Gasworks Art Project

Northern Gas Networks came to visit our school with an exciting opportunity for us to take part in. The told us about the history of the Gasworks that has been on our doorstep for a long time. The Gasworks is about to be demolished making way for new and exciting...
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The Blue Abyss in Class 4

Studying the Blue Abyss, year 4 visited the Blue Reef Aquarium to further their interest in the deep seas and creatures that live within it. We handled crustaceans, felt the teeth of sharks that eat fish can compared them to the teeth of meat-eating sharks, we watched...
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Tudor Times in Class 5!

Class 5 had an incredible morning with That History Bloke who came in to engage us in our topic of Henry VIII. We learned some incredible facts about The Tudors as well as some slightly gruesome ones. We experimented with quill and ink writing, some Tudor artefacts...
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Welcome Reception Class

Over the past two weeks our new Reception class have been very busy settling in. They have been exploring their new classroom and getting to know their teachers and lots of new friends. We will keep you updated with lots more photos of their time in Reception class,...
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Class 2 Street Detectives

This week Class 2 went out into our local area to become ‘Street Detectives!’ As part of their creative curriculum topic they had to investigate what was in their local area. With waterproofs in hand, they set off. They discovered lots of shops and...
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Beating hearts in Year 6!

This week, pupils in Year 6 have been dissecting sheep’s hearts as part of their creative curriculum topic: Blood Heart. We had a fantastic time seeing hearts up close and beginning to learn about how the heart works. Mrs Williams, Mrs Cooper and Mrs Gaughan were...
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Running Club

This half term a group of Year 3 and 4 pupils alongside Miss Anthony and Mrs Wright have been taking part in a running club on a Wednesday night. Each week they have endeavoured to run a little bit further on their route along the Dunston Staiths. Their goal was to...
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Leavers Assembly 2017

Today we celebrated alongside our Year 6 pupils with their memories of their time at St Philip Neri. It was an opportunity for them to reflect on all their achievements at school and the friendships they have made. It was also a time for their buddies to thank them...
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"I can laugh and have fun."

Statement to Live By - 16.10.17


Mrs Douglass




It is my privilege to welcome you to the family of St Philip Neri RC Primary School…


…which is so much more than just a school; we are a hub of education, faith and community, which welcomes all and strives to develop the unique, God-given gifts and talents of all our pupils. Our school has developed a set of core values of ‘Love, Trust and Respect’ which underpin all the work we do. These values have an impact on all we do, they help to deepen  your child’s choices in relation to themselves, the communities from which they are part of and the wider world.

I hold a strong belief in the power of education to change children’s lives and the right of every child to receive an excellent education. Children are recognised as individuals and  their unique personality, talents and interests are nurtured and developed to the full. At St Philip Neri we develop the whole child and provide opportunities for them to flourish within and beyond the classroom. The strong partnership we develop between parents and school enables children to achieve success.

I trust that you will recognise how special our school and parish community is here at St Philip Neri’s and I look forward to sharing a bright future together with you and your family.

Mrs V Douglass (Head Teacher)

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School News and Updates

University Visit for Year 6!

On Monday 12th June Year 6 had the amazing opportunity to visit Newcastle University. It is all part of our aspirations topic for Year 6, where we give the pupils the chance to understand their true potential. The day was led by our Graduate Ambassadors, Maisie and...

Year 6 Enterprise Week!

Last week was year 6’s turn to organise an enterprise week. Each class is been given £40 to invest into an idea to generate profit. Year 6 decided to run a number of activities including a nail bar, cupcakes, snow cones, ice lollies and even a penalty shoot out!...

Year 4 Liturgy New Life

Class 4 have learned about the New Life brought by the Holy Spirit. They used this idea and their upcoming First Holy Communion to plan a liturgy for their parents. From start to finish, the liturgy was planned by the class. It included moments of reflection, time for...

Dough Disco!

Today is International Dough Disco Day. What is dough disco? Dough disco involves moulding dough in time to music and performing different actions such as rolling it into a ball, flattening it, putting each individual finger into the dough, rolling it into a sausage...

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The Governors and Staff would like to thank parents for the efforts they have made to ensure that their children have consistently good attendance. Attendance over the last 2 years has been above 96% which is very good. The Government expects attendance of at least 95%, but many children in our school have excellent attendance (98 – 100%). They are keen to be in school and don’t want to miss any of the interesting and exciting opportunities for learning on offer.

  • Reception 93.3%
  • Year 2 96.4%
  • Year 4 100%
  • Year 6 91.9%
  • Year 1 94%
  • Year 3 99.3%
  • Year 5 99.4%
  • Whole School 96.1%


Living and Learning Together with a Joyous Heart

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Mrs V Douglass – Head Teacher
Ellison Road
T: 0191 460 4378

Mrs McKie – School Business Manager

School Number 390 3330

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