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Nunthorpe School
Guisborough Road, Nunthorpe, TS7 0LA, UK Middlesbrough
Tel. 01642 310561

About the school

Oakdene Primary School is a County, co-educational school for approximately 210 boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 11 years. It was formed by the amalgamation of Low Grange Infant and Junior Schools in January 1998, after 38 years as separate entities. What was the Junior School building has been extensively renovated and extended, which enabled us to bring everyone under one roof in September 1999.

The Low Grange area of Billingham took its name from a historical link with the Abbey at Durham. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries when monasteries were powerful and wealthy, Abbey land-holdings called Granges were used for sheep farming and food production. The Low Grange Schools were originally built to serve housing built on Low Grange fields.

The name Oakdene was chosen for the new primary school to reflect the future rather than the past. Our slogan "Learning for Life" incorporates the shared vision of a successful, safe and welcoming school.

Built around a central quadrangle, the school has 14 classrooms on two storeys. There are two large halls, one of which is used as a dining hall. Additionally, we have a library which is also used by visiting teachers working with groups of children and there are specialist teaching areas for art and design technology, information and communications technology, science and early years practical activities.

The school has two ICT suites, one containing 15 workstations and the other, 8. Both suites and each classroom have the use of an interactive whiteboard; used as an aid in teaching and as an easily visible presentation tool.

In the past year we have invested in outdoor all-weather play equipment, specifically designed for the different age groups within the school. This, combined with an area of quiet seating around a stage area, has provided the children with many more options when playing outdoors.

The Governing Body

The Governing Body is composed of representatives from the LEA, parent governors elected by the parent body, teacher representatives elected by teaching staff, and governors co-opted because of their links with the wider community, their previous experience in the job or their interest in education. Non-teaching staff can have an elected representative as well but currently this position is vacant. In all, the Governing Body has16 members who are ably supported with guidance and advice from the LEA's Governor Support Service, and from our attached school adviser.

Governors generally serve for a period of four years before the need for re-appointment or re-election and give of their time freely, in what is rapidly becoming an extremely responsible position. The Chairperson, especially, has a heavy load and needs to work closely with the headteacher.

Various committees meet regularly and inform the whole Body of issues discussed and/or decided. The three key committees are those responsible for advising on Staffing and Finance, Curriculum and Premises. Each has a specific remit guiding its work.

The Governing Body's Annual Report to Parents lists members currently serving and gives their period of office. Notification of elections is announced whenever vacancies for parent representatives occur and anyone interested in serving as a governor is invited to contact the headteacher for information.

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