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

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.

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