Opening of the Base for Children Hearing or Visually Impaired Children

On Thursday 29th November, we opened our new provision for hearing or visually impaired children. The original tender was put to Stockton Borough Council way back in March 2017 so Thursday saw the culmination of 18 months of hard work. A special guest, Stuart Myers, was invited as well as representatives from the Local Authority, the Governing Body, other neighbouring authorities and, of course, the wonderful Preston team. Stuart began the afternoon with an inspirational talk to the children followed by tea and cakes and then a talk to the invited adults. The base can be accessed by up to 20 children who meet the criteria, published by Stockton LA. The school is currently training a specialist VI teacher and a specialist HI teacher. Throughout last year, 20 staff worked with Sunshine Sign and Signature to pass their Level One in British Sign Language. Of these 10 are now studying Level Two!

The provision consists of a specially equipped classroom, therapy room and office suite. In addition, all of the other classrooms are being acoustically treated as well as having Soundfield systems installed. The provision has been named “The Wright Rooms” after William Wright, a Year 5 pupil who was our inspiration for the original bid. William and his parents attended the opening which was very emotional for all concerned. William said afterwards: “I can’t believe you’ve actually named it after me, I am so excited to work with other children just like me!” For me, the highlight of the entire afternoon was when Stuart asked the children at the beginning of the assembly if he was different. Stuart was born with no arms so has a clear physical difference to all of the other people in the room. The children, however, gave a mixed response to the question with just about half of them answering no. For me, as head teacher, this spine-tingling moment epitomised what we are about as a school. We teach the children about differences but celebrate both individuality and similarities. The children’s answer showed our vision for the school in a very real situation, something which is usually so difficult to see – you just feel it when you walk around the building. Afterward, Stuart posted on his Facebook page, World at your feet, “Yesterday was a very busy day, but absolutely inspiring. I spent the afternoon at Preston Primary in Eaglescliffe to deliver two talks to the children then to the staff and VIP’s. I then attended the opening of their new special needs base. What a school that is……….amazing!”

Your kind words

Your teaching staff work so well together, they are an absolute credit to you and your school (as are the children).
I have to say the children, and staff, are an absolute credit to the school and I wanted to let you know as they were fantastic.
They were all very well behaved and very sensible. Well done on having such a lovely school.
“A lovely school with a good atmosphere for learning and having fun”
We are so proud of the progress our son has made in Year 1.
I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff who have helped my daughter this year.
Our son has thoroughly enjoyed his time as a Year 4 student.
It’s nice to have an informative school report that concentrates on the positives of my child’s learning.
Keep up the good work, without confidence it’s hard for a child to grow.
You were both very understanding and I really do appreciate this. Thank you so much.
You all do fantastic jobs and I appreciate this.
Not only has he progressed academically, he has also gained more confidence and I would like to thank Mr Clift for playing an instrumental part in this.
Many thanks to all the staff at Preston, it is you who make us parents feel our children are happy and safe.
She has really enjoyed Year 3. We are really pleased with the progress she has made in many subjects – especially in maths.
I just wanted to say “well done” for this year’s year 6 sats results! They were amazing and I know that it would have taken sheer hard work from the children and teachers to enable your pupils to achieve with the unrealistic expectations set the Gove & Morgan camp.
Thank you for the report it was a pleasure to read and we greatly appreciate all that you done for her this year.
“Communication from the Early Years team is great”
“I would like to express my gratitude for your support regarding last week’s royal visit. Your children behaved impeccably” – Stockton Learning Officer
“My child enjoys school and is excited to tell us about her day. A huge thank you to all of the staff for their hard work”
“Many thanks for the schools hard work, it is very much appreciated”
“Your school has a lovely atmosphere and a real ‘family’ feel”
“Thank you for your continued help and support”
“Keep up the hard work”
“I hope the ‘Be the best week’ goes well, you have a lovely school” – Chris Cook – Olympic Swimmer
“The arrival of a new head teacher has been managed brilliantly”
“I would also like to say a HUGE thank you to you and everyone at Preston Primary personally. It was an absolute pleasure to visit to your school”
“Really happy with Preston Primary, have recommended many friends as it is a warm, family friendly school”
“My child enjoys school and makes good progress”
“You are a very welcoming and accommodating school and there were lots of comments and praise about your fantastic environment” – EY LA consultant
“We love this school, my boys are very happy here and all of the staff work hard and really care for the children”
“I have visited four times in total and every time I have been made very welcome by all the staff and pupils”
“Thank you for all of the hard work”
“The children were all very attentive, enthusiastic and polite. I enjoy my job and visiting schools like yours makes it even better”

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