Northern Counties School Round Up

Check out our round up from Northern Counties School.

What a busy year we have had, a lot of changes around NCS, including refurbishment of main building and and we will be finished the refurbishment of the Hillcrest building by October 2023.

We have introduced a wonderful new curriculum for all our wonderful learners, which has brought a lot of joy and new ways to learn. As you can see by the wonderful pictures there has been a lot of Activity learning across the school with some fun and laughter too.

Thanks to all our amazing students, their families and all the staff for a great year and I look forward to seeing you all again in September.

Martin Lonergan

Remembering Her Majesty the Queen 

At the beginning of the year, students created artwork to celebrate the life of Her Majesty the Queen, which was displayed throughout the school.

Amber’s Innowalk

Last September, Amber’s Innowalk was officially opened. Amber sadly passed away in July 2021 and her mam, Emily Giles raised a staggering £38,000 for the Percy Hedley Foundation in her memory to purchase an Innowalk for the school.


Spooky fun was had at our Halloween party with a pumpkin carving competition and fancy dress disco!

Remembrance Day 

Our students spent time making beautiful displays and artwork for Remembrance Day

Children in Need

Pupils and staff dressed up in yellow and spots for Children in Need.

Christmas Celebrations

There were many festive celebrations last Christmas, including a fabulous disco, our Christmas Fair, Christmas Jumper Day and a performance at St George’s Church by our very own signing choir.

Percy Hedley’s 70th Birthday 

We had loads of fun celebrating the Foundation’s 70th birthday in February and enjoyed lots of delicious cake from our friends at Cake Stories.

World Book Day 

The school was filled with amazing costumes on World Book Day, where people dressed up as their favourite book characters!

National Careers Week

This Careers Week, we had visits from an an anaesthetist, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, and many others to tell us all about what they do. 

Easter Celebrations

Everyone enjoyed our Easter celebrations this year, complete with an Easter egg hunt around the school and a visit from Peter Rabbit!

Coronation of King Charles 

Pupils had a fabulous day filled with arts and crafts to celebrate the coronation.

Signing Sessions

Students from our Signing Choir did a fantastic job of teaching visitors from different local businesses the basics of BSL. They even learned how to sign their own song!

Brand New Sensory Room

A bespoke sensory integration room opened recently at school. Our students absolutely love it!

Fancy Dress Fun Run 

Staff and students loved dressing up for a fun run around Jesmond to raise funds for our hydrotherapy pool equipment.

Leavers Prom

This year’s leavers enjoyed celebrating their prom on the field. Congratulations!

See what else has been happening around the Foundation this term!