Care and Respect for All


Thought of the Week:

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready.  I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything.  There is almost no such thing as ready.  There is only now.  And you may as well do it now.  Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any”

Hugh Laurie

Message From Mr Sutherland

In my “welcome back” letter to all parents and carers last week, I mentioned that during the summer we had been given some really exciting news here at Dunston Hill Community Primary School.  I am delighted to be able to share this with you now.

Firstly, we have been working hard on the Platinum Kitemark Case Study for our PE and Sporting Activities at Dunston Hill over the past year and we submitted our application in the summer. Just to remind you that we have had the Gold Award for over two years but wanted to aim even higher if we could in going for the Platinum Award.  We were also in contact with our School Games Organiser in the Local Authority who spoke very highly of what we do for Sport and Physical Education at Dunston Hill and they kindly provided a supporting letter to go alongside our Platinum application. I am delighted to say that we have just been informed at the end of the holidays that we have achieved this award!!  I believe we are the first school in Gateshead to receive this nationally recognised award! We will be presented with an award and plaque and are able to use the logo on our website and headed paperwork.  It is testament to the leadership and hard work firstly of Mrs Broadbent as coordinator over the past few years as well as all the staff, the parents who support us and of course the children.  A fantastic achievement which evidences and demonstrates how seriously we take children’s physical education and the associated risks of childhood obesity which is sadly prevalent these days.

You also may know that we have been working towards the Artsmark Recognition in school and we have just been informed that we have achieved the Silver Award.  A letter we have received states the following: –

Thank you for your submissions to Artsmark.  Your Statement of Commitment and Case Study/Statement of Impact have been assessed and we are delighted to inform you that Dunston Hill Community Primary School has been awarded an Artsmark Silver Award. Congratulations!  We have made the following comment about your submissions:

Dunston Hill Community Primary School has used the Artsmark journey to embed quality arts practice across the school, improving the planning, implementation and impact of the Arts. Of note is the planning for skills progression in the Arts through your adapted scheme of work, the range of arts clubs and opportunities, including every child visiting the theatre every year, the strong pupil voice through the Arts Council and evidence gathered of impact. You have clearly demonstrated that you value each arts subject; that Artsmark is clearly outlined in the improvement plan and the impact of developing the voice of children through your Arts Council. Congratulations on your Artsmark Silver Award!

Again, this has required a significant amount of work over the last two years or so, encapsulating all we do to nurture the children in the Arts here at Dunston Hill.  This work has been led and co-ordinated by Mrs McLean and my thanks go to her for her determination and enthusiasm as well as children and staff across the school for their hard work in making this a reality.  It’s a wonderful achievement and again we are able to use the logos and also receive a physical award.  We have already decided as a staff to begin the journey towards the Gold Award which will continue to support our evidence of an exciting and effective Arts Curriculum for all our children.

I am extremely proud of our recent achievements, not forgetting that in April, we were also recognised for our work in Health and Wellbeing and we achieved the Gateshead Schools Health and Wellbeing Focusing Award, co-ordinated and led by Miss Ornsby.  A you would expect, we are now looking to set our next stretching objectives and outcomes and further our ambitions for health and wellbeing in our school.

Have a great week!

Whole School Information


The old Community Room has been transformed…

Hopefully, your child/children have told you our wonderfully exciting news…

We now have the most magnificent nurture room here at Dunston Hill  called… “The Dunston Den”

The Dunston Den is our happy place. 

Somewhere we go to chat to friends and adults, play a game, share an activity or just sit quietly and think.

A place that is small enough to feel safe and BIG enough to use our imagination.

It helps us feel calm, confident, positive and  ‘absolutely awesome!’

Miss Tuart (SENDCo/Inclusion Manager) and Mrs Cox (Family Support Worker) have transformed what was the Community Room into a fabulous nurture setting, complete with a range of spaces for the children to explore and enjoy. We believe The Dunston Den is a safe, secure and inclusive environment, which helps children to positively explore and develop their emotional and social wellbeing, self-esteem and resilience.

The Dunston Den will be used:

  • by our children
  • to provide full-time lunchtime provision
  • by Miss Tuart when working with children to overcome barriers to learning
  • by Mrs Cox when working with children to build self-esteem, confidence, resilience and much more
  • by our families

‘Meet the teacher’ afternoons begin next week so once you have had the opportunity to meet your child’s class teacher, there will be the chance to take a tour of the fabulous Dunston Den, so please come on down and see us.


Trainee Teachers

We hope you will join us in offering a warm welcome to four trainees: Miss Black, Miss Collins, Mr Mack and Miss Peacock who will be with us until Christmas.  Mrs Anglesea will be working as their professional tutor for the full school year supporting them to achieve qualified teacher status. We are especially delighted to welcome back Miss Black who was a former pupil at the school. We wish them all well as they embark on their training year.


Walking Bus

Following on from previous years successful Walking Bus, we will be continuing this initiative this term.

The Walking Bus will operate on a ‘park and stride’ basis from Whickham Thorns main car park.  Children can be dropped off at the bus meeting point at 8.35am.  Parents and carers will need to provide consent by clicking here.  The Walking Bus will leave at 8.40am prompt along with Mrs Cox and another two members of staff.  The children will walk along to school and be brought in through the main entrance.  Everyone will wear a high visibility tabard for safety.

The purpose of the Walking Bus is to help us reduce traffic congestion and to improve safety as there will be fewer cars around the school.  There are also the added health and fitness benefits of walking to school.  Also, the Walking Bus will develop the children’s road safety awareness, skills and independence.

Schools have reported that children who walk to school are more alert and learn better, so their education and behaviour will benefit too.  Remember we encourage parents and carers to park at Whickham Thorns throughout the week and walk along to school.


Macmillan Coffee Morning

We are once again supporting Macmillan and hope you, in turn, will support us to do so by joining us on Friday 27 September in our school hall. There will be games, raffles, prizes and toys to entertain any little ones as well as yummy cakes and refreshments so please come along if you can; parents, carers, grandparents, family and friends are all welcome.


Keyboard Tuition

We now have a few spaces left for keyboard tuition. This takes place on a Wednesday afternoon in school time at a cost of £4 per week paid half termly in advance.  Please contact Miss Thompson in our school office if you are interested or require further information.


School Meals

The menu for week commencing Monday 23 September is Week 3.  A reminder that as part of our Healthy Schools programme, we ask that children do not bring crisps, chocolate or fizzy drinks in their packed lunches.  Due to allergies, please ensure that no kiwi fruit or peanuts  are brought into school, including in the form of snickers or peanut butter sandwiches.  This is especially important to remember for children bringing in packed lunches or snacks.  Thank you


School Clubs

Monday  –  Year 3 & 4 Reading Club 3.15-4.15pm

Monday  – Year 5 & 6 Running Club 3.30-4.15pm

Tuesday  –  Year 1 & 2 Football Coaching 8-8.45am

Tuesday – Year 5 & 6 Minecraft Club 3.30-4.15pm

Tuesday  –  Year 5 & 6 Tag Rugby Coaching 3.30-4.30pm

Wednesday  –  Year 3,4,5, & 6 Cheerleading 3.30-4.30pm

Thursday  –  Year 3 & 4 Kids Yoga 8-8.45am

Thursday  –  Year 1 Forest School Club 3.15-4.15pm

Thursday  –  Year 5 & 6 Hockey Club 3.30-4.30pm

Friday  –  Year 3 & 4 Football Coaching 8-8.45am


Photo of the Week

Class News


Meet The Teacher Parent Workshops

Over the next two weeks, we are inviting parents and carers to come along to meet their child’s new class teacher. These sessions are crucial to find out what is planned for your child for the year ahead and how you can help and become involved. It also gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have and towards the end your child will join you and share all the things that are important to them.

We are delighted to share that we have purchased over 1000 brand new reading books for our early years and key stage 1 readers and these will also be shared with you on this session.

We believe its hugely important parents attend these sessions if possible to enable us to work together in the best interests of all the children in our care.

The dates are as follows:

Tuesday 17 September                                 Year 1                              2.45pm 

Thursday 19 September                                Year 3                              2.45pm

Friday 20 September                                     Reception                        9.15am

Friday 20 September                                     Year 6                               2.45pm

Monday 23 September                                  Year 4                               2.45pm

Wednesday 25 September                            Year 2                              2.45pm

Thursday 26 September                                Year 5                              2.45pm

We look forward to seeing you. If for some reason you cannot attend, please contact the class teacher to arrange to receive the information you will miss.


Dukeshouse Wood Meeting for Year 6 Parents

Please come along on Monday 16 September at 5pm to find out all the details for the forthcoming residential visit for Year 6 in October.  Children are welcome to attend the meeting.  



Our Headteacher Awards were presented today to the following children who have all impressed their respective class teacher:

1B  Lewis Wearmouth

1T  Lenny Parker-Kippen

2B  Sophia Ranson

2J  Ethan Morris

3C  Colby Keenan

3M  Paige Baird

4C  Evie Dotchin

4W Gabriel Topham

5B  Eva May Ford

5O  Charlie Roy

6P  Liam Downie

6R  Lauren Bainbridge


School Attendance


RCY and 2J


5B and 6P