Berwick Middle School

Lovaine Terrace, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1LA

Berwick Middle School

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Mr Glen Bird


Headteacher's Welcome


Firstly, I’d like to offer a warm welcome to Berwick Middle School’s website.  We pride ourselves on offering pupils the very best education where they access a challenging and engaging curriculum with specialist teachers across a broad range of subjects.  In 2019 we celebrated our best ever results, making us one of the highest performing middle schools in Northumberland.  Staff strive to ensure that every one of our pupils fulfils or exceeds their potential.  Ofsted rated Berwick Middle School as ‘Good’ in all areas noting that:

  • The school has a friendly and hardworking environment and pupils are taught very well across a range of different subjects.’
  • ‘Teaching continues to improve…and is consistently strong across the school.’
  • ‘Pupils’ attitudes to their learning are exemplary’
  • ‘Staff work hard to ensure that pupils access a well-rounded education and a wide range of extra-curricular activities’
  • ‘There is a strong, tangible ethos of learning in classrooms’
  • ‘Pupils work together extremely well and as a result, support and develop each others’ learning and confidence.’

As a small and caring school we have an excellent support network for pupils.  In addition to form tutors and heads of year, the school has a team of learning mentors as well as access to a range of support from external partners.  We have created the ‘Hub’, a base in school where intervention and both individual and group support takes place and this room is staffed throughout the day, including break and lunchtimes, ensuring that pupils always have somewhere to go if they need it.  Pupil leadership is a strength of the school and we have a large number of opportunities for pupils to develop their leadership skills.

We are lucky to have extensive outdoor space for sport and wellbeing, including a secret garden and a number of playing fields and yards.  We continue to invest in the indoor facilities including a refurbished sports hall and changing facilities and new Art and Design Technology rooms.  We benefit from specialist staff in all year groups and dedicated facilities for food technology, design technology, computing, science and art.

As a parent to two boys, I am committed to ensuring that we offer the same to every pupil at Berwick Middle School as I would expect for my own children.  Overall, we strive to ensure that every pupil:

  • Is safe, happy and healthy
  • Is treated as an individual
  • Achieves educational excellence no matter what their starting point
  • Develops a love of learning and the skills to be able to unlock future lifelong learning
  • Has the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the world around them
  • Develops ambition and resilience
  • Develops confidence and an ability to articulate themselves to demonstrate their best traits.

If you would like any further information or assistance please do not hesitate to contact me at school, and until then I will leave you with just a few of the quotes from our most recent pupil voice where the final question started - ‘The best thing about Berwick Middle School is…’:

‘The lessons, teachers and the environment.’

‘That the teachers are very supportive and understanding. The staff/teachers handle problems very well.’

 ‘My friends and learning to build a better future.’

‘That you're always supported by both teachers and students and that you get all the resources that you need for learning!’

‘Being able to try new things in lessons.’

‘I think PE is the best thing at BMS because you learn different sports and get better at them.’

‘The staff are so kind and caring. I think they should get an award.’

‘The teachers are really nice and lunch because the cooks cook really nice food. It’s delicious!’

‘The best thing about Berwick Middle School is that you feel safe and you have someone to talk to and you meet wonderful people and you get lovely lessons and the teachers always cheer you up so I don't have a favourite I like it all!’


Glen Bird