As part of our new 'Explore' curriculum, we were thrilled to be visited by explorer and adventurer, Conrad Dickinson. Our Year 5 pupils' studies are currently centred around the theme of 'Frozen Kingdom'. Mr Dickinson led an inspirational afternoon including stories of his many expeditions and showing many of his artefacts collected around the world. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed hearing about his exploration experiences!

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Hexham Middle School is very proud to have been awarded the International School Award Foundation Certificate by the British Council, for promoting the international dimension across the school and highlighting the benefits of learning in a global context. In their letter, the British Council commented that HMS's 'commitment to extending and embedding internationalism in your curriculum is a valuable aspect of your school ethos'. We look forward to continuing our international activities and learning!   

Thanks once again to the generous support of the school's PTA, we were able to welcome the hugely popular children's author Peter J Murray into school this week. Presenting his spooky novels to the children in both Key Stage 2 and 3 was followed by a book signing session whereby Pete and his wife Kath sold over 250 books to eager pupils. Our school has been highly praised on his blog which can be found at We're looking forward to welcoming Pete back again in the future.

The HMS newsletter contains school news, information about upcoming events in and outside of school, general notices for parents/carers and dates for your diary.

An electronic copy of the latest edition (September 2017) is available on the Publications page.

For parents interested in Year 5 entry in September 2018

A good school with outstanding features (Ofsted):

  • “The school’s work to promote the personal development and welfare of pupils is outstanding”
  • “Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding; they are courteous, polite and show a deep level of respect for one another”
  • “There is a high level of consistency in teaching”
  • “All pupils achieve well because a personalised approach ensures that pupils are treated as individuals”

Information Evening for Parents and Pupils – Thursday 5 October 2017 (6.00-8.00pm)

This is your opportunity to tour our lovely school and to meet senior staff, teachers and pupils. You do not need to book a place to attend the evening, please just come along. The Headteacher’s talk will be at 6.00pm and 7.00pm in the Main Hall.

Parents’ Tours – Friday 6 October 2017 (10.00-11.00am, 11.15am-12.15pm or 1.30-2.30pm)

This is your opportunity to visit the school during a working day and have a full tour led by a senior member of staff. To book a place please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01434 602533.


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On 6 July 2017, Mr Freeman-Myers, Mr Armstrong, Mrs Phillips and Mrs Lamb took 35 Year 7 pupils to Chateau Beaumont in Normandy, France for 'Le Grand Weekend', a weekend full of exciting excursions and activities for pupils to enjoy. Whilst away, pupils visited many significant monuments including Mont Saint Michel, Bayeux Tapestry, Arromanches and its 360 Cinema, where we watched a film playing tribute to the D-Day landing events. Truly inspirational! Pupils also visited other places of interest including an animal refuge and a chocolate factory. Evening entertainment ensured that pupils went to bed sufficiently tired. The favourite night being the 'Talent Show and French Evening' – fancy dress was the order of the day and special mention has to go to Mrs Lamb for her interpretation of the Tour de France.