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
We are extremely lucky this year to be hosting a French Language Assistant, Lola Seven, each Wednesday afternoon. Lola is helping children (and teachers) from Nursery to Year Four to improve their knowledge of French language and culture, and we are all very grateful for her support. C’est magnifique!
Our Epiphany celebrations on 6th
January began, as usual, with an impressive coronation ceremony in the upstairs hall. Crowns were placed upon the heads of the class kings and queens by their faithful lords and ladies in waiting. Our noble monarchs reigned wisely and well throughout the afternoon!
Thirty Key Stage Two pupils enjoyed a dance workshop in school on 12th
January. The session was led by Dance City’s talented Dance Engagement Coordinator Holly Irving, who hopes to work alongside more of our children very soon.
Our children have been helping to fight disease, poverty and prejudice by fundraising and collecting donations for Lepra. Everyone in Classes One to Eight, and some in Nursery, took part in a Fun and Fitness session as well as other sponsored activities and were able to raise £2500 for the international charity.
Lepra works in India, Bangladesh and Mozambique and focuses on people who are trapped by disease, poverty and prejudice. They work to improve not only the health of an individual but their overall well-being and livelihood too.
Angela Lisle, Lepra community fundraiser, can be seen here presenting a special plaque to two of our charity champions. She said:
'Rockcliffe School have been great supporters of Lepra over the years and have helped us to change so many lives. We think it's wonderful that their pupils are so dedicated to making a difference to those less fortunate than themselves'.
Jackie Quinn and her Amazing Assistants served up a delicious Christmas lunch for pupils and staff today
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.