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

The Future of Jarrow Community Centre Sports Hall

Dear Parents,

I am writing to let you know that South Tyneside Council have organised two periods of consultation within the community to gauge public opinion with regards  to the future of  Jarrow Community Centre Sports Hall.

The future of the Sports Hall is in jeopardy due to costs of maintenance. It is used by a number of community groups for both adults and children alike, and if not supported by  yourselves it may be lost. The consultation period will allow you to express your views and fill out suggestion cards or messages of support for the work that is done by the centre and it’s staff. It is the perfect opportunity for all to get involved and  show  the depth of feeling in the community.

The consultations are  taking  part at Jarrow CA  at the following times.

Tuesday 18th October   between  5.00pm and 8.00 pm

Thursday 20th October  between  4.00pm and 7.00 pm

I hope as many of you as possible will attend one of these sessions. We shall certainly be expressing our support  and  the views of our school which serves  the local community. As usual facilities may be lost if there is not a strong enough depth of feeling and it is so easy to  leave it  to someone else.

Please take the time to pop along and find out what is proposed both for now and for the future of services in your area. Thank you .


S Reader

The Mighty Zulu Nation Arrive in Jarrow!!!

We were delighted to welcome The Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Company to Dunn Street for the day.

The company was inaugurated in the year 1982 under the directorship of Dr. Iain Storey. Over the past 28 years, this company has afforded opportunities for young South Africans to follow creative pursuits ranging from grass roots to professional excellence.

The cast of professional performers are all multi talented and originate from the city of Durban, in the kingdom of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

More photos and videos to follow!!!


The first of several events in school to make the 80th Anniversary of the Jarrow March took place in Jarrow on Saturday 1st October. Representative children from Dunn Street joined forces with those from Jarrow School, Jarrow Sea Cadets  and the YMCA, to produce a ‘Flashmob’ in Jarrow’s  ‘Viking Centre’ in front of bemused shoppers.

Our school was lucky enough to be involved in the scheme instigated by Diane Gray  and her team at CAPNE (Community Arts Project North East). They produced the script, provided film crew, and  music.  They recorded the children’s voices for their part in the audio presentation and added buckets of encouragement to the children during rehearsals.

After a week of rehearsals with Miss Noble during and after school, the children were ready for their surprise performance in the town centre on Saturday lunchtime.

The seven  minute programme used local voices to recite the story of the Jarrow March that took place in 1936 following the closure of Palmers Shipyard in Jarrow which was no more than 300 metres from where our school is now. The performance started with ex pupils from Dunn Street in the Sea Cadets drumming a steady beat until   groups of children  added mimed  repeated routines throughout the commentary, culminating in a march down the shopping centre.

After the ‘Flashmob’ the children , parents and adults associated with the project returned to Dunn Street for a buffet lunch kindly provided by those from CAPNE, where an excellent atmousphere was enjoyed. May I express my thanks to the support of the parents of the performers, school governor Mrs Quinn and to those other parents who there in strength  with their families to watch and share in the experience.

Dunn Street has further events planned to involve the children in the commemoration of this important historic event which is embedded in the community and a huge part of the children’s heritage. There will be lessons in Key Stage 2 classes, visits to South Shields museum  to take part in drama workshops, we will be charting the daily route that the ‘Marchers’  took each day in assembly and the children are busy learning songs for a concert  to be performed in school for parents to watch.

Well done to everyone involved on the day. It was a privilege to  watch Dunn Street children taking part. Thank you.

The children who took part were Lillie Quinn, Millie Doran, Jaden Kareem. Grace McNulty, Kayla Ford, Jake Melia, Ashleigh  Nixon-Clark, Emily Cook, Keenan Hatch and Emily Miller

It was also wonderful for ex-pupils Dean Hewitt and Saskia Thackeray to share the day with our current pupils.


Recently, pupils and staff have been spotting Great North Snowdogs around the region.  Miss Noble’s class saw a pack of them at the Library in Newcastle on a recent trip to The Laing Art Gallery.

Mr Hymers saw Mr Rufferty himself on stage at The Sage, Gateshead!

Thank-you to everyone who made a donation on the day of our Leavers’ Assembly – £182.70 will be going to St Oswald’s.

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The monies raised by schools and workplaces on Jeans for Genes Day fund a range of initiatives that improve the lives of children affected by a genetic disorder.

  • They run an annual grant programme that is open to all UK charities and patient groups caring for children with genetic disorders.
  • They develop resources for schools to make pupils more aware and empathetic of the difficult lives that children with genetic disorders lead.
  • They fund the work of Genetic Disorders UK, the national charity dedicated to supporting families affected by genetic disorders.

This Term’s Clubs

MONDAY – 1530-1615 Mrs Sayers and Mrs Dunn CHEERLEADING

TUESDAY – 1530-1630 Mr Reader BADMINTON

WEDNESDAY – 1230-1315 Mr Reader and Mr Kirsopp PENNY WHISTLE

1530-1630 Mrs Moore KS1 CHANGE 4 LIFE

THURSDAY – 0820-0900 Miss Noble YOUNG LEADERS

1315-1345 Mr Marsall & Miss Freeman BRASS / CLARINET

1530-1630 Mr Reader & Mrs Dunn BalCo CLUB

FRIDAY – 1530-1630 Miss Noble TAG RUGBY

Miss Little’s Welcome to Dunn Street

A letter that may resonate with parents of new starters:


Dear Teacher

I know you’re rather busy

First day back there’s just no time.

A whole new class of little ones

And this one here is mine.


I’m sure you have things covered

And have done this lots before,

But my boy is very little

He hasn’t long turned four.


In his uniform this morning

He looked so tall and steady,

But now beside your great big school,

I’m not quite sure he’s ready.


Do you help them eat their lunch?

Are you quick to soothe their fears?

And if he falls and hurts his knees,

Will someone wipe his tears?


And what if no-one plays with him?

What if someone’s mean?

What if two kids have a fight

And he’s caught in between?


You’re right, I have to leave now,

It’s time for him to go.

I’m sure he’ll learn so much from you

Things that I don’t know.


Yes, I’m sure they’ll settle quickly

That he’s fine now without me.

I know he has to go to school

It’s just so fast you see.


It seems like just a blink ago

I first held him in my arms.

It’s been my job to love, to teach

To keep him safe from harm.


So, when I wave goodbye in a moment

And he turns and walks inside

Forgive me if I crumple

Into tears of loss and pride.


I know as I give him one more kiss

And watch him walk away,

That he’ll never again be wholly mine

As he was before today.


Miss Little’s reply:


Dear Parent

Yes, we are so busy,

The kids all come today

There are lots of brand new faces

Ready to come and play.


I know you have your worries

About the things he’ll do and see

But please, please know, as I take your child

He means so much to me.


He’s small and he is nervous

The same feelings that you show,

But as I watch you tremble

There’s something you should know.


We help him choose his lunch and then,

We show him how to play,

We help him when he’s anxious and

We encourage him to say,


‘Why will no-one play with me?’

Or ‘I think she’s being mean’,

‘Those two children had a fight,

And I was caught between.’


We’re here to guide and listen

To soothe all of his fears

We’re here to help him grow and learn

And wipe away his tears.


So know that when he comes here

He’s not just another face.

He’s Harry or he’s Michael

She’s Isobelle or Grace.


You’ll always be his parent

Of that we can’t deny

And with your help we hope to make him

Reach up for the sky.


So right now all we ask of you

Is to encourage him to grow

To listen when he tries to tell you

 Everything he knows.


So take your time to say goodbye

But know, you’ll see him soon

 When he’ll tell you of his first day

At Dunn Street Primary School.    

St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice has teamed up with Wild in Art to stage Tyne and Wear’s biggest ever mass-participation, public art event – Great North Snowdogs!

The interactive trail will feature more than 50 large scale Snowdog sculptures, inspired by the much loved animated short film, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog,  During Autumn and Winter 2016, you will be able to follow the trail, collect points with our dedicated app and to try to see as many of the sculptures as possible.

Snowdogs, beautifully decorated by artists and generously sponsored by local businesses, will be on show for 10 weeks from September 2016, in locations across Tyne and Wear. They will be joined by a pack of little Snowdog sculptures designed by local school children.

After you have enjoyed Great North Snowdogs during its 10-week extravaganza, the large sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice.

The trail opens on 19th September – we’ll have to wait and see where Mr Rufferty appears!

Thanks to Mr Hymers and Mrs Hird for organising our involvement with this exciting project.

Click here to find out more.