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May 2018 – The ‘Royal Wedding’

Our youngest deaf pupils held their own royal wedding in school , followed by a fantastic garden party in the school grounds.


Youth club – members of the youth club have been out and about having fun on Thursdays nights after school.


Friday 26 May 2017 – David Walliams dedicates his new book to his friends at Northern Counties School!

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Northern Counties School is delighted to learn that number one best-selling author David Walliams has dedicated his latest book to the school.

The World’s Worst Children 2 is the follow-up to Walliams’ bestseller The World’s Worst Children and includes ten more stories about a brand new gang of hilariously horrible kids!

If you thought you had read about the World’s Worst Children already, you’re in for a rather nasty shock. The beastly boys and gruesome girls in this book are even ruder, even more disgusting and WORSE than you could ever imagine!

David is a great friend of the school having visited in the past and both children and staff were over the moon to find out the Britain’s Got Talent judge has dedicated the book to them.

Head of Northern Counties School, Jo Allen, said: “We are over the moon that David has dedicated his book to his friends here at Northern Counties School”.


Thursday 12 January 2017

Northern Counties School have just had notification that their Hillcrest Centre has been re-accredited by the National Autistic Society.  The report reflects the outstanding practise and highlights the integrated working, partnership with parents, high levels of staff expertise and the quality of teaching and learning.  Well done to the whole staff team!


Tuesday 10 January 2017

Pupils had their annual trip to see the Pantomime at Newcastle Theatre Royal.  The pupils loved joining in with the songs from Cinderella and it was amazing to see how well our pupils coped with such a busy, stimulating environment. Lots of pupils used public transport to access the performance, developing their community skills. The new minibus also had its first run out.

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Christmas Eve 2016

The Northern Counties Signing Choir were over the moon to receive the new fully accessible minibus which was donated to us by The Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund. As you can see, the pupils were very excited when it was delivered to school by Santa and one of his elves. The signing choir had been out and about raising money for the Sunshine Fund in the run up to Christmas and we are so grateful to all the generous people of the North East who donated their money to this cause. The minibus will support the pupils to access the curriculum in the community. Thanks again Sunshine Fund!

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Tuesday 19 July 2016

Our annual school and family picnic took place once again on a glorious summer day.

Sensory spaces created a beautiful relaxing area and brought instruments, story-tellers and puppets to entertain the children. Lots of families brought their picnic blankets and joined in. Kerry organised a game of cricket and everyone enjoyed their picnic in the sunshine!

This was followed by our leavers assembly where we said goodbye to some very long term members of our school and celebrated their successes. We wish them all the very best in their future lives.

sps music  Lisa family

Carols class Cricket

Alanis etc Fazer family

Friday 24 June 2016

Great North Snowdogs is a large-scale, mass appeal public art event designed to communicate the best of our region’s art, heritage and culture to the widest possible audience.  The event will also raise funds for St Oswald’s.  From September 2016, the Snowdogs will take over Tyne and Wear, becoming part of a trail.  Bond Dickinson have donated a puppy to school, for us to decorate and display. Each class will design part of our dog and Kelly (our artist in residence) will transfer the pupils’ work onto the sculpture.  Nick Powell, from St Oswald’s came to a special assembly to introduce the project and unveil our dog.  We are very excited to be part of such a creative project.

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