Heartwarming thanks

At the Academy, we love to hear about successful students:

Dear Mr Day

My daughter attends The Northumberland Church Of England Academy and she is a member of the NCEA Cadet Force and cadet band within the school.  She marched in the parades over the weekend as the bands bass drummer and she is currently learning the side drum too.

I was privileged to be able to attend the remembrance parades at the weekend and the lovely service the cadets performed at St Mary’s Church in Morpeth.  Proud does not even come close to how I felt seeing the cadets march together and seeing the private service they held at St Mary’s Church where the pipers played and all the cadets lit candles for all the lost Polish/ Belgium soldiers.

My daughter is a changed young lady since joining the cadets.   She is a lot more focused now and her school work and her recent school report was outstanding and I believe that this is down to the help, support and inspiration she gains from the cadets.  She has been on a lot of weekends away with the cadet force and has learned a lot of new skills. She is currently working towards the silver award for her Duke of Edinburgh award.

This email is mainly to thank the school and cadets for giving our children this fantastic opportunity.

Kind Regards

Year 10 Parent

Ofsted Inspection 14/15 November

The Academy is to be inspected on 14 and 15 November.  Parent views about the school are important.  Please read the accompanying letter to parents from Ofsted and guidance on the inspection procedure.  Deadline to complete the online survey is 11am on 14 November, however, all responses that are completed during the inspection, will be considered.

Letter to parents re Ofsted

School inspections – a guide for parents



Celebrating Outdoor Classroom Day

Children at the Lynemouth Early Years Centre and their families had fun celebrating Outdoor Classroom Day.

From cooking-up a treat in the mud kitchen to potting flowers for the new planting areas and testing out their pedaling skills, they enjoyed a range of activities.

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime.

Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.

For more information about early years provision at NCEA visit EARLY YEARS

NCEA Sport Round-Up

* The U11 football team have made an unbeaten start to the season and NCEA are the hosts for the East Northumberland Central Venue league on a Monday.

* The U13 girls football team are progressing well and qualified for the Northumberland School Games finals with victory over James Calvert Spence.

* The U14 and U15 boys football teams kicked off their season with narrow defeats to Berwick Academy.

* The U13 football team narrowly lost to James Calvert after leading 1-0 at half-time.

* The U19 football team continued their winning start to the season with a 4-2 victory over St Benet Biscops.

* Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for full Northumberland County representative team honours:

Danny Anderson (Football)

Josh McKay (Rugby)

Maria French (Rugby)

Lucy Reid (Rugby)

Katie Stafford (Rugby)

Remi Hodgson (Rugby)

* Well done to Sports Leaders: Cameron Donnelly, Adam Purdy, Ewan Spratt, Reiss Elliott and Kacey Orrick who have been officiating NCEAsport fixtures.

NCEAsport team

Kick-Off for NCEA Futsal League

Tuesday saw the first installment of the new Indoor Futsal League at NCEA.

Four teams from Y9 and Y10 competed to be crowned champions.

The tournament was fiercely competitive but played in the right spirit.  The Y10 team of Gaxha’s Gang came out on top, following a dramatic final against Weallens’ Wobblers in which extra-time couldn’t settle the match.

The game went to penalties and Jaden Dixon became the hero of the hour saving low to his right to help his team clinch the title.

The PE staff are looking forward to more teams competing in the coming weeks!

Y9 & 10 Futsal Tournament, 3.30pm – 4.30pm every Tuesday, PE Sports Hall.

For more information contact Mr Hunter.

Buzzing about Books

The atmosphere was buzzing in the Catherine Cookson Library when Year 7 students came along to collect their new reading books.

All students had the chance to choose their own book to take home and keep from a list of 17 titles suitable for 11 to 13-year-olds. They are all carefully selected by a panel of experts to ensure quality and suitability.

From funny books to fact books, fast-paced action and mystery – there was something for everyone.


Bookbuzz is a reading programme from BookTrust that aims to help schools inspire a love of reading in Year 7 and 8 students.

Academy librarian, Mrs Littlewood, said: “The scheme is a fantastic way for children to discover new authors. They enjoyed choosing their books and were pleased when they found out that they get to keep it too.”

The library at the Josephine Butler Secondary Campus, named after celebrated local author Catherine Cookson, is open daily for students.

Its shelves include everything from classic texts and the latest bestsellers, to reference guides, careers information, magazines and journals.

Find out more about reading at NCEA  HERE
Library opening times:


8am – 8.40am Before School begins
11am – 11.15am – Morning Break
1pm- 1.55pm Lunch-time
3.20pm – 4pm Monday- Thursday, after school


Generous Donations Raise Hundreds for Charities

Thank you to all who gave so generously at our fundraising events over the last week.

From donating food for Harvest Festivals to baking cakes for Macmillan Cancer Support and coming along to the Pearl of Africa Choir Concert, you have helped raise hundreds of pounds for good causes.

See a few highlights from across our campuses:




JBVI Students Impress with Interview Skills

Students at JBVI impressed potential employers from the region’s leading businesses when their interview skills were put to the test in a practice session.

Organised by John Riddell and Michelle Brannen from Business in the Community, a total 17 representatives from a wide-range of organisations took part.

Mr Fox, the Academy’s careers and employability manager, said:  “A number of employers spoke to me personally about how confident, well-presented and articulate our students were.

“One said the performances she witnessed were better than people she had interviewed for actual jobs in her company and another remarked on how well students could adapt between formal and informal conversation.

“The chance to be interviewed by employers is a valuable experience in preparing our young people for the world of work and we would like to thank all involved.

“Students said that the three interviews gave them an opportunity to improve as they went along and that they felt proud of their final performance.”

Jackie Gardner, corporate relations director at  Faulknerbrowns architects:

“It was a privilege to have been involved in the recent mock interview sessions with the Sixth Form pupils at NCEA.

“Having undertaken initiatives like this at other schools, it was truly rewarding to experience first-hand the calibre of your students.  All of those whom I interviewed were bright, informed and hugely positive about their futures which gave me great confidence in the support and advice which your pupils are receiving.

“I look forward to being invited to participate again.”