Northfield School & Sports College present The Thankful Solider

October 21, 2014 in Drama, Front Page News by Miss C Dickinson

The Thankful Soldier Production

Inspired by the Year 11 trip to War Horse at The Lowry Theatre in Salford and to coincide with the World War One commemorations, Northfield School and Sports College present The Thankful Solider; a story of hope, human nature and sacrifice.

England and Wales are home to the ‘Thankful Villages’ from which all of their men returned from the war. Ralph McPherson is a Thankful soldier who returns from war but is haunted by his memories of loss.

Written and devised by staff and performed by Northfield School’s Drama club, The Thankful Soldier is a devised piece not to be missed!

What’s New At Northfield?

September 17, 2014 in Front Page News by Northfield

New website launching soon


Inventive student designs winning robot – Gazette Live

November 28, 2014 in Front Page News, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) by Miss C Peskett


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Adam from Northfield School won a ‘design a robot’ competition, winning the chance for Robots Live to visit the school.

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NHS School Nurse

November 27, 2014 in Front Page News by Northfield

Members of the school council, teaching staff and members of the senior leadership team met on 14th November. In this meeting we were joined by three fully qualified NHS nurses. We discussed any queries that we felt students may have about a school nurse coming in to help students on a regular basis.

We decided as a council to have a school nurse. The decision was made that this would be a female nurse who will come into school from Monday 1st December and then every Monday lunchtime after that. The service is free to use, is not compulsory and will take the form of a drop in service between 12.30pm and 1.30pm every day. Any concerns or worries regarding mental or physical health can be discussed with the nurse in a purely confidential matter except in extreme circumstances when the staff feel it would necessary to inform a parent or guardian about any serious concerns that crop up.

If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to ask any member of our school council from any year group. As Head Girl Abbi Liddell, and on behalf of Head Boy Harvey Cobb, we will also be delighted to answer any questions you may have.
There will be posters around the school in the coming weeks and your tutors have further information.

Please feel free to contact any member of the guidance team if you have any concerns or queries about this issue.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.



Northfield in the News

November 25, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss S Silivistris

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Northfield is featured in the latest edition of ‘Billingham Community News’. Click on the link below to read our stories:


Dana in the Gazette!

November 25, 2014 in Front Page News, Year 11 by Northfield


Year 11 student, Dana, is in The Gazette. Read the article at the link below:


Year 11 Plays with Fire

November 25, 2014 in Front Page News, Year 11 by Northfield


Year 11 student, Jack, recently participated in the ‘Life Project’ course which involved him working and training with Cleveland Fire Brigade in Grangetown. Jack spent the week team-building with other teenagers, building a dam, guiding each other around a room in complete darkness and moving through a pitch black maze using only one rope. Jack also learnt fire awareness skills and theory, first aid and even using the fire hose! He said: “I felt quiet nervous and scared at first. But now I’m happy and proud that I took part in it.” Well done Jack!


Parliament Week 2014

November 18, 2014 in Front Page News by Miss S Silivistris

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On the 13th and 14th of November, 25 Year 8 students were off time-table, learning all about parliament and debating in celebration of national Parliament Week 2014.

Students participated in several games and activities, giving them insight into the world of politics and the government.

The debate days culminated in a formal debate chaired by Deputy Head teacher, Mr Henderson, and the school’s Learning and Behaviour Strategy Manager, Mrs Lucas. The motion students chose was that schools should adopt a zero tolerance bullying policy, with both sides making informed and valid arguments throughout.

Students were also visited by Alex Cunningham MP who gave them valuable first-hand knowledge about the role of parliament and the life of an MP. All students were enthusiastic and enjoyed the days, with one stating that he, “never knew politics could be so fun.”

by L Lucas


Anti-Bullying Week 2014

November 18, 2014 in Anti-Bullying, Front Page News by L Lucas

This week is National Anti-Bullying Week and Northfield School has participated in this national event for the past 10 years. This year’s theme ‘Let’s stop bullying for all’ shines a light on supporting all students but in particular our most vulnerable students who may be dealing with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities on a daily basis. Existing national evidence shows us that children with special educational needs and/or disabilities are significantly more likely to suffer bullying than other children but we would like to stop bullying for all children.

Ultimately, bullying is a behaviour choice, one which parents, carers, teachers and the community must work together to change at grass roots level; educating the school and wider community that bullying in any form is wrong, and that any environment that encourages bullying, or shows indifference to prejudice and discrimination is unacceptable. Now is the time for children and young people to take the lead on changing behaviour and to stop bullying for all. Together we will be making it clear that we do not accept bullying in our school, clubs and teams and that we create safe environments where all young people can develop their skills and talents.

We would like to celebrate our present Anti-Bullying work in school and also build on our success (Diana Award, Lead School, Anti-Bullying Accreditation and Approved Provider Standard) – we know that together we can be even better! During Anti-Bullying Week we will be raising awareness of our Anti-Bullying work and showing our support with a number of activities – most of which cost just 20p. As usual, we will also be having fun raising money for our chosen charity – Children in Need – our students are aiming to beat last year’s total of £1000.

What’s on in Anti-Bullying Week:

  • Tutor Group SEND awareness activity
  • Tutor Group Gingerbread Man  Challenge
  • Design the ‘Northfield Anti-Bullying Super Hero’ competition
  • Friendship bracelets
  • Find the Super Hero Hunt Competition
  • Blue Sweetie Hamper raffle
  • Big cake bake – Tuesday 18 November
  • Big cake sale – Wednesday 19 November
  • Guess the number of Hero sweets in the tub
  • Special Super Hero cake raffle
  • Super Hero for the Day…..
  • Super Hero Bake Off between members of the Senior Leadership Team and Guidance Teams

Please encourage your children to take part, have fun and help us and the Super Heroes raise £1000!

N.B Our Anti-Bullying non-uniform day in support of our charities will be Thursday 18 December 2014

by K Smith


School Awards at SRC Bede Sixth Form

November 17, 2014 in Front Page News by K Smith

On Thursday 13th November, Northfield held a special awards evening to celebrate the success of its class of 2014. Held at SRC Bede Sixth Form, with a turnout of over 250 students and parents, staff and governors, the evening focussed on the efforts and achievements of our school’s most recent leavers.

Awards were presented from all subject areas along with specialist awards, including, ‘Sportsmanship’, ‘Curriculum, ‘Attendance’, ‘Citizenship’ and ‘Endeavour’. As well as awards, guests were treated to performances from the school’s junior and senior soloists and our currently Year 11 dancers. Mr Walker presented the awards with pride and honour. Mr Henderson compered the evening, and to conclude, Mr Bimson made a heart-felt speech about his final year group.

A big thank you to SRC Bede Sixth Form and their staff for providing the venue and making us feel extremely welcome on what was a truly exceptional evening.


Year 7 Netball Team maintain their unbeaten record!

November 17, 2014 in Front Page News, Year 7 by Miss A Kirkbride

On Wednesday 5th November, the Year 7 girl’s Netball Team played their first league match against Egglescliffe School and won 9-0. It was an excellent performance by all, especially considering it was their first match.

The shooters Libby Instone, Olivia Grylls and Tamzin Canham all had numerous chances to score; there could have been even more goals scored! The defence: Taylor Gibbons, Charlotte Leeming and Lucy Bolton did not allow any goals to be scored by the opposing team; they showed resilience and excellent team work. Sara and Hallie also played well linking our play up on the centre court.

This Tuesday, 11th September, the girls played away at Ian Ramsey. They maintained their unbeaten record by winning 6-2.

All girls should be congratulated on the effort, teamwork and dedication they have shown to their sport so far at Northfield. We look forward to seeing them develop and grow from strength to strength as a team.


Visiting Author Barry Hutchison

November 13, 2014 in Front Page News, Library by Northfield

imagesCAZM9J26 We are extremely lucky to have author Barry Hutchison visiting school to meet students on Wednesday 19th November. This event is part of the Northern Children’s Book Festival and Barry will lead an interactive talk on how he became a writer, the books he writes and how his childhood shaped his writing.

He will lead a session with all year 8 students in the school hall followed by a session with selected year 9, 10 and 11 students in the Library and Resource Centre. His books will be on sale in the Library leading up to the event, if students would like to purchase one to have signed on the day.

Barry Hutchison is an author of children’s and young adult books as well as a screen writer. He specializes in writing horror and fantasy books with a comic twist. His first series ‘Invisible Fiends’ received critical acclaim and his book ‘The 13th Horseman’ was nominated for many awards including Grampian Children’s Book Award and the North East Book Award. He has also performed at the Edinburgh Book festival five times, written sketches for the BBC’s Comedy ‘Rooms to Write’ and for CITV. If you wish to find out more about Barry Hutchison, please have a look at his

The books for sale are as follows:Invisible Fiends series:
Mr Mumbles – £6.99
Raggie Maggie – £6.99
The Crowmaster – £6.99
Doc Mortis – £6.99
The Beast – £6.99
Other novels:
The 13th Horseman – £6.99
The Book of Doom – £6.99
Invisible fiends The 13th horseman