Stephenson Way, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham DL5 7DD


Stephenson Way Academy and Nursery School



Following the announcement on January 4th of a National Lockdown, all schools in England are closed to all pupils, except vulnerable children and those of key workers.

4th January 2021: Following the announcement late tonight by the government, SWANS will be closed for ALL pupils tomorrow. This is to allow staff to be able to safely put plans in place which cannot feasibly be done at such short notice. We will be in touch tomorrow with the parents and carers of key worker/ vulnerable children, with a view to hopefully inviting those children to return to school from Wednesday.
I realise this will cause inconvenience and anxiety to many of you and I am deeply sorry for this. 
However, I hope you will understand that this is a government decision which has given schools and parents no notice whatsoever and as such, we need to be able to safely organise huge changes without warning or planning, thus our need for whole school closure tomorrow.
We will keep you updated with Remote Learning plans (which can be accessed on our new school website at 
Any parents/ carers who are Key Workers and require their child to be in school due to having no alternative childcare arrangements and who fit the criteria according to the updated guidance below, please contact school by 11am tomorrow to let us know if you require your child to attend school from Wednesday 6th January.


Welcome to Stephenson Way Academy and Nursery School website, or SWANS for short!

We are very proud of our warm and vibrant school and hope our website shows you the many wonderful ways our children enjoy learning and achieving here at SWANS.

Our dedicated team of staff and governors have a shared passion: that together, we provide the very best quality education and rich experiences for every child in our school, helping them to be the very best they can be.

The acronym WILL READ underpins everything we do here at SWANS:

Well-being is supported

Independence is encouraged

Language and communication is expanded

Love of reading is promoted


Resilience is fostered

Experiences are broadened

Aspirations are promoted

Differences are celebrated. 

SWANS don’t just fly….they soar

If you have any questions, please telephone or email the school office and speak to our office manager, Mrs. Defty.

Latest News

  • Safer Schools
    Our school is now a member of Safer Schools.
  • Meal Vouchers
    Free school meals vouchers will be used from 25th January.
  • Virtual Library
    Free reading and writing activities from your favourite childrens’ authors from the National Literacy Trust.
  • Download Our New Mobile Phone App
    Get the latest news and more. Search your usual App store for 'school jotter', download and type in the school's postcode: DL57DD No logging in required. Or click below for more help:
  • School Is Closed Today
    School will be closed today (Thursday 14th January) due to the bad weather, making it unsafe to travel.
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Latest Newsletters

  • 15 Jan 2021
    Free learning at home sessions

    Learning Together at Home – FREE, delivered via ZOOM for families across the Great Aycliffe and Middridge area.

  • 13 Jan 2021
    Mobile Data Access

    Following the recent full lockdown and closure of schools for most children, we have received further guidance from the Department for Education for families who may be entitled to receive increased data allowances on mobile devices.

  • 10 Jan 2021
    Reassurance to parents about remote learning

    Information about how parents can adapt the expectations for remote learning to suit their child / home situation.

  • 06 Jan 2021
    Remote Learning Information

    A letter to parents, explaining our plans for remote learning during this current national school closure.

  • 16 Dec 2020
    Christmas COVID Advice

    Information about what to do if your child tests positive for COVID-19 over Christmas.



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