Our School Ethos

Dear Parents,

I would like to welcome you to our school website. I hope that you find it easy to find out all you need to know about our school, in order for you to make a decision as to whether Dunn Street School is the right school for your child. We never forget that you have a choice of schools for your child and we are greatly honoured that parents choose Dunn Street to provide the education for their child.

At Dunn Street Primary, we recognise and value the wealth of experience and knowledge that children bring to the school. It is our intention to build on these foundations by providing, a caring, stimulating and happy environment, enabling each child to develop a sense of worth and respect for others.

It is important to us that every child enjoys school and feels a sense of belonging. We are proud of our inclusive ethos in which all contributions to the school community are valued and pupils are given the opportunity to achieve their best.

By providing a broad curriculum we are able to develop each child’s interests and horizons and recognise individual talents. We aim to educate the whole child reinforcing positive social, cultural and moral values in our daily acts of worship. Pupils are given the opportunity to contribute and to celebrate their success at sharing, and merit certificate assemblies.

At Dunn Street, we would welcome any suggestions or thoughts via Parent View.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me personally using the details on the left hand side of this page.

Mr Stewart Reader


Kids can watch Jack Ross’ Sunderland take on fellow League One challengers Luton Town for just £1 this weekend!

The visitors will have 4.000 fans backing them and we want supporters to get right behind the Lads as they look to leapfrog Luton Town into second position.

Tickets can be bought via www.safc.com/tickets or by calling 0371 911 1973

Sports for Champions

Sports for Champions have a mission to visit every school in the U.K and Ireland to inspire children to lead a healthy lifestyle.  They will be in Dunn Street on 14th February.  Your child will receive their sponsor form on Friday, 11th January and all monies should be collected and returned to school by 7th February.

Keeping Children Active

Through their visits, Sports for Champions can unleash a new found excitement in schools, positively inspiring children to ditch the computer games and fast food to become healthier and lead a more active lifestyle.

Inspire and Educate

They believe that every child is capable of becoming tomorrow’s champion!

Meet Top Athletes

Sports For Champions U.K Community Interest Company are the primary organisers for bringing Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth Games, World Championship, European Championship athletes into schools nationally.

We are looking forward to welcoming David Smith who represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, where he is originally from. Now he trains in Birmingham but loves returning home to visit friends and family and get back to his roots. He was also placed 2nd in the British Championship and the World Trials in 2017 and was the Scottish Indoor and Outdoor High Jump Champion of 2017.

In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his friends, going to the cinema and he also enjoys playing on his Playstation and watching sport on the TV. He doesn’t really follow a strict diet but he does try and have a balanced diet, making sure that he gets lots of high protein foods.

Sports for Champions are proud to be members of the Fund Raising Regulator (FR) – they are also regulated in all that they do and they have to follow strict guidelines set out by the regulators– this means that schools, parents and pupils can be confident knowing that:

  1. The money raised by you is supporting athletes without sponsorship – you know upfront who they are.
  2. Your very own school benefits from an additional income strand, which supports increasingly stretched school funds.
  3. A very small proportion of the overall money is re-invested in our Sports For Champions project to enable us to continue visiting other schools nationally.
  4. All parties to this agreement have a clear understanding of their commitments to the Sponsored Challenge (including costs and administrative co-ordination)

National School Breakfast Programme

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We are proud to be a National School Breakfast Programme school.

From Monday, 14th January, we will be happy to offer a healthy breakfast to ALL our children and we would welcome your child to join us for a great start to the day!

Our “Grab A Bagel” Bar will open at 8.45am in the school hall.  We offer bagels and Cheerios.

Armistice Assembly

The First World War was the first truly global war – fighting took place across the world.  Over 40% of the world’s population lived in countries directly involved in the conflict. Everyone was effected in some way.   From the icy waters of the South Atlantic and the North Sea… to the deserts of Arabia and Iraq… from the coasts of China and Turkey… to the simmering heat of East Africa… from the high peaks of the Alps… to the trenches of Western Europe… nearly 72 million troops were mobilised (71,497,467) on all sides… over half of them died, were wounded, taken prisoner or went missing (38,241,712)… there were millions more civilian casualties…

Britain recruited nearly 9 million (8,904,469) troops from across its Empire… more than a third of them died, were wounded, taken prisoner or went missing (3,190,235) When the war was over, the losses were felt by all… Britain was united in grief… the fallen were honoured and gratefully remembered…

100 years on and our shared living memory of the First World War, once so strong, is fading – that is why we have come together today to show our appreciation for the sacrifices made by so many.

We, at Dunn Street, are privileged to have been given a grant by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, to allow us to take part in the There But Not There campaign: a series of art installations used in the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war.  They are installed, in the places where serving men and women came from across the country… in the communities they left behind.

Communities like our school – 174 ex-pupils from Dunn Street Boys’ School served during World War I.  14 of them died in action or from their wounds.

Leading Seaman John Joseph Cooper (aged 29)     Private Matthew Crooks (aged 29)  

Private Henry Graham (aged 23)       Acting Sergeant John Reginald Judson (aged 25)

Gunner John William Loader (aged 30)    Private Norman George McKenzie (aged 27)

Sergeant John Christopher Peterson (aged 23) Private Thomas E. Petherick (aged 18)

Private William Roberts (age unknown)  Engine Room Artificer John Sandilands (aged 36)              
Private Robert Hardy Dixon Thomas (aged 26)        Corporal Robert A. Walker M.M (aged 30)

Airman First Class Herbert P Warminger (aged 27)  Corporal James Heslop White  (aged 23)

This project aims to Commemorate, Educate and Heal…

The silhouettes commemorate those who died in the First World War through installations wherever there is a Roll of Honour; they educate all generations, particularly the younger generation, born nearly 100 years after the outbreak of WW1, and help us understand what led to the deaths of 888,246 British and Commonwealth service personnel and they heal today’s veterans who are suffering from the mental and physical wounds from their service by raising substantial funds through sales.

Thank-you to friends and family for your support.


We are delighted with the coverage, in The Shields Gazette, that tells of our wonderful art installation that is part of our Armistice commemorations.

School would like to thank everyone who has donated bottles and knitted poppies to make the installation so spectacularly stunning.  Mrs Ramshaw’s idea and hard work has certainly paid off.  Thanks also to Mr Atkinson for rigging the structure and putting holes into so many poppies!  Also thanks to Miss Ho who gave up her time to paint and hammer in holes!


Poppy Production Line!

Residents from Mariposa Elderly Care Roseway House worked alongside KS2 pupils this afternoon to add to our fabulous “Weeping Window” instillation.

As they painted, pupils heard about what the residents had done during the Second World War.  An impromptu singalong also made for an enjoyable afternoon.


Prince William Award – National Graduation

On Tuesday 19th September, Ellie, Josh, Kurtis and Morgan accompanied Mrs Ramshaw and Miss Noble on a trip of a life-time to Birmingham University and the Great Hall (created by architect Aston Webb who also designed the principal facade of Buckingham Palace and the main building of the Victoria and Albert Museum).

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The programme for the day included an introduction by guest speaker David Walliams.

There was also the first showing of Skillforce’s new video: a powerful film on the impact of The Prince William Award.  Click here and see how many faces you recognise!

After the video, the awards took place.  From all the children who took part last year, Ellie was selected as one of three students who received a “Student of the Year Award”.  She received her award from the Duke who apologised for making her “walk such a long way” to get it (we were sat right at the back of the hall)!  We couldn’t be more proud!


The children had been selected as one of the few schools that the Prince and David Walliams spoke to after the event.

As reported on the Hello! web-site:

Earlier in the day, as Prince William toured through the Great Hall at the Aston Webb building, he met some of the young people who had graduated following the first year of the Prince William Award, which aims to help build school children’s character and confidence.

He confessed to one group from Dunn Street Primary School in Tyne and Wear, in the northeast of England, “I got scared in school sometimes.”

Speaking to the children about what they’d learned from the award program that helps build resilience in school, he said, “I was nervous about putting my hand up in class. There’s no such thing as a silly question.”

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Birmingham University’s motto is: Per Ardua Ad Alta.  It is the same motto as the RAF.  It means: through difficulty to heights.  How apt!

To Mrs Bucknall
Thank you for your dedication to Dunn Street Primary and the work you have done with the children.  You have brought a huge wealth of experience and understanding to the job.
Your cheery disposition, optimism and positivity will be greatly missed.
We wish you all the very best and hope to see you in the not too distant future.
Love from
The Pupils, Staff and Parents at Dunn Street Primary School