Remote Northumberland school to set up after school club

A remote school in the foothills of the Cheviots is taking steps to make it an even more attractive proposition.

Monday, 25th November 2019, 10:08 am
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 6:05 am
Branton Community Primary School pupils.

Tiny Branton Community Primary School, on the edge of Northumberland National Park near Powburn, is introducing an after-school club to support parents, both of the school itself and in the surrounding area.

The school plans to run the club until 6pm every week day evening starting in January 2020, and will offer a variety of activities through the week.

It is running a trial in the week before Christmas, offering free childcare to its parents, up to 5.30pm, so children can find out about the after-school club and the exciting activities they could be part of.

Head teacher Zoe Ryan (back row, pink jumper) with the Branton school team, teachers and governors.

It is open to the idea of a breakfast club too if there is demand.

The school has recently been supported by Northumberland County Council in relocating and replacing the school heating boiler.

The internal renovations have increased the teaching and learning spaces and enhancing the learning environment. The school now has a vaulted central area with roof lights that make the most of the natural light.

Branton is also a Forest School with children given learning experiences in a rural setting with free access to woodland and natural environment and an adjoining nature reserve.

Attached to the school is Breamish Valley Community Nursery which offers morning and afternoon sessions.

For more information about the school, call 01665 578225 or visit