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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Chapel Window

Year 6 have been working with Mrs Coleman over the last few weeks on the Chapel Window Project. Between them they have mapped out a design incorporating elements of the school logo and the old stained glass windows still visible on the gable end of our building!...
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Medieval Banquet in Class 1

To celebrate the end of the year 1 topic, Castles and Knights, Class 1 had a healthy banquet in class. They wore crowns and listened to medieval music while preparing their food. Everyone had a great time. It was a fun way to learn all about medieval banquets!...
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Reception Enterprise Week

This week it was Reception Class’ turn to think of ways to make some money! They came up with some great ideas. Eventually they decided to make and sell some fruit kebabs, summertime lemonade and held a ‘Guess how much Lego in the jar’ competition....
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"I can say one good thing about myself."

Statement to Live By - 18.9.17


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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During the month of September our children were asked to prayer for their community. The children wrote their prayers and reflections on maps of our local...

Must Reads

This week we launch our Must read Initiative. We have purchased six sets of books for each class from Year 1 to year 6. Over the next few months children will bring books home in specially purchased plastic bags. When the children have read the book they will complete...

Year 3/4 Cross Country

This week a group of Year 3 and 4 pupils represented our school in a cross country race. The event was held at Watergate Park where the children were competing against other local schools. It was a long distance of 1200 metres for our first time long distance runners!...

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

This week our ‘Friends of St Philip’s’ organised our annual Macmillan Coffee Afternoon. Lots of cakes were baked and looked delicious! Thank you to everyone who donated their bakes and time to make the event go so well. We raised £154.33 for this...

Chemistry in Class 4!

Class 4 began this year’s science learning by developing their note taking skills. They were challenged with 4 chemistry experiments and used their learning to record their observations. The children observed different chemical reactions happen, which of course 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 89.3%
  • Year 2 98.6%
  • Year 4 98.1%
  • Year 6 99.3%
  • Year 1 97.7%
  • Year 3 97.8%
  • Year 5 98.8%
  • Whole School 97.5%


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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