We never stop learning, and this is particularly so for our young children. School is one part of their learning journey, and therefore it is vitally important that we support a partnership with parents, so enabling the divide between home and school to be lessened. Involving families in understanding what and how we are learning in school is crucial to enabling parents to support their child to achieve their best.
Throughout the year we hold curriculum information evenings for parents so that we are explicit about what we do in school and suggest ways in which parents can provide support at home.
Regular communication keeps parents informed about school life and events in the community. We have a truly open and friendly atmosphere and parents are welcome to visit the school at any time or come in to help in class.
Partnership with Parents
We work hard to develop a partnership between school and parents and ask that all parents sign our Home School Agreement, supports this relationship for the benefit of our children. We encourage involvement in your child’s education and our programme for home learning contributes to the high standards and progress in the school. To help us continually improve, we regularly seek and consider your views on a range of topics through our Parent Questionnaires; this provides us with a detailed view of parent opinion. A further way you can share your views on the school is through the Ofsted Parent View website.
Child & Family Wellbeing Officer
We are very fortunate to have Julie Carter, our Child & Family Wellbeing Officer, in school. She does an amazing job supporting our children and their families both at school and at home. Julie is able to offer lots of support with parenting, dealing with challenging behaviour and setting routines and boundaries. She has a wealth of good, practical advice that will really make a difference. Julie is employed during part of the school holidays and often co-ordinates holiday events and activities. Just ask and we’ll be happy to help!
Breakfast/After School Club
Our trusted partner, Whizz Kids, run a Breakfast Club each day on the school site during term time from 7.45am to 8.50am and it is a great start to the school day for many children. They are offered a healthy breakfast and enjoy games and activities before being taken along to their classroom for the start of the school day. Whizz Kids also provide after school care and will collect your child at the end of the school day should you need this service. Please ask for more information if you would like your child to join and we will be happy to direct you to Whizz Kids’ staff.
A number of off-site pre/after school care providers drop off and collect children on a daily basis. Please feel free to contact our office staff for further information.
Opportunities for learning are enhanced by in school and after school provision. A variety of clubs are on offer to children such as netball, football, nurture club, cartoon and film club at lunchtimes and multisports, keyboard, dance, drama or tri-golf after school. We like to ensure opportunities are refreshed and so different clubs will be offered over the course of a child’s time at the school.
We Care about Our Community and the World We Live in…
Over the past year we have supported many local, national and global communities; we have raised thousands of pounds because we care about our community and others who are less fortunate than ourselves:
We have sponsored Joana, who was from Mozambique, and Idah, who was from Malawi. Our children brought in a penny each week which we sent off to them. Throughout the year we received photographs and updates from our sponsored children. We now sponsor a little girl called Wuya who lives in Sierra Leone.
Joana, Idah and Wuya are just one of the many ways we help people who make up our community; we have raised huge amounts of money for MacMillan Cancer, Jeans 4 Genes, 10 for 10 (Armed Forces), Operation Christmas Child, Comic Relief, BLISS (Premature Babies), Key Project, Children in Need, St. Oswald’s Hospice School Skip and so many more worthy causes… Why? Because we care!
Who raised over £5,500 over the past year for charities?
Out and About in our community…
We are active in the local community and welcome our families and friends into school for class assemblies each week. We also have a number of events throughout the school year which strengthens our community links e.g. coffee afternoons, choir singing in residential and nursing homes, choir performing at the Town Hall for citizenship ceremonies, our Westoe Wigglers dance at the South Tyneside Dance Festival annually and partnership working with local businesses such as Tesco has proven to be a huge success. Each year we have 21 classes performing Christmas concerts in school and at St. Michaels and All Angels church which is fully appreciated by our local community.