Our School

Greenhaugh First School is situated in the small village of Greenhaugh, 4 miles north of Bellingham within the Northumberland National Park.

The catchment area for the school includes the villages of Greenhaugh and Falstone and the surrounding farms and hamlets. The First School is an integral part of the local community.

The school has a pleasant outdoor play area including a field with goal posts, and areas of interest where children can play and socialise. In March 2007 we opened our Adventure Trail which provides challenging play possibilities for all children. There is an extensive outdoor play area for the Foundation Stage children and a conservatory extension allows us to extend the space available for Foundation Stage children within the school. We place great importance on the outdoor environment and work closely with Northumberland National Park, community members and our own gardening club to continually improve on this.

Greenhaugh First School caters for the educational needs of pupils aged 4 to 9 years. We also place great importance on the children’s personal development and well-being and were graded ‘Good’ in this area by Ofsted (March 2017). There are currently 28 pupils on role divided into two classes. We currently have pre-school children attending once a month as part of North Tinies Outreach sessions. The number of sessions will increase as the children get nearer to their start in Reception. These sessions will help the children to become confident and settled in the school enviroment, ensuring a smooth transition the following September when they start “big school”.

After-school care is also provided by Surestart Childrens Centre at Bellingham and children can be picked up from school by prior arrangement. (See Curriculum section for more details)

The school works with other schools in the area on joint projects and has regular contact with the Middle school. In September 2010, we began working in collaboration with Wark C of E First School enabling both schools to share a Headteacher.

Children from Greenhaugh usually transfer to Bellingham Middle School at 9 and then to Haydon Bridge High School at 13, unless you decide to send your child elsewhere. We ensure that Year 4 children visit the Middle School in their last term so they become familiar with their new school building and meet some of their new teachers and their new classmates before they arrive in September. Year 4 children also have the opportunity of taking part in a residential visit during the summer term with their peers from our partnership schools.

Information concerning the general arrangements in Northumberland is given separately in a County Education booklet, copies of which are available in school.