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River Tees Middle

Welcome to River Tees Middle School

We aim to make every learner’s time in River Tees Middle successful and happy. The academy works in partnership with parents/carers and values the great contribution you can make to your child’s education.

For parents/carers information, click here.

School Aims

We aim to provide a safe, stable, stimulating and caring environment where everyone has the maximum opportunity to achieve their potential. Specifically, the academy aims to:

  • provide a complementary education through a broad, balanced curriculum which is relevant to individual needs
  • foster an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust and responsibility throughout our community
  • encourage a high standard of work and behaviour
  • set targets appropriate for individual needs and continuous improvement
  • encourage students to develop social, emotional, spiritual, moral, cultural and physical skills through a positive learning environment
  • encourage good communication and develop strong links between home and academy
  • provide an environment where everyone is supported and cared for.

Behaviour

We believe that every learner has a right to feel safe, secure, happy and able to focus on their work while in River Tees Middle. This means that each learner has a responsibility to ensure that their behaviour does not infringe on the rights of the other students in River Tees Middle. We ask all parents/carers to support River Tees Middle in expecting a high standard of behaviour at all times. Learners are rewarded for excellent behaviour with certificates, points and special rewards.

In order that all learners are safe, and able to learn in a caring environment, it is important that we all work together to ensure that there is no fighting, name calling, bad language, racism or bullying. In River Tees Middle we have firm policies to support this, and we always involve parents when these rules are broken. The academy behaviour policy is available for every learner and parent/carer.

Rewards & Sanctions

Earn Points for:

  • following River Tees Middle rules
  • being polite
  • meeting your targets
  • completing your work

River Tees Middle Rules

  • use appropriate language.
  • keep your hands and feet to yourself.
  • listen carefully to others.
  • respect staff and learners.
  • respect other people’s property.

River Tees Middle Sanctions

  • 1st warning – repeat reminder
  • 2nd warning – time out offered
  • 3rd warning – telephone call home.
  • 4th warning – exclusion (internal/external)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Learners with specifically identified learning difficulties or other special needs can benefit from specialist support. Any specialist support may be offered in the classroom however, there can be occasions when individual or small group work is appropriate.

For some learners the school may need to involve additional specialists in a formal assessment of special educational needs and disabilities. When this happens there is always prior consultation with parents/carers, who are involved in all assessment procedures. Parents/carers are always regularly consulted and kept informed of their child’s progress.

Academy Policy

Academy Attendance

Regular and punctual attendance is crucial to each leaner’s educational development, and at River Tees Middle we recognise our part in helping parents/carers to meet their legal obligations in this respect. We operate a ‘First day Call’ system at River Tees Middle. If your child can not attend because of ill-health, or for another reason parents/carers are required to ring the academy on the first day of your child’s absence and send a note to the class teacher on their return giving an explanation of the absence. We must report individual instances of unexplained learner absence to the Education Welfare Officer. This is then classed as ‘unauthorised absence’. We are also obliged by law to monitor and report late attendance at school. during 2011/2012 average attendance was 85%. If your child’s attendance falls below 90% the academy will submit an attendance referral to the Education Welfare Officer. Additionally, a referral can be made if your child is persistently late.

 

Concerns/Complaints

If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s schooling, the first step is to speak to the staff. Naturally, it is not always possible for the teacher to see a parent/carer immediately, but an early appointment will always be offered.

We hope to be able to resolve any complaints that parents/carers may have. In the first instance complaints should normally be made to the headteacher, and in most cases we find that complaints can be dealt with successfully at this informal level.

If the complaint cannot be resolved it may be necessary for it to be considered by the board of trustees.

We do, of course, hope that any complaints can be resolved by the parent/carer discussing the matter with an appropriate member of staff. However, if you do require any detailed information on the complaints procedure, full details are available on request from the office.

Equal Opportunities

We firmly believe in equal opportunity for all. We try to provide a curriculum and policies to make this happen. We believe that positive steps must be taken to remedy the unequal situation that many of our students may find themselves in because of gender, race, disability or social disadvantage.

River Tees Middle will challenge any form of behaviour or comment from learners or adults which clashes with our equal opportunities policy.

Student Protection

Parents/carers should be aware that we will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of our learners. In cases where the school has reason to be concerned that a student may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff have no alternative but to follow Child Protection Procedures and inform Social Services of their concern.

Data Protection Act

River Tees Middle holds information on our students in order to support their teaching and learning, to monitor and report on their progress and to assess how well the school as a whole is doing. This information includes contact details, National Curriculum assessment results, attendance information, characteristics such as ethnic group, special educational needs and any relevant medical information. If you wish to have access to the personal data held about your child, please speak to the teacher in charge.

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