Our Ethos and Values

Our Mission Statement

‘To provide a high quality educational community which offers life changing opportunities in a safe, creative and exciting environment. All are valued and inspired to flourish and grow as individuals, leaving us believing the sky is the limit!’

In order to ensure that our mission is realised, all of our academies are governed by a firm set of non-negotiable standards, which all staff are held accountable to.


Haltwhistle Academy has a fully inclusive ethos where all members of the school community are encouraged to have high aspirations for themselves. Learning, leading to high academic attainment, is at the heart of each academy with all children, irrespective of inherent ability, striving to fulfil their potential. Learning experiences are woven into an exciting curriculum which is broad, balanced and relevant, where children develop core basic skills which are transferable to everyday life situations.

Children develop as confident individuals, successful learners and responsible citizens in a safe, high quality learning environment which is up-to-date and equipped with the necessary technologies to prepare them for life in the twenty-first century. They have a strong voice along with their parents and wider stakeholders.  Comprehensive, extended provision supports children in developing specific gifts and talents and places the school at the heart of the community which it serves.

Haltwhistle Academy operates an open-door policy with parents, carers and the local community. All are welcomed into the Academy so that all can participate and share skills and experiences with the children.


Haltwhistle Academy is part of Wise Academies. In addition to a Local Governing Body, a Regional Board and Board of Directors oversees the work of the Academy, and takes a close interest in its performance and provision.  Further details can be found here .

We are always keen to hear from parents/carers who would be interested in becoming a member of the Governing Body; please get in touch via the 'Contact' page if you're interested.

Our Governance information can be found over on the trust governance website here


Haltwhistle Academy is part of Wise Academies. In addition to a Local Governing Body, a Regional Board and Board of Directors oversees the work of the Academy, and takes a close interest in its performance and provision.  Further details can be found here .

The Head Office Finance Department are the providers of financial support to all areas of the Trust and individual academies.

Trustees annual report and accounts can be found here

We are always keen to hear from parents/carers who would be interested in becoming a member of the Governing Body; please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' page if you're interested.

Our Governance information can be found over on the trust website here


Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is of paramount importance and is everyone’s responsibility. 

It is the responsibility of every member of staff, volunteer and regular visitor to our school to ensure that they carry out the requirements of this policy and, at all times, work in a way that will safeguard and promote the welfare of all of the pupils at this school. This includes the responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn. 

We recognise that staff at our school play a particularly important role as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children to prevent concerns from escalating. All staff are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ where safeguarding is concerned. When concerned about the welfare of a child, staff members must always act in the best interests of the child. 

Our school will establish and maintain an ethos where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, are listened to and are safe. Children will be able to talk freely to any member of staff at our school if they are worried or concerned about something. 

All staff and regular visitors will, through training and induction, know how to recognise indicators of concern, how to respond to a disclosure from a child and how to record and report this information. We will not make promises to any child and we will not keep secrets. Every child will know what the adult will have to do with any information they have chosen to disclose. 

Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe. This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills. 

We work in partnership and establish effective working relationships with parents, carers and colleagues from other agencies in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and Local Safeguarding Partners’ Procedures.  All recruitment practices are in line with Safer recruitment recommendations.

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism and work closely with statutory and voluntary sectors to ensure we fulfill our safeguarding duties.

We are an Operation Encompass School. Operation Encompass directly connects the police with schools to ensure better outcomes for children who are subject or witness to police-attended incidents of domestic abuse. Find out more here

Further information regarding the legislation schools follow to keep children safe can be found below:

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021

Keep Children Safe in Education (part 1)

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.

As a community we ensure our children and our families know how they can access support, should it be needed.  In school, our children will tell you who their ‘Give me 5 , Helping Hands’ are.  These are the 5 people, unique to every child, who can help them if they have a problem that they need to share.  We adapt our curriculum and respond to local priorities in meeting our safeguarding duty.  

The following safeguarding policies can be found in our policy section (follow link to policies):

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Uncollected children

Anti Bullying

Child Protection Supervision


Behaviour and discipline


Missing child in school

Intimate care

Keeping Children Safe in Education 21

Online Safety

Managing medication

Working together to Safeguard Children

ICT and acceptable use

SMSC Policy


Relationship and Sex Education


The Designated Safeguarding Lead for our school is Mrs Susie Drake (Headteacher)

Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Sarah Gregson and Mrs Sarah Sayer.

The School has a Designated Safeguarding Governor: Mrs Emma Routledge



From time to time, many children can need a little extra help and support to learn as well as they can.  When children require extra, we often describe this as having 'Special Educational Needs' or 'SEN' for short. This simply means that the usual excellent teaching that all children receive at Haltwhistle  Academy may not be enough for a short while and a little additional support is needed to get the child back on track.

Please click on the document below to see Haltwhistle Academy's SEN Offer.  You can also follow this link to the services provided centrally by Northumberland County Council:  https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Children/Needs/SEND.aspx

As always, if you have any questions about your child's learning and development, we are always here to help.

Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator is Miss S Gregson who can be contacted at 01434 320467.

Our SEND Information report and our SEND Policy can be found in the policies section of this website.

Pupil Premium Allocation

Pupil Premium Spend Statement 2021-22 is available here 

PE and Sport Premium

A link to how the school spends its Funding is available here


DFE School Performance Tables and Ofsted Reports

The Government, via the Department for Education and Ofsted, publishes a range of information online. These are linked below.

School Performance Table

OFSTED Reports

Haltwhistle Academy is part of the Wise Academies family of schools.  The Trust has an excellent reputation both locally and nationally and is dedicated to getting the best possible outcomes, ensuring that every pupil achieves their full potential within a rich learning environment.  Our results are positive and improving and we expect our first Ofsted inspection during the 2020-2021 academic year.

School Policies

Printed copies of policies are available on request from the school office

WISE Policies - Policies relevant to all Wise Academies

School Specific - Policies specific to Haltwhistle Academy