would like a laminated copy of this communication board, please pop a note in your child’s diary.


When decorating your Christmas tree point to the pictures as you talk to your child

Don’t forget to pause and give the children time to make a comment or request

Have fun with it!




Makaton Coffee Morning

We would like to say a big Thank You to all those who attended our latest parent/carer Makaton session with our Local Makaton Tutors Lucy and Stef

It was great to get together with a cuppa and a biscuit to practice some signing together!

It was also a lovely opportunity for our families to share their own experiences and future hopes of using Makaton.

You can learn more about Makaton by clicking here 

We are already looking forward to the next session 16th January 2020 – All welcome!

If anyone needs any help or support with Makaton before this, please do not hesitate to contact Lucy or Stef

Thank You AkzoNobel

While we’ve all been on holiday enjoying some time away from school, we’ve had lots of fantastic work to further improve our outdoor areas from our community partners at AkzoNobel. We can’t wait for the children to see all the exciting additions to the playground!

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Thank You to everyone at AkzoNobel!





Mascots for Ashington Football Club

On Saturday members of our after school football club had the opportunity to be mascots for Ashington Football Club during their match against Blyth Spartans.  Through our links with AkzoNobel, the children were invited to meet the team, walk onto the pitch with the players before settling down to watch the game.

A huge thank you to Jill Johnston, Brian Robson and everyone at Ashington Football Club for a brilliant afternoon and for looking after us so well.

We got to look around the players dressing room

Brilliant hospitality from Ashington Football Club and it was lovely to listen to Brian Robson share his passion for not only his team, but for the local community in Ashington.

Walking out with the team as mascots

Thank you to Ross Thompson Photography for the great photographs.

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We then got to relax and enjoy the match together

Thank you everyone

Happy Retirement Ann

We would like to wish Ann Kain a very happy and well deserved retirement!

We couldn’t let Ann leave without marking the occasion with a surprise after school celebration to thank Ann for everything she has done over the years

A message from Ann 

Dear Parents

Those of you who were at the Secondary Celebration on Tuesday would realise that my emotions got the better of me!

I just wanted to say that it has been a privilege to work with and support your wonderful children over the years, and to thank you all for your kind wishes, cards and gifts.

I wish you all the very best for the future.


Castle Prom 2019

The Castle School Prom 2019 was a huge success – A big thank you to Alyson and the team for all their hard work to make sure it was a night to remember!

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A red carpet entrance – only the best for our students!

Next stop, there was an opportunity to have special glitter make-up.  A huge thank you to our glitter queen, the multi-talented Jill Johnston, who joined us from AkzoNobel – it was lovely to have you with us and you made our prom really sparkle!

Our students, families and staff all had an amazing time together.

Dancing the night away!!

Photo Booth Fun – Thank you to Kayleigh for the fantastic photographs

Let’s Circus!

Let’s Circus brought all the fun of the circus to Castle School for our Activity Days

We had a fun filled morning of circus workshops with the Let’s Circus, the whole team were absolutely brilliant and really engaged with our children to make sure they were having the best time. A very special experience having the opportunity to go in the arial cocoon.

A HUGE thank you to Let’s Circus for giving us a truly memorable experience and superb finale to our Activity Days 2019. The atmosphere in the room was electric and we were completely blown away by the whole show!