Our extended schools provide a range of services and activities often beyond the school day to help meet the needs of it's pupils, their families and the wider community.

What is an extended school?
What are the benefits of an extended school?
What services and activities can I expect from an extended school in Newcastle?
What childcare does an extended school provide?
What parenting and family support does an extended school provide?
Does an extended school provide easy access to specialist services?
Does an extended school provide community access?
Where can I find more information?

 

What is an extended school?

An extended school works with us and other partners to provide access to a range of services and activities which support and motivate children and young people, families and communities to achieve their full potential and contribute to raising aspirations.

 

What are the benefits of an extended school?

Our vision for the future of Newcastle's schools is that extended schools will be at the heart of the community, improving outcomes for children and young people. They will provide opportunities and services for children, young people and adults that reflect the needs and hopes of their local communities. They will be centres for life-long learning, and contribute to health, social consistency and economic regeneration.

 

What services and activities can I expect from an extended school in Newcastle?

All mainstream and special schools in Newcastle should provide access to:

  • High Quality Childcare - provided on the school site or through other local providers, with supervised transfer arrangements where appropriate, available 8.00am - 6.00pm all year round.
  • Varied Menu of Activities - to be on offer, such as homework clubs and study support, sport (at least two hours a week outside of school hours), music tuition, dance and drama, arts and crafts, special interest clubs such as chess and first aid courses, visits to museums and galleries, learning a foreign language, volunteering, business and enterprise activities.
  • Parenting Support - including information sessions for parents at key transition points. Parenting programmes run with the support of other children's services and family learning sessions to allow children to learn with their parents.
  • Swift and Easy Referral - to a wide range of specialist support services such as speech therapy, child and adolescent mental health services, family support services, intensive behaviour support, and (for young people) sexual health services. Some may be delivered on school sites.
  • Wider Community Access - to ICT, sports and arts facilities, including adult learning.

 

What childcare does an extended school provide?

More and more schools are providing access to childcare around the main school day and during the holidays. This can help you to work or train and also gives your child an opportunity to have a fun place to go. The childcare doesn't need to be on a school's site if suitable transfer arrangements are in place. However, it should be accessible to parents for morning and evening travel.

There are lots of different types of care available - like breakfast clubs and after-school clubs - as well as childminders and privately run out-of-school clubs or local day nurseries. You can search for extended schools childcare on the Newcastle Support Directory.

 

What parenting and family support does an extended school provide?

All schools are encouraged to provide access to various kinds of support. Many schools now offer:

  • parenting skills programmes
  • family learning sessions
  • child behaviour management courses
  • information sessions for parents when their children start primary school and when they move to secondary school
  • information about nationally and locally available sources of advice and support.

 

Does an extended school provide easy access to specialist services?

Many schools now work closely with health, housing and social services to offer additional help to children and young people when they need it. This can include those with behavioural, emotional and health needs. Through links with local agencies and voluntary organisations, schools can identify who needs help and organise it as quickly as possible.

The close links between organisations mean that children needing continuing support through their school careers will receive it.

 

Does an extended school provide community access?

Many schools make facilities available for the community to use. This can include:

  • sports halls
  • gyms and fitness studios
  • computer suites
  • arts and music facilities.

They also offer spaces like school halls and classrooms for further education, vocational classes and adult learning programmes.

 

Where can I find more information?

For more information about Extended Schools in Newcastle speak with your child's school to find out what services they offer, visit the Newcastle Support Directory or view our Sure Start Children's Centres webpage.

Page last updated: 
4 July 2016
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