This is a good school where....
their learning and thrive in the
happy, friendly, family atmosphere."
Ofsted ~ October 2012
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
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
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
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.
James Calvert Spence College
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).
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
Acklington C. of E. First School
- 01670 760335
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
"The strong Christian ethos is reflected positively in how parents,
communities all have high regard for their 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
The school is also collecting unwanted mobile phones and
ink cartridges, as well as used postage stamps.
above items can be popped into the school's black post
box at the school door or dropped off at 4 Churchill
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