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 re-inforcing 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

Send My Friend to School 2016

Year 5/6 have joined schools across the country who speak out for the 37 million children missing out on school in crisis affected countries.

Worldwide the numbers affected by emergencies is at an all time high displacing more children than ever before from their homes and schools. For 2016, the Send My Friend to School campaign is calling on pupils in the UK to speak out for the tens of millions of children who are missing out on school due to conflicts, natural disaster and other emergencies.

When conflicts are long-term or massive natural disasters hit, children may go for years without attending school causing whole generations to be lost to education. Half of Syrian children are now missing out on school.

Every year, natural disasters are affecting 175 million children and disrupting schooling for many. Last year in Nepal one million children were left out of school after two massive earthquakes destroyed 35,000 schools and 600,000 homes.

Apart from wars and natural disasters other emergencies are keeping children from their basic right to an education. In Sierra Leone nearly 2 million children were forced to abandon school because of Ebola. And in northern Nigeria the violence from Boko Haram has displaced 1.4 million children from their homes and destroyed 900 schools.

Education is vital for all children but it is more important than ever in an emergency. In the middle of destruction, violence and instability, school can be a place of stability, safety, learning, and hope for the future.

World leaders have made a new commitment to deliver quality education for every child up until the age of 15, but currently more funding is needed to support children in crisis situations.

This year’s campaign action was to create paper rucksacks symbolising the journeys made by children who have to leave their homes and schools.

We tweeted through @DunnStreet63 and sent the messages to our MP – Stephen Hepburn.

Sports for Schools

As last year, we welcomed Sports for Schools to Dunn Street on 1st July.

Sports for Schools run athlete-led physical activities events to inspire kids (to do more sport), raise money for PE equipment in schools (over £1.75m to date), and support GB and Olympic athletesfinancially.

A constant flow of children filtered through the hall, class by class, to participate in 4 fitness exercises for 1 minute on each activity. 

The Sportivater was accompanied by Sally Scott and together they put the children (and staff!) through their paces in the fitness circuit as follows:

Spotty Dogs / Sit ups… Leg Drives… Press Ups… Star Jumps

After the fun fitness session, everyone gathered for an assembly with Sally who talked about her sporting experience. Sally is a GB Pole Vaulter and won a Bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Sally is currently training hard to gain another 30cm to her jump in order to qualify for the Olympics.

Sally is already able to jump through the top window of a double decker bus!!

Children have their sponsor forms and have another week to collect their money.

Click here to visit the website.


Year 3 and 4 have been practising hard over the last few weeks with Mr Gilmore to perfect and improve their gymnastic routines: it has certainly paid off!
This week we went to Temple Park Gymnastics Hub and competed against lots of other schools from South Tyneside. The standard was extremely high but our gymnasts were SENSATIONAL winning the Year 3 team competition and our year 4 girls picking up 1st and 3rd in the individual section.
Mr Hymers and Mrs Dunn were so proud of all the children who really enjoyed the experience and were great ambassadors for Dunn Street.
We would like to thank Mr Gilmore for his expert coaching.

We are delighted to report that our magnificent cheerleading squad came 2nd in the Level 1 (Large) Primary section!  Thank-you so much to Kimberly and Mrs Dunn for all their hard work over the past year – it’s definitely been worth it!!!

See the brilliant TWEET from UKCA by clicking here!

Click here for full results.

Click here to see the video!

Official photos are available to purchase by clicking here – password ukca16

Dunn Street have helped schoolchildren in the region create their own version of a historic Bible to be presented to the Pope.

We have joined other youngsters and civic leaders in celebrating the 1,300th anniversary of the world’s oldest surviving Bible – that was penned in the North East.

The Codex Amiatinus was transcribed and illuminated thirteen centuries ago at the Wearmouth Jarrow monastery and is now stored at the Laurentian library in Florence.

Church and civic leaders joined Dunn Street children at St Paul’s, in Jarrow, for a service to present the Children’s Codex to the congregation before sending it off onto its journey across the world.

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Councillor Alan and Moira Smith, and Councillor John Kelly, Lead Member for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, helped Keisha, Elleane, Simone and Levanah, dressed in monks robes, pass the Children’s Codex to pupils representing Sunderland.

Click here to see the Shields Gazette report.