SCHOOL STAFF

TEACHING STAFF

Neil Rodgers
EXECUTIVE HEADTEACHER
 
Lysa Grieve
ASSISTANT HEADTEACHER
 
Claire Jones
TEACHER
 
Gail Van Schalkwyk
TEACHER / SENCO
 

SUPPORT STAFF

Cindy Fairbairn
ADMIN ASSISTANT
 
W Young
ADMIN ASSISTANT
 
Danielle Forsyth
LUNCHTIME SUPERVISOR / CASUAL TEACHING ASSISTANT
 
C Smith
CATERING ASSISTANT
Kevin Strutt
CARETAKER

SCHOOL GOVERNORS

Scott Dickinson (Chairman)
Lysa Grieve
Kelly Barrass
Stuart Pringle
Tracey Clerkin-Shone
Stephen Dargue
Christina Saunders-Wingfield
Claire Jones
Barbara Lamb
Neil Rodgers
Wendy Hills
Candice Randall
Fred Thurgood
Louise Coulthard
Paul Claridge
Rosie Bush
Revd Mike Dent

PUPILS




Today the school caters for pupils
aged 3 to 9 years of age.
The pupils are usually taught in
two mixed age classes but
flexible arrangements are made
to allow different groupings
of children.

Pupils have a very positive
attitude to school and there is
an active school council.

The very high level of adult
support ensures rapid progress
for pupils at all levels.

The school has its own school website which can be accessed
by clicking on this link:

STAR OF THE WEEK
        

Every Friday we have a celebration where we gather together as a school and celebrate the achievements of the children and staff.  The beautiful star (pictured above) is used as part of our celebration worship and each week we present it to a pupil whose effort and achievement merits it.  It may be awarded for extra effort in school tasks or to reward examples of good citizenship in the school environment.  Pupils who gain the star of the week award are mentioned in the weekly newsletter to parents.
LATEST OFSTED & SIAMS REPORTS

Acklington School was inspected
by Ofsted during October 2012.

The inspectors concluded:

"This is a good school.  The good curriculum provides increasingly rich opportunities for learning.

Outstanding spiritual development opportunities successfully encourage pupils to reflect with fascination and curiosity on the world around them."


  To see the report in full, please click on the Ofsted logo below.
      
 


Acklington School's latest SIAMS
report has also been published.

The school has been judged as GOOD across all areas.

  To see the report in full, please click on the SIAMS logo below.


150th ANNIVERSARY

In 2003 the school celebrated our 150th anniversary by having a Victorian School Day.  Here are a few pictures from the anniversary calendar that was made to commemorate the event.





 

 

This is a good school where....

"pupils enjoy their learning and thrive in the
happy, friendly, family atmosphere."

Ofsted ~ October 2012

 

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE HEADTEACHER



Mr Neil Rodgers

14th June 2016

Dear Acklington Community,

I haven’t yet had the opportunity to meet you all to introduce myself and discuss with you our current and future plans for Acklington C of E First School now it is firmly part of the JCSC federation, but I hope this goes some way to rectifying that.

As a federation of schools, we have gone through the process of restructuring across all three sites (Acklington First, South Avenue and Acklington Road – both in Amble) to guarantee the best possible education for all our students.

We can confirm that wrap-around care will be offered to parents of Acklington First students from September 2016, so that parents can drop their children off for the free breakfast club from 8.00am every morning, knowing that they can be safely cared for once school ends at 3.00pm until 5.30pm at the low cost of £3.50 per hour if needed.
We have booked swimming sessions for the children in September, and will use our federation minibus to transport the children safely to and from the pool.

Most importantly, we are dedicated to ensuring that our children get the very best education and we have recently appointed strong, experienced Primary staff to give some stability to the students at Acklington First. They will be overseen by a team of experienced leaders; Miss Gascoigne-Owens is an experienced Primary leader who joins the federation to ensure the provision from nursery to Year 6 is outstanding; Mrs Grieve (Assistant Headteacher) will work with me to ensure that Miss Gascoigne-Owens and her team are supported and all of our children receive the best quality education.

Ofsted last visited the school back in October 2012 and judged the school to be ‘Good’ in all areas, but we are subject to termly visits from the Local Authority that are carried out by School Improvement Partners (SIPs) and who report against the Ofsted categories. Our visits this year have been carried out by Janet Dyson, a former Northumberland First School Headteacher, who, just last week judged that the school continues to be ‘Good’ in every category.

The only plans we have for Acklington First is to support it fully to ensure it can be sustained through increased pupil numbers by being the school of first choice for the parents of Acklington and the surrounding area.

To ensure the school grows, prospers and builds on our commitment we need to ensure parents choose us. So if you know any parents unsure about their choices for September, and looking for individualised learning in classes with very small numbers, please do ask them to contact the school and arrange to meet with us. There are lots of benefits to children being part of our federation.

My team and I look forward to working fully with the community and its children to help Acklington C of E First School go from strength to strength.

Best wishes,

Neil Rodgers

Executive Headteacher
James Calvert Spence College

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

ACKLINGTON C. of E. FIRST SCHOOL

Acklington School was built in 1852 and opened in 1853, making it one of the oldest schools still in operation in the county of Northumberland. The first pupil to register in 1853 was 10 year old Ann Egdele. Since that time, hundreds of pupils have enjoyed their early education at the village school and the community is rightly proud of the excellent reputation of the school and the high standards achieved. (See "Recent History" section of the Parish Website for a more information about the history of Acklington School).

CONTACT DETAILS

Information leaflets about the school are available for anyone who would like one.  To request a leaflet, or simply to seek further information, please contact the school.  Similarly, if anyone would like to visit the school (and visitors are most welcome) the necessary contact details are shown below:

Address
Acklington C. of E. First School
Acklington
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE65 9BW

Telephone - 01670 760335

Email - admin@acklington.northumberland.sch.uk

LATEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER


LINKS WITH THE CHURCH


The school has church of England Voluntary Controlled status and enjoys particularly close links with the church.  The last SIAS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools) Report in 2010 stated that:
          "The strong Christian ethos is reflected positively in how parents, church, village
            and wider communities all have high regard for their school"

TOKENS FOR SCHOOL

One of the ways pupils, parents, parishioners and the wider public can help and support the school is by collecting various vouchers and tokens which the school then exchanges for much needed equipment in the various curriculum areas.  Some examples are shown below.

 

The school is also collecting unwanted mobile phones and ink cartridges, as well as used postage stamps.

All the above items can be popped into the school's black post box at the school door or dropped off at 4 Churchill Way, Acklington.

READ MORE ABOUT ACKLINGTON SCHOOL

You can read and view much more about the school by clicking on the link buttons below.

In the news
Read press articles about the school.

Our Coquet Song
"Silver River" composed by pupils.

School Productions
We enjoy putting on shows & concerts.

Examples of Work
Pictures of work from pupils past & present.

Photo Gallery
A random selection of school photographs.

School trips
We have some
really great days out.

School Meals
Have a look at some
of our menus.

Our Forest School
We learn such a
lot outdoors