Backworth Park Primary works with a wide range of Local Authority Services and agencies, as well as other North Tyneside schools, and other private providers to fulfil the statutory duties placed on all schools and also to enhance our provision, particularly for sport and creative arts.
Backworth Park works closely with other primary schools in the community. This enables us to benefit from more staff training opportunities, team planning and delivery and inter-school competitions. This can also be a cost effective way of working.
We work very closely on joint projects with George Stephenson High School, which is the main feeder school for our children when they move into Year 7. There is a structured transition programme to help the children to prepare for life in a much bigger school environment.
We also enjoy working with children and staff from other schools in the borough and we try to take part in as many Local Authority Sports Competitions or Festivals as possible. A number of visiting coaches also support our teachers with the delivery of the PE curriculum, by teaching the children specific games skills.
Summer is always very busy with the Shiremoor District Annual Children's Treat, which is a fun event for the children and families living around the area. It involves local schools taking part in a number of events, such as the Boys and Girls Football, High 5 Netball, Flat Races, Dancing Displays and an inter-school Art Competition. We have a very good track record in the Art Competition.
We work with local businesses and establishments, forging educational relationships with key members of the community to the benefit of our children. Over the years a number of children and staff have taken part in the Greggs Children Cancer Run. In the past, we have raised food parcels and donated them to The People's Kitchen, The Bay Foodbank and other foodbanks, to support with their good work, providing meals to those less advantaged in society. We regularly hold fundraising events and donate money, food and clothes to chosen charities.
Traditionally, at Christmas, we visit our older community friends in Eccles Grange, the local supported housing provision for the elderly. They sang a selection of Christmas carols, and donated gifts and cards to the residents.
Reverend Tim, Vicar at St John's Church in Backworth, visits us on a weekly basis to deliver assemblies with a strong emphasis on SMSC and communal worship. He is an important friend to the school and the children and staff love to see him at school as well as paying him visits to St John's Church.