North Tyneside Unplugged

On Thursday 7th December 2017 we will be supporting North Tyneside’s unplugged event.  On that we are encouraging staff, pupils and their families to take a look at their relationship with technology and consider taking time away from it.  Lessons that day will, where possible, use alternative methods of delivery other than technology, and seek to reinforce the idea of a healthy relationship with our devices.

Please sign up and support this North Tyneside School’s Advisory Service initiative at with a chance of winning vouchers for brilliant things to do with your family (that don’t involve a screen).  Prizes include restaurant meal vouchers, free swimming, martial arts lessons, kayak and paddle boarding family lessons, soft play entries, local museum passes and more.  The opportunity to sign up your place of work is also there if you feel you can spread the message further.  Thank you, and have a great unplugged day.

Dear Parent/Carer


RE:  Maternity Cover 2017-18 for Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)


Megan Maddison our SENCO will be on maternity leave from November 2017 until Summer or Autumn 2018.  We send our best wishes to her and her family and look forward to her return later next year.


Until then a new SENCO, Alan Carrick, is joining us.  You can contact him through the school office or by email at


If you have any questions about the additional support your son or daughter receives please contact your child’s Form Teacher in the first instance.  Alternatively the additional needs team will be happy to help too.


Yours sincerely


Senior Leadership Team

North Tyneside Young Persons Question Time

Some of our students have been involved with the North Tyneside Young Persons Question Time today.  Follow their progress on our Twitter feed.

Homework Calendar

Students are now using our new homework calendar to track their homework.

If you would like to see what homework your student has this week,  you can view our public homework calendar, and then select the appropriate class for your student.

British Council International School Award success for Valley Gardens Middle School

Valley Gardens Middle School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.


The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.


Valley Gardens international work includes hosting and working collaboratively with European visitors, participation in an Erasmus + KA 2 European Partnership with schools in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria, Sweden, Turkey and UK, foreign visits to Germany, France, Italy and Spain, input from teachers in Toledo into our classrooms as part of the Erasmus + KA1 teacher placement programme and excellent provision within the MFL department where French and German are taught. Pupils have had the opportunity to learn Italian and Chinese too.


International Coordinator, Brian Smith (Assistant Head) is absolutely delighted with the news and is very appreciative of the team effort from whole school staff, pupils and parents. The official presentation of the award will take place on 19th October.


Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.’



The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Pakistan. Around 5,500 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.


The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:

  • An international ethos embedded throughout the school
  • A whole school approach to international work
  • Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
  • Year-round international activity
  • Involvement of the wider community



Gentle Reminder

Gentle reminder

When parking around school for drop off, pick ups or school events can we respectfully ask that you consider residents.  Can you please avoid parking over residents driveways and try to park safely i.e. not on corners and pathways?

Parents evenings

We are coming to the time of year when we provide your child’s second and final report of the year and offer you the opportunity to attend a parents evening to discuss your child’s progress.


Parents Evenings June 2017

You can book a place on Parents Evening using the following links.

Year Group  17:00 – 19:00 17:00 – 19:00
Year 5   Tuesday, 13th June Thursday, 15th June
Year 6  Tuesday, 20th June Thursday, 21st June
Year 7  Tuesday, 27th June Thursday, 29th June
Year 8  Tuesday, 11 July Thursday, 13th July