Ethos and Vision

The 600 or so pupils who attend the school come from various first and primary schools within Northumberland and Newcastle. They follow a four-year course of study; and at 13 plus pupils transfer to Secondary and High schools. Pupils are proud ambassadors for their school. They have an extremely positive attitude to learning and work hard at all times. High levels of mutual respect pervade the school so that incidents of poor behaviour, bullying or racism are rare.

In September 2017 PCMS converted to an Academy and is actively developing relationships to extend the school network.

September 2014 Ponteland Middle School appointed as a Teaching School. PCMS formed The Ponteland Partnership Teaching Alliance with a number of schools including Berwick Middle School; Holy Trinity First School, Berwick; and the Royal Grammar School. The alliance is supported by strategic partners: Northumbria University, Newcastle University, Schools NorthEast, Royal Grammar School, Capita, Newcastle United Foundation, Viagenco Kenya. The purpose of a teaching school alliance is to raise standards through school to school support, teacher training opportunities, continual professional development, engage in research and development and ensure that the most talented schools leaders are developed as successful headteachers.

The school is accommodated in a relatively modern, 40 years old, building with facilities grouped around two internal courtyards as follows: 17 classrooms with interactive whiteboards, some with specialist features as, for example, the music room; two small instrumental practice rooms; a well equipped ICT suite; dining room; sports hall with three additional classrooms; design and technology; art; food and textiles; humanities; drama and two science laboratories. Outdoors, we have well maintained 9v9 3G pitch, extensive games fields, a hard play area and tennis courts. The 9v9 all-weather artificial turf pitch was completed in Summer 2014. We hold a platinum sports ‘Games Mark’ school award and have anti-bullying accreditation. We are committed to maintaining our organizational and strong mental health through improvement, commitment and consistency.

All staff here aim to foster each child’s intellectual, physical, aesthetic, spiritual, emotional, moral and social development; help each child to learn how to learn; help each child enjoy the experience of learning and find satisfaction and a sense of achievement; enable each child to realise his or her potential through the development of the necessary skills, concepts and knowledge; develop the child’s ability to reason; help the child to pose questions and devise investigations to answer them and critically to interpret the results obtained.

The aims of Ponteland Community Middle School clearly state our intention to assess pupils’ learning for the purposes of recording their achievements and of diagnosing problems and solutions. We totally endorse the best practice in assessment which has the following features:

It ensures the curriculum is 21st Century, enriched and innovative;

It matches the method of assessment to the nature of the learning;

It involves the learners themselves in the process and improves their learning;

It helps to ensure continuity of learning;

It communicates information about progress to pupils, parents and the community of education professionals.

Teachers and teaching assistants are allocated classes for subjects and curriculum areas. ‘The quality of teaching is rated outstanding. Staff have high expectations and set challenging work. Teachers have an excellent knowledge of their respective subjects and use their enthusiasm and love of learning to plan interesting lessons that motivate pupils to do well. The curriculum is outstanding. Achievement is also outstanding in English, Mathematics, Science, Music, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities and Physical Education. A large number of pupils participate in an extremely wide variety of extra-curricular activities and this makes an excellent contribution to their achievement, particularly in music and sport.

The Headteacher leads a strong team of senior and middle leaders who share her dynamic vision and determination to provide enriched teaching and learning. Leaders, including Trustees, have the highest expectations of themselves and the staff they lead. Their enthusiasm and drive is shared by all who work in the school. We have high achieving pupils, proud parents, highly knowledgeable staff, committed trustees and supportive friends and family. The Chair of Trustees reported that we have an excellent understanding of the school and have clear roles which we execute thoroughly. The 2013 Ofsted report is a snapshot record of the hard work and dedication of all staff, pupils, parents and Trustees of which the community will be proud.