We are looking forward to admitting your child to our Early Years setting. Goosehill is a happy and successful place to learn. We offer a friendly, secure and stimulating environment in which we can nurture and enrich your child’s early development. We value parental involvement, seeing parents as shared partners in the education process. We seek to provide the curriculum appropriate to your child’s needs, thus maximising his/her potential.
We aim to foster a happy and welcoming atmosphere for our children, so that they will have a secure environment in which they are valued and can confidently learn. We provide stimulating and challenging classrooms that encourage curiosity in our children and a desire to learn and develop self-reflection skills. Children are helped to progress and develop as purposeful and independent learners, engaging in an active curriculum which challenges young, enquiring minds and enables them to make decisions for themselves.
The Early Years Curriculum is designed to help children develop rapidly during their early years – physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially, by learning through play.
We are a caring school, which sets high expectations for our children. Our OFSTED inspection report in November 2007 was ‘Outstanding’. There are only a few schools who are awarded such a glowing report for the third time.
It stated:- “Morpeth First School is an ‘Outstanding’ school. It is very well led by a highly committed team of staff and governors who ensure an excellent education for all pupils. The school has a vibrant curriculum; its teaching and learning are of the highest quality; care, support and guidance are exemplary. As a result pupils achieve exceptionally well and their personal development is ‘Outstanding’. The school is held in very high esteem by a very large number of parents.
Typically they comment on the very good ethos, the strong leadership, the dedicated staff and the high standards of behaviour. They appreciate the schools attention to individual needs and praise the exciting arts and music programmes, the visits and extra curricular activities.
Pupils’ achievement is ‘Outstanding’ and they reach high standards. Pupils feel very safe, secure and happy in school. They understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and develop enthusiasm for a wide range of interests. They are very well-prepared for the next stage of their education. Excellent relationships between staff and pupils, very high expectations, the brisk pace of lessons and a very accurate understanding of pupil needs typify excellent teaching and learning. The curriculum is ‘Outstanding’ and includes excellent development of basic skills, with well focused yet creative topics spanning a number of areas such as French, role-play and problem solving activities.”
In March this year, we were delighted to receive a commendation letter from OfSTED informing Governors and staff that our Interim Assessment had been successful across the four areas of Achievement, Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Behaviour. It stated that standards had been maintained at Outstanding. This is an exceptional accolade and a great tribute to the professionalism, dedication and outstanding skills of our whole teaching team, the enthusiasm of our wonderful, inquisitive pupils and the magnificent support of our Governing Body, parents and school community.
We hold the International Award, Healthy Schools Accreditation and the Artsmark Gold Award for the quality of our Arts’ Curriculum. In December 06 we also received an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspection report for Art, Craft and Design as we value and promote an enriched curriculum. We deliver a highly creative curriculum with termly ‘Collapsed Curriculum Projects,’ Activities Fortnights and Outdoor Learning in Forest Schools and at our Community Allotment. We hold annual Arts Projects and Altogether Active Programmes and promote Music through nine peripatetic instruments and many school Music clubs. This Centenary Year has been exceptional with 700 parents and children visiting Beamish in Edwardian costume, a Music Hall, a Dance through the Decades extravaganza and a Street Party! Our nineteen school clubs including PE, Music, Art and Languages were deemed ‘Outstanding’ by OfSTED.
We value the Partnership between Home and School and hold termly Parent Workshops, Parenting Classes and Family Learning Sessions. Parents are a vital stakeholder in our school life and communications are many!!!!
If you would like to visit Reception or have any queries, there are opportunities to visit Reception teachers. Please ring school for an appointment.
We trust that your child will enjoy and settle into such a successful and stimulating environment.
Welcome to the Goosehill family!
We realise that there will be information that you require before your child enters school. We therefore arrange meetings and visits to make the transition into mainstream school as smooth as possible for your child and you.
New Parents’ Evening
Come and meet your child’s teacher, receive the school information brochures, watch a DVD about the curriculum and daily life of a Reception child and learn about the Foundation Curriculum and the routine of a school day. There are lists available from which you can order uniform direct. There are also light refreshments and you can visit your child’s new classroom and talk to the teachers.
There are four opportunities for your children to visit over a period of four weeks.
- Whole classes – Two visits via school nursery and private providers
- Small groups – The children may visit for one afternoon in smaller groups. ( Visits arranged at your convenience at Parents’ Evening ).
- Half classes – On our transfer day half class groups of children visit their new classrooms and participate in a range of activities during sessions in either the morning or the afternoon. ( Parents informed of colour coded half groups at Parents’ Evening )
- Whole classes – Two visits via school nursery and private providers
Two years ago we responded to parents’ requests to keep our morning and afternoon friendship groups together. If children receive wrap around care at another provider we have endeavoured to keep those pupils together in one class.
It may help working parents to know the following arrangements. Reception pupils commence school on the first day and for the first week will attend for half days. This gives the staff a chance to build relationships with the children in smaller groups initially and respond to their emotional needs.
We also responded to parents’ requests to slowly extend the day during the second week, with lunch on the Monday until 1pm( to which you are invited to support your child ) and then hometime at 1.30pm on the Tuesday/Wednesday and 2.30pm on the Thursday/Friday. This was favourably received. All children commence school full time ( with lunch ) on the third Monday. If your child is having difficulties settling in, he/she does not have to attend full time until the term in which he/she is five.
We hope that all these arrangements will familiarise your children with our staff and school and we look forward to meeting you all and welcoming you to a very popular and successful school. We believe in Home/School Partnerships and will endeavour to involve you greatly in your child’s education.