Highfield Middle School

Highfield Middle School



Have a relaxing and well earned Easter break from us to you.

Stay safe Highfielders.

7FH and 7JLX did their Tenner Challenge sale this morning and, like the other half of the year group, performed brilliantly! There were many more cakes, sweets and Easter treats on sale which were gratefully bought by other pupils.

It was lovely to see all of Year 7 really getting behind this project and learning so many business and enterprise skills. They were mature, confident and a credit to school.

7FH and 7JLX made a profit of £388 which means the total profit over the two days is an amazing £722!!!

Mr Mills

Unnamed clothing items. Let us know if anything belongs to your child.
Dear Parents and Carers,

I wanted to write and wish you all a Happy Easter and a well-deserved break. It has been a very busy term since Christmas, and unfortunately another one which has been significantly disrupted by the pandemic. However, our pupils have shown fantastic resilience and commitment to their education and development. We are proud of them all!

We said goodbye to one of our longest serving teachers on Wednesday. Mrs Gibson will begin teaching in a new school after Easter, following 15 years of dedicated service at Highfield. Those of you who have been Highfielders for several years will remember fondly the many incredible school productions and choir performances that Mrs Gibson has been instrumental in creating, and of course the outstanding teaching that she has delivered on a daily basis. We will miss her greatly and wish her well on her next adventure.

Mrs Glasper, who has shared 5GP with Mrs Gibson, will become their full-time form teacher after the Easter break, and deliver music education throughout the summer term. Mr Rutherford-Orrock (Head of Year 5) will take over in 5SM on Wednesdays. These arrangements will mean there are no ‘new faces’ for children to get used to – a real positive in such disrupted times.

After Easter we will be entering a new phase of Covid recovery. Schools will no longer give out LFD tests and the government no longer advise regular testing for most people. When we return:

● Pupils with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, and a high temperature or who feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until they feel well enough to return to school and they no longer have a high temperature.

● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result will be advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days.

At the end of this letter is a useful guide for parents on the new regulations, and more information can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Once again, we wish our families a very Happy Easter! We look forward to seeing all of our pupils, rested and ready for action on Monday 25th April.

Richard Oades

Yesterday 7EA and 7RM completed their Tenner Challenge projects. Each group was given £10 to invest in a business idea. They had to come up with a business name, logo and products or services to sell to the rest of school, whilst learning business skills which will help them in their future. Each group had to pay the money back, but any profits will be Year 7s to decide what to do with. There were some fantastic cakes, cookies, scones and muffins for sale. As well as this, there was even the chance to hold a snake (!) or win a prize in a raffle - something the children organised without spending a penny of their £10! Overall it has been a great success, with over £330 raised today in profit.

Today , 7JLX and 7FH will hold their sale - so if you have any leftover change, please bring it in to support what promises to be another fabulous sale!

Mr Mills

Don't forget your change!

Year 7 will be selling their products in the hall tomorrow and Friday for the rest of the students. Don't forget your change!

The following classes have earned a non-uniform day on Friday.

5SM - Kielder 💙
6JR - Derwent 💚
7FH - Rede ♥️
8JB - Derwent💚

These classes have earned the most points in their year group this term.

Well done everyone!

Today, Primary Enterprise World came in to work with our Year 7 pupils in 7EA and 7JLX on the Pyramid Challenge. Children had to use sticks and rubber bands to build small pyramids, which were then joined with others to form larger pyramids. As the focus was on employability skills and the world of work, children used teamwork, communication, leadership, maths and technology skills as they constructed their pyramids. Comments from the children included: "It was fun to build the pyramids", "A great experience" and "it was fun to do something different to being in a classroom." Primary Enterprise World will be back in tomorrow to work with the other half of Year 7 as well as all other year groups after Easter.

Mr Mills

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Operating as usual


Fantastic football news!

4 wins and a draw this evening were enough to see Highfield win the Northumberland 7-a-side championships!!

They go on to play in the North East regional round later in the year!

Awesome effort - well done girls!



A great turnout for a great cause!
We are looking forward to next year already
Well done to everyone who participated or donated

Photos from Highfield Middle School's post 07/11/2023




Monday 13th November is both Odd Socks Day (see previous post) and Marathon Kids for pupils in Year 6, 7 and 8.

Pupils can wear odd PE socks to run in and can bring odd socks to change into if they get wet or muddy during their race.


📣 DEADLINE TUESDAY OCT 31st Our school admissions portal for Middle, Secondary and High school places is closing very soon.
Apply now at https://nland.cc/AorG
🏡Make sure you submit your application in time to increase your chance of getting the school of your choice!

Careers 27/10/2023


Great job opportunity!

We are looking for a talented person to take on the role of HLTA at Highfield Middle School.

It could be you! 👉

Careers Cheviot Learning Trust was created in 2023 from a merger of Tyne Community Learning Trust and Three Rivers Learning Trust.


Have a great holiday Highfielders!
Thanks for a great half-term
Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday 6th November

Photos from Highfield Middle School's post 26/10/2023

More recognition for Highfield !

Recent awards for music education and sustainable travel planning.

Well done to all involved 👏

Photos from Highfield Middle School's post 26/10/2023


We’re sure there are some children (and parents) missing these coats, hats and gloves in this miserable weather.
Can we reunite any items with their owners?



Odd Socks Day marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week. Pupils are encouraged to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes them unique by wearing odd socks to school on Monday 13th November.



A letter has been sent out on mcas inviting parents of pupils going skiing in March 2024 to an information evening on Wednesday 22nd November. A list of equipment your child needs has also been shared. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


As part of our celebration of all things reading, we are pleased to announce a return visit of popular author Peter J Murray - on Thursday 16th November.
As part of his visit, he will be making one of his entertaining presentations to the children about his new book: The Darker Side of Wight. In his new book, there is a collection of twelve creepy stories set around the Isle of Wight.
As well as his presentation, Peter will be returning on Friday for a book signing event over lunchtime in our library. The books are priced at £12, but are offered in schools at a discounted price of £10. The author will sign and dedicate books as required.

Keith Bell
English Lead



Just a reminder that tomorrow is the deadline for deposits to be paid to secure a place on the London trip. If your child would like a place, the £75 deposit should be paid on Bromcom. Please note we will not be able to add any additional pupils after this date. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact school.


SKI TRIP 2024 ⛷

If your child has a place on the KS3 ski trip in March 2024, you have been sent two messages on mcas - there are two forms you are required to complete by Wednesday 8th November.
If your child does not yet have a passport, this should be ordered straight away as this information is needed by the tour operator mid-November. Please note, all passports must be valid for at least 3 months after our return date therefore any passports that expire before 16/06/24 must be renewed.
If there are any issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch with school.



School is closed for staff training on Friday 27th October.
We will resume after half-term on Monday 6th November.

Please find attached term dates for this academic year.

This information is also available in your child's homework diary and on our new school website.


We hope everyone has a great week.



The following classes have won a non-uniform day on Thursday for having the best attendance in their year group:


Well done to you all!

Our overall school attendance figure this half term is 94.4% which is just below our school target of 96%. Well done - let's keep it up next term Highfielders!

*Any pupils who have PE or Games on Thursday should bring their school PE kit and PE trainers to change into. Make-up and jewellery are not permitted.
** Please note that as always, non-uniform is optional - some pupils may wish to wear their school uniform as normal.

Photos from Highfield Middle School's post 23/10/2023

Ten of our new Playground Leaders were invited to attend some School Sports Organisation Crew training at Ashington Leisure Centre last week. They had great fun playing lots of new games & coming up with ideas to get our school community more active. Their next job is to find a way to share and develop these ideas back at Highfield which is very exciting!


Football Update:

The U11 Boys played Dame Allan’s in the first round of the County Cup yesterday.

A fantastic performance from all the boys, winning the match 6-0!

Well done!!


It is estimated that 1 in 4 Christmas jumpers are thrown away each year or never worn more than once. They are often made from man-made, plastic based fibres such as polyester so will never really breakdown in landfill.

This year, why not give your pre-loved jumpers a new lease of life and donate them to our Christmas Jumper Swap Shop. Clean/washed jumpers that are in a good state of repair can be dropped off at school between Friday 10th - Monday 20th November.

Whoever wishes to do so is then welcome to come along and choose a pre-loved Christmas Jumper between 3pm - 5pm on Wed 22nd November. Further details will be shared nearer the time. A voluntary donation of £2 for Save the Children is suggested.

Christmas Jumper Day at Highfield will be Thursday 7th December.


Exciting goings on at Highfield over half term!

Why not come along and support your local theatre group?



Dear Parents and Carers

The deadline is approaching for school admissions next September.

You should submit your application by 31st October to secure your place here at Highfield, or at PCHS for Year 8's moving on.

The link to the Northumberland admissions portal is above. For those families who don't live in Northumberland, you should apply through your own Local Authority website.

Thank you.



Due to illness, there may be no School Crossing Patrol for a few days. Please remind your child to stop, look and listen carefully before they cross the road.

Photos from Highfield Middle School's post 16/10/2023

This is the first in a series of information leaflets that we want to share with you to raise awareness of how to cope with mental health issues and problems with wellbeing, both for pupils and adults.

'Be You' is part of Northumberland County Council's wellbeing service and is a very useful place to begin looking for tips and advice!

For more details, please feel free to contact me.
Mr G. Burt
Mental Health Lead

Photos from Highfield Middle School's post 16/10/2023

Our year 7 pupils have been busy working hard in the workshop to plan then produced these maze games.

They have worked in small groups and learnt how to independently use the pillar drill and sander as well as the hacksaws, craft knives and screwdrivers.

A great effort by all involved and some a-maze-ing games made!!

Photos from Highfield Middle School's post 13/10/2023

Some of our Yr 8 pupils have recycled some scrap wood into these fantastic and beautiful pencil boxes in only 6 weeks.

They have designed them, learned how to create a butt and a half lap joint, then decorated them. Some even sanded the edges to create beautiful curves.

We think they've done AMAZINGLY, what do you think?


Highfielder Shout Out!

Lauren and her team are top of the league - winning all 4 matches so far, including an 11-0 victory, where she won player of the match last game 😊


It's the weekend already!
Well done on a great week Highfielders!

Have fun!
Be safe!

Photos from Highfield Middle School's post 13/10/2023

This week our Y8 Sports Leaders and Y6 Playground Leaders had the opportunity to plan and deliver team building a playground games to our Y5 pupils.

It was a big success and everyone enjoyed the experience.

Well done!!

Photos from Highfield Middle School's post 13/10/2023

Here are our Y5 and Y6 pupils representing Highfield at the Primary Cross-Country games in South Shields earlier in the week.

They were all fantastic!


A busy two days for the Y7 football team.

Ponteland away on Wednesday and unfortunately knocked out of the English Schools Cup in a really tight tie on penalties at Corbridge tonight.

Well played boys, a great team effort!


More exciting Science news!

We have been successful in being selected to take part in the judging panel for the Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize 2023. This is a national competition to find the best science book aimed at under 14's.

We should receive the books very soon. Watch out in school for how you can take part and help choose the winning book!

Photos from Highfield Middle School's post 13/10/2023

This week our science leaders showed pupils in KS3 how to carry out chromatography. They also did a great job of explaining the science behind how it works.

Science club is open to all year 7 and 8 pupils on a Monday lunchtime. Come along if you'd like to try some fun experiments!


Our U13 Girls footballers were defeated tonight by a very good Ponteland side 1-5 in the ESFA cup.

We still have lots of league matches to come and the signs are good after their 4-1 victory against Whytrig Middle School earlier in the week!

Well done Girls ⚽️⚽️⚽️👏👏👏

Photos from Highfield Middle School's post 11/10/2023


In Year 5 English, pupils have been learning all about instructions.

Miss Lees' class completed a little project all about planting flowers! 🌸 On Monday morning, they added a pop of color to the Annex! They planted lots of colorful plants in the planters and tidied up the area around the Annex yard.

Yesterday, they talked about all the hard work they did and started writing their own set of instructions for the planting process.

Miss Lees is super proud of how well the pupils worked as a team on Monday, and their instructions are equally as impressive! A HUGE well done!

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