Big push for pupils to catch up

Press Release:

A Teesside primary school is pulling out all the stops to ensure that pupils catch up on all fronts from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ayresome Primary School, which is in the heart of Middlesbrough, has introduced a wide range of measures since children returned to school after the latest lockdown in March.
Executive Headteacher Charlotte Haylock explains: “The Covid pandemic has presented some really difficult challenges for our children, and we continue to do everything we can to support them; not just academically but socially too which is equally important.

“After starting at Ayresome Primary School in January, amidst the pandemic and another lockdown, I have been very fortunate to work with a great team who put the well-being of children at the forefront of everything they do. 

“During the school closures and lockdowns, many children have lost out socially by not having contact with their friends, missing out on lots of activities and play and a general lack of social interaction.

“The social development of young children is vitally important to their well-being and helps to build confidence which is why it is such a high priority at Ayresome.”

Initiatives introduced recently to provide extra support to children and families include:  

Ayresome Primary School is one of seven schools within Ad Astra Academy Trust.

Its Chief Executive Officer Andy Brown OBE commented: “The well-being of our children will always be a top priority and we continue to implement new initiatives at all of our schools to ensure that children and their families receive the best possible support.”

Parents have also been full of praise for Ayresome Primary School.

Claire Baines, Mum to Noah and Franky, commented: “The school has been very supportive during the pandemic which helped my children cope with what was going on in the world. I got regular phone calls from staff and I had access to a WhatsApp group in case I needed help. This was really good.
“Noah has loved the extra sports activities. It is nice to have whole school competition with sports as this is healthy for children to feel motivated. My children were also given free skipping ropes to practice at home. Some kids don’t have sports equipment at home, so this makes a difference to them.
“Offering the Summer Club is a good idea, especially for children like my Franky who just loves being in school and wants to come in during the holidays.
“Children like the outdoor clubs. There is a good variety of clubs for children and Noah loved gardening club.
“Franky came home buzzing about getting toast in the morning. He is excited to go in now for his ‘extra breakfast’ and it is good to see.”
Ayesome Primary School is currently seeking a new Deputy Headteacher. Anyone interested can call Andy Brown on 01429 874552 for an informal chat. Alternatively, visit and click Careers. The closing date is Friday 25 June 2021.

The other six primary schools within Ad Astra Academy Trust are Barnard Grove, Brougham, West Park and West View in Hartlepool and Crooksbarn and Rosebrook in Stockton-on-Tees.

Issued by Alastair Rae on behalf of Ad Astra Academy Trust. For further information, contact Alastair on 0758 1239557.

Issued 17 June 2021.