We are situated in the small village of Staithes just off the A174 which links Teesside to Whitby. The small seaside village famous for its links with Captain James Cook, is a popular holiday resort and attracts many day visitors throughout the year.
The original school opened in 1879, however the present building was purpose built and was opened in 1985. Since then a purpose built Foundation unit and a well equipped ICT unit have been added.
The school has approximately 100 children on roll, with 4 mixed age classes - Foundation Unit, Class 2 - Years 1 and 2, Class 3 - Years 3 and 4 and Class 4 - Years 5 and 6.
We are a happy and fun loving school with high standards and expectations. Our team of talented and dedicated staff all work together to provide the best possible education for the children in our care. We recognise that children have individual needs and our aim is to provide a happy, caring environment where everybody is valued and encouraged to their full potential. The children here are known well and individuality is highly valued. A wide range of teaching styles are used to ensure that all children are able to access all aspects of a broad and balanced curriculum.
In September 2018, Ofsted judged our school to be 'Good'. (To read full report click here.) We are very proud of our ambitious, broad and balanced curriculum and the many opportunities our children have to excel academically, creatively and in sport. Our lessons motivate pupils to learn and help to prepare them for the wider world.
The school is pro-active in promoting a healthy lifestyle, with daily physical exercise being an expectation for all children. Children are encouraged to have a healthy school meal in the middle of the day and we provide a fruit snack at mid-afternoon break for infants. We have a wide range of play equipment, which children use at play times and a safety surface fitted with large climbing equipment. The PE curriculum includes games, gymnastics, dance, yoga, athletics and games.
We love to celebrate each other's achievements in our Celebration Assemblies. Every child can earn Dojos, stickers, certificates and trophies for good work, good behaviour, co-operative play and being helpful. Children are regularly chosen to enjoy `Hot Chocolate Friday' with the Head Teacher, to celebrate those children who relentlessly model high standards of behaviour.
Seton Foundation Unit prides itself in offering many forms of play to help children become confident learners in the future.
Practitioners organise the time, space and activities in the daily routine to reflect the overall combination which best supports children's well-being and learning.
Skilled adults interact with the children, selecting the approach that is best for the developmental stage of the children, and for individuals and groups, to enhance their learning - a crucial ingredient in children making good progress.