sworth Colliery Primary School opened in 1929. The school is a traditional building which has undergone significant refurbishment over the last 10 years and we continue to make changes to meet the needs of education in the 21st century. This includes improved security, access, ICT facilities, outdoor areas and general quality of the environment for staff, pupils and the wider community.
There are currently 410 pupils on roll, all in single age classes. This two-form entry intake has remained stable over the last six years, with an increase in pupil numbers resulting in some year groups being over-subscribed.
There are 24 members of Teaching Staff, including the Headteacher (5 of whom are part-time). Teaching staff are supported by 14 members of support staff (including 3 Higher Level Teaching Assistants and a Sports/PE Teaching Assistant). Four members of staff are based in the office – our School Business Manager, School Administrator, Family Liaison/Attendance Officer & School Support Officer. Each year, we also have trainee teachers, who complete their training in school as part of Schools Direct SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) Course based at Shiremoor Teaching School.
As well as the fourteen classrooms, we have several spaces which are used to accommodate small groups of children when working alongside a teacher or teaching assistant, or musical instrument tuition. All children have access to dedicated Art and ICT facilities taught by specialist teachers in their own rooms each week. We have two library spaces in school; One for Reception, Years 1 & 2 and another for Years 3 to 6. They are frequently used and generously stocked. The whole school is now wireless networked and we are increasing the range of mobile devices which the children have access to in lessons. We have extensive outdoor areas, which are used frequently throughout the school day and after school. There are two hall spaces in the building. The larger of the two is used for PE sessions, whole school assemblies and performances, as well as lunches.
We work closely with the Foundation of Light charity who provide support for families to ensure that their children are achieving in School.
In September 2014, we opened a specialist provision to accommodate 12 children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) from across Sunderland Authority. This provision is well staffed and provides support for the children in their own classroom, as well as across mainstream.