Primaries Achieve Best Ever Results

Congratulations to our primary pupils and staff for achieving the Academy’s best set of results.

Progress levels at the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) were in the top 10% nationally in both reading and maths and in the top 20% for writing. In Northumberland, the Academy was placed third in maths and fifth in reading.

In reading, 77% of pupils reached the benchmark standard set by the Government compared to a national average of 71%.

In Maths, 79% achieved the expected standard, higher than the national average of 75%. At greater depth, reading and maths were above the national average and 66% of pupils achieved expected standard in all areas compared to a national average of 61%.


Across the primary phases, all results were above the national average, including Good Levels of Development (GLD) in Reception and phonics test results in Key Stage 1.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

  • 73% of children in Reception achieved at a Good Level of Development benchmark, for the second year in a row above the national average of 70%.

At Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

  • In Year 1, 83% achieved the phonics test and over 90% achieved it in Year 2. In both cases this exceeded the national average.
  • In Year 2, in the annual assessments, 76% (National Average 76%) achieved expected standard in Reading, 68% (68%) in Writing, and 74% (75%) in mathematics. At greater depth reading and mathematics were above the national average.

Primary Director, Mrs Hinson, said: “These fantastic results have not happened overnight, but are the result of long-term hard work and dedication from pupils and staff, alongside vital parental support.

“It really has been a whole team effort that involves instilling the children with a tenacity and desire to learn and not to give up when the going gets tough.

“Introducing higher level reading areas with additional quality books, specialist speech and language therapy, Easter Schools  and the support of the Learner Welfare team are just a few of the many initiatives we have at the Academy that are contributing to the success of our pupils.”

More information about our results can be found HERE.


MP’s Praise for Young Comics

After the success of last year’s Voice Box competition, we decided to get the laughter started and take part again.

Each campus held their own contest with the winners going head-to-head at the inter-campus final at the Thomas Bewick Campus – home to last year’s winner Jesse Webb, who travelled to Westminster to tell his joke in the Houses of Parliament. 

Miss Carr, the Academy’s Speech and Language Therapist, said: “It was a lovely afternoon and I am really proud of all the children who took part. I’ve received lots of positive feedback from staff about the increase in the children’s confidence and how much they enjoyed it.

“Some of the parents also commented on how proud they were seeing their children telling jokes in front of a large audience.”


Ian Lavery MP, who judged the event said: “Myself and my fellow judges had a great time hearing some very original jokes and handing out the prizes to runners-up and winners. Well done to all involved.

“The work done by Julie Carr and the team across their many campuses at NCEA is really impressive and I look forward to seeing this work continuing into the future to help build self confidence amongst all our local children.”

Skye Edgar from the Josephine Butler Primary Campus was the overall winner and will be entered into the national competition.


Skye Edgar Y1

Josephine Butler

Why can’t Elsa hold on to a balloon?

Because she will let it go.

Mason Hope – Y6

William Leech

Why was the laptop cold?

Because it didn’t close its windows!

Zach Robinson – Y6

James Knott

Knock Knock, who’s there? Britney Spears

Knock knock, who’s there?… oops I did it again!

Ben Pepper – Y5

Thomas Bewick

What do you call a tall man in Scotland with a burger for a hat? A big mac
Joe Emery – Y6

Grace Darling

There has been an explosion at a cheese factory. Now there is deBRIE everywhere


Inspection Reports

The Academy has been inspected three times this term.

We were inspected by the Church of England’s inspection team (SIAMs) in September and we were described as ‘a good Church of England school’. The inspection team recognised the work we were doing to improve the opportunities for every child and young person in the Academy.

In November, we had an Ofsted inspection and the Ofsted team found that the Academy still requires improvement. Although the Academy is described as requires improvement the report recognises many of the strengths and the progress the Academy has made so far.

Parents were complimentary in the feedback they gave to inspectors – amongst other comments from a parent reported by inspectors was: ‘I feel happy that my child is safe and well looked after’.

NCEA Executive Director, Mr Day, said: “The Academy has worked very hard to improve outcomes for all of our children and young people over the last eight years, amidst some very challenging changes to curricula, accountability and Ofsted frameworks, so it is very disappointing for us in a year in which we achieved some of our very best results in primary and at Sixth Form level to just achieve a requires improvement judgment.

“Much of the decision to keep the Academy in the ‘requires improvement’ category was based around Year 11 outcomes in 2017. The report states: ‘Pupils’ outcomes in key stage 4 have remained significantly below national averages over time.

“Inspectors found, however, that current pupils are making better progress across subjects. This is especially evident in key stage 3. Recent improvements in pupils’ progress and outcomes are due to carefully targeted support and increased challenge for teachers, put in place by recently appointed leaders.

“This is not the outcome sought, but the report has many positive comments to make about the work we are doing to deliver education in the communities we serve.

“To end with a quote from the Ofsted report and representing a parental view: ‘It is a great pleasure to see them go to school each day with a spring in their step’.

“We thank you, the parents and carers for your continued support and look forward to working with you to develop the Academy into an excellent school in which all of our children flourish and are able to lead lives that are exciting and fulfilling.”

The full letter sent to parents and carers by NCEA Executive Director, Andrew Day, can be found below:

The full inspection reports can be found HERE

Merry Christmas from NCEA Primary

From wonderful Nativity plays, to Christmas dinners, charity fundraising and carol singing, our primary campuses have been brimming Christmas spirit over the last few weeks.

Thank you to everyone who has joined in and given their support.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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Awards Celebrate Achievements

Awards were presented to students at our annual prize-giving event in recognition of their academic achievement and/or outstanding progress. Thank you to our special guests including His Grace, The Duke of Northumberland and The Rt Revd Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle.

Music was provided by the Chamber Choir and the Thomas Bewick Primary Choir.

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Charity Events Raise Thousands of Pounds

What a term! We are constantly amazed by the generosity of our students, their families and staff in support of our school fundraising events.

Through Harvest Festival donations, Macmillan Coffee mornings, Children in Need and the Christmas Shoebox appeal, thousands of pounds have been raised for good causes.

The Academy community has also dug deep in support of popular pupil Dylan Marshall, who has recently undergone major surgery.

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Last Day of Term Arrangements

Letters have been sent home to all parents and carers regarding the arrangements for the end of term.

Please find the information for all campuses below.

On behalf of all staff, thank you for your support this term and we wish you and your family a Happy Christmas.

Read or download the letters HERE


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