"At Stobhillgate First School we are passionate about developing the whole child and nurturing a love for learning"
We love making learning fun and strive every day to inspire and motivate. We are creative, enjoy trying new things, and learn from mistakes in order to develop resilience.
We have high expectations in everything we do. We seek to achieve our potential and help others achieve theirs. We celebrate progress and good behaviour and are proud of what Stobhillgate stands for.
We are kind, compassionate, respectful and value diversity. We develop the whole person by seeking balance between academic, emotional, physical, moral and spiritual development.
We work collaboratively as a united team. We create an atmosphere of trust. We support pupils, parents and the wider community and promote the importance of rights and responsibilities.
It is now our responsibility to ensure that our vision and principles are central to school life. Therefore, we would like to share with you some examples of how we will see this in action.
We aim to inspire our children by bringing learning to life and developing a truly creative curriculum that nurtures a love of learning. Our topics will have a purpose; will allow our children to visit interesting places, work collaboratively with others and will enable our children to develop a broad range of skills inside and outside the classroom. For instance, this year we have already extended our Forest School provision to allow all year groups to take part. We believe Forest School is a brilliant way of developing empathy and collaboration!
We will ensure that our curriculum enables our children to achieve their potential by providing high quality teaching, using the most up-to-date, engaging strategies. For instance, in order to meet the needs of new National Curriculum we have introduced the Mastery approach to ensure our children have a deep understanding of Maths. In English we now use the Read, Write Inc. scheme to teach our children phonics at their level, ensuring they have a solid phonetic understanding to enable them to be successful readers. This has already had a significant positive impact on our children’s reading. We aim to develop a love of reading and writing! We will achieve this by using high quality texts with depth and interest to motivate and engage our children.
We are currently working towards the Unicef Rights Respecting School Award which we believe fits perfectly with our defining principles, particularly empathy and collaboration. There are four key areas of impact for children at a Rights Respecting school; wellbeing, participation, relationships and self-esteem. We intend, by becoming a Rights Respecting School, to enable our children to make a difference beyond the school gates, by having a positive impact on the whole community.
This year we are working with a branding company (BluMilk) to create a fresh new logo. During our working group: staff, governors and parents worked with a representative from the company to share ideas. It was clear that they wanted the new logo to represent Stobhillgate First School being at the heart of the Morpeth community. We are also using this opportunity as a chance to update our uniform. In order to promote the principle of ‘empathy’ we intend to donate our old, unwanted uniform to children who need it throughout the world. We want our uniform to represent excellence, aspirational high standards and enable our children to feel proud whilst also being cost effective and accessible for all of our parents/carers. We look forward to sharing our ideas with you in a future parental consultation opportunity.
We are also planning a series of works to develop not only the school building but the surrounding site. We were successful with our bid to the Healthy Pupil Capital Fund which will see the installation of playground equipment for use by pupils across the school. In addition to this, and in keeping with the healthy pupil theme, the area in front of the school will become a scooter/bike park. We will be refurbishing our Nursery and the art areas within Keystages 1 and 2. This will be the start of a rolling programme of modernisation to all of the classrooms.
We are extremely excited by this vision and look forward to embedding it further into school life. We are always looking for other ways of working collaboratively with parents/carers and the local community and welcome any support in helping us achieve our vision. Our door is always open and we appreciate any help or feedback.
Glen Whitehead (Head Teacher) and Sarah Watson (Chair of Governors), on behalf of all staff and governors of Stobhillgate First School