Royal Wedding Celebrations!

On Friday 18th May the whole school came dressed in the very patriotic colours of red, white and blue, in honour of the Royal Wedding on Saturday 19th May of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Each class took part in lots of different activities throughout the day and...
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Virtually Under the Sea in Year 5!

On May 10th, Year 5 were visited by the National Marine Aquarium. The children were immersed within the sea through Virtual Reality goggles. The children then learnt about the impact of plastic pollution on sea life through looking into the stomach of a whale and...
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Destination Judo

On Monday we had an exciting morning with a Destination Judo teacher.  Years 1,3,4 and 5 had an introductory session learning lots of new skills. It was great learning a new sport and pupils who already attend Judo were able to show off their experienced skills too!...
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The Big Sing!

On Wednesday Year 5 went to St Thomas Moore School for a ‘Big Sing’ event. The children practiced a variance of songs with other year 5 children from Gateshead, to perform in front of their parents. After just two hours of practice, the children performed...
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Major Dillon Visits our School council

On Tuesday 24th June, Madam Mayor Dillion visited year 5 and School council. The mayor was introduced by Mace bearer Nigel, who spoke to the children about the Mayor and the significance of the Mace. He told the children that the mace must be carried over the right...
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Good Shepherd Mass

On Monday 23rd April Mrs Wright took three representatives from Year 4 to St Mary’s Cathedral to join lots of other schools from our diocese to celebrate the Good Shepherd Mass. All the schools were invited to bring along donations which are given to St...
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April – Obedient

In April we were asked to reflect on the time when Mary was asked by God to have his son. The Gospel tells us that Mary was worried when the angel spoke to her. The angel tells her God wants her to have his son. Mary shows great courage and says YES to God. Sometimes...
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Traders and Raiders Day in Class 4!

Bjorn the Viking visited Class 4 to tell and show us all about life as a trader and raider in the Viking culture.  Bjorn gave us Viking names and jobs, and we created our Anglo-Saxon names from Viking runes. We explored the life of a Viking as a woman, the head of the...
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"I know that it is ok for me to make mistakes"

Statement to Live By – 21.5.18

Eco Tip of the Week

In hot weather, save water by watering your plants at night -less evaporation!


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

Pyjama Day Donations

Everyone was feeling a bit sleepy today! This was probably because everyone was wearing pyjamas!  In order to dress up, everyone had to donate an item for the Christmas fair. We were overwhelmed by the response. Thank you to everyone who donated. All the items will be...

Gibside Adventures!

On Thursday 2nd November Reception Class ventured into the Great Outdoors! They had a fantastic day exploring the beautiful National Trust site of Gibside. In the morning, the children were led by Bluebell the Fairy on a story telling trail around the estate. After a...

October Justice

In October the children were asked to pray for justice in the world and think about those people who are treat unfairly. They were praying for a world where people have enough to eat, a safe place to live in peace. The children wrote their thoughts and prayers on a...

BIG ME! Action Aid

Today we supported a great charity Action Aid by dressing up as who we would like to be when we grow up! Action Aid is a leading international charity working in over 45 countries. They work with the poorest women and girls in the world, changing their lives for good....

Family Liturgy Class 4

On the morning of Friday 20th October, year 4 welcomed parents and family to join them in a class liturgy celebrating the love of a family. Family is a single word that has lots of meaning. Your traditional family, siblings and parents. Our school family, peers and...

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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 91.3%
  • Year 2 91.7%
  • Year 4 94.8%
  • Year 6 100%
  • Year 1 89.7%
  • Year 3 94.1%
  • Year 5 91.1%
  • Whole School 93.3%


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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