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Girls Football team reach ESFA Final

A local Year 7 girls football team is celebrating reaching the English Schools’Football Association (ESFA) final. Pupils from St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, Hebburn beat South Wolds Academyfrom South Nottingham in the Semi-final 3 – 0. The girls will play Surbiton Highschool from Kingston in the final on Tuesday 21st May. Over 230 teams entered the […]

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Girls Football team reach ESFA Final

A local U16 girls football team is celebrating reaching the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) National Final. Pupils from St. Bede’s Catholic School and Byron Sixth Form, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust,  beat Haslingden High school from Rossendale, Blackburn 3-1 in the semi-final. They will play Fulbrook School from Woking in […]

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YouTube star ‘jump starts’ children’s fitness at Jarrow school

Children were jumping with joy when a YouTube star visited their school. Jump Start Jonny aka Jonny Stewart is a fitness instructor on a mission to get children fit and his fun workouts and chill-out videos are loved by more than 250,000 Jumpsters in schools and homes across the globe. He loves exercise, particularly because […]

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New Construction and Housing Trades Academy launched in Sunderland

An innovative new skills partnership that bridges the gap between education and the world of work has been launched in Sunderland.  Leading housing association Gentoo, Sunderland College and Bishop Chadwick Education Trust will co-design and deliver the ‘Gentoo Trades Academy’ which will see 14-16-year-olds study towards a specialised construction qualification alongside their GCSEs to advance […]

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School hosts special afternoon tea for mums, grans and aunties

The special women in the lives of the pupils of St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School in South Shields were celebrated at a heartwarming event. The primary school, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, held two Mother’s Day afternoon tea events for the children’s mums, grandmothers, aunties and carers to attend. There wasn’t […]

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Swimming stars win Easington finals – and secure bronze in County Finals

Sporting ambassadors of a primary school in Seaham are swimming in pride at their achievements in a regional competition. The Key Stage 2 swimming team of St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, won the Easington School Sports Partnership KS2 Swimming Gala. Following their win, they went […]

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Excited litter-pickers will clean up thanks to grant

Serving the local community is important to a primary school in Peterlee – and now they can hold regular litter picks thanks to a £500 grant. Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, successfully applied for a Believe Housing community grant to buy litter-picking equipment […]

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Students are Giving Up to Give Back

Students at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, are not giving up on chocolate or other sweet treats this lent, instead they are giving back to charity and supporting their local communities. Each term, students are working with the RE department and their tutor groups to […]

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Sunderland primary school holds heartwarming day

Children wore red for school to support a charity that is very close to the hearts of all who attend St Leonard’s Catholic Primary School in Sunderland. Four-year-old Lily McKenzie, who is a Reception pupil at the Silksworth primary, has a congenital heart defect and had a pacemaker fitted when she was only 12 hours […]

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Primary school in Jarrow celebrates 110th anniversary

School children enjoyed a fascinating look back through history to celebrate their primary school’s special anniversary. St Bede’s Catholic Primary School in Jarrow held an exhibition displaying old photographs, newspaper cuttings and even logbooks from 1914 unearthed as part of the primary’s 110th anniversary. The site originally housed a hospital and once a school, it […]

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Pupils jump for joy at being named gymnastics champions

Primary school pupils who competed in their first ever gymnastics competition were jumping for joy after being named South Tyneside Champions 2024. St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School, in South Shields, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, entered Year 1 and Year 2 pupils into a gymnastics team for the event at The […]

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Children’s Mental Health Week ‘empowers, equips and gives a voice’

Pupils’ wellbeing at “centre” of North East education trust Children and young people who “feel that their voices are heard and can make a difference have a greater sense of community and self-esteem”, according to Place2Be. The children and young people’s mental health charity launched Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week in 2015 and its aim […]

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Jarrow primary celebrates double cup win

Sporting stars at a primary school in Jarrow have kicked off the year with a duo of fantastic football cup wins. St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, is celebrating after the Year 5/6 girls’ team won the Durham County Cup with the Year 5/6 mixed football team […]

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‘Fabulous’ primary school in South Shields rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

The primary, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, has been rated ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features by Ofsted. Ofsted lead inspector Mark Dent said in his report: “St Gregory’s is a calm and supportive place for pupils to learn. The respect and warmth that pupils and adults show towards each other makes them […]

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New year, new career?

If you have always wanted to become a teacher, now is the time to apply Are you thinking of retraining as a teacher? Applications for the School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) course at Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust (BCCET), which starts in September 2024, are now open. The 12-month course provides high quality training and […]

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Schoolgirl is ‘over the moon’ with her winning reading bench design

A Seaham schoolgirl was thrilled to win a competition to design a reading bench for her primary school. Millie Devlin-Munroe’s design was the overall chosen entry at St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust (BCCET), for the annual Ambic STEM Challenge competition. Bespoke furniture manufacturers, Ambic, based […]

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Jacob has swanned into first place with his Christmas card design

A nine-year-old boy has won a competition to design an MP’s Christmas card using a favourite Jarrow landmark. Jacob Sheridan chose the Boldon swans as his favourite representation of the area and used watercolours to paint his winning design. His beautiful design, which beat more than 1,000 entries, was used by Jarrow MP Kate Osborne […]

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RAAC-affected pupils reunited for Christmas

Two primary schools whose pupils have been split between sites because of RAAC have reunited to hold school-wide celebrations for Christmas. St James Catholic Primary School in Hebburn and St John Bosco Catholic Primary School in Sunderland have both held their own special Christmas services to thank the communities which have supported them and to […]

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Can you help a child this Christmas with Norah’s North Pole?

A headteacher and her family have a very special festive tradition in memory of her kind mum. Every year, Maria Butt, a South Shields headteacher, and her family of elf elders and elves, collect and buy toys for grateful families in the region to ensure as many children as possible wake up to a present […]

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Fledgling footie stars kicking off the new year in new strip

A football team in Blackhall will be kicking off 2024 with a new footie strip thanks to a new sponsorship deal. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, has been gifted the new football strip from the Royal British Legion and Securi Serve. Headteacher Lisa Ashton explained: “One […]

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Give me JOY in my heart, keep me singing!

JOY in my Heart! was an entertaining evening of community unity, celebration and, of course, singing! It was organised and hosted by Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust (BCCET), which has 25 primary schools and five secondary schools in East Durham, South Tyneside and Sunderland, as the finale of its three-year Journeys of Hope project to […]

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Proud pupils thrive at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Proud pupils from a primary school in Jarrow “thrive in its well-ordered environment” and love to be spotted being kind to others, according to a new Ofsted report. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was inspected by Ofsted and has retained its ‘Good’ rating. The St Joseph’s […]

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Nurturing school centred in Christ is rated ‘Outstanding’

St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in Seaham has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Catholic Schools Inspectorate (CSI) in a glowing report. The Dene House Road school, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, is a “vibrant and living example of the mission of the Church”, according to the report. CSI lead inspector […]

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Pupils crowned cross country champions for second year running

Determined school pupils have run away with a coveted cross country championship title for a second consecutive year. The 41 youngsters from Years 3-6 at St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, South Shields, ran rings around their competition at the South Tyneside Cross Country Championships, finishing an impressive 43 points ahead of the rest of the […]

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Sunderland primary ‘goes the extra mile to provide exceptional support’

A primary school in Sunderland which has “outstanding relationships” and “shows love and care for all pupils” has been praised in a glowing report from the Catholic Schools Inspectorate. St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was rated ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ Catholic life and mission by the CSI […]

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Sixth Form Open Evening at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy in Hebburn

St Joseph’s Catholic Academy is hosting its annual Sixth Form open evening on Thursday, 16th November, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, for students in Year 11. The sixth form, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, provides a wide curriculum offer of 26 subjects. As well as offering A Levels and BTECs, they also […]

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Young stars to step out on big stage in musical roles

Two talented youngsters from the same family of schools are set to light up the big stage after landing roles in a production of Nativity the Musical. Nine-year-old Emmy Hill and Isla Hood, aged 11, will grace the stage at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre this week in a show that’s bound to put audiences in a […]

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Premiere of education trust’s very own Mass Setting – Gaudete

A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) with 30 schools across the North East premiered its own Catholic Mass Setting today. [Friday 10th November] Gaudete, which means rejoice, was unveiled for the first time at the Catholic Leaders and Clergy Conference at Newcastle Cathedral. The Mass Setting is the culmination of more than a year’s work with acclaimed […]

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Sixth Form in Peterlee to hold Year 11 open evening

An open evening for Year 11 pupils and their parents/carers will be held at St Bede’s Catholic School & Byron Sixth Form College on Thursday 9th November. Byron Sixth Form College, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, teaches and supports students with its core values of ‘faith, excellence and determination’. The Westway […]

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“Shining light” schoolboy puts in the miles for Stoma Awareness

A superstar schoolboy has taken on a marathon challenge to raise almost £1,000 – and counting – for a cause close to his heart. Eight-year-old Jack Dale set himself the task of running 31 miles over the 31 days of October – during Stoma Awareness Month – to raise understanding of stomas and bring a […]

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Do you have what it takes to become a teacher?

Trainee teacher shares why she loves the profession as education trust launches applications for next SCITT intake With a name like Miss English, it was perhaps inevitable that Tiegan English would embark on a teaching career. The 21-year-old from Sunderland’s love of books led to her graduating with a degree in English literature and creative […]

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Year 11 open evening at St Aidan’s & St Anthony’s Sixth Form

An open evening for Year 11 pupils and their parents/carers will be held on Tuesday 17th October at St Aidan’s & St Anthony’s Sixth Form College in Sunderland. The sixth form, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, offers a range of over 30 courses with students having the flexibility to study a […]

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Children adore learning at ‘Outstanding’ primary school in Seaham

Children love their primary school and “find every opportunity to share this love with visitors” – and it’s easy to see why. St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Catholic Schools Inspectorate (CSI). “The commitment and pride shown by all pupils in […]

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Year 6 pupils and parents invited to Peterlee school information talk.

A Peterlee secondary school is holding a ticketed talk for Y6 pupils and their parents or carers to hear from teachers and current pupils on Tuesday 3rd October. St Bede’s Catholic School & Byron Sixth Form College, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, is currently partially closed due to RAAC. The main […]

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‘Outstanding’ South Shields secondary opens the doors for Year 6 pupils

An ‘Outstanding’ South Shields secondary school is holding an open evening for Year 6 pupils and their parents and carers to have a tour of the school and meet teachers on Thursday 5th October. St Wilfrid’s RC College, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in its most […]

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St Joseph’s Catholic Academy to hold Y6 open evening

A Hebburn secondary is holding an open evening on Thursday 28th September for Year 6 pupils and their parents and carers to have a tour, meet teachers and find out more about the school. St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was rated ‘Good’ in all categories following its […]

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Sunderland girls’ school to hold Year 7 open evening

A Sunderland girls’ school is holding an open evening for prospective Year 7 pupils on Tuesday 26th September. St Anthony’s Girls Catholic Academy, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in January 2023. The Catholic secondary and sixth form, which is open to girls aged from 11 to […]

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Open Day/Evening at St Aidan’s Catholic Academy in Sunderland

St Aidan’s Catholic Academy is inviting Year 5 and Year 6 pupils and their parents and carers to visit the Sunderland secondary. An open day and evening for prospective Year 7 students will be held at the Willowbank Road school on Tuesday 19th September. Parents can visit the school between 9.45am and 11.30am and between […]

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Mini Attenboroughs flock to Washington Wetland Centre

A school trip to Washington Wetland Centre has inspired a new generation of mini ornithologists in Peterlee. Year 2 pupils from Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, were thrilled to stumble across an enormous nest at the centre where they discovered Ava the ‘osprey’, […]

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Jarrow primary with ‘Outstanding’ leadership and pupil behaviour praised by Ofsted

Happy, proud and superbly behaved pupils love to learn at a Jarrow primary school. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was inspected by Ofsted in July. The school on Ayr Drive has been rated ‘Good’ overall, with ‘Outstanding’ leadership and management and ‘Outstanding’ behaviour and attitudes, by […]

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Update: School Statements on RAAC 8/9/23 updated 15/09/23

“We can confirm that pupils from St. James Catholic Primary School, Hebburn are all now back in face-to-face learning. Reception Class are situated within St. James Church in their Emmaeus room. Years 1 – 4 are situated in a small section of classrooms at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy and Years 5 and 6 are situated […]

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Walk for Joy

Meet new people and talk about faith at a series of special walks. Organised by the Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, the series of five faith walks are an opportunity to meet with other families from school and the local community and talk about what faith means to you ahead of the Trust’s launch of […]

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School Statements on RAAC: 4 September 2023

St. Bede’s Catholic School and Byron Sixth Form have two buildings of three buildings closed. Please rest assured that we are working tirelessly behind the scenes to minimise disruption and to ensure that pupils continue to receive the best education. We expect that from Wednesday we will have arrangements in place to allow each year […]

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Statement on RAAC in BCCET schools

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Excited GCSE students celebrate their results in South Shields

Happy students were reaping the rewards of all their hard work at St Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields today. Almost one in five of all grades were Grade 7 or above, with exceptional performances from many students. It comes one week after 40% of A Level students at the college, which is part of […]

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Excited GCSE students celebrate their results in Hebburn

A proud headteacher has spoken of the hard work and determination of pupils achieving excellent GCSE results in the face of a “disrupted learning journey” due to Covid. Peter Mitchell of St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, said staff and governors were “extremely proud” of their Year 11 students’ performance, […]

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Four in five girls achieve five or more GCSEs at Sunderland school

One in five scoops at least one grade 7 or above All their hard work has paid off for the students at a Sunderland school with 80% achieving five or more GCSEs at grade 4 and above including English and maths. St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, […]

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Sunderland boys’ school smashes predictions

Boys at a Sunderland secondary have smashed the national average of GCSE grades 7 and above. Almost 30% of all grades achieved at St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, were grades 9-7 compared to the national average of 21.6%. Kristof Mayamaya scooped top grades across the board with […]

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Excited GCSE students celebrate their results in Peterlee

Nerves turned to relief at a Peterlee secondary school when GCSE students tore open their results today. [Thursday 24th August] Students at St Bede’s Catholic School & Byron Sixth Form College, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, are celebrating achieving their GCSEs despite studying through a global pandemic. Whilst some students haven’t […]

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“Relieved and happy” A level students ready for next step at university

A Sunderland sixth form college is celebrating its A level students’ “outstanding” achievements today. Students from St Aidan’s and St Anthony’s Catholic Sixth Form College, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, nervously picked up their A level results this morning. Nerves turned to overwhelming relief and joy for many students including Lucy […]

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Proud A level students celebrate the results of their hard work

A Hebburn sixth form college is celebrating its students’ “hard work, determination and commitment” to achieving fantastic A level results. St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, is celebrating achieving almost a quarter of all grades at A or A*, or their equivalent. Headteacher Peter Mitchell said: “We achieved […]

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“I am so excited for the future!”

Distinctions, As and A*s aplenty for St Wilfrid’s RC College A sixth form college in South Shields has seen 40% of students studying A levels achieving A or A* grades, with the majority of those studying on vocational courses also achieving distinctions. St Wilfrid’s RC College, in Temple Park Road, South Shields, is celebrating its […]

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A level students over the moon with results

“Outstanding” students at a Peterlee college are feeling deservedly proud of themselves having scooped top grades across the board. The proportion of A level students at St Bede’s Catholic School & Byron Sixth Form College in Peterlee who received A*-A was 27.1% and 47.1% received grades A*-B. This compares favourably with the national picture where […]

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Happy and caring school retains its ‘Good’ Ofsted rating

Pupils are “happy” and “enjoy their learning” at a caring Peterlee secondary school and sixth form. St Bede’s Catholic School & Byron Sixth Form College, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was inspected by Ofsted in June and has retained its ‘Good’ rating. Ofsted lead inspector Barry Found said in his report […]

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Celebrating hard work and success at the Chadwick Celebration Awards

Hundreds of school staff from across Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust came together to celebrate success at the Chadwick Celebration Awards 2023. The inspiring event took place at Ramside Hall in Durham, after attracting over 500 nominations across 16 categories, from Gospel Values and Trainee Teacher of the Year to Everyday Hero and Leadership and […]

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Chadwick Celebration Awards Gallery 2023

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Chadwick Celebration Awards 2023 Winners

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Happy South Shields primary rated ‘Outstanding’

A “happy” primary school in South Shields has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Catholic Schools Inspectorate (CSI). St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was inspected by the CSI in June. Lead inspector Elaine White said in her report: “The quality of relationships at all levels is outstanding […]

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Another glowing report for ‘Outstanding’ Sunderland school

It has been quite the week for St Aidan’s Catholic Academy in Sunderland. Not only have they received a glowing ‘Good’ Ofsted report, in which inspectors said it would have met the criteria for ‘Outstanding’ if it had been a graded inspection, but the secondary has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Catholic Schools Inspectorate (CSI). […]

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Wimbledon stars of the future crowned Mini Tennis Champions

Talented tennis players from a South Shields school are the new District Y3 Mini Tennis champions and runners-up. The Year 3 pupils from St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, took part in the South Tyneside event held at Boldon Lawn Tennis Club – and were not only […]

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Ex-primary pupil with heart of gold raises £1,000 for new defibrillator

A schoolgirl, who wants to be a cardiologist when she is older, was thrilled to unveil a new defibrillator at her former primary school having raised the crucial funds to buy and install it. Claudia Collings, 12, was invited back to St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education […]

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Arts brought history to life for South Shields school children

From creating their own songs to delving into the archives to dig out hidden gems of history, children from a South Shields primary have loved learning more about local history. Year 5 pupils from SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, worked with Hand of charity’s […]

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Sunderland school retains ‘Good’ Ofsted rating and earns ‘Outstanding’ feedback

A Sunderland secondary school could be judged ‘Outstanding’ at its next graded inspection if it keeps up the good work witnessed by inspectors at an ungraded inspection. St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was inspected by Ofsted in June and awarded a ‘Good’ rating. Ofsted lead inspector, Matthew […]

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Fledgling architect wins design competition for homeless shelter

A 10-year-old boy from South Shields is one of the winners of a design competition incorporating renewable energy into architecture. Jack Moss designed a solar panel heated homeless shelter and his winning design was one of four picked out of 167 ideas to have a prototype made. The Year 5 pupil of SS Peter and […]

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South Shields school is basketball champion for third consecutive year

A South Shields school basketball team has won a South Tyneside competition for the third year running. Pupils at St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, were crowned South Tyneside Basketball Champions 2023 at the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle. This is the third consecutive year the primary […]

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Durham primary with ‘Outstanding’ leadership praised by Ofsted

A Peterlee primary school with “outstanding” leadership and management has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Children at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, are “safe, happy and enjoy coming to school” and are “caring, considerate and supportive of each other”. Ofsted lead inspector Lynn […]

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Trust partner with Nissan and Sunderland College

A skills partnership between Nissan and Sunderland College that bridges the gap between education and the world of work has been launched. The Nissan Academy, which will be based at the College’s City Campus will see students study for a specialised engineering qualification alongside their GCSEs. Supported by the College and a team of experts […]

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Education Trust opens two new outdoor spaces for children

New outdoor learning and wellbeing gardens have officially opened at two primary schools in the North East. The gardens will provide extra outdoor spaces for pupils at St Leonard’s Catholic Primary School in Sunderland and St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School in Jarrow, which are both part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust. The outdoor learning […]

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Sunderland School opens community allotment on site

Young children with green fingers are usually the sign the paints have come out in reception, but for this group of children, it’s digging into fun at the allotment that has given them green fingers. The excited youngsters from St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School in Seaham were given the chance to water plants, look […]

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South Tyneside schoolchildren jumping for joy after athletics win

Athletics stars at a South Shields primary school have won a South Tyneside competition. Pupils from Years 3 and 4 of St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, were crowned the Y3/4 South Tyneside Athletics Champions 2023 at the District Athletics Championships held at Monkton Stadium. The event […]

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Religious education at Peterlee school is outstanding – report

Pupils feel “happy, safe and confident” at a Peterlee school which has been rated ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features by the Catholic Schools Inspectorate. St Bede’s Catholic School and Byron Sixth Form College, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, has a “tangible family feel within the school community” with students feeling “valued” and […]

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South Tyneside primary wins International School Award for the third time

A primary school in Jarrow has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award for the third time running.St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, won the award in recognition of its exceptional work in international education.Teacher Anne-Marie McQuillin, who coordinates the international dimension at the school, […]

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Grant funds imaginative and inspirational library at South Tyneside school

A talented artist has worked with a Jarrow primary school to transform its library.St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, worked with artist Geri Park, from Creative Space, on the project.The Friends of St Matthew’s group was awarded a £1,000 grant from The Community Foundation to create an […]

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Double ‘Good’ inspections for Sunderland primary school

A Sunderland primary school, which pupils are proud to attend, has been rated ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features following the latest inspection by the Catholic Schools Inspectorate (CSI). St Leonard’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, has leaders who are “exemplary role models for staff and pupils” and pupils who […]

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Creative bookworm designs a winning book token

A Sunderland student has won a national competition with her eye-catching book token design. Maya Hughes drew her ‘Choose Your Adventure’ design for an internal book token design competition at St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust. The 16-year-old Year 11 student said she is “proud” of her […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week

With 50% of adult mental health issues established by age 14, it is crucial to support good mental health from as early as possible This Mental Health Awareness Week, a North East education trust shares its approach to ensuring young people are supported. Bev Foden can’t walk down a corridor at school without being stopped […]

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Wildlife project captures children’s imaginations

It isn’t only children who attend a Durham primary school – lots of wildlife call in too! From hares to foxes, hedgehogs to a variety of birds, they have all been captured on a wildlife camera at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School. The Shotton Colliery school has been involved in a year-long project […]

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Education Trust launches teaching programme partnership

With a name like Miss English, it was perhaps inevitable that Tiegan English would embark on a teaching career. The 20-year-old from Sunderland’s love of literature has seen her reach the final lap of an English literature and creative writing degree at Northumbria University before she graduates in the summer. Her passion for English and […]

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Chadwick Celebration Awards Finalists 2023

We are delighted to announce the finalists in our second Chadwick Celebration Awards. We received more than 500 entries this year which is wonderful and the judges had the difficult decision of whittling this down to three finalists in each category. Well done to everyone who was nominated and especially our finalists.  The winners will […]

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Child’s adventure story featuring Ant and Dec is read by his hero

Can you imagine being eight years old and the story that you have written about your hero is sent to them – and they read it and love it? That is exactly what happened to eight-year-old William Potts from Peterlee. He received the surprise of his life when his imaginative story was shared by his […]

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Cuteness overload with special Easter visitor for Durham Primary

Children at a County Durham primary school were overjoyed to meet – and feed – a lamb in school. St Godric’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, hosted the special visitor brought in by Robert Norris, who is in reception. Julie Hill, executive headteacher at the school in Wheatley […]

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Award-winning essays land pupils a meeting with the King

Pupils from a Peterlee secondary school joined His Majesty The King, The Queen Consort and 750 school children and young people from across the UK to celebrate Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey. St Bede’s Catholic School and Byron Sixth Form, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was invited to attend the Royal […]

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Kindness coach leads Kindness Matters Week

What does kindness mean to you? That is the thought-provoking question asked of pupils and staff at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Jarrow to kickstart their Kindness Matters Week. The school, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, is the first Kindness Matters school in South Tyneside. Founded in 2012 by John […]

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School choir blows away guests with performance

A South Shields primary school choir sang at the official opening of the operations and maintenance base for Dogger Bank Wind Farm at the Port of Tyne. SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, attended the opening on behalf of the borough. Jenny Parker, deputy headteacher […]

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Sunderland primary school maths success

The pupils of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School love maths so much that they were counting down the hours to World Maths Day. The Sunderland school, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, celebrated the event with a full timetable of maths-related activities from outdoor maths games to enjoying a maths-themed story book […]

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Only school to hold Platinum Mark in South Tyneside

A South Shields primary school has retained its School Games Platinum Mark status – an accolade they first earned in 2018. St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was awarded the accolade by the School Games Committee for a “consistently high commitment to school sport and development of […]

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Seaham gymnastic team jumps for gold

Six gymnastic teams from a Seaham primary school are twirling with joy to scoop a clutch of medals. St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, took six teams of children from Year 1 to Year 6, plus two individual open competitors, to a Key Steps competition run by […]

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Caring Sunderland school rated Good by Ofsted

A “caring, calm and harmonious” Sunderland school has been rated Good by Ofsted. St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was inspected by Ofsted in January over two days. Eleanor Belfield, lead inspector, said in her report: “Leaders have ensured that the mercy ethos of this Catholic school […]

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Durham primary school retains its ‘Good’ rating

A “calm and joyful” County Durham primary school has retained its ‘Good’ rating from the Catholic Schools Inspectorate (CSI). St Godric’s Catholic Primary School in Wheatley Hill, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was inspected by the CSI in January over two days. CSI lead inspector Michael Ewing said in his report: […]

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Shared reading canon to fire children’s imaginations

Children at schools across Sunderland will be taught valuable lessons through a reading canon which follows them throughout their education pathway. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School has teamed up with St Aidan’s Catholic Academy and St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy to deliver a reading canon which will introduce pupils to a love of reading from […]

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Sunderland primary school rated Outstanding

St John Bosco Catholic Primary School was inspected by the CSI in January over two days and has maintained its ‘Outstanding’ rating. “St John Bosco is a family we are proud and lucky to be part of.” That is how one parent summed up her experience of the Sunderland primary school, which is part of […]

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‘We have time to talk’ – Mental Health Week

Children are leading the way to nurture good mental health across a multi-academy trust. And teamed with a growing army of 110 mental health first aiders amongst the staff so far, Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust has a keen focus on looking after the mental health of children and adults alike. This Children’s Mental Health […]

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Following in the Lionesses’ footballing footsteps

The passion for girls’ football is only set to rise following the Lionesses’ victory at the Euros and a more elevated profile of female players in the media. This Schools’ Football Week, which runs from Monday 6th February to Sunday 12th February, schools across the country are embracing school-level football and the wellbeing benefits it […]

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Chadwick Celebration Awards 2023 Launch

When South Tyneside teaching assistant Suzanne Blackburn won the Inspirational Staff Award, she felt “completely overwhelmed”. Nominated by pupils at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary school in Jarrow, she won the award last year for going above and beyond the expectations of her role, supporting the learning and development of children at the school, which is […]

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Award for boosting health of staff

A South Tyneside primary school has won an award for improving the physical and mental health of the staff. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, has been awarded the Better Health at Work Bronze Award. Teacher Maureen McMillin, who is the BHAWA lead at the Jarrow primary […]

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New Music Award Sings the Praises of Pupils

A Sunderland primary school is singing from the rafters after winning the Sunderland Music Mark award for the second time. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was awarded the honour from Sunderland Music Hub in recognition of its “commitment to providing a high-quality music education for all […]

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Good Ofsted report for Sunderland school

A Primary School in Sunderland which is undergoing transformational change following the appointment of a new headteacher has been rewarded with a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating. Headteacher Dionne Dunn was introduced to St Leonard’s Catholic Primary School a year ago, when she was asked to carry out a supportive role for a couple of weeks. Mrs […]

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St. Aloysius Catholic Junior School – Outstanding!

South Tyneside primary school “delighted” Ofsted has graded it Outstanding Children’s love of learning and the hard work of teaching staff have helped a Hebburn primary school be graded Outstanding by Ofsted. St Aloysius Catholic Junior School Academy, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was inspected by the education watchdog at the […]

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Inspirational student strikes gold!

Inspirational student who fails to let blindness stand in his way strikes Gold in national Radio Awards. Chris Cameron, from Hebburn, to join ranks of BBC Radio 1 presenters. A Sunderland University student who dreams of being a successful national radio presenter has won the opportunity to host his own BBC Radio 1 show next […]

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