Grange First School is a community school catering for a maximum of 352 children between the ages of 3 and 9 years.
Children are taught in mixed ability classes, grouped according to chronological age. There is a nursery, which currently caters for 52 part-time or full time children. There are two classes in every other year group.
The maximum class size is 30 in Key Stage 1. We devote a large part of our budget to ensuring staff/pupil ratios are as low as possible to ensure that our curriculum is as personalised as possible and that all children are able to attain as highly as possible.
Grange First School is part of the Gosforth Schools' Trust; a close working partnership of local first and middle schools. We are also a part of the Gosforth Pyramid of schools consisting of nine first schools, three middle schools and Gosforth High School. Heads and staff of the schools meet regularly to discuss curriculum and organisation, ensuring smooth transition and continuity as children move through the stages of their education in the pyramid.
The present building was opened in March 1949 and was called Gosforth West Infant School. It became a First School in September 1975, and a Nursery Unit was added. We are very proud that Grange has always been right at the centre of the community.
At present there are 38 members of staff (including the Head Teacher), School Business Manager, 2 Admin Assistants, 10 Learning Support Staff and a part-time Family Support Officer).