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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 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 and part of the Teesside Learning Trust.
We currently have 121 children in our whole school: 95 children in mainstream; 17 children in Nursery and 9 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 six classrooms, a main hall, a precision teaching zone and a library. Outside, the playground is established with activity zones on a Tiger Turf surface (astro-turf). We have outdoor equipment and a reading hut. In addition, we have a large field, a wild flower garden, a pond and a poly tunnel for environmental projects. In summer 2015, we built a new EYFS unit which supports 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 and provides PE CPD to staff to the highest standard across key Stage 1 and 2 and, as a result of the high quality opportunities provided for our pupils in terms of physical activity and school sport, we have achieved the Platinum School Games Award for our contribution to building an excellent sports and physical activity 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. We also have two specialist French Teachers (from France!) that help provide our modern foreign language provision.