Our School Ethos

Dear Parents,

I would like to welcome you to our school website. I hope that you find it easy to find out all you need to know about our school, in order for you to make a decision as to whether Dunn Street School is the right school for your child. We never forget that you have a choice of schools for your child and we are greatly honoured that parents choose Dunn Street to provide the education for their child.

At Dunn Street Primary, we recognise and value the wealth of experience and knowledge that children bring to the school. It is our intention to build on these foundations by providing, a caring, stimulating and happy environment, enabling each child to develop a sense of worth and respect for others.

It is important to us that every child enjoys school and feels a sense of belonging. We are proud of our inclusive ethos in which all contributions to the school community are valued and pupils are given the opportunity to achieve their best.

By providing a broad curriculum we are able to develop each child’s interests and horizons and recognise individual talents. We aim to educate the whole child reinforcing positive social, cultural and moral values in our daily acts of worship. Pupils are given the opportunity to contribute and to celebrate their success at sharing, and merit certificate assemblies.

At Dunn Street, we would welcome any suggestions or thoughts via Parent View.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me personally using the details on the left hand side of this page.

Mr Stewart Reader

Armistice Assembly

The First World War was the first truly global war – fighting took place across the world.  Over 40% of the world’s population lived in countries directly involved in the conflict. Everyone was effected in some way.   From the icy waters of the South Atlantic and the North Sea… to the deserts of Arabia and Iraq… from the coasts of China and Turkey… to the simmering heat of East Africa… from the high peaks of the Alps… to the trenches of Western Europe… nearly 72 million troops were mobilised (71,497,467) on all sides… over half of them died, were wounded, taken prisoner or went missing (38,241,712)… there were millions more civilian casualties…

Britain recruited nearly 9 million (8,904,469) troops from across its Empire… more than a third of them died, were wounded, taken prisoner or went missing (3,190,235) When the war was over, the losses were felt by all… Britain was united in grief… the fallen were honoured and gratefully remembered…

100 years on and our shared living memory of the First World War, once so strong, is fading – that is why we have come together today to show our appreciation for the sacrifices made by so many.

We, at Dunn Street, are privileged to have been given a grant by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, to allow us to take part in the There But Not There campaign: a series of art installations used in the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war.  They are installed, in the places where serving men and women came from across the country… in the communities they left behind.

Communities like our school – 174 ex-pupils from Dunn Street Boys’ School served during World War I.  14 of them died in action or from their wounds.

Leading Seaman John Joseph Cooper (aged 29)     Private Matthew Crooks (aged 29)  

Private Henry Graham (aged 23)       Acting Sergeant John Reginald Judson (aged 25)

Gunner John William Loader (aged 30)    Private Norman George McKenzie (aged 27)

Sergeant John Christopher Peterson (aged 23) Private Thomas E. Petherick (aged 18)

Private William Roberts (age unknown)  Engine Room Artificer John Sandilands (aged 36)              
Private Robert Hardy Dixon Thomas (aged 26)        Corporal Robert A. Walker M.M (aged 30)

Airman First Class Herbert P Warminger (aged 27)  Corporal James Heslop White  (aged 23)

This project aims to Commemorate, Educate and Heal…

The silhouettes commemorate those who died in the First World War through installations wherever there is a Roll of Honour; they educate all generations, particularly the younger generation, born nearly 100 years after the outbreak of WW1, and help us understand what led to the deaths of 888,246 British and Commonwealth service personnel and they heal today’s veterans who are suffering from the mental and physical wounds from their service by raising substantial funds through sales.

Thank-you to friends and family for your support.


We are delighted with the coverage, in The Shields Gazette, that tells of our wonderful art installation that is part of our Armistice commemorations.

School would like to thank everyone who has donated bottles and knitted poppies to make the installation so spectacularly stunning.  Mrs Ramshaw’s idea and hard work has certainly paid off.  Thanks also to Mr Atkinson for rigging the structure and putting holes into so many poppies!  Also thanks to Miss Ho who gave up her time to paint and hammer in holes!


Poppy Production Line!

Residents from Mariposa Elderly Care Roseway House worked alongside KS2 pupils this afternoon to add to our fabulous “Weeping Window” instillation.

As they painted, pupils heard about what the residents had done during the Second World War.  An impromptu singalong also made for an enjoyable afternoon.


Prince William Award – National Graduation

On Tuesday 19th September, Ellie, Josh, Kurtis and Morgan accompanied Mrs Ramshaw and Miss Noble on a trip of a life-time to Birmingham University and the Great Hall (created by architect Aston Webb who also designed the principal facade of Buckingham Palace and the main building of the Victoria and Albert Museum).

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The programme for the day included an introduction by guest speaker David Walliams.

There was also the first showing of Skillforce’s new video: a powerful film on the impact of The Prince William Award.  Click here and see how many faces you recognise!

After the video, the awards took place.  From all the children who took part last year, Ellie was selected as one of three students who received a “Student of the Year Award”.  She received her award from the Duke who apologised for making her “walk such a long way” to get it (we were sat right at the back of the hall)!  We couldn’t be more proud!


The children had been selected as one of the few schools that the Prince and David Walliams spoke to after the event.

As reported on the Hello! web-site:

Earlier in the day, as Prince William toured through the Great Hall at the Aston Webb building, he met some of the young people who had graduated following the first year of the Prince William Award, which aims to help build school children’s character and confidence.

He confessed to one group from Dunn Street Primary School in Tyne and Wear, in the northeast of England, “I got scared in school sometimes.”

Speaking to the children about what they’d learned from the award program that helps build resilience in school, he said, “I was nervous about putting my hand up in class. There’s no such thing as a silly question.”

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Birmingham University’s motto is: Per Ardua Ad Alta.  It is the same motto as the RAF.  It means: through difficulty to heights.  How apt!

To Mrs Bucknall
Thank you for your dedication to Dunn Street Primary and the work you have done with the children.  You have brought a huge wealth of experience and understanding to the job.
Your cheery disposition, optimism and positivity will be greatly missed.
We wish you all the very best and hope to see you in the not too distant future.
Love from
The Pupils, Staff and Parents at Dunn Street Primary School


Whithaugh Park is an outdoor activity resort where children and adults can make memories and create dreams for the future. WP (Whithaugh Park) helps people realise how to take control of their fears in an adventurous style: when they leave, they feel worthy in side. Even though they were sometimes scared, everyone from our class has had the time of our lives competing in activities, games, quizzes and challenges.

Monday morning was a change for us because we don’t usually spend time in rural surroundings and see the things we saw. The views were outstanding and the colours were immaculate when we were standing high on the hills. Although we loved looking and watching things around us, we also loved the activities and the challenges the instructors gave us… they pushed us to our limits!! Archery, High Ropes, Low Ropes, Walk of Life, orienteering and swimming were all the wondrous WP activities we had to defeat and challenge our self with.

During the High Ropes, our favourite part was definitely reaching and conquering our targets on the Gladiator Challenge. As we got lowered down, we were proud of our achievements even if we didn’t reach the top of the cargo net. Everyone tried their hardest and that’s all what counts in Dunn Street Primary School!!!!

On Tuesday the 6th of June, we gathered outside and had a roaring camp-fire: we used the “Bag of Power” to tell our favourite memories like we are doing now… This was a great experience for our minds and for our lives in the future.

Whithaugh Park has given us the opportunity to have an adventure!!! Although I had lots of friends before I ventured to WP, this has helped make new friendships appear and old friendships grow. Being able to wake up and have all your friends with you is a fabulous experience and being able to laugh and have a good time with everyone is incredible in my opinion. During the stay, Whithaugh Park has also given us the time to have fun and live life to the fullest. Fill your life with adventures dreams and targets not setbacks and bad thoughts.

WP has helped me make my fears evaporate into the sky and has helped me come face to face with my true self. In September, we are moving up to secondary school and I am sure this has all helped us to be confident and be better people in the future. Speaking for everyone, we all recommend you venture to Whithaugh Park and step outside your comfort zone:  “…throw off bow lines… sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails .Explore! Dream! Discover…” And be you!

Turn over every page with ambition and always believe you can achieve your dreams!

Kara and Demi-Leigh:

Our class took home so many memories, great experiences and souvenirs. If you can, we would definitely recommend that you’d go and have this once in a lifetime experience it’s worth it. Overall it’s not only a great experience it’s given an opportunity to our class to expand our knowledge of ourselves, its let our curiosities go wild and encouraged us go outside more often instead of being indoors playing on our electronics.  You discover more in the open/when you are outdoors.

Our class are ever so thankful for the teachers who came but also to Mr Reader for organising the event. He may not be at school at the moment, but we are still thankful for letting us do this. We are very proud of Miss Noble as it’s the first year she’s done it without Mr Reader and it was remarkable. Thank you!!

Conor and Leo:

We are now about to tell you about our wondrous adventure at Whithaugh Park which is in the countryside. Now listen up! We are doing Prince William Award which is programme for key stage two – key stage three to become better people and we had to use some of their guiding principles like: self-control, confidence, courage, conscientiousness and resilience.  These are major qualities to have in life, so we both recommend you use them to your advantage.

We used these qualities in some activities we did, like: High Ropes, Low Ropes and Walk of Life.” Why, did you use these qualities?” I hear you ask… because they have made us change into what we are!  Now we are better than we were in September 2017. We would have probably said, ”NO!” to do Walk of Life: crawling through moist tunnels and also being trapped in eternal darkness for one hour and forty five minutes.

Now we will tell you about Low Ropes.  If we were in September 2017, if we had fallen in the water, we would have had a “hissy fit” and been awfully frustrated with our self for falling in and failing the challenge and probably would have gave up and not tried it again for failing!

We think Rock UK is a great experience because it helps young minds expand in maturity. In Rock UK we were tested to be brave and conscientious to ourselves and to help ourselves and each others in our activities.

In conclusion, we both think that this is a worthwhile experience! We personally hope you go yourself to see all the stunning views and appreciate time in the countryside! So what we’re really trying to get out to you is, if you go to the ROCK UK, you’re in for a worthwhile experience!


A 6am meet at school meant that 96% of the squad had a really early start and 4% of the squad broke world records for getting out of bed and into school in the shortest time possible!  Warm-up started at 7.30am back stage:

They all worked hard and took to the stage with a confidence that made everyone incredibly proud!

Click here for a downloadable copy of the team’s performance.

Official photos can be found by clicking here and entering the password SUPER18.

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