Creatures up close!

This week we had some unusual visitors!!! We were treated to a visit from 'Creatures Up Close' who brought in some extraordinary animals for us to see. The children were able to get up close to a lizard, a gecko, a tortoise and even some snakes!!! Everyone was very...

Exploring Castles in Class 2!

As part of Year 2's topic, "Turrets, Tunnels and Towers,", they went to Prudhoe Castle. They had a great time exploring all around the castle grounds and investigating all the different parts of the castle. They discovered that the 'Keep' was in the middle of the...

Family Fast Day – Mini Vinnies

Today is Family Fast Day and the day we celebrated all the donations you have brought in for The People's Kitchen. The Mini Vinnies led the school in a liturgy which told us about harvest time.They reflected on the reasons to be thankful for what we have, and to think...

Mini Minnies and The People’s Kitchen

Our fantastic Mini Vinnies have decided, as part of preparations for Family Fast Day on the 5th October, to invite everyone to donate items for The People's Kitchen. This is a great charity who help those in need. We invited Mr Baker from the charity to come into...

Reading Fun in Reception!

Last week a special library visitor Maria Buckley came to visit all the children in Reception. To help promote a love for reading every day and the importance of early Literacy skills. 'Martha the Monkey' also came to visit to engage all of the children! The pupils...

Year 6 Great Exhibition of the North

On Thursday, Year 6 visited the Great Exhibition of the North to take place in the innovation trail. It was a fantastic, jam-packed visit. At the Discovery Museum, we had a go at coming up with our own invention ideas including high heels on wheels and a design for an...

"I know what humility means."

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Don’t forget to take your plastic water bottle with you when you go out.


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

Sizzling Summer BBQ!

The sausages were sizzling on Thursday night for our annual summer BBQ. The weather was very kind to us as it was perfect conditions for barbequing (except for the cooks!) There was a great turnout and everyone was in great spirits. There was lots to keep everyone...

Holy Island

On Wednesday Class 3 went on a fantastic trip to Holy Island. They got to explore the island and go to St Cuthbert's Island. The had the opportunity to reflect on their amazing year; making their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. They each made a cross...

Class 1 Busy Bee’s Project

The month of July was Class 1's turn for the Busy Bee's project. They decided to hold a cake sale! Lots of people donated and baked cakes for the stall. We were very impressed with the talented bakers we have! We had lots of cakes  so were able to have a a sale for...

Sports Day 2013

This week we had sports day! Everyone was split into their houses: St Aidan, St.Bede, St. Cuthbert and St. Oswald. There was lots of different events for everyone to take part in, from obstacle to sprints! Everyone tried their best to get points for their houses. It...

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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 96.7%
  • Year 2 92.7%
  • Year 4 97.1%
  • Year 6 97.8%
  • Year 1 96.0%
  • Year 3 100%
  • Year 5 95.4%
  • Whole School 96.3%


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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