Education

Northumberland Estates has a long history of investment in educational projects of all types and sizes, both in Alnwick and further afield. Today, as well as being joint sponsor of the Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington, the Estate regularly offers apprenticeships across the different departments as well as work experience positions, both for school pupils and at a higher educational level. Listed below are some examples of involvement in educational ventures.

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Northumberland Church of England Acad...

Together with the Church of England, Northumberland Estates has been joint sponsor of The No...

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Northumberland Church of England Academy (NCEA)

Together with the Church of England, Northumberland Estates has been joint sponsor of The Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington since 2009. The Academy is a state school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 19. It was purpose built at a cost of £50 million and has over 2,600 students.

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Duchess’ Community High School Alnwick

Members of the Percy family have taken a keen interest in the Alnwick schools for centuries....

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Duchess’ Community High School Alnwick

Members of the Percy family have taken a keen interest in the Alnwick schools for centuries. The Duchess’ community High school has origins dating back to 1808 when Duchess Julia founded a school for 20 local girls. In more recent time Northumberland Estates has been influential in the development of new purpose built premises for the High School, currently under construction, by donating a 20 acre site for the new school with a value in excess of £8 million. A further 10 acres has also been provided for playing fields and to create a new sports club for the town.

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St. Clouds State University

Alnwick Castle has been a campus branch for students of St. Cloud State University, Minesota...

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St. Clouds State University

Alnwick Castle has been a campus branch for students of St. Cloud State University, Minesota in the USA for over 30 years. Their time in Alnwick is an integral part of their International Study Programme and allows the student to experience different cultures and customs while gaining credits towards their degrees. During their stay in Alnwick, students from the University live and study at Alnwick Castle, while also spending time with local families. As a result many build lifelong links with Northumberland Estates and with the town.

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Education Officer

Northumberland Estates employs a full time education officer whose role it is to develop lin...

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Education Officer

Northumberland Estates employs a full time education officer whose role it is to develop links with the Estate through education. The remit is wide, including developing links with local schools. One project will see the Estate working closely with local tenant farmer David Thompson to provide educational farm visits through the Countryside Trust. Northumberland Estates is also a sponsor of the Glendale Trust which runs a very successful education day for schools each year, teaching children throughout the county about farming and where their food comes from.