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
School uniform can be ordered online from emblematic here
The clothing/ footwear that your child wears to school must be clearly marked with your child’s name. Everything should be simple enough for your child to manage independently – eg. velcro fastenings on shoes, elastic waistband on trousers.
We’re really excited to be continuing with our new curriculum this year at Hasting Hill. The curriculum, organised into ‘topics’ or ‘contexts’, was a huge success last year, and the second part of the two-year cycle will be introduced this year. As many of you will know by now, each topic will begin with an event or a visit to inspire the children, and will culminate in a similar event giving the children the opportunity to showcase their learning. Parents/carers are a crucial part of this – we really value your support at these events, and YOU make the end celebrations worth having. Your children like nothing more than being able to share their achievements with you. These may be in the form of an assembly, a performance, an exhibition of work… the opportunities are endless. Your child’s work from though out the term will also be on display (as will their homework – make sure they complete it on time, and to a high standard!). Thank you for your continuing support.
The Academy follows the new National Curriculum in Literacy and Maths – we’ll be sharing things from these with you throughout the year… some of the things in it are a bit tougher than they used to be! Our topics/contexts are being designed to include the best elements of other subjects. Enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities are linked in order to make learning purposeful and engaging, and, above all, to raise achievement.
We are proud to be an inclusive school where some of our children have specific needs; how we cater for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities is detailed here through something called ‘Our Local Offer’.
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.
Within school, pupils are taught about how to stay safe in our modern digital world.
The person responsible for E-Safety in school is Mrs Scott (KS1).
The designated safeguarding officers in school are Miss Fountain (Executive Headteacher), Mrs S Robson (Headteacher), Mrs Jackman (Deputy Head) and Emma Innerd (Child and Family Support). 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.
Internet Matters - over 70 parental control how-to guides for major networks, devices, services and entertainment providers in your home.
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 PS4.
- 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.
Why It Matters
- best class attendance receives £5 to put into their class 'piggy bank'
- children with 100% get their name put into the raffle
- raffle is drawn from the weekly names, children receive a £20 voucher
- prizes for best improved attendance
- children with 100% for the term receive Bronze, Silver, Gold badges
- special treat for children with 100% for the year
- classes choose how to spend their 'piggy bank' money
Infection Control in Schools - advice on when to keep your child off school.
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.
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.
If your child is unable to attend school because they are ill, then please contact school to let us know. If you do not inform school then school will need to make a home visit.
If you are attending an appointment and it can’t be rearranged or out of school time, please show the office your appointment card/text and your absence will be authorised.
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.
If you are late, an adult must come into school and sign them in.
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.
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.
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.
If your request is declined, and you still take your child out of school, each parent within your household can be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school.
If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summoned to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.
Taking into account all of the above, we strongly advise you against taking children out of school during term time for family holidays.
Our Childcare Offers
We offer a daily breakfast Club on school premises from 7.30-8.15 (£1.50) 8.15 - 8.40 (FREE)
We also have Bagel Stations in the school reception area every morning from 8.40 where you can grab a Bagel and go!
2 Year Old Provision
Hasting Hill have a brand new 2 year old facility running Monday - Friday.
Morning sessions - 8.55am - 11.55am
Afternoon sessions hours 12.30pm to 3.30pm
The cost is £15 per session however you maybe entitled to 15 hours a week free child care, to find out more click here or speak to the school office about elegibility.
DO YOU RECEIVE
- Universal credit?
- Income support?
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income related)?
- Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance?
- The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit?
- Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999?
- Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit and have an Annual income below the specific threshold (£16,190)
- Fostering Allowances? (paid for the child)
- Disability Living Allowance? (Claimed for the child)
- You have a child for whom you have a special Guardianship, Residence Order or a Child Arrangement Order
30 Hours Childcare Offer
Hasting Hill Academy are now 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.
The Customer Interaction Centre is also there to help answer any questions on 0300 123 4097.
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.
Child and Family Worker
Emma Innerd, our Child and Family Liaison Officer
Emma is able to offer support to parents and carers across Hasting Hill Academy.
Advice and support can be given on positive parenting as well as positive behaviour strategies as well as other support which can be tailored to your needs.
The advice is simple with practical strategies to help you manage your child’s behaviour. It can help prevent problems developing, which in turn will help build strong, healthy relationship between you and your child.
With this I would also like to develop and strengthen the relationship already in place between the school and parents/carers alike, so keep an eye out for upcoming events such as, coffee mornings, training courses etc.,
No matter how big or small you feel your worries are if you need a little extra help please contact me, as sometimes just being able to talk to someone can help relieve the stress.
Hasting Hill Academy
0191 7070121 or mobile 07899841598
Hasting Hill Academy is an Operation Encompass School. For more information please click here
Our Mental Health Lead is Mrs Sarah Robson
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 Hasting Hill Academy, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
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.
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. Hasting Hill 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.
Why work for WISE Academies
We want WISE Academies to be the employer of choice for talented staff looking to work in the North-East of England. Below are some of the benefits of working for us: –
- Full access to Teachers’ Pension Scheme and Local Government Pension Scheme.
- Strong induction processes.
- A wide range of CPD opportunities offered through the Town End Teaching School Alliance, through joint working between the academies within our Trust and through other opportunities.
- Access to a well-being package for staff which provides a range of free benefits including counselling, physiotherapy, GP helpline and access to consultants and medical operations*.
- Full statutory rights around maternity/paternity and sickness schemes.
* exclusions may apply
You can find a list of our current vacancies here