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About Us

Collingwood School & Media Arts College

Collingwood School and Media Arts College occupies a large site on the outskirts of Morpeth, the County Town of Northumberland. The school and college are set within attractive grounds with views and we share the site with Stobhillgate First School and the MS Research and Relief Fund. We have good relationships with all partners on site.

We currently employ 15 full time and 2 part time teachers including the Headteacher, a School Business Leader, a Parent/Student Support Officer, 25 full time and 3 part time permanent learning support staff at different grades, a Media Support & Development Lead, an IT support technician, an apprentice Media/ICT technician, 3 learning support apprentices, 3 administrative staff, 5 caretaking and cleaning staff and 3 lunchtime supervisory staff. The School is based in premises which have been substantially refurbished, through several building projects, over many years, to enable us to offer specialist, high quality facilities. All classroom based staff have relevant teaching qualifications or other appropriate qualifications in education and childcare. A wide range of multi-professionals support the children’s/young people’s education and well-being at School.

The school offers a specialised learning environment with a range of extension rooms and areas to further support the SEND requirements of our young people. The school has a swimming pool, sensory room, life skills room (kitchen), outside learning area and sensory garden, as well as adapted play equipment and a range of outside learning spaces to enrich our curriculum offer. The school also has 4 minibuses to support our learning curriculum as we regularly go on visits out into the community

Collingwood is popular with parents and there is a constant demand for places for pupils from outside of our defined catchment area. Pupils travel from all over Northumberland to attend, the majority travelling by mini bus or taxi with only a few travelling independently.

We have been inspected four times and have been highly praised for the quality of teaching and learning and all aspects of management. The school has been recognised twice as outstanding in all areas in 2007 and 2010 by OFSTED. We have achieved many awards including the International Award for extending pupils knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding global citizenship and through work with our European partner schools and the Healthy Schools Award in recognition of the strong emphasis we place upon the Personal Social and Health Education aspect of our curriculum. The school supports inclusive practice and works closely with mainstream schools in a number of partnerships within Northumberland. We have established a regional reputation for excellence and have contributed to numerous regional SEN initiatives.

We are particularly proud of the work we have done in the field of professional development and have been recognised as an Investor in People on a number of occasions. In June15 we were once again awarded Gold Award and became one of the very few organisations in the country to be awarded this status. We are committed to continuing to improve the work we do and welcome the support provided by parents, staff, governors and partners across the community and a range of services. We are proud of our achievements at Collingwood and the reputation we have gained for excellence in education.

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