At Teesdale School we understand that education is about much more than acquiring qualifications. We aim to give students a unique and memorable experience which fosters personal growth as well as the development of skills and dispositions necessary for young people to thrive as adults. At the core of this experience lies inspirational teaching and learning, the nurturing of high quality relationships through vertical tutoring, and the continuous celebration of achievement in all its forms.
Teaching & Learning
At Teesdale School, students and staff have worked together to develop the ‘Teesdale experience’ an approach to learning and teaching based around Guy Claxton’s Learning Muscles. Broadly, this is a commitment to learning and teaching that fosters inspiration, celebration and collaboration. All our staff are expected to plan and deliver lessons that provoke students’ intellectual curiosity and challenge them academically. Lessons should also ensure that students are able to work independently and with others. There is also an expectation that within lessons the hard work of students and their achievements are acknowledged and celebrated.
We are very proud of our reputation as a caring school and our pastoral care and support, particularly of the most vulnerable students, are real strengths of the school. In moving to mixed aged tutor groups in 2009 we believe we have developed strong ’family units’ with students having a personal tutor who is their mentor throughout their time at school. This has helped create a strong ethos and sense of belonging with students of all ages supporting each other through transition points in school.
To further improve our pastoral care, tutor groups also form part of a house. Each house comprises ten tutor groups, each with a very clear shared identity, working on our overarching ethos of inspiration, collaboration and celebration.
Through pastoral time students are actively encouraged to pursue their unique talents. Whatever a student’s talent or interests (at whatever level) the opportunity will be there to be inspired through the wide range of opportunities provided.
By grouping students for pastoral time in mixed age groups we encourage peer support and working together. This also gives students enhanced leadership opportunities and ambassadorial roles.
As a school we care for every child. Year 7 students settle quickly and our high quality pastoral and student support staff ensure that all children remain healthy, happy, safe and successful.
We celebrate and recognise the successes of all our students. Through our on-going rewards system VIVO, through to formal prize giving evenings, students are rewarded for all aspects of positive behaviour.