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

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:




International School Award


The Academy has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award for the second time in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life in today’s global workplace.

The Academy’s international work includes exchanges with French and German schools, educational visits to South Korea and Spain, an annual sixth form volunteer trip abroad and hosting of the Pearl of Africa children’s choir from Uganda.

The school also supports the Shoe Box Appeal each year which enriches the lives of thousands of young people from many schools across the world at Christmas time.



The structure of the Academy allows the secondary school to support all the primary schools and The Centre with many different international themes.

The Academy has also gained the Prince’s Teaching Trust  award for Modern Foreign Languages, which promotes enriching all aspects of the curriculum via an international culture approach which is disseminated to all primaries.

This week NCEA is delighted to welcome students from our partner school Röntgen Gymnasium.

Students attend classes in a variety of subjects and discuss issues such as similarities and differences between German and English society, along with popular topical and cultural issues.

Mrs Gatti, head of Art and Design, said:

“We are delighted that the Academy has received the International Award for the second time. We believe that bringing the world into the classroom is vital in preparing our students for what is a global jobs market.

“Employers say that language skills and an understanding of different cultures are high on their list of qualities that they look for in new recruits.”

Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said:

“The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award.

“The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms.

“Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.”


Join us for a fundraising evening of music and dance with The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir on Wednesday 27th September, 7pm, Josephine Butler Campus, Academy Road, Ashington NE63 9RX.

Tickets: £3 for adults / £1 children U16 & OAPs / Free Under 11s Contact Academy Chaplain sally.milner@ncea.org.uk T: 07977 000 242 to reserve tickets or pay on the door.

Gardening Gang are Best in Show


Green-fingered pupils at the Josephine Butler Primary campus have collected yet another award for their outstanding garden.

The campus was named winner in the ‘Best Commercial Property’ category at the 8th Annual Ashington Gardens Competition.

Organised by the Town Council, the event took place at Ashington Cricket Club with this year’s competition supported by Wansbeck Garden Centre & Café, based on the North Seaton Industrial Estate in the town.

The judging panel included Town Councillors Marjorie Chambers, Avril Chisholm, Ely Turnbull and Mr Bob Bell as a guest expert judge.

All of the judges attended the Awards Evening as the prize winners were presented with shields, trophies and gardening vouchers.

The Civic Head of Ashington, Cllr Victor Bridges, presented the prizes

Councillor Mark Purvis, Business Chair of Ashington Town Council, said:  “The Town Council is delighted that year after year, many of the town’s gardeners take part in the annual Gardens Competition.

“The Awards Evening recognises the gardening skills we have in Ashington and that gardeners make a significant contribution to improving the town’s appearance for the benefit of us all.”


Pupils Get Creative at Primary STEM Week

From firing rockets to racing cars, mixing chemicals and cooking up a storm in the kitchen, children from across the campuses took part in the Academy’s Primary STEM Week.

The extravaganza enabled all our Y5 pupils to get creative, with plenty of hands-on activities celebrating the best of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The aim of the week is for children to understand how STEM subjects impact on their daily lives through many different practical activities and investigations.

“The sweet and sour chicken was so tasty!”

“I’ve enjoyed it, as it was really creative.”

“I liked making the propeller cars”