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Year 6 Welcome Evening

Year 6 Transition Welcome Evening on Thursday 27th April 2017

This will give you an opportunity to hear from our Headteacher, Mr Juric. It will also be an opportunity for you to collect relevant information and documentation in addition to being able to access our uniform and PE kit providers.

6.00pm-7.00pm Talk: Pupils from schools as listed for Meeting 1

Meeting 1
Barnwell Academy, Beamish Primary School, Benedict Biscop CE Academy, Bexhill Academy, East Herrington Primary Academy, English Martyrs’ RC Voluntary Aided Primary School, Fatfield Primary School, Fulwell Junior School, Highfield Primary, Our Lady Queen of Peace RC VA Primary School, St Bede’s Roman Catholic VA Primary School, St Benet’s Roman Catholic VA Primary School.

7.00pm-8.00pm Talk: Pupils from schools as listed for Meeting 2

Meeting 2
John F Kennedy Primary School, Mill Hill Primary School, New Penshaw Academy, Newbottle Primary Academy, Newcastle Preparatory School, Our Lady of the Rosary RC Primary School, Red Rose Primary School, Richard Avenue Primary School, Rickleton Primary School, Springwell Village Primary School, St Cuthberts Voluntary Aided Primary School, St John Bosco RC Voluntary Aided Primary School, St John Boste RC VA Primary School, St Joseph’s RC VA Primary School Washington, St Mary’s RC Voluntary Aided Primary School, St Michael’s RC Voluntary Aided Primary School, Town End Academy

We would be grateful if you could bring in your child’s passport or birth certificate ( original document not a photocopy please) as it is a legal requirement that this needs to be seen by our admissions team.

School Budgets Letter

Dear Parents/Carers

You may have seen recent coverage in the media linked to school finances. School/Academy budgets are used to fund all of our operating costs: resources and equipment for pupils, staffing costs, ICT and buildings maintenance costs.

Sunderland Secondary Headteachers are therefore publishing a joint letter to parents, in the hope that you will support us in our concerns over rising costs, levels of funding and the potential consequences for teaching and learning. All schools in Sunderland are affected by this situation. School Leaders will always act responsibly on behalf of your children and their education and you can remain assured that we will continue to take the utmost care with regards to budgets. We need your support in order to do this to the best of our abilities.

Yours faithfully

Mr D Juric


Please click here to view the joint letter.

World Book Day – 2017

On Thursday 2nd March the school celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Book Day. The English department and Library staff transformed into famous literary characters for the day and students guessed the characters, as they identified them around school.

Students participated in a World Book Day themed quiz in tutor groups, with a particularly impressive score from 7W1, who achieved 37 out of 38, the highest result out of any tutor group in school. Well done.

As part of the celebrations, staff and students shared their experiences of reading with each other and discussed their favourite titles. Students also received a World Book Day £1 token to spend on a new book at their nearest participating bookshop.

The librarian hosted a World Book Day event for our year 7 students. The event was a great success and students enjoyed a variety of creative activities from designing their own book covers, to competing in a Harry Potter themed drawing challenge and adopting the role as an inventor, as they tried to devise a way to escape from a well with limited resources. The group thought of some very interesting ideas!

Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Great Debate Competition


Kieran Hannam and Bradley Logan competed in the regional heat of the Historical Association’s “Great Debate Competition” at Durham High School. Competitors had to present a speech to a panel of judges about World War One and its impact on our community. They were scored on the accuracy of their presentation as well as their delivery and ability to answer follow up questions. They were up against some excellent competitors but Kieran Hannam was chosen as the overall winner.

Kieran will now progress to the National final held in London in March where he will represent our school and the region against competitors from all over the country. He will be competing for prizes for both himself and the school.

His chosen topic was the Usworth and Washington Primary School strikes which took place in 1917 due to regional poverty caused by the low wages of the mining families. Bradley presented on the 1600 Belgium migrants who settled in Birtley for the duration of the war.

Both boys represented the school exceptionally well.

European Day of Languages 2016

To mark this day, the MFL department decided to record non language teachers showing off a language they know. You can see the results here!

Form tutors competed against each other to score full marks in the annual EDL quiz. Staff wore badges telling pupils which languages they can speak and prayers were said at the end of the day in French, German and Spanish.

European Day of Languages 2016 from St Roberts on Vimeo.