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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.

A very special visitor to Heddon- Sunday 10/12/17

We are delighted to announce that Friends of Heddon School have arranged for a very special visitor to come to the village.

On Sunday 10th December 2017 the guest who is known to everyone will travel around the Village to try and meet all the good boys & girls.

Yes Santa Claus is coming !!

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As his reindeers are resting and building up their strength for the very special night Santa has enlisted the help of a motorised sleigh.

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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. 

Miss R Thompson

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Miss R Thompson who will cover Mrs Southern’s maternity leave in our Reception class, starting on Monday 2nd October 2017.  Miss R Thompson has been in school today working closely with Mrs Southern and Mrs Abbott.

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.

Building Works Update Thursday 17th August 2017

The extensions to the school building are now really taking shape.

In Year 6 the windows have been fitted and the internal cabling is going in.

The old toilets have now all been removed. The space has been expanded and the plumbing for the new toilets has been installed.

The external building work to extend the Year 3 classroom is almost completed and the new corridor has been constructed.

The Year 4 classroom has been rewired and a new ceiling has been finished. The new lights are currently being fitted. The old carpet has also been removed ready for the new carpet to be installed next week.

The internal walls to create the spaces in the new extension have all been completed and in Year 5 the windows have also been installed.

The new office also has the windows installed and plasterers are working in this space along with the new reception area, interview room and accessible toilet.

The external walls of the Hall extension are complete and the next step here is the installation of the windows.

The school kitchen has had the old windows blocked up and is being redecorated with new tiling being put into place.

Externally, the foundations for the disability access ramp are in place and works on this continue.

Book reviewed by TES

Our new Year 5 teacher Miss O’Reilley children’s novel, The Boy with his Head Stuck in a Book, uses augmented-reality in an attempt to engage Year 6 boys.

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