In the North East and Sunderland we have a past to make us proud. Our industrial heritage echoes along the River Wear where a hard working, ship building city made its mark on the world. As generations move on, there is a real danger that our children never learn or forget about the past and the lessons that can inspire them to achieve their own success in the future.
Through our well planned humanities curriculum and the school environment we take special care to teach children about their local and national past and encourage them to find out about their own city and the North East. Children go on lots of visits to places of interest and we mainly provide these for free. They then return to school to record, explore and progress through the national curriculum. Children will be given opportunities to make further progress through our Cultural Ambassadors programme.
The school is called Northern Saints for many reasons but one is that children can learn a lot by understanding their history. For example, one of these Saints, Benedict Biscop, brought Christianity to Britain by establishing his first monastery here in Sunderland. He was an inspirational figure and we are encouraged to achieve more ourselves through learning about his life and faith.
We want children to have high aspirations for their futures. So building on our heritage we spend a significant amount of time encouraging children to think about what they want to do when they are older. We then plan out with them how they might achieve this. We aim to ensure that all our children finish their schooling with enough interests and opportunities to make choices to go to any University or College, work in local business or internationally. Aspiration is a key to educational success.