Newlaithes Nursery & Infant school is a two-form entry infant school located in the Morton area of Carlisle. Our nursery can accommodate up to 26 children at any time and we admit up to 60 children each year into our reception classes. The larger than average classrooms are grouped in pairs, each pair having a separate entrance and its own clean and bright toilet block. Apart from our nursery and our six bright, attractive teaching spaces we also have a spacious hall, library, medical room, office accommodation and learning den. We also have a wellbeing room and a small kitchen area for group cookery.
We have an ICT suite, with sixteen laptops and we have ipads for each year group. A few years ago we added a new classroom onto school. This extra room is now our library and is used by our morning book club and children involved in group work throughout the day.
Outside, we have extensive grounds including a climbing frame known as 'the treehouse', an adventure trail and sandpit. We have a Multi User Games Area (MUGA) to allow high quality outdoor PE throughout the year. There is an outdoor quiet area used to support play and learning during playtime and across the curriculum. The school council regularly purchases new toys to help children enjoy playtimes. For this reason we ask you not to let your child bring toys from home. Our Foundation Stage outside area is well used by reception children daily. Our nursery has its own outdoor area, completed in August 2017 and further improved in 2019.
In February 2010 we became the first school in Cumbria to achieve the Investors in Pupils Award; an award developed to improve and recognise pupil voice within schools. In April 2013 and 2017 we were reaccredited. In the past our School Council has received certificates from the Speaker of the House of Commons in recognition of the work they have done. Children have a big voice in school and are included in decision making. We have been awarded the Artsmark in recognition of the high quality teaching of the arts and the Music Mark for our excellence in teaching music.