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Kings Priory School 01 North Tyneside Tennis Champions Having recently qualified for the Year 3 and 4 North Tyneside tennis finals separately, the finals took place on the pre...

23rd June, 2017

North Tyneside Tennis Champions

Having recently qualified for the Year 3 and 4 North Tyneside tennis finals separately, the finals took place on the previous two Tuesdays.

On the first Tuesday, Year 3 attended Churchill Tennis Centre to take part in games against other schools and to perform some skill sets. They performed well and won the competition convincingly. They will now represent North Tyneside in the county finals on 30 June.

On the following Tuesday, the Year 4s headed to the same venue to compete in their competition.

This was to be a much tougher challenge as a school who last year, reached the regional finals would be competing.

The day started well and Kings Priory managed to reach the semi-final where they emerged victorious against Hadrian Park.
They then were to play last year’s successful squad, Benton Dene Primary in the final.

In a close affair, Kings Priory School's tennis stars beat last years winners to qualify for the School Games on 6 July 2017 at Sunderland Tennis Centre.

What a wonderful sporting year for lower Key Stage 2!

Kings Priory School 02 Lost Property and Second Hand Uniform sales Please see some useful information regarding lost property and second hand uniform sales.

20th June, 2017

Lost Property and Second Hand Uniform sales

Please see below some useful information regarding lost property and second hand uniform sales.

  • On Tuesday 27, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 June all lost property from Percy Park site will be on display from 3:15pm for parents to come and view and collect. This coincides with the First School Book Fair.
     
  • On Monday 10 July there will be a second hand uniform sale from 3:30pm until 4:45pm.
     
  • During the last week of term, on Wednesday 12 July all of the remaining lost property from the Huntington Place site will be on display in the yard from 3:45pm until 4:15pm for pupils to view and collect.
     
  • There will be a second hand uniform sale on Thursday 24 August from 12 noon until 2pm.

During the school closure over the summer holidays, both school sites will be swept for all property left behind and parents of any named items will be contacted by ParentMail to collect the items between 29 August and 1 September.

Any unwanted uniform that you wish to donate to our second hand shop can be left at Main Reception on either School site or can be dropped with Mrs Kelly at Rocking Chair Crafts on the ground floor of Land of Green Ginger on Tynemouth Front Street.

Kings Priory School 03 Car Boot Sale this weekend! Kings Priory School is bringing its successful car boot sale back to Tynemouth on Saturday.

15th June, 2017

Car Boot Sale this weekend!

Kings Priory School is bringing its successful car boot sale back to Tynemouth Saturday.

The sales are open to all members of the local community who want to come along and buy and sell their unwanted goods.

The even will run this Saturday 17 June from 10am until 1pm, with sellers able to set up from 9am.

Spaces must be prebooked (at a cost of £10 per car) and you cannot just turn up on the day. Sellers should provide their own table.

Members of the public are also invited to browse and buy for just 50p entry (under 5s go free), with gates open from 10am in the morning.

The Sixth Form café will be open during each event too, with locals able to enjoy hot sandwiches, freshly brewed coffee and a range of baked goods on offer.

There will be another sale on Saturday 8 July, with an earlier finish of 12 noon due to the school performance of Grease.

You can reserve your space at the Tynemouth Car Boot Sale by calling 0191 258 9106 or email events@kps.woodard.co.uk and someone will be in touch to confirm your place.

Kings Priory School 04 EVENT: GCSE and A Level Art Exhibitions All pupils, staff, friends and families of Kings Priory School are invited to the GCSE and A Level exhibitions this year

13th June, 2017

EVENT: GCSE and A Level Art Exhibitions

All pupils, staff, friends and families of Kings Priory School are invited to the GCSE and A Level exhibitions this year.

The A Level exhibition will take place on Thursday 15 June and the GCSE exhibition will take place on Wednesday 28 June. Both evenings will run from 6pm until 8pm in the Drama Studio.

Finished pieces this year include painting, drawing, mixed media and printmaking. Refreshments and musical accompaniment provided will be provided.

The school yard will be open for car parking.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kings Priory School 05 Provost triumph in Chapter Song Competition Arts Week in the First School came to an end last week with the much awaited Chapter song competition.

7th June, 2017

Provost triumph in Chapter Song Competition

Arts Week in the First School came to an end last week with the much awaited Chapter song competition.

Pupils and staff had been working on their performance for weeks in their Chapter groups ahead of the eagerly awaited final performance.

The atmosphere in the KS2 hall was electric with Barfleur who performed When I Grow Up from the hit musical Matilda; Hotspur who performed Heroes by Alesso; Dunelm who performed Anna Kendrick's Get Back Up Again; and Provost who performed Don't Stop, originally by Fleetwood Mac.

Mr Sanderson had the unenviable task of adjudicating. and ultimately judging the competition and he was extremely impressed with the standard that was on show.

The eventual winners, after much deliberation, were Provost. Well done everyone!

Kings Priory School 06 First School sporting success It has been a successful few weeks for our various First School sporting teams

5th June, 2017

First School sporting success

Girls football team in debut match

Before half term the Year 3 and 4 girls football team played their first ever matches against local side New York Primary School. The girls were very excited and looked very smart in their full kit.

They played the games in great spirit and worked really hard for their team mates, even scoring a few goals in the process. Their highlight was a 2-0 win in their second game.

Well done to all of those who took part in the afternoon.

Tennis triumph for Year 3 and 4

The Year 3 and Year 4 Tennis teams recently took part in the North Tyneside Mini Tennis tournament at Monkseaton High.

This involved the children playing matches against other schools and completing skills to earn points for their team. The weather was particularly testing for both pupils and spectators with the wind actually blowing nets over!

Finally, the tournament was complete and Kings Priory qualified in 1st place in both age groups. They now move on to the North Tyneside finals after half term at Churchill Community College (Year 3- 6 June, Year 4- 13 June).

Well done to all of those who participated and good luck!

Kings Priory School 07 Choristers final concert of the season Last week our school Choristers sang at a concert in Christ Church in North Shields, which was organised by the Rotary C...

1st June, 2017

Choristers final concert of the season

Last week our school Choristers sang at a concert in Christ Church in North Shields, which was organised by the Rotary Club in aid of local charities.

The aim of the concert was to celebrate the talents of local young musicians from schools and groups across the area and we were very proud to have been asked to take part.

We sang two songs, one was called “Dear Jesse” which was written by Madonna and secondly we sang “When you believe” written by Whitney Houston.

We got the opportunity to listen to other performances from groups including the wind band and orchestra from North Tyneside Music Education Hub.

The Mayor Norma Redfern was in the audience and she said some great things about our singing and we were really pleased that she enjoyed listening to us so much.

It was great to get to share our singing with local people and hear other musicians perform. I would love to do it again next year and I am sure that the other choristers would too.

By Joseph Hunn

Kings Priory School 08 Spaces still available for Summer Holiday Club There is still plenty of time to book your place on the Kings Priory School Summer Holiday Club.

30th May, 2017

Spaces still available for Summer Holiday Club

There is still plenty of time to book your place on the Kings Priory School Summer Holiday Club.

The club is available to all pupils from Reception age up to and including Year 8.Children that do not currently attend Kings Priory School are also welcome to sign up and attend.

The Out of School is managing, organising and over seeing each of the holiday camps. They are supported by our staff, professional coaches and managed by Sarah Taylor, our Out of School Club Manager. Children can choose which activities they wish to take part in and we welcome daily or weekly bookings made in advance.

What’s on?

Following the success of last year Kings Priory School will once again be operating a holiday club for four weeks during the summer.

This year we are also offering the opportunity to book individual days as well as for the full week.

The club will incorporate an array of activities including sport, games, dance and Forest School. All of these sessions will be led by qualified coaches and supported by our dedicated Out of School Club team.

Children will have the opportunity to choose in advance which activity they wish to take part in each day.  This will allow the team to create groups and prepare age appropriate activities.

There will be a dance show on the last day of each week to allow parents to see what has been going on in the camp. There will also be recognition given to what all of the children have achieved in sport, Forest School and dance with certificates and medals presented to participants.

A full programme of events will be circulated nearer the time.

Where?

The holiday club will be operating from the Out of School Club unit on the Percy Park site and will access the facilities across both sites during each of the activity weeks.

The unit will be open for dropping off and picking up from 8am until 6pm. Each day of activities will run from 9am until 4pm.

Breakfast will be provided and this will be served from 8am until 8.45am. We will also provide a healthy afternoon snack but please provide children with a packed lunch for every day that they attend.

When?

Summer Holidays
Monday 24 July - Friday 28 July 2017:  Tynemouth Summer Camp
Monday 31 July - Friday 4 August 2017:  Tynemouth Summer Camp
Monday 7 August - Friday 11 August 2017:  Tynemouth Summer Camp
Monday 14 August - Friday 18 August 2017:  Tynemouth Summer Camp

Cost?

The current fees are:

Session First Child Sibling
Summer Holiday Club Full Week £99.00 £93.00
Summer Holiday Club Daily Fee £25.00 £23.00

Bookings

Booking forms are available on the right hand side of this page or from Reception on either school site. A non-refundable deposit of £30 per child per week is required to secure your child’s place.

Send your completed booking forms to the OOSC team via email OOSC@kps.woodard.co.uk or call into the Out of School Club before or after school.

If you have any queries then you can call the Out of School Club on 0191 258 9155 or email OOSC@kps.woodard.co.uk.

Kings Priory School 9 Spanish singing stars come out on top On Tuesday 23 May a group of Year 4 pupils from Kings Priory School took part in the ‘Song for Europe’ competition at th...

25th May, 2017

Spanish singing stars come out on top

On Tuesday 23 May a group of Year 4 pupils from Kings Priory School took part in the ‘Song for Europe’ competition at the Durham Gala Theatre.

The competition involved 29 other schools in the North East performing songs in a range of different European Languages.

The First School pupils sang their hearts out with their rendition of ¡Adiós Mamá! and they came out on top being crowned ‘Song for Europe 2017’ winners! 

This is a particularly impressive achievement given that this is the first year that a group from Kings Priory School have participated in the competition.

Miss Manning would like to thank everyone who supported the pupils with the event and, not only congratulate them on their fantastic achievement, but also commend them on their positive attitude and team spirit.

They were a credit to Kings Priory School and fantastic role models for the community.

¡Felicitaciones!

Kings Priory School 10 Pupils planting at Freeman Hospital This week some of our green fingered Year 8 prefects were invited by Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care to take part in...

19th May, 2017

Pupils planting at Freeman Hospital

This week some of our green fingered Year 8 prefects were invited by Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care to take part in a planting event outside the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at the Freeman Hospital.

The school had been involved in a similar event last year and we were honoured to have been asked back again alongside other local schools.

The pupils were given a selection of plants and a key to follow to plant our named box. They then met some volunteers and users of the charity and found out more about the big difference that the charity is making to people with cancer.

The prefects were once again a real credit to themselves and superb ambassadors for Kings Priory School.

Thank you to Miss Smith for organising this event and to Mr Dickson and Mr McLeod for escorting the pupils there.

We are delighted to have formed this relationship with Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care and hope it continues to flourish in the future.

Kings Priory School 11 A reminder to park up safely We would like to remind parents about the need to stop, move and park safely around both school sites.

17th May, 2017

A reminder to park up safely

We would like to remind parents about the need to stop, move and park safely around both school sites, especially during drop off and pick up times.

There have been a number of “near misses” in recent weeks involving children and adults and this has attracted some concerns.

Inconsiderate parking and dangerous manoeuvring in vehicles around the school is putting people at risk of being seriously hurt. This is especially true during peak periods where there are significant numbers of cars in the area trying to drop off/collect pupils from school.

Please be aware as to where you stop and park and also do not park up on double yellow lines. These areas are restricted for a reason and you risk a penalty notice from Council Enforcement Officers who are patrolling the area.

Thank you for your continued support with this issue.

Kings Priory School 12 Music class treated to Apple workshop Year 9 Music pupils were treated to a special workshop at the Apple store in the Metro Centre last week.

16th May, 2017

Music class treated to Apple workshop

Year 9 Music pupils were treated to a special workshop at the Apple store in the Metro Centre last week.

The group worked with Apple specialists on GarageBand and produced some incredible pieces. Year 9 pupils Owen, Thomas and Bradley talk about the experience:

“The workshop was very fun and the staff were friendly and helpful. Upon entering the store we were addressed and informed of how to use the GarageBand software which was explained very well and we were generously given free, very decent looking Apple t-shirts and memory sticks.

We had fun composing on GarageBand on the Macs. After composing our pieces for some time the music was played through a speaker so everyone could hear each others. Overall, the experience was enjoyable and educating.”

You can listen to some of the finished pieces on the KPS Music Twitter account.

Kings Priory School 13 Ski trip adventure for Kings Priory pupils A group of pupils and staff recently headed for a skiing adventure in the French Alps.

14th May, 2017

Ski trip adventure for Kings Priory pupils

A sunny Saturday morning in the North East brought a mixture of pupils between Years 8 and 12 together to the hustle and bustle of Newcastle Airport where an exciting week to Les Arcs in France would commence.

Arriving at the hotel we were greeted by the lovely staff, homely rooms and some delicious food, which only got better as the week went on.

The ski lessons started at 9:45am each morning, where we had a two hour ski session with an experienced instructor, then on to lunch at ‘Bar Mont Blanc’.

The restaurant never failed to impress us with its lush food such as burgers, bangers and mash and fish and chips which was very much appreciated by a group of hungry skiers.

The weather was sunny throughout and pupils took the time at lunch to chill on the deckchairs, with the scenic view of the French alps, and to play table tennis or a game of pool.

After lunch we went on to ski for another two hours and then headed back down the mountain for the evening’s activities. This consisted of bingo, quiz night, visiting a creperie, chill time, pool tournaments and karaoke, which was kicked off with a duet by Mr Smith and Theo.

The last night saw a fancy dress night in which everyone made an effort for (including the teachers), with the Spice Girls, a cowboy, a banana, Where’s Wally and many more in attendance.

As the journey home drew nearer we said our farewells to the family run hotel ‘Chalet La Tarine’ and to our worthy of a medal holiday rep, Jules.

A massive thank you to Miss Smith, Mr Gibbs and Mr Smith who made the holiday possible and to anyone thinking of going in the future, I’d 100% recommend it!’

By Amy Hedworth, SH5

Kings Priory School 14 Match Report: Kings Priory School vs MCC Kings Priory School 1st XI recently took on the MCC in an annual fixture now into its fourth year.

10th May, 2017

Match Report: Kings Priory School vs MCC

Kings Priory School 1st XI recently took on the MCC in an annual fixture now into its fourth year.

As the only state school in the area to have this prestigious fixture, it provides our cricketers with a different challenge as the match is against men instead of those in their own age group.

Played once again at Tynemouth Cricket Club under glorious blue skies hopes were high of producing an excellent performance. As is tradition the MCC batted first and faced a tough opening spell from Gourley (0- 13) and Singh (1-13).

However the MCC batsmen managed to get through this tough opening period and began to score freely until the partnership was eventually broken by Chater (1- 29) with the score on 111.

With the sun shining the wicket became flat and it was tough going for the Kings Priory bowlers. The MCC batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking over until the next wicket fell on 148, this time Stephenson (1-22) the player to get the wicket.

With the score moving the 210 the MCC declared their innings and a gettable target was set for KPS; if the batsmen could keep their concentration and apply themselves to accumulate runs.

Opening pair Stephenson (50) and Wilson (1) were stern in their defensive play and frustrated the MCC opening bowlers.

Gradually the score ticked along until Wilson was the first man out, caught at square leg. In strode Gourley to join Stephenson and the pair built and excellent partnership and showed great patience and concentration to keep the MCC bowlers at bay.

The scoreboard kept moving at regular intervals until Gourley chipped a leading edge to the MCC fielder to be dismissed for a well-made 21. Stephenson brought up a fine 50, full of courage and determination mixed with some excellent stroke play, but lost concentration and was bowled to leave the KPS replay teetering at 90- 4.

However an excellent partnership between Whiting (17) and Stoetzel (28) gave Kings Priory School some momentum going into the final overs. Both batsmen showed good attacking intent and it was unfortunate neither could go on to make a big score.

In the end Kings Priory finished their innings of 172- 9 and the match ended in a draw. A fantastic effort from all who played, well done.

Kings Priory School 15 Choristers to perform at Spring Concert The Kings Priory School Choristers will be performing at the Spring Concert of The Rotary Club of North Shields on Sunda...

9th May, 2017

Choristers to perform at Spring Concert

The Kings Priory School Choristers will be performing at the Spring Concert of The Rotary Club of North Shields on Sunday.

The concert is being held on Sunday 14 May 2017 from 2pm at Christ Church in North Shields.

The Choristers will be performing alongside the North Tyneside Youth Orchestra and the North Tyneside Concert band in a celebration of musical talent in the borough.

Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £4 for concessions. All proceeds will go to local charities based in North Tyneside.

Tickets can be purchased from the Music Department or from the following places:

  • Flemings, 43 Nile Street, North Shields
  • Brannen and Partners, 220 Park View, Whitley Bay
  • Brannen and Partners, 11 Front Street, Tynemouth
  • The Linskill Centre, North Shields

We look forward to seeing you there in what will be the Chorister's final concert of the school year.

Kings Priory School 16 DOWNLOAD: Year 4 Robinwood Presentation The Information Evening for those wanting to go to Robinwood next year recently took place for parents of pupils in Year...

4th May, 2017

DOWNLOAD: Year 4 Robinwood Presentation

The Information Evening for those wanting to go to Robinwood next year recently took place for parents of pupils in Year 4.

The presentation featured key information including:

  • Where and when the trip will take place
  • The types of activities that pupils will be taking part in
  • What to bring (and what not to bring)
  • Payment details and dates.

If you were unable to attend the evening, or would like to refresh your memory, you can view the presentation by clicking here.

The Robinwood trip will take place next year between Wednesday 24 January 2017 and Friday 26 January 2017.

Kings Priory School 17 Middle School pupils reach next stage of BBC competition Two pupils from the Middle School have both made through to the second stage of the prestigious BBC 500 Words competitio...

2nd May, 2017

Middle School pupils reach next stage of BBC competition

Two pupils from the Middle School have both made through to the second stage of the prestigious BBC 500 Words competition.

Pupils Tamara Chisholm in Year 8 and Alaster Hartworth in Year 5 were amongst thousands of pupils across the country that were invited to write an original story on any subject in 500 words or fewer.

Over 131,798 entries were received this year and less than 4% of those have been selected to go through to the next round.

Tamara’s story was titled “The Mistakes of Mutation and Alaster’s was called “See the Child” and both were judged excellent by an expert judging panel.

Mrs Penhall, an English Teacher at Kings Priory School, said: "Kings Priory has enjoyed great success in this competition in recent years and I’m hugely proud that our pupils’ creative writing talents have been recognised yet again."

A couple of years ago the school enjoyed fantastic recognition in the competition with pupil Izzie Thorneycroft beating off competition from over 120,000 entries to be one of the 25 finalists, where she was invited to a prestigious award ceremony at St James’ Palace in London.

The BBC 500 Words team will be announcing the final 50 for this year’s competition in May.

Kings Priory School 18 Year 1 Grandparents afternoon As part of their topic “How We Used To Live” the pupils in Year 1 recently enjoyed two afternoons of learning with some...

28th April, 2017

Year 1 Grandparents afternoon

As part of their topic “How We Used To Live” the pupils in Year 1 recently enjoyed two afternoons of learning with some very special guests.

Just before Easter they were very happy to welcome their grandparents and senior friends in for a fun-filled afternoon.

The afternoon began with the children interviewing the special guests, asking them questions about what was school like, what they did at the weekend, what music they listened to and the games they played.

They were served afternoon tea then returned to the classrooms to work with groups of children sharing artefacts they had brought in from their childhood.

One of the grandparents remarked: “It was a lovely idea to bring recent history and social history alive for the children in this way.”

Our second afternoon of learning was led by Amanda Berry and her mum Lorraine Tyler who talked to Year 1 about the history of knitting and other traditional crafts such as crochet.

The children then had an opportunity to try it for themselves. At the end many asked if they could start their own knitting club as they had enjoyed it so much!

Kings Priory School 19 Your last chance to join our school team at Children's Cancer Run You have less than a week to register to join the Kings Priory School team at this year’s Children’s Cancer Run.

27th April, 2017

Your last chance to join our school team at Children's Cancer Run

You have less than a week to register to join the Kings Priory School team at this year’s Children’s Cancer Run.

This year's Children’s Cancer Run will be held at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth on Sunday 21 May 2017.

The Children’s Cancer Run is a family fun run with one, three and five mile courses. The event is sponsored by Greggs and raises funds for North of England Children’s Cancer Research, funding research into cures and treatments for childhood cancer.

Like previous years, we are very excited to be supporting this event and would like to invite you to join us for what promises to be a fun filled family day out.

All participants receive a t-shirt, medal and Gregg’s picnic on the day. Local station Metro Radio will also be in attendance to entertain everyone with music and competitions.

New for 2017

  • Improved park and ride service operated by transport partners Stagecoach
  • Additional activities and entertainment at the Event Village
  • A personalised online fundraising page created for all runners registering here

The deadline for entering with Kings Priory School is Tuesday 4 May 2017.This will ensure that your pack is sent directly to the school and distributed via pupils by us.

General online entries continue until continue Tuesday 16 May 2017 but individuals will be responsible for their own running packs as these will be sent direct to your home.  

Please note that entries after this date, or just turning up to enter on the day of the event, will incur an extra charge.

To register, simply go to childrenscancerrun.co.uk and during registration make sure you choose the ‘RUN FOR YOUR SCHOOL’ then select Kings Priory School. You will then be entered along with all other runners from our school for the event.

Please note that the three and five mile courses are suitable for children Over 7. All children must be accompanied by an adult (parents can accompany their children on the Mini Mile without registering but please register if you would like to receive a t-shirt, medal and picnic).

We would encourage you to do what you can in order to raise sponsorship as all of the funds raised will be used to fund the research team at Newcastle who are working to find better treatments and cures for childhood cancer. You can raise sponsorship via paper sponsor form (which is available from school) or via our school fundraising page.

Visit the Children's Cancer Run website for all of the essential on the day information you should need including top tips on public transport links, car parking and Frequently Asked Questions.

We look forward to seeing you join us in aid of Children's Cancer Research.

Kings Priory School 20 Kings Priory hosts first Careers Fair Pupils in Year 12 attended the first Kings Priory School Careers Fair before Easter.

24th April, 2017

Kings Priory hosts first Careers Fair

Pupils in Year 12 attended the first Kings Priory School Careers Fair before Easter.

The aim of the event was to allow Sixth Form pupils to explore various career and job opportunities and speak to professionals about the various career paths that are out there after school and university.

In attendance were organisations including the Army, representatives from Accenture UK, a GP, law firm, engineering company and the Nestle UK Apprenticeships programme.

There was also representation from the Police, with Whitley Bay neighbourhood beat manager Paul McKenzie speaking to pupils to encourage them to consider a career within the force.

PC McKenzie, a recruitment ambassador for Northumbria Police, said: “Policing is a varied and worthwhile career which enables people to serve their community and enjoy a wide range of roles with a professional career path."

“I was very impressed with the young people I spoke to from Kings Priory who were enthusiastic and were interested in finding out more about what Northumbria Police had to offer them.”

Speaking about the event Nick Hunter, Director of Sixth Form Life at Kings Priory School, said: “The careers event was a great success with our students being really inspired by our visitors.”

“It gave the students an ideal opportunity to find out about a wide range of possible career paths including policing, medicine, project management and many others."

“They certainly left with some extremely useful information and insights which will help them to take even more control of their career planning, as part of our extensive careers advice in Sixth Form.”

A huge thank you to everyone who attended from their organisation and we look forward to the event returning next year.

Kings Priory School 21 Prefects' Dinner to say thank you This week Café K played host to the Prefects’ Dinner as the Senior School said thank you to its hardworking pupils.

7th April, 2017

Prefects' Dinner to say thank you

This week Café K played host to the Prefects’ Dinner as the Senior School said thank you to its hardworking pupils.

This is the first Prefects’ Dinner for a few years and it was made possible by the collaboration between our three in-house catering teams; the Percy Park Road team, Café SIX and Café K.

The event was sponsored by one of our food suppliers, Brakes Wholesalers.

The evening started with a welcome mocktail reception in the Atrium, followed by a starter selection of anti-pasto dishes including olives and bruschetta.

The main course was a secret recipe delicious homemade lasagne served with salad and rosemary roasted potatoes.
The last course was a sumptuous chocolate fudge cake served with a shot of espresso.

A huge thank you to all of the staff who attended and served the Prefects their dinner as a mark of gratitude. Thank you also to those who worked behind the scenes to make the event a huge success.

A final well done to our Year 13 prefects, who have all worked extremely hard this year and deserve this recognition.

Find out more about our school food offering and Café K here.

Kings Priory School 22 Kings Priory awarded Bronze Certificate by the Incorporated Society of Musicians Kings Priory School has been awarded the ISM / ISM Trust’s Bronze Certificate.

6th April, 2017

Kings Priory awarded Bronze Certificate by the Incorporated Society of Musicians

Kings Priory School has been awarded the ISM / ISM Trust’s Bronze Certificate. This means that more than 10% of all the school’s GCSE students achieved an A* to C in GCSE music.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM – the professional body for musicians – congratulated the school, saying: "We are delighted to recognise Kings Priory School’s achievement in music and celebrate the commitment to music education shown by the school in their high uptake and high achievement of pupils".

"Music is a valuable subject, it brings value in itself to pupils as well as supporting achievement in other subjects. Music also opens doors and generates educational opportunities for pupils from all backgrounds. We are delighted that Kings Priory values music within their school curriculum and as the professional body for musicians and a subject association for music education, we are delighted to recognise this high level of achievement with this certificate."

The certificate is awarded by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the ISM Trust (www.ismtrust.org).

The Incorporated Society of Musicians is the UK’s fastest growing professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. We were set up in 1882 to promote the art of music and to protect the interests of all musicians. Today we support nearly 8,000 members with unrivalled services and expert advice, from study up until retirement.

The ISM Trust, the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ (ISM) sister charity, was created in 2014 to advance education, the arts and to promote health.

The primary focus of the Trust is to deliver high quality professional development by leading practitioners from the ISM and also in partnership with other organisations.

The ISM Trust is dedicated to creating pioneering resources to support music and all those who work in the sector inducing music educators, performers, and composers and delivers its work through webinars, regional seminars, training events and advice packs.

Kings Priory School 23 Sixth Form pupils visit university library Year 12 pupils on the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) programme recently visited the Philip Robinson Library at New...

4th April, 2017

Sixth Form pupils visit university library

Year 12 pupils on the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) programme recently visited the Philip Robinson Library at Newcastle University.

The EPQ is a research-based qualification equivalent to half an A level; students work with the support of a supervisor and are assessed on their project product, project log, and an oral presentation about the work they have done. Projects take the form of either a 5000-word dissertation or an artefact with an accompanying 1000-word report.

The EPQ allows students to study something they have a particular interest in (perhaps a subject which they have not taken at A Level or a subject they wish to take at university or something which is unconnected to the school curriculum). It also allows students the opportunity to develop new skills which will allow them to flourish after they have left school. 

They visited the library at Newcastle University to aid the research section of their project. During this visit, students were made familiar with the cataloguing and access to university resources which they are permitted to use independently to help them to complete their EPQ.

Sixth Form pupils Izzy Gray and Francesca Lea pick up the story:

"We made our own way into town, and met outside of the main entrance. After a short wait, we were lead down into a computer area, where we received a presentation on EPQs as a whole, plagiarism and the library itself.

During a detailed tour, we witnessed their collection of over 1 million books, and numerous study areas for their lucky students. The library was a hive of activity, with busy students returning books on their last day of term.

After a quick break, where we could snack in the café, we went back into the computer rooms to start our research. During this time, we had access to online articles and books within the library.

The organiser gave us all a small, green card which allows us to return to the library at our leisure to use their resources. The materials we found will be useful in developing our project.

We would like to thank the Robinson library for being so hospitable and welcoming."

The EPQ is very highly regarded by universities, showing evidence of the kind of independent study skills that will be essential on a degree course.  It allows students more independence and freedom than traditional A Levels. Taken either instead of a fourth A Level subject, or in addition to four A Levels, the EPQ is graded A*- E and is worth up to a maximum of 70 UCAS points.

Find out more about the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and what it involves by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 24 DOWNLOAD: Year 6 SATS Presentation For those that were unable to attend the Year 6 SATS Information Evening earlier this week, here is a copy of the presen...

31st March, 2017

DOWNLOAD: Year 6 SATS Presentation

The SATS Information Evening recently took place for parents of pupils in Year 6.
 
The presentation featured key information about the upcoming tests, including what support pupils can expect from staff and also what parents can do to help their child.
 
Suggestions include:
 
• Supporting the completion of homework.
• Encouraging reading every day.
• Signing the reading log in planners.
• Helping your children to stay as stress free as possible.
• Accessing useful websites, including The School Run and MyMaths.
• Useful workbooks - CGP
 
If you were unable to attend the evening, or would like to refresh your memory, you can view the presentation by clicking here.
 
The Year 6 SATS will take place this year between Monday 8 May and Thursday 11 May 2017.
Kings Priory School 25 Kings Priory compete at Tyne and Wear games Pupils from across Kings Priory School competed in the Tyne and Wear School Games this week.

29th March, 2017

Kings Priory compete at Tyne and Wear games

Pupils from across Kings Priory School competed in the Tyne and Wear School Games this week.

Three Hockey teams from Year 4, Year 6 and Year 8 attended the games, as they competed against other area champions from across the region including Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead and South Tyneside.

In the morning Mrs Smith’s Year 8 team worked particularly hard to reach an all-North Tyneside final against Valley Gardens Middle School, which they narrowly lost but still picked up an impressive silver medal.

In the afternoon Mr Youldon and Mrs Taylor’s primary sides travelled together to compete in the U9 and U11 competitions respectively. Both sides reached the semi-final and were met by North Tyneside opponents but were unfortunately beaten in two highly competitive contests.

However, both teams showed high levels of resilience to win their 3rd place playoffs and came away with bronze medals.

A huge well done to all competitors for their hard work and effort!
 

Kings Priory School 26 Duke of Edinburgh pupils go for gold As we head towards lighter evenings pupils taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award are preparing for their final expe...

27th March, 2017

Duke of Edinburgh pupils go for gold

As we head towards lighter evenings pupils taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award are preparing for their final expeditions.

A couple of weeks ago a group of Sixth Form pupils headed to the Lake District on their practice excursion to the Lake District.

Below is one pupil's account of their adventure:

"Hot, wet and achy. That is how we all felt after the steep ascent to Stickle Tarn. This was the last task of the weekend.

Hoping to see some stunning scenery at the top, most were disappointed as we could only see about two metres out on to the top of the lake.

The fog was thick throughout the entirety of the trip, ruining dreams of a photographic masterpiece.

However it was not all bad and after three or four games of ‘My Grandma went to the Shop’ the first day flew by with no complications at all.

Nearing the end of our trek we were dreading what state the youth hostel would be in. Previous ones had been ‘slightly’ dilapidated to say the least.

We entered the French style doors which lead to the reception and were pleasantly surprised. This was officially the best hostel we had ever stayed in! Complete with a drying room for damp clothes, functional central heating and hot showers.

After dinner many of us chose to sit and play a giant game of Uno; the game of the weekend. Many frantic rounds were played before we stopped and went bed, ready for the next day.

Bacon sandwiches and porridge eaten, we set out for the second day of walking. The groups followed a popular route along the crest of Lingmoor Fell but failed to realise how steep the descent actually was. By the end a few of us may have had been soaking through from slipping on the saturated soil beneath our feet.

None the less we finished with plenty of time to spare. Once all three groups had met at the finishing point, we started the scramble to Stickle Tarn. About forty minutes later we reached the top, took some group photos, rested and began the descent.

We got to the bottom in one piece, trying not to slip on sodden rock, fall into rushing rivers or wonderful waterfalls. Half the group went and watched the England vs Scotland Rugby match while the others went back to the hostel. Many more games of Uno were played and before bed a massive game of ‘Articulate!’ was played, which was hilarious because we were all so tired.

The next day the fog started to clear, showing blue skies. This was unfortunate as it was time to go home. After many naps during the three hour bus journey, we all arrived safely back at the school.

Actual Gold expedition? Bring it On!

Find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Kings Priory School here.

Kings Priory School 27 BBC School Report: England Cricketer in town Pupils from the Senior School recently interviewed local cricketer Mark Wood about cricket and his sporting inspirations...

23rd March, 2017

BBC School Report: England Cricketer in town

Pupils from the Senior School recently interviewed local cricketer Mark Wood about cricket and his sporting inspirations.

The England batsman, who made his International test debut in 2015, came to Kings Priory School to discuss his sporting inspirations and the growing interest of young peple playing Cricket.

Wood, who was born in nearby Ashington, Northumberland, then led a 'quick cricket' session with some of the pupils.

See his interview below:

Find out more about the BBC News School Report, a national programme designed to engage 11 to 16 year olds in newsmaking and reporting, by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 28 Year 4 crowned North Tyneside Hockey Champions For the second year running pupils of Kings Priory First School have been crowned Hockey Champions of North Tyneside.

22nd March, 2017

Year 4 crowned North Tyneside Hockey Champions

For the second year running pupils of Kings Priory First School have been crowned Hockey Champions of North Tyneside.

Having qualified for the finals just before half term the Year 4 team attended Marden Bridge Middle School alongside 11 other schools last week.

They were handed a tough group but managed to top the table having won 4 of their 5 games, and drawing the other. This led them to play Cullercoats in the final in which they emerged victorious with two goals from Alexavier Punay.

Winning the competition has led to qualification for the Tyne and Wear School games on 28 March where the team aim to equal last year’s efforts of becoming County Champions and become the first school to win this accolade back to back.

Kings Priory School 29 The Summer Term Book Fair is coming! Pupils and parents are being invited to come along to our School Book Fair which will take place in May.

21st March, 2017

The Summer Term Book Fair is coming!

Pupils and parents are being invited to come along to our School Book Fair.

Due to May Day, the fair will start on Tuesday 2 May 2017 and will run until Friday 6 May 2017.

With books and stationery on display from Peppa Pig to The Book Thief there really will be something for everyone.

Middle and Senior School pupils will be able to access the fair every lunchtime in the Drama Studio.

Parents and all other pupils, especially those from the First School, will be able to visit the fair each evening from 3:45pm to 4:15pm. The entrance will be from Dawsons Gate off Allendale Place.

Pupils will be given information leaflets about the fair before the end of term.

Kings Priory School 30 Kings Priory girls go digital Last month 29 girls from Years 8, 9 and 10 accompanied the computing department on a trip to the Sage to celebrate digit...

19th March, 2017

Kings Priory girls go digital

Last month 29 girls from Years 8, 9 and 10 accompanied the computing department on a trip to The Sage, Gateshead to celebrate digital in the North East.

As a joint venture between Accenture and The Stemettes to encourage more girls into STEM careers through an exciting, challenging and informative day.

Girls took part in several challenges from cracking cyber security issues, engineering devices to open a safe, coding a self-drive car and creating 3D designs, all with the help of industry experts and leader of the Stemettes, Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE. The girls had a great time and were successful enough to compete on Stage 1 in the final.

Our girls won second prize and took home some top of the range computer equipment. Well done girls we are already looking forward to next year!

Cybergirls with GCHQ

At the beginning of March six teams of girls joined the Cyber Girls Challenge to compete against thousands of other schools across the country in cracking cyber security challenges.

The challenge was organised by GCHQ the Governments Communications Headquarters. This is the first time the government have ran a challenge like this and it was fantastic.

The girls were engaged in exciting challenges ranging from coding to binary representation and cryptic web searches. Our teams were fantastic, some completing over 70% of the challenges (we were advised that anything over 60% was exceptional).

Unfortunately, we didn’t rank in the top ten but we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will compete again next year!

Stemettes Documentary

Last week the Computing department had an exclusive viewing of the new Stemettes documentary.

The Stemettes are an award-winning social enterprise working across the UK & Ireland and beyond to inspire and support young women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers.

The documentary is a fun and inspiring look for students to think about how STEM can help them start up their own businesses.

As well as information giving, it is keeping aspirations high for our pupils and reminding them that they can do whatever they set their minds to!

Kings Priory School 31 REPORT: Kings Priory unlucky in semi-final defeat Kings Priory U15s met Pocklington School in the semi- finals of the Natwest Bowl at Percy Park RFC.

17th March, 2017

REPORT: Kings Priory unlucky in semi-final defeat

Kings Priory U15s met Pocklington School in the semi- finals of the Natwest Bowl at Percy Park RFC.

Having come through two nail-biting games against Liverpool College and Wootten Upper School in the previous rounds the Kings Priory boys went into this game with plenty of confidence.

On a perfect spring afternoon Thomas Moore kicked off and KPS had the better of the early exchanges in the match. Sami Singh proved a thorn in the Pocklington defence early on, gaining ground whenever he took the ball forward.

However it was evident this Pocklington side were well organised and were going to be difficult to break down. With 15 minutes gone the deadlock was broken. Resolute defence from Kings Priory had force the Pocklington fly half to attempt a cross field kick, which turned out to be perfectly weighted for the winger to catch and score in the corner.

The conversion was slotted home and Pocklington lead 0-7. Again the exchanges were even, with neither team being able to find that cutting edge in the final 22. A testament to the strength and physicality of both teams defence.

Kyle mace and Matthew Fairhurst were ferocious for Kings Priory in defence, and Tom Robinson typically scrappy in his attempts to halt the Pocklington attacks.

With the first half about to end Pocklington found themselves deep in the Kings Priory half and managed to convert a penalty from the five meter line into a try. The conversion was taken and at half time the score was 0-14 in favour of the visitors.

What has come to be a real strength over the season for this team has been their ability to pull themselves back into games when they are up against it, and it would need another resilient fight back to get back into this game. As with the first half, the teams traded punches, but both defences remained firm.

Danny Bell and Matthew Smith were resolute in their role of last chance defence, performing a number of superb tackles to keep their counterparts at bay.

In attack Thomas Moore was instigating the Kings Priory attacks and making good ground, but KPS just couldn’t find the gap they needed in the opposition defence.

Eventually Pocklington managed to score again, but the conversion was missed and the score was now 0-19 with 20 minutes remaining. Pocklington managed to get onto the front foot in the final exchanges and their pressure told with another score 5 minutes from time to end Kings Priory’s hopes of a comeback. The final score was 0-24, but this wasn’t a true reflection of the game as a whole.

Getting all the way to a national semi- final is no mean feat, and all the players should be proud of their efforts over the course of the season. They have represented the school in exemplary fashion and have done everyone at the school extremely proud.

Kings Priory School 32 BBC School Report: Pupils learn about fire safety The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service visited Kings Priory to tell the children of the equipment that they use, what...

16th March, 2017

BBC School Report: Pupils learn about fire safety

The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service visited Kings Priory to tell the children of the equipment that they use, what they do and about fire safety.

The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service gave the Year 7 pupils a small tour around the fire engine to show them different parts of the machine. They allowed 2 small groups to look at and even hold some of the equipment that they use on a regular basis.

First of all, they talked about the equipment that they had to wear to protect them and then they allowed the children to wear the protective clothing, which was a little too big on most of our Year 7 pupils!

They showed us a ventilator fan which is used to blow away any smoke so anyone who is near or in the structure that is on fire can be able to breathe more easily. They then switched on the machine to show the Year 7s the power of the machine’s blow.

Next they presented two big hoses to the children, then rolled out one of them to show the length and then allowed the children to use the hose, much to their delight! They deeply enjoyed using the equipment and being able to interact with the fire rescue team.

We asked Y7 pupil, Anakin Pearson, how he enjoyed the visit. “I liked learning about the equipment and also being able to sit in the fire engine. The hose was really cool especially when they sprayed it across the yard!”

Some of our reporters asked the Fire Rescue team about safety in everyday life and Ian, the boss, told us what we can do to keep safe from fires at home. He told us that parents can make sure that there are 2 smoke alarms and possibly 1 carbon monoxide alarm fitted within one property.

He also advised that children could make sure that no flammable objects are lain around the property just in case there is a naked flame or if someone drops a cigarette.

Lastly, he told us if we spot a fire in the local community to dial 999 immediately and give a description of the fire, its location and what is on fire.

We would like to thank Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service for coming in to our school and providing us with a fun lesson on fire safety. We appreciate the time taken out of their busy schedule to teach us about their job and how to keep safe.

By Katie Orgill, Ben Dowson, Jonathan Reynolds, Isabelle Howard,
Poppy Wilkie, James Gourley, Ryan Didsbury and Matthew Hope

Kings Priory School 33 Pupils perform at dance festival A group of Year 4 girls recently took part in a dance competition celebrating schools in the local area.

14th March, 2017

Pupils perform at dance festival

A group of Year 4 girls recently took part in a local dance competition.

The North Shields Dance Festival takes places every year at The Parks Leisure Centre and aims to celebrate the best of creative performance from schools across the district.

This year, 14 girls from the First School took to the stage to perform a dance based around the theme of fire.

The enthusiastic group created and rehearsed the routine themselves as part of a lunchtime dance club within school.

They interpreted the movements of the music as single flames, groups of flames and as a whole roaring fire moving, twisting and turning until the embers finally and dramatically went out.

Mrs Spencer and Mrs Morrin were proud to escort the group to the dance festival, where they skilfully performed their ‘Fire’ dance. After the performance they said: "What a fantastic evening! Well done girls. You were a credit to Kings Priory School."

Thank you to the girls for their hard work and commitment and to parents for their support.

Kings Priory School 34 World-renowned artists come to town Thanks to our partnership with GemArts we welcomed the world-renowned Kala Chethena Kathakali Company into school this w...

10th March, 2017

World-renowned artists come to town

Thanks to our partnership with GemArts we welcomed the world-renowned Kala Chethena Kathakali Company into school this week.

​Kathakali is a classical Indian dance drama, from Kerela, South West India, that originated in the Hindu temples in the 17th century to bring the Hindu epics to local people through storytelling. Kathakali combines movement, drama, gesture, characters, sign language, facial expressions and rituals to bring stories to life.

All Year 5 pupils took part in workshops exploring the skills of a Kathakali actor, which have been passed on through generations for over 500 years. Students explored how a Kathakali actor tells a story, and how culture travels when people migrate taking skills and traditions with them. A snippet of their warm up is available below:

Below, two Year 5 pupils describe the experience:

"Year 5 were lucky enough to be able to experience Kathakali dancers on Tuesday 7 March. Kathakali, pronounced Kat-aka-li, is a form of dance or sign language. It originated in Southern India. It is impossible to write about Kathakali costumes and make up (chutti) without mentioning the greatest chutti expert ever – Kalamandalam, Govinda Variyar. 

He was an amazing Kathakari make-up artist, who devoted his life to Kathakali. Kalamandalam Govinda Variyar also taught the first ever female Kathakali make-up artist – Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar, who Year 5 were able to meet.

Year 5 learned that a Kathakali performer would have to train four hours a day for 13 years, which is a total of 18,980 hours. 

Kathakali costumes work in harmony with the make-up to create a specific character to tell a story. If the Kathakali performer have a green face, it means that they are noble and victorious, whereas if the performer has a red face, they are evil and cruel.

We performed a simple sentence in the Kathakali sign language; “I am sad because the wind destroyed my flowers!” It was a great experience that we were very lucky to have, and we all enjoyed having professional Kathakali artists at our school."

By Madeline S and Frances W

Find out more about the GemArts project on their website.

Kings Priory School 35 EVENT: Tynemouth Car Boot Sale to return Kings Priory School is bringing its successful car boot sale back to Tynemouth after Easter.

9th March, 2017

EVENT: Tynemouth Car Boot Sale to return

Kings Priory School is hosting one last Car Boot Sale this summer.

The school has been hosting the popular sales for the last couple of months and we are delighted to have one more taking place this July for visitors to Tynemouth.

The sale is open to all members of the local community who want to come along and buy and sell their unwanted goods.

It will take place on Saturday 8 July and will be open to the public from 10am until 12pm, with sellers able to set up from 9am.

There are over 30 spaces available for each sale and like the first locals can reserve a space for their car for just £10.

Spaces must be prebooked and you cannot just turn up on the day. Sellers should provide their own table.

Members of the public are also invited to browse and buy for just 50p entry (under 5s go free), with gates open from 10am.

The Sixth Form café will be open during each event too, with locals able to enjoy hot sandwiches, freshly brewed coffee and a range of baked goods on offer.

You can reserve your space at the Tynemouth Car Boot Sale today by calling Jonny Hall on 0191 258 9106 or email events@kps.woodard.co.uk and someone will be in touch to confirm your place.

Kings Priory School 36 REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice at the Theatre Royal Last month a group of English students went to see Pride and Prejudice performed at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

8th March, 2017

REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice at the Theatre Royal

Last month a group of English students went to see Pride and Prejudice performed at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

"From the very first words “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want if a wife” we were enthralled.

Like the book, the play was filled with witty quips and put downs from Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy’s dark and brooding, yet charismatic mannerisms, were countered by their sweet companions, Jane and Mr Bingley, both played by exceptional actors.

Mr Collins was delightfully odious and you could feel the shudder that ran around the theatre when a pregnant Charlotte came onstage.

Of course, Pride and Prejudice is known as a love story where two polar opposites are drawn to each other. Watching it on stage, the chemistry between Mr Darcy and Elizabeth was wonderful and just as beautiful as the book.

The play lived up to everyone’s expectations, giving the well-loved characters, from the promiscuous Lydia to the snobbish Lady Catherine de Bourgh, a new lease of life and reinventing every single one in the viewer’s minds.

The play was not only brilliantly acted but also had a brilliant script and fitted every detail from the novel into two action packed hours that explored the themes of love, the hierarchy of 19th century England and reputation perfectly, with sarcasm and wit."

Helen Rees, SD2

Kings Priory School 37 School celebrating NCS award The National Citizen Service (NCS), which is country’s flagship youth programme for 16 and 17 year olds, has awarded ‘Ch...

6th March, 2017

School celebrating NCS award

The National Citizen Service (NCS), which is country’s flagship youth programme for 16 and 17 year olds, has awarded ‘Champion School’ status to Kings Priory School.

The NCS is a programme which involves teenagers meeting other local young people from a range of backgrounds, living independently, and developing new skills whilst learning more about their communities and how they can make a difference through social action projects.

Kings Priory School is one of just 345 schools across England to have received the award, which has been given to those institutions who have excelled in promoting the programme and recruiting young people to take part over the last academic year.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said: “It’s really fantastic to see that so many pupils have already benefitted from the wide range of programmes provided by National Citizen Service (NCS).

“I want to congratulate all the ‘champion schools’ and thank them for their hard work and commitment helping young people gain vital skills that will help them get on in life and fulfil their potential.”

Phil Nicholson, Head of Senior School at Kings Priory School, said: “The National Citizen Service programme is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to develop key work and life skills and it really supports our commitment as a school to educating the whole child, both inside and outside of the classroom.”

“I am delighted that the school, and more importantly the pupils, are receiving recognition for their commitment to the NCS and long may it continue.”

Chris Byrne, Recruitment Team Leader for NCS, said: “Students at Kings Priory School have a tremendous ethos and have jumped at the opportunity that NCS brings.”

“Not only that, the senior staff and teachers at the school have proactively endorsed the programme, ensuring that all students have access to NCS. The Champion School award reflects the terrific support from staff and students at Kings Priory School.”

The NCS summer experience includes a week of adventure at an outdoor centre in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales or Scottish borders where teens will meet new people and enjoy adventure, fun and freedom. Teens will then spend another week developing life skills like confidence, leadership and communication while staying in a university-style environment.

They will then work with their NCS team to deliver their own community project - making a lasting impact on the local area.

About 25 students from the current Year 11 at Kings Priory School have already signed up to take part in the next NCS programme, which will run during the summer holidays. 16 and 17 year olds are eligible to take part, with government backing meaning places cost just £50 or less.

The School is looking forward to continuing to develop its strong relationship with the NCS in the future.

To find out more about NCS in the North East and how you can get involved click here.

Kings Priory School 38 Musical recognition for pupil A Kings Priory School musician has come out on top in the final of a prestigious competition.

2nd March, 2017

Musical recognition for pupil

A Kings Priory School musician has come out on top in the final of a prestigious competition.

Flutist Isabella Thorneycroft is one of three finalists who was chosen to perform at the Avison Ensemble’s Young Musicians’ Awards which took place recently at the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle.

Any young musician, up to the age of 19, from the North East Region is invited to apply. Students are asked to perform two pieces of music, one of which must be by an 18th Century composer of their choice, on any instrument or voice.

There are four categories available to entrants, each category having its own prize for the winning entrant and we are delighted that Izzie came first in her category.

Last year Izzie was presented with a Gold award from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) following her Grade 7 flute examination.

She was also awarded with a coveted place in the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.

Speaking at the time Elizabeth Johnston, Deputy Curriculum Leader for Art, Music and Design at Kings Priory School, said: “Izzie is an outstanding student in every respect.”

“She is talented, diligent and conscientious in her studies, but manages to maintain a very natural, friendly and warm personality that subtly hides her considerable abilities.”

Izzie added: “The music department at Kings Priory School have really supported my flute studies, and they have helped to encourage me every step of the way.”

Well done Izzie!

Kings Priory School 39 Reception visit Chinatown Over the last few weeks pupils in Reception have been finding out all about Chinese New Year.

28th February, 2017

Reception visit Chinatown

Over the last few weeks pupils in Reception have been finding out all about Chinese New Year.

During lesson time they have been learning about Chinese customs and traditions in preparation for the New Year celebration and they even read the story about Chinese New Year.

Pupils made lots of crafts to match different zodiac animals and tried their hands at traditional art pieces including Chinese dragons, lanterns and rooster paintings.

Flora made a Chinese Dragon head at home and the classes used it in PE with materials to recreate a Chinese Dragon dance.

On Friday pupils, with staff and parent volunteers in tow, travelled by Metro from Tynemouth to Newcastle’s China Town where they visited a Chinese supermarket. The children enjoyed looking around and spotting things we have been learning about.

They then went onto Palace Garden and enjoyed a wonderful Chinese banquet. Everyone tried lots of new food and enjoyed trying to eat with chopsticks.

We would like to thank the Palace Garden restaurant for their hospitality on a fantastic day and for serving us a wonderful meal.

A big thank you also to all of the parents for your support with this trip.

Kings Priory School 40 Pupils raise an incredible amount for NSPCC Pupils across Kings Priory School have raised in excess of £7,000 for children's charity the NSPCC.

26th February, 2017

Pupils raise an incredible amount for NSPCC

Pupils across Kings Priory School have raised in excess of £7,000 for children's charity the NSPCC.

The First School recently took part in a sponsored ‘Daily Mile’ fun run in aid of the NSPCC, the leading children's charity in the UK specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood.

They work with families when they are going through difficult times, like overcoming mental health problems, and offer all kinds of support from helping new parents care for their baby to giving professionals the tools they need to assess neglect.

As part of the sponsored run pupils were tasked with raising as much money as they could and they even seemed to enjoy running as far as they could in their allocated 30 minutes slots.

The total that has been raised so far is £6,818.85 and this was presented to a representative of the charity in a special assembly organised before half term.

First School teacher Mrs Large, who is responsible for Chapters on the Percy Park site and helped to organise the event, said: "We have been absolutely amazed by the phenomenal support from parents and families and the incredible amount of money that has been raised through sponsorship."

Pupils in the Middle School have been getting involved too with their own collection boxes around school.

Year 5 and 6 pupils participated in NSPCC workshops in January and have since raised £237.50 for the charity, bringing the school's overall total well beyond the £7,000 mark.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated towards both fundraising efforts.

To find out more about charity work and fundraising at Kings Priory School click here,

Kings Priory School 41 Year 8 girls compete in Hockey tournament A group of Year 8 girls recently competed in a national Hockey tournament in North Shields.

13th February, 2017

Year 8 girls compete in Hockey tournament

A group of Year 8 girls recently competed in a national Hockey tournament in North Shields.

The 7-a-side squad played in the In2 Hockey tournament at The Parks Leisure Centre and a fantastic effort on a very cold day saw the girls come 3rd overall, 

During the day they beat Mowden Hall, Longridge Towers, Bede Academy, Dame Allan's and Valley Gardens but lost to Royal Grammar School and Newcastle High School for Girls.

The squad consisted of: Maddie Johnston, Josie Fieldson, Ruby Bruce, Holly Eccles, Olivia Weatherburn, Neve Grant, Evie Cottrell, Lili Statham, Lucy Robinson (Captain) and Emily Whiting.

Find out more about the In2 Hockey competition here.

Kings Priory School 42 Charlotte's dance success A huge well done to Year 8 pupil Charlotte Douglas who recently won a national dance competition.

8th February, 2017

Charlotte's dance success

A huge well done to Year 8 pupil Charlotte Douglas who recently won a national dance competition.

Charlotte and her friend Jessica took part in the ‘When I Dance’ competition in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

The competition raises awareness of Parkinson’s by bringing together dance communities of all backgrounds and abilities. Dance connects people and everyone can enjoy it. But did you know it can relieve Parkinson’s symptoms?  

The Dunelm pupil won the Group Category will now take part in free dance training with two of the professional judges; Ryan Jenkins and Mechnikool

You can view the winning piece below:

Speaking about their piece, the judges of the competition said: "Charlotte and Jessica’s duet was expressively performed and technically excellent."

"They danced very well together, with a strong ‘togetherness’ evident between the two dancers, which is very important for this category. Adding another layer to this sensitive performance is that it has been inspired by Charlotte’s grandfather having Parkinson’s, and the insight this has given Charlotte into life with this condition." 

"We feel that their younger age cannot be ignored too, so all in all we feel they are worthy winners in this category."

The hugely talented Charlotte is also about to hit the stage. She will be performing in renditions of Swan Lake in Glasgow and Greenock on 11 and 12 February respectively, as a Ballet West Associate. 

Find out more about Charlotte’s entry and the 'When I Dance' competition here.

Kings Priory School 43 Royal Computing visit to Kings Priory Last week the Computing Faculty welcomed Gill Hare, who is a representative of The Royal Society, into school.

6th February, 2017

Royal Computing visit to Kings Priory

Last week the Computing Faculty welcomed Gill Hare, who is a representative of The Royal Society, into school.

The Royal Society is committed to supporting effective teaching of the school and college computing curricula across the UK (5-18 year olds) and has launched a programme of work to gather and share evidence about how this is being delivered in practice. The work will lead to the development of support for UK schools and colleges, which may include:

The aim of her visit was to fact find so that the society can showcase how computing education is being delivered in reality. The intention is to put together a report to describe the journey to delivering high quality computing education and approaches used. They want to show how obstacles have been overcome, and best practices that other schools might learn from.

Kings Priory School are delighted to have been chosen as a case study of excellent practice in computing education. Our all-through nature and our comprehensive curriculum in computing has meant that Kings Priory School has adapted very well during the transition from ICT to computing.

During her visit Gill spoke to pupils in the classroom and it was fantastic to see pupils enthusing and demonstrating their learning with confidence and pride.

We look forward to seeing the report later this year. For more information visit the Royal Society website.

Kings Priory School 44 REPORT: Kings Priory triumph in Natwest Bowl After a hard fought win against Liverpool College in the last round, Kings Priory took on Wootton Upper School in the qu...

3rd February, 2017

REPORT: Kings Priory triumph in Natwest Bowl

After a hard fought win against Liverpool College in the last round, Kings Priory took on Wootton Upper School from Bedford in the quarter finals of the Natwest U15 Bowl.

Early exchanges in the game were even, with both teams keen to get on the front foot. After 10 minutes the deadlock was broken with a fine team try by Wootton but the conversion was missed.

The game quickly swung in the favour of Wootton with a speculative kick turning into another score in the corner, again the conversion was missed and the score was 10-0 and Kings Priory were up against it.

However, this only seemed to spur the Kings Priory boys on and they quickly got themselves back in the game with an excellent score in the corner from Jamie Diamond after great awareness from Thomas Moore and Tom Robinson, 10- 5 the score after 20 minutes.

The game then swung in the favour of Kings Priory School with an opportunist try from Jamie Diamond, pouncing on a mistake by the Wootton player following outstanding pressure from the Kings Priory defence. The conversion went over and Kings were 12-10 ahead at the break.

The first score in the second half was going to be critical, and Wootton came out of the blocks fighting and scored within 2 minutes of the game restarting from an excellent set piece move from a scum inside the Kings Priory twenty two.

The conversion went over and the score was now 12-17. Again, the game went away from KPS after a series of missed tackles allowed the Wootton player to coast over for a score, but crucially the conversion attempt was missed. Within 5 minutes of the second half, Kings Priory found themselves 22 - 12 down and the game drifting away. In a repeat of the first half, the KPS boys needed to score quickly and managed to via a Sammy Singh try after an excellent run from Jamie Diamond resulted in a penalty 5 metres out; 17-22 with 15 minutes left.

Wootton then had the majority of possession but could only come away with a drop goal for their efforts, after outstanding team defence from Kings Priory; 17-25 with 10 minutes left.

Then came undoubtedly one of the moments of the season as Kings Priory scored a length of the field try courtesy of some outstanding play from Tom Robinson and Jamie Diamond; 24-25 with just four minutes remaining. Wootton Upper School kept the ball for the next three minutes, and hopes of a Kings Priory victory were fading.

But a turnover in our twenty two gave our backs a chance to work an opening for Jamie Diamond to burst through and make sixty metres up the pitch, before offloading to the ever present Tom Robinson, who made a break for the line before offloading to Jamie who scored in the corner to win the game for Kings Priory. The conversion was missed and the game ended 29-25, what a finish!

A fantastic team performance from all the boys, well done!

Kings Priory School 45 Sixth Form presentation on road safety Pupils in Year 12 and 13 recently attended a hard-hitting presentation called "Road Sense Common Sense" hosted by Northu...

1st February, 2017

Sixth Form presentation on road safety

Pupils in Year 12 and 13 recently attended a presentation called Road Sense Common Sense hosted by Northumbria Police.

Road Sense Common Sense is a one hour long, short film and live speaker performance. Aimed at students aged 15 upwards, it aims to challenge young driver behaviour and ultimately keep this group safe on the roads.

As well as the Polce there were representatives from the emergency services and some volunteers from the public in attendance.

The aim of the presentation was to ensure that new road users were aware of the vital importance of making the right decisions when driving or even being driven by others.

There was personal testimony from road traffic officers attending accidents involving young people as well as the harrowing accounts of breaking the worst news to families of those involved.

Even more traumatic were the contributions made by members of the public whose lives had been devastated by the loss of loved ones through easily avoidable accidents.

Pupils were challenged to see how drink and drug driving, careless driving and even being in a car with the wrong person at the wrong time can have serious lifelong consequences.

Kings Priory School would like to thank all of those who participated in the presentation for their valuable contributions.

More information about Road Sense Common Sense can be found here.

Kings Priory School 46 Kings Priory School is top of the class for GCSE performance After less than four years since it opened Kings Priory School has triumphed in its latest GCSE performance.

31st January, 2017

Kings Priory School is top of the class for GCSE performance

After less than four years since it opened Kings Priory School has triumphed in its latest GCSE performance.

Kings Priory School placed joint-third in the region for its GCSE results, with only independent schools in Newcastle and Durham surpassing the school’s performance in 2016.

The school achieved an impressive score of 61.3 in the latest Government tables which were released last week.

The results are based on the new ‘Attainment 8’ measure which is calculated by assigning a numbered value to GCSE grades. There is extra sway given to achievement in subjects like Maths.

The latest announcement comes after an impressive 91% of pupils at the school achieved at least 5 A*-C GCSEs including Maths and English in the summer.

Amongst other top headlines 96% of pupils received an A*-C in both Mathematics and English.

As well as being the joint-best attainment in the region this also represents the school’s best ever GCSE exam results to date.

This signifies a tremendous achievement for a school only in its fourth year as an academy which provides first class education to over 1300 pupils aged 4 to 18.

Philip Sanderson, Principal of Kings Priory School, said: “This is a splendid achievement by all of our pupils and staff.”

"This does not happen by accident, however. Dedication, real focussed work, with a deep understanding of our pupils has certainly been a successful formula.”

“This is of course in line our school values of respect, celebrating differences and helping others to achieve everything they can.”

Kings Priory School opened in September 2013 as a result of a merger between The King’s School, a thriving independent school and Priory Primary School, an outstanding community primary school.

The school is an inclusive, non-fee paying academy with excellent teachers, motivated pupils, a family environment and a commitment to educating the whole child both in and outside of the classroom.

It is part of the Woodard Academies Trust, a group of schools across England which share an educational vision which empowers, celebrates diversity and adds value to a child’s development.

The academies all provide high academic standards, setting themselves apart by offering an unrivalled effective and supportive environment based on Christian values, within which each individual is valued and encouraged to give their very best.

Kings Priory School welcomes pupils from across North Tyneside, Northumberland, Newcastle and South Tyneside with Reception, Year 7 and the Sixth Form as its main admission entry points.

The school are currently accepting applications for Sixth Form for September 2017.

If you are interested in applying please complete the registration forms which are available here.

The deadline for applications is w/c Monday 27 February 2017.

After this date applicants will be invited to attend an informal interview on the morning of Saturday 11 March 2017 with a member of the Senior Leadership Team in order to get to know you and start a positive dialogue. Conditional offers will be made before the Easter holidays.

If you have any queries in the meantime you can call the School on 0191 258 5995 or email KPSenquiryline@kps.woodard.co.uk.

Kings Priory School 47 Numeracy Ninjas arrive in Middle School Numeracy Ninjas has recently launched to help pupils in the Middle School to improve their Maths skills.

30th January, 2017

Numeracy Ninjas arrive in Middle School

Numeracy Ninjas has recently launched for pupils in the Middle School.

Numeracy Ninjas is a free Key Stage 3 numeracy intervention designed to fill gaps in students’ basic mental calculation strategies and also to empower them with the numeracy skills and fluency required to fully access GCSE Maths concepts when they move to Key Stage 4 study.

Furthermore through growth mindsets and the promotion of regular practice, the aim is to ensure pupils’ perception of maths is positive and one in which they take pride and enjoyment. Numeracy Ninjas is a project driven by the belief that all pupils can leave school functionally numerate.

At Kings Priory School we are now running Numeracy Ninjas weekly within tutor time.

Pupils complete 30 questions within 5 minutes; 10 questions on mental numeracy calculation strategies, 10 times tables questions and 10 questions on key topics that must be mastered before studying GCSE Maths. 

The higher their score; the higher the ‘Ninja’ belt they achieve (see right).

We have already achieved a number of black belts. We plan to hold a Middle School Chapter Competition to celebrate the Chapter with the most black belts, but also the pupils with the most improved score over the term.

For more information about Numeracy Ninjas visit the website.

Kings Priory School 48 EVENT: E-Safety Information Evening At Kings Priory School we believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and also an esse...

29th January, 2017

EVENT: E-Safety Information Evening

At Kings Priory School we believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and also an essential part of young peoples' development.

As many parents are already aware, as part of our safeguarding policy we have a comprehensive E-Safety programme which we run in school with all pupils, across the age range.  However we are aware that some parents are struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of change in the technology in which our children are using.

We would therefore like to invite parents to a special E-Safety Information Evening on:

Tuesday 7 February 2017
6pm until 7:30pm
The Drama Studio (on the Huntington Place Site)

In order to deliver the session with the most up-to date level understanding we have managed to secure a guest speaker: Louise Thorpe from Streetwise UK.

Louise has many years of experience working with young people and I know she will be able to give parents some valuable insights into the pros and cons of the digital world.

The aim of this evening is to increase awareness of some of the issues and to give parents some advice and strategies on dealing with any particular concerns which may arise. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss some of the worries related to digital parenting.

All parents are invited are very welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.

Kings Priory School 49 Out of School Club - February Half Term The Out of School Club (OOSC) will be open during February half term.

18th January, 2017

Out of School Club - February Half Term

The Out of School Club (OOSC) will be open during February half term.

The Club will be open each day from 8am util 6pm and activities will include:

Monday 20 February

  • AM - Get Creative - design you own individual mug to take home (there will be a small surcharge of £1.50 on this day)
  • PM - Cookery

Tuesday 21 February

  • Acrylic Painting - Be imaginative! Design and paint your own acrylic sheet using an assortment of paints. 

Wednesday 22 February

  • Forest School - Children love to explore our forest school area, whittle and use tools in the designated area, rustle up recipes in our mud kitchen, learn the rules around a fire and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows. Please wear warm, old clothing and bring wellies. We have a supply of waterproofs but you may wish to bring your own.

Thursday 23 February

  • 10am til 11am - Dance Club - This session will be delivered by Louise Jones. She currently does dance club after school and is delivering dance during our Easter and Summer Camps.
  • 11am til 12noon - Sports Club - This will be delivered by Gavin our Sports coach. He will also be providing sport and games during our Easter and Summer camps. 
  • PM - Cookery

Friday 24 February 

  • Forest School -  Children love to explore our forest school area, learn the rules around a fire, sings songs, cook on the fire and enjoy hot chocolate. Please wear warm, old clothing and bring wellies. We have a supply of waterproofs but you may wish to bring your own.
  • Pyrography - The art of wood burning (This activity is only available to pupils in Year 5 or above)

If you would like to book a place please contact the Out of School Club on 0191 258 9155 or email Sarah.Taylor@kps.woodard.co.uk for more information.

Please provide your child with a packed lunch and enough drinks for the day. Breakfast and an afternoon snack will be provided.

Download and complete the OOSC Booking Form or click here to find out more about what the Out of School Club has to offer.

Kings Priory School 50 Provost triumph in Chapter cross country competition The First School held their much awaited inter-Chapter cross country event last week at Prior’s Park.

17th January, 2017

Provost triumph in Chapter cross country competition

The First School held their much awaited inter-Chapter cross country event last week at Prior’s Park.

The original event was postponed just before Christmas due to the poor weather. 

This time round, after some wet days beforehand and snow the next day the weather, although particularly cold, was kind to the pupils involved and stayed fine all afternoon.

There was the inevitable mud and puddles which is part of the culture of cross country, but nonetheless, the children seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience.

There was some fantastic running and the overall Chapter winner was Provost.

Individual winners, and worthy of a special mention, were:

  • Year 3 Girls – Chloe O’Hanlon
  • Year 3 Boys – William Blacklidge
  • Year 4 Girls – Aimee Knowles
  • Year 4 Boys – Luke Pichler

Well done to everyone that took part.

A special thank you to Mr Youldon for his excellent organisation and to the Year 8 and Sixth Form Sports Leaders for all of their help and support.

 

Kings Priory School 51 Pupils raise vital funds for local charity Provost pupils at Kings Priory School have been raising money for St Oswald's Hospice over the last few weeks.

13th January, 2017

Pupils raise vital funds for local charity

Pupils at Kings Priory School have been raising money for a fantastic local cause over the last few weeks.

Last term pupils from the Provost Chapter were involved in a number of fundraising activities which included the sale of festive beanies and a Snowdog hamper.

All of the money raised was for the benefit of St Oswald’s Hospice, which is Provost’s individual Chapter charity for this academic year.

The local charity aims to improve quality of life for everyone in the North East living with an incurable condition.

With the vital support of our volunteers, donors and supporters. St Oswald's continue to develop and grow their services so that everyone in the region can get access to expert, dignified and compassionate care when they need it.

Provost Chapter raised £500.51 in total for the charity

Laura Smith, Deputy Head of Provost Chapter, said: “The pupils at Kings Priory School really took to the festive fundraising in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice.”

“They could buy the beanies across both school sites and they were sold out within days. I had to contact St Oswald’s to get more because the demand was so great!”

The £500 cheque was presented this to Natalie Santamera from St Oswald’s Hospice by Miss Smith, The Principal Mr Sanderson and representatives from each of the Provost tutor groups.

Miss Smith added: “It is just fantastic to see our pupils supporting local causes and we look forward to more fundraising in Provost Chapter over the next few months.”

At Kings Priory School each of the four school Chapters supports a local charity, whilst the Middle School as a whole supports a national charity and the Senior School an international charity.

Each of chosen charities are the result of a vote by the pupils across the school from Year 5 to Year 13.

To find out more about charity and fundraising work at Kings Priory School click here.

Kings Priory School 52 Additional Sixth Form Open Evenings planned Prospective Year 12 pupils are being invited to come and find out about our post-16 offering at our upcoming Sixth Form...

6th January, 2017

Additional Sixth Form Open Evenings planned

Prospective Year 12 pupils are being invited to come and find out about our post-16 offering at our upcoming Sixth Form Information Evenings.

The evenings are set to take place across three days in February and will offer an opportunity for pupils to find out exactly what Sixth Form at Kings Priory School has to offer.

The dates are: Thursday 9 February, Wednesday 15 February and Tuesday 28 February 2017.

They will all take place from 6pm until 7pm in our Sixth Form Centre on Huntington Place. The School yard just off Allendale Place will be open for parking.

There will be an opportunity to find out more about the application process, speak informally to curriculum staff about specific subjects and there will also be a chance to see some of our exciting facilities.

This summer Kings Priory School, which had a 99% A*-E success rate, saw almost a third of grades received by pupils as either A* or A, with over 70% attaining A*-C. Over 70% of pupils also celebrated by accepting their first choice offer.

The school are currently accepting applications for Sixth Form for September 2017.

If you are interested in applying please complete the Registration Form and Subject Expression of Interest form which are available by clicking here.

Once complete, return both forms to KPSenquiryline@kps.woodard.co.uk or to the attention of the Admissions Officer, Kings Priory School, Huntington Place, Tynemouth, NE30 4RF.

The deadline for applications is Monday 27 February 2017 at 4:00pm.

After this date applicants will be invited to attend an informal interview on the morning of Saturday 11 March 2017 with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Conditional offers will be made before the Easter holidays.

If you have any queries in the meantime you can call the School on 0191 258 5995 or email KPSenquiryline@kps.woodard.co.uk.

Please note that current Year 11 pupils at Kings Priory School do not need to submit a separate application for a place.

Kings Priory School 53 Tynemouth Easter and Summer Camps 2017 Following on from last year's success we are delighted to announce that the Tynemouth Easter and Summer Camps will retur...

5th January, 2017

Tynemouth Easter and Summer Camps 2017

Following on from last year's success we are delighted to announce that the Tynemouth Easter and Summer Camps will return to Kings Priory School in 2017.

Both camps are available to all pupils from Reception age up to and including Year 8. Children that do not currently attend Kings Priory School are also welcome to sign up and attend.

What’s on?

Following the success of last year Kings Priory School will once again be operating activity camps during the second week of the Easter holidays and for four weeks during the summer.

This year we are also offering the opportunity to book individual days as well as for the full week.

Both camps will incorporate an array of activities including including sport, games, dance and Forest School. All of these sessions will be led by qualified coaches and supported by our dedicated Out of School Club team. 

Children will have the opportunity to choose in advance which activity they wish to take part in each day.  This will allow the team to create groups and prepare age appropriate activities. 

There will be a dance show on the last day of each week to allow parents to see what has been going on in the camp. There will also be recognition given to what all of the children have achieved in sport, Forest School and dance with certificates and medals presented to participants.

A full programme of events will be circulated nearer the time.

Where?

The camp will be operating from the Out of School Club unit on the Percy Park site and will access the facilities across both sites during each of the activity weeks.

The unit will be open for dropping off and picking up from 8am until 6pm. Each day of activities will run from 9am until 4pm.

Breakfast will be provided and this will be served from 8am until 8.45am. We will also provide a healthy afternoon snack but please provide children with a packed lunch for every day that they attend.

When?

Easter Holidays

  • Monday 10 April - Thursday 13 April 2017:  Out of School Club
  • Tuesday 18 April - Friday 21 April 2017:  Tynemouth Easter Camp

Summer Holidays

  • Monday 24 July - Friday 28 July 2017:  Tynemouth Summer Camp
  • Monday 31 July - Friday 4 August 2017:  Tynemouth Summer Camp
  • Monday 7 August - Friday 11 August 2017:  Tynemouth Summer Camp
  • Monday 14 August - Friday 18 August 2017:  Tynemouth Summer Camp

Cost?

The current fees are:

Session

First Child

Sibling

Holiday Camp Full Week

£99.00

£93.00

Holiday Camp Daily Fee

£25.00

£23.00

Easter Camp Week

£88.00

£84.00


Bookings

Booking forms are available on the school website by clicking here or from Reception on either school site. A non-refundable deposit of £30 per child per week is required to secure your child’s place.

Send your completed booking forms to the OOSC team via email OOSC@kps.woodard.co.uk or call into the Out of School Club before or after school.

If you have any queries then you can call the Out of School Club on 0191 258 9155 or email OOSC@kps.woodard.co.uk.

Kings Priory School 54 Request to support Year 12 Careers Event We would like to invite any parents, family or friends of the school who feel that they could help our Year 12 Careers E...

14th December, 2016

Request to support Year 12 Careers Event

As we progress through the academic year and into 2017 there will be an increasing focus for Year 12 pupils on life after school.

There will be a greater emphasis on this in supported study sessions, assisted by a range of different methods including working with Global Bridge which connects students to universities and employers directly together whilst still in Year 12.

The School successfully introduced a two-day UCAS conference in July 2016 and that will be repeated in July 2017 to offer near the end bespoke support to begin the process of university application.

In addition to these activities, which concentrate mostly on a university route after Year 13, we intend to introduce a careers event at the end of the Spring Term which will take place in school. The purpose of this is to provide impartial guidance on a wide range of possible career routes and destinations.

We hope to have as many professions represented as possible so that students will have information on academic qualifications required. It will also give them information including possible pathways they can take to particular professionals as well as the rewards and benefits that they can expect.

To help facilitate the planned careers event we are hoping to forge some long lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with local employers. Kings Priory School has already developed a wide range of contacts in industry but as another part of this strategy we are always seeking more diversity and we would like to invite any parents, family or friends of the school who feel that they could help to come and get involved.

If you have an interesting career, have access to the kind of information that we need on your chosen profession and you are happy to come along for an afternoon to support the event then please contact Mr Nick Hunter, Director of Sixth Form Life, with your details.

You can email him on nick.hunter@kps.woodard.co.uk or you can telephone the school directly on 0191 258 5995.

Any support would be greatly appreciated and undoubtedly benefit our Year 12 students before they make the next important decision in their lives.

Kings Priory School 55 FEATURE: The Arts Award: Celebrating Tynemouth Year 6 pupil Sadie-Rosa Jefferson talks about her Arts Award project and the overall experience of taking part in the pr...

13th December, 2016

FEATURE: The Arts Award: Celebrating Tynemouth

The Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.

To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others.

Year 6 pupil Sadie-Rosa Jefferson talks about her Arts Award project and the overall experience:

“The Arts Award project that we did in Year 5 led us down the exciting path to the creation of two of our three main targets.
They were a scrapbook containing the story of our journey down the path and a sculpture or something creative to do with Tynemouth. The third target was to earn our Arts Awards, which of course succeeded in.

One of the first things we physically made was a mood board which is basically an arty mind map. Ours were made of bits and bobs like corks and feathers. We used our mood boards to present our ideas for our creations.

Another highlight of the Arts Award was visiting the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) Museum. The purpose of this trip was to further educate us about the sea, Tynemouth’s pride and joy (and one of mine too) and to inspire us even more.

Briefly explaining what a group of people do, then talking about and demonstrating the history of those people, then letting us explore independently, is one of the very best ways to do educate and inspire in my opinion. That is exactly how the people of the TVLB did it. Let me just say that was very fun.

Due to a naturally massive time shortage our final creations had to be made at home, but unless you were someone who had something that you really needed to do every single day of the week, no damage was done. For us no damage was done. Plus it was fun and was part of a very exciting project so that made it even more enjoyable. So why not?

Another reason for us saying ‘why not?’ was that we became film stars...well, not exactly. We were filmed being interviewed about and presenting our creations and the posters that we made.

The most popular things that our creations were based on were the Priory, the beach and of course the sea.

Our scrapbooks contain the story of our journey down the path to the Arts Award and although we may look back through them from time to time, we won’t need them to remember our project. It is a nice enough memory to stay with us forever.”

Kings Priory School 56 Pupils take part in Hour of Code This last week pupils have been participating in the Hour of Code in their Computing lessons.

12th December, 2016

Pupils take part in Hour of Code

This last week pupils have been participating in the Hour of Code in their Computing lessons.

The Hour of Code is an initiative to encourage students to build up a love of coding.

This is done in a variety of tasks which engage students of all levels and abilities to attempt to code and supports them through challenges they may face. 

The initiative is supported by leading names in industry including Microsoft, Google and Facebook.

We have had some fantastic results from all year groups this year, with outcomes ranging from Python programs to creating a bubble machine and reconfiguring famous games such as Flappy Bird and Minecraft. 

This website stays active all year round and students can continue their activities and start others at home. 

Kings Priory School 57 First School present cheque to charity Pupils in the First School have been raising money for international charity Conservation Corridors.

9th December, 2016

First School present cheque to charity

Pupils in the First School have been raising money for international charity Conservation Corridors.

Conservation Corridors is an environmental and community charity based in Belize. As part of their fundraising the charity is raising money for Marla's House of Hope which is a children's home based in the Central American nation. 

The First School have been raising money for their chosen charity through various events and activities throughout the year including Chapter cake sales. Recently they have also asked for donations to help to put together Christmas shoeboxes to send to the home.

Richard Wotton, a Kings Priory School parent and representative of the charity, came into a school assembly this week to be presented with a cheque by pupils Matilda Sutherland and Ethan Laidler (pictured right).

The final total raised was £1250 which will go a long way to helping improve the lives of the children in Belize.

Well done to everyone in the First School who contributed.

Kings Priory School 58 Pupil strikes gold in weightlifting competition A Kings Priory School pupil has struck gold in a local weightlifting competition

7th December, 2016

Pupil strikes gold in weightlifting competition

A Kings Priory School pupil has struck gold in a local weightlifting competition

Jack Romanis-Watson, who is in Year 7, competed in the Northern Weightlifing Championships recently and came out on top taking first place for his category.

The Provost pupil now holds the title of U13s Northern Weightlifting Champion.

Josh Mosavi, who is Head Coach at Cube Fit Olympic Weightlifting Club which Jack attends, said: "Jack made us very proud not only with conduct but with his overall achievement."

"To be a champion - what an achievement for a pupil of his age. This is all due to his hard work and dedication."

What a fantastic achievement for Jack. Well done.

Kings Priory School 59 Choirs shine on stage at The Sage Every year the Kings Priory choirs join a committed group of singers and musicians for the annual CLIC Sargent Carol Con...

6th December, 2016

Choirs shine on stage at The Sage

Every year the Kings Priory choirs join a committed group of singers and musicians for the annual CLIC Sargent Carol Concert to raise money for young people with cancer.

This year the combined Senior Choir, Choristers and Orchestra took part in the 34th CLIC Sargent Carol Concert in front of a bumper crowd in an exciting new venue for them; Hall One in The Sage, Gateshead.

The concert, conducted by Dr Malcolm Moffat, was also made up of the Newcastle Hospitals Choir, New Tyneside Orchestra, The Northern Doctors Chorus and Highfield Middle School Choir.

Taking part for the first time this year was St Joseph’s RC School Choir from Hexham, the Cullercoats Primary School Choir, Highfield Middle School Prudhoe and BBC Proms star Lydia Jane Haynes, leading a group of young people who were all supported by CLIC Sargent.

New this year was a separate evening concert, which featured a Musical Jamboree of wind, string and voice including the Ukes of Northumberland and included Jazz performers from Kings Priory School.

Compere for both concerts was BBC weatherman Paul Mooney.

The pupils were incredible and were a real credit to themselves and the school. Well done to everyone involved.

Kings Priory School 60 Pupils attend conference at Cathedral A group of Sixth Form pupils recently attended a conference delivered by "God and the Big Bang" at St Nicholas' Cathedra...

5th December, 2016

Pupils attend conference at Cathedral

A group of Sixth Form pupils recently attended a conference delivered by "God and the Big Bang" at St Nicholas' Cathedral in Newcastle:

We had the pleasure of attending a conference exploring the compatibility of God and Science.

We listened to three talks on different areas of science and their links with the Christian faith of the speakers.

The talks were very interesting inciting thought into how theology and science work with each other. I found one talk, held by Hannah Earnshaw, really pushed me to think about certain sociological issues involving her topic of human population on Mars.

The other two held by Tom Ingleby and Stephanie Bryant were also interesting but played more with the idea of fitting faith into their disciplines of zoology and geology, in my opinion.

Overall it was a well rounded day of toying with the relationship between Science and Religion. We also participated in a Q and A with the panel.

Here questions were asked directly to them about how there scientific work might contradict their faith, as well as questions based in the fields of work.

I feel like I learned a lot from going to a conference of this structure and would recommend it as a yearly philosophy trip as it would widen students thinking and give them the ability to ask bigger questions with wider impacts.

Archie Hammond, SH5

Kings Priory School 61 Pitch perfect singer wins spot in national choir Against tough competition, a Kings Priory School singer’s talent and hard work seen them being selected to sing with the...

4th December, 2016

Pitch perfect singer wins spot in national choir

Against tough competition from some of the country’s top performers, a Kings Priory School singer’s talent and hard work has resulted in them being selected to sing with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

Year 11 pupil Helen Rees has won a sought-after spot in the choir after auditions took place all over the country.

Helen, from Whitley Bay, was one of a lucky few to be selected with thousands of youngsters turning out to audition in the hope of gaining a place.

The audition process has been daunting and rigorous consisting of an intensive one-day trial in front of a panel of expert judges.

Against thousands of the country’s top performers, Helen was challenged to demonstrate her understanding of music theory, perform two pieces to perfection and even prove her ability to pitch a note after only hearing it once.

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain meet twice each year, during the spring and summer holidays, for residential courses which means its members can still sing with their regular choirs during the rest of the year.

The ensembles perform both independently and collaboratively with other NYCGB choirs at venues around the UK.

Recent highlights include appearances at Southbank Centre's Chorus Festival 2015 in the Royal Festival Hall, the world premieres of Steve Goss's Songs of the Solar System in Coventry Cathedral and Shlomo's She Crossed My Lost Heart at Leeds Town Hall.

Performances in 2015 took place at Coventry, Truro and Lincoln Cathedrals, as well as contributions to NYCGB's critically-acclaimed 2013 recording of choral music by Benjamin Britten.

Kings Priory School 62 Pupil awarded Arkwright scholarship Another student from Kings Priory School Sixth Form has been awarded an Arkwright engineering scholarship.

3rd December, 2016

Pupil awarded Arkwright scholarship

Another student from Kings Priory School Sixth Form has been awarded an Arkwright engineering scholarship.

The accolade, which comes from the Arkwright Trust, is the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK.

They are designed to support students through their A Levels and encourage them to pursue Engineering or technical design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to take up careers in the field.

Current Year 12 student Caleb Shepherd has been awarded one of the Arkwright scholarships following a rigorous selection process designed to test high calibre students. The process included planning a project to demonstrate technical ability.

The Arkwright is a nationally-recognised Scholarship which carries a £600 personal financial award for the recipient, as well as the opportunity for personal development, extensive support including industry-based engineering experience days and the opportunity to network with like-minded students at VIP receptions held at universities.

Every scholarship is sponsored by industrial companies, universities, charitable trusts, trade associations, professional engineering institutions and more.

Caleb’s personal project involved designing layouts for oil rigs in the North Sea, working with The Wood Group in Aberdeen. He is being sponsored by The Sir James Knott Trust.

This year’s award follows two previous Arkwright Scholarship awards last year to Sixth Form students Katie Ramsay and Esmai Jonczyk-Brown

Esmai, whose personal project was designed around her passion for hockey, was sponsored by engineer Stefano Ceci and Katie, who designed a house doorbell that sends text alerts to your mobile phone, was sponsored by diesel engine manufacturer Cummins UK.

On receiving the award, Esmai said: “I feel extremely privileged.”

“It is a great honour to do something like this. It will help me so much in my future career.”

The application process for 2017 is now open. Teachers can nominate students by 19 December and nominated students must then send completed applications back to their teacher by 12 January 2017.

After that teachers submit completed applications to Arkwright a week later and the student sits an aptitude exam in early February.

Interviews with candidates will then be held between mid-March and mid-April.

Please note that there is a £40 application fee to take part.

Kings Priory School 63 DATES: Festive fun at Kings Priory School With two weeks left of term there is a lot going on across the years at Kings Priory School in the countdown to Christma...

2nd December, 2016

DATES: Festive fun at Kings Priory School

With two weeks left of term there is a lot going on across the years at Kings Priory School in the countdown to Christmas.

Below you will find some of the key dates of activities taking place, including events which are open to parents, families and the local community to come along and join in with the festive fun.

Thursday 1 December 2016

9:30am First School Instrumental Concert
Parents and families welcome by invitation.
7:00pm Lighting of the Tree ceremony, Tynemouth
All welcome.

Saturday 3 December 2016

10:00am
12 noon
PTA Christmas Fair - Huntington Place site
All welcome for a morning of festive fun and games.    

Sunday 4 December 2016

2:30pm     CLIC Sargent Christmas Carol Concert - involving KPS
Tickets available to purchase on SAGE, Gateshead website.  
7:00pm CLIC Sargent Musical Jamboree - involving KPS
Tickets available to purchase on SAGE, Gateshead website.

Monday 5 December 2016

2:00pm     Year 2 Christmas Performance
Parents and families welcome by ticket entry only.  

Tuesday 6 December 2016

2:00pm     Year 1 Christmas Performance
Parents and families welcome by ticket entry only.  

Wednesday 7 December 2016

11:30am      First School Christmas Lunch
Pupils from Reception to Year 4 enjoy their Christmas lunch 

Friday 9 December 2016

2:00pm        Reception Christmas Party
Fun, games and festive music for Reception pupils             

Monday 12 December 2016

2:00pm        Year 3 Christmas Party
Fun, games and festive music for Year 3 pupils             

Tuesday 13 December 2016

2:00pm        Reception Christmas Nativity
Parents and families welcome by ticket entry only.     
2:00pm Year 1 Christmas Party
Fun, games and festive music for Year 1 pupils
7:00pm Friends and Family Carol Service at St George’s Church
All welcome.

Wednesday 14 December 2016

9:30am        First School Carol Service
Pupils and staff enjoy a service at Holy Saviour's 
2:00pm Year 2 Christmas Party
Fun, games and festive music for Year 2 pupils
2:00pm Year 4 Christmas Party
Fun, games and festive music for Year 4 pupils
7:00pm Carols by Candlelight at Alnham Church                      
All welcome.

Thursday 15 December 2016

Afternoon    Middle and Senior School Carol Service     
Pupils and staff enjoy an end of term service at St George's

All dates are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the School Calendar, and our Facebook and Twitter pages for any significant updates or additions. 

Kings Priory School 64 Double celebration for Year 13 pupil It has been a good couple of weeks for Year 13 pupil James Petherick.

1st December, 2016

Double celebration for Year 13 pupil

It has been a good couple of weeks for Year 13 pupil James Petherick.

Not only has James been awarded the Woodard Board Prize for services to the Kings Priory School Chapel, but he has also been offered a prestigious position as a choral scholar at Portsmouth Cathedral.

He will take up this position on the South coast in September 2017.

This is a fantastic achievement and an accurate reflection of his commitment and dedication.

Well done James!

Kings Priory School 65 Pupils make their voices heard in competition Three groups of Year 8 pupils from Kings Priory School all took part in the Youth Speaks Competition organised by the Wh...

30th November, 2016

Pupils make their voices heard in competition

Three groups of Year 8 pupils from Kings Priory School all recently took part in the Youth Speaks Competition.

There are two age groups for the competition – Intermediate (11 to 13) and Senior (14 to 17).

The competition is open to teams of three, entered by schools, colleges, and youth groups within the UK and Ireland. Each team will be sponsored by a local Rotary club.

The groups competed in the intermediate round at the Whitley Bay Rotary Club and the group that came out on top did so ahead of extremely tough competition.

They will now take part in the district final on Sunday 8 January 2017 and will receive mentoring from the Whitley Bay Speakers. This could lead them to the national final which will be in May 2017.

Miss Auld, Curriculum Team Leader for English at Kings Priory School, said: “The pupils involved were a credit to themselves and the school.”

“They performed with confidence, eloquence and articulacy, so much so that the judges commented that some of the senior teams would struggled to perform at the same level.”

“One of the judges, from the Whitley Bay Speakers Group, even commented that some of the adult teams could learn a lot from our young speakers”.

Each Youth Speaks team consists of: The Chairperson, the Speaker and the Proposer of the Vote of Thanks. The Chairperson has two minutes to welcome the audience, to introduce the Speaker and to inform the audience of the relevance or expertise of the Speaker towards his/her chosen subject. The Speaker then has six minutes to deliver an address and a maximum of two minutes to address a question from the audience. Finally the Vote of Thanks is given by the Proposer for two minutes.

The Speaker is free to choose their topic, subject to organisers’ suggestions of a theme being noted and also subject to the organisers’ approval and guidelines with regard to offensive matter being adhered to.

The winning group was made up of Speaker Awa Traore, Chairperson Emma Wroe and Millie Jackson who was the Proposer. Their topic of discussion was arranged marriage.

Miss Auld added: “All of the pupils worked incredibly hard researching, performing and supporting one another.”

“The winning group showed collaboration, enthusiasm and real passion for their topic which saw them gain first place.”

A special mention to valiant runners up Eleanor King, Samantha Checkley and Alice Grainger who debated animal testing and to Josie May Fieldson, Ben Morris and Danielle Grove and their discussion around gun laws.

Kings Priory School 66 Senior School play success The Senior School production of Much Ado About Nothing took place over two nights recently.

29th November, 2016

Senior School play success

The Senior School production of Much Ado About Nothing took place over two nights recently.

Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies, because it combines elements of mistaken identities, love, robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honour, shame, and court politics.

The pupils involved delivered two outstanding performances of the Shakespeare comedy classic to appreciative audiences.

Well done to the entire cast:

Thanusha Chisholm
Matthew Clarke
Vjollca Dobson 
Lily Dures Taylor 
Jessica Eaborn 
Hannah Hallam 
Robert Holland
Alannah McNulty
Tom Metcalfe
Elizabeth Okley
James Petherick
Helen Rees
John Shervington 
Sabrina Spalink

Thank you also to everyone who came along to support the cast and crew.

Kings Priory School 67 Pupils go around the world for Enrichment Last week saw the first enrichment afternoon of the year for the Middle School where pupils from Years 5 to 8 took part...

28th November, 2016

Pupils go around the world for Enrichment

Last week saw the first enrichment afternoon of the year for the Middle School where pupils from Years 5 to 8 took part in a series of alternative activities to their usual academic lessons.

The main focus of these sessions is to develop key life skills such as teamwork, problem solving and effective communication.

With the theme of 'around the world' pupils took part in a variety of challenges with an international or travel theme.

Year 5 pupils found out about famous explorers such as Amelia Earhart, and produced some excellent designs of the Euro with Tynemouth featured on the coin.

Year 6 and 7 pupils took on the role of different countries and traded resources in hope of creating the most money. They also looked at the history of Australian aboriginal art and created their own interpretive designs.

Meanwhile Year 8 followed on from the recent American elections and created their own electoral speech for a country of their choice. There were certainly some budding future world leaders spotted amongst them.

It sounds like both staff and pupils had an exciting afternoon of discovery. Designs for the Euro coin and aboriginal art have been collected and winners will be announced next week. 

You can read more about enrichemt at Kings Priory School here.

Kings Priory School 68 School Newsletter - 25 November The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

27th November, 2016

School Newsletter - 25 November

The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

The newsletter features all of the activities that have been going on across both school sites in the first few weeks of term.

You can view the latest newsletter by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 69 FEATURE: Harriotte is a Charity Champion Congratulations to Harriotte Lane in SH4 for her fundraising efforts and recent recognition of her exceptional charity w...

25th November, 2016

FEATURE: Harriotte is a Charity Champion

Congratulations to Harriotte Lane in SH4 for her fundraising efforts and recent recognition of her exceptional charity work.

The Year 11 pupil already has a long history of charity despite being only 15 years-old. Harriotte’s work has seen her gather several awards both locally and nationally for her efforts.

Just this term she was shortlisted for, and won, the Young Charity Champion of the Year award at the North East Charity Awards for her work inspiring others to fundraise as well.

Harriotte has raised almost £30,000 for charity in the past two years by putting on her own events, bag packing, sponsored runs, abseiling and a zip wire.

Currently Miss Junior Teen Great Britain, Harriotte also volunteers with several children’s charities, including local autistic group The Kayaks for which she is a young ambassador.

She attends the group, volunteers as a helper on trips and is a friend to many of the disabled children, offering them support, encouragement and help.

Harriotte has faced adversity herself but she has fought back and gained confidence to help and be an inspiration to others.

In the summer Harriotte’s contribution to the local community was recognised by North Tyneside who awarded her a commendation from North Tyneside Council for her significant contribution to the local and wider community.

Additionally, Harriotte has been nominated for a national award as Positive Role Model of the year 2016.

In a week where we have been promoting citizenship in school Harriotte has made a sustained contribution to a range of causes and we are proud of all her work. Well done, indeed.

We always love to hear about our pupils' amazing achievements. If you have anything that you would like to share on our website or School Newsletter then please pass the details onto your Chapter team.

Kings Priory School 70 Tynemouth Easter and Summer Camps 2017 Following on from last year's success we are delighted to announce that the Tynemouth Easter and Summer Camps will retur...

21st November, 2016

Tynemouth Easter and Summer Camps 2017

Following on from last year's success we are delighted to announce that the Tynemouth Easter and Summer Camps will return to Kings Priory School in 2017.

Both camps are available to all pupils from Reception age up to and including Year 8. Children that do not currently attend Kings Priory School are also welcome to sign up and attend.

The Out of School is managing, organising and over seeing the holiday camps. They are supported by our staff, professional coaches and managed by Sarah Taylor, our Out of School Club Manager. Children can choose which activities they wish to take part in and we welcome daily or weekly bookings made in advance.

What’s on?

Following the success of last year Kings Priory School will once again be operating activity camps during the second week of the Easter holidays and for four weeks during the summer.

This year we are also offering the opportunity to book individual days as well as for the full week.

Both camps will incorporate an array of activities including including sport, games, dance and Forest School. All of these sessions will be led by qualified coaches and supported by our dedicated Out of School Club team. 

Children will have the opportunity to choose in advance which activity they wish to take part in each day.  This will allow the team to create groups and prepare age appropriate activities. 

There will be a dance show on the last day of each week to allow parents to see what has been going on in the camp. There will also be recognition given to what all of the children have achieved in sport, Forest School and dance with certificates and medals presented to participants.

A full programme of events will be circulated nearer the time.

Where?

The camp will be operating from the Out of School Club unit on the Percy Park site and will access the facilities across both sites during each of the activity weeks.

The unit will be open for dropping off and picking up from 8am until 6pm. Each day of activities will run from 9am until 4pm.

Breakfast will be provided and this will be served from 8am until 8.45am. We will also provide a healthy afternoon snack but please provide children with a packed lunch for every day that they attend.

When?

Easter Holidays

  • Monday 10 April - Thursday 13 April 2017:  Out of School Club
  • Tuesday 18 April - Friday 21 April 2017:  Tynemouth Easter Camp

Summer Holidays

  • Monday 24 July - Friday 28 July 2017:  Tynemouth Summer Camp
  • Monday 31 July - Friday 4 August 2017:  Tynemouth Summer Camp
  • Monday 7 August - Friday 11 August 2017:  Tynemouth Summer Camp
  • Monday 14 August - Friday 18 August 2017:  Tynemouth Summer Camp

Cost?

The current fees are:

Session

First Child

Sibling

Holiday Camp Full Week

£99.00

£93.00

Holiday Camp Daily Fee

£25.00

£23.00

Easter Camp Week

£88.00

£84.00


Bookings

Booking forms are available on the school website by clicking here or from Reception on either school site. A non-refundable deposit of £30 per child per week is required to secure your child’s place.

Send your completed booking forms to Sarah Taylor via email sarah.taylor@kps.woodard.co.uk or call into the Out of School Club before or after school.

If you have any queries then you can call the Out of School Club on 0191 258 9155 or email sarah.taylor@kps.woodard.co.uk.

Kings Priory School 71 Visit our Sixth Form Open Evening We are delighted to be hosting our Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 22 November from 6pm unti 8pm

16th November, 2016

Visit our Sixth Form Open Evening

We are delighted to be hosting our Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 22 November from 6pm until 8pm. 

At our Open Evening propsective pupils and their parents will:

  • Be welcomed by our Sixth Form prefects and Senior Staff and have the opportunity to see what is on offer at King’s Priory School Sixth Form.
  • Be invited to a welcome presentation at 6:30pm in The King's Hall
  • Have a chance to discuss with Heads of Department and subject specialists thoughts regarding A Level subjects.
  • Be welcome to view our exciting new Sixth Form facilities.

The evening is for individuals that are interested in applying for September 2017.

We currently offer a minimum of 25 external places in Year 12 and details of how to apply will be available on the night.

Current Year 11 pupils and their parents are also invited but they do not need to apply for their place.

As part of the evening you will be invited to view our exciting new Sixth Form facilities which include: a high street style café, Mac Computer suite, Learning Resource Centre, Careers Department, Sixth Form tutorial rooms, new teaching classrooms and a Student Common Room.

There will also be a number of current pupils who will offer an insight into what to expect in the Sixth Form at Kings Priory School.

Amongst other things, the Sixth Form at Kings Priory School offers:

  • A professional environment
  • Excellent academic teaching
  • An extensive co-curricular programme including sport
  • A musical and theatrical performance every year
  • Sixth Form benefit extensively from our Outdoor Education Centre in Northumberland

The school is unique in that it offers an academic A Level curriculum with all subjects recognised by Universities.

Alongside core subjects such as Maths, English and Science, pupils can opt for more technical subjects including Music, Art, PE, Psychology and Computer Science.

Last year Kings Priory School had a 99% A*-E success rate with almost a third of grades awarded being either A* or A and over 70% of pupils attaining A*-C.

Over 70% also celebrated by accepting their first choice offer, most of whom headed for a place at a prestigious Russell Group University with three pupils also taking up offers to study at Oxford or Cambridge.

We are currently accepting applications and you can find out more details on how to apply online here.

The deadline for receiving applications is Monday 29 February 2017.

Kings Priory School 72 FEATURE: Reception pupil receives bravery award Meet little Suzie McCash who is the four-year-old pupil from Kings Priory School who saved her mum's life by calling 999...

14th November, 2016

FEATURE: Reception pupil receives bravery award

Below is a feature from The Chronicle about Kings Priory School pupil Suzie McCash:

Little Suzie McCash may only be four years old but she showed a mountain of courage when she rang 999 to save her mum’s life.

And now proud Suzie has received a bravery award from Northumbria Police after impressing them with her cool, calm and collective way she called the emergency services.

Suzie, from Tynemouth, North Tyneside , had been out to the park with mum Rowena when they came back home. But Rowena fell unconscious on the floor when she suffered a life-threatening allergic reaction.

And the quick thinking reception class youngster didn’t waste anytime and called 999, ran to get medication and held mummy’s hand until the ambulance and police arrived. And without her immediate reaction her GP mum says she wouldn’t be here to tell the tale.

“Mummy had an anaphylactic shock and I rang 999,” said Suzie, who attends King’s Priory reception class, and has obviously picked up medical terms from her doctor mum.

“I then got her medicine to make her feel better. They said I should hold mummy’s hand, so I did.”

You can read the article in full, including more on Suzie's amazing story, on The Chronicle website by clicking here.

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Kings Priory School 73 Senior School Choir perform at Alnham It was growing dark as the Senior School Choir drove towards the School's Alnham Field Centre in the minibus.

13th November, 2016

Senior School Choir perform at Alnham

It was growing dark as the Senior School Choir drove towards the School's Alnham Field Centre in the minibus.

The darkness did not dissuade the singers from joining in with the radio, laughing and joking and discussing what everyone was looking forward to for dinner. We were all glad to see the house and even happier to see the lights of the restaurant that we piled into for the first meal of the weekend.

A bevy of sleepy musicians stumbled up the stairs the next morning for breakfast. Yawns echoing with the occasional cry of “cheat!” from the group playing cards. All too soon the games were put away and we got onto the purpose of the trip; music!

While the first few notes were fraught with uncertainty, we soon settled into a smooth and glorious sound as our voices raised in Christmas carols. The swelling harmonies filled the room, broken by the occasional question and squeak of misplaced notes.

In the bright winter sun we wandered singing Disney and Queen as we meandered down to St Michael’s church to practice the upcoming service. Golden and crimson leaves danced outside the windows of the church as we went through the hymns and readings, our voices once again surprising all with their energy and sweetness.

The evening and next morning passed in a blur, ending with the pride that swelled in all of us when we saw the faces of the congregation leaving and when we heard the difference between the beginning of the weekend and the perfect moment when our lines of song interweaved in the last few moments of ‘Put Peace Into Each Others Hands’, the service’s anthem.

The memories we made will be held dear to all of us for many months and all of us can hardly wait for the next Alnham trip on 14 December for their Christmas service. This trip is one of the highlights of my year and I know many of my friends in choir feel the same.

Thank you to Mrs Johnston, Mr Swinton, Miss Smith and Mrs Collier for helping out with this weekend and to Mrs Jessup for the beautiful food that we were all spoilt with. It was a wonderful weekend we will all cherish and has been an incredibly useful break as Christmas fast approaches.

By Helen Rees SD2.

Kings Priory School 74 Kings Priory School Remembers The community of Kings Priory School came together today to mark Armistice Day.

11th November, 2016

Kings Priory School Remembers

The community of Kings Priory School came together today to mark Armistice Day.

All 1300 pupils from Reception to Sixth Form and staff congregated in front of the Tynemouth School war memorial in the yard of the Huntington Place school.

A service was led by The Principal Philip Sanderson, Senior Provost for Woodard Schools the Revd. Canon Brendan Clover and pupils from the Sixth Form Leadership team.

A two minute silence was respectfully marked at 11 o clock by the sound of a lone bugler playing the Last Post.

As part of the service Kings Priory School pupil Gabrielle Corcoran lay a wreath in front of the memorial on behalf of the School while Joanne Cressey and Mairi Anderson lay a wreath on behalf of the Parents’ Association.

Jim Crawshaw was also in attendance to lay a wreath on behalf of all former pupils of the School.

During the address the names of the Old Boys of Tynemouth School who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918 and who fell in the Second World War 1939-1945 were read out.

The service concluded with a rendition of the British National anthem.

Kings Priory School 75 Enigma machine arrives on eve of Armistice Day Pupils at Kings Priory School have been getting to grips with special coding used during the Second World War.

10th November, 2016

Enigma machine arrives on eve of Armistice Day

Pupils at Kings Priory School have been getting to grips with special coding used during the Second World War.

All pupils from Year 5 to Sixth Form took part in a range of code breaking activities in sessions led by an expert from Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes.

They also got the opportunity to see the Enigma machine up close.

During the Second World War the German military command used elaborate codes for encrypting messages, with over 159 quadrillion possible settings on the Enigma machine.

Allied code breakers at Bletchley Park worked tirelessly to break the code which changed at least once per day. Using the machine cryptologists were able to decipher the coded messages and play a key role in guaranteeing an Allied victory in the War.

Pupils from Year 5 to 8 were invited to dress up as evacuees for the day as part of the celebrations, with a special World War Two themed lunch also served in the School canteen.

In addition there was an after school session for friends and family where over 150 members of the local community were invited in to see the machine and listen to the history of Bletchley Park.

Amy Sidebotham, a Maths teacher at Kings Priory School who organised the event, said: “After visiting Bletchley Park in the summer I thought it would be a great opportunity for our pupils to see the Enigma machine.”

“The pupils have all enjoyed themselves with many of them being able to touch a real Enigma machine used in the Second World War."

“This opportunity has allowed them to understand in a little more depth the importance of Mathematics in code breaking, the war effort and how it relates to everyday life.”

The pupils have been taking part in lessons all week dedicated to code breaking with special activities taking place across the curriculum.

A huge thank you to the Kings Priory School PTA for their generous support of this event.

Kings Priory School 76 Overseas adventure opportunity for pupils There are just five places remaining for pupils to take part in a school trip to France in the summer.

9th November, 2016

Overseas adventure opportunity for pupils

There are just five places remaining for pupils to take part in a school trip to France in the summer.

The trip, which is being organised through PGL Travel Ltd, will take place betweem Monday 24 July and Tuesday 1 August 2017 and will feature an action-packed itinerary of water sports and adventure activities.

Activities will include three days canoeing the Ardeche River, a visit to Aqualand and three days in the South of France experiencing various water sports.

It’s not only about having fun. Whilst pupils will be enjoying themselves they will also be learning new skills, developing their confidence and exploring a new environment.

We have chosen to book with PGL because not only do they offer excellent value but they also have a reassuring 50 years of experience. Their extremely high standards ensure that pupils will be in safe hands at all times.

The cost per pupil is approximately £755 which will be confirmed. This can be paid in instalments prior to the trip (payment dates to be confirmed).

The cost includes:

  • Return coach/ferry travel from school
  • A packed daily programme of watersports and adventure activities
  • Fully supervised evening entertainment
  • All meals and accommodation
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (details available on request)

There are just five places remaining for the trip so anyone that is interested in attending should contact Mrs Shepherd in the Hotspur Chapter hub as soon as possible. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please note that pupils participating in this trip must be on the school role in September 2017. Once deposits have been paid to PGL they are not refundable and terms and conditions apply.

Kings Priory School 77 FEATURE: Emily Large is making a splash Newcastle United Academy coach Steve Harper talks to a 15-year-old swimmer from the North East who is already a British...

8th November, 2016

FEATURE: Emily Large is making a splash

Below is a feature from the North East Times Magazine about Kings Priory School pupil Emily Large:

Newcastle United Academy coach Steve Harper talks to a 15-year-old swimmer from the North East who is already a British and European champion and has her sights firmly set on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

On the back of another hugely successful Olympics and Paralympics, it’s time to focus on a sport where we continue to develop young stars; and we may well have another future Olympic gold medalist here in the region.

Emily Large from Ponteland is 15 years old and attends Kings Priory School in Tynemouth. She swims for the Newcastle Swim Team, is the current British Champion at 200m fly and is ranked as the fastest 15 year old in the world at the same event.

Emily is also the European Junior Champion at 200m butterfly, the 4x100m freestyle and the mixed 4x100m medley, as well as collecting many other remarkable achievements in the last couple of years.

You can read the article in full, including a question and answer session with Emily, by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 78 Buy your tickets for the Senior School production Tickets for the Senior School production of Much Ado About Nothing are on sale now from Reception on Huntington Place.

7th November, 2016

Buy your tickets for the Senior School production

Tickets for the Senior School production are on sale now.

This year's production is the Shakespeare classic Much Ado About Nothing which is generally considered as the Bard's best comedies.

Performances will take place on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 November at 7.30pm in The King's Hall.

Tickets are priced at £3 for adults and £2 for Kings Priory School pupils.

Mr Oldham, who is directing the production, said: "The cast has been working incredibly hard and it would be wonderful to see as many people there as possible to witness what promises to be an enjoyable production."

Tickets are available now from Main Reception on the Huntington Place site. 

Kings Priory School 79 Students settle into new Sixth Form centre Sixth Form pupils at Kings Priory School are settling into their new home.

3rd November, 2016

Students settle into new Sixth Form centre

Sixth Form pupils at Kings Priory School are settling into their new home.

Earlier this year the modernisation of numbers two and three Huntington Place in the village saw a dedicated Sixth Form centre created for Kings Priory School pupils.

The centre features an extremely popular high street style café, a state of the art Mac computer suite, Learning Resource Centre, dedicated careers suite, teaching classrooms, pupil common room and break-out work areas.

Pupils are now settling into their surroundings well enjoying the full use of dedicated and bespoke facilities in both their academic lessons and study periods.

For those looking at entry in September 2017 there will be an opportunity to get a sneak peek at the new space at the School’s upcoming Sixth Form Open Evening.

The Open Evening is set to take place on Tuesday 22 November 2016 from 6pm until 8pm and will offer an opportunity for all pupils to find out exactly what Sixth Form at Kings Priory School has to offer.

As well as a welcome presentation at 6:30pm there will be an opportunity to explore the facilities, meet subject staff and discuss your future plans.

The school is unique in that it offers an academic A Level curriculum with all subjects recognised by Universities.

Alongside core subjects such as Maths, English and Science, pupils can opt for more technical subjects including Music, Art, PE, Psychology and Computer Science.

Last year Kings Priory School had a 99% A*-E success rate with almost a third of grades awarded being either A* or A and over 70% of pupils attaining A*-C.

Over 70% also celebrated by accepting their first choice offer, most of whom headed for a place at a prestigious Russell Group University with three pupils also taking up offers to study at Oxford or Cambridge.

The School is offering a minimum of 25 external places in the Sixth Form in September 2017.

We are currently accepting applications and you can find out more details on how to apply online here.

The deadline for receiving applications is Friday 3 March 2017.

Kings Priory School 80 REVIEW: Mary Poppins at the Theatre Royal Three Middle School pupils share their experience of the hit classic Mary Poppins at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.

2nd November, 2016

REVIEW: Mary Poppins at the Theatre Royal

Three Middle School pupils share their experience of the hit classic Mary Poppins at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle:

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, but in no way atrocious! On Thursday 13 October a group of Middle School pupils were astounded by the performance of Mary Poppins at the Theatre Royal.

A wave of excitement flowed strongly through the crowd as Mary Poppins flew so close to them that they could nearly touch her.

This classic story was brought to life by songs such as Feed The Birds, Jolly Holiday, Step In Time, and of course, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, as well as amazing actors and actresses.

Zizi Strallen portrayed a mesmerizingly believable Mary Poppins, Matt Lee made a lovable and funny Bert, and Cameron Lant and Felicity Biggs played the ever-changing personalities of Jane and Michael Banks.

Clapping until their hands hurt became unavoidably contagious throughout the audience, and seeing performances at the Theatre Royal should definitely be something to be continued in our school.

Sadie-Rosa Jefferson, MB3.



On Thursday 13 October the Middle School went to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle to watch the magical production of Mary Poppins. It was magic!

Mary Poppins had trick after trick, she flew above the audience right up to the amphitheatre and I still have no idea how she magically appeared on the stage when she first arrived into the Bank’s home.

Everyone had fun throughout whether it be clapping along to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious or just enjoying the singing and dancing.

Bert (Matt Lee) was incredible when he danced and sang upside down. My favourite part of it was when Mary Poppins (Zizi Strallen) told Mr Banks (Neil Roberts) that she “didn’t explain anything!’ after him asking her to explain why his house was full of chimney sweeps.

I loved how Mary Poppins could tell the children’s personalities from her tape measure, Michael measured “annoying and mischievous’

We Year sixes think that Mary Poppins should have measured Mrs Andrews as ‘mean, horrid and rude!’. Altogether it was ‘practically perfect in every way!’

By Kitty Evans, MB5.



Mary Poppins is a brilliant musical that should not be missed! The characters were very relatable, and the singing was excellent.

The story was exciting and the acting was terrific. The costumes ere colourful and vibrant and the atmosphere was buzzing. It was the best musical I have ever seen. Overall, I rate this musical 10/10.

By Theodore Pitsis, MH4.

Kings Priory School 81 Pupil invited to dance with Disney stars! Year 10 pupil Abbie Anderson from Barfleur recently entered a regional Disney on Ice competition and was lucky enough to...

1st November, 2016

Pupil invited to dance with Disney stars!

Year 10 pupil Abbie Anderson from Barfleur recently entered a regional Disney on Ice competition and was lucky enough to be picked out as winner.

Abbie won an amazing opportunity to train and skate with the Disney on Ice performers.

She took part in the specially arranged session at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle before half term.

The Disney on Ice cast (pictured right with Abbie) went on to perform the hit Frozen at the arena later that evening.

Well Done Abbie.

Kings Priory School 82 Chapter Music competition reignited in style After weeks of excitement and preparation amongst Middle School pupils we were delighted to host a fantastic Kings Prior...

31st October, 2016

Chapter Music competition reignited in style

After weeks of excitement and preparation amongst Middle School pupils we were delighted to host a fantastic Kings Priory School Chapter Music Competition in The Kings Hall.

The whole of the Middle School took part and they were joined by Senior School Musicians to raise aspirations and help cheer on their Chapters.

There were two parts to the competition: the Whole Chapter Sing and soloists or small group items.

Each Chapter sang and in some cases danced with gusto and enthusiasm but despite the efforts of Hotspur and Provost the Chapter that really stood out were Barfleur performing Cups by Anna Kendrick.

Controversially however, after the points awarded for each Chapter song were added together with the points gained from first round auditions Dunelm were eventually named winner of the Best Chapter prize.

The soloists were particularly impressive this year. Having been whittled down to just eight Middle School pupils from the many who auditioned over the last fortnight we were treated to singing, drums, electric and classical guitar, flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello performances from our talented young people.

The Principal Mr Sanderson, who was officially adjudicating the competition, commented, “The Chapter Music Competition was a splendid event and I was really impressed with the standard of musical talent from all of our pupils. Well done to everyone involved. You should be very proud.”

After careful deliberation the winner was announced as Middle School pupil Madeleine Johnston from Barfleur.

Overall the afternoon was a wonderful Chapter celebration and joyous way to start the half term holiday.

Huge congratulations to everyone who took part and many thanks to the staff for their enthusiasm and commitment.

Kings Priory School 83 First School Chapter events Last Friday marked the first Chapter event of the year which was a teambuilding morning for Years 1 - 4.

21st October, 2016

First School Chapter events

Chapter Teambuilding Morning

Last Friday marked the first Chapter event of the year which was a teambuilding morning for Years 1 - 4.

Each Chapter was split into four groups, each with a mix of ages, which rotated around various activities during the morning.

This included challenges involving lego models, straws, newspaper (not all together!), team races, art activities, creating Chapter shields and many other creative tasks.

There was a real buzz around the School and it was lovely to see the children mixing so well with each other.

This was particularly true for the Year 3s and 4s who helped and supported their younger peers, as well as welcoming members of the Senior Chapter team from the Huntington Place site.

We look forward to more Chapter events after half term.

Chapter Cake Sale

A massive thank you to everyone in the First School for their contributions to the charity cake sales over the last few weeks.

Each Chapter held a cake sale on consecutive Fridays and we have been blessed with good weather, almost, until the last one last week.

We managed to raise over £800 to support our International charity which is Conservation Corridors.

Some of the money has also gone to support the development of the First School Forest School which is used largely by Reception and Key Stage One children.

This is an incredible amount of money so thank you again for your help and support.

Kings Priory School 84 Join the Kings Priory School Adults’ Choir Do you enjoy singing? Would you like to be part of our Adults’ Choir? Get in touch with us today.

18th October, 2016

Join the Kings Priory School Adults’ Choir

Do you enjoy singing?  Would you like to be part of our Adults’ Choir?

Kings Priory School Adults’ Choir will be resuming rehearsals in readiness for the Annual Carol Service, at St George’s Church, Cullercoats on 13 December 2016.

We are looking forward to seeing new faces as well as those of you who have been with us from the start. 

Proposed rehearsals are Thursday evenings: 10 and 24 November with the possibility of an additional one on 8 December.  

hese will take place between 7.30pm – 9pm (approximately) in the School’s Chapel on the Huntington Place site. Not only fun singing but refreshments too.

If you would like to join us, or would like to continue to be part of the choir, please contact Sara Johnson on Sara.Johnson@kps.woodard.co.uk or via the main school telephone number (0191 2585995).

The choir will continue in the Spring Term with fresh new events and pieces.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kings Priory School 85 Volunteers sought for Gardening Club Have you got green fingers, enjoy the outdoors and would like to work with a range of different children from the First...

13th October, 2016

Volunteers sought for Gardening Club

Have you got green fingers, enjoy the outdoors and would like to work with a range of different children from the First School?

If the answer is yes then we would definitely welcome your help on a Friday lunchtime from 11:45 - 1:30pm at our First School Gardening Club on the Percy Park site.

You will be assisting our current volunteers and working with Mrs Spencer to keep our outdoor areas looking beautiful and nurture our fruit and vegetable patches. DBS clearance will be needed.

If you would like to join the gardening team please contact the Percy Park office on 0191 258 9150 or email KPSheadfirstschool@kps.woodard.co.uk.

Kings Priory School 86 Year 3 trip to Wallsend Segedunum On a bright and sunny day Year 3 began by boarding the Metro to go to Wallsend. Their destination was the Segedunum.

12th October, 2016

Year 3 trip to Wallsend Segedunum

On a bright and sunny day Year 3 began by boarding the Metro to go to Wallsend. Their destination was the Segedunum.

The three classes rotated around a variety of workshops to show them how people lived in Stone Age times.

In teams the children experienced how hard life was in the past by digging with deer antlers and planting seeds, making their own spelt flour and butter and they even tried to make fire!

In addition to this the boys and girls studied pottery from the Neolithic age and designed and created their own clay pots which are now being proudly displayed in classrooms.

The pupils had so much fun dressing up and ordering people in a timeline of the prehistoric years and were able to explore and sort artefacts from these times.

Thank you so much to the parents who helped to make this trip into the past possible, to Mrs Trewitt for planning a truly inspirational day and to the children for their exceptional behaviour.

Kings Priory School 87 School celebrates European Day of Languages It is a day to encourage language learning for young people across Europe and it is also an opportunity to highlight the...

11th October, 2016

School celebrates European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages is celebrated every year on 26 September. It is a day to encourage language learning for young people across Europe and it is also an opportunity to highlight the huge value of Europe's cultural diversity.

In order to celebrate the richness and benefits of different languages there were a variety of activities across both School sites.
On Percy Park pupils took part in a carousel of cultural activities relating to different curriculum areas. They created different pieces of artwork inspired by the artists Guiseppe Arcimboldo and Wassily Kandinsky.

Pupils also used their maths skills to create symmetrical tiles and tessellations based on the patterns found at the Alhambra Palace in Spain. They enjoyed locating countries and capital cities on maps and finding out how to say ‘hello’ in many different European languages.

Meanwhile Middle and Senior School pupils spent Chapter time discussing the value of languages in their lives and future careers with interesting results.

Various members of staff wore a rosette with a celebrity polyglot and students spent the day finding out which celebrity spoke which language.

In addition at break time there was a Language fair which included a Hello Treasure Hunt; Speak for treats; a Cultural Knowledge Quiz and students had the opportunity to vote on different pieces of art.

Kings Priory School 88 Open Evenings for entry in 2017 If you are thinking about applying for September 2017 then come along and see what Kings Priory School has to offer.

10th October, 2016

Open Evenings for entry in 2017

We are delighted to announce our Open Evening dates for those looking to join Reception, Year 7 and Year 12 at Kings Priory School in September 2017.

Reception Open tours will take place on:  Tuesday 8 November (1:30pm).

To book onto one of these visits please contact the Percy Park School Office on 0191 258 9150 (direct line) or email KPSHeadFirstSchool@kps.woodard.co.uk.

Our Sixth Form Open Evening will take place on Tuesday 22 November 2016 from 6pm until 8pm.

Why join Kings Priory School?

Kings Priory School is in its fourth year as an all-through academy providing high quality education to over 1300 children aged 4-19 across North East England.

The result of a merger between a thriving independent school and an outstanding community primary school, we are an inclusive, non-fee paying academy with excellent teachers, a family environment, motivated pupils and a commitment to educating the whole child - both in and outside of the classroom.

The School operates across neighbouring sites in the centre of the attractive coastal village of Tynemouth with short commuting links to and from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Our inclusive nature means that we should be your:

  • First choice for Education   The best results in the North East with 91% A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths this summer and a GOOD rating from Ofsted in June 2015.
  • First choice for pastoral care   Our unique Chapter system brings together academic support and welfare for every child so each is known and valued.
  • First choice for facilities   New Reception and Middle School buildings and a brand new bespoke Sixth Form centre opened in late 2015.
  • First choice for location   We are located on the doorstep of a popular Metro station, right in the heart of the coastal village of Tynemouth.
  • First choice for school   100% of Year 7 applicants and 82% of Reception applicants who put us as first choice were places in September 2016.

You can apply for your place today. Parents going into Reception and Year 7 next year should apply online through the North Tyneside (or your own Local Authority if living outside of the area) admission website, and remember to select Kings Priory School as your first choice.

If you are interested in joining Year 12, please complete the Registration Form on our website as an expression of interest and return it to the School via email or post.

If you have any queries about applying for September 2017 you can call us on 0191 258 5995 or email KPSenquiryline@kps.woodard.co.uk.

We look forward to seeing you in school soon.

Kings Priory School 89 Out of School Club - October Half Term The Out of School Club (OOSC) will be open during October half term. Book your place by emailing Sarah.Taylor@kps.woodar...

28th September, 2016

Out of School Club - October Half Term

The Out of School Club (OOSC) will be open during October half term.

The Club will be open each day from 8am util 6pm. If you would like to book a place please contact the Out of School Club on 0191 258 9155 or email Sarah.Taylor@kps.woodard.co.uk for more information.

Please provide your child with a packed lunch and enough drinks for the day. Breakfast and an afternoon snack will be provided.

A reminder also that this year the School closes for the Christmas Holidays on Thursday 15 December.

The Out of School Club will be open on Friday 16, Monday 19, Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 December.

Download and complete the OOSC Booking Form or click here to find out more about what the Out of School Club has to offer.

Kings Priory School 90 Code breaking machine headed to school During the Second World War the German military command used elaborate codes for encrypting messages, with over 159 mill...

22nd September, 2016

Code breaking machine headed to school

During the Second World War the German military command used elaborate codes for encrypting messages, with over 159 million possible settings.

Allied code breakers in Bletchley Park worked tirelessly to break the code which changed at least once per day.

Using the Enigma machine these cryptologists were able to decipher the coded messages and played a key role in guaranteeing an Allied victory in the War.

On Thursday 10 November students in Years 5 to 13 will have the opportunity to take part in a range of code breaking activities and to see the machine up close.

In addition there will be an after school session for friends and family to see the machine and listen to the history of Bletchley Park as told by a guest speaker.

More information on how to access this exciting opportunity will be available soon.

Kings Priory School 91 Cricket success for Kings Priory pupil Pupil Emily Whiting recently attended then Northumberland Annual Awards Dinner at Linden Hall with her U13 Women's Count...

21st September, 2016

Cricket success for Kings Priory pupil

Pupil Emily Whiting recently attended then Northumberland Annual Awards Dinner at Linden Hall with her U13 Women's County Cricket team.

At the awards Emily, who is in Barfleur Chapter, and her team scooped the prestigious Best Northumberland Team Award for their season’s achievements.

They have been unbeaten winning all 14 out of 14 matches this summer and finishoing top of the league. This is a first for a Northumberland women's cricket team.

The girls also won all of their matches whilst on tour earlier during the summer at Malvern and were overall tour champions beating Notts 51 all out In the final.

Well done Emily and Team Northumberland!

Kings Priory School 92 A Peruvian adventure for pupils A 2am wake-up is rarely going to enthuse a group of 16 to 18 year old students.

15th September, 2016

A Peruvian adventure for pupils

A 2am wake-up is rarely going to enthuse a group of 16 to 18 year old students. Nonetheless at 2am on the 15 July 2016 a group of bleary-eyed teenagers threw their backpacks (full to the brim with three weeks worth of kit) onto a coach and in a sleep deprived haze made their way to Edinburgh airport.

The merry band then proceeded to spend what seemed like an age, in an eclectic range of departure lounges and on a variety of aeroplanes before eventually touching down in the Peruvian capital of Lima. After a few days of (vitally important) lounging around the real trip began.

Another pre-dawn rise saw us packing our bags and chucking them on yet another bus, this time headed on a five hour jaunt to the desert town of Ica. Hours after arriving we found ourselves on another mode of transport, this time in the slightly more enjoyable form of a dune buggy.

Our rather bumpy but highly entertaining ride through the dunes lead us to our first real activity of the trip, sandboarding (which essentially consisted of lying face first on a small plank of wood and hurtling at high-speeds down an incredibly steep slope). Sandboarding was followed by a scenic buggy ride to view the sun setting behind the dunes which provided many top quality photo opportunities.

After the hilarity of our day’s activities we were all feeling a bit peckish, luckily we had a nice BBQ waiting for us at our camp for the night...which just happened to be in the middle of the desert. A night of luxury camping under the stars ensued, in the morning we were picked up  and headed on our way to yet another bus.

The 17 hour night bus tackling the windy route to Cusco proved too much to handle for many of our group, with over three quarters of the team falling victim to travel sickness. A rough night later we arrived in the Andean town of Cusco.

After a few days of orientation and altitude acclimatisation in the picturesque city, we began our project phase. We travelled on another bus to a little out of the city centre to work at the Azul Wasi orphanage, spending a few days helping out with odd jobs around the place; and even finding time to try the national delicacy of Peru, Guinea Pig.

We later returned to Cusco to prepare for the trek phase, the five day trek took us from the glacier covered Salkantay Peak at an altitude of 4600 meters, down through to the avocado and coffee plantations of Lucmabamba at a height of around 2000 meters. The final day of our trek took us to the town of Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu.

A well needed shower and an early night later we woke up hours before sunrise to begin the trek to the ancient Inca town. We tackled the hour and a half of steep stairs up to Machu Picchu in the dark, and made it to the city in time for sunrise. A day of exploration was followed by a night of relaxation consisting of a pizza and a trip to the hot springs.

From Aguas Calientes we began our journey home, taking in a final night in both Cusco and Lima, a short stop off in Amsterdam and Edinburgh, and eventually arriving back (utterly exhausted) in Tynemouth.

Kings Priory School 93 Free flu vaccination for Year 1, 2 and 3 This year all 2, 3 and 4-year-olds and children in school Years 1, 2 and 3 are being offered the free flu vaccination.

8th September, 2016

Free flu vaccination for Year 1, 2 and 3

This year all 2, 3 and 4-year-olds and children in school Years 1, 2 and 3 are being offered the free flu vaccination.

According to Public Health England, there are five main reasons to vaccinate your child against flu:

  • The nasal spray helps protect against flu, has been given to millions of children worldwide and has an excellent safety record
  • The nasal spray is painless and easy to have
  • Flu can be really serious, especially for children with medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes
  • If your child gets flu you may have to take time off to look after them
  • Protecting your child can stop flu spreading to other children and the family, especially babies and grandparents, who may be at higher risk from flu.

For more information, watch the video below or visit healthforkids.co.uk:

You will be contacted via the School to let you know when the opportunity for your child to be vaccinated will be.

Kings Priory School 94 School celebrates top return on GCSE results It was smiles all round at Kings Priory School today as the school celebrated its best ever GCSE results - 91% A*-C incl...

25th August, 2016

School celebrates top return on GCSE results

It was smiles all round at Kings Priory School today as the school celebrated its best ever GCSE results.

The School recorded an impressive 91% of pupils with at least 5 A*s to C including Maths and English*, which is its most successful GCSE return to date.

Amongst other top headlines 96% of Kings Priory School pupils received an A*-C in both Mathematics and English.

This overall GCSE result is significantly higher than both regional and national averages, with the latter falling to its lowest since 2008 the BBC have reported today.

Amongst other successes were Mimli Moudgalya who attained 10 A*s and 2 As, Eleanor Fay with an impressive 8 A*s and 4 As, Hana Hassan with 7 A*s and 5 As and Liam Steel, who received 7 A*s and 4 As.

The Principal, Mr Philip Sanderson, commented on the tremendous achievement of all of the School’s Year 11 pupils.

He said: “I am delighted to see so many young people having their hard work over the last few years recognised by their achievements today.”

“We are very pleased with the GCSE results and more importantly the success of all of our pupils.”

“Many congratulations must go to them and a huge thank you for the continued hard work and support of our dedicated staff who can celebrate these results too.”

The majority of pupils are now preparing for their return to the School in September, in the new bespoke Sixth Form Centre which opened earlier this year.

There are still a small number of places available to start the Sixth Form at Kings Priory School in September. Any late enquiries should be directed as soon as possible to 0191 258 5995 or email KPSenquiryline@kps.woodard.co.uk.

Kings Priory School 95 Celebration for Kings Priory School as trio head for Oxbridge Three Kings Priory School pupils are celebrating after achieving places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

18th August, 2016

Celebration for Kings Priory School as trio head for Oxbridge

Three Kings Priory School pupils are celebrating after achieving places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Kings Priory School pupils Eleanor On, Cameron Ramsay and Rebecca Murta will head to the prestigious Universities in September after receiving A*s and As across the board in their relevant subject areas.

Eleanor will read Philosophy Politics and Economics (PPE) at University College, Oxford after receiving 4 A grades, whilst Rebecca is heading to Murray Edwards College to read Natural Science. Cameron will read Computer Science at Gonville and Caius College, both at Cambridge after each receiving 4 A* grades.

Kings Priory School, which had a 99% A*-E success rate, saw almost a third of pupils receive A*-A grades with over 70% attaining A*-C.

The School is unique in that it offers an academic only A Level curriculum, with all subjects recognised by Universities.

Amongst other successes were Isla Gibson, who is heading to Durham University to study Chinese, Geetika Gupta (AAAA) who will read Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester and Emily Mulligan (AAB) who will be studying Medicine through the Newcastle University Partners programme.

Over 70% of pupils celebrated by accepting their first choice offer, most of who are headed for a place at a prestigious Russell Group University.

The Principal, Mr Philip Sanderson, commented on the excellent achievement of all of the School’s A Level pupils.

He said: “It was a pleasure to see so many young people accepting their first choice University and we are very pleased with the achievement of all of our pupils.”

“It was also very encouraging to be able to celebrate such a huge diversity of success, with pupils headed for careers in medicine, science and mathematics as well as English Literature, Music and Philosophy, Politics and Economics.”

“Many congratulations to them and a sincere thank you to staff and families for their continued support.”

It was also a successful day for AS results, with a large number of A grades for Year 12 pupils.

Mr Sanderson added: “These extremely positive AS Level results will really help to boost the confidence of our Sixth Form pupils as they head into their final year at Kings Priory School, especially with UCAS applications, personal statements and other interviews on the horizon.” 

There are still a small number of places available to start the Sixth Form at Kings Priory School in September 2016. Any late enquiries should be directed as soon as possible to 0191 258 5995 or email KPSenquiryline@kps.woodard.co.uk.

Kings Priory School 96 Excellent GCSE English results for Kings Priory School The IGCSE English results were released today (Thursday), with 96 per cent of Kings Priory pupils earning an A*-C grade.

11th August, 2016

Excellent GCSE English results for Kings Priory School

The IGCSE English language and literature results were released today (Thursday) and it was excellent news all round for Kings Priory School pupils.

The results show that 96 per cent of our Year 11 pupils received an A*-C grade in English this year, with 94 per cent of the cohort making expected progress in the subject and 56 per cent exceeding expected progress.

The full results are as follows:

IGCSE English (Combined) 2016 results  
Pupils attaining A*-C in English (Combined) 96%
Pupils making expected progress in English 94%
Pupils exceeding expected progress in English 56%

This figure is significantly higher than the national average of 64.6 per cent achieving at least a grade C, which itself is up from 63.2 per cent last year.

The Principal Mr Philip Sanderson said: "These really are excellent results for our Year 11 pupils."

"They have all worked very hard under terrific guidance from staff and they should all be very proud of this achievement."

The IGCSE English qualification, which is regulated by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), has been taught at Kings Priory School since it converted to an academy in 2013.

The results are typically released a couple of weeks before the traditional GCSE results day.

Details of the School's other GCSE results will be published on kingsprioryschool.co.uk on Thursday 25 August 2016.

There are still an extremely small number of places available to start Sixth Form in September 2016. Any late enquiries should be directed for the attention of the Admissions Officer at KPSenquiryline@kps.woodard.co.uk.

Kings Priory School 97 Emily Large title success at European Junior Swimming Championships Last month was amazing for Dunelm pupil Emily Large, who represented Great Britain at the European Junior Swimming Champ...

10th August, 2016

Emily Large title success at European Junior Swimming Championships

Last month was amazing for Dunelm pupil Emily Large, who represented Great Britain at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Hungary.

Emily competed in three individual events, achieving the title of European Champion in 200m butterfly alongside breaking her own British record, after she controlled the four laps of the Hódmezővásárhely pool to finish more than a body length ahead of the rest of the field.

As well as taking the first British gold of the competition, she also competed in two relays and gained two bronze medals alongside her teammates.

Emily said: “The whole experience was phenomenal and the atmosphere from the team was unbelievable.”
“The support and enthusiasm from all the swimmers was fantastic, encouraging everyone to try their hardest and most of all to enjoy it.”

Anyone can believe in their dreams, yet champions are the ones that never give up on their dreams.

Kings Priory School 98 The Wizard wows in musical production When it was first announced that our summer show this year was set to be The Wizard of Oz, we had absolutely no idea how...

5th August, 2016

The Wizard wows in musical production

When it was first announced that our summer show this year was set to be The Wizard of Oz, we had absolutely no idea how magnificent it would turn out to be.

Indeed, it happened to be such a success that it “blew me off my broomstick” (Maddie Lumley, Year 6).

Whether it be a terrifying encounter with the Wicked Witch of the West (Phoebe Ridley) or a beautiful rendition of the timeless, Somewhere Over the Rainbow from Dorothy (played by Ruby Bruce), every second was not to be missed. But you want more, you cry! But be warned, there’s a cyclone of amazement to come.

Over 100 people auditioned and they were all given a part in the whole show. Many people were really impressed with the result and there was even a special competition to celebrate the amazing art being produced by the cast. The final winner is yet to be decided but all of them were fantastic.

As always, each scene was immaculate and the production received a standing ovation from many members of the audience.
But, it wasn’t just the pupils that put their time and effort into the production. Mrs L Johnston, Mrs J Johnston, Mrs S Johnson, Miss Fenwick, Miss Telford, Miss Harman, Mr Swinton, Mr Mingham and Mr Hall - who did the lighting - were just some of the adults who helped with the production. We were also supported by Miss M Sice.

Everyone was really pleased with the commitment and huge effort made by all the cast.

To add to that, the children who took part were only between the ages of nine and thirteen and this was commented on by people who saw the show and were amazed at the ability and talent of the children involved.

To conclude, as members of the cast we are very proud of our achievements and appreciate the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful experience.

M Lumley, M Trott, J Surtees and K Rushworth, Y6

Kings Priory School 99 Kings Priory judged as best school in the North East for attendance Kings Priory School has been ranked as the No. 1 school in the North East for attendance in The Real Schools Guide 2016.

4th August, 2016

Kings Priory judged as best school in the North East for attendance

Kings Priory School has been ranked as the No. 1 school in the North East for attendance in The Real Schools Guide 2016.

The Real Schools Guide, now in its fourth year, is the most comprehensive guide ever to state-funded secondaries.

The unique rating system uses 25 different measures to score schools, put together from the latest publicly-available data and broken into four categories – attainment, teaching, attendance, and outcomes.

The guide factors in whether all pupils are making progress, what attendance is like, the ratio of teachers to pupils, and whether students go on to further education or jobs.

Kings Priory School came out as top school in the region for one of the four categories - pupil attendance - with a hefty five star rating to suit.

The School's overall ranking went up significantly as well moving up more than 1000 places in the national rankings and now sitting as 5th in North Tyneside, up from 9th place in 2015.

The ranking represents good progress for the academy, which is now in its third year of providing high quality education to over 1300 pupils aged 4-19.

Click here to read Kings Priory School's report in The Real Schools Guide in full.

Kings Priory School 100 London New Designers Trip In the last week of term, Design Technology pupils caught an early train to London along with Mr Gibbs and Miss Nicholls...

3rd August, 2016

London New Designers Trip

In the last week of term, Design Technology pupils caught an early train to London along with Mr Gibbs and Miss Nicholls in search for creative inspiration.

Arriving in London the group had a quick pit stop lunch in the sunny grounds of Kensington Park before heading to the Victoria and Albert Museum.

For the budding engineers and architects of the group they were lucky enough to visit the Ove Arup exhibition, getting an insight into his work and what inspired him as a designer as well as learning about the technical methods used in historic architecture, such as the Sydney Opera House.

After the exhibition, pupils were able to have a brief look around the rest of the museum before catching a tube to Islington for the New Designers Exhibition. The show consisted of exceptional work in many disciplines of design by university graduates this year.

With dozens of universities attending, pupils were able to discuss courses and university life; most stands will have had to restock their prospectuses after visits from our A Level students.

Similarly this was an excellent opportunity for the Year 10’s and 11’s of the group to begin thinking about University, but most of all it offered endless inspiration for both GCSE and A Level ideas.

After a long day and dinner at Pizza Express spirits were still high as tge group caught the train home. It was an inspiring and thought provoking day, and we look forward to returning next year!

Kings Priory School 101 KPS Live @ Woods Broadway Pupils from Kings Priory School recently took part in a live music night at Woods Café on the Broadway.

2nd August, 2016

KPS Live @ Woods Broadway

Pupils from Kings Priory School recently took part in a live music night at Woods Café on the Broadway.

The event marked the start of a new collaboration with the YStudio, with performers from Year 5 to Year 12 taking to the mics to play and sing music of all genres to a packed out audience.

Mrs Johnston, Deputy Curriculum Leader for Art, Music and Design at Kings Priory School, said: "It was all ages, all inclusive, all genres and summed up our hope for the Music department. A fantastic way to end the term."

"We want all pupils to know that they are all welcome to come along and get involved with everything that we do."

Listen out for news of recording studio sessions that will be available with the YStudio in the new academic year.

Kings Priory School 102 Further Hotspur foodbank success For the last few weeks of term, pupils in Hotspur Chapter have been collecting for local charity The BAY Foodbank.

29th July, 2016

Further Hotspur foodbank success

For the last few weeks of term, pupils in Hotspur Chapter have been collecting for local charity The BAY Foodbank.

The BAY Foodbank, based in North Tyneside, aims to provide emergency food provision to individuals or families experiencing a financial crisis. It has helped over 20,000 local people since it launched.

The decision to support the North Shields-based support service came after a pupil vote at the beginning of the year.

After a campaign was launched to find items in the run-up to Christmas, the response from the rest of the School was so phenomenal that they decided to do it again this term.

As well as an array of vital food and other supplies, the pupils also presented representatives of the charity with a cheque for £385.01. Well done Hotspur Chapter!

Kings Priory School 103 School Newsletter - 14 July The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

14th July, 2016

School Newsletter - 14 July

The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

The newsletter features all of the activities that have been going on across both school sites in the first few weeks of term.

You can view the latest newsletter by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 104 Year 2 trip to Beamish Open Air Museum As part of their history topic, Year 2 children recently enjoyed a trip to Beamish.

7th July, 2016

Year 2 trip to Beamish Open Air Museum

As part of their history topic, Year 2 children recently enjoyed a trip to Beamish.

Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s.

The children explored the different attractions including the school, mine, shops and homes. They were very excited as they even got to ride on a tram!

Pupils got a real taste and insight into what life was like in the region nearly 100 years ago. It was a fun-filled, educational day and it was loved by children and adults alike.

A huge thanks to all of the volunteers who joined us on the day, as always your continued support is very much appreciated.

Kings Priory School 105 Artsfest Exhibition marks end of term It is always a fitting end to the school year when we begin to plan and organise our showpiece art exhibition.

5th July, 2016

Artsfest Exhibition marks end of term

It is always a fitting end to the school year when we begin to plan and organise our showpiece art exhibition at the end of the summer term and this year was no exception.

Large paintings, sculptures, prints and constructions were all imaginatively displayed in a combined GCSE, AS and A Level exhibition which, though primarily staged as part of a formal moderation process, also serve as a celebration of the accomplished and stunning work of our young artists to be shared with family and friends alike.

The exhibitions also serve a valuable teaching and learning tool for our budding young artists lower down the school who have all had the opportunity to view, analyse and evaluate the exhibitions.

The visual offerings were magnificently accompanied by our budding musicians who in a series of solo and ensemble performances led by Mrs Johnston and Mr Swinton made the evening a real festival of artistic endeavour.

Many thanks must also go to Miss Smith and our technician Mr Norvell for their expert support and all staff, pupils and parents for their continued support of the Music and Arts Faculty.

Kings Priory School 106 EVENT: Volvo goes back to School Kings Priory School are delighted to be hosting the 'Volvo goes back to School' event this weekend.

4th July, 2016

EVENT: Volvo goes back to School

Kings Priory School are delighted to be hosting the 'Volvo goes back to School' event this weekend.

The special pop up shop, which is happening on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July, will take place on our Huntington Place site.

There will be an opportunity to see the fantastic range of cars Volvo now offer, with something suitable for every driver.

You can also enter a free prize draw where the winner will receive the use of a fabulous XC90 for the weekend and an overnight stay at Ramside Hall for two.

On top of that, you can speak to Volvo about the exciting range of job opportunities that they have for school leavers.

The Sixth Form Cafe will also be open on the Saturday, offering a range of teas and freshly brewed coffee, cakes and hot sandwiches for sale.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kings Priory School 107 School Newsletter - 1 July 2016 The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

1st July, 2016

School Newsletter - 1 July 2016

The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

The newsletter features all of the activities that have been going on across both school sites in the first few weeks of term.

You can view the latest newsletter by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 108 Choristers perform at special military ceremony Choristers from Kings Priory School represented the school at the North Tyneside Military Awards Ceremony on Monday.

21st June, 2016

Choristers perform at special military ceremony

Choristers from Kings Priory School represented the school at the North Tyneside Military Awards Ceremony on Monday.

As part of the special ceremony, war veterans in Tyneside were presented with badges to commemorate Armed Forces Day.

The event, which took place at the Tynemouth Army Reserve Centre, was attended by high profile figures including the High Sherriff of Tyne and Wear and the Lord Lieutenant (the Queen’s Representative in Tyne and Wear), as well as the Elected Major for North Tyneside.

The Choristers were invited to support the special occasion, with their program of music carefully selected to represent both our region and the military.

The Choristers performed ‘The Waters of Tyne’ and ‘Wherever You Are’, which was originally written for the Military Wives Choir.

Mrs Johnston, Deputy Curriculum Leader for Art, Music and Design, said: "As ever, the pupils were a credit to Kings Priory School and the comments from the servicemen and organisers praised not only their singing, but their exemplary conduct."

Kings Priory School 109 Tickets on sale for Wizard of Oz Tickets are now available for our Middle School production of Wizard of Oz. The performances will take place on Thursday...

17th June, 2016

Tickets on sale for Wizard of Oz

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Tickets are now available for our Middle School production of Wizard of Oz.

The performances will take place on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 July at 7pm.

Go to ParentMail or drop into Main Receptions on Percy Park or Huntington Place to purchase your tickets.

They are available for £5 for Adults or £3 for Children / Concessions.

We are really hoping to sell out both performances as our pupils are working incredibly hard to stage yet another first class show. Thank you for support: it means such a lot to our pupils!

Kings Priory School 110 School Newsletter - 16 June 2016 The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

16th June, 2016

School Newsletter - 16 June 2016

The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

The newsletter features all of the activities that have been going on across both school sites in the first few weeks of term.

You can view the latest newsletter by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 111 Pupils get a taste of the orchestra experience Pupils from Kings Priory School had the privilege of performing with members of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra this week...

14th June, 2016

Pupils get a taste of the orchestra experience

Pupils from Kings Priory School had the privilege of performing with members of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra this week.

The pupils have been getting involved with BBC Ten Pieces, which is an exciting initiative for primary and secondary age students.

Its aim is to open up the world of classical music to a new generation of children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to music.

As part of the initiative, the school was successful in applying for a day of professional music coaching from members of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Singers.

The pupils worked with members of the prestigious groups on a number of techniques and professional coaching methods, before performing three classical pieces to their parents and families at the end of the day.

Elizabeth Johnston, Deputy Curriculum Leader for Art, Music and Design at Kings Priory School, said: “It was a tremendous day and an unforgettable experience for our pupils.”

“They are extremely privileged to have worked with a group of world class musicians, who have really opened them up to classical music, making it modern, credible and extremely relevant to them.”

“They have been buzzing with excitement about the whole experience.”

As well as developing confidence and collaborative skills, the workshop also inspired performance opportunities to showcase the children’s creativity.

Pupil Christopher Whiting said: “The session has been very exciting and interesting. It was great to work with the orchestra and learn different techniques.”

Louisa Donald and Emma Wroe added: “It was really interesting to work with someone from the BBC. We learnt a lot about how to give a classical piece a lot of energy and purpose.”

Find out more about the Music department at Kings Priory School by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 112 First School celebrate the Olympics during Arts Week Just before half term First School pupils enjoyed a flexible curriculum with the return of our annual Arts Week.

9th June, 2016

First School celebrate the Olympics during Arts Week

Just before half term First School pupils enjoyed a flexible curriculum with the return of our annual Arts Week.

In recognition of the Olympic Games taking place in Rio this year, the focus was around different countries who have hosted the games in recent years, with Reception focusing on England (and in particular London), Year 1 Greece, Year 2 Brazil, Year 3 China and Year 4 Australia.

As well as finding out about the countries, children have been involved in a wide variety of activities teaching them new skills from May-pole dancing to baking cheese, garlic and chive damper bread, in addition to the many different art and design projects.

Reception’s Celebration of Britain

Reception’s Olympic country during Arts Week was Great Britain, so the children were busy creating lots of red, white and blue art work and masks.

They tried new art techniques, such as scratch art, to create pictures of British landmarks, and collected sticks to turn into sporting pictures.

The children also learned about British artist Lowry, and recreated some of his pictures using oil pastels. Outside they had lots of fun creating Olympic pictures with chalks and even learned how to maypole dance.

Year 1’s Greek Adventure!

Yassoo! In Arts Week, Year 1 were learning about where the Olympics started in Ancient Greece.

Did you know that when the Olympics started women were not allowed to compete?

They had a busy week. The children made shields, Greek pots, Greek temples and mosaics using Ancient Greek designs. They loved making Greek salad and trying all of the ingredients; the feta cheese was a firm favourite but the olives had a mixed response!

They played instruments to accompany Greek music and even had a go at Greek dancing.

Year 2 Exploring Rio

During Arts Week, Year 2 were learning all about this year’s Olympic host nation Brazil.

They enjoyed activities such as designing and making a carnival float, designing their own rain forest creature and creating their own rain forest habitat.

Some children even used modelling clay to create their own sculpture of ‘Christ the Redeemer’.

Oriential theme for Year 3

Year 3 based their Arts Week on China, as the 2008 Olympics were held in China in the capital city of Beijing.

They developed their painting skills by painting Willow Pattern Plates based on the Willow Pattern story and painted famous blossom pictures, turning them into Chinese lanterns.

In addition, the children made collage Chinese dragons, Chinese masks, Chinese wall hangings using the Chinese symbol for friendship. They spent time looking at the different characters and letters of the Chinese alphabet.

Finally, pupils made their own Birds Nest Stadium using intricate patterns and weaving of art straws.

Year 4 down to The Outback

Year 4’s country for Arts Week was Australia. They constructed models of the Sydney Harbour bridge (which was very challenging when fastening all the pieces together), created dot paintings copying traditional Aborigine art and made kangaroo masks which they decorated using colours and patterns from the Australian flag.

Linking to their science topic, the pupils have started making ‘habitat boxes’ based on their research into the Great Barrier Reef.

The children also made ‘damper bread’, which is a traditional Australian soda bread, prepared by swag men, drovers and other travellers, and has garlic, chives and cheese in it. It was delicious!

Kings Priory School 113 Hepworth Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park Armed with drawing board, worksheet, packed lunch and summertime waterproofs 26 Year 9 pupils and two art staff coached...

7th June, 2016

Hepworth Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Armed with drawing board, worksheet, packed lunch and summertime waterproofs 26 Year 9 pupils and two art staff coached south of Leeds to the Barbara Hepworth Gallery Wakefield to view the permanent exhibition of this renowned Dame of British sculpture.

Intrigued by her working methods and inspired by her majestically elegant responses to simple natural forms our burgeoning pupils were clearly captivated by what they saw and hopefully inspired to explore, even more, 3d art in more depth.

A short 20 minute hop took us to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which is an open air Gallery showcasing the latest innovations in contemporary sculpture as well as some twentieth century classics on a grand scale.

Following an alfresco lunch with a cabaret of ewes and lambs we set off on a walking, looking and drawing trip through the beautiful theme park and all were dazzled and intrigued by the weird and wonderful sculptural exhibits made from wood, wire bronze and the kitchen sink...literally.

This was a thought provoking and fun trip in which all behaved impeccably and demonstrated inquisitiveness, perception and insight.

Thank you all for a memorable trip and to my colleague Miss Smith for her insights and ability to keep me pointing in the right direction!

Mr Dickson

Kings Priory School 114 Transition time for Year 6 Feelings of excitement, nerves and anticipation filled the Chapel on the last day of term as the new Year 7 cohort for K...

6th June, 2016

Transition time for Year 6

Feelings of excitement, nerves and anticipation filled the Chapel on the last day of term as the new Year 7 cohort for Kings Priory Middle School met for the very first time.

Current Year 6 pupils warmly welcomed their soon-to-be peers as they waited to hear what activities they would be getting up to throughout the day.

A rotation of workshops was then introduced, helping to make the most out of the skills of our Maths, Music, Modern Foreign Languages, Science, Enrichment and Art departments.

Pupils were divided into mixed groups and sent off to complete a number of different activities with their group leader.

These activities ranged from solving a crime, playing the drums, making prints in art and general team building activities.

Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day getting involved in everything on offer to them with great enthusiasm.

Lunch was provided for all pupils in Café K and it was an absolute pleasure to see a mix of internal and external pupils playing outside together on the yard at break times.

The staff involved were suitably impressed with everyone’s positivity and ability to make new friendships with such ease.

Everyone is looking forward to the next transition day later this month, where further activities will be on the cards from the PE, English, Humanities and Computing departments along with Chapter activities and MFL booster sessions.

Kings Priory School 115 VIDEO: First School - Chapter Song Competition Arts Week in the First School came to an end with the much awaited Chapter song competition, which the pupils and staff...

27th May, 2016

VIDEO: First School - Chapter Song Competition

Arts Week in the First School came to an end with the much awaited Chapter song competition, which the pupils and staff had been working on for the majority of this term in their Chapter groups.

The songs chosen all had an Olympic theme of some sort, linking with the Arts Week theme.

The atmosphere in the KS1 hall was electric this morning with:

Barfleur who performed The Hall of Fame by The Script and included gymnasts and glittery pompoms:

Hotspur who performed Roar by Katy Perry and included their own Superhero and drummer:

Dunelm who performed 5000 miles to Rio, their own version of The Proclaimers famous song and included a drummer, guitarist and several athletes:

Provost who performed another version of The Hall of Fame and included their own violinist and electric guitar:


Mr Sanderson had the unenviable task of adjudicating. and ultimately judging the competition to whom we are very grateful.
The eventual winners, after much deliberation, were Dunelm. Well done everyone!

Kings Priory School 116 EVENT: Tynemouth Car Boot Sale Kings Priory School is hosting its own car boot sale on Saturday 11 June - book your space today!

24th May, 2016

EVENT: Tynemouth Car Boot Sale

Kings Priory School is set to host its own car boot sale this weekend.

Under a predecessor, the school regularly hosted sales in the grounds of the Huntington Place site.

Now they are set to re-establish the popular activity next month, with members of the local community invited to come along and buy and sell their unwanted goods.

The event will take place on Saturday 11 June 2016 from 10am until 1pm, with sellers able to set up from 9am.

There are over 30 spaces available and as an introductory price, locals can reserve a space for their car for just £10.

Spaces must be prebooked and you cannot just turn up on the day. Sellers should provide their own table.

Members of the public are also invited to browse and buy for just 50p entry (under 16s go free), with gates open from 10am.

If the event proves to be popular, the school hopes to establish it as a regular monthly feature for visitors to Tynemouth.

Reserve your space at the Tynemouth Car Boot Sale today by calling Jonny Hall on 0191 258 9106 or email KPSenquiryline@kps.woodard.co.uk.

Kings Priory School 117 Duke of Edinburgh's Award update A great deal has been happening over the last few weeks with regard to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

23rd May, 2016

Duke of Edinburgh's Award update

A great deal has been happening over the last few weeks with regard to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

The Bronze groups have all successfully completed their practice expeditions and 31 pupils have already been out and successfully completed their actual expedition in and around Whittingham in Northumberland; the remaining 21 will complete their expedition in June.

Congratulations to all of those pupils who have received their Bronze and Silver certificates from North Tyneside; this is a fantastic achievement and as a school we are very proud of the commitment and effort you have shown over the last year.

Mrs Marsden, Outdoor Education Lead at Kings Priory School, said: "With over one hundred pupils taking part in the award, I would like to thank all of the staff who give up their time to help make this such a successful and positive experience for them."

Well done to you all!

Kings Priory School 118 Tech Girls are the Future! Since the Easter holidays, the Middle School have successfully launched the Tech Future Girls club.

19th May, 2016

Tech Girls are the Future!

Since the Easter holidays, the Middle School have successfully launched the Tech Future Girls club.

The club now has 25 members, who meet every Thursday lunchtime.

During their first week, the girls were lucky enough to have two representatives from Hewlett Packard Enterprises who came to introduce the club to the girls and explain to them why this is such a great opportunity for them and their futures.

They also gave out some fabulous goodie bags!

Since the start of the club, the girls have had the opportunity to create some 3D designs, explore virtual reality with the VR headsets and they will soon have a big group challenge which will involve creating their own app.

Kings Priory School 119 Sixth Form Geology Fieldwork Our Sixth Form Geology pupils recently headed into the field as part of their A Level coursework.

18th May, 2016

Sixth Form Geology Fieldwork

Year 12 - Fieldwork

"As part of our Geology course we were required to go into the field and study a variety of geological features in the chosen study area. So we headed off to Howick Bay near Craster nice and early (much to the disappointment of some of the group members).

The early start was countered by the glorious sunshine and fantastic views along the coast. We then set about making sketches of the folding and faulting (it`s safe to say that none of us have the potential to be the next Vincent Van Gogh!).

After five fun filled hours of rock scrambling and interpreting we set off home. However, before we left we had time to take the obligatory class photograph, no trip is complete without one!"

Harry Munroe (an avid Geology student)

Year 13 - Fieldwork

"A few weeks ago we undertook a field trip to Hartley Bay to carry out the practical side of our coursework for A2.

Despite inclement weather conditions the day was enjoyable and we were able to finish it off with a few snacks and well deserved coffee break at the Crescent Café in Seaton Delaval.

More recently we visited the Shotton open cast coal mine near Cramlington. This was a rare opportunity to expand our knowledge of the Energy Resources module.

Seeing the size of both the site and machinery was breath-taking for all of us, inspiring a few members of the group to look into the field of resource exploitation further as a potential future career.

One final note to add is that this happened to be Mr Angel`s final fieldwork / school trip at Kings Priory School as well as our final trip of our school career.

This set a poignant tone for the day knowing that it was our last for all of us including Mr Angel but will be remembered for many years to come. Thank you for the opportunity."

Jake Wilkinson (Mr Palaeontology)

Kings Priory School 120 Match Report: Kings Priory School vs MCC Kings Priory School 1st XI recently took on the MCC in an annual fixture now into its 3rd year.

17th May, 2016

Match Report: Kings Priory School vs MCC

Kings Priory School 1st XI recently took on the MCC in an annual fixture now into its 3rd year.

As the only state school in the area to have this prestigious fixture, it provides our cricketers with a different challenge as the match is against men instead of those in their own age group.

On a sunny morning at Tynemouth cricket club, Kings Priory School captain Owen Gourley invited the MCC to bat first. The wicket looked good and the outfield fresh as the boys set about dismissing the MCC opening pair. Excellent opening spells from Gourley and Ajay Singh- Raj built up the pressure on the MCC batsmen as runs were hard to come by.

A change of bowling brought about the first wicket when Sami Singh- Raj (1- 41) clean bowled the MCC opener and the score was 20-1. Euan Stephenson (1-14) then came into the attack and bowled an excellent line and length to further increase the pressure on the MCC batsmen. This pressure paid off with a wicket and the score was soon 30-2.

Luis Smith entered the attack and bowled a disciplined line and length which paid off with excellent figures of 3-31. Henry Malton (1-31) claimed the final MCC wicket to fall before they declared with the score 192-8.

In reply, openers Wilson and Stephenson strode to the wicket in confident fashion, and Wilson got off the mark with a trademark cut shot through the gully area. However, his innings came to an abrupt end as the MCC opening bowler managed to get one passed his defences and he was out clean bowled. In strode Owen Gourley, and set about rebuilding the innings with Stephenson and the pair made steady progress towards the target of 193.

The two batsmen managed to see off the opening bowlers of the MCC, but then had to contend with some excellent spin bowling that put pressure on both players.

The pressure eventually told and both batsmen were dismissed in quick succession leaving the score at 50-3. Incoming batsmen struggled to come to terms with the spinners and wickets began to quickly tumble as, Sidney- Willmot, Whiting, and Ajay Singh- Raj fell in the space of a few overs.

Eventually the Kings Priory innings finished of 95 all out, but the game was much closer than the score suggests, and with the score at 40-2 at one stage, it seemed a victory could be possible.

This was a much improved performance from the Kings Priory team, who the previous year had only managed to take two MCC wickets. The commitment and spirit the boys showed in the field was excellent and the support for each other was also evident. Many of the boys are now playing in men’s cricket throughout the North East, and this was evident to those watching.

Kings Priory School 121 Pupils adopt planter at Freeman Hospital This week some green fingered pupils were invited to take part in a planting event outside the Northern Centre for Cance...

16th May, 2016

Pupils adopt planter at Freeman Hospital

This week some green fingered pupils were invited to take part in a planting event outside the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at the Freeman Hospital.

The Year 8 prefects who run the Middle School Gardening Club were invited to the planting by Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care, following the school's recent support and involvement with the charity.

They were given a selection of plants and a key to follow to plant our named box and working together as a team they completed this in record time!

The pupils, together with the other schools participating, were given a tour of the centre and were able to meet some of the volunteers from the charity involved in supporting patients through their cancer treatment.

The prefects were once again a real credit to themselves and superb ambassadors for Kings Priory School.

Thank you to Miss Smith for organising this event and we hope to continue to build our connections with Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care.

Watch a snipper of our Choristers singing at the Daft as a Brush walk launch here.

Kings Priory School 122 Sign up for NUFC Soccer Camp! As part of the Tynemouth Summer Sports Camp, a special Soccer School will take place for ages 9-14 in week two, led by c...

11th May, 2016

Sign up for NUFC Soccer Camp!

As part of the Tynemouth Summer Sports Camp, a special Soccer School will take place at Kings Priory School for ages 9-14 in week two, led by coaches from the Newcastle United Foundation.

The sessions for budding football stars will run from 9am until 4pm each day, Monday 1 August to Friday 5 August, on our Huntington Place site. Drop offs are available in the morning from 8:15am and pick ups between 4pm and 5:15pm.

The camp forms part of Newcastle United Foundation’s Talent ID player pathway, where sessions will be based on fun and enjoyment, consisting of technical work, fun games, skills challenges and small-sided games.

Children will be divided into relevant age groups (coach-to-player ratio 1:15) and each group will follow an age appropriate coaching syllabus designed by Newcastle United Foundation.

Each child will receive a course certificate and there will also be chances to win exciting NUFC Prizes.

The cost per week per child for the Soccer School is £95, and all of the activities are also open to those children who do not currently attend Kings Priory School.

All Newcastle United Foundation Staff are FA qualified and Licensed (Minimum Level 2), experienced and confident working with children of all abilities, enhanced DBS checked  and trained in emergency first aid and child protection

There are an extremely limited number of places available for this Soccer School so all booking should be made as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.

In addition to the Soccer Camp, there are two general sport and activity camps set to run across the following four weeks - w/c 25 July, w/c 1 August, w/c 8 August and w/c 15 August.

Like the Soccer School, each week the camps will run Monday - Friday from 9am until 4pm, with the same drop off and pickup times available. The cost is £95 per child per week.

Pupils from Reception to Year 4 are invited to our Tynemouth Summer Activity Camp which will be based on the Percy Park site, where a range of activities will include a Forest School, multi-sports and circus skills.

Pupils from Year 4 upwards are invited to our Tynemouth Summer Sports Camp which is a multi-sports camp which will be based on the Huntington Place site, with all activities provided by professional coaches.

If you are interested in a place for your child on any of the weeks please email ellen.parkinson@kps.woodard.co.uk or call us on 0191 258 5995 and we will send you the relevant booking information form.

A non-refundable deposit of £25 is required to confirm your place; the remainder of the balance is due by Wednesday 13 July.

A full programme of activities will follow soon.

Kings Priory School 123 Details of Tynemouth Summer Camps We are delighted to announce details of TWO dedicated Summer camps - a sports camp and activity camp - taking place at K...

10th May, 2016

Details of Tynemouth Summer Camps

We are delighted to announce details of TWO dedicated Summer camps taking place at Kings Priory School.

Pupils from Reception to Year 4 are invited to our Tynemouth Summer Activity Camp which will be based on the Percy Park site, where a range of activities will include a Forest School, drama, film and music. Multi-sports activities will also be available to opt into throughout the four weeks.

Pupils from Year 4 upwards are invited to our Tynemouth Summer Sports Camp which is a multi-sports camp which will be based on the Huntington Place site, with all activities provided by professional coaches.

In addition, a special Soccer Camp will take place for ages 9-14 from Monday 1 August – Friday 5 August, led by coaches from the Newcastle United Foundation.

The course forms part of Newcastle United Foundation’s Talent ID player pathway and sessions will be based on fun activities consisting of technical work, fun games, skills challenges and also small-sided games.

Each child will receive a course certificate and there will also be chances to win NUFC prizes.

There are an extremely limited number of places available for the Soccer School so booking enquiries should be made as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The camps are set to run from Monday to Friday on the following four weeks - w/c 25 July, w/c 1 August, w/c 8 August and w/c 15 August. Each day will run from 9am until 4pm, with drop off available from 8:15am and pick up available until 5:15pm depending on individual needs.

For ease for parents, ALL drop offs and pickups should be made from the Atrium of the Oswin building or Main Reception on the Huntington Place site. Pupils will then be escorted to the relevant site/activity and back for the end of the day by our qualified staff.

The cost per week per child for the camp (and the Soccer School) is £95. For Siblings, the cost is then £85 per week.  All of the activities are also open to those children who do not currently attend Kings Priory School. 

If you are interested in a place for your child on any of the weeks please email ellen.parkinson@kps.woodard.co.uk or call us on 0191 258 5995 and we will send you the relevant booking information form.

A non-refundable deposit of £25 is required to confirm your place; the remainder of the balance is due by Wednesday 13 July.

A full programme of activities will follow soon.

Kings Priory School 124 Barfleur Chapter Behaviour Challenge winners Another Chapter Behaviour rewards lunch took place recently for First school pupils, and this time it was the turn of Ba...

5th May, 2016

Barfleur Chapter Behaviour Challenge winners

Another Chapter Behaviour rewards lunch took place recently for First school pupils, and this time it was the turn of Barfleur who won the challenge in the second half of the spring term.

The challenge followed the theme of respect. Respect for each other, as well as respect for equipment.

The winning Chapter were invited to the special lunch in the Key Stage 1 hall which was set out like a restaurant, with table cloths and small family sized tables and their food was served by the Chapter staff.

Again the children were impeccably behaved and thoroughly enjoyed the family atmosphere whilst having their special lunch.

A special thank you must go to the catering staff and also a very well done to Barfleur. Keep going Hotspur and Provost – hopefully you will get your chance soon!

Kings Priory School 125 Sporting recognition for pupils In recent weeks, a number of our pupils have been competing in County, Regional, and National competitions and performin...

5th May, 2016

Sporting recognition for pupils

In recent weeks, a number of our pupils have been competing in County, Regional, and National competitions across all sports and have been performing with great success.

Below are some of their achievements:

  • Emily Large, National 400m IM, Junior Champion
  • Emily was also recently swimming in Italy as part of the England Talent Programme and the Energy Standard Cup and she won four medals - 400 IM – Gold, 200 fly – Gold, 100 fly – Gold, 4 x 100 medley relay – Silver
  • Adam Hay, Adam Harvey and Marcus Ball representing Northumberland County U15 Rugby team
  • Adam Beattie won the U14 Pinpoint Shield with his team Walker Central whilst also completing his referee award.
  • James Fewster, Harriet Lee and Owen Foster have all been competing at the National Swimming Championships.
  • James Wordsworth in Year 5 recently attended the Scottish National Taekwondo competition and won a bronze medal for Sparring.
  • Lucy Giles was selected to represent the Tyne and Wear sports hall athletics U15 team which came 9th at the National Indoor Athletics competition.
  • Owen Gourley and Marc Jacques have beenrepresenting Northumberland County football U16 team, who have reached the final of the National Cup.
  • Emily and Katie Whiting have been selected for the U13 and U15 Northumberland County Cricket squads.
  • Emily (pictured) also competed in the North East Gymnastics floor and vault competition last Sunday in Hartlepool and came 3rd in her grade and received the bronze medal.

We know that this is not everyone and we are very happy to hear of the amazing success of all our pupils.

Well done everyone!

Kings Priory School 126 Birthday party for Her Majesty Reception classes came together last week to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday.

4th May, 2016

Birthday party for Her Majesty

Reception classes came together last week to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday.

The children made decorations, Union Jack flags and designed their own party hats which they wore for the special occasion - and the sun was shining throughout!

The menu consisted of jelly and ice cream and there was even a special guest, with the Principal Mr Sanderson coming along to join in with the festivities.

Happy Birthday ma'am from Kings Priory School!

Kings Priory School 127 Introducing ParentMail's new PMX system Kings Priory School is upgrading to ParentMail's new PMX system next week.

3rd May, 2016

Introducing ParentMail's new PMX system

Kings Priory School is upgrading to ParentMail's new PMX system next week.

The date of the changeover will be Tuesday 10 May 2016 so we would like to make parents aware of the good news, but also warn you that our current ParentMail system will not be available on that day. 

The new system allows both parents and staff to do what they need to do quickly and easily. As well as the usual email and web platforms, parents will also have access to a new a free app (available to download on iOS and Android devices) so that they can receive all school messages instantly to their smartphone or tablet.

With the new app, parents can:

  • Receive school messages instantly – perfect for busy parents.
  • See all school communications on one easy feed – so they don’t get buried in a busy email inbox.
  • Complete forms, permissions and surveys wherever they are in the world –  improving school responses.
  • Make online payments or top up dinner money – or receive reminders and alerts.
  • Receive in app notifications – so they’ll never miss a school message again!
  • And so much more!

With even easier access to ParentMail, parents are able to read, and respond to school messages quicker than ever before. They will also still be able receive messages from the school, pay for items, top-up dinner money, authorise trips and keep up-to-date with events on the school calendar.

Parents only need one account even if they have children at different schools or clubs that use ParentMail.  This means one place to make school (or club) payments, one place to maintain their contact data, one place to see all their messages and photos and one calendar to view all the events and deadlines for all their schools and clubs. 

For more information on the new PMX system, visit the ParentMail website.

Kings Priory School 128 Ski Trip goes Stateside On Sunday 27 March, 39 bleary eyed pupils and 4 staff set off to the USA for the ski trip.

28th April, 2016

Ski Trip goes Stateside

On Sunday 27 March, 39 bleary eyed pupils and 4 staff set off to the USA for the ski trip.

After two flights we arrived to glorious sunshine in Boston, Massachusetts and from there we made our way further north to New Hampshire; all very excited to hit the slopes.

The first two days of skiing were spent at Cannon Mountain where we almost had the slopes to ourselves!

Some pupils learnt to ski for the very first time and also many of the intermediate and advanced skiers were eager to perfect their parallel turns and tackle the more challenging runs.

We experienced a vast array of skiing conditions, including powder, ice and slush and all pupils quickly developed the techniques to change their skiing depending on the snow which was excellent to see.

Pupils fully embraced the American food on offer each lunchtime, setting them up for another fun afternoon learning new skills.

The last three days of skiing were then spent at Loon Mountain where we enjoyed beautiful weather and good conditions. With a wide range of slopes and amazing panoramic views, pupils enjoyed developing their skills and having fun in their groups.

We had a wonderful time each evening back at the lodge with more delicious food, some relaxation time and activities such as swimming, a cinema trip, bingo, karaoke, basketball and a fancy dress party. The staff ‘Frozen’ theme was particularly entertaining!

The trip ended with shopping at an outlet mall, a day and a night in Boston where we explored the city on a walking tour of The Freedom Trail, indulged in more retail therapy and enjoyed a meal at the Hard Rock Café.

Thank you to all pupils for their exceptional behaviour throughout the trip, they really were superb ambassadors of the school.
Thank you to Miss Smith, Miss Cope and Mr Robertson for their excellent contributions whilst the group was away and a special mention to Mr Gibbs for organising such a brilliant trip!

Kings Priory School 129 Out of School Club - May half term The Out of School Club (OOSC) is now taking bookings for the May Half Term.

21st April, 2016

Out of School Club - May half term

The Out of School Club (OOSC) is now taking bookings for the May half term.

The OOSC will be open from 8am until 6pm Tuesday 31 May, as well as Wednesday 1 June, Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June.

All activities are also open to those children who do not currently attend Kings Priory School - contact the Out of School Club on 0191 258 9155 or sarah.taylor@kps.woodard.co.uk for more information. 

Please provide your child with a packed lunch and enough drinks for the day. Breakfast and an afternoon snack will be provided.

TUESDAY 31 MAY
TYNEMOUTH LOST WORLD AND COOKING
We will be visiting Lost World in Tynemouth* to play 9 Holes of Golf and then onto explore The Pirate Maze. Children can find the clues to reveal the treasure. Cookery class in the afternoon.

*There will be a small additional charge for this trip.

WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE
FOREST SCHOOL/WHEELS

We will spending the morning in our Forest School area. Children will have the opportunity to explore, build dens, use tools, create recipes in the Mud Kitchen and toast marshmallows whilst sipping hot chocolate around the fire.

Children can bring in their scooter, bike, skateboard for an afternoon of ‘Wheels’.

THURSDAY 2 JUNE
TYNEMOUTH LONGSANDS

We are taking a trip to the beach. Children can take part in a number of activities including a sandcastle competition.

Don’t forget your bucket and spade!

FRIDAY 3RD JUNE
FOREST SCHOOL AND COOKING

We will spending the morning in our Forest School. Children will have the opportunity to explore, build dens, use tools, create recipes in the Mud Kitchen and toast marshmallows whilst sipping hot chocolate around the fire. Cookery Class in the afternoon.

FRIDAY 17 JUNE
INSET DAY

School will be closed to pupils on this day. To book a place for your child on the Out of School Club, please email sarah.taylor@kps.woodard.co.uk.

COST

LENGTH FIRST CHILD SIBLING
Full Day £20.00 £18.00
Half Day £14.00 £12.00

Download and complete the OOSC Booking Form or click here to find out more about what the Out of School Club has to offer.

Kings Priory School 130 VIDEO: Choristers shine on Tynemouth pier Pupils from Kings Priory Middle School were invited to take part in the launch of a 135-mile walk this week, from the so...

20th April, 2016

VIDEO: Choristers shine on Tynemouth pier

Pupils from Kings Priory Middle School were invited to take part in the launch of a 135-mile walk this week, from the sources of the Tyne to the sea.

'River Tyne Trail: sources to sea' opened as part of four simultaneous events on Tuesday, with the Choristers joining children from other local schools at Tynemouth Pier to sing a rendition of ‘Waters of Tyne’.

North Tyneside Council chief executive Patrick Melia was in attendance to cut the ribbon and officially open the new trail.

After the opening ceremony, the children were lucky enough to take part in the first section of the new walk, past Collingwood’s monument and along the sea front towards North Shields, before returning to school.

The new route is dedicated to the Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient charity, which provides free transport for cancer out-patients to and from the Freeman and RVI hospitals from as far afield as the Scottish Borders, North Yorkshire and across to West Cumbria.

Last year its 250 volunteers enabled more than 15,000 cancer patient journeys.

The hope is that the trail will promote the work of the charity and encourage cancer patients and those close to them to tackle the walk.

A year after the charity’s founder Brian and a fellow walker first tried out the planned route in 2012, a helicopter airlifted a huge stone obelisk on to land at Deadwater Farm, three and a half miles from Kielder, to mark the source of the North Tyne.

Another stone marker pinpoints the source of the South Tyne at Tynehead, near Garrigill, ten miles from Alston, Cumbria.
Two more stone markers have been newly installed at the alternative ends of the walk at the piers at Tynemouth, where our Choristers sang, and also at South Shields, with another where the North and South Tyne converge at Warden, near Hexham.

The launch includes a guide book, ‘River Tyne Trail: Sources to Sea’, published by Sigma Leisure and available for £12.99. All proceeds from the sale of the books will go the charity.

You can see a short video of the Choristers performing at the pier below:

You can find out more about the ‘River Tyne Trail: Sources to Sea’ walk on the Daft as a Brush website.

Kings Priory School 131 VIDEO: Emily Large is Championships winner Year 10 pupil Emily Large has sprung to victory in the Junior 400 IM at the 2016 British Swimming Championships, with a...

14th April, 2016

VIDEO: Emily Large is Championships winner

Year 10 pupil Emily Large has sprung to victory in the Junior 400 IM at the 2016 British Swimming Championships, with a personal best time.

The Championships, which double as Olympics Trials, are taking place this week in Glasgow and Emily's success of 4:47:79 represents an amazing achievement for someone who has just turned 15 years old.

Emily, who swims for Newcastle Swim Team, competed at the short course Winter Nationals in December, picking up a gold in the U16s category for 200m butterfly.

As well as also winning three silver medals and a bronze, she achieved the fastest ever recorded time for a 14 year old in Britain for that particular event.

Emily is competing in several events at the Championships this week, but sees competing in Glasgow as only the beginning.

Speaking earlier this year, she said: "From here I can get selected for the European Junior Swimming Championships in Hungary or the World School Games in Turkey in the summer."

"I would love to make it to one of these events and if I did, that would be another turning point in my swimming career.”

You can see her swim to victory below (race is available from 1:33:00) or click here:

After a day of training, Emily returns to the pool today in the 200m Butterfly and 50 yard Freestyle.

You can watch Emily compete live from 6:30pm on the British Swimming Championships website.

Kings Priory School 132 Success for pupils in BBC 500 Words competition Three pupils from Year 8 have both made through to the second stage of the prestigious BBC 500 Words competition.

13th April, 2016

Success for pupils in BBC 500 Words competition

Three pupils from Year 8 have both made through to the second stage of the prestigious BBC 500 Words competition. 

Oliver Hearne, Samantha Murphy and Jess Robertson were amongst thousands of pupils across the country that were invited to write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer. 

Over 123,400 entries were received this year and less than 4% of those have been selected to go through to the next round.

Samantha and Jess' stories “Snow White, the eyebrows and the iPhone7” and “My Guardian Demon”  are now with a reading agency for the second round of judging.

Mrs Penhall, an English Teacher at Kings Priory School, said: "Kings Priory enjoyed great success in this competition last year and I’m very excited and hugely proud  that our pupils’ creative writing talents have been recognised yet again."

Last year the school enjoyed great success in the competition, with four students reaching the semi-final stages.

Izzie Thorneycroft beat off competition from over 120,000 entries to be one of the 25 finalists, where she was invited to a prestigious award ceremony at St James’ Palace in London. 

Results of the second round of judging for this year's competition are expected in May. 

Kings Priory School 133 Barfleur fundraising success for St Oswald's Hospice Pupils from Kings Priory School have been raising money for a fantastic local cause.

11th April, 2016

Barfleur fundraising success for St Oswald's Hospice

Pupils from Kings Priory School have been raising money for a fantastic local cause.

Last term pupils from the Barfleur Chapter were involved in a number of fundraising activities, which included raffling a huge Easter Egg hamper and baking cakes, biscuits and other treats to sell to hungry pupils and staff at break times.

All of the money raised is for the benefit of St Oswald's Hospice, which is Barfleur's individual Chapter charity for this academic year.

The local charity aims to improve quality of life for everyone in the North East living with an incurable condition.

With the vital support of our volunteers, donors and supporters. St Oswald's continue to develop and grow their services so that everyone in the region can get access to expert, dignified and compassionate care when they need it. 

Barfleur Chapter raised £201.60 in total for the charity, which was presented to Natalie Santamera from St Oswald’s Hospice by Year 10 pupil Max Cleminson, Deputy Head of Barfleur Miss Smith and the Principal Mr Sanderson.

Miss Smith said: "The pupils from Barfleur are delighted to have raised such a significant amount of money with their first attempt."

"They hope to continue supporting St Oswald’s for at least the rest of this year with some exciting activities planned so watch this space!"

Read more about the charity work at Kings Priory School by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 134 Guys and Dolls review - Erin Taylor A group of music students recently visited the Theatre Royal in Newcastle to see the hit broadway musical Guys and Dolls...

7th April, 2016

Guys and Dolls review - Erin Taylor

A group of music students recently visited the Theatre Royal in Newcastle to see the hit broadway musical Guys and Dolls.

Year 9 pupil Erin Taylor shared her thoughts on the performance:

"The night had an amazing atmosphere and it was very comforting to witness it with our music department. The show itself was outstanding and the music involved was extraordinary. 

"Everyone who attended was very enthusiastic and appreciative of the music – the dance moves were extremely entertaining!"

"I was pleasantly surprised at the standard of music included and I believe the night was immensely beneficial toward our studies due to the musical ideas involved."

Find out more about what the Music department at Kings Priory School has to offer by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 135 Spring Live Sessions success The last day of the Spring Term finished in style with Senior and Sixth Form pupils staging their own 'Live Sessions' mu...

6th April, 2016

Spring Live Sessions success

The last day of the Spring Term finished in style with Senior and Sixth Form pupils staging their own 'Live Sessions' music night in The Studio.

To a packed audience of friends, former pupils and family members, the musicians took to the stage to share their vocal, instrumental and DJ talents.

For our Year 13 performers, it was an opportunity to perform in school for the very last time before their A2 exams begin and venture off to University, which added an extra poignancy and energy to the evening.

It was a really enjoyable few hours and a fitting way to start the Easter holidays.

Watch out for news of our new Middle School Live Session night planned for later this term! 

Kings Priory School 136 Children's Cancer Run - Letter for Parents I wanted to personally write to you and invite you and your family to join us for this year’s 34th Children’s Cancer Run...

23rd March, 2016

Children's Cancer Run - Letter for Parents

Dear King Priory School parents and pupils,

I wanted to personally write to you and invite you and your family to join us for this year’s 34th Children’s Cancer Run. It’s a special year as we hope to break the £7m mark for the total raised. As a former King’s pupil and childhood cancer survivor, I have been kindly invited to tell you a bit more about the history of the run.

The Children’s Cancer Run was created right here at King’s School 34 years ago, and the school has been instrumental in shaping its history. Several teachers have been involved in organising committee meetings including Mr Chris Johnston who has supported us every year for the last 33 years.

Kings Priory School pupils have helped out as volunteers as part of their Sports leaders or Duke of Edinburgh awards. Every year the school submits a team which allows pupils and parents to run together as a school. This year I am hoping we can have a big contingency from all the year groups at Kings Priory School!

The school was there from the beginning - this was one of the first runs we did (above) as you can see the school emblem was on the start banner. The runners were all from The King’s School and their families. 

Young and old are welcome - we have 3 courses for all abilities and ages: 1 mile, 3 miles, and 5 miles. You can run or walk the main thing is you have fun! This year we have a special family entry deal for £33; for this every runner gets a Medal, a t-shirt, and a Greggs picnic. Metro Radio will also have a roadshow there so children and parents can enjoy the rest of the day. We believe you can’t get much better value for money.

Alan Shearer has launched the run for the last 4 years and is a big supporter, as are the Newcastle Falcons and Jesters. We often get celebrities running with their families.

I hope to see as many as possible from Kings Priory School – it’s a great way to stay fit and healthy and help countless children overcome this terrible disease. This year’s run is on Sunday 15th May 2016. You can register to run with the school by logging onto www.childrenscancerrun.co.uk scrolling down and click “Run for your school”.

You will have to register your family first before you can choose the school. Please try to raise as much sponsorship as possible. Our run is sponsored by Greggs which means every penny you raise in sponsorship goes directly to research here in Newcastle.

Good luck,

Chris Peacock
Chairman, North of England Children’s Cancer Research

Kings Priory School 137 It's not too late to apply for Year 7 and Sixth Form Call us today on 0191 258 5995 or email us to discuss our last few remaining places for September 2016.

22nd March, 2016

It's not too late to apply for Year 7 and Sixth Form

There are still an extremely limited number of spaces available to join Year 7 and the Sixth Form at Kings Priory School in September 2016.
 
With a well-established academic curriculum, strong Oxbridge and Russell Group University success and excellent examination results in 2015, Kings Priory School has so much to offer prospective students.
 
The school recently had its Middle School facilities refurbished and now also boasts its own dedicated Sixth Form centre, which is now open to current pupils and includes a large library, a high street-style coffee shop, spacious social areas and several new work rooms.
 
The new design of the school is modern and vibrant, with colourful furniture and spaces such as the new café featuring artistic murals photographed and designed by current pupils.
 
The main application deadline has passed for admission but the school are still accepting expressions of interest from exceptional individuals that are still unsure, undecided or have changed their mind about where they want to study in September 2016.
 
 
So with easy transport links to both sides of the River Tyne and our location right next to the Metro in the heart of the coastal village of Tynemouth, where else would you want to study?
 
Call us today on 0191 258 5995 or email KPSenquiryline@kps.woodard.co.uk to speak to somebody about our last few remaining spaces for September 2016.
Kings Priory School 138 Enrichment group goes International! On Wednesday afternoon the International School enrichment groups, composed predominantly of Year 9 with a number of Yea...

22nd March, 2016

Enrichment group goes International!

On Wednesday afternoon the International School enrichment groups, composed predominantly of Year 9 with a number of Year 10 pupils, met together to share their research and experiences over the last two weeks.
 
Groups of three to four pupils were given the brief of identifying a country from the EU and highlighting an aspect of that country in a presentation to the rest of the combined groups.
 
Presentations could be focussed around sports, particular foods, culture, dance or even songs.
 
We were treated to a series of different activities from a fashion show based on the UK, Greek dancing, Italian foods, kahoot based quizzes on Spain, snakes and ladders quiz based on Greece, with a comedy history of France and chocolates from Belgium (with tasters!).
 
The sessions were delivered in a (mostly!) professional manner and were well received by staff and pupils alike. Sometimes we underestimate the innovative and creative power of our pupils and these are instances when we are duly reminded of their talents.
 
Over forty pupils were involved in the activities and therefore it would be unfair to single out individuals, but a huge well done indeed to all who took part.
Kings Priory School 139 School Newsletter - 18 March 2016 The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

21st March, 2016

School Newsletter - 18 March 2016

The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.
 
The newsletter features all of the activities that have been going on across both school sites in the final weeks of term.
 
You can view the latest newsletter by clicking here.
Kings Priory School 140 Gymnastic pupil secures place at British Championships Year 10 pupil Beth Tait recently attended the Northern TeamGym Qualifiers in Edinburgh.

21st March, 2016

Gymnastic pupil secures place at British Championships

Year 10 pupil Beth Tait recently attended the Northern TeamGym Qualifiers at Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh on 5 March.
 
Beth was in competition as part of the Tyneside Gymnastics TeamGym Junior Nationals.
 
They not only placed second in the qualifiers with a silver medal, but the team have also qualified for the 2016 British Gymnastics Championship Series.
 
The British Gymnastics Championship Series, which features four days of non-stop gymnastics action, are set to take place in July in Liverpool.
 
A huge well done to Beth and congratulations to the rest of the Tyneside team!

 

Kings Priory School 141 Year 4 are North Tyneside Hockey Champions Congratulations to the Year 4 Hockey team for a superb performance at the North Tyneside Quick Sticks hockey finals this...

18th March, 2016

Year 4 are North Tyneside Hockey Champions

Congratulations to the Year 4 Hockey team for a superb performance at the North Tyneside Quick Sticks hockey finals this week.

Their hard work and commitment to training under the expert leadership of Mr Youldon paid off with the first team being crowned North Tyneside Champions securing them a place at the Tyne & Wear games on Tuesday next week.

Many thanks to Charlie Scott’s dad (and hockey coach) for his time and expertise in helping to prepare the children for the tournament too.

And a huge well done to everyone involved!

Kings Priory School 142 Egg-celent creative skills on show! As Easter fast approaches, the Middle School have been busy decorating boiled eggs with a Movies and Film theme in mind.

18th March, 2016

Egg-celent creative skills on show!

As Easter fast approaches, the Middle School have been busy decorating boiled eggs with a Movies and Film theme in mind.

The competition was fiercely fought between Chapters. Even Mr Higgins even got in on the action with his Minions offering.

There are a number of categories:

  • Winners and runners up will be selected from Barfleur, Dunelm, Hotpsur and Provost.
  • In addition there will then be an overall Middle School winner and runner up.

You can see a gallery of some of the egg designs on our Facebook page.

Judging has taken place this afternoon and the winners will be announced on Monday morning in assembly.

Well done to everyone who took part.

Kings Priory School 143 Gold Practice expedition in the Lake District The Gold Practice expedition proved to be a fantastic start to the Duke of Edinburgh season this year.

17th March, 2016

Gold Practice expedition in the Lake District

The Gold Practice expedition proved to be a fantastic start to the Duke of Edinburgh season this year. 
 
Twenty four students from Year 12 set off on Friday to Cumbria for a chance to experience walking at height in readiness for their actual expedition in the summer.
 
Even though the sun was shining in Tynemouth the groups in the Lake District had to assess the weather conditions and revisit their planned trek on Day One due to the weather conditions where not a mountain could be seen due to such low cloud!
 
After assessing the risk, the groups decided to stay low and instead practiced their navigation and compass skills whilst walking in the Elterwater area.
 
The following day saw an improvement in the weather, and after checking the forecast the teams set off for Stickle Tarn which involved a steep climb up the side of the beck. 
 
All of the students made it, encouraging each other on the way. They all agreed that the views from the Tarn were definitely worth the strenuous pull up the slopes.
 
After a safe decent and a celebratory ice cream the teams returned to the minibuses for the journey home. 
 
Mrs Marsden, Outdoor Education Leader, said: "I would like to thank the pupils involved for their company and team spirit, along with Mr Thompson and Mr Gibbs for giving up their weekend to support the expedition and for help making it possible for the students to have this fantastic opportunity."
Kings Priory School 144 Success in Wansbeck Music Festival Six Senior School clarinettists took part in the Wansbeck Music Festival this week, including our much acclaimed Klarino...

17th March, 2016

Success in Wansbeck Music Festival

Six Senior School clarinettists took part in the Wansbeck Music Festival this week, including our much acclaimed Klarinos ensemble. 
 
The Wansbeck Music Festival is based upon the River Wansbeck and its surrounding areas and serves musicians of all ages from around the North East region. 
 
It attracts entries from competitors both individual and in ensembles ranging from Duets to Orchestras, Bands and Choirs. Competitors come from as far afield as Alnwick to Teesside.
 
The festival is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals of Music, Dance and Speech.
 
All Kings Priory School pupils that took part were an absolute credit to the school and performed outstandingly. We are delighted that the Klarinos were awarded the Challenge Cup - well done!. 
 
Ben Rook, a Year 8 student also took part in the festival as part of the North Tyneside Steel Training Band. 
 
In his class, there were five others but his band were awarded The Swinney Cup. Congratulations to Ben for his part in this achievement. 
Kings Priory School 145 Come along to our Open Mic Night Our Sixth Form Music committee would like to invite you to their latest Open Mic night to celebrate the end of term.

16th March, 2016

Come along to our Open Mic Night

Our Sixth Form Music committee would like to invite you to their latest Open Mic night to celebrate the end of term.
 
The popular event - called 'Live sessions at KPS' - will feature talented acts, such as Mr Gray and the Shades, Rhiannon Soulsby, Daisy Cavet, Kieran de Wessington, Jake Wilkinson and more, as they take to the stage to entertain you with an array of fantastic performances.
 
The evening will take place on Wednesday 23 March 2016, from 7pm in The Studio.
 
Tickets are just £2 on the door and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy - you might even be brave enough to step into the spotlight yourself! 
 
We hope to see you there.
Kings Priory School 146 DOWNLOAD: Middle School transition evening Many thanks to those parents who attended the meeting recently about transition from Year 4 into Year 5.

16th March, 2016

DOWNLOAD: Middle School transition evening

Many thanks to those parents who attended the meeting recently about transition from Year 4 into Year 5.

If you missed the meeting, or would like to refresh your memory, you can download the presentation here.

You can also view a video introducing you to a day in the life of a Middle School pupil, below:

Further information will be coming home in due course with details of the transition plan.

Kings Priory School 147 Tynemouth pupil goes Gold for music exam A Kings Priory School pupil has won one of the most prestigious music awards in the country.

15th March, 2016

Tynemouth pupil goes Gold for music exam

A Kings Priory School pupil has won one of the most prestigious music awards in the country.
 
Izzie Thorneycroft, 14, has been presented with a Gold Award from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) following her Grade 7 flute examination result last year.
 
The result of 147 was the highest Grade 7 mark in the region, and the national award that followed has come as a “total surprise” to the North Tyneside teenager.
 
Izzie said: “I received the William Bigge Award last term for my Grade 7 flute and I was overwhelmed enough by that.”
 
“To now receive a Gold Award from ABRSM is both humbling and inspiring - it has come as a total surprise.”
 
“The music department at Kings Priory School have really supported my flute studies and they have helped to encourage me every step of the way.” 
 
Elizabeth Johnston, Deputy Curriculum Leader for Art, Music and Design at Kings Priory School, said: “Izzie is an outstanding student in every respect.”
 
“She is talented, diligent and conscientious in her studies, but manages to maintain a very natural, friendly and warm personality that subtly hides her considerable abilities.” 
 
Izzie was also recently awarded a coveted place in the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.
 
The Orchestra is the country's premier symphony orchestra for children and their performances are renowned for their intensity, vivacity and commitment.
 
Mrs Johnston added: “This is an outstanding achievement as competition for places is exceptionally high and only the very best performers from across the country are accepted to join. The competition for flautists is even greater as there are only four flute places available.”
 
“Izzie is an absolute joy to teach and we are immensely proud of her - she thoroughly deserves the award and all of this amazing recognition.”
 
Izzie will be joining the National Children’s Orchestra on their next residential and concert series in early 2016.
Kings Priory School 148 Young footballer reaches the final of National 5-a-side competition Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Adam Beattie who plays for the North Tyneside Football team.

14th March, 2016

Young footballer reaches the final of National 5-a-side competition

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Adam Beattie who plays for the North Tyneside Football team.
 
The side have recently reached the final of the National 5-a-side football competition.
 
They will now play against three sides from the other best areas in the country.
 
A superb achievement and best of luck to Adam, and the rest of the North Tyneside team, in the finals!
Kings Priory School 149 Eggs-tra special competition for Middle School It is not long until Easter and we have some ‘cracking’ events to look forward to, including a 'Design an Egg' competiti...

14th March, 2016

Eggs-tra special competition for Middle School

It is not long until Easter and we have some ‘cracking’ events to look forward to, including a 'Design an Egg' competition.

Middle School pupils are being invited to decorate their own egg in the theme of movies and film.

There are a number of categories:
 
  • Winners and runners up will be selected from Barfleur, Dunelm, Hotpsur and Provost. 
  • In addition there will then be an overall Middle School winner and runner up. 
Entries for this competition need to be in school for Friday 18 March 2016.
 
Pupils should place their eggs on the correct Chapter table with their egg’s ‘title’, their own name and tutor group on a piece of paper next to it.
 
Judging will take place on the evening of Friday 18 March and winners will be announced and prizes awarded in our Middle School Easter Assembly on Monday 21 March.
 
See the images on the right of this page for some examples to help you get started!
 
We hope you and your children enjoy our Easter festivities and that we can count on your kind support.
Kings Priory School 150 Apprentice Meets Bake Off for Water Aid A group of pupils have donned their aprons and christened the brand new cookery classroom at Kings Priory School with so...

11th March, 2016

Apprentice Meets Bake Off for Water Aid

A group of pupils have donned their aprons as part of Wednesday afternoon Enrichment and christened the brand new cookery classroom with some classic baking.
 
On the menu was everything from cupcakes to brownies, and the finished products were cooked and decorated and sold to pupils and staff in the Atrium of the Oswin Building on Thursday break time.
 
All of the proceeds from the cake sale will be donated to the charity Water Aid, which is the international charity that the Senior School have chosen to support as part of their fundraising activities in school this year.
 
Water Aid aims to tackle the reasons why millions of the world’s poorest people live without the most basic human services - including safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
 
Pupils in the Senior School voted to support the charityfrom a list of options earlier in the year.
Kings Priory School 151 Important information about Metro line closure The Metro line will be closed between Tynemouth and Shiremoor from Saturday 19 March until Saturday 2 April.

10th March, 2016

Important information about Metro line closure

There is a major modernisation schemes taking place on Metro lines in North Tyneside over the Spring.
 
A major line closure over Easter will affect the line between Tynemouth and Shiremoor, which will impact upon pupils travelling into school during the last week of term.
 
The closure will take place from Saturday 19 March until Saturday 2 April 2016 so should only affect three school days, with Kings Priory School closing for the Easter Holidays.
 
Information about the closure and replacement bus services can be found below:
 
12971 Major Line Closure leaflet 4FOLD AW FINAL-1
12971 Major Line Closure leaflet 4FOLD AW FINAL-2
 
If you require further details about this project then contact Nexus' Community Relations Officer for North Tyneside on 0191 203 3232 or email jim.grady@nexus.org.uk.
Kings Priory School 152 Recognition for tackling problem of bullying A group of pupils from the Middle School were invited to the Anti-Bullying Standards Awards this week, which took place...

10th March, 2016

Recognition for tackling problem of bullying

A group of pupils from the Middle School were invited to the Anti-Bullying Standards Awards this week, which took place at the North Tyneside Council Quadrant.
 
The event was a glamorous affair which was attended by eight schools from across the borough and was an opportunity to showcase all of the hard work that the schools have been doing to tackle bullying.
 
The Year 8's from Kings Priory School were given the opportunity to share their progress and ideas, and they were also presented with an award by the elected Mayor Norma Redfearn. 
 
The award was part of a pilot project funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, alongside work currently being undertaken by the Young Mayor for North Tyneside. 
 
The project aims to roll out across the borough to help tackle bullying in all schools. 
 
The ceremony ended with a delicious buffet, which was enjoyed by all participating schools.
Kings Priory School 153 Join us at the Children’s Cancer Run! We would love you and your family to join the Kings Priory School Team at this year’s Children’s Cancer Run which will b...

9th March, 2016

Join us at the Children’s Cancer Run!

We would love you and your family to join the Kings Priory School Team at this year’s Children’s Cancer Run which will be held at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth.
 
The Children’s Cancer Run is a family fun run with one, three and five mile courses. The event is sponsored by Greggs and raises funds for North of England Children’s Cancer Research, funding research into cures and treatments for childhood cancer.
 
Like previous years, we are very excited to be supporting this event and would like to invite you to join us for what promises to be a fun filled family day out. 
 
All participants receive a t-shirt, medal and Gregg’s picnic on the day. Local station Metro Radio will also be in attendance to entertain everyone with music and competitions.
 
Please complete an online entry form to join our team:
  1. Go to www.childrenscancerrun.co.uk 
  2. Click Enter Now under the Run for My School option 
  3. You will be asked to Sign Up to Everyday Hero in order to register – this is a very quick and easy step. The easiest option is to do this through the email option. 
  4. Once you are signed in, choose individual or family entry making sure that you select Kings Priory School from the drop down list 
  5. Complete the details for each member of you family and then click proceed to payment to complete the registration 
Please note that the three and five mile courses are suitable for children Over 7. All children must be accompanied by an adult (parents can accompany their children on the Mini Mile without registering but please register if you would like to receive a t-shirt, medal and picnic).
 
We would encourage you to do what you can in order to raise sponsorship as all of the funds raised will be used to fund the research team at Newcastle who are working to find better treatments and cures for childhood cancer. You can raise sponsorship via paper sponsor form or via our school fundraising page which you can access by clicking here.
 
We look forward to seeing you join us in aid of Children's Cancer Research.
Kings Priory School 154 First School Chapter Behaviour Challenge The First School Chapter Behaviour Challenge began after Christmas whereby children are rewarded Chapter tokens for a gi...

8th March, 2016

First School Chapter Behaviour Challenge

The First School Chapter Behaviour Challenge began after Christmas whereby children are rewarded Chapter tokens for a given behaviour focus.
 
This ranged from having good manners to walking sensibly around school and lining up. The Chapter with the most tokens at the end of the half term were then rewarded with a special Chapter Rewards meal on Friday 26 February.
 
Dunelm were the winning Chapter and their special meal took place in KS1 hall, which was set out like a restaurant, with table cloths and small family sized tables and their food was served by the Chapter staff.
 
The menu was chosen by the School Council consisting of a three course meal of crudités, meat balls and a real favourite…. Chocolate cake!
 
Mrs Large said: "The atmosphere at the meal was fantastic. The children were a real credit to the school, their manners and enthusiasm needed to be seen to be believed, and everyone in Dunelm seemed to really enjoy their reward."
 
"They were certainly the envy of the other Chapters as they peeked in!"
 
This term’s Chapter Behaviour Challenge follows a similar theme, with the main focus being on respect - for each other, as well as respect for equipment.
 
Mrs Large added: "I am sure Barfleur, Hotspur and Provost will want to win the Behaviour Challenge so that they too can enjoy the special reward at the end of it!"
 
Particular thanks must go to Mrs Jessup and the catering team for all their hard work in the preparation of a delicious meal!
Kings Priory School 155 EPQ visit to The Robinson Library Year 12 EPQ Students recently visited The Robinson Library in Newcastle, the central library belonging to Newcastle Univ...

8th March, 2016

EPQ visit to The Robinson Library

Year 12 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Students recently visited The Robinson Library in Newcastle, the central library belonging to Newcastle University.
 
Below, Year 12 pupil Eve Simpson tells us what the trip was all about:
 
"The trip was targeted at gaining an insight into the world of research, referencing and, surprisingly, the unreliability of flying penguin advocates.
 
Upon arrival, we immediately segregated ourselves into groups of boys and girls; both groups were led on a tour around the library, which is impressively home to over one and a half million books and countless amounts of PC’s, led by librarians Sarah and Jackie.
 
With all her eccentricity, Jackie led the girls around the library in what was undoubtedly the highlight of the trip, bringing to our attention the ‘best part of level two’ (the café) and the fact we don’t even have to put our books back, they have people to do that for us!
 
The rest of the trip pooled us all together, learning the demons of plagiarism, the Harvard reference system and how to source the resources we need from an abundance of books, articles and academic journals.
 
Now fully-endorsed members of the library, the trip was extremely insightful to all EPQ students; we left the library with more guidance as to how to succeed in our own independent projects and how to part ways with the preferred researching ompanion, Google, in favour of more academic sources."
Kings Priory School 156 Pupils mark World Book Day Pupils and staff from across the Middle School dressed as their favourite book characters yesterday as part of World Boo...

7th March, 2016

Pupils mark World Book Day

Pupils and staff from across the Middle School dressed as their favourite book characters yesterday as part of World Book Day.
 
The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.
 
This is the 19th year there’s been a World Book Day and as part of it, Middle School pupils were invited to dress up, bring in their favourite books and get involved in exciting and unusual activities in their English lessons, as part of our focus on promoting reading and literacy.
 
Here are some of the best costumes (see right)...
Kings Priory School 157 FEATURE: Additional support goes a long way The Learning Support team offers help and support for pupils across the school, including Study Support sessions for pup...

7th March, 2016

FEATURE: Additional support goes a long way

The Learning Support team offers help and support for pupils across the school, including Study Support sessions for pupils in Year 10 and 11 who are working towards their GCSE examinations. This takes place outside of lesson time to help pupils to achieve.
 
Each year group is specifically monitored and the progress of students is tracked, after which strategies are implemented to help further raise achievement.
 
Teaching staff work with individuals and/or small groups of pupils with particular mentoring strategies throughout the year. This support takes place on Wednesday afternoons during enrichment time.
 
The aim of Study Support sessions is to provide additional time for pupils to:
 
• Learn how to study and revise
• Learn how to make effective revision notes
• Learn how to answer model exam questions
• Learn how to answer questions in timed conditions
• Learn how to structure written responses
• To proof read work and redraft work
• To learn subject specific terms and their meanings
• To learn how to use any additional access arrangements they may have been awarded.
 
We are extremely proud of the attitude, commitment and hard work of the pupils who have attended these sessions so far - they are working extremely hard to try and gain some fantastic results.
 
Weekly Intervention Programmes - Early morning, break and lunchtime
In Learning Support, we offer pupils a variety of different programmes which help them to further develop literacy and maths skills, handwriting skills, listening skills as well as social and emotional awareness and friendship skills.
 
Intervention programmes have a crucial role to play in continuing to raise standards in a number of different key areas. It provides support at a quiet time during the day where pupils have access to a personalised programme of study in order to further develop skills, enabling them to better access subjects across the curriculum.
 
Those who have attended these interventions have made huge progress and we are very pleased with their hard work and determination. It is wonderful to have so many pupils attending with such a positive and happy outlook.
 
Last Term, Mrs Cooper asked for pupils in the Middle School to complete a one page profile. Thank you to those who have completed the profile - they have provided some valuable insight into the way pupils prefer to learn and what their aspirations are. If you have not completed this could you please do so and bring the completed profile to Mrs Cooper in C15 as soon as possible.
 
Homework Club – Middle School
In January we started a Homework Club for pupils in the Middle School and it has so far been really well attended.
 
The Homework Club offers a place for children to work in a supportive environment out of school hours. Some children are so self-motivated that they are able to work diligently on homework and ignore the distractions of normal family life, but not everyone finds it so easy.
 
Doing homework requires a quiet space to work at home and support from family members. If jobs or other children make it tricky to provide those things then you might want to consider the option of our Homework Club.
 
One parent recently said: “The great thing about homework clubs are the Learning Support Assistants – while they don’t do the child’s work, they have the knowledge and experience to guide them to the relevant books or online resources such as encyclopaedias, they also reinforce what has happened in the classroom.”
 
Meet the Learning Support Team
The Learning Support team at Kings Priory School are extremely dedicated and diverse, and offer a wide range of skills and support to all of the pupils at our school. Below are just a few members of the team:
 
Mrs Cooper, SENDCo
“I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been given the fantastic opportunity of working at Kings Priory School. I am lucky to be supported by a very dedicated team within my Department and also across the wider school with superb teachers and the senior team.
 
I have been teaching for 31 wonderfully rewarding years, in both special and mainstream education, having learnt from and worked with some incredible people. My own interests include reading, walking, all sorts of textiles and needlecraft, cooking and spending time with my family and friends. I have worked mainly in the field of Special Education for the majority of my career and immensely enjoy working with students who need a little additional help or support to achieve what they thought impossible.
 
I have met many parents since September who have been extremely welcoming and fully supportive by working closely and collaboratively with me in order to achieve successful outcomes.”
 
Mrs Finlay, Teaching Assistant
“Variety certainly is the spice of life and no two days are ever the same when you're a teaching assistant! Working with a student on a new concept then seeing that ‘light bulb moment’ is priceless. Regardless of a students age the satisfaction of seeing them achieve their goal is something that I will never tire of, and of course working with fab colleagues here at Kings Priory School!”
 
Mrs Sergant, Teaching Assistant
“I am working at Kings Priory School whilst studying as a post-graduate with Dyslexia Action and I help support learners of different ages in the classroom and in small groups. As all learners are different in terms of learning and development, it is wonderful to be able to offer personalised support and encouragement to those who need it, and to see the real progress the students make.
 
I am particularly interested in helping students develop individual learning strategies and to become more active in the process of engaged learning.”
 
Website
We are currently working to update the Learning Support section of the school website. Please have a look at it by clicking here and let us know what you think when you get an opportunity to – we welcome any suggestions for improvement.
Kings Priory School 158 DOWNLOAD: Year 8 Options Information In anticipation of our Year 8 Options Evening, here is some additional information to help with decisions about GCSE Opt...

2nd March, 2016

DOWNLOAD: Year 8 Options Information

In anticipation of our Year 8 Options Evening, here is some additional information to help with decisions about GCSE Options.
 
If you are unable to attend the Options Evening, or would like to refresh your memory, you can download the Powerpoint presentation from the evening by clicking here.
 
Pupils, in collaboration with staff and parents, will need to complete the expression of interest subject choice form and return it to either the box available on the evening or the relevant Chapter Hub by Friday 4 March 2016. 
 
Download our new GCSE Options Booklet
You can see an electronic version of our 2015/2016 Options booklet by clicking here.
 
It is really important to look carefully at the different courses to ensure you are making the right choice. Not all subject choices are the same and they are all assessed in a multitude of ways.
 
You can also download an Expression of Interest Subject Choice form here
 
Choosing of the GCSE option subjects
Pupils have already informed the school of their preliminary thoughts of which subjects they may like to take next year. This has allowed us to build a blocking outline of subjects that the pupils want. A copy of this blocking outline is available below. 
 

Block A

Block B

Block C

Block D

Art and Design

Design Technology

Business Studies

Art

Design Technology

Geography

German

Business Studies

French

History

Geography

Computing

German

Music

History

iMedia

Sports Studies

Sports Studies

Spanish

Geography

Spanish

Spanish

 

History

 

 

 

Philosophy & Ethics

 

 

 

Learning Support

All pupils must follow:
  1. Either History or Geography
  2. A Modern Foreign Language (unless in individual circumstances which have previously been organised by school)
  3. 2 additional subjects (this can be a language if a pupil wishes to follow 2 languages or either History/Geography if the subject has not already been chosen)
    N.B Pupils should NOT pick a subject twice
Core GCSE Curriculum
All of our pupils follow a core curriculum of Maths, English and Science. Details of these courses can also be found in our GCSE options booklet. In addition to the academic curriculum the pupils in Year 9-11 will also follow a core ‘welfare’ curriculum which incorporates statutory elements of Citizenship, Religious Studies, Careers and PSHE.
 
The aim of this part of the curriculum is to educate our pupils to be successful members of society and to have awareness of each other and the world they live in. 
 
Questions
If you have any questions about the GCSE Options or study and are unable to attend the Options Evening, please email the relevant Chapter Administrator with your query where it will be directed to the member of staff who can best answer it fully.

 

Kings Priory School 159 DOWNLOAD: Year 6 SATS Presentation For those that were unable to attend the Year 6 SATS Information Evening earlier this week, here is a copy of the presen...

1st March, 2016

DOWNLOAD: Year 6 SATS Presentation

The SATS Information Evening recently took place for parents of pupils in Year 6.
 
The presentation featured key information about the upcoming tests, including what support pupils can expect from staff and also what parents can do to help their child.
 
Suggestions include:
 
• Supporting the completion of homework.
• Encouraging reading every day.
• Signing the reading log in planners.
• Helping your children to stay as stress free as possible.
• Accessing useful websites, including The School Run and MyMaths.
• Useful workbooks - CGP
 
If you were unable to attend the evening, or would like to refresh your memory, you can view the presentation by clicking here.
 
The Year 6 SATS will take place this year between Monday 9th May and Thursday 12th May 2016.
Kings Priory School 160 We're off to see the Wizard! Excitement is starting to build for our Middle School Summer show which this year has been confirmed as The Wizard of Oz...

29th February, 2016

We're off to see the Wizard!

Excitement is starting to build for our Middle School Summer show which this year has been confirmed as The Wizard of Oz.
 
Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, The Wizard of Oz contains all of the beloved songs from the Oscar® winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way.
 
Auditions for the show will take place on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 March 2016, between 3:45pm and 6pm.
 
Rehearsals will commence from after Easter every Wednesday, between 3:45pm and 6pm, and Friday, between 12noon and 12:30pm. There will also be weekend and evening rehearsals in the week building-up to the main show.
 
The show itself will take place on two nights on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 July 2016, from 7pm in The King's Hall.
 
Ticket information and further details will be released in due course.
Kings Priory School 161 Musicians impress as part of exam preparation Our senior musicians impressed yesterday as they performed in preparation for their GCSE, AS and A2 submissions.

25th February, 2016

Musicians impress as part of exam preparation

Our senior musicians impressed yesterday as they performed in preparation for their GCSE, AS and A2 submissions.

Parents, staff and peers descended upon The Studio for an informal cheese and wine evening, as our pupils showcased the enormous hard work in preparing for their public examinations.

The music varied in genre from classical, to jazz and more contemporary rock and pop demonstrating the breath of talent on show.

Kings Priory School 162 Anya is a lifesaver! Year 9 pupil Anya Christopher recently competed in the Welsh National Lifesaving Championships in Cardiff.

25th February, 2016

Anya is a lifesaver!

Year 9 pupil Anya Christopher recently competed in the Welsh National Lifesaving Championships in Cardiff. 
 
Anya was selected by her club to swim at the championships and her results over the course of the competition could contribute to a place on the Lifesaving Performance Squad (GB lifesaving team).
 
Anya gained a personal best in each event, the individual events included; 50m manikin carry, 100m manikin carry with fins and 100m manikin tow. 
 
While her relay team medalled in each event; second place in medley relay and third place in manikin relay.
 
After a highly competitive and successful weekend for all, Anya’s lifesaving club came first placed youth team overall retaining their title as youth champions.
 
We hope to hear more good news from Anya in the future including whether she receives a place on the Lifesaving Performance Squad.
Kings Priory School 163 Visit our Sixth Form Information Evening If you have yet to make up your mind on where you want to study post-16, then visit our Sixth Form Information Evening a...

24th February, 2016

Visit our Sixth Form Information Evening

If you have yet to make up your mind on where you want to study post-16, then visit our Sixth Form Information Evening and find out exactly what Kings Priory School has to offer.

With a well established academic A Level curriculum, strong Oxbridge and Russell Group success and excellent A Level results in 2015, Kings Priory School has so much to offer Sixth Form students.

There is one more opportunity to visit a Sixth Form Information Evening:

  • Tuesday 1 March 2016 - 6pm-7pm

The evening will offer prospective pupils an opportunity to see our facilities and speak to key curriculum staff.

NEW SIXTH FORM CENTRE

The recent modernisation of numbers two and three Huntington Place will sees a dedicated Sixth Form building, including a large library, ‘Sesto’ - the new Sixth Form café, spacious social areas and several new classrooms.

The design is modern and vibrant, with colourful furniture and venues like the new café featuring artistic murals photographed and designed by current pupils.
 

Prospective Sixth Form pupils will be able to get a sneak peek at the new space at the upcoming evenings.

TRACK RECORD

Kings Priory School offers a wide range of A-level courses; alongside core subjects such as Maths, English and the Sciences, students are able to opt for less commonly taught courses such as Ancient History and Geology.

Last summer, the school achieved a very high percentage of students attaining three or more A-Levels at A* to E, which was 14.3% above the national average.

So with easy transport links to both sides of the River Tyne and our location right next to the Metro in the heart of the coastal village of Tynemouth, where else would you want to study?

APPLY NOW

We are accepting applications for September now so apply today or come along to one of our open evenings to find out more.

The deadline for applications is Friday 4 March and admissions interviews will take place on Saturday 12 March.

Kings Priory School 164 Join the Kings Priory Sports Camp this Easter! We are excited to announce that the Kings Priory Sports Camp is coming to Tynemouth this Easter.

24th February, 2016

Join the Kings Priory Sports Camp this Easter!

We are excited to announce that the Kings Priory Sports Camp is coming to Tynemouth this Easter.

The fun-packed activity week will run from Monday 4 April until Friday 8 April 2016 at Kings Priory School.

The Easter holiday fun is open to children aged 5 - 14 years old and is available for only £85 per child for the week.

The sessions, which will feature a variety of different sports led by fully qualified coaches, will run from 9am (drop off from 8:45am) until 4pm each day. A packed lunch is required.

If you are interested in taking part, please print off and complete this form and return it to either Main Reception on the Huntington Place site or send it to: Derek Worthington, Kings Priory School, Huntington Place, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, NE30 4RF.

There are limited spaces and the deadline for receiving applications is Friday 11 March 2016. Once we have received all applications, someone will be in touch with parents to confirm places. 

Please note that a completed and returned form does not guarantee a place on the camp.

Dates for the Summer Sports Camp will follow in the coming weeks.

For more information, contact 0191 258 5995 or email Derek.Worthington@kps.woodard.co.uk.

Kings Priory School 165 Shakespeare Schools Festival - Official Review The official performance appraisal from ‘The Shakespeare Schools Festival’ last year.

24th February, 2016

Shakespeare Schools Festival - Official Review

The school has received the official performance appraisal from ‘The Shakespeare Schools Festival’, congratulating the cast of ‘Twelfth Night’ for their exemplary performance at The Playhouse in Whitley Bay, last November.

To read the review in full, click below:
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A huge congratulations to all who participated! 

What an absolutely fantastic achievement and one that has certainly not gone unnoticed.

Kings Priory School 166 Cheese and Wine Performance Evening You are invited to an informal cheese and wine evening in The Studio this Wednesday 24 February.

23rd February, 2016

Cheese and Wine Performance Evening

You are invited to join our senior musicians perform music prepared for their GCSE, AS and A2 submissions at an informal cheese and wine evening in The Studio this evening.

No tickets are required to attend the event, which will showcase the enormous hard work of the pupils preparing for their public examinations and also provide them with vital evidence for their submissions.

The music will vary in genre from classical, to jazz and more contemporary rock and pop demonstrating the breadth of talent across the school.

Cheese and biscuits will be provided by our catering team at Café K for you to enjoy and there will be a cash bar with wine and soft drinks.

We hope that you can join us for what promises to be a lovely evening.

Kings Priory School 167 Spring Half Term calendar A number of key dates ahead of the next half term.

16th February, 2016

Spring Half Term calendar

Here is a copy of the school calendar for next half term, with a number of key dates between now and Easter.

ACTIVITY

DATE

TIME

VENUE

STAFF

School reopens after
Half Term

22 February 2016

ALL DAY

-

-

Ski Trip Parents Evening

22 February 2016

6:30pm

Lecture Theatre

CGi

Rugby - U15 VII NSB 7s (a)

23 February 2016

1pm

Newcastle School
for Boys - NE3 1NH

RSn

Sixth Form Information Evening  6 - 7pm

23 February 2016

6pm – 7pm

Oswin building and Sixth Form centre

PNi

Rugby - 1st VII NSB 7s (a)

24 February 2016

1pm

Newcastle School
for Boys - NE3 1NH

RSn

KS4 and KS5 Music - Cheese and Wine Evening

24 February 2016

7pm

The Studio

EJo

Year 2 and Year 5 – Fire Service talk

25 February 2016

9:30am

Percy Park site

RWa

Rugby - U13 VII NSB 7s

25 February 2016

1pm

Northern RFC

RSn

Rec - Year 4 Parents’ Evening – PP site

25 February 2016

4pm – 6pm

Percy Park site

PCl

Year 5 Parents’ Evening – HP site

25 February 2016

4pm – 6pm

The King’s Hall

PCl

SATs Evening

29 February 2016

5:15pm – 6:30pm

The King’s Hall

SPi

Rec - Year 4 Parents’ Evening – PP site

1 March 2016

4pm – 6pm

Percy Park site

PCl

Rugby - 1st VII, Austin Friars 7s, (a)

2 March 2016

1pm

Austin Friars -

CA3 9PB

RSn

Football - U14 girls
CVL League

2 March 2016

1pm

John Spence -
NE29 9PU

RSn

ABRSM Theory Examinations

2 March 2016

5pm Northumbria University EJo

Year 8 Options Evening

2 March 2016

5pm – 8pm

The King’s Hall

PCl

Year 12/13 Revision Evening

3 March 2016

6:30pm - 8pm The King's Hall PSa

Peru Fundraiser

4 March 2016

7:15pm

The King’s Hall

JMa

Football – U15 against Birkdale School

5 March 2016

1pm

John Spence -
NE29 9PU

RSn

Year 6 Parents’ Evening – HP site

8 March 2016

4:30pm – 7:30pm

The King’s Hall

PCl

Year 12 and 13
Revision Evening

9 March 2016

6:30pm – 8pm

The King's Hall

PSa

Duke of Edinburgh – Gold practice expedition

11-13 March 2016

Leaving 3:45pm

Lake District

JMa

Middle and Senior School Winter Concert

10 March 2016

7pm

The King’s Hall

EJo

Year 4 Transition Evening

15 March 2016

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Percy Park site

SPi

Outlook Expedition Development day

16 March 2016

3:30pm – 5pm

-

JMa

Expedition - Parents invited for presentation and Q&A      

16 March 2016

5pm – 8pm

The King’s Hall

JMa

Middle School Concert

17 March 2016

7pm

The King’s Hall

EJo

Peru Training Weekend

18-20 March 2016

ALL DAY

Dalesbridge

JMa

Duke of Edinburgh – Bronze practice

19-20 March 2016

ALL DAY

Allendale

JMa

Year 10 – Grade Card to parents

18 March 2016

-

-

PCl

Rugby – 1st XV – Silcoates Tournament

19 March 2016

ALL DAY

Silcoates -
WF2 0PD

RSn

Year 7, Year 11 and Year 13 Reports to parents

21 March 2016

-

-

PCl

Sixth Form – London Zimbardo Conference

21 March 2016

ALL DAY

London

CAm

ABRSM Practical Examinations 21 - 22 March 2016 ALL DAY Music Department EJo

Year 5, 6, 8, 9 and Year 12 Grade Card to parents

22 March 2016

-

-

PCl

Senior School Music – Guys and Dolls at Theatre Royal

22 March 2016

7:30pm

Theatre Royal, Newcastle

EJo

Year 10 Parents’ Evening – HP Site

22 March 2016

5pm - 8pm

The King’s Hall

PCl

Easter Service –
First School
22 March 2016 9:30am Holy Saviour’s Church EJo

Year 5 – 8 drop down day

(Period 5, 6 and 7)

23 March 2016

12:55pm – 3:40pm

Huntington Place site

KNi

Open Mic Night

23 March 2016

7pm

Drama Studio

EJo

School closes for Easter Holiday

24 March 2016

ALL DAY

-

-

Please note that these dates are only intended to give a general overview of what is happening within school and they are always subject to change and cancellation.

Please keep checking the kingsprioryschool.co.uk and our Facebook and Twitter feeds regularly for any updates.

Kings Priory School 168 Inside our new Sixth Form centre The new Sixth Form centre at Kings Priory School hosted its first Sixth Form Information Evening last week, after the co...

16th February, 2016

Inside our new Sixth Form centre

The new Sixth Form centre at Kings Priory School hosted its first Sixth Form Information Evening last week, after the completion of an incredible makeover.

The bespoke facilities, which include a large library, the new Sixth Form café, spacious social areas and several new classrooms, are only a couple of weeks away from absolute completion.

All that remains is the installation of some ICT provision into some of the classrooms before current Sixth Form pupils and staff can benefit from the new provision.

The design is modern and vibrant, with colourful furniture and venues like the new café featuring artistic murals
photographed and designed by current pupils.

There are two further Information Evenings set to take place in the coming weeks, which will offer an opportunity for any current Year 11 pupils, both internal and external to the school, to see the new provision and find out exactly what the Sixth Form at Kings Priory School has to offer in terms of post-16 education.

The dates for the evenings are:

  • Tuesday 23 February 2016, from 6pm-7pm.
  • Tuesday 1 March 2016, from 6pm-7pm.

The school are currently accepting applications for Sixth Form for September 2016, details of which are available here.

The deadline for receiving applications is Friday 4 March 2016 and admission interviews will take place the following week on Saturday 12 March 2016.

Kings Priory School 169 FEATURE: Computing is a way of life at Kings Priory School As a faculty, the Computing and Technical Applications team offer a diverse range of courses from Year 5 through to Year...

15th February, 2016

FEATURE: Computing is a way of life at Kings Priory School

As a faculty, the Computing and Technical Applications team offer a diverse range of courses from Year 5 through to Year 13. All students within the Middle School receive Computing lessons, with a subject specialist with topics ranging from algorithms, websites, coding through to developing a mobile phone app in Year 8.

Within Key Stage 4, GCSE Computing, Business Studies and iMedia are all offered, and are very popular choices. Within our Sixth Form, students can continue their studies, with A Level Computing, ICT, Business and Economics all being offered.
We are proud to be Lead School for Computer Science, with strong links with CAS (Computing at School) and Newcastle University. The faculty also works closely with the First School team, to support the delivery of Computing lessons across the school.  

Outside of academic lessons, students have a number of opportunities to develop their knowledge and enthusiasm for our subjects, through a range of extra-curricular activities – with Young Enterprise and STEM club being two of the most popular activities.

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App-Smash – North Tyneside competition
As part of their Year 8 Computing lessons, students are working towards creating a mobile phone app that could be used for a range of subjects within the Middle School.

One of the most popular subjects for app development has been sports and PE. We were delighted to be approached by Mr Snow who has informed us of a North Tyneside competition, App-Smash, which is for students to create a mobile phone app related to sport.

Our Year 8 students have approached the completion with absolute enthusiasm and we look forward to reporting back on how our students progress. The winning app will be made available on the Apple iTunes network.

STEM Club
Intended for Years 9 and 10, and run by Sixth Form students, STEM Club gives students the opportunity to program in Python (a professionally used programming language) whilst working with other students.

Students from the STEM Club have recently entered a Computer Science competition, with a small monetary prize, where the students had to explain a complex tech-term in 7 seconds or less.

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Lead School for Computer Science
Kings Priory School is a Lead School for Computer Science teaching as part of the Network of Excellence of Computer Science teaching nationally. So what does that mean?

You may have heard of the shift in schools away from teaching just ICT skills into the new computing curriculum, which encompasses Computer Science, IT and digital literacy. This move was on the back of the majority of young people being users of digital technology and could play and tinker, but very few understood how it worked or how to create it.
The Network of Excellence (NoE) is supported by a community of teachers known as Computing at School or CAS, which is part of the British Computer Society. The NoE have been funded by the DfE to promote the effective delivery of the computing curriculum, especially because of the shortage of experienced, effective computer science teachers. Part of this initiative has been the Master Teacher Programme.

The ethos of the CAS Master Teacher programme is simple. Experienced, high performing classroom teachers, with the full support of their Head Teacher/Principal, are made enabled to support other teachers of Computing in their local area.
Here at Kings Priory we are a lead school and Jeanette Patterson, who is our Curriculum Team Leader for Technology, is also a CAS Master Teacher and Regional Coordinator for CAS for the North East of England. This means that Jeanette line manages all the other master teachers in the area from Northumberland to Teesside.  Being a Lead school means we are leaders in the field of computer science teaching and can share good practice.

We have a strong team of computing teachers, with many years of experience and varied expertise. Our all-through nature allows us to ensure pupils have consistency and  ensures that we can offer them a challenging and stimulating curriculum.
Computing is offering pupils the chance to develop their problem solving skills as well as developing their creative side and at Kings Priory School we are embracing the changes with excitement.

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Young Enterprise Award – Longsands Limited 
This year has seen the second cohort of Year 10 students take part in the Young Enterprise Award, as part of their enrichment and leadership time. The two groups of entrepreneurs have been working alongside the Mr Graham and Mrs Carton to design, produce and market their own products. The department is fortunate to be supported this year, by four business advisers from Accenture Plc.

Mr Graham’s group of budding entrepreneurs have formed together to produce a range of mobile phones cases, with a costal theme – as such they have formed as Longsands Limited, with reference to the local Longsands beach. The group have applied their business knowledge to carry out market research, design the product, packaging and set a profitable selling price.

Economists provide advice to Bank of England
Four of our Year 13 economics students - Patrick Tipsword, Oliver King, Caitlin Brough and Daniel Screen -were invited to take part in the Bank of England’s Target 2.0 area finals. The aim of the competition is to allow economics students to gain experience of making macroeconomic decisions that are normally reserved for the most senior economists in the UK.
The day of the area finals consisted of each competing team presenting a 20 minute presentation to a team of three economists from the Bank of England, including one monetary analysis from the office of Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England.

Following tough competition, our team unfortunately missed out on progressing to the next stage of the competition.  However, the North East agent for the Bank of England commented on the Kings Priory School team: “The team demonstrated good understanding of economic concepts, for example, in the Q&A regarding negative externalities, and in their discussion of the economic consequences of Brexit in the presentation”.

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Stemettes and Digital Girls Day 2016
The NE Digital Girls Day for Year 7 and 8 girls last month was a huge success. The event was held at the Sage (organised by Schools North East and sponsored by Accenture) and the girls were given great encouragement to get involved in STEM subjects.

The event had lots of hands on activities but also had panels of very successful women in STEM who the girls could talk to and question about their experiences.

The Stemettes really encouraged the girls to get involved and to believe in their own capabilities. Here is a selfie taken at the Hakathon activity.

Future Tech Girls
To further enthuse girls in Computer Science and other STEM subjects, Mrs Fox is starting a new club for Year 5 and 6 girls after half term. Future Tech Girls helps girls develop their tech skills through a series of carefully-graded challenges, themed around their interests – like fashion, music, sport and celebrity. It’s fully curriculum-compliant, and girls love it. It supports girls’ learning in computing and benefits their confidence and self-esteem.  For more information visit the website at www.techfuturegirls.com.

Kings Priory School 170 Students show off their writing skills Pupils from Kings Priory School have had their creative writing ability recognised as part of a national competition.

15th February, 2016

Students show off their writing skills

Pupils from Kings Priory School have had their creative writing ability recognised as part of a national competition.

62 pupils from Year 8 and 9 submitted entries to ‘Spine Chillers’ – a 100 word competition from Young Writers, which is an organisation that aims to encourage young people across the country to engage in creative writing.

Of those short stories, an impressive 54 have been chosen for the final ‘Spine Chillers’ book, which will be published and available across the UK from May.

English teacher Mrs Penhall, said: “The competition fitted in perfectly with the work on Gothic literature which the students were studying last half term.”

“Many of them have been inspired to write their own stories by the likes of The Woman in Black and A Monster Calls – the real challenge was that they had only 100 words to play with.”

“I’m very proud of them all for this achievement!”

For more information about Young Writers click here.

Kings Priory School 171 School Newsletter - 12 February 2016 The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

13th February, 2016

School Newsletter - 12 February 2016

The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

The newsletter features all of the events and activities that have been going on across both school sites since the start of term.

You can view the latest newsletter by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 172 Reception visit Chinatown for New Year! Over the last two weeks Reception have been finding out all about Chinese New Year.

12th February, 2016

Reception visit Chinatown for New Year!

Over the last two weeks Reception have been finding out all about Chinese New Year.

They have been learning about Chinese customs and traditions in preparation for the New Year celebration. They made lots of crafts to match different zodiac animals and traditional crafts including Chinese dragons, monkey puppets, lanterns and lucky money red envelopes. In PE they even used materials to recreate a Chinese Dragon dance, following this they made a dragon to use in the outdoor area.

After finding out about the Zodiac calendar, the children made their own animal masks and held races to place animals on our own ‘Kings Priory Zodiac calendar’.

On Tuesday, pupils travelled by Metro to Newcastle’s China Town where they visited a Chinese supermarket. The children enjoyed looking around and spotting things we have been learning about.

The next stop was Palace Garden restaurant, where they enjoyed a wonderful Chinese banquet. Everyone tried lots of new food and enjoyed trying to eat with chopsticks.

We would like to thank Palace Garden restaurant for a fantastic day and serving a wonderful meal!

Kings Priory School 173 RSPCA fundraising success Pupils at the First School have been dressing up and working together to raise money for charity.

12th February, 2016

RSPCA fundraising success

Pupils at the First School have been dressing up and working together to raise money for charity.

The Percy Park site held a fundraising morning last week to raise money for the Newcastle branch of the RSPCA.

In the weeks building up to the event, Chapter leaders in Year 4 were going around school and selling a selection of RSPCA merchandise.

On the day, pupils were invited to dress up with an animal theme in mind and bring a cuddly toy animal with them, in return for a donation to the charity.

The children worked collaboratively in groups on a number of activities throughout the morning and produced a non-fiction poster on a previously chosen animal.

In total the school raised £837.88 for the RSPCA.

Year 3 class teacher, Mrs Large, said: “This is a phenomenal achievement.”

“Well done to everyone who made the morning such an enjoyable and worthwhile activity.”

“The concentration within the groups was amazing and the family atmosphere of the whole occasion was wonderful to see.”

The task of judging the winning posters was incredibly difficult as it appeared that there had been real teamwork involved and the posters showed real creativity.

The winning poster was from Hotspur Chapter and the lucky winners were Charlie Grayson, Ellen Marsh and Lucas Tierney.

Kings Priory School 174 Kings Priory School - Latest Sporting Fixtures The latest sporting fixtures for Kings Priory School - week commencing Monday 22 February

12th February, 2016

Kings Priory School - Latest Sporting Fixtures

Kings Priory School Sporting fixtures
Week Commencing Monday 22 February

Date

 

Event

Venue

Timings

Monday 22  February

U14 Hockey against NHSG

The Parks

1.30pm – 3.45pm

Tuesday 23 February

Year 6 Into Hockey finals

The Parks

12.30 – 3.30pm

 

U14 Rugby against KEVI Morpeth

County cup

Percy Park

4pm -  5.30pm

 

U15 rugby NSB 7s

Northern RFC

12.30pm – 5pm

 

U15 Hockey against
Dame Allan's

The Parks

4pm – 5pm

Wednesday 24 February

1st XI Hockey County Tournament

The Parks

1pm- 4.30pm

 

U13 Hockey against North Tyneside tournament

The Parks

4pm – 5.30pm

 

1st VII Rugby NSB 7s

Northern RFC

12.30pm – 5pm

Thursday 25 February

Lady Taverners Indoor Cricket, Year 7 and 8 girls

Soccer dome

9am – 2pm

 

U13 rugby 7s NSB

Northern RFC

12.30pm – 5pm

 

U13 Hockey against Bede

Bede Academy

3pm – 5pm

Friday 26 February

U11 boys Rugby

NSB 7s

Northern RFC

12.30pm – 4.30pm

 

U14XV  County Rugby tournament

Newcastle Falcons, Kingston Park

12 noon – 9pm

After School Clubs

Date

 

Event

Venue

Timings

Monday

NUFC football - Year 7, 8 and 9 

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

Tuesday

Badminton club

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

Wednesday

Dance club

Dance Studio

4pm – 5pm

 

Cricket club

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

Thursday            

Judo club

Trampoline club

Dance Studio

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

4pm – 5pm

Friday                   

NUFC football - Year 5 and 6

Sports hall

4pm – 5pm

 

Kings Priory School 175 Young Americans - Twitter reaction The of visit of the highly acclaimed Young Americans culminated in a spectacular showcase performance last night.

11th February, 2016

Young Americans - Twitter reaction

 

The of visit of the highly acclaimed Young Americans culminated in a spectacular showcase performance last night.

The Young Americans Company is an award winning, non-profit performing arts organisation focused on providing music education and performance opportunities to young people around the world. Their International Music Outreach Tours promote the importance of music education by bringing music workshops to school age pupils around the world.

They have been working intensely with over 200 of our First and Middle School pupils since the start of the week, in the King’s Hall, Dance and Drama Studios. They delivered professional standard drama, dance and music workshops and their enthusiasm and commitment ensured that all pupils were inspired to perform and grow in both skills and confidence.

Judging by the reaction on Twitter, the performance from our First and Middle School pupils certainly went down well:

 

 

 

 

 


Well done to everyone involved - and our thanks to the Young Americans for another unforgettable experience.

For more about the visit of the Young Americans' visit click here.

Kings Priory School 176 The Young Americans never fail to inspire Following their hugely successful visit to Kings Priory School last year, the highly acclaimed Young Americans returned...

10th February, 2016

The Young Americans never fail to inspire

Following their hugely successful visit to Kings Priory School last year, the highly acclaimed Young Americans returned to deliver another three full days of professional standard music and dance workshops to over 200 of our Middle School pupils

Below, four of our Year 7 participants explain what the experience means to them:


You don’t have to be over-confident and with the Young Americans, perfection isn’t everything. The ‘awesome’ thing about this group is that you don’t have to have been in the spotlight all of your life to perform.

We describe the Young Americans in three words: confident, inspirational and interactive. They inspire people to be more confident and achieve their dreams whilst also being fun and introducing us to a world of singing and dancing. We never want them to leave.

We love the them because of their ability to involve people of all ages and gender. Their wide range of talents includes many types of music. From Opera to Hip-Hop they have an amazing ability to switch so easily.

Their warming natures bring you a sense of trust and friendship that wraps around you like a warm blanket. They make you feel at home doing the most challenging dance moves. The powerful energy that oozes out of everything is contagious and makes you want to grasp this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Josie Fieldson commented: “It’s very energetic and enjoyable to do. The speed of which they get us all to learn is remarkable.”

Tom Walsh added: “Interesting, crazy and a new chance to learn a wide range of skills.”

The Young Americans were asked for their views as well. Alec Hudson from Indiana said - “It has given me a chance to express myself and now I want to do the same for other people.”

The Young Americans really make you think about how much we can actually do and how amazing our bodies are. If you are not the best at singing or dancing they will dig deep and help you find the confidence that will show the world what you are made of. They are really incredible and even if they are absolutely exhausted they will find the energy to keep everyone going always with a happy smile.

Different dances from different cultures come together to create a fantastic performance which will be the highlight of your school life. Inspirational moves and voices form together to create a phenomenal show that is remembered for years.

By Anja, Evie, Maddie, Lili and Daisy
Year 7 Young Americans participants.

Kings Priory School 177 Kings Priory School - Latest Sporting Fixtures The latest sporting fixtures for Kings Priory School - week commencing Monday 8 February

5th February, 2016

Kings Priory School - Latest Sporting Fixtures

Kings Priory School Sporting fixtures
Week Commencing Monday 8th February

Date

 

Event

Venue

Timings

Monday 8 February

1st XI hockey against Duchess

Coach Lane

4pm – 6pm

Tuesday 9  February

U15 B team Football against Dame Allan's

Dame Allans

1.30pm – 4pm

Wednesday 10  February

 

 

 

Thursday 11 February

U13 Rugby against NSB 

Northern RFC

1.30pm – 4.15pm

Friday 12 February

 

 

 

After School Clubs

Date

 

Event

Venue

Timings

Monday

NUFC Football - Year 7, 8 and 9 

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

Tuesday

Badminton club

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

Wednesday

Dance club

Dance Studio

4pm – 5pm

 

Cricket club

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

Thursday            

Judo club

Trampoline club

Netball club (Y9-13)

Dance Studio

Sports Hall

Sports Hall 

4pm – 5pm

4pm – 5pm

4pm – 5pm

Friday                   

NUFC Football - Year 5 and 6

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

 

Kings Priory School 178 FEATURE: Science is a discovery at Kings Priory School The overall mission of the Science department at Kings Priory School is to provide a challenging and stimulating environ...

2nd February, 2016

FEATURE: Science is a discovery at Kings Priory School

The overall mission of the Science department at Kings Priory School is to provide a challenging and stimulating environment to stretch the most able and engage all, producing scientists and science literate adults for the 21st century.

We are creating a curriculum which allows students to investigate and discover ideas for themselves. We try hard to link to current events in the news and keep abreast of latest discoveries. This has been enhanced by the stimulating environment of our four new labs. We also run daily intervention sessions for pupils who need a little extra support. These are across all three Science disciplines and are well used by students.

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Science Ambassador Programme
As part of the Wednesday afternoon enrichment programme our Science Ambassadors (launched in September 2014) has continued. This is aimed at any Year 9 or 10 student who just ‘loves science’ and wishes to communicate this with others.

This year we are working in conjunction with the Centre for Life to deliver a programme to our Ambassadors aimed at developing the skills required to engage and communicate with others about Science. We also hope to deliver ‘Mini Einstein’ session to students in Year 3 and 4.

STEM Festival
In September we held our inaugural STEM festival, where our Science Ambassadors delivered activities to pupils, families and the local community such as making lava lamps, burning methane bubbles, chemistry of fireworks, discovering onion cells and how friction is applied in industry. The students were supported Northumbria University and the Street Science Team. It was tremendous to watch adults, young people, and children enjoying the exhilaration and fascination that science can offer.

Trip to Florida
In October, 40 students and five members of staff embarked on an eight day science trip to Florida. The trip ensured a Science bias whilst allowing a great deal of fun as we experienced the forces behind rollercoasters and water rides.
The highlight was our trip to Cape Kennedy. As well as seeing the shuttles of old and new and learning about future expeditions to Mars, we were fortunate enough to have lunch with an astronaut who had spent time on the international space station, telling us first-hand about the work he did up there and the experiences he had.

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Science Competitions
Regular competitions run throughout the year to engage and foster a thirst for knowledge outside the classroom. The last competition was to name the four new elements that were added to periodic table at the start of the year.

Stretch and Challenge
Ensuring high ability students are given opportunities to excel is essential. For the last two years Year 8 pupils have taken part in an engineering workshop run by the Royal Society, working with top local engineers on a variety of tricky problem solving tasks.

We also take part in the STEM competition held at Newcastle University, where we have had students that have represented the North East in the National finals.

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This year two of our Year 12 students, Katie Ramsay and Esmai Jonczyk-Brown, won Arkwright scholarships. They are designed to support students through A Levels and encourage them to pursue Engineering/technical design and take up careers in the field.

The department’s vision is  not only ensuring that the high ability students are able to achieve high quality Science degrees, but that those that are not as academic are allowed to develop a love and lifelong interest in Science which will allow them to be successful in our ever evolving modern world. We look forward as a department to develop links with industry and other schools over the coming months.

Kings Priory School 179 Kings Priory School - Latest Sporting Fixtures The latest sporting fixtures for Kings Priory School - week commencing Monday 1 February

29th January, 2016

Kings Priory School - Latest Sporting Fixtures

Kings Priory School Sporting fixtures
Week Commencing Monday 1 February 

Date

Event

Venue

Time

Monday 1 February

Key Stage 3 Tyne and Wear Badminton finals

Newcastle Badminton Centre

11:30am - 5pm

 

U14 A and B Football against Dame Allan's

Dame Allan's

1:30pm – 4:30pm

 

1st XI Hockey against NHSG

Coach Lane

4pm – 6pm

Tuesday 2 February

Key Stage 4 Tyne and Wear Badminton finals

Newcastle Badminton centre

11:30am - 5pm

 

U15 A football against Dame Allan's

Dame Allan's

1:30pm- 4:30pm

 

U15 Hockey against Longridge Towers

Berwick

1:30pm – 6pm

 

Rambert Dance trip

Theatre Royal

6pm – 9pm

Wednesday 3 February

1st XI Hockey against Emmanuel

The Parks

1:55pm - 4:30pm

 

U12 Hockey v Dame Allans

The Parks

4pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 4 February

U11 Boys Football tournament

Valley Gardens

9am – 12noon

 

U13 A B and C Football against Dame Allan's

The Square Field

1:55pm – 4pm

 

U13 National Schools Hockey 

The Parks

12 noon – 3:45pm

 

U14 AND U16 Hockey against KEVI

The Parks

4pm – 6pm

Friday 5 February

U12 A B  and C football against Dame Allan's

The Square Field

1:55pm -4pm

After School Clubs

Date

Event

Venue

Timings

Monday

NUFC Football - Year 7, 8 and 9 

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

Tuesday

Badminton club

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

Wednesday

Dance club

Dance Studio

4pm – 5pm

 

Cricket Club

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

Thursday            

Judo club

Trampoline club

Netball Club (Y9-13)

Dance studio

Sports Hall

Sports Hall 

4pm – 5pm

4pm – 5pm

4pm – 5pm

Friday                   

NUFC Football - Year 5 and 6

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

 

Kings Priory School 180 New Sixth Form centre close to completion Major works to improve Kings Priory School’s Sixth Form facilities are almost complete.

29th January, 2016

New Sixth Form centre close to completion

Major works to improve Kings Priory School’s Sixth Form facilities are almost complete.

The large scale project, which also included work on the First School site on Percy Park Road and the Middle and Senior Schools on Huntington Place, began in the summer and is due to be completed in the coming days.

The modernisation of numbers two and three Huntington Place will see a dedicated Sixth Form building with a coffee shop, Learning Resource Centre, careers suite, seminar rooms, Sixth Form social space and break-out work areas.

Prospective Sixth Form pupils will be able to get a sneak peek at the new space at the upcoming Sixth Form Information Evenings.

The evenings are set to take place in both February and March, and will offer an opportunity for pupils to find out exactly what Sixth Form at Kings Priory School has to offer.

The dates for the evenings are Tuesday 9 February, Tuesday 23 February and Tuesday 1 March 2016, all taking place from 6pm-7pm.

The school offers a wide range of A-level courses; alongside core subjects such as Maths, English and the Sciences, students are able to opt for less commonly taught courses such as Ancient History and Geology.

Last summer, the school achieved a very high percentage of students attaining three or more A-Levels at A* to E, which was 14.3% above the national average.

The school are currently accepting applications for Sixth Form for September 2016, details of which are available here.

The deadline for receiving applications is Friday 4 March 2016.

Kings Priory School 181 School Newsletter - 29 January 2016 The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

29th January, 2016

School Newsletter - 29 January 2016

The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

The newsletter features all of the events and activities that have been going on across both school sites since the start of term.

You can view the latest newsletter by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 182 Metro line closure There are two major modernisation schemes taking place on Metro lines in North Tyneside over the Spring and Summer.

27th January, 2016

Metro line closure

There are two major modernisation schemes taking place on Metro lines in North Tyneside over the Spring and Summer.

The work will involve the replacement of ageing tracks and track beds, during two 15 day major line closures.

The major line closure over Easter will affect the line between Tynemouth and Shiremoor.

The closure will take place from Saturday 19 March until Saturday 2 April 2016 so should only affect three school days, with Kings Priory School closing for the Easter Holidays on the afternoon of Wednesday 23 March.

There will be a second 15 day major line closure in July which will happen from Saturday 23 July to Saturday 6 August, though the line location is uncertain at the moment.

During the March line closures the bulk of the track replacement work will happen between West Monkseaton and Cullercoats.

If you require further details about this project then contact Nexus' Community Relations Officer for North Tyneside on 0191 203 3232 or email jim.grady@nexus.org.uk.

Kings Priory School 183 Spring Term Book Fair coming soon! We are holding our Spring Term Book Fair from Monday 29 February until Friday 4 March.

26th January, 2016

Spring Term Book Fair coming soon!

We are holding our Spring Term Book Fair from Monday 29 February until Friday 4 March

The fair, with books supplied by the leading educational publisher Scholastic, will take place across both the First and Middle/Senior School sites.

Opening times at Huntington Place will be lunchtime every day that week and before school on Tuesday and Thursday.

Opening times on the Percy Park site will be after school on the Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of that week and before school on the Wednesday and Friday of that week.

The book fair will be on both sites with age appropriate stock being sold at the respective sites. 

More details will follow in the coming weeks and Mrs Angel looks forward to seeing you there!

Kings Priory School 184 Hockey pupil selected to play for Team England Year 7 pupil Daniel Crowe has been selected to play for Team England at one of the biggest minor league Pee-Wee hockey e...

26th January, 2016

Hockey pupil selected to play for Team England

Year 7 pupil Daniel Crowe has been selected to play for Team England at one of the biggest minor league Pee-Wee hockey events in the world.

The annual tournament, which is being hosted in Quebec next month, attracts teams from Canada, the United States and across Europe.

Over 1,100 previous participants have played or are playing in the National Hockey League.

The competition, which is in its 57th year, will take part for the first time in Quebec City’s newly opened state of the art 18,000 capacity Videotron Centre.

Daniel’s parents, Mr and Mrs Crowe, are incredibly proud of Daniel and are very grateful for the support that he has received from Kings Priory School.

They said: “Being selected to represent England has been an incredible achievement for Daniel and it has been achieved through hard work and dedication to his sport.”

“It has also been made possible due to the support given by Kings Priory School, which has enabled Daniel to attend his weekly training sessions and play his club hockey over 130 miles away at Ice Sheffield.”

Kings Priory School 185 School Safety Reminder We would like to remind parents to take great care when they are driving around both the Percy Park and Huntington Place...

25th January, 2016

School Safety Reminder

We would like to remind parents to take great care when they are driving around both the Percy Park and Huntington Place sites, especially at drop-off times.

There are over 1200 children travelling into and out of school across both sites on an ordinary day.

We would ask that you continue to be aware of your speed whilst driving and be conscious of how many children are in the vicinity during peak times.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Kings Priory School 186 Kings Priory School - Latest Sporting Fixtures The latest sporting fixtures for Kings Priory School - week commencing Monday 25 January

22nd January, 2016

Kings Priory School - Latest Sporting Fixtures

Kings Priory School Sporting fixtures
Week Commencing Monday 25 January

Date

Event

Venue

Timings

Monday 25 January

U14 Hockey against Durham

Maiden Castle

3pm - 6pm

 

U14 football v NSB

Priors Park

1:55pm - 3:45pm

Tuesday 26 January

U14 Hockey North Tyneside Tournament

The Parks

3:45pm - 5pm

 

U15 A and B football against NSB

Coach Lane

1:30pm- 4:30pm

Wednesday 27 January

1st XI Football against NSB

TBC

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Thursday 28 January

U11/Year 6 National Schools Hockey

The Parks

12:15pm - 3:30pm

 

U13 Football against NSB

Priors Park

2pm - 3:45pm

 

U12 Football against Marden Bridge

Marden Bridge

3:45pm - 5:30pm

Friday 29 January

U12 A and B Football against NSB

Priors Park

1:55pm - 3:45pm

Saturday 30 January

U13 and U14 Rugby against Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College

9am – 12 noon

 

U16 Rugby against Emmanuel college

The Square Field

9am – 11:30am

After School Clubs

Date

 

Event

Venue

Timings

Monday

Year 7, 8 and 9 - NUFC football

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

Tuesday

Badminton club

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

Wednesday

Dance club

Dance Studio

4pm – 5pm

 

Cricket Club

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

Thursday            

Judo club

Trampoline club

Netball Club

Dance Studio

Sports Hall

Sports Hall Year 9-13

4pm – 5pm

4pm – 5pm

4pm – 5pm

Friday                   

 Year 5 and 6 - NUFC football

Sports Hall

4pm – 5pm

 

 

Kings Priory School 187 Emily goes Large for Swimming Championships! Year 10 pupil Emily Large has been selected to compete in five events at the 2016 British Swimming Championships in Glas...

22nd January, 2016

Emily goes Large for Swimming Championships!

Year 10 pupil Emily Large has been selected to compete in five events at the 2016 British Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

The Championships, which double as Olympics Trials, are set to take place in April and represent an amazing achievement for someone who is only 14 years old. 

Emily, who swims for Newcastle Swim Team, competed for Team GB at the European Youth Olympics in Tbilisi in 2015 - a moment which she calls 'a proud point' of her career so far.

She said: "The experience was phenomenal and something which I would never have expected, especially when I won a silver medal in the 200m butterfly."

Emily raced at the short course Winter Nationals in December, picking up a gold in the U16s category for 200m butterfly.

As well as also winning three silver medals and a bronze, she achieved the fastest ever recorded time for a 14 year old in Britain for that particular event.

She has qualified for five events already at the British Swimming Championships in April, but sees competing in Glasgow as only the beginning.

Emily added: "From here I can get selected for the European Junior Swimming Championships in Hungary or the World School Games in Turkey in the summer."

"I would love to make it to one of these events and if I did, that would be another turning point in my swimming career.”

Well done Emily!

Kings Priory School 188 Welcoming ITV News Tyne Tees into school Kings Priory School were delighted to welcome ITV News Tyne Tees into school this afternoon.

21st January, 2016

Welcoming ITV News Tyne Tees into school

Kings Priory School were delighted to welcome ITV News Tyne Tees into school this afternoon.

The visit was on the back of the Department for Education releasing their annual School Performance Tables, which saw very positive results for the school and the area as a whole.

In the list of best performing schools at GCSE level, North Tyneside ranked as top local authority in the North East and 30th overall in the country.

Kings Priory School were featured as one of the many high performing schools in the county, with a very high percentage of students attaining three or more A-Levels at A* to E (14.3% above the national average) and also a high percentage of pupils gaining five GCSEs at A* to C, including Maths and English.

If you missed the report on ITV, featuring an interview with the Principal Philip Sanderson, you can see it below:

Kings Priory School 189 Vote now for youth elections Kings Priory School has four candidates standing in the North Tyneside Young Mayor and UK Youth Parliament elections 201...

19th January, 2016

Vote now for youth elections

Kings Priory School has four candidates standing in the North Tyneside Young Mayor and UK Youth Parliament elections 2016.

Young people are being invited to vote for the young person that they want to represent them as North Tyneside's Young Mayor and Member of UK Youth Parliament.

From Kings Priory School, standing for Young Mayor:

  • Matthew Slater - Year 7
  • Holly Louvre - Year 8

Standing to be a Member of Youth Parliament:

  • Jessica Perkins - Year 9
  • Hannah Taylor - Year 9
There is an online election currently taking place until Friday 22 January, to whittle down the final top four candidates. 

After preliminary online voting closes, Final voting for the coveted position will take place in schools and selected council buildings between February 22 and 24.

Vote for Young Mayor by clicking here and vote for the Member of UK Youth Parliament here.

Young people aged between 11 and 18 who live, work or attend school or college in North Tyneside are eligible to vote in the election. You can vote online once for the Young Mayor candidate and once for the Member of UK Youth Parliament.

The Young Mayor will hold office for one year and will act as a figurehead for young people in the borough, giving them a voice and influencing decisions made by North Tyneside Council's Elected Mayor, Cabinet and Council.

In post for one year, the other successful candidate will join 600 others from across the country as part of the UK Youth Parliament. Their job will be to represent young people from the borough, taking forward their views and debating on their behalf locally, regionally and nationally.

On February 29 the new elected Young mayor and Member of UK Youth Parliament will begin their role.

For more information, visit the North Tyneside Young Mayor website.

Kings Priory School 190 Latest newsletter available to view The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

18th January, 2016

Latest newsletter available to view

The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

The newsletter features all of the events and activities that have been going on across both school sites since the start of term.

You can view the latest newsletter by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 191 Kings Priory School hosts North Tyneside Headteachers’ meeting Kings Priory School were delighted to host the latest North Tyneside Headteachers’ meeting.

18th January, 2016

Kings Priory School hosts North Tyneside Headteachers’ meeting

Kings Priory School were delighted to host the latest North Tyneside Headteachers’ meeting.

The Headteachers of the Middle and Senior Schools from across the County were invited to the school to share good practice on marking and feedback of pupils’ work.

Prior to the meeting, the Headteachers were invited by Mr Sanderson, Mr Nicholson, Mrs Watson and Miss Melbourne to view some of our pupils’ work from across the First, Middle and Senior Schools.

Kings Priory School 192 Oxbridge offers for Sixth Form students Three Year 13 students from Kings Priory School in Tynemouth are celebrating after they were offered places to study at...

15th January, 2016

Oxbridge offers for Sixth Form students

Three Year 13 students from Kings Priory School in Tynemouth are celebrating after they were offered places to study at Oxford or Cambridge next year.

Eleanor On has been offered a place to read Philosophy Politics and Economics (PPE) at University College, Oxford; Rebecca Murta to read Natural Science at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge and Cameron Ramsay to read Computer Science at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

The students were understandably delighted at receiving such prestigious offers.

Rebecca, from Whitburn, commented on the moment that she received confirmation of the offer, saying: “It was very scary when I saw that I had an email from Cambridge; I almost didn’t want to open it!”

Eleanor, from Whitley Bay, added: “It still does not feel real that we have received offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge. We are extremely lucky and I am not quite sure how we got to this position.”

The Principal, Mr Philip Sanderson, commented on the outstanding achievement of the three individuals concerned.

He said:  “To be made an offer at our oldest and most prestigious Universities is a fantastic achievement.  Of course, this does not happen by accident and is through a real intellectual commitment to their subjects and beyond, combined with high quality support from our staff.  Thank you to those who have helped and congratulations to Cameron, Rebecca and Eleanor.”

The students all acknowledged the support of the school and its staff.

Cameron, from Whitley Bay, said: “The support from the school has been great; Mr Sanderson in particular was a fantastic help. He encouraged us to go and see him to help with editing of personal statements and brought people in to help with us with preparing for our interviews. We definitely could not have done it without the support of the school.”

This announcement takes the total number of students from the school to receive offers and fulfil places at Oxford or Cambridge to eight, since Kings Priory School opened in September 2013.

Kings Priory School 193 Out of School Club plans for February The Out of School Club will be open to pupils at Kings Priory School throughout February half term.

14th January, 2016

Out of School Club plans for February

The Out of School Club will be open to pupils at Kings Priory School throughout February half term.

The club will be open from 8am - 6pm between Monday 15 - Friday 19 February 2016.

Children will be served breakfast and an afternoon snack on each day that they attend, but they are required to bring a packed lunch and any drinks for the day.

The following activities will be on offer each day:

Monday 15 February

Arts and Crafts
Children will be able to take part in a number of arts and crafts activities.

There will also be an opportunity to make their own bracelet or keychain.

Tuesday 16 February

Science Experiments
We will be trying out some fun and exciting science experiments

Wednesday 17 February

Sports
There will be various sporting activities throughout the day.

Children will mixed in teams of varying ages.

Thursday 18 February

Sewing
Children can make their own bookmark.

Mud Kitchen
Children loved the Mud Kitchen in the October holidays, so we are doing it all over again!

It's an ideal way to explore and experiment with natural resources in our outdoor kitchen.

Friday 19 February Arts and Crafts
Children can build and design their own model airplane or their own trinket box.

If you would like to book a place then please do get in touch by emailing Sarah.taylor@kps.woodard.co.uk or calling the Out of School Club on 0191 258 9155 (between 07.15- 09.15am and 2.45- 6.15pm).

For more information about our Out of School Club click here.

Kings Priory School 194 Outstanding results in Music exams Students from across Kings Priory School have excelled in their music grade exams.

8th January, 2016

Outstanding results in Music exams

Students from across Kings Priory School have excelled in their music grade exams.

The 28 pupils, from across the First, Middle and Senior Schools, achieved a superb set of results in their ABRSM practical and theory examinations, Rock School exams and Trinity College London respectively.

The outstanding results saw more than two thirds achieving merits and distinctions from Grade 1 to 6. Well done everyone!

Kings Priory School 195 Tynemouth students think of others during Christmas As the festive season draws closer, students at Kings Priory School have been thinking of those less fortunate than them...

18th December, 2015

Tynemouth students think of others during Christmas

As the festive season draws closer, students at a Tynemouth school have been thinking of those less fortunate than themselves.

For the last two weeks, students in Hotspur Chapter at Kings Priory School have been collecting for local charity The BAY Foodbank.

The BAY Foodbank aims to provide emergency food provision to individuals or families experiencing a financial crisis.

The decision to support the North Shields-based support service came after a pupil vote. After a campaign was launched to find items in the run-up to Christmas, the response from the rest of the school was phenomenal.

The goods that have been donated include food essentials such as soup, rice and pasta, chocolate selection boxes, fragrance gift sets and even small children’s toys.

Phil Nicholson, Head of Hotspur Chapter, said: “It was a delight to be able to hand over the collection today and is fantastic support for our chosen charity.”

One of the Hotspur tutor groups, with Year 5-8 pupils involved, helped to collect and sort through the donations led by their tutor Beth Bedard. 

They were then joined by some of Hotspur’s older pupils in Year 13 to deliver it to Peter Lowry from The BAY Foodbank earlier in the week.

Hotspur Chapter Captain Jonny Lawson, said: “What is special about this particular charity is that it is operating in our local area and we know that our donations and hard work will be going to help those in need across North Tyneside.”

Mr Nicholson added: “Hotspur will be continuing to support The BAY Foodbank throughout the academic year and are working with the organisation to provide as much practical help as possible.”

At Kings Priory School on the Huntington Place site each of the four school Chapters supports a local charity, whilst the Middle School as a whole supports a national charity and the Senior School, an international charity.

Each of chosen charities are the result of a vote by the pupils across the school from Year 5 to Year 13.

Kings Priory School 196 Latest Newsletter available to view The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

18th December, 2015

Latest Newsletter available to view

The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

The newsletter features all of the events and activities that have been going on across both school sites during the festive period.

You can view the latest newsletter by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 197 Provost Chapter food drive for Newcastle West End Foodbank The Provost team would like to thank everyone who took part in the food drive for the Newcastle West Food Bank this last...

18th December, 2015

Provost Chapter food drive for Newcastle West End Foodbank

The Provost team would like to thank everyone who took part in the food drive for the Newcastle West Food Bank this last fortnight.

Despite the short collection time, we are hopefully able to make a difference to some local people this Christmas.

Ben no doubt has his work cut out for him over the next week to ensure everything is ready and that no one goes hungry this Christmas.

Merry Christmas from the Provost team!

Kings Priory School 198 Sports update and results - December The latest Kings Priory School sporting news and results.

17th December, 2015

Sports update and results - December

Rugby
Even with the poor weather we have managed to get some fixtures in recently and we were lucky to finish our final Saturday fixtures before the snow storm last weekend:

Under 14s against Bede - won 50-7
Under 12s against Bede - won 9-2

Under 13s against NCEA Ashington in the County Cup – won and will play St Thomas More in the next round

Under 12s A and B against Dame Allan’s - although both teams lost they were very competitive games and for the B team 18 boys started their first competitive rugby match for the school

1st XV against Tyne Met College - won 42-12 - another competitive game where we were able to get all of the senior squad playing.

Football
Under 14s XI against St Cuthberts in the TSSSA competition - lost 9-5.

Athletics
Three of our athletes have been selected to represent North Tyneside in the Sports Hall Athletics regional championships:

• Lucy Giles
• Liam Diamond
• Jamie Diamond

Congratulations to them and good luck!

Badminton
Congratulations to our Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 boys teams who are through to the next round of the area badminton competition. Our Year 7-9 team have not lost a match yet so well done to them.

What has been pleasing to see is the 60+ Year 5-8’s enjoying the badminton sessions with Steve Sharpe on Wednesday lunchtime - remember there is a club after school on a Tuesday as well.

Thank you to all the support for the sport this term, and we are looking forward to another busy term next year.

For more sporting fixtures and results, follow @KPSSport on Twitter.

Kings Priory School 199 Students enter ‘Spine Chillers’ competition 62 entries to a writing competition from Year 8 and 9 students have just been sent off by the English Department.

16th December, 2015

Students enter ‘Spine Chillers’ competition

62 entries to a writing competition from Year 8 and 9 students have just been sent off by the English Department.

The competition is called ‘Spine Chillers’ and fits in perfectly with the work on Gothic literature which the students have been studying this half term.

The best 5 poets from this term's entries will each win a Kindle Fire HD and the prizes for schools are just as lucrative – first prize is £1000, the runner up will get £500 and the third placed school £250.

Many pupils have been inspired by The Woman in Black and A Monster Calls to write their own stories – the challenge was that they had only 100 words to play with.

Not as easy as you might think!

Find out more about what the competition entails by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 200 Geri's Martial Arts success In November, Geri Sword in Year 10 represented Team England in the Unified World Martial Arts Championship.

16th December, 2015

Geri's Martial Arts success

In November, Geri Sword in Year 10 represented Team England in the Unified World Martial Arts Championship.

The competition, which is organised by the World Traditional Karate and Kickboxing Association, took place in Spain with Geri competing in several events over a four day period.

Her medal haul was remarkable and is itemised below:

Gold

Girls team fight   13-15 years

Gold

Weapons point Combat girls     8-16 years – 55 kg

Gold

Weapons point combat girls     16-18 years

Silver

Girls open weight sports weapons combat    13-15 years

Silver

Girls 55 kg sports weapons combat    8-16 years

Silver

Black belt team creative form    Under 16s

Bronze

Semi contact points fighting    13-16 years - 47kg

Bronze

Black belt creative weapons team    Under 16s

Congratulations to Geri – we are very proud of you indeed!

Kings Priory School 201 Students invited to 'Bring your own device' As part of our ongoing focus on numeracy across the curriculum, Middle School students will be completing activities dur...

15th December, 2015

Students invited to 'Bring your own device'

As part of our ongoing focus on numeracy across the curriculum, Middle School students will be completing activities during some Chapter times next term.

The activity will be in the form of an interactive quiz and we are asking students to 'Bring your own device' into school.

'Bring your own device' - often shortened to BYOD - is the term used to describe bringing a personally-owned device, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, into school for educational purposes.

The activity will be in the form of an interactive quiz and students are being asked to have their device with them on:

  • Monday 18 January 2016
  • Monday 8 February 2016
  • Monday 22 February 2016
  • Monday 23 March 2016

We will remind pupils nearer the time and explain which program we will be using. Thank you for your support.

Kings Priory School 202 Students shine at CLIC Sargent Concert Over the weekend, the 33rd annual Carol Concert for CLIC Sargent, the children and young people's cancer charity, took p...

14th December, 2015

Students shine at CLIC Sargent Concert

Over the weekend, the 33rd annual Carol Concert for CLIC Sargent, the children and young people's cancer charity, took place at Newcastle City Hall.
 
The concert was a fabulous occasion once again this year with both the Choristers and Senior Choir singing and representing Kings Priory School so brilliant.
 
A number of guests and audience members commented on the high standard, presentation and outstanding behaviour of the pupils on the evening.
 
The concert also featured a poignant tribute to Stephen Pettitt, former Music Director of The King's School and the driving force behind this annual concert, which he directed for 32 years priory to his passing earlier this year.

 

Kings Priory School 203 Open Mic night success The Sixth Form Music Committee held a very successful Open Mic night yesterday, with a wide array of talent on display i...

11th December, 2015

Open Mic night success

The Sixth Form Music Committee held a very successful Open Mic night yesterday, with a wide array of talent on display in support of the Music department.

Performers included solo drummers, a guitarist, a band, singers and even a laptop-based electronic set, as the students of Kings Priory School displayed their talents in front of their friends, family and peers.

The night finished with a Christmas classic - Shakin' Stevens' Merry Christmas Everyone - which had everyone up and singing along.

Kings Priory School 204 Kings Priory School in the press It has been a busy week for Kings Priory School in the local press, with stories featuring in The News Guardian and The...

11th December, 2015

Kings Priory School in the press

It has been a busy week for Kings Priory School in the local press, with stories featuring in The News Guardian and The Chronicle.

The story about Year 12 students Katie Ramsay and Esmai Jonczyk-Brown being awarded prestigious Arkwright engineering scholarships has featured in both The Chronicle and The News Guardian.

For the full story about the girls' accolade click here.

Also in The News Guardian is a story about the 33rd annual Carol Concert for CLIC Sargent, the children's cancer charity.

The concert is set to take place this Sunday 13 December at Newcastle City Hall and will feature the school's Senior Choir.

This year's performance is a tribute to the late Stephen Pettit, who passed away earlier this year.

As well as being the main organiser and conductor of the event, Stephen was also Director of Music at The Kings School.

Find out more about the concert by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 205 Kings Priory Christmas card winner! Earlier in the term pupils were asked to design a Christmas card for Kings Priory School to send to its friends and acqu...

10th December, 2015

Kings Priory Christmas card winner!

Earlier in the term pupils were asked to design a Christmas card for Kings Priory School to send to its friends and acquaintances.

The winning design has been chosen and the card produced, ready for delivery during the next week. 

As a reward, in First School assembly gifts were presented to the winner and the two, very close, runners up. 

The overall winner was Frances Wass (Year 4) and the 2 runners up were sisters Bella (Year 3) and Kitty Evans (Year 5). 

Well done girls and keep designing!

Kings Priory School 206 Student awarded place on National Children's Orchestra Year 9 flautist Izzie Thorneycroft has been awarded a coveted place in the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britai...

10th December, 2015

Student awarded place on National Children's Orchestra

Year 9 flautist Izzie Thorneycroft has been awarded a coveted place in the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.

The National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain is the country's premier symphony orchestra for children and their performances are renowned for their intensity, vivacity and commitment, but above all professionalism.

This is an outstanding achievement as competition for places is exceptionally high and only the very best performers from across the country are accepted to join. The competition for flautists is even greater as there are only four flute places available.

Izzie will be joining the orchestra on their next residential and concert series in early 2016 and we look forward to hearing about her exciting experience.

Well done Izzie!

Kings Priory School 207 Computer Science students visit Newcastle University Computer Science students from both lower and upper Sixth Form recently took a trip to Newcastle University's School of...

10th December, 2015

Computer Science students visit Newcastle University

Computer Science students from both lower and upper Sixth Form recently took a trip to Newcastle University's School of Computing Science.

The visit incorporated a campus tour as well as a talk imparting valuable information about the school and the range of undergraduate degree courses on offer.  Students were also given the opportunity to get some hands on experience of programming robots in one of the university labs.  

Dr Nick Cook facilitated the session and students were both enthused and successful in using the “Makeblock” robot starter kits to manoeuvre the robots whilst avoiding obstacles. Jack Myers and Thomas Grainger even managed to get their robot to leave the room and wander off down the corridor in a bid for freedom.

Overall this was a great afternoon and several of our Computing students have already secured university offers from Newcastle which is fantastic news.

Kings Priory School 208 Eve has design chosen by Michael Morpurgo A group of Year 5 pupils recently took a trip to Newcastle Cathedral and Seven Stories: National Centre for Children’s B...

9th December, 2015

Eve has design chosen by Michael Morpurgo

A group of Year 5 pupils recently took a trip to Newcastle Cathedral and Seven Stories: National Centre for Children’s Books.

They were treated to a comprehensive tour of the cathedral and an illustration workshop to create a design for the programme of  an event to be held in December. The reason for their trip? Michael Morpurgo is in town!

On 14 December, Mr Morpurgo will be reading his alternative nativity story ‘On Angel Wing’s’ at the cathedral and needed talented youngsters to help design the programme for the event.

We were thrilled to hear that Eve Macewan from Dunelm Chapter won the competition and her design will now feature on the back of the programme!

Well done to Eve and all who took part.

Kings Priory School 209 Provost charity appeal - can you help? After careful deliberation and some very worthy suggestions from Provost pupils, it has been decided that the charity th...

9th December, 2015

Provost charity appeal - can you help?

After careful deliberation and some very worthy suggestions from Provost pupils, it has been decided that the charity that the Chapter will be supporting this year is the Newcastle West End Foodbank. 

The food bank help local people who find themselves, usually through no fault of their own needing support. 

Ben Rook, a Provost Middle School pupil volunteers at the charity, which nationally supported 1,084,604 people last year - 396,997 of those were children.

Newcastle West End Foodbank are currently running a Christmas appeal to help feed people over the Christmas period. We would like to help to support Ben by raising as much awareness and support for the people who use the food bank as possible.

It would be fantastic if you could help by donating non-perishable food items to the Provost chapter hub in school, which Ben and his family will collect the week before Christmas and deliver to the food bank. 

Your donation, no mater how small, could help to make somebody's Christmas in the region.

For more information please visit the Newcastle West End Foodbank website.

Kings Priory School 210 Festive dates for your diary A number of key dates ahead of the busy festive period...

9th December, 2015

Festive dates for your diary

Event

Date

Start time

End time

KS2 Choir at Tynemouth Library

10 December

11:00

11:30

Open Mic Night, HP Site

10 December

19:00

21:00

Christmas Party – Reception

11 December

13:30

15:15

Christmas production -Year 2, PP Site

11 December

09:30

10:15

CLIC Sargent Concert at Newcastle City Hall- Senior Choir and Choristers

13 December

15:00

 

Christmas production -Year 3, PP Site

14 December

14:00

15:00

Christmas Party – Year 1

14 December

13:30

15:15

Christmas Party – Year 2

15 December

13:30

15:15

Christmas production -Year 4, PP Site

15 December

14:00

15:00

School Carol Service at St George's Church, Cullercoats

15 December

19:00

 21:00

Choristers at Mariners Point

14 December

11:00

 

Senior Choir - Alnham Carol Service

16 December

18:30

 

First School Christmas Lunches, PP Site

16 December

11:30

13:15

First School Carol Service, Holy Saviour’s Church

17 December

09:30

10:15

Carol Singing Bandstand Northumberland Park, Middle School choir

17 December

14:00

15:00

Christmas Party - Year 3

17 December

13:30

15:15

Christmas Party - Year 4

17 December

13:30

15:15

Middle and Senior School Carol Service - St George's Church, Cullercoats

18 December

During school day

 

Kings Priory School 211 School hosts Journal Taste experts Kings Priory recently played host to The Journal newspaper's Taste panel, which featured experts testing a range of loca...

8th December, 2015

School hosts Journal Taste experts

Kings Priory recently played host to The Journal newspaper's Taste panel, which featured experts testing a range of local festive treats including Christmas cakes and sweet mince pies!

The experts included Vicky Turnbull, of Newcastle-based vegetarian and vegan catering company Wheatberry, Sally Craigen of Martineau Guest House, Tynemouth, Simon Walsh, chef proprietor of Longsands Fish Kitchen, also in Tynemouth and our very own head of catering Jackie Jessup.

For their review, they were in the welcoming surroundings of the school's new state-of-the-art food technology classroom.

There the panel munched through a mountain of locally-produced pies, puddings, cakes and other seasonal treats before delivering their verdicts.

Which was Jackie's favourite? “The Chirnells Farmhouse Kitchen Iced Christmas Cake. It just did it for me.”

To read more about the panel's tasting session click here.

Kings Priory School 212 Senior Musicians in awe at Sage performance Last week, 20 of our Senior School Musicians travelled to The Sage, Gateshead to be taken in by the truly awe-inspiring...

8th December, 2015

Senior Musicians in awe at Sage performance

Last week, 20 of our Senior School Musicians travelled to The Sage, Gateshead to be taken in by the truly awe-inspiring music of Simon Thakur's Svari Kanti.

A fusion of jazz, classical and Indian music, students and teachers alike were stunned by the beautiful blend of jazz haromies played on classical guitar, violin and cello performed alongside the Indian tabla and voice.

Some of the pupils commented that they had 'not been quite sure what to expect from the music' but found it quite incredible.

The world class performance will leave lasting impressions and offer new ideas and insight for our budding composers. 

Kings Priory School 213 Poor weather fails to dampen spirits of Tynemouth switch on For only the second time in 21 years, the annual Rotary Club Lighting of the Tree Ceremony was moved into the King's Hal...

7th December, 2015

Poor weather fails to dampen spirits of Tynemouth switch on

For only the second time in 21 years, the annual Rotary Club Lighting of the Tree Ceremony was moved into the King's Hall at Kings Priory School as the raging wind and rain took its hold on Tynemouth Village on Thursday 3 December.

Undeterred however, staff from the school swiftly created a Bethlehem night scene and guests and children gathered around our very own Christmas tree. Past Rotary Club President David Milligan compered the evening and prayers were said by the new vicar of Holy Saviours Church, the Reverend Martin Jacques.  

The elected Mayor, Councillor Norma Redfearn and Councillor Gary Bell, the Chair of North Tyneside Council, were both in attendance.

Rotary Club President Archie McGlynn said "Our tree shines brightly throughout the festive season in the heart of the village and we must thank the Council workers for erecting rigging and providing the lights."

"The Leeds Building Society and Aquaseal Rubber Limited sponsored this year's tree and a big thank you should go to all those people and organisations who made the evening possible."

"The lighting of the Christmas tree and the Carol service is one of our best yearly events and seeing the faces of the children is apt reward for all of the hard work that goes into organising such an event".

The crowds came in large numbers to support the evening and backed by the band of the Salvation Army, the school Choristers and Year 3/4 choirs led the singing.

A really special occasion and a wonderful way to open our Christmas season. 

The photo shows Ellen Piper switching on the lights watched from L to R by Rotarian Eddie Armstrong whose firm co-sponsored the event, Ellen's parents, MC David Milligan, Councillor Gary Bell. Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn and Rotary President Archie McGlynn.

Kings Priory School 214 Latest Newsletter available to view The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

7th December, 2015

Latest Newsletter available to view

The latest Kings Priory School Newsletter is now available to view online.

As well as the latest events and activities going on across both school sites, the newsletter also features a list of key dates for parents and pupils for the Christmas period.

You can view the latest newsletter by clicking here.

Kings Priory School 215 Students awarded prestigious Arkwright scholarships Two students from Kings Priory School in Tynemouth have been awarded Arkwright engineering scholarships.

7th December, 2015

Students awarded prestigious Arkwright scholarships

Two students from Kings Priory School in Tynemouth have been awarded Arkwright engineering scholarships.

The accolade, which comes from the Arkwright Trust, is the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK.

They are designed to support students through their A Levels and encourage them to pursue Engineering or technical design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to take up careers in the field.

Current Year 12 students Katie Ramsay and Esmai Jonczyk-Brown have each been awarded one of the Arkwright scholarships following a rigorous selection process designed to test high calibre students. The process included planning a project to demonstrate their technical ability.

Every scholarship is sponsored by industrial companies, universities, charitable trusts, trade associations, professional engineering institutions and more.

Esmai, whose personal project was designed around her passion for hockey, is being sponsored by engineer Stefano Ceci and Katie, who designed a house doorbell that sends text alerts to your mobile phone, is being sponsored by diesel engine manufacturer Cummins UK.

Philip Sanderson, Vice Principal at Kings Priory School, said: "I am very proud of, and wholly impressed by, Esmai's and Katie's achievement in being awarded an Arkwright scholarship each."

"This is a testament to their hard work and academic and technical application."

"Not only do Esmai and Katie deserve our greatest praise, but also so do the staff at Kings Priory School who have supported the girls."

The girls were presented with their certificates and scholarship packs by Ian Goldsborough, who is Arkwright’s Liaison Officer in the North East.

On receiving the award, Esmai said: “I feel extremely privileged.”

“It is a great honour to do something like this - it will help me so much in my future career.”

Kings Priory School 216 Follow Kings Priory School on Twitter If you want all of the latest news and updates from Kings Priory School direct to your phone, tablet or computer, you ca...

4th December, 2015

Follow Kings Priory School on Twitter

If you want all of the latest news and updates from Kings Priory School direct to your phone, tablet or computer, you can now follow us on Twitter.

As well as the latest news and events going on across both school sites, the account will also keep parents and pupils up-to-date with interesting activities in the community, as well as important weather and travel information - all in one place!

You can follow the school's Twitter account by going to @KPSTynemouth and clicking on the 'Follow' button.

Kings Priory School 217 Sports update and results - November/December The Kings Priory School sporting news and results from 23/11/15 - 4/12/15.

4th December, 2015

Sports update and results - November/December

The Kings Priory School sporting news and results from 23/11/15 - 4/12/15.

Rugby
The weather has been very wet lately but we have been lucky to keep many fixtures on. 1st XV against RGS – lost 24-7

Our Under 13 A team had played Dame Allan’s already in a very close game. It was now the turn of everybody else in Year 8 and we had two very competitive matches at B and C team level. It was great to see the boys put into practice all the skills they have been working on this term. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and look forward to a repeat fixture.

Under 16 against Ponteland - lost 5-3, although the score looks low this was a very exciting physical game with some fantastic rugby played. Portland are county champions and came with a well-earned reputation. The school team were magnificent throughout, not only defending superbly but attacking with real strength. The team have come a long way in two years and to come so close is a great achievement. Marc Jacques and Ethan Clarke have been representing Northumberland county rugby and this experience has rubbed off not he rest of the team.

Under 16 against Berwick - won 49-0, the team carried on their positive play form the previous evening and created a number of tries from powerful forward play and strong defence.

Under 14 against Berwick - won 27-17, another strong performance from this team against a well drilled side.

Under 13 against Berwick - lost. The team are developing really well and the skills are coming together.

1st XV against Bede – won 63-17.

Athletics
Our Year 7 and 8 boys and girls teams competed at the North Tyneside Championships the previous week and performed very well against every other school in the area.

We are very pleased to announce that the Year 7 boys and the Year 8 girls both came 2nd overall and now go on to represent North Tyneside in the regional championships in January which is a fantastic achievement.

Badminton
We had the second round of the North Tyneside Badminton league last week and our teams are progressing well. The key stage 3 and 4 A teams have still not lost a game and are progressing well. The B teams have found some matches harder but new players are coming in and experiencing the competition which is also very important.

Football
Under 14 girls – Football Central Venue league – played 3 matches, won 2 and drew 1.

Hockey
The 1st XI defeated Longridge Towers 1-0.

The Under 16 team played at the Northumberland County Hockey Tournament, competing as always with commitment and effort. A super afternoon with the squad losing to RGS and Dame Allan’s, drawing with John Spence and Duchess and beating King Edward VI to be placed 4th overall.

The 1st XI lost to Durham School 3-0 and the 2nd XI drew 0-0.

Kings Priory School 218 Shakespeare Schools Festival Last week, a group of Year 7 pupils performed an abridged version of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Whitley...

4th December, 2015

Shakespeare Schools Festival

Last week, a group of Year 7 pupils performed an abridged version of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Whitley Bay Playhouse, as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

This is the first time that the school has been involved in the festival and pupils had been rehearsing for this performance since the beginning of September.

Miss Cope said: "They most certainly painted Kings Priory School in an extremely positive light on the night!"

"The performance itself was fantastic, with exciting lighting and fabulous costumes, and when the pupils took hold of the stage they most certainly stole the show."

"I could not have been prouder of them!"

Kings Priory School 219 Psychology students attend insightful Edinburgh conference Psychology students from Year 12 recently attended a ‘Science and Pseudoscience’ conference in Edinburgh.

3rd December, 2015

Psychology students attend insightful Edinburgh conference

Psychology students from Year 12 recently attended a ‘Science and Pseudoscience’ conference in Edinburgh.

The conference contained a mix of talks and presentations from university lecturers and examiners, and was both entertaining and educational.

The course facilitated students’ understanding of ‘Psychology as a Science’ through a diverse range of topics including The Psychology of Magic and Illusion, In Defence of the Lab experiment and Sleep and Dreaming.

The group were fortunate enough to see Richard Wiseman and hear about his work ‘The Luck Factor’ - this included a fascinating presentation on how we can make ourselves “lucky” or “unlucky”; something which will certainly have an impact on how some students view their experiences.

However, the highlight of the conference for all of the students was Andrew Newton’s lecture and demonstration of hypnosis. Fascinating and funny, even the sceptics amongst us were won over by the power of suggestion.

Overall, it was a great trip which was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students alike.

Kings Priory School 220 Students tackle anti-bullying project In November a group of students from Years 7 - 13 volunteered to take part in an anti-bullying focus group.

2nd December, 2015

Students tackle anti-bullying project

In November a group of students from Years 7 - 13 volunteered to take part in an anti-bullying focus group.

The group were fantastic, bouncing ideas backwards and forwards and delving into debates around bullying, how to recognise different types of bullying and how the Council and the Young Mayor can begin to combat this.

With funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner, the students worked with Laura Hay from North Tyneside Council to come up with a whole range of ideas which will go towards creating anti-bullying resources.

Those resources will ultimately be used by young people to help combat the issue. It was a "really useful" session for Laura from the council, who praised the students and their ideas.

Kings Priory School 221 Year 4 trip to Centre for Life Last week Year 4 were lucky enough to visit the Centre for Life in Newcastle and even got to try their hand at ice skati...

2nd December, 2015

Year 4 trip to Centre for Life

Last week Year 4 were lucky enough to visit the Centre for Life in Newcastle and even got to try their hand at ice skating! 
 
The purpose of the trip was to attend a coding workshop where children learned all about programming, algorithms and debugging. 
 
They thoroughly enjoyed the day, with James Edgson describing it as "an amazing experience".
 
The class are now going to apply everything that they have learned in their computing lessons, where they hope to design and make their own computer games.
 
Well done Year 4!
Kings Priory School 222 Senior school deliver 'outstanding' Lord of the Flies performances The 2015 KPS senior school play, Lord of the Flies, took place last week in the King’s Hall and the cast delivered three...

1st December, 2015

Senior school deliver 'outstanding' Lord of the Flies performances

The 2015 KPS senior school play, Lord of the Flies, took place last week in the King’s Hall and the cast delivered three outstanding performances to appreciative audiences.
 
With a combination of returning cast members from previous productions and actors new to the senior school play, all members of the ensemble deserve praise for their enthusiasm, perseverance and dedication, without which this production would not have been possible. Courtney Foster, Naomi Chidambaram, Joe Hardy, Lily Dures Taylor and Elizabeth Okley all performed admirably in the lead roles, ably supported by Matthew Clarke, Beth McLellan, Francesca Lea, Jessica Eaborn, Thanusha Chisholm, Helen Rees and Hannah Hallam. I am extremely proud of what the cast has been able to achieve and this play has truly been a showcase of the acting talent we have at Kings Priory School.
 
Bringing William Golding’s much loved story to life on the stage was not a simple task, and the cast and crew were faced with numerous technical challenges. The structure of the play allows for very few rest breaks for the cast, who deserve credit for performing without interlude for almost ninety minutes, with the two short intervals being dominated by costume changes and application of fake blood and war paint. With sand, blood packs, pigs, descending bodies from the ceiling and temperamental smoke machines, this has been the most technically ambitious production of recent years and I am pleased that we managed to bring all of these moving parts together to create one successful whole.
 
Special mention is required for those KPS students who helped the production behind the scenes. John Shervington stepped in to the recently vacated role of lighting and sound and performed admirably, and enormous thanks are owed to Jake Wilkinson and Olivia Longmore for all of their hard work on painting such a wonderful backdrop for the play.
 
Thank you very much to everybody who came along to support the cast and crew. The senior school production will return in November 2016.
 
Mr Oldham.
Kings Priory School 223 Recognition for First School results Kings Priory School has received a letter from Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Reform, congratulating Year 1...

30th November, 2015

Recognition for First School results

Kings Priory School has received a letter from Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Reform, congratulating Year 1 children for their excellent phonics results.

The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify pupils who need extra help to improve their decoding skills.

The check consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words that a pupil reads aloud to the teacher.

The 2015 results show 95% of pupils at Kings Priory are reaching or exceeding the pass mark in the check, putting the school in the top 5% of all primary schools in the country.

The letter from Mr Gibb reads: "I am to please to learn that you have ensured that your Year 1 children have a firm foundation in reading, from which they can develop further and become increasingly fluent readers."

More information about what the phonics screening check involves can be found here.

Kings Priory School 224 First School Harvest Festival The First School have had a very successful half term, culminating in a joyful Harvest Festival celebration at Holy Savi...

16th October, 2015

First School Harvest Festival

The First School have had a very successful half term, culminating in a joyful Harvest Festival celebration at Holy Saviour’s Church today.

Kings Priory School 225 Izzie wins Regional Award Congratulations to Izzie Thorneycroft in Year 9 who, after receiving 147 in her Grade 7 Flute examination in July, has b...

16th October, 2015

Izzie wins Regional Award

Congratulations to Izzie Thorneycroft in Year 9 who, after receiving 147 in her Grade 7 Flute examination in July, has been awarded the Sir William Bigg prize from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music for the highest Grade 7 mark in the region.

This is a huge achievement, particularly in Year 9 and recognises not only Izzie’s incredible talent but her hard work and dedication. 

Kings Priory School 226 English Schools Symphony Orchestra Year 13 clarinettist, Adam Blakey, has been awarded a place in the prestigious English School Symphony Orchestra.

16th October, 2015

English Schools Symphony Orchestra

Year 13 clarinettist, Adam Blakey, has been awarded a place in the prestigious English School Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra is made up of talented pupils from all over the country who audition for places in a rigorous and highly competitive process. We are very proud of Adam and wish him every success in his first performance at prestigious Cadogan Hall in November. 

Kings Priory School 227 New Conga Drums for the Music Department A huge thank you to the PTA who awarded a grant to the Music Department for two beautiful new oak conga drums

16th October, 2015

New Conga Drums for the Music Department

A huge thank you to the PTA who awarded a grant to the Music Department for two beautiful new oak conga drums for use across the Middle and Senior Schools in classrooms and extracurricular clubs. Fantastic!

Mrs Johnston

Kings Priory School 228 Year 2 at the Great North Museum

14th October, 2015

Year 2 at the Great North Museum

This half term Year 2 visited the Great North Museum.  This is Helena Stevens’ account of the visit:

First we got to the museum and had our milk and fruit after a long Metro drive. Then we went to the planetarium to watch an epic film called Earth, Moon and Sun. It was very dark in there and a bit spooky. After that it was time to do our museum jobs, we were finding the right animal to answer our questions on the sheet and soon it was time to do the next exciting job where we put our hand in a feely box and it was disgusting. After that it was lunchtime and my lunch was delicious! After lunch we had two more jobs to do I hoped they were fun and they were! We looked at an apron in world cultures and talked about what was special to us. Last of all we took a picture for our memories. I had the most fun time at the museum and I hope we go again.

Helena Stevens (2CSP)

Kings Priory School 229 Young Persons Question Time On Tuesday 13 October, 2 pupils from Year 7 and 2 students from Year 10 took part in the Young Persons Question Time at...

13th October, 2015

Young Persons Question Time

On Tuesday 13 October, 2 pupils from Year 7 and 2 students from Year 10 took part in the Young Persons Question Time at the North Tyneside Council offices in North Shields. This gave them the opportunity to ask and discuss questions that are relevant for young people who live or are educated in North Tyneside.  Maggie asked a question which related to the regeneration of the North Tyneside coast line which was answered by Mayor Norma Redfearn.  The young people were also able to update the Council Twitter feed with live updates.  A fantastic morning and we wish Leo and Matthew luck as they embark on their youth council careers.  

Miss C Smith

Kings Priory School 230 Chapter Team Building On Friday 9 October the First School had their first Chapter event, a team building morning. We were blessed with good w...

9th October, 2015

Chapter Team Building

On Friday 9 October the First School had their first Chapter event, a team building morning. We were blessed with good weather so activities were able to take place both inside and outside.

Children from Year 1-4 were vertically split into four groups and took part in four different activities with their Chapter teams. These ranged from making shields, collages, quidditch, building the tallest tower, blindfold maze trail. Each Chapter also had their own playtime using the adventure playground.

All the children and adults seemed to have a really good morning and it was pleasing to see the older children looking after and leading the younger children in their teams. It was also great to have the Heads of Chapter ‘drop in’ and especially entertaining to see Mr Sanderson having fun with the children on the adventure playground!

 

Mrs Large

Kings Priory School 231 First School Gardening Club Last Friday, the children at Gardening Club got to experience the amazing taste of fresh apple juice, courtesy of the ap...

9th October, 2015

First School Gardening Club

Last Friday, the children at Gardening Club got to experience the amazing taste of fresh apple juice, courtesy of the apples growing in the Kitchen Gardens. Mrs Peacock brought in her apple press, and the children had an opportunity to work the press themselves. Their hard labour was rewarded by a cup of "Priory Pippin" each, and there was even enough to share with Miss Melbourne and the rest of the teaching staff. Thoroughly enjoyable outdoor learning for us all!

            Gardening Club

Kings Priory School 232 Bank of England - Target Two Point Zero Inflation Challenge We are delighted to announce that Kings Priory School has this year successfully been accepted into the Bank of England...

2nd October, 2015

Bank of England - Target Two Point Zero Inflation Challenge

We are delighted to announce that Kings Priory School has this year successfully been accepted into the Bank of England Target Two Point Zero Challenge.

The purpose of the challenge is to allow economics students to experience making the real life decisions that are made by some of the UK's most senior economists. This year's challenge is requiring students to decide whether to raise, lower or keeping interest rates at 0.5%, in a bid to meet the Government's 2% inflation target.

Having had to apply for a place in the Kings Priory School team, Year 13 economists Caitlin Brough, Daniel Screen, Oliver King and Patrick Tipsword were selected to represent the School. They have, this week, had their first meeting and begun to discuss the economic data provided by the Bank of England, and are already beginning to develop their recommendations.

We all look forward to hearing more of their experiences as Bank of England economists, and wish them every success in the competition.

Mr A Graham

Kings Priory School 233 Multi-Sports Power League On Friday 2 October all classes in Year 2 were lucky enough to participate in a multisport event held at the Power Leagu...

2nd October, 2015

Multi-Sports Power League

On Friday 2 October all classes in Year 2 were lucky enough to participate in a multisport event held at the Power League, North Shields.

The teachers were proud of the way in which the children represented our school and adapted to each sporting activity and demonstrated that they were true team players.

Many thanks to all parents and helpers for their enthusiasm and hard work which added to the enjoyment of the afternoon.

Year 2 staff

Kings Priory School 234 Cross Country Triumph On the 1 October, Mr Youldon of the First School and Mr Snow of the Senior School took 60 young athletes across 5 year g...

1st October, 2015

Cross Country Triumph

On the 1 October, Mr Youldon of the First School and Mr Snow of the Senior School took 60 young athletes across 5 year groups to the inaugural County Cross Country Championship at Gateshead Stadium. With over 25 schools taking part in this event, competition was strong and alongside the unexpected hot conditions, the pupils had a hard task ahead. However, they overcame the tricky weather and the strong field to produce some outstanding results. The Year 7 boys and Year 5 girls managed to finish in the top 5 from the Middle School and a 4th place finish from the First School for the Year 4 girls meant a successful trip for Kings Priory School.

That was not all as Year 3 managed to complete the race with 2nd and 3rd place finishes for the boys and girls respectively. To top this off, the Year 4 boys stole the show with a resounding 46 points, crowning them County Champions of Northumberland.

Mr Youlden

Kings Priory School 235 APPOINTMENT OF THE NEW PRINCIPAL New Principal for Kings Priory School is announced.

28th September, 2015

APPOINTMENT OF THE NEW PRINCIPAL

I am delighted to announce that Philip Sanderson has been appointed as the Principal for our school.  His appointment takes effect once Gill Hewlett leaves us. This was a rigorous selection process and during that process Philip demonstrated his commitment, dedication, determination, drive and capability to take us from Good to Outstanding.

I am sure you will all wish him well and can be confident that the school is in great shape to continue on our journey to outstanding.

Yours sincerely

Geoff Ogle

Chair

Academy Council

Kings Priory School 236 STEM Science Festival On Saturday 26 September we held our very first STEM Festival at Kings Priory School and it was a roaring success! We w...

26th September, 2015

STEM Science Festival

The Planetarium was a huge hit, we blasted in to space and explored the galaxy and beyond; the staff from the Centre for Life were brilliant engaging children and adults alike.  Guests could explore a whole host of other scientific activities across the site. The Primary Science Zone was ‘hands on’ with the opportunity to build your own lava lamp, make balancing sculptures and design your own parachute.  Over in the science labs visitors could ignite methane bubbles, make gooey slime and see inside an onion cell.  In the yard we were challenged to make the biggest bubbles and entertained by the Newcastle Street Science Team with their science busking. Café K was buzzing as we enjoyed an array of yummy food and drink. Overall a splendid day.

A big thank you goes to the staff, Sixth Formers and pupils who made the event such as success with their enthusiasm, professionalism and ability to communicate effectively their passion for science.

Mrs Drury

Kings Priory School 237 Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice - Report Thirty six pupils and six staff headed for the beautiful region of Northumberland near Alwinton. Once there the pupils...

26th September, 2015

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice - Report

Thirty six pupils and six staff headed for the beautiful region of Northumberland near Alwinton.  Once there the pupils formed into their teams and headed into the hills to perfect their navigation techniques with the support of a member of the staff team.

With a prompt 8:15am meet in the school yard the first practice expedition of the school year set off in three mini busses plus the van for all the kit.

The weather turned out to be ideal for their trek and the teams made good time arriving back at the car park near Barrowburn. We then travelled to Alnham where the teams set up camp for the night and cooked themselves a tasty supper on their trangias.

Sunday was a beautiful day with ideal conditions for some extra training, such as learning how to pace and how to deal with first aid situations in the outdoors. The pupils were then put into different teams and had to plot a low level walk back to the schools outdoor centre. This again was a successful training exercise where the participants had to put into practice their communication and leadership skills along with team work.

I would like to thank Mr Allonby, Mr Gibbs, Mr McLeod, Dr Shepperson and Miss L Smith for giving up their weekend, and a huge than you to all the pupils for their enthusiasm and commitment. Once again they have been a credit to themselves, their family and the Kings Priory School community.

Mrs Marsden  

Kings Priory School 238 It’s not all Greek to Kings Priory School pupils! Year 13 Ancient History students, Isla Gibson, Lauren Scott and Brandon Moss spent part of last Friday in Year 5!

25th September, 2015

It’s not all Greek to Kings Priory School pupils!

They were using their expertise in Greek warfare to help the Year 5s with their studies into Ancient Greece. Isla, Lauren and Brandon had planned a topic and then delivered it to all three Year 5 classes with real gusto. There was an explanation the Greek fighting style and then a competitive quiz between the Year 5s who were split into two sides representing the Greeks and their enemy, the Persians. The pupils even had to form their own phalanx in quick time!

It was fantastic to see three of our oldest pupils working so well with the youngest ones on Huntington Place site; it was difficult to tell who enjoyed it more. Overall, it was a direct example of how our school allows pupils of all ages work together. Who knows, perhaps the visit of the three Year 13s will inspire some of our Year 5s to follow in their ancient footsteps.

Mr Nicholson

Kings Priory School 239 Student Leadership Team Announced Our new Student Leadership Team was announced today. Congratulations to all our Year 13 students and the best of luck i...

18th September, 2015

Student Leadership Team Announced

Kings Priory School 240 New Equipment at the First School Many thanks to the PTA for funding some fantastic new play equipment on the Percy Park site.

18th September, 2015

New Equipment at the First School

  Reception are really excited to have a half sunken galleon ship to climb on, use for role play and explore in their new outdoor play area and all the children have access to a brand new Trim Trail on the field.  This replaces the original trail which was kindly donated by the Hedworth family in memory of Carolyn.  The new trail will remain in her memory.   The PTA are busy planning events for the year and will be in touch with you soon.

Miss Melbourne

Kings Priory School 241 Swimming Success Emily Large in Year 10 was selected to represent Great Britain in Tbilisi at the European Youth Games.

18th September, 2015

Swimming Success

We have many talented young people in our school but I want to mention one in particular who is a swimmer on Team GB.  We are very proud of Emily and delighted she is one of our school community. If you follow this link you will see that Emily was chosen to go to Tbilisi.

http://www.swimming.org/britishswimming/news/swimming/team-gbs-future-swimmers-named-for-the-tbilisi-2015-eyof/24526

This autumn Emily competed in the Sainsbury's UK school games, a 12 sport national event in Manchester, where athletes selected for regional squads from all over the UK and Ireland compete.  Emily represented England North, and the programme mentioned her being at Kings Priory School. She won gold in both the 100m butterfly and 200m butterfly. Most of the swimmers competing were 16, so Emily was in the minority, only being 14. These are great achievements and Emily is a role model to us all as she very successfully juggles her training and competition with her school life.

Pictured is Emily with one of her two, well-deserved Silver medals.
 
 
Kings Priory School 242 Do Something Different Day This week it was all smiles as pupils in Years 1 to 4 participated in our half-termly Do Something Different (DSD) after...

16th September, 2015

Do Something Different Day

These afternoons allow pupils to take part in some different activities to the normal curriculum, or to explore a curriculum area in more depth. The pupils enjoyed various thrilling activities including playing Aussie Rules football, using Stop Motion to create films, taking part in a surfing lesson and creating friction energy with balloons in Science. The feedback and energy seen throughout the afternoon was infectious and pupils left feeling like they really did do something different. Well done to all involved!

Ms Czajkowska

Kings Priory School 243 Former Pupils’ Hockey Match The 1st XI played against the Former Pupils last week in the traditional start of season fixture.

4th September, 2015

Former Pupils’ Hockey Match

 It was a great evening of hockey and although the 1st XI put in an impressive defensive performance a very talented Former Pupils’ team were worthy 5-0 winners.  However the spirit and connection to the school is the most important thing and this was kept well and truly.

Miss Taylor

Kings Priory School 244 Staff delighted at A-level success for Kings Priory pupils - News Guardian Please click on link to see article from the News Guardian newspaper.

19th August, 2015

Staff delighted at A-level success for Kings Priory pupils - News Guardian

http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/local/staff-delighted-at-a-level-success-for-kings-priory-pupils-1-7415362

Kings Priory School 245 Ardeche and Mediterranean Water Sports Adventure On 20 July seventy pupils from Year 7 to 10 and 8 staff boarded two coaches heading for France and the Ardeche

20th July, 2015

Ardeche and Mediterranean Water Sports Adventure

The journey, including our ferry crossing, took 24 hours but it was worth it as we were met by friendly PGL staff, a continental breakfast and warm sunshine.

After a site visit and a river talk, which was an entertaining introduction to the first part of our trip, we had lunch, shook our tail feathers then headed off to the Mighty Ardeche River. Pupils and staff were paired into twos and off we set in our canoes for the first afternoon on the river, the highlight was paddling through the beautiful arch at Pont d'arc soaking up the breath-taking scenery.

On our return to camp the PGL groupies arranged team games which were enjoyed by all then it was time to get ready for the nightly disco; by 11o'clock the happy campers were well and truly ready for a good night’s sleep.

The second and third day were both on the river where the pupils improved their paddling skills whilst executing the rapids. We even went down one rapid in a long chain minus our canoes! (commonly known as a womble). On day 4 we left the camp site at Segries and travelled south to Aqua Land which again was a huge success, especially the wave pool. We then travelled on to the coast to our campsite near the beach for the remainder of the trip. The pupils enjoyed many activities including: wind surfing, raft building, fun boats, pico sailing, sit on kayaks and of course the banana boat plus a few land based activities such as climbing and abseiling.  The warm weather also lent itself to some beach games, where once again trenches was a favourite amongst both pupils and staff.

After an exhausting but extremely enjoyable trip we boarded the coaches after tea and returned safely to the North East the following evening.

 

I would like to thank Mrs Callighan, Mrs Baines, Mr Gibbs, Mr Worthington, Miss Smith, Miss Nicholls and Mr Marsden for giving their time to support this trip.

 

The biggest thank you must go to the pupils who once again made this a fantastic experience and were commended on their enthusiasm and behaviour by many of the PGL staff. Well done.

Mrs Marsden

Kings Priory School 246 A Lead School for Computer Science Kings Priory School, Tynemouth is a Lead School for Computer Science teaching as part of the Network of Excellence of Co...

6th July, 2015

A Lead School for Computer Science

You may have heard of the shift in schools away from teaching simply ICT skills into the new computing curriculum which encompasses computer science, IT and digital literacy. This move was on the back of the majority of young people being users of digital technology and could play and tinker, but very few understood how digital technology worked or how to create it themselves.  In order for the UK to compete on the world stage in digital technology, something needed to change.

The Network of Excellence (NoE) is supported by a community of teachers known as Computing at School or CAS, which is part of the British Computer Society. The NoE have been funded by the DfE to promote the effective delivery of the computing curriculum, especially because of the shortage of experienced, effective computer science teachers. Part of this initiative has been the Master Teacher Programme.

The ethos of the CAS Master Teacher programme is simple. Experienced, high performing classroom teachers, with the full support of their Head Teacher/Principal, are enabled to support other teachers of Computing in their local area. This support may take the form of low-cost training sessions and other mentoring and coaching opportunities. Such support forms an essential part of developing a community of professional practice, alongside the other activities initiated by local CAS Hubs and our University partners in the Network of Excellence. As well as the subject and pedagogical knowledge CAS Master Teachers help develop, a key part of the role is building a supportive relationship, based on mutual trust, amongst colleagues.

Kings Priory School is proud to be a lead school and Jeanette Patterson, who is our Curriculum Team Leader for Technology, is a CAS Master Teacher and Regional Coordinator for CAS for the North East of England. This means that Jeanette line manages all the other master teachers in the area from Northumberland to Teesside.  She works very closely with Newcastle University and has run numerous events and CPD sessions for local teachers. Being a Lead School means we are leaders in the field of computer science teaching and can share our good practice with other schools.

We have a strong team of computing teachers here at Kings Priory School, with many years of experience and varied expertise between them. All pupils now follow the computing curriculum from Year 1 through to Year 8 as our all-through nature allows us to ensure pupils have consistency and a challenging and stimulating curriculum. In Year 9 pupils can opt follow GCSE Computer Science or Creative iMedia (a GCSE equivalent covering digital literacy skills for the modern world). At A level we offer both Computer Science and ICT, giving our pupils the opportunity to advance further in their preferred area.

Computing is offering pupils the chance to develop their problem solving skills as well as developing their creative side and at Kings Priory School we are embracing the changes with relish.

Kings Priory School 247 Oliver! The Middle School Production of Oliver was an absolute triumph last week. The pupils brought energy, enthusiasm and tale...

3rd July, 2015

Oliver!

The Middle School Production of Oliver was an absolute triumph last week. The pupils brought energy, enthusiasm and talent in bucket loads to the performances and both evenings received standing ovations from the sell-out audiences in the King's Hall.

Congratulations to all everyone involved: back stage, ensemble and main roles. The show is a credit to the hard work and commitment shown by the pupils. We are very proud of you all!

Mrs E Johnston

Kings Priory School 248 First School Sports Day

1st July, 2015

First School Sports Day

On Wednesday 1 July Reception and Years 1 & 2 had their Sports Day. The weather was wonderful and lots of parents and carers came to support us.

There were lots of team events and each team had a Sports Leader from Huntington Place site. We enjoyed the tug of war, long jump, netball, egg & spoon and many more activities. Thank you to all of you who came to support this lovely morning of sporting excellence!

Miss J Robinson

Kings Priory School 249 Kings Priory School Ofsted Report June 2015 Kings Priory School is delighted to have received its first Ofsted Review and to have achieved a report of 'Good'.

30th June, 2015

Kings Priory School Ofsted Report June 2015

The full report can be viewed via the official Ofsted website: www.Ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports , via the 'Ofsted' tab of this website or by clicking on this link /uploads/asset_file/3_0_450007-kings-priory-school-published-report-june-2015.pdf

Kings Priory School 250 GCSE, AS and A2 Art Exhibitions

25th June, 2015

GCSE, AS and A2 Art Exhibitions

It is always a fitting end to the school year when we begin to plan and organise our two showpiece art exhibitions at the end of the summer term and this year was no exception. With his usual enthusiasm and commitment to students Mr Richard Limer our technician has once again supported our GCSE and A level cohorts in mounting their end of course exhibitions. Large paintings, sculptures prints and constructions were all imaginatively displayed in two exhibitions which, though primarily staged as part of a formal moderation process, also serve as a celebration of the accomplished and stunning work of our young artists to be shared with family and friends alike. The exhibitions also serve a valuable teaching and learning tool for our budding young artists lower down the school who have all had the opportunity to view, analyse and evaluate the G.C.S.E. exhibition in particular. Both private viewings were magnificently accompanied by our budding musicians who in a series of solo and ensemble performances led by Mrs Johnston and Mr McGuire made the evenings a real festival of artistic endeavour and my thanks go to Miss Smith for presenting her splendid set of GCSE candidates and all staff, pupils and parents for their continued support of the Music and Arts Faculty.

Mr G Dickson, CTL Music and Art

 

Kings Priory School, GCSE art exhibition has a range of creative pieces of art. Each student has captured nature and the beauty of the world in its full glory! Different scenes from the: North, South, East and West bring out the colour and purpose in everything!

While looking around I saw many different styles of drawings and paintings. Lots, Many different emotions have been conveyed through the artist may it be joy, hate, laughter or love! Our landscape has been shaped by artists that capture the beauty in every object or living being. The students of Kings Priory School have really shown their talents through the world of art! These students have shown the different cultures and tribes of Africa to the chill of the frozen North. For art this is the place to come! Kings Priory School should be proud of its students and the work being produced here!

Eleanor King 6B

Kings Priory School 251 ESAA Success

24th June, 2015

ESAA Success

We are delighted to report that Adam Gibbs and Stella Perrett have been selected to represent Northumberland in the English Schools Athletics Association Championships on 10 - 12 July.

We wish them every success.

Kings Priory School 252 Science Technology Challenge

23rd June, 2015

Science Technology Challenge

Last week we took a group of twelve year eight and nine students to the Newcastle Science and Technology challenge. The format of the day split the students into pairs who were then joined with another pair from a different school. Throughout the day they completed challenges: building a bridge; using e-fit software to represent a criminal they had seen commit a crime; programme and computerised car and building a car. The students were an absolute credit to Kings Priory School wining three out of the four challenges. Two of our students, Edward Gardener and Sophia Stoetzel won outright and now go forward to represent the North East schools in the national finals. 

Kings Priory School 253 A Busy Year for Duke of Edinburgh Awards

22nd June, 2015

A Busy Year for Duke of Edinburgh Awards

This has been a busy year for the Kings Priory School D of E Unit, and by the end of this school year 147 pupils will have spent at least two nights under canvas whilst on expedition.

The expeditions have been a fantastic opportunity for the students to transfer the skills learnt in the classroom to the outdoor environment. They have all become proficient at setting up camp and many can cook a decent meal on a trangia.

Their skills, voluntary work and physical sections vary across the board from horse riding to skate boarding, cooking to blogging and charity work to gardening.

I would like to thank all the students for their commitment to the Award and the exemplary way that they have conducted themselves both in and outside of school, they are a credit to themselves and their families.

Several Gold Award students have been invited to St James’s Palace this school year to be presented with their certificates and badges by Prince Philip which is a huge achievement and special congratulations go to them.

 

I would like to thank the teaching and support staff who have given their personal time to help the students achieve this special accolade.

Mrs J Marsden

Kings Priory School 254 Reception visit Blue Reef Aquarium

19th June, 2015

Reception visit Blue Reef Aquarium

On Friday 12 June Reception visited the Blue Reef Aquarium. On our way we had a picnic in the park…it was delicious! When we arrived at the aquarium we looked at lots of different sea creatures and watched the seals being fed. They even did some tricks to entertain us!

 

We had a chance to learn about rock pools and touch some crabs, anemones, starfish and sharks’ eggs.

 

It was a great day out and we were all very tired when we got back to school!

 

Miss J Robinson

Kings Priory School 255 Fruits and Shoots

18th June, 2015

Fruits and Shoots

Year 1 were delighted to welcome Jill Raymond from ‘Fruits & Shoots’ recently who came to talk to us as part of our science topic on ‘Plants’. Jill told us all about what plants need to grow and how to care for them. She then showed us lots of different fruits and vegetables from around the world. Each class then received a box of fruit and vegetables to play a sorting activity. We would like to thank Jill for coming in to visit us and helping us to enhance our learning.

 

Mrs W Heide

Kings Priory School 256 Science Ambassadors

15th June, 2015

Science Ambassadors

Science Ambassadors at Maker Faire

At the end of last term the Science Ambassadors had the privilege of being Science Buskers at the UK Maker Faire.  Elin Roberts, from the Centre for Life, came and trained the Science Ambassadors in the art of science communication; this practical workshop involved learning science demonstrations and explaining the science behind them.  Our Science Ambassadors then joined a whole host of makers at this national festival that hosted over 15,000 guests.  They performed demonstrations to members of the public throughout the day, they were superb! We received so many positive comments from the public.  It was certainly a memorable day for all involved and we hope to return next year.

Science Mini Einsteins

In May we hosted our second Mini Einsteins workshop for Year 4 pupils and their grown-ups.  The session focused on the science of sight and sound and involved a series of hands on experiments.   Led by Mr Higgins, Miss Milburn and our Science Ambassadors, it was an opportunity to explore optical illusions and how to split light to create a rainbow. It was great for pupils to become more familiar with the science department prior to their transition to Huntington Place next term.  Please look out for details of the next Mini Einsteins workshop that will be happening over the next few weeks.

Science Ambassadors in London

Last weekend our Science Ambassadors took part in our annual trip to London to explore how science is communicated in some of the best museums in the country. First stop was the Science Museum which involved taking part in a number of practical challenges in the Launchpad exhibit.  Mr Gibbs and Miss Milburn were particularly pleased that they got a certificate for making a record –breaking “Hangover Bridge”. Next we headed to the Old Operating Theatre to see what medicine would have been like only 150 years ago.  Ben Chater was the chosen victim (sorry volunteer) to demonstrate what surgery would have been like without antiseptics, anaesthetics or antibiotics. In that era you would have had your leg amputated if you suffered a compound fracture.  On day 2 of the visit we enjoyed the wonders of London Zoo, learning about a variety of species, their lifestyle and how the zoo is involved in conservation and breeding programmes.  The trip was a resounding success and we are very excited to plan our trip next year.

Mini Science Ambassadors

Are you in Year 3 and passionate about science?  Do you love to investigate how things work? Do you think you could help others in science? Following the resounding success of the Science Ambassadors programme at Huntington place we would like to recruit some Mini Science Ambassadors to help everyone get excited about science.  As part of the programme you will get some specialist training in science labs and have the opportunity to help other pupils learn more about science.  If you would like to take part please get an application form from Mrs Collier and return it to her by Wednesday 24 June.  Good luck.

Mrs S Drury

Kings Priory School 257 Apprentice Undergraduates

9th June, 2015

Apprentice Undergraduates

Last week saw our Year 6 pupils become Apprentice Undergraduate Students at Northumbria University.

They experienced life on campus and what being a student involves. All aspects of life at university were shown to our pupils. Library treasure hunts, sporting activities and a campus Monopoly, where subject faculties were visited and investigated, ensured a good day was had by all.  Our pupils made a great impression at the University with both their behaviour and attitude on the day and they must be highly commended for this.

I have had many emails from parents saying this visit has inspired their son/daughter and this was the desired outcome of the visit.  These pupils may only be 10 or 11 years of age but to give them a small snapshot into Higher Education can only be beneficial even at this stage of their education.

Congratulations Year 6…you did a great job!

Kings Priory School 258 BBC 2 500 Words Competition Finalist

5th June, 2015

BBC 2 500 Words Competition Finalist

On Friday 29 May I had the honour of attending the live final of BBC 2’s ‘500 words’ competition at St James’ Palace, London.  It was very exciting to be part of the Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show.  Chris was a lively and fun host, putting us all at ease with his warm personality and zany behaviour.  One of the many highlights was sharing breakfast canapés with some well-known children’s authors, actors, TV presenters, pop stars – Will Young and The Vamps! – and of course, the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla. 

The event inspired me to carry on writing for pleasure and I would encourage all budding writers at Kings Priory School to enter next year’s competition.

Izzie Thorneycroft, Year 8

Kings Priory School 259 UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

2nd June, 2015

UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

Pupils at Kings Priory School achieved 2 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze certificate in this year’s UKMT Junior Maths Challenge! Over 250,000 pupils from across the UK sat the Junior Maths Challenge with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the next 21% bronze.

Approximately 600 of the top students are invited to sit a follow-on competition, the Junior Mathematical Olympiad or Kangaoo, with one of our pupils, Jez Piper (Year 8), qualifying for this! Well done Jez!

Miss A Sidebotham

Kings Priory School 260 Final day for our Year 13 students

21st May, 2015

Final day for our Year 13 students

On 21 May, we said goodbye to our Year 13 students, some of whom had been with us since they were 4 years old! We celebrated their time at the school with a buffet lunch followed by emotional farewells at the Leavers’ Service in the Chapel led by Mrs Hewlett and Mr Nicholson.  We wish them every success in whatever their bright futures hold for them. God bless and good luck.

Kings Priory School 261 Kevin Brooks' Visit

19th May, 2015

Kevin Brooks' Visit

The English Department were delighted to welcome the renowned author Kevin Brooks into the department at the end of last term.  The author of many teen fiction novels and short stories told the Year 9 audience about his inspirations, his working processes and his life as a writer. The Year 9 pupils were able to ask questions and discover just what makes a published author so successful. 

The author of the teen thrillers “Martyn Pig” “iBoy” and “The Ultimate Truth” has won many prizes for literature. One of his recent novels “The Bunker Diary” published in 2013, won the annual Carnegie Medal as the best new book for children or young adults published in the U.K.  His style of thriller has encouraged many readers to tackle challenging story lines and so we were very excited when he awarded signed copies of his latest books to members of the audience.  Several of his novels are available in our school library and many are also available in dyslexia friendly format.

Mrs S Penhall

Kings Priory School 262 First School Arts Week The last week of half term ended on a high on the Percy Park site with a celebration of Arts Week, and all things fishy!...

18th May, 2015

First School Arts Week

Kings Priory First School had a fun morning at King Edward’s Bay sand sculpturing within their Chapters. The children and staff worked together to produce sand sculptures which linked to the theme of the week – ‘Celebrating the Sea’. It was lovely to see the older children working collaboratively with the younger children and siblings working together. A massive thank you to all our volunteers who helped make the day so successful.

Other highlights included: tile painting (Years 3 and 4) and tile sculpture sessions (under the direction of Mr Dickson) in the Art Room on Huntington Place for Reception, Year 1 and 2. Huge thanks to all the wonderful parents, grandparents and friends who supported the activities and made the week possible.

Kings Priory School 263 Children's Cancer Run Children’s Cancer Run Newcastle Racecourse Sunday 17 May 2015

17th May, 2015

Children's Cancer Run

Pupils and parents of Kings Priory School took part in the 33rd Children’s Cancer Run at Gosforth Park, Newcastle, an event the school has been involved in since its foundation.

It was another fantastic event with an amazing atmosphere and a great family occasion. The school was very well represented with pupils and students from Reception right through to Year 13 running, along with a good number of parents too.

Well done to everyone who took part and for raising funds for such a worthy cause. 

Kings Priory School 264 Coastal Canines

16th May, 2015

Coastal Canines

The first trial run of the PTA family dog walk was a great success last weekend. Over 40 people turned out with their adorable dogs and enjoyed a stroll to Seaton Sluice via St Mary's Lighthouse.  Much fun was had by all and the children grouped together to judge the awards for the fluffiest tail, most like their owner, glossiest coat, most obedient and many more categories! The dogs received a delicious home made treat after being presented with their rosettes and toys, whilst the grownups and children enjoyed a well deserved hot chocolate.  Thanks to all volunteers, those who took part on the day and also for the kind donations of prizes and dog treats. 

Kings Priory School 265 Year 13 Leavers' Ball

16th May, 2015

Year 13 Leavers' Ball

On Saturday 16 May our Year 13 students gathered at the Old Assembly Rooms, along with many members of staff, to mark the next step in their educational career. A fabulous 3 course dinner and speeches led by members of the Leavers' Ball committee represented the end of an era for many of our students. It was a wonderful event where staff and student celebrated together in recognition of the success of their time at Kings Priory Sixth Form.

We wish every member of Year 13 the best of luck and truly believe our students are the future leaders of tomorrow. 

Kings Priory School 266 Grandparents' Afternoon As part of our topic; “What Were The People Like Who Lived Up To 100 Years Ago?”, Year 2 pupils invited their grandparen...

15th May, 2015

Grandparents' Afternoon

The afternoon began with the children asking questions about the following themes; school day, music, weekends and games. They were particularly captivated listening to how different the school day was, for example, only speaking to the teacher if they spoke to you first, any conversations meant painful consequences were administered to those children not following the rules, ouch! 

The second part of the afternoon gave our visitors an opportunity to share photographs and artefacts from their childhood – with items including a fireman’s helmet, a flat-iron, a ration book, a record player and even a selection of glass eyes!

After tea and scones for our senior friends, the afternoon ended with some of the children playing “Bobby Shafto” on the violin accompanied by the rest of the class and visitors singing along!

Year 2 would like to send a heart-felt thank you to all the grandparents and senior friends who contributed to providing the children with an unforgettable learning experience.

Mrs S Collier, Mrs C Spencer and Mrs N West. 

Kings Priory School 267 A Finalist for BBC 500 Words

15th May, 2015

A Finalist for BBC 500 Words

I am absolutely delighted to be able to tell you that one of our very own students has made it through to the finals of the BBC ‘500 words’ competition. We thought ourselves very privileged to have 4 students reach the semi-final stages and we have just heard that Izzie Thorneycroft from Year 8 has beaten off competition from over 120,000 entries to be one of the 25 finalists!  She has been invited to the presentation award ceremony at St James’ Palace in London during May half term. 

You can read Izzie’s short story, a very moving and unusual piece called “Lost in Time” on the BBC 500words competition website by following the link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3PmVTDQXxZw0T8QQLgtr9vT/lost-in-time.  The winners of gold, silver and bronze prizes will be announced on the Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show on Friday 29 May.

I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Izzie the very best of luck; we are so very proud of her achievements and are delighted to see Kings Priory School represented in such an exciting competition.                                                                                                       

Mrs S Penhall

Kings Priory School 268 Woodard Young Musician of the Year Well Done Alice!

9th May, 2015

Woodard Young Musician of the Year

On Saturday 9 May, Year 13 pupil Alice Buhaenko performed in the final of the prestigious Woodard Schools Young Musician of the Year Competition at St John’s, Smith Square. The standard of performance was truly outstanding and Alice performed impressively playing Rachmaninov’s G# minor prelude (Opus 32, no 12) on the piano. 14 Woodard Schools were represented and the winning musician eventually came from The Cathedral School in Llanduff, Wales.

It was a wonderful experience to be part of and a superb opportunity to perform alongside some outstanding young musicians – well done Alice! 

Kings Priory School 269 Duke of Edinburgh Award Unit A busy time for Duke of Edinburgh Award Unit

30th April, 2015

Duke of Edinburgh Award Unit

April has been a very busy month for the D of E unit.

71 Year 10 pupils have been out on their first practice expeditions in and around the Allendale area.  Due to the numbers the groups have been out on two different weekends.

On the first weekend six teams set off in beautiful sunshine, enjoying the views of the countryside as they walked. All teams navigated themselves safely to the campsite where they set up their tents and cooked a variety of nutritious meals on their trangias. As the night drew in it was obvious that it was going to be rather chilly as the sky was so clear and the temperature did drop to zero, however on the plus side the night sky was a fabulous sight to be seen. The weather on the second day proved to be nearly as good as the first and the teams set off in good spirit for the last leg of their expedition.

For the second expedition the weather could not have been more different as the rain started whilst we were travelling up the A69! With waterproofs on the groups’ plodged their way along their chosen routes; sleet and light snow showers hit us on the hills but the teams persevered with them all arriving safely at their destination in good time. The camping and cooking went well and the sun did come out giving the teams a chance to dry off before bed time. Another cold night was in store for these teams but once again they all survived it in true D of E spirit.

I must express my thanks to the teams for their positive attitude and behaviour whist out on the hills, they were a credit to themselves, the school and their parents.

Thank you to all the staff who gave up their weekend to help make both expeditions a success.

Kings Priory School 270 Gymnasts!

30th April, 2015

Gymnasts!

On Thursday afternoon 52 gymnasts from Year 1 to Year 6 competed at The Parks against pupils from across North Tyneside. Each gymnast performed an individual floor and vault routine to an excellent standard. Particular mention goes to Emily Whiting and Lily Statham who competed in the Open Category of the competition. All pupils involved showed a mature attitude and real dedication, attending extra-curricular practises in the run up to the event. The judges and staff at The Parks singled Kings Priory out and commended us for our excellent behaviour and enthusiasm. A big well done to all those who took part, we look forward to finding out the results.

Kings Priory School 271 Maximus - Roman Centurion!

22nd April, 2015

Maximus - Roman Centurion!

Year 4 had a surprise visit from a Roman Centurion on Wednesday last week to introduce our topic on Romans. The children enjoyed becoming Roman soldiers, completing battle training, marching in formation and finding out about the life of a Roman soldier as well as making and playing a traditional Roman board game.

A big thank you to Maximus for a fun-filled day of learning.

Kings Priory School 272 Maddie Chops for Charity!

22nd April, 2015

Maddie Chops for Charity!

On Wednesday 22 April, Maddie Lumley (Year 5) cut her hair for charity.

Before the haircut, her hair was below her hips, but now rests on her shoulders.

Maddie, on her Just Giving page, said that she was donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust to free her from the pain of brushing it and to help terminally ill children live a more normal life.

Her page has raised over £800, with donations from as far away as America and Australia.

She will give the money and over 2 feet of hair to The Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children who have sadly lost their hair through cancer treatment.

We are all very proud of what she has achieved - Well Done, Maddie!

Donations can still be made via Maddie's Just Giving page, www.justgiving.com/madeleine-lumley

Alex Rushworth (Year 5)

Kings Priory School 273 Duke of Edinburgh Presentations A group of students were invited to a presentation evening at The Quadrant earlier this month.

20th April, 2015

Duke of Edinburgh Presentations

The students received their awards from Councillor Mulvenna and the Vice Lord Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, Mr Gavin Black CBE. I was delighted that three of our students were asked to deliver a small presentation to the guests which they did in a very proficient and confident manner, encouraging students to keep on with the Award to Gold.

This was a lovely celebration of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and I was delighted to receive a certificate for fifteen years’ service, which was most unexpected.

Many congratulations go to all the students who have completed their Awards and for those not at the event your certificates will be on the way to school soon.

Special congratulations go to Lucy Thompson, Tom Rickards, Gwen Ballard and Georgia Scurfield who received recognition on the night for completing their Gold Award. Well done to you all.

Kings Priory School 274 Golfing Champions Our Golfing Champions

3rd April, 2015

Golfing Champions

Recently, Brad Robinson and Christian Brown competed in the Schools’ Golf County Championship at Prudhoe. For the third year running, Brad won and is again the county champion. Christian also played extremely well and came second.  Together, they both won the team prize which qualifies them for the English Schools’ team championships at the home of English golf – Woodhall Spa.

Last week, Brad and Christian played in the County Junior matchplay championship. Here Christian won the strokeplay and Brad went on to win the final in the matchplay. Both students are becoming very good golfers both at junior level and at senior level. Brad has secured a golf scholarship to study in the USA whilst Christian too, is hoping to secure a scholarship later in the year.

Kings Priory School 275 Wansbeck Winners! A number of musicians represented KPS superbly at the Wansbeck Music Festival Last Week. We are delighted that our troph...

2nd April, 2015

Wansbeck Winners!

Eleanor Preston in Year 10 was awarded the Katie Littlewood Trophy. The Darius Trio (Alice Buhaenko, Adam Blakey and Rebecca Murta) were awarded the Demerley Cup, The KPS Klarinos ensemble awarded the Brymer Trophy and Vjollca Dobson in Year 8 awarded the Rolfe Goblet.

Clarinet teacher Mrs Jennifer Murray who led the trip to the Festival said, "I’d like to say how well they ALL played …….musical, stylistic performances which really impressed the adjudicator. Their behaviour and obvious dedication and commitment to music was a great advertisement for Kings Priory School and their parents should be very proud of them - as I am!"

Well done to all who took part!

Kings Priory School 276 Hairspray the Musical What an amazing show!

27th March, 2015

Hairspray the Musical

Congratulations to all the pupils from Years 7 – 13 who worked their socks off to stage a truly outstanding show last weekend.

Performing three times to sell out audiences, the pupils were full of life, professionalism and most of all – bursting with talent. What an amazing group of young people we have at KPS.

Kings Priory School 277 Year 1 welcomes the Weatherman

11th March, 2015

Year 1 welcomes the Weatherman

Year 1 have been learning all about the weather in Science this half term and were delighted to welcome Paul Mooney, BBC Weather presenter, to visit last week. Paul talked about his job as a weather presenter and answered a variety of questions from our young scientists. We found out why we didn’t see a lot of snow this winter and also discussed weird and wonderful weather.  

Kings Priory School 278 The Bubble Foundation Fundraising Event

6th March, 2015

The Bubble Foundation Fundraising Event

As many will remember on the last Friday of last term we held a Non Uniform Day and cake sale in support of the Bubble Foundation. The Bubble Foundation is a world renowned charity, who have a local ward In the RVI in Newcastle. They support young children suffering from life threatening diseases. The pupils and staff from Percy Park Site also participated in the Non Uniform Day and a special decorate a cupcake event for everyone.

We are glad to report that the day was a huge success among the pupils and this was reflected in the £1,700 that we have raised. We would like to thank everyone involved with the event, with special thanks to the Café K staff and Year 13 students who gave up their time to help out.

U6 Design Technology Class 2015

Kings Priory School 279 Science Ambassadors

6th March, 2015

Science Ambassadors

We started the Science Ambassadors programme at Kings Priory School in 2014 and were overwhelmed with the success.  This programme contributed to us being named Special Merit Award winners in the Rolls Royce Science Prize.  It was with great anticipation that we started to recruit new Science Ambassadors from Year 9 to join a dedicated team of Science Ambassadors in Years 10 and 11.  Once again we were astounded by the talent and passion that our students possess; the quality of applications was very high. Pupils had to produce a 1 minute video about something scientific and fill in an application form.  We have just chosen our new Year 9 Science Ambassadors and are very excited about them joining the team.  The Science Ambassadors over the next few weeks are involved in training with Newcastle University Street Science team and are attending workshops in Biomedical and Biological Sciences as part of Durham University’s Science Festival as well as helping run the new Mini Einsteins workshops.  

Kings Priory School 280 World Book Day

5th March, 2015

World Book Day

What a fabulous day we had on both sites to celebrate World Book Day.  From famous book characters to book swaps and the culmination of our book fair, a truly fitting celebration for the international celebration of reading for pleasure!

Kings Priory School 281 Year 1 Science Outdoors Investigating seasonal changes

13th February, 2015

Year 1 Science Outdoors

Science in the outdoors was on the Year One curriculum this week. All the children wrapped up warm and set off with an army of adult helpers to look for seasonal changes. The children used their investigative skills and identification cards to name their finds.

Finally each group made a minibeast hotel for the little creatures of Prior's Park.

Kings Priory School 282 NSPCC Buddy's Big Work Out

13th February, 2015

NSPCC Buddy's Big Work Out

A massive thank you to all Year 1 to 4 pupils and parents and carers for their support and contribution to our Buddy’s Big Workout event. Together we were able to raise £2,808 for the NSPCC!

Lisa Jones the local school organiser came into school on the 12 January to speak in assembly and issue the packs.  She collected the donations and advised the children in assembly this week of the amazing amount that we had raised.

Kings Priory School 283 Christmas Writing Competition Winners Dan Smith, our Patron of Reading presents the prizes in our Christmas Writing competition.

13th February, 2015

Christmas Writing Competition Winners

Dan Smith our Patron of Reading was in school on Monday to present our winner of the Christmas writing competition with their prize.  Jamie Sarma was the deserving victor although Dan was so impressed with other entries that the following pupils were also given recognition for their work; Christian Corcoran, Madeline Dowse, Conor Walton and Emily Meredith.

Dan says:  “The Patron of Reading scheme was created with the idea of bringing schools and authors together to raise the profile of reading and writing for pleasure so, working with the English Department and the Learning Resources Centre, we decided to hold a writing competition over the Christmas break. The idea was for pupils to have some fun making up their own stories about an unexpected Christmas surprise. I was very impressed with the standard of the entries and it was clear that the young writers had spent a great deal of time and effort over their stories. Jamie Sarma, was a worthy winner with his touching tale that layered a couple of story lines and included some excellent foreshadowing, but the standard was so good that I decided to award runners up prizes to Madeline Dowse, Christian Corcoran, Conor Walton and Emily Meredith.”

Well done to all of our winners and a big Thank You to Dan for his time and effort as a judge.  We look forward to Dan coming into school again to work with our pupils in the near future.

Kings Priory School 284 Sixth Form at the National Glass Centre On Monday 9 February our upper and lower sixth form artists were enriched by an informative and hands on workshop visit...

9th February, 2015

Sixth Form at the National Glass Centre

 A sunny frosty morning greeted us all but we were soon warmed by the friendly welcome of the Gallery staff who started the day with a tour of the history of glassmaking on the banks of the Wear and the many developments in the manufacture of hand made and moulded glass. An exciting workshop followed in which all students constructed a glass tile using wire, beads, foil and glass shards based on an element from their own coursework projects. This was a new set of techniques and processes that we are keen to explore and develop in the department, so this was useful inset for us as well as the students. The highly skilled art of blowing glass was then presented to us, a real treat to see two highly experienced craft workers applying the experience and years of knowledge in the creation of a unique artefact.

Following a wholesome lunch and a particularly nice cappuccino we were given a guided tour of the fine art, design and architectural glass studios of the University which provided real insight into the next stage of art education as well as a useful opportunity to learn about possible careers opportunities. An exhibition of the renowned potter Magdalene Odundo  who is new to glass making was a stunning  and fitting way to end a varied, informative, creative and thoroughly enhancing day and thanks go to Miss Laura Smith for organising the whole event which has put the Glass centre back on the map as a must see venue.

Kings Priory School 285 North East Teenage Book Awards The North East Teenange Book Awards

6th February, 2015

North East Teenage Book Awards

As you will be aware the award season is upon us with both the BAFTAs and Oscars coming soon.  However the most important date in our diary was the NETBA and the ceremony was last night at the Centre for Life in Newcastle.  Our intrepid readers who had read the shortlisted books were entertained when the authors told of the angst, inspiration and ultimate fulfilment of writing a novel.  All had their own story to tell of how the ideas became the written word and the research they had to carry out to ensure accuracy and credibility to their work.  As each gave their presentation the tension was mounting until the final moments when the winner was announced.

The winning title and author this year was the very popular
James Dawson with ‘Say Her Name’.

After the presentation there was time to meet and greet the authors and our pupils were thrilled that James was willing to share his success and have his photograph taken with them.  Many thanks to all the pupils who took part in this award.  We are all looking forward to next year when once again we can be part of what has now become an annual reading initiative here at KPS.

Mrs J Angel

Kings Priory School 286 Readathon - Year 8 pupils

6th February, 2015

Readathon - Year 8 pupils

We are delighted to again be taking part in READATHON, the UK’s biggest national sponsored reading event that helps children and young people develop a life-long love of reading for pleasure.  This is something, we here at KPS, feel very passionate about and hope you will support us in this initiative.

READATHON works just like any other sponsored event in that the pupils will read books in exchange for pledges of money.  The monies raised by this event will support four exceptional children’s charities: READWELL, which provides books and storytelling to children in hospital; CLIC SARGENT, giving support to children with cancer and their families;  ROALD DAHL’S MARVELLOUS CHILDRENS’S CHARITY, which helps seriously ill and disabled children and TOGETHER FOR SHORT LIVES, the leading charity for the UK’s children’s hospice services.

Your child will bring home a sponsorship card and find sponsors amongst family and friends.  Please let them read whatever they wish. It could be a book, magazine or listening to an audio book.  Reception children could even draw a picture from their favourite story.  Remember this is not homework – it is meant to be a fun event!  It will run from the week beginning 23 February and run until Friday 20 March.  Can I appeal for the sponsorship cards and money be returned to school on Monday 23 March?  All cheques should be payable to Kings Priory School.  We, in return, receive free books worth 20% of our sponsorship total so our school community also benefits.

Kings Priory School 287 Bikeability

6th February, 2015

Bikeability

During the first three sessions of biking enrichment this term our new recruits underwent their Bikeability level 1 and 2 training. Showing great fortitude in the cold, windy and generally harsh conditions the group worked hard to achieve their awards. The assessors from North Tyneside Council heaped praise on our pupils, remarking on their enthusiasm, commitment and keen desire to learn.

Congratulations are due to Laura Day, Tamas Lukacs, Finn Gamblin, Wilf Serg