Dunston Christmas Lights!

This week some children from Year 3,4,5 & 6 were invited to attend St Nicholas Church to celebrate the turning on of Dunston Christmas lights! There was Christmas Carols and a lovely reading read by one of our very own pupils. There were songs from the children at...

Lego Club

This week at Lego Club, Mrs Gaughan and Mrs Linfield asked us to design a 'boat that would float.' Then we built our boats, modifying our designs as we built them. We then tried them out to find out if they floated or sank! While we were working this week Mrs Gaughan...

Class 3 at the Hancock

Year 3 went on an exciting trip to the Hancock museum and explored the fascinating prehistoric world. We looked at and handled artefacts from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. As part of our trip we explored the museum and worked in groups to study objects and...

Year 2 Advent Liturgy

In this second week of Advent Class 2 led a reflective liturgy all about Preparing. The children talked about all the preparations they make for special occasions and especially Christmas. We heard a reading from St Luke about how Mary and Joseph had to prepare for...

Year 1 Advent Liturgy

Today our Year 1 children led, for their parents and carers, a liturgy all about 'Waiting'. They talked about what they were waiting for....Jesus' birthday. They discussed being patient and thought about  how Mary had been patient waiting for the birth of Jesus. They...


On Monday we all came to school in non uniform to support the RNLI. Andy and Elliott, who are lifeguards, came to school and led assemblies for everyone to find out about this amazing organisation. The RNLI relies on volunteers and supporters to run this lifesaving...

"I understand what trust means."

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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

Northern Saints

Year 6 have been studying all about the Northern Saints. Inspired by the life of Saint Cuthbert , once Bishop of Lindisfarne, who spent many years living as a hermit on Inner Farne, surviving on what the land offered him and dedicating his life to God through prayer....

Class 2 Visit to Church

Class 2 have been learning about Special People. They have looked at people who are special to them and special to the parish. They went to church to talk to special parishioners, to find out why they are special to the church and what jobs they do. They found out...

Year 1/2 Multi Skills

On Wednesday 23rd a group of children represented our school at the Year 1/2 multi skills festival at St Thomas More. There were 10 different events including; basketball dribble and shoot, treasure raid, jumping relay and lots lots more. We did really well and tried...

Charity Cake Sale and Tombola!

This week Charis, Thalia and Ava held a cake sale to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. They made amazing cake pops and also held a tombola! Everyone enjoyed the cakes  (especially the staff!)  and some lucky people won some great prizes. The total raised...

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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 77.6% 77.6%
  • Year 2 97.2% 97.2%
  • Year 4 96.4% 96.4%
  • Year 6 97.8% 97.8%
  • Year 1 94.7% 94.7%
  • Year 3 95.7% 95.7%
  • Year 5 99.2% 99.2%
  • Whole School 94.4% 94.4%


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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