Northern Counties School 2021 NASS Outstanding Impact Award – Nomination

The Percy Hedley Foundation are delighted to announce that Northern Counties School has been shortlisted for the prestigious National Association of Independent Schools & Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS) Awards.

The school has been shortlisted for the 2021 NASS Award for Outstanding Impact in recognition of the work that Northern Counties are doing around Positive Behaviour Support, which leads to improved quality of life outcomes for our young people. 

Northern Counties School, based in Jesmond, is a school that sets out to make a difference to the learning, wellbeing and future life chances of over 100 children and young people with significant additional needs. 

Teachers, therapists and special support assistants work together in trans-disciplinary teams to meet the individual needs of every pupil and help them succeed. 

This Outstanding Impact award focuses on the work that has profoundly impacted the outcomes for children and young people. It recognises a continued excellence over an extended period of time, while delivering innovation, imagination, and outstanding good practice. 

Jo Allen, Head Teacher of Northern Counties School commented: 

“I must say I am absolutely thrilled that we, at Northern Counties School, have been shortlisted for the 2021 NASS Outstanding Impact Award. I am so proud of the whole staff team here, they are deeply committed to all the children and young people, always going above and beyond to ensure all our pupils achieve the best possible outcomes. This award nominate really is a fantastic recognition of everyone single member of staff’s hard work and dedication.” 

D’Arcy Myers, The Percy Hedley Foundation Interim CEO added: 

“The nomination for this award is just another example of our schools being recognised for the brilliant work the staff do every day, in what has been an extremely challenging period within education. Best of luck at the awards and hopefully they can bring back the trophy to the North East.”  

The winners will be announced at the 2021 NASS Annual Conference being held on the 12 & 13 October at The Principal Hotel, York.  

Percy Hedley School Fayre

We were delighted to host our postponed Summer Fayre this week at Percy Hedley School, and what an absolutely brilliant turn out it was! From current students and families, to welcoming back passed students and even people from our local community, it was absolutely brilliant to see so many smiling faces!

Lots of fun was had on the Tea cup rides, Fayre games and Stalls and some children enjoyed having a go in the Community Police vehicles. We also had lots of our visitors who enjoyed holding the ferrets in the animal rescue tent. No fayre is complete without the obligatory treats, and many enjoyed pizza, hot dogs cakes and even Ice cream!








Chloe is taking part in the Mini GNR


Percy Hedley School student Chloe is completing the Mini GNR on the 11th September, following on from her huge success of 2019! She will be walking the last 50m of the Junior Great North Run using the support of her walking aid to get across the finish line.

Chloe has Cerebral Palsy, which affects her physical development as well as her ability to verbally communicate, however it definitely doesn’t affect her personality! She is such a happy, smiley girl! 

From the age of 10 months old, Chloe attended School for Parents, which was a weekly Conductive Education class based at Percy Hedley School. This gave Chloe and her family the opportunity to learn and practice important therapies that Chloe accesses on a daily basis to allow her to develop essential skills.

Chloe’s mum Amanda says:

“We knew from attending these classes that we wanted Chloe to attend School here, having all of the therapists, specialist teaching, support assistants and medical staff on one site, working so closely together was extremely important for us as parents, so Chloe started her education here in 2019. 

School provides Chloe with daily access to these essential therapies and an individualised curriculum while making it a fun experience. Chloe loves school and thrives in their care and we’d like to raise funds to say a huge THANK YOU to the Foundation for making an incredible difference to Chloe’s quality of life.”

If you would like to sponsor and support Chloe, please click the link below.

Virgin Money Giving | Great North Run Mini 50

Northern Counties School retains Healthy School Status

We are delighted to announce that Northern Counties School has continued to meet the requirements of Newcastle Healthy School Status, and has successfully retained Newcastle Healthy School Status for a further 2 years. Congratulations!


Newcastle Council said “Northern Counties School continues to meet the requirements of Newcastle Healthy School Status and is maintaining and improving practice in relation to supporting pupil wellbeing. Some excellent and outstanding health promoting practice is evident, with some key areas for development identified to support continuous improvement.”

Huge congratulations to everybody involved!

NCFE Helps Northern Counties School

A massive thanks to the team at NCFE for coming along to Northern Counties School to help improve our outdoor space.

Philip Le Feuvre, Kim Pattison, Mary Pooley, Janine Oliver, and Dawn Baker all rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into the work at the school. They spent their time cleaning, tidying, sweeping, painting… all with a big smile on their face!

Jo Allen, Headteacher at Northern Counties School, had lots of jobs for the NCFE volunteers to complete to help refurbish and tidy up the playground. The team had a busy day transforming rusty railings into bright blue bolts along the pathway, staining the rollercoaster fencing, and painting Percy’s bench. 

Dawn Baker, Director of Innovation and Investments, started fighting the foliage and completely converted the overgrown borders of the playground by lopping and cropping ivy, tree branches, and weeds! 

“It was a pleasure to be able to lend a hand”
– Philip Le Feuvre, NCFE Chief Strategy Officer

Philip Le Feuvre, Chief Strategy Officer, commented: “After many months of working remotely, it was a real pleasure to get together as a team in person and focus our physical efforts on a great cause. Whilst some of our (my) DIY skills left a lot to be desired, we felt very proud to be able to improve the school and social environments of young people in the local area. The Northern Counties School plays a vital role in the local and regional community and forms an essential part of the education ecosystem. It was our pleasure and privilege to be able to lend a hand.” 

“We’re really grateful to the volunteers from NCFE for their time and effort, which has made a huge difference to our playground area. This will benefit the learners at our school greatly”
– Jo Allen, North Counties School Headteacher

Care Jobs at Leybourne Residential

Leybourne, Newcastle, is a fully refurbished residential home for 8 adults with a range of physical and learning disabilities.

Leybourne is situated in the quiet residential area of Killingworth, the age range of adults living at Leybourne is currently between 19 and 25 and all accommodation is single occupancy.

At Leybourne, our residents enjoy accessing Newcastle city nightlife, clubs, restaurants, theatres, and shows. We also support people to go to both St James Park and The Stadium of Light. There is nothing we don’t support for our residents as they love to go on holidays abroad or have weekends away, indulge in pamper weekends, or thrill-seeking weekends such as abseiling, canoeing, and fishing.

We uphold the values of positive behaviour support, choice, control, and autonomy for our young people to lead fulfilling lives. We promote wellbeing for our residents by accessing alternative therapies and hydro pools accessible through The Percy Hedley Foundation.

The Percy Hedley Foundation is passionate about promoting and achieving excellence in residential care, with our primary aim being to make every visit to our residential units a positive, enjoyable, and beneficial experience.

We aim to provide a personalised service that meets the needs and aspirations of our residents, promotes independence, dignity, and respect and enables them to make the most of life through the provision of a specialist, high-quality service.

Alongside this, you will become part of a team of supportive and caring colleagues also delivering the highest quality of care to our residents, where you’ll feel rewarded and appreciated.

Check out our current Newcastle support worker and Night Care Officer roles below.

To apply in only 30 seconds for a callback with one of our HR team to discuss our vacancies and how you might enjoy working at Leybourne, please fill in the short form below:

Leybourne Spa!

Last weekend saw the official opening of the Leybourne Spa.

The spa, which is located around the house, included a nail bar, hair care, skin care and other beauty stations!

All of these beautiful areas have been decorated by some of our young adults at Leybourne. And, what better way to celebrate your new spa opening than throwing a Pyjama, Prosecco & Pamper Party?!

A brilliant time was had by all.

A huge thanks also to Grant Mitchell for his guest appearance behind the bar all night!!

Duke of Edinburgh Award

A huge well done to Chris and Matthew from Hedleys College on achieving their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award! Such an amazing achievement, and also a huge well done to Michael on achieving his Bronze Award. You have all done so well and should be really proud of yourselves.

“Friends of the Community” group win award!

Last week our “Friends of the Community” group from Hedleys College/ Horizons were presented with a very special recognition award. The award was from “The Key” A charity which is dedicated to inspiring belief in young people, and was awarded to them for helping the homeless, and those who are less fortunate.

Our group were delighted to receive this award and we look forward to seeing them continue their mission to carry on helping those in need in the future.

The Percy Hedley Foundation – North East Support Worker Vacancies

Did you know on an average week The Percy Hedley Foundation support over 750 families through education, adult learning and residential services.

Over 1,100 staff support our offering, delivering individual personalised plans to support education, development, learning and independence.

Across 2 schools, 2 college campuses and 5 residential settings no two days are the same within The Foundation.

If you are interested in a role that will deliver great enjoyment, personal pride and satisfaction then look no further than The Percy Hedley Foundation. With a variety of support worker roles catering for both children and adults, flexible hours to suit and a wide range of shift patterns available we have a role for everyone. Fill in the form below and one of our recruitment team will give you a call to discuss current opportunities:

Support Worker

Are you a compassionate, caring team player who is committed to making a difference for adults and children? If so, we want to hear from you!

As one of the North East’s largest charities we support over 750 families every week.

The North East Support Worker role is to provide support to our children and adults safely, in an effective and caring way that is responsive to their individual needs, ensuring the highest standard of care is provided in a safe, positive and stimulating environment.

You will have experience providing personal care, ideally with an NVQ Level II in Care or a willingness to work towards this, we are looking for someone who is a team player with a flexible and positive attitude.

We are always on the look out for both full time support workers and part time staff and are delighted to offer a flexible approach around you and your availability.

A truly great company to work for, they look after your welfare at all times. Residents and service users are a pleasure to support, and supporting them has given me immense job satisfaction throughout my 12 years with The Foundation.

Linda Burnip, Support Worker Newcastle

I have had many positive experiences working at Percy Hedley, but the most positive experience is working alongside all the positive staff, working well as a team and keeping our service users safe and happy.

I thrive coming to work, I have a fantastic job which is so rewarding.

Joanne Denny, North East Support Worker

Support Worker Job Benefits

Our staff are our most important assets and we value all the hard work, commitment and passion from them every single day.

We focus on delivering a friendly and supportive working environment which focuses on staff development. Check out some of our support worker benefits below:

The Foundation is committed to investing in you and we promote both internal and external training opportunities to develop and grow your skillset and deliver a quality service.

We offer a minimum of 22 days holiday plus bank holidays rising to 27 days plus bank holidays.

Auto enrolment into the Peoples Pension with 3% employee contribution matched with 3% from the employer. This can be increased to 5% employee contribution and 5% employer contribution.

Percy Hedley Added Benefit Rewards
We offer a wealth of specially arranged discounts and savings at selected stores, such as 5% off at Morrison’s or Sainsburys.

Other retailers offering cashback and discounts include; Sainsburys, Asda, B&Q, Next, Argos, Carphone Warehouse and many more

Cycle To Work Scheme
If you are interested in cycling to work, you can buy a bike at a reduced rate and pay for it monthly through a deduction from your salary.

Occupational Health Support
We offer a generous sick pay scheme which will cover you for those times you are not fit to work, increasing each year of employment to a maximum of 5 months full and 5 months half pay.

Sometimes our colleagues undertake work which can be physically demanding with specific elements of personal care. To support our colleagues we ensure you are looked after in regard to physical work by working with physiotherapy clinic and refer staff who need it.

We work with various mental health and wellbeing clinics to support our colleagues to ensure everyone is supported throughout their employment.

As one of the largest charities and employers in North East England we are always on the lookout for great support worker staff who can help us continue to delivery a quality service every day. If you think you have what it takes to join The Foundation fill in the form above and of the team will give you a call to talk through your skills and how they may fit a vacancy.