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children and young people

children and young people

schools shape up Work is continuing apace on several multi-million pound school buildings across Stockton Borough. The new £17.8 million building for the Northern Education Trust sponsored, North Shore Academy, is due to be ready for young people to learn there from next April. Already it has new windows, roof lights, internal walls and power. The state-of-the-art facility will also be home to a “myplace” youth centre.

Contractors have begun to demolish the front of the existing building ready for a new Business and Enterprise Centre to be built there (BETA). Students learning at the Academy are also set to benefit from significant investment in ICT.

Principal, Maryssa O’Connor, said: “The partnership work between the Academy, The building has been specially designed Stockton Council and Carillion is vital in to make sure it is energy efficient. Ground ensuring this complex remodel is completed source heat pumps will provide free heat on time and ready for us by June 2013. for the whole ground floor. The solar panels on the roof will provide electricity which will contribute to the National Grid. Meanwhile, the water system will store rain water so it can be used in the toilets. Work has also started on the full size 3G floodlit football pitch suitable for both day and night use. Elsewhere, at the Teesside University sponsored Thornaby Academy, dining areas, changing rooms and specialist teaching areas have been significantly remodelled and the Academy will be able to start using them again next month.

The state-of-the-art facility will also be home to a “myplace” youth centre.

“So far we are thrilled with the very small sections which have been handed back, namely part of the new dining space, redecorated Sports Hall and new changing rooms. We are very excited about the new science labs, engineering workshops, music technology, art and design exhibition space and drama studio which will be released before Christmas.

“These new spaces, with the impact of new ICT resources, are going to really make a difference to the teaching and learning experience for all students.” Fairfield Primary School is also benefitting from significant investment. Major works have taken place to create a single school by extending the existing Key Stage 2 building and carrying out adaptations to some of the classroom space and external areas. The old Key Stage 1 building has now been demolished. It means all of the children who attend the school now learn in one building.

It’s awards all round for Borough’s schools Our schools and dedicated teachers have achieved well deserved recognition for their hard work.

Investment in Whinstone Primary is also now complete. It’s been extended to create additional classrooms and a hall. It means children no longer have to learn in temporary mobile classrooms. Meanwhile, a large extension to create a significantly up-graded learning environment for Bewley Primary School is nearing completion. Bewley Infant School and Bewley Junior School came together to form Bewley Primary School in September 2011. Once the extension is finished next month the Bewley Junior School building will be demolished and the land surrounding Bewley Primary is being developed into outdoor learning and social space.

Top teacher! In the last edition of Stockton News we told you how local teacher, Lauren Dalgarno, had been shortlisted for a top award.

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Lauren loves her job and said: “I’m in. thrilled to bits. I think it’s still sinking and ents stud the e It’s great to encourag to see them making progress.” were Now in their fourth year the awards on Bryd Rob n edia com presented by Welsh . don Lon in l, at the Hilton Hote Bewley Primary PAGE 16

Left to right Rob Brydon, Lauren Darlgarno and Philip Parkin, General Secretary for Voice the Union (now retired).

Children at Oakdene Primary School in a music lesson

School strikes gold! Staff and pupils at Oakdene Primary School, in Billingham, are delighted their school has been recognised for a second time with a gold Artsmark Award. The accolade is national recognition for Music, Dance, Drama and Art and Design within the normal curriculum in school and after school. The award recognises the school’s commitment to giving all children a wide range of arts experiences including visits and partnerships with artists, weekly creative workshops and music tuition. Headteacher, Liz Bramley, said: “It’s a wonderful recognition of the enthusiasm and commitment of all our staff and partners in providing exciting opportunities in the Arts for all our children.”

(Left) Teacher at Grangefield School, Caroline McHale, (Back) Alan Bell (chief starter for 2012 Olympics) and Headteacher David Litchfield with head boy and girl Mitchell Agar and Laura Jones.

Grangefield goes International The British Council has awarded its prestigious International School Award to Grangefield School in Stockton. This is a badge of honour for schools carrying out outstanding work in international education such as linking with partner schools overseas. David Litchfield, Headteacher at Grangefield said: “I am very pleased the school has received this award which recognises the high quality of both staff and students. Grangefield School is proud of its international links, its exciting programme for developing the teaching of modern foreign languages and the exciting activities and events in which our young people take part.”

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Stockton News - Winter 2012  

The Winter 2012 edition of Stockton News