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

Jeans for Genes

Jeans for Genes Day is a great way to bring the whole school together and raise money for children with genetic disorders.

Reasons to do Jeans for Genes Day

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PWA – Session 1

Quotes from the session:

Conor said after our fist session, “I feel like there is a sparkle in my life like a firework!”

Cameron felt “hyped” at the start and “couldn’t wait to get outside” and learnt “teamwork can get you to your goal”!

Kara’s target Guiding Principle is “optimism” because “… I always doubt something I’m doing…”

Having prepared for our first session for the PWA, by becoming familiar with the 28 Guiding Principles, we were delighted with our smart journals.

The session made us think about how we worked as a team and which of the Guiding Principles would be our targets for this week…

How DO you decide whether to be a Giant, Wizard or an Elf??!!

Don’t forget to follow our TWITTER feed during these sessions!


Thanks to a generous donation from Jarrow Masonic Lodge (Gyrwy), Year 3/4 will have brand new penny whistles for their lessons with Kenny next year.  This means that we can continue to deliver musical experiences in performance which benefits the children’s confidence and concentration skills.

Click here to see our latest Penny Whistle performance for our friends in Japan!

We got a KICK out of Sports Day!

What a fantastic Sports Day we had this year and no-one can deny how hard everyone tried.  We had some excellent challenges; frisbee, skipping, football and an obstacle course to name a few.  It was great to see so much team work and how our older children cheered on their younger friends in their first sports day.  We later enjoyed a lovely ice lolly in the sun.  Well done to everyone involved!!

Gymnastic Double Winners!

Mr Hymers and Mrs Moore took the Year 3 and Year 4 Gymnastic teams to the South Tyneside Gymnastic Centre at Temple Park, in South Shields. We participated in an excellent morning of gymnastics.

All the children taking part from schools around the borough were fantastic and the standard was very high.

We kept up the great sporting traditions of Dunn Street by coming first in both the Year 3 and Year 4 competitions.

The Year 3 team registered the best score of the day and will now represent South Tyneside at the regional competition.

We are all so proud of the children that represented our school.

Success in Manchester!!

Our KS2 Level 1 (Large) team were thrilled to be placed 3rd at the National Competition in Manchester this weekend.

The months of training paid off when the squad of 20 produced one of the most technically challenging routines in the section.  Travelling support from parents, friends and Balco added to the success of the day.

Congratulations to Ashleigh who was chosen as our “Cheerleader of the Week” because she embodies the spirit of cheerleading in the way that she works as a team member and always thinks of others!

Many, many thanks to Kimberley for her tireless work to make our squad the very best it can be by constantly striving to improve.  Special thanks also to Mrs Dunn for her support with after-school clubs and banner making!

Snapshots of the day can be found by accessing our Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/DunnStreet63

Professional photos can be found at http://www.takethatphotoimages.co.uk/-/galleries/ using the password: ukca17

Sports for Schools 2017

We were delighted to welcome Peter Bakare from Sports for Schools on 22nd June.

Peter Bakare is from London and studies in Newcastle.  He started as a basketball player and then competed at volleyball in the 2012 Olympic Games.

His motto: Say, “Yes!” and deliver.

Top Tip for Life: Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Greatest High: Top scorer against Italy in 2012 Olympics.

Favourite Book: Books I can learn from: I love picking up new skills.

Art: If you can imagine it, you can draw it.

Maths: It is the most important subject.  The logic you learn from studying maths will stay with you for the rest of your life.

So, now please start collecting your sponsor money and get it back to school within the next week.

If you want any more details about Sports for Schools, click here.

Can you remember the four exercises?  Use this music to practise a minute of each:

  1. Spotty Dogs
  2. Leg Drives
  3. Press Ups
  4. Star Jumps

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!!