E-Safety Information Leaflets

Please follow the links for a number of E-Safety leaflets which were available in School at the Meet the Teacher evening and may be of interest to you.

To see E-Safety information for parents of children aged 0-5 – Click Here

To see E-Safety information for parents of children aged 6-10 – Click Here

To see E-Safety information for parents of children aged 11-13 – Click Here

To see the SMART rules that the children will be taught in School as part of their E-Safety work and which can be reinforced at home – Click Here

To see information about ‘Sharenting’ and how to keep your child safe on your own Social Media profile while sharing important moments in their lives – Click Here

To see a booklet of tips to protect young children online including information about cyber-bullying and too much screen time – Click Here

If you require any further information about the E-Safety work done in School or have a question about E-Safety please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.

Stonewall School Champion

The school is pleased to announce that we are now a Stonewall School Champion following our whole school training session this half term.

The training covered case studies and how to support learners with issues around homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying should this ever occur in our school.

There was also a lot of work around robustly challenging and dealing with bullying in general especially in the use of inappropriate language chosen to hurt others.

Stonewall also provided the school with some excellent resources to support this work.

The School would like to thank our trainer, James for the two excellent sessions provided and look forward to continuing to work with Stonewall in the future.

Working with Stonewall

As part of our work this Anti-Bullying Week the school is pleased to be part of a National project with Stonewall.

Our school prides itself on its inclusive ethos and welcoming atmosphere. All staff and Governors truly believe that all children are uniquely made in the image of God and unconditionally loved by God with their own strengths, weaknesses, interests and personality.

The school fully embraces the core Christian values which provide the foundation for all our policy and practice meaning we aim to help children develop in all areas to enable them to become happy, well-rounded young people.

The work the school is undertaking with Stonewall is to further strengthen excellent work the school already carries out in terms of behaviour. This work will ensure that all staff are empowered and well trained to deal with any strand of bullying should it ever occur so that all children can feel safe and secure in our school.

As SIAMS (June 2017) commented: ‘Pupils are safe and feel safe in this deeply caring school.’ and ‘Where bullying does occur pupils speak with conviction about how adults help them.’

Senior staff and Governors had an interesting and stimulating discussion with our trainer, James Robinson, last night and are looking forward to the whole staff training day in January.

 

To read more please click here to read Stonewall’s ‘The Teacher’s Report’.

As a school it is our duty to ensure that all children in our care are safe and free from discrimination.

Multi-Academy Trust Update

The school is pleased to announce that we have been granted an Academy Order by the Department for Education.

We now move onto the next stage of exploration related to forming a multi-academy trust with our partner schools.

We will provide further information in the coming weeks.

Terrific Tag-Rugby Result for Year 5!

On Thursday 5th October, Year 5 took part in a Tag Rugby festival at Ponteland Primary School. We are delighted to announce that one of our teams bagged FIRST place and our other team came in third! We are so proud of their teamwork skills and of their determination and resilience. 

Welcome to Heddon-on-the-Wall St. Andrew’s CE Primary School

Over the Summer holidays Keepmoat have been incredibly busy getting our new extensions ready for the start of term. This has been a £1.5million investment into the education of the children in our community. Since the construction of the current school in 1963 there has been a thriving and vibrant school community on this site. The present investment secures this for many years to come.

During the 6 weeks of the summer there has been significant works to complete both inside and outside of the building.

The new interior spaces add an extra dimension to the school and staff can’t wait to show the children around the extensions.

The admin team now have a large, modern and fit for purpose office suite next to the main entrance of the school. The new secure entrance lobby means that visitors speak to office staff directly at the main door with an additional 2 secure doors between the entrance and the main school.

A new relaxed waiting area has been created as well as a purpose built meeting room for speaking to staff privately. As well as this there is a state of the art accessible toilet at the entrance.

A large airy corridor connects the new entrance suite to the main school, with security doors to separate the areas.  Year 3 and Year 5 are in the new classrooms which have been equipped to the highest standard including air conditioning units.

Year 4 have had new lighting installed, new carpets and redecoration.

Year 2 has had their windows replaced and a new fire door installed.

The addition of the lobby to Year 1 has allowed a reorganisation of some of the smaller internal spaces with the creation of a new staffroom meaning there are more breakout rooms for small group work.

Both the boys and girls toilets have been extended and upgraded. All of the toilet furniture and cubicles have been replaced with modern and vibrant colours. Extractor fans and new lighting has been installed to make this a more welcoming area for children to use.

Externally the new extension has been impressively rendered in a brilliant white finish to contrast with the dark brickwork along with a splash of green from the new living wall. The car park has received the final coats of tarmac and a new accessible ramp to the main entrance has been completed along with a handrail.

As with any build of this size and scope there have been a number of snags over the summer. This has resulted in a slight delay to the programme meaning that some areas are not yet completed. Work will continue on the Hall, remodelling of the old Year 3 classroom (which is not required for use by children) and some cosmetic external works over the coming days.

As prior to the summer the health and wellbeing of all children in our care is our priority and will continue to be so throughout the final days of the build.

We are thrilled to be opening this week as a new primary school and we look forward to working closely with you and our partner schools, including the High School, to provide an enhanced learning experience for all children. Already this year we have lots of exciting activities and events already planned which will be shared with you over the coming weeks.

Arrangements for this week.

School will open as normal on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at 8.55am.

Drop off and collection arrangements for children will be the same as prior to the summer for an interim period.

Year group                          Drop off (am)                               Pick up (pm)

Nursery                  Nursery door (Early Years Yard)      Nursery door (Early                                                                                                         Years Yard)

Reception             Reception door (Early Years Yard)    Reception door                                                                                                    (Early Years Yard)

Year 1                                  Main Yard                              Reception door                                                                                                    (Early Years Yard)

Year 2                                Main Yard                                  Hall Door

Year 3                                Main Yard                                  Hall Door

Year 4                               Main Yard                                   Hall Door

Year 5                              Main Yard                                    Hall Door

Staff will be available each morning and afternoon this week to guide parents to the correct drop off and pick up points.

Should you need to speak to the Office Staff or to collect school uniform please go to the new main office. Again staff will be available outside to guide you to the correct place.

As there will still be some work vehicles around we would ask that if you do need to bring a vehicle to school you park safely and show consideration for our neighbours.

As always staff are more than happy to speak to you if you wish.

We look forward to seeing you all again tomorrow.

School Games Mark – Gold Award!

We are delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded the Gold award for School Games Mark. The scheme is Government led and rewards schools for their commitment and development of competition across their school and local community. To earn this award children have competed in a range of sports and inter-school competitions including swimming galas, tag rugby and tennis tournaments and athletics events.

Within school we have increased the range of sports children are able to access during PE or after school clubs including golf, cricket and yoga. We plan to increase this further over the next few years and develop coaching and leadership skills to ensure our young athletes have the best possible sporting start. Our Sports Crew and Sports Leaders have been pivotal in our sporting successes of late and we look forward to developing this further next year so older children in the school take on more responsibility and support and inspire our younger children.   

Modeshift STARS Award

The School is pleased to announce that we have achieved the Bronze level of the Modeshift STARS Award.

Modeshift STARS is the National schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.

The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people.

As of January 2017, 61 organisations representing around 12,000 schools in England are signed up to Modeshift STARS. The school is one of only 10 schools in Northumberland to have achieved this Award.

As part of the Award process the school, led by the Eco-Club and Miss Thompson, has created a detailed Travel Plan and has worked on a number of initiatives, including Bikeability, to increase the number of children walking / cycling to school, where appropriate, which also has a positive environmental impact on the local environment.

Eco-Club had this to say about the work they had done:

‘I loved learning how to ride a bike. I can now ride my bike to school.’

‘I like to walk to school because I like all the nature.’

‘I feel fitter walking to school. I like lots of fresh air.’

‘I know my Green Cross Code.’

The School is very proud of the work that the children have done with the help of Miss Thompson to achieve this Award.

An Outstanding SIAMS Report!

On 25th June 2017 the School received a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) inspection.

The findings in each area of the inspection are as follows:

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Heddon-on-the-Wall St. Andrew’s Voluntary Controlled First School as  Church of England school are outstanding.

The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners.

The impact of Collective Worship on the school community is outstanding.

The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a Church school is outstanding.

The report also makes the following comments:

The school is deeply rooted in its local community and demonstrates a strong sense of responsibility towards it, springing from widely held Christian values;

Children are safe and feel safe in this deeply caring school;

Children can talk about other faiths and other cultures with a profound understanding;

Behaviour in and around the school is exemplary and children show compassion for one another in their actions;

The curriculum is rich, engaging and relevant to the lives of learners, which gives them a wider world view;

Care for the individual clearly abounds and pastoral care is seen as a priority for adults and children;

The School is very pleased at this recognition of the work that it does.

The School would like to thank all staff, pupils and parents / carers for their tireless work which has led to this fantastic report.

To read the full report: Click Here