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 through the School Council and regular ‘circle times’ 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

Half-Price Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be in school 5th-9th December.  Situated in the KS1 corridor, there will be a wide range of books and stationery available.

Perfect Christmas gifts!

Click here to see further Reading News.


Deluxe Range Released

Next Wednesday (7th December) is the new date for our bag sale with a wide range available. We are delighted to announce the release of our limited edition deluxe Christmas set with holly, baubles and these high end of the range reindeer bags.

Glam reindeer bags

Glam reindeer bags

ChildLine Information

Having welcomed the NSPCC into school today, we would like to signpost you towards the letter of information for parents and relevant links below:

Download (PDF, 154KB)

Click here to access the ChildLine website and see the different ways you can contact them. 

Click here to see information about the NSPCC Speak Out and Stay Safe programme.

Sale Date Announced

The £5 Grow bags will be on sale Monday the 5th December. Year 4/5 are working incredibly hard to meet the deadline. Here are some samples for you to preview. Remember £2 per bag!  Great Christmas presents!

Children In Need: Astonishing £731.70 raised!

Many, many thanks to everyone who participated in Children In Need on Friday and helped build our grand total to £731.70!!

Previous fabulous fundraising done by Miss Noble’s Class on the Countryfile Ramble raised £404.50… this was added to, by the rest of the school, on Friday – through donations to participate in our Dotty Treasure Hunt and cake sales £327.20 was raised on the day.

Everyone looked either very yellow, or very dotty or like a bear!!


PC Richardson returns to the fold

Former teacher at Dunn Street, PC Richardson, was warmly welcomed back in his new guise as a Policeman.

We were fascinated to learn about the training process, the equipment he will be using and how the British Justice system works.

Good luck in your new job and please keep coming back to see us PC Richardson!

Lest We Forget

Following a week of Remembrance work in Year 5/6 centred around the poet Wilfred Owen, 12 volunteers represented the school at Jarrow’s  Memorial Service on Sunday, 13th November.


Jake, Lillie, Grace, Anthony, Lucy, Emily, Keenan, Jack, Kayla, Thomas, Kara and Kayleigh accompanied Mr Reader and Miss Noble to lay a wreath with other local organisations.


Marking the 80th Anniversary of the Jarrow March

We have had a busy week commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Jarrow March.  Miss Noble and Mr Rafferty’s classes both visited South Shields Museum to see an exhibition marking the Jarrow Crusade’s 80th anniversary.  The exhibition brings new light to a legendary event that captured the imagination of a nation. The march illustrated the plight of the people of Jarrow, whose shipyard had closed and where government, the banks and employers blocked plans for a new steelworks. As the local Member of Parliament Ellen Wilkinson remarked, Jarrow “provided an object lesson” of what the austerity of the 1930s could do to a town. Outraged at the neglect of the town, the council organised a 300 mile trek to London.

The exhibition shows details about the 200 marchers from Jarrow: their hardships, their lives, their town and their protest against injustice. It incorporates archive photographs, artefacts and contemporary footage.

Pupils listened to a local historian and then explored the exhibits.  They then created short scripts and songs to show what they had learnt.

On Friday, KS2 also put on a hugely successful performance of songs, recounts and poetry for KS1 and Reception, parents and friends of our school.  Thank-you to everyone who attended.

Below is the completed video showing how we were involved in the Jarrow Crusade Flash Mob…

Jarrow Crusade Flash Mob (CAP North East) from Unified Media on Vimeo.

Your Support Has Worked!

The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund offers grants for community groups around Great Britain who are looking to install renewable technology or energy efficiency measures. They’ve given away up to £350,000 this year with each project looking for funding up to £12,500.

Click here to see the results and that our friends at South Tyneside Gymnastic Centre were regional winners!! 

Thank-you to everyone who took the time to vote!