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Whitecliffe Academy was established in September 1985 when the schools of Carlin How and Skinningrove were merged; Skinningrove children and staff moved to the Carlin How site and Whitecliffe Primary school, as we know it today, was created. Since then we have become a close, friendly, family orientated school where everyone is supported and valued. In 2016, Whitecliffe Primary School became Whitecliffe Academy.
We currently have 136 children in our whole school: 97 children in mainstream; 20 children in Nursery and 16 children in our 2 year old provision. Although our children come mostly from Carlin How and Skinningrove, we welcome children from out-lying villages.
Our school is small, full of character and is on one level; it has a Nursery plus five classrooms, a main hall and a library. Outside, the playground is established with activity zones and carpeted with Astroturf, to be used in all weathers. We have outdoor equipment, a mini stage and a reading hut. In addition, we have a large field, a wild flower garden, a pond and a poly tunnel for environmental projects. Over summer 2015, we plan to build a new EYFS unit which will support the diverse needs of our 2-5 year olds; to further improve transition, continuity and quality of provision so that our children quickly become happy, confident, self-assured individuals.
We are a Rights Respecting School and have achieved Level 2 status through our work with UNICEF on the ‘Rights of the child’. This was awarded to Whitecliffe as a result of the work our staff and children do together to ensure children are aware of their Rights. More importantly, we are using the understanding of rights to develop a sense of responsibility; to make sure the rights of others are met in and outside of school, in order for our children to become good citizens in and around the community. We also have the Healthy Schools Award which recognises our achievements in supporting the health and wellbeing of our pupils.
It is our aim that children fulfill their potential in all areas of school life. To support this, we provide an exciting, varied, well balanced curriculum; that promotes the development of key skills combined with many opportunities to apply learning across a range of subjects.
Furthermore, we ensure our excellent sports facilities are fully utilised throughout the day and afterschool. We have an expert sports teacher who delivers PE to the highest standard across key Stage 2 and as a result we have achieved the Gold Kite-Mark for our contribution to building an excellent sports provision.
In addition, we are developing our music provision and have strong links with Tees Valley Music with the aim of fostering talents amongst our children across a range of musical instruments; particularly for our Key stage 2 children. This includes recorder lessons, guitar lessons with plans for flutes and clarinets this year. For our younger children, we create exciting early music opportunities through the curriculum plus workshops including singing, pulse and rhythm.