Welcome

Welcome to the parent/carer section of our website, We hope you find the information useful.

Like you, we want your child's education to be amazing! On this page we'll keep you informed of key events coming up and exciting things that have happened.

This page is also useful to help answer questions you may have;information about admissions, uniforms, the way learning is organised, the Curriculum... everything is somewhere on this page! If you want to find out about things your child is doing in class at the moment, jump to the year group they're in at the top of the page.

Our mission: To provide high quality education to the community which offer life changing opportunities in a safe, creative, exciting environment. All are valued and inspired to flourish and grow as individuals, learning is believing the sky is the limit



Admissions

The admissions to this school are managed by Northumberland County Council.
 
The LA’s admissions policy and arrangements for appling for a place at the school either for your child to start at the beginning of their recepetion class or at any other time are detailed on the county’s admissions website which is accessed by clicking the link below.
 
 
If you have any problems or we can help in any other way, please call into school.  If you wish to apply for a nursery place for when your child turns three, please contact Mrs Storrie, our Secretary, who will take your details and tell you what happens next.

Governance

Morpeth Road Academy is part of Wise Academies. In addition to a Local Governing Body, a Regional Board and Board of Directors oversees the work of the Academy, and takes a close interest in its performance and provision.  Further details can be found here .

We are always keen to hear from parents/carers who would be interested in becoming a member of the Governing Body; please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' page if you're interested.

Our Governance information can be found over on the trust governance website here

 
 

E-Safety

WISE Academies believe that IT should be used as a means of enhancing learning and engaging pupils. IT is not a subject within its own right; rather skills are taught and then used across the entire curriculum. The mission of the company is to equip children for living in the 21st century. This is realised when the learning environment is resourced with up-to-date technologies and staff have the knowledge and skills to use these effectively to move learning forward.

E-Safety

Within school, pupils are taught about how to stay safe in our modern digital world.

The person responsible for E-Safety in school is Martin Jones

The designated safeguarding leads in school are:

  • Paul Martindale

  • Jane Walton

Our Safeguarding governor is Helen Watson

If you have any concerns about online safety please contact one of these members of staff.

The CEOP website contains some really important information for parents and the Childnet site gives helpful guidance on social networking for parents. The SaferInternet site also provides advice on setting up parental controls on your home computer.

The Click Clever, Click Safe site has lots of useful information about Cyberbullying.

As parents you can help by:

  • having open discussions about your expectations and how to stay safe online
  • closely monitoring the sites your children are accessing
  • limiting the amount of time your allow your child to spend online or using gaming devices
  • discouraging the use of social network sites under the legal age of 13 such as Facebook, however, if your child does use social media remind them to only communicate with friends and family (people they know and trust in the real world), and also to ensure that their privacy settings are set high and to make them aware of how to report an incident if they feel uncomfortable.
  • ensuring they do not give out any personal details to people they meet online including on games consoles such as Xbox and PS3.
  • take notice of PEGI ratings – age rating is there for a reason and could mean that your child is being exposed to inappropriate materials if you do not abide by them.
 

Coming Soon!

Childcare Offer

Information

Morpeth Road Academy will shortly be able to provide 30 hours of free early education and childcare provision for three and four year olds.

The parent publication booklet will help explain how you can find out if you are eligible to apply.

 

Eligibility

Parents of three and four year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be
eligible for 30 hours free childcare:

  • They earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.
  • This equates to £120 a week (or £6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or £5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old.
  • This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hours contract.
  • The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work.
  • Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.
  • Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.
  • Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (example: they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.
  • If a non-EEA national, the parent must have recourse to public funds.

Note: Please be aware that the entitlement to a free place does not offer a guarantee of a place at any one provider or a particular pattern of provision.

 

Attendance

Why It Matters

At Morpeth Road Academy we recognise the importance of being in school, on time, every day.

The national average expected for children is 96%.

Did you know that an attendance percentage of 90% is equivalent to missing 19 school days a year?

If your child is not in school regularly they will miss out on fundamental learning in the classroom. This is extremely difficult to catch up on and affects all aspects of their future education, as well as forming bad habits.

As part of our on-going support system for children and their families you will receive regular updates on your child’s attendance with a strong focus on how it affects their learning.

Please see the document here for Guidance on Infection Control from the Public Health agency. If your child has an infectious illness you can see how long they recommend you keep them off school e.g. Chicken Pox.

If you have any questions about attendance you can pop in to the school office or give us a call, we're here to help!

What you can do

We understand that children will need time off school when they are poorly.

However you can avoid attendance becoming a concern by engaging with school and not taking unnecessary days off e.g. holidays during term time. Trying to make appointments for your child, and other family members, out of school hours will reduce time missed in classroom. This will make less of an impact on their school life.

You may not realise how quickly the odd day off can lead to a big dip in attendance percentage, indicating to school and other agencies that there may be problems to address.

Punctuality is just as important as attendance. If your child has 100% attendance but regularly arrives up to half an hour late they are still missing vital learning.

Most importantly we have an open door policy. If you have ANY queries or would like support on any matter we have a great welfare team who can provide referrals or advice.


Holiday Requests

If you wish to request time off during school term time there is a form you can complete. Please know that permission for holidays are only granted in exceptional circumstances.

You can view a copy of our attendance policy here

Uniform

School uniform can be ordered online from here

Fundemental British Values

The Department for Education states that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 'Prevent Strategy' and these values were reiterated by the Prime Minister in 2014. At Shaftoe Trust Academy, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

Democracy is embedded at the school.  Children are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard.  Children also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires.  The elections of the School Council members and House Captains are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the academy or the country, are consistently reinforced.  Our school has ‘School Rules’, which are deeply embedded in our work every day.  Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.  Our children are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty

Within the academy, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment.  As an academy, we educate and provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education.  Our children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and PSHE lessons.  Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our children are given the freedom to make choices.  They understand that with rights comes responsibility.

Tolerance of Difference and Respect for Others

Our core value of tolerance of and respect for those who have different faiths and beliefs, different genders, different sexual orientations, different abilities, different families and different economic circumstances underpins our work.  Shaftoe Trust Academy enhances children's understanding of different faiths and beliefs through Religious Education studies and different social circumstances through PSHE work.  Visits out of the academy and visitors to the academy provide a richness of experience for our children.  Through this our children gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a socially and culturally diverse society.

School Meals

Our tasty school menus can be viewed below. 

All meals are prepared freshly every day in school by our team of canny cooks.


Meal Options

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Traditional Meal Choice

Breaded turkey burger & seasoned wedges

Beef bolognaise tacos & penne pasta

Roast pork & Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Garlic chicken & mozzarella melt with savoury rice

Fish fingers or fish finger wrap, chips and peas

Meat Free Vegetarian Meal Choice

Veggie meatballs in spicy tomato sauce with steamed rice

Cheese & tomato tart with mini baked or boiled potatoes

Mediterranean vegetable pasta & garlic slice

French bread pizza With mini potato waffles

Veggie sausages, chips and baked beans

Sweet

Spiced Apple flapjack &
custard

Lemon drizzle cake

Chocolate & banana muffins

Sticky toffee pudding & custard

Fruit, ice cream & desert sauce

Hot & Healthy Option

Crisp & fluffy jacket Potatoes topped with tuna mayo, cheddar cheese or baked beans

Cold light bite option

Daily selection may include turkey, Ham, tuna or cheese sandwich , baguette or wrap, *Hot Filled meat or vegetarian Panini and cold meat/cheese salad platters

Healthy Sides

A daily choice of seasonal vegetables will be on offer as well as a wide selection of fresh salads from the salad bar to accompany all of the above menu choices

Alternative Deserts

Fresh fruit, low fat yoghurt as well as a selection of cold sweets, biscuits or cakes are also available daily from the cold display cabinet as an alternative to the daily desert menu option