Artsmark Gold

After three years of hard work we have been awarded Artsmark Gold status by the Arts Council of England.
The award included assessing not only the impact of Arts events in school, author visits, artists in residence, poets, Actors etc.. but a commitment to cultural experiences and an openness to allow creativity into the classrooms to inspire all children in all subjects.
Mr Bennett has sat on the Local Cultural Partnership Board, in partnership with Culture Bridge North East, to establish links with organisations and the school is now a pivotal link in how Arts council monies will be used to open up Arts experiences to every child in Northumberland Schools.
None of our amazing experiences could have happened without the hard work of the staff in school but special thanks to Mr Cole who has let his classroom spill out into the corridors and celebrate the amazing visual art that goes on in school.  Mrs Woods tireless encouragement to promote music must get a mention and Mrs Cowell and Mr Snowdon’s annual play is now, I’m sure, a permanent fixture to both tire us all out but celebrate talents our students most defiantly have.
To all the authors who visited and the office staff who booked coaches last minute or the TA who found an artist in a room when all others had given up hope! I thank you as well.
Gold status is something to be very proud of so last but not least, thank you to every student and well done on being open to expressing yourself through creativity and the arts… Keep it up!

A celebration of musical achievements

Ovingham Middle School would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the musical and performing achievements of our students on Tuesday 9th July from 6-7pm in the gym at Ovingham Middle School.

Pupils involved will need to be back at school in school uniform for 5.30pm but not before please as there will not be staff on duty to supervise.

Although we are not selling tickets for this event, there will be a bucket for you to make any donations you feel appropriate.

This will be a short informal event without an interval and we look forward to seeing you.

Library books

From Wednesday this week, no more books will be issued out of the library. This is to allow us to get all the books in and checked against the system. Can you please encourage your child to finish and return their library books ASAP.

Next week, the librarians and reading ambassadors will be coming round all the form classes to chase up any outstanding  books.

Thank you for your support.

Mini Kids Lit Quiz

On Thursday 27th June, 8 of our eager Year 7 pupils set off to take part in a mini version of the Kids Lit Quiz at Corbridge Middle School. Our two teams competed against 12 other teams from local middle schools; they were tested on all things reading from rounds on animals and newly published books to links to the past and transport. After 6 tense and competitive rounds – and mini book prizes for spot questions in between – the results were announced and our teams came a respective joint 3rd and 4th, a fantastic effort!
A big well done to all the pupils who took part; they represented the school brilliantly. And a special thanks must go to Mrs Watkins from Corbridge for organising and running the event. The next one is already being pencilled in!

VEX engineering

On Wednesday the 26th of June OMS pupils made history!

Four pupils from year 8 took on a huge challenge; to compete against twelve other schools in a regional robotics competition. Our pupils had just 4 days to build a robot using the VEX IQ robot kit.  The competition involved 5 tasks that would test the pupil’s robot, driving skills and programming skills. In two out of the five take our pupils came out top and they scored highly in the remaining three tasks. The result? OMS brought home the win! For their supreme efforts the pupils were awarded a prize of an expansion pack for their robot kit and the pride and kudos of beating so many schools with so little preparation time.

Well done everyone involved.


Year 4 – Year 5 Transfer day 2nd July 2019

First School Transfer Day arrangements

Ovingham and Wylam pupils will go to their first school in the morning as usual in order to be registered and they should arrive at OMS for between 9.15 and 9.30.   Mickley / Beaufront / Prudhoe West / Broomley parents will drop off directly at OMS for 9.30 please . They will be ready for collection back to their first schools (or by Mickley / Beaufront / Prudhoe West / Broomley parents) at 2.30.  The main feeder schools go back to their first school in order that they are in time for their buses etc.