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....
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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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Month of the Holy Rosary

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. To celebrate this on the 18th October we joined the Catenians who are a catholic association who support the Catholic Church, young people and those in need. They are supporting a worldwide project of “One Million...
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Back in Time to Beamish

As part of Class 2’s topic ‘Street Detectives,’ they visited Beamish Museum to see what streets were like 100 years ago! They discovered lots about the past especially how different the streets were compared to ours today. They had, earlier in the...
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Gasworks Art Project

Northern Gas Networks came to visit our school with an exciting opportunity for us to take part in. The told us about the history of the Gasworks that has been on our doorstep for a long time. The Gasworks is about to be demolished making way for new and exciting...
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The Blue Abyss in Class 4

Studying the Blue Abyss, year 4 visited the Blue Reef Aquarium to further their interest in the deep seas and creatures that live within it. We handled crustaceans, felt the teeth of sharks that eat fish can compared them to the teeth of meat-eating sharks, we watched...
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Tudor Times in Class 5!

Class 5 had an incredible morning with That History Bloke who came in to engage us in our topic of Henry VIII. We learned some incredible facts about The Tudors as well as some slightly gruesome ones. We experimented with quill and ink writing, some Tudor artefacts...
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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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"I know what to do if I see anyone being hurt."

Statement to Live By - 30.10.17


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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School News and Updates

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...

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...

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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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 95.3%
  • Year 2 91.6%
  • Year 4 99.3%
  • Year 6 89.3%
  • Year 1 96%
  • Year 3 97%
  • Year 5 95.3%
  • Whole School 95%


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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