We aim to put Grace Darling Campus at the heart of this cultural community, steeped in the traditions of mining and fishing. We aspire to equip our children with the knowledge and pride of their heritage alongside developing key skills to prepare them for modern life.
As a Church of England school, Grace Darling works in partnership with St Bartholomew’s Church and has developed strong links with Rev Peter Sinclair; effective project work has also been undertaken with other churches within the town.
In 2014, we established an outreach Toddler group, to provide off site early years support within the community. This group is led by our Speech and Language support team; Mrs Tracey Hedley and Miss Geraldine Beeson. The group runs every Thursday from 1pm at St Bartholomew’s Church Centre – just off the main street in Newbiggin by the Sea. At Toddler group we pride ourselves on making those important relationships with parents, even from the earliest age so when the time comes for children to start in our nursery setting, there are familiar faces to welcome them at the door.
The campus has benefitted substantially from financial donations from community members to support music provision across the campus. With support from the Newbiggin Partnership, we have been able to subsidise our 1:1 musical tuition in; violin and cello, guitar, trumpet and trombone, alongside keyboard, steel pans and recorders. ‘Steel by the Sea’ was established in 2013, this group offers steel pan tuition for not just NCEA pupils but the families and friends of the campus – this successful group regularly appears at public engagements within the local community playing a variety of modern and more traditional music.