Back in time at Beamish!

As part of Year 2's Creative Curriculum topic 'Bright Lights Big City'  they learnt all about the Great Fire of London and the Great Fire of Gateshead. The children discovered that one of the reasons the fire spread was due to  how the houses were made and how close...

Mini Vinnies Prayer Cards

As part of our Mini Vinnies promise and prayer we think about those who are sick. We decided to make some prayer cards for the sick people in our parish, to let them know that we were thinking of them and praying for them. We are distributing them throughout the...

Easter Fun!

During the lead up to Easter we held our annual Easter Egg and Bonnet decorating competition and Easter raffle. All the entries for the competition were amazing with some very imaginative ideas! All the children has the chance to see all the eggs on display in the...

Green fingers at work!

We've been busy gardeners during Eco Club and at lunchtime this week, preparing and weeding the large planters and putting in plenty of pansies among the hyacinth, daffodils and alyssum. With all these April showers there's sure to be another explosion of colour in...

Lenten Morning Prayer Reflections

During this week, pupils, parents and carers were invited, before school, to come to the hall to spend  some quiet prayer time and reflection. The reflections were based on the Stations of the Cross.  It was an opportunity to take time out, stop and reflect on this...

Lenten Prayer Space

As part of our Lenten preparations the children had the opportunity to visit our Lenten prayer space. The children were invited to write a prayer of their own intention for Lent. The children wrote their prayers on a piece of purple paper and joined them together to...

Bishops’s Welcome!

On Tuesday 26th March children from all the primary schools in the parish were invited to a special service, at St Mary's Cathedral, to welcome Bishop Robert Byrne to our Diocese. Mrs Douglass took two pupils to represent our school. We even had the honour of reading...

Check out our mini logo

Once again the year 6 eco warriors have been super creative! They have come up with a second mini logo which will be used on our posters, flyers and other communications. It's bright, bold and instantly recognisable. We think it captures our mission statement...

"I try to be honest and fair."

Statement to Live By

Eco Tip of the Week

Brake the ice on your ponds and puddles so that the birds can drink!


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

One Goal Day

On Thursday 1st July, we all took part in the campaign 1GOAL - Send My Friend to School. The campaign highlights the need to provide education for all children, no matter where they live in the world. In 2000, world leaders promised that by 2015 all primary children...

St. Georges Day

To celebrate St Georges day all the children in the school made their own St Georges day biscuits! St. George was an important Roman Soldier who was killed because he stood up to the Roman Emperor who was persecuting the Christian soldiers. In doing this he had to...

Tadpoles part 2

We've been learning about the lifecycle of frogs. Our tadpoles are ready to change.

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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 95.2% 95.2%
  • Year 2 99.3% 99.3%
  • Year 4 99.3% 99.3%
  • Year 6 100% 100%
  • Year 1 99.3% 99.3%
  • Year 3 95.7% 95.7%
  • Year 5 97.6% 97.6%
  • Whole School 98.2% 98.2%


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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