Welcome to the website of Rockcliffe First School. We hope that this site will prove useful to current and past members of the Rockcliffe family, and to those who may be interested in joining our family in the future.
Rockcliffe First School is a North Tyneside Learning Trust School, catering for children from 3 to 9 years (Nursery to Year 4). We have a published admissions number of 45, with children entering two small Reception classes.
For over one hundred years, Rockcliffe has been an innovative and exciting place to learn. Overlooking the sea, with views of dramatic skies and boats on the horizon, Rockcliffe's ethos comes from its stunning location, rich heritage and place at the heart of its community.
Despite achieving consistently high academic results, we believe that the job of an excellent school is much broader and strive to help our pupils become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. Therefore, our mission is ‘To Lay the Foundations for Life’.
In order to help us achieve this, we aim to offer:
a broad, dynamic and challenging curriculum which allows us to be the best we can
a safe and inclusive community in which we all feel welcome
a rich creative environment in which everyone will flourish
Mrs Ford once again helped Rockcliffe pupils past and present to make beautiful lanterns during workshops on 16th November. Lots of children and their families took part in the St Nicholas’s Lantern Festival, processing to Marine Park First School and then St Paul’s Church. Many thanks to everyone who helped make the fantastic community event such a success.”
On 17th November our children enjoyed a Health and Safety presentation by Jane Braybrook of Robertson Construction, the company currently carrying out work on the Dome. She was joined by Julie Bews of North Tyneside Council, who told us all about the exciting plans for the Whitley Bay area. The seafront is going to look pretty amazing soon!
Our Key Stage One pupils became historians for the day at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle on 3rd November. They discovered lots of interesting facts about toys and games enjoyed by children in the past.
On Saturday 5th
November we held a special event in school to celebrate the fortieth birthday of our wonderful nursery. We were joined by lots of old and new friends, including former teachers Peter Jackson and Gillian Gray (Deputy Headteacher for many years until her retirement in 2012) who can be seen below with Lindsay Ford and Glynis Bateman.
Our old photograph albums and logbooks sparked lots of memories and it was great to be able to share these over a cup of coffee and a delicious pastry or cake. Indeed, Teaching Assistant Allison Dignam had made a very special birthday cake for the team - see below.
We were delighted to be joined by Alan Campbell MP, who can be seen below saying a few words at the event. He is surrounded by past and present members of our very popular Glee Club, who entertained the crowd with a medley of Abba hits from the seventies.
North Tyneside Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn and Paul Hanson, Deputy Chief Executive of North Tyneside Council, also joined the party. Norma can be seen below with our Chair of Governors, Mary Evans, and our amazing Nursery staff team.
Glynis Bateman, who began her career as a Nursery Nurse by helping to set up and open our nursery, has remained with us ever since and her magnificent service has been recognised by her being shortlisted in the Evening Chronicle Champions Awards this year. We wish her the best of luck at the awards ceremony at the Biscuit Factory on 1st December! She can be seen below standing in front of our beautiful new school banner, made by our very talented Nursery Teacher Lindsay Ford.
STEM Consultant Claire Willis has been
working alongside teachers and children at Rockcliffe this term. We have all
had fun exploring the world of science, technology, engineering and maths in a
creative and meaningful way.
All children from Reception to Year Four
enjoyed taking part in our Sports Day team events on July 1, during which
children could be competitive whilst also displaying their ability to
Collaborate and Cooperate – a key Rockcliffe Learning Superpower. Many thanks
to our Year Four Sports Leaders for doing such a tremendous job of helping the
Reception and Year One children during the afternoon session. We were all very
proud of them!
We were delighted to take part in the Whitley Bay Carnival once again this year. Mrs Ford led the large and very creatively-dressed Rockcliffe party as we danced through the town centre and onto the sea front at the Dome. This was a wonderful community gathering and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event…!
Children dressed up as superheroes in a
day-long celebration of the Rockcliffe Learning Superpowers: Resilient,
Optimistic, Creative, Keep Improving, Collaborate and Cooperate, Learn from
Successes and Mistakes, Involved in our Learning, Focussed, Finding Solutions
and Enjoy Learning.
Children in Classes One and Two had a
wonderful time finding out all about minibeasts at the Rising Sun Country Park.
Sixty pupils and their parents and carers joined
Lindsay Ford in a series of costume-making activities.