At Hemlington Hall Academy we provide excellent education from the age of three to eleven. Our Early Years Unit is well staffed and has excellent facilities which provide a very good start to school and the foundations for life-long learning. When the children enter the main school our classrooms are well- resourced, modern and spacious. All children enter Reception in September of the school year in which they are 5 with a carefully balanced curriculum to support children of all ages and stages of the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance. We are very proud of our engaging, creative curriculum enabling children to apply their learning and skills and follow their own interests.
Our staff place an emphasis on enabling pupils to maximise their academic, social and emotional potential. To fulfil this aim, class numbers are kept low with an average of 21 pupils per class with single year groups maintained. Every class has a full-time teacher and the additional support of an experienced full or part-time classroom assistant.
The school building is bright and attractive with technology areas, libraries, music room and spacious classroom areas. We are well-resourced in terms of equipment and books and this facilitates quality teaching of the National Curriculum and National Strategies. We use appropriate methods to compliment the children’s age, stage and ability and recognise children as individuals with specific needs at different times. Our remodelled curriculum brings learning to life, making it more relevant and enjoyable for children preparing for life and work in the 21st Century.
We recognise that children may have specific or Special Educational Needs (SEN) and these are managed and supported according to statutory guidelines and close collaboration with parents and outside agencies. We have a Higher Needs Base which offers provision for up to fifteen pupils from across Middlesbrough Schools, ensuring that they get specialised learning programmes and more individualised attention. At the end of Year 2, the children are assessed and may return to be reintegrated into their own schools or transfer to another specialist facility, according to their needs.
We offer state of the art ICT facilities including a suite housing 25 I-Mac computers. In addition to our computer suite we also have fully networked computers for all pupils, which are able to support pupils in ICT and internet access within the classroom. We use a variety of digital and technological equipment, such as iPads, as part of everyday learning, which enable pupils to research, photograph, share / upload their work, produce animations and participate in film work and multi media projects. To further support ICT development each learning space is fitted with an interactive whiteboard which is used by staff to enhance lessons and stimulate learning beyond the classroom.
Homework is important to compliment and reinforce classroom learning and it is planned according to the age of the children. Children are given a password so they can access Homework and lesson materials from home PC via the internet. This also enables Parents to be part of their child’s education and support their learning at home which we actively encourage.
Hemlington staff promote a breadth of learning through extra curricular activities and have a range of after school activities on offer throughout the school year. They are run by Specialist coaches / clubs or by our own highly-talented and motivated staff. Our clubs include gardening, reading, ICT, netball, football, art, homework, dance, knitting & crafts, drama and singing. One of our particular strengths is Music and we achieved the Sing Up Gold Award in 2011. Our Choir is testament to the talent and enthusiasm within school amongst staff and children and they perform to many audiences far and wide.
We take great pride in our school building and grounds to ensure that the health, safety and security of children, staff and parents is our priority. The building is in an excellent state of repair and the classrooms and school interior are modern, clean and attractive. Our security standards are high, and staff receive regular training to refresh all Safeguarding procedures and ensure they are constantly at the forefront of our work.
Our Outdoor Area has been improved and constantly developed to a high standard. The Wildlife Area has a Bee Hive and pond that frequently engage all children in projects linked to our Outdoor Curriculum. In consultation with children and parents, we have an exciting new play space to encourage quality, physical development, teamwork, co-operation and motivation! Each class has its own planting bed and we have won a number of Environmental Awards through our ongoing work on sustainability. We have created an Outdoor Classroom with seating and shelter so children can enjoy and appreciate their learning outdoors whatever the weather!
The Head Teacher, Staff and Governors of the school welcome and actively encourage partnership with parents. Parents are the primary educators for their children and want to develop a positive working relationship to enable the children to have a happy and successful school life and make better progress in their learning.
Hemlington Hall has an active Governing Body who work hard to ensure the school gives best value for money through high quality learning experiences. We are proud of our school and continue to be committed to raising the standards of every child.