George’s Marvellous Medicine!


The tension built when reading the first few chapters of George’s Marvellous Medicine.  The students couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next.

Norham class interviewed ‘Grandma’ to find out the answers to all the questions they had.  They found out that she grew up in a hamlet called ‘Nasty’ and her favourite food growing up was slugs on lettuce.



They made up names for the different ingredients that George could have used in the medicine and created labels for the bottles.

Once they discovered the effects of the medicine on Grandma they made ‘growing Grandma’ and thought of words to describe what she looked like.

 All the way through the students loved guessing what was going to happen next.


“I like that George made a new medicine.”

“Writing the recipe for Grandma’s new medicine was my favourite bit of work.”


“The best bit of the story is when Grandma cracked through the roof.”


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Festive Fun

Christmas Jumper Day

Everyone looked fabulous in their Christmas jumpers to support Christmas Jumper Day organised by charity Save the Children.

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Santa’s Grotto 

An exciting morning with a very special visitor! Our sensory room was transformed into our very own winter wonderland.

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Christmas Party

Everyone had lots of fun playing party games together in their classes before coming together as a whole school to enjoy party food together – we had a fantastic day!

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Celebrating our very own ‘Apprentices’

Enterprise in Castle School

Our Enterprise Team in Sixth Form have had a busy time selling goods that they’ve made at both our Primary and Secondary Christmas Events. During the previous week, they also had a stall at an event held by Azure in Cramlington. Alyson Ramsden, HLTA, who supports the team said the students demonstrated fantastic selling skills, welcoming customers and showing them what was available.


Our Key Stage 4 students have also been very busy. Norham class had a range of Christmas goods for sale alongside the Sixth Form Enterprise Team and set up a stall within Dukes School. They sold many items including to our CEO, Alan Hardie. They are now back in school working out what their next venture will be.


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