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

World Book Day

Although we were unable to celebrate World Book Day this year (due to the adverse weather conditions), we are proud to say that our donation of old mathematics text books was received by the charity Books2Africa.

Our donation (of four 20kg boxes) helped reach a total of 388 boxes donated throughout February.  This will go some of the way to meeting the 70,331 books that were requested by individuals and institutions across Africa through 45 book request applications via the Books2Africa website in February.

The books shipped have led to the creation of libraries (within schools, academic institutions, communities) and improvement in teaching and learning. You can read the most recent impact report from Ghana, where 1,049 books were donated by Books2Africa by clicking here.

New data from UNESCO and World Bank now suggest 90% of children (202 million children) who go to school in Africa would not be able to read or write after finishing school. In light of this sad fact, the need for quality educational materials is more crucial than ever… and we are pleased, that in some small way, or donation has had a positive effect.

Charity Updates!!

Thank-you to anyone who was involved in, or made a donation to, our Poppy Appeal, Children in Need or Walking with the Wounded.  We are very proud of these totals!

“Fun, easy atmosphere” @ Y5/6 Maths Cafe!

After a busy morning, using our mathematics to bake delicious shortbread (thanks Mrs Noble, Mrs Baxter & our wonderful ladies in the kitchen), Y5/6 pupils welcomed parents, friends and relatives into our classroom.

Challenges in the morning involved changing imperial measurements from Mrs Noble’s VERY old recipe book into metric measurements, weighing the ingredients and calculations around the properties of a circle.

The afternoon session followed successful EY and KS1 Maths Cafes and one feedback form kindly said there was “nothing to improve as I have really enjoyed all three Maths Cafes I have attended with my children”!

The “informative” session aimed to allow adults to “see what is expected of the children” and was a mix of  a “high level of interaction”, “being involved” and “seeing my (child) work maths out”!

It was “nice to see everyone happy”… even those a little wobbly at the start!  Miss Noble was also “delighted” to welcome back past pupils into the class… even if it did explain the (recent)  emergence of grey hairs!

Maths bit: 100% of adults and pupils found the session useful and would recommend the session to others!

The final word goes to the pupils who made the session such a success with their positive attitude, enthusiasm and comments:

I liked..

“…showing off my skills!”

“…helping the adults to do our maths!”

“…having fun with my ma!”

“…being able to explain about what we have done.”

“…how my Mam could learn about what we do in class.”

“…that my Mam might be able to help me on my homework.”

“..that we learnt that maths is really important.”

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Queen Elizabeth Carol Service

Wonderful links were maintained as choir members from our class travelled to Darlington in order to participate in a special carol service which brings together members of the College, the local community and the children of Dunn Street.  The message of “Giving is better than receiving” resonated strongly with our class having recently participated in our fundraising for Walking With The Wounded.

Alongside other guests, we enjoyed Pass the Parcel and Bingo!!  Our singing went down well as the audience enjoyed a scrumptious lunch.  When we had finished our lunch, we performed a variety of carols and the poem, “A Christmas Guest”.

Check out our Twitter feed for other photos.


Dunn Street couldn’t be prouder of our Year 5/6 class and all they have achieved in this section of the PWA.  Their awareness, compassion and respect has been utterly compelling – at this time of year, it is heartening to see children getting so much from giving rather than receiving.

We are on target for raising in excess of £800 which is a phenomenal achievement.  Thanks to everyone who donated and our new friends from … this is how your money will make a difference:

Support the wonderful work of Skillforce, the charity that runs the PWA, by sending virtual Christmas cards!


Follow the run-up to our successful walk by visiting our Twitter feed:


Thank you to all KS1 parents who attended the Maths Café with their lovely children today. We were overwhelmed at the uptake of places and we were delighted with the very positive feedback we received. This allows us to continue to offer events such as this and to continue to help you to support your children with the school curriculum.

The next Maths Cafe is for Miss Noble’s Class on 11th January 330pm – look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Gyrwy Lodge Social Evening…

…with Mr Hymers, Kenny the Sax and The Dunn Street Choir…

A wonderful evening of song and music was enjoyed by all at the Hebburn Masonic Lodge.  Our choir performed a range of local songs accompanied by the penny whistle, Kenny, Mr Reader and Mr Miller “in a box”!

Local favourites like Bobby Shafto, Weel May the Keelrow, Cushie Butterfield, Waters of Tyne and Blaydon Races were performed alongside more modern pieces like “Autmun Winds” from The Last Ship and the favourite of the evening, “Meet Me On The Corner”.

The night was a great success and we were overwhelmed to receive a total donation of £650 to continue, and enhance, music and performing provision for the pupils of Dunn Street from Gyrwy Lodge.

This is ontop of a previously generous donation to continue our penny whistle work.