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Ward Jackson is a small, friendly school close to the centre of Hartlepool. That friendliness is evident right throughout school; we believe that all children deserve to be treated individually in a secure, caring but also intellectually challenging environment. We try to reward all our children for their achievements daily.
We teach all elements of the curriculum, butwe really believe that the right balance should be struck so that the children are given many and varied ways in which to learn. We run a range of extra-curricular activities including the Breakfast, Lunch and After School Clubs, Football, Netball and Cricket, plus a Choir and a Homework Club. We try to use visits and visitors wherever possible to give the children more enriching experiences than just those available in the classroom.
This coming year in our school improvement plan we are focusing on several areas. English and Maths figure highly; continually we are looking at ways of improving writing across the school. We also want to find further ways to challenge our boys and all of our more able learners.Also we have employed extra teaching staff this year in order to reduce class size in Key Stage 2.
Again we are encouraging creativity. Each Friday afternoon this year will once again see our children involved in alternative learning, much of which will be with other adults. For example the children will be learning how to play Bridge, prepare healthy snacks, to abseil, face painting, first aid, thinking skills, geology, archaelology and much more.
One very big addition to our website this year is the Hartlepool History Trail. As part of our Ward Jackson 200 celebrations we worked with Teesside Archives to produce a set of work for all Hartlepool children. Please follow the link to 'Local History Resource' to find out more.
Jan Brough, Headteacher
Our School Aims
In October 2003 our adult school community came together to revisit our school aims and to think about what was important for our children. There were Teachers, Classroom Assistants, Clerks, Caretaker, Governors, Lunchtime Supervisors and Parents all contributing.
Under the headings of 'Children' 'Adults in School' and 'The Wider School Community' we discussed what we felt was important and then worked on how we make those important things actually happen in school.
In every Friday assembly we give out awards for a variety of reasons. This may help you to understand them:
· Certificates from the staff are awarded for good work and other notable achievements during the week.
· During the week at lunchtimes the children are given tokens for good behaviour and eating their food well. The winner from each class gets to sit at the top table the next week with a friend. The class with the most tokens gets 15 minutes free time the next week too.
· Each teacher nominates a child from their class who has done exceptionally during the week and they are given a prize
· A Headteacher’s award is given to one of these class winners.
To promote team work, each class has the opportunity to collect points for their class. The class with the most points wins a treat at the end of each half term.