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

Whithaugh Park – Final Arrangements

Arrangements for the week beginning 5th June 2017

Dear Parents

I am writing to confirm arrangements for the first week back after half-term.

Please ensure these items are kept separate from the main bag your child is bringing for Whithaugh Park on Monday, 5th June:

• A packed lunch – school will NOT provide a packed lunch.

• A re-usable full water bottle.

• Medication (including travel sickness tablets for the return journey) to be handed to me or Mr Reader on Monday morning.

• Insect repellent & Sun Cream – please apply prior to leaving and make sure they can access it throughout the day.

• Spending money

Children do NOT need to be in school uniform.

Please ensure that pupils who require travel sickness tablets having taken them at the appropriate time before arriving at school.

Pupils must be in school on Thursday, 8th June, as usual.

Yours sincerely

Miss Noble

Prince William Award Taster Session

Today, Miss Noble’s Class welcomed Sarah Haigh from SkillForce – the charity that runs The Prince William Award.

Dear Sarah,

I’m writing to say gigantic thank you for the fantastic day you came to spend with us.

I am confident that my skills, like cooperation and trust, are going to get better over time. So I thank you for tugging us along the trail a little quicker and helping us talk to each other more confidently and respectfully.

I enjoyed everything especially Toxic Swamp: it was challenging but crazy fun. I wish I could do this again, but I won’t be here if it happens again.

Yours sincerely


Dear Sarah

I’m writing to thank you for the day you prepared for us.  I liked the toxic swamp.  I learned teamwork and not to give up and challenge for confidence.  I thought it was a challenge for us.  I love the phrase “slow and steady wins the race”.

I liked “dare to be your best self” but I am not confident yet.  I really enjoyed the day but the tunnel ball was the hardest.

Yours sincerely


Dear Sarah,

We are writing to say thank you for our active morning with you. Since you have been in, we have learnt many useful things.

Problem-solving has helped us work as a team and has showed us that every task you get cannot be as simple as it seems. We now know that if you get chosen to be a leader in the team, it is not just about you telling other people what to do, it’s about working as a group and having an idea that everybody agrees on.

We have learnt that resilience means you don’t just give up. If you don’t succeed the first time you try, try, try, and try again. Before you came in, we would get frustrated and sometimes get upset if we didn’t win, so we have learnt to control what we feel inside.

We have enjoyed today. Working in a team was fun because we had to solve the activity before we did it. That’s why we would like to say another big thank you to you for coming in and helping us. We really enjoyed today and, if we could, we would make this event happen again tomorrow!

Yours sincerely

Demi and Lucy

Morning Miss Noble

Wow thank you so much for those kind and thoughtful words from your students. I had a wonderful time at your school and hopefully look forward to working with you all in the future.

Many thanks


Success at Gymnastics Tournament

Another term of successful gymnastics coaching from Mr Gilmore resulted in everyone making good progress and our teams doing exceptionally well at the Gymnastic Tournament at South Tyneside Gymnastics Club.  Our Year 5 team were runners-up: just 0.1 points behind the eventual winners and highest scoring team of the morning was a superb (if slightly frustrating!) result!  Year 6 were triumphant and beat off some stiff competition to come first.  A great morning’s work from everyone and Mr Gilmore’s win bonus continues to mount up!!



Music Outreach – Durham Cathedral

Our KS2 choir members have been lucky enough to be involved in a programme that started in 2003 working with Sunderland Local Authority Primary Schools. The programme now works with schools throughout Durham, South Tyneside and Sunderland, with around 800 children taking part each year.

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The Cathedral Choristers, together with our Director of Music Outreach, James Randle, work with up to eight primary schools from the region each term culminating in a very special concert, where all participating schools have the chance to sing together in the magnificent Cathedral in front of a packed audience of family and friends.

As well as experiencing the joy of singing and a real sense of achievement, participating in music in this way has also been shown to boost children’s confidence and encourage positive social skills. James also works with the teachers from each school, helping them develop choral leadership skills to enable the singing to continue to flourish beyond each music outreach concert.

The aim of the Music Outreach Programme is to encourage a lifelong love of music starting at a young age. The musicianship training used is based on the Kodály method, an approach to music learning developed in Hungary in the 20th century by composer Zoltán Kodály.

We couldn’t be prouder of our choir members: they sounded stunning!  A truly memory forming day!  Thank-you to family and friends who travelled and supported the children.  Thank-you also to Mr Reader and Mr Miller for the extra practices and support!  Well done everyone!

Mr Rufferty Returns!

On Friday, we had a visitor to our school that helped us welcome back Mr Rufferty, our very own Snow Dog.

Lauren Thompson from St Oswalds Hospice visited us and informed us about the legacy of the fantastic Snow Dog trail in which our school participated. She gave us an insight into the invaluable work that St Oswalds deliver to children across our region.

We were thrilled to hear that Mr Rufferty has proved very popular at his temporary home at the Sage Gateshead and that many people had  travelled from far and wide to visit ‘The Viking Dog’. Lauren thanked our school for our hard work and discussed ways that we could help the charity in the future.

She was delighted when the school presented her with a cheque for nearly £200 that last year’s Year 6  raised as part of their “Leavers’ Assembly”.


Dear Parents,

On behalf of myself and the school’s Governing Body , I hope that you have enjoyed reading  the Ofsted Inspector’s Report from their visit on Tuesday 17th January 2017.  We are pleased that our school is still regarded as ‘GOOD’ at a time when nationally one in four ‘Good’ schools are moving to ‘Requiring Improvement’ status following an inspection.

This means that, at Dunn Street, we are continuing to provide an education of good quality for yourselves and your children.

I liked, that the school in the report sounded like Dunn Street and clearly wasn’t a generalised account of a good school. I am also delighted that the staff were praised highly for the work that they do on behalf of your children.

We acknowledge that there are things for us to attend to, in order to make our provision even better for your children, and you can rest assured that we will be giving these things our fullest attention over the coming months.

Our next inspection is likely to take place in three or four years time.

Thank you for the positive comments that you gave to inspectors either by conversation in the yard or for those that went online via Parentmail. Your continued support for what we do here is gratefully received.

Yours sincerely

S Reader

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Christmas Carol Service and Nativity

What a fabulous day we had at the church on Friday! The children worked super hard in the weeks leading up to the performance and it all paid off. There were lots of very proud parents in the audience. Well done to everyone involved, including our actors in Year 2, our Penny Whistlers, our Choir and our readers in Year 6.  Thank-you to Mr Miller and Kenny for their musical additions!  A huge well done to the rest of the children for their fabulous singing throughout.


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Dunn Street Choir Brings Joy Across the Region

Over recent weeks, the school choir has been “out on the road” performing for a variety of audiences and purposes.

They started in Newcastle as part of the Newcastle Schools’ Festival and sang at Pilgrims’ Court Sheltered Housing and Longbenton Methodist Church.  Many thanks for our chocolate boxes!

They then went on to perform at the Christian Aid Carol Service at St Peter’s in Jarrow.  Many thanks for our colouring sheets.


Our friends at Curran House Sheltered Accommodation hosted a lovely evening with the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside.  Their hospitality was greatly appreciated.

Next the choir were an integral part of our own Carol Service at St Paul’s Jarrow – ably accompanied by Kenny and Mr Miller.

Earlier this week, they entertained parents and the staff of Jarrow Library.

Today they journeyed south to Queen Elizabeth College, Darlington to sing and read at their community Carol Service where Post Pals and a local food bank benefited from donations.

Tonight they will be making us proud as they join other local schools in their annual appearance at Carols by Candlelight at St Paul’s.

Friday will see the choir leading the festivities at 2pm at our Christmas Concert and raffle.