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


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.

Half-Price Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be in school 5th-9th December.  Situated in the KS1 corridor, there will be a wide range of books and stationery available.

Perfect Christmas gifts!

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Deluxe Range Released

Next Wednesday (7th December) is the new date for our bag sale with a wide range available. We are delighted to announce the release of our limited edition deluxe Christmas set with holly, baubles and these high end of the range reindeer bags.

Glam reindeer bags

Glam reindeer bags

ChildLine Information

Having welcomed the NSPCC into school today, we would like to signpost you towards the letter of information for parents and relevant links below:

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Click here to access the ChildLine website and see the different ways you can contact them. 

Click here to see information about the NSPCC Speak Out and Stay Safe programme.

Sale Date Announced

The £5 Grow bags will be on sale Monday the 5th December. Year 4/5 are working incredibly hard to meet the deadline. Here are some samples for you to preview. Remember £2 per bag!  Great Christmas presents!

Children In Need: Astonishing £731.70 raised!

Many, many thanks to everyone who participated in Children In Need on Friday and helped build our grand total to £731.70!!

Previous fabulous fundraising done by Miss Noble’s Class on the Countryfile Ramble raised £404.50… this was added to, by the rest of the school, on Friday – through donations to participate in our Dotty Treasure Hunt and cake sales £327.20 was raised on the day.

Everyone looked either very yellow, or very dotty or like a bear!!


PC Richardson returns to the fold

Former teacher at Dunn Street, PC Richardson, was warmly welcomed back in his new guise as a Policeman.

We were fascinated to learn about the training process, the equipment he will be using and how the British Justice system works.

Good luck in your new job and please keep coming back to see us PC Richardson!

Lest We Forget

Following a week of Remembrance work in Year 5/6 centred around the poet Wilfred Owen, 12 volunteers represented the school at Jarrow’s  Memorial Service on Sunday, 13th November.


Jake, Lillie, Grace, Anthony, Lucy, Emily, Keenan, Jack, Kayla, Thomas, Kara and Kayleigh accompanied Mr Reader and Miss Noble to lay a wreath with other local organisations.