Park End Primary School

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Park End Primary School's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Park End Primary School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Julia Catherine Rodwell,
Enjoying learning
The ethos of “Growing, achieving, succeeding” is at
the heart of a journey of lifelong learning from little
acorns to sturdy oaks at Park End Primary School, a large
primary school situated in east Middlesbrough. With 640
pupils between the ages of 2 and 11, they have 80 members
of staff across the entire school, who have all worked together
to achieve an Ofsted “good” grading in October 2017. All
staff at Park End strive to create a stimulating, safe and happy
learning environment, where confident pupils will have the
skills and capacity to think and learn for themselves. They
have a team of exceptional professionals who are dedicated to
providing the best for all pupils. Julia Rodwell, the head teacher,
provides insight into a learning environment which ensures
that pupils experience a broad range of subjects. Their exciting,
innovative and cross-curricular method of teaching enables
each pupil to realise his or her full academic, social, cultural and
Breakfast – the start of the school day
We recognise the importance that breakfast has for any given pupil’s school day.
Research shows that pupils who eat a healthy breakfast every day are more likely
to perform at a higher level in school, in relation to both their studies and their
behaviour. Through our partnership arrangements and the generous sponsorship
»Head teacher: Julia Catherine
»Deputy head teacher:
»Founded in 1957
»Based in Middlesbrough
»Type of school: Primary school
for children aged 2–11
»No. of pupils: 640
»No. of staff: 80
»Ofsted: “Good”, October
Park End Primary
Highlighting best practice
and support we receive from both
the Greggs Foundation and the Bank
ofEngland, we are delighted to be
able to provide a free breakfast club
which is accessible to all children of
school age at Park End.
This club is well attended, with over
100 children a day benefiting from
this provision. Children have the
opportunity to have breakfast and
engage in sports alongside other
activities well before the school day
begins. We have found that this is a
good way to start the day, and helps
our children concentrate on their work
for their remaining morning lessons.
Curriculum and chess
As a school, we focus on the teaching
of basic skills, reading, writing and
mathematics. Alongside this, we then
offer a rich, varied and memorable
curriculum with a range of exciting
and stimulating topics for all pupils.
Creativity in the curriculum is
developed by providing children with
opportunities to reason, think about
challenges and solve problems in their
own individual ways.
One of these topics is chess coaching,
which is provided by Sean Marsh,
one of our partners. The children
at Park End love playing chess, and
they reap the benefits that it has to
offer, developing skills, talents and
knowledge in the process.
Sports and clubs
As well as skills and knowledge, we
want all pupils to have opportunities
to participate in a range of sports in
order to achieve success. We employ
two sports coaches who teach and
mentor our pupils, and offer a wealth
of activities including football, rugby,
table tennis and cricket; we will also
be investing in a running track in the
We have a wealth of sporting talent
within our school, and many pupils
have enjoyed success across a plethora
of sports and events.
Educational visits
Our school offers children the
opportunity to participate in a range
of outdoor educational visits including
Foundation stage water
As well as
skills and
we want all
pupils to have
to participate
in a range of
residential activity centres; the activities
on offer are not normally available
in mainstream school, and include
climbing walls, caving, canoeing
We have noticed a marked
improvement in our pupils’
independence, confidence and ability
during and after these educational
visits. The children seem to gain
confidence from the trips, which
then further spreads across their
engagement with the entire school
curriculum from presentation in their
books to becoming much more active,
independent and outgoing during the
school day. It’s an incredibly positive
and beneficial process.
In spite of the many challenges we face
in our local area, our children achieve
well in every year group. At the end
of Key Stage 2, children leave school
in line with national expectations in
reading, writing and mathematics.
We are striving to ensure that all Park
End pupils meet at least the expected
standard, and beyond that want to
see an increasing number each year
meeting greater depth.
These achievements at Park End are
rooted in our core values. Alongside
knowledge and understanding, we
value individual skills and attributes
in equal measure. They also arise
due to the great focus we place on
early intervention and an excellent
Early Years provision. We have also
recently increased our provision and
capacity for two, three and four-year-
olds; this has been driven from our
philosophy and belief that pupils who
enter school early will benefit greatly
from the experiences that nursery
will bring. We aim to ensure that our
pupils have the best start to education
possible by providing high-quality
resources and teaching from a very
early age.
Our local community
We are committed to building a
strong sense of community at Park
End Primary School, where we believe
that our parents are partners in
learning. They are encouraged to play
a part in school life, by volunteering
on educational visits, or listening to
children read. In turn, we have seen
parents returning to work in the school
in roles such as midday assistants.
We are outward-looking, committed
to providing employment for local
people and we have a successful
track record in developing staff
expertise. At present, we have
four nationally accredited specialist
leaders in education working with
Park End who support schools
across Middlesbrough. All of our
staff are supported to continue with
professional development, and three
teachers recently visited Finland
on a “visit and learn” experience
facilitated by another of our partners,
We are
committed to
building a
strong sense
of community
at Park End
School, where
we believe
that our
parents are
partners in
Educational visit –
teamwork and canoeing

This article was sponsored by Park End Primary School. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy