A Welcome From The Head Teacher

Dear Visitor,
Thank you so much for visiting our website. I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you all.
At St Benet’s in this academic year of 2016/17 we will endeavour to build upon our very successful Ofsted, from October 2014, our outstanding R.E. inspection of June 2015 and excellent end of Key Stage 2 results in 2016 and we work tirelessly to continue to improve our school.
We have just celebrated the magical season of Christmas at school. We will be starting our new term with the children on Tuesday 10th January 2017. Last term the children, families, staff and I all experienced learning that was both exciting and engaging. This consisted of a variety of activities including – Derwent Hill, Hit the Surf, archaeological digs at Hylton Castle, councillor visits, stay and play sessions in early years, Harvest preparations, Nissan visits, Anti-Bullying acting, visiting authors, sports’ days, Safety Works, the Foundation of Light, our Pantomime of Pinocchio, Night of 1000  Candles, our Early Years’ nativities, Christmas mass and our carol services. We are so excited to see what happens this Spring term.
Our new Parish Priest is Father Michael McCoy and he has extended a very warm welcome to all in our parish and school community. We are now are part of a new parish partnership with St Joseph’s, St Hilda’s and our parish of St Benet’s. We are very excited at this prospect and look forward to working closely together. Please see Father Michael’s introductory letter.

Following on from Pope Francis' Year of Mercy which finished in November 2016; here at St Benet’s our children, staff and families have work hard to show love in the many things we do. In this new term we will continue to do so.
At St Benet’s RC VA Primary School and Nursery, we believe that our children will learn and reach their full potential, if they are developed in our Catholic school in a happy and nurturing environment.
If there is anything else you would like on the website, do not hesitate to contact us. Remember to speak to us if you have information you need to share with us or if you have any concerns.
In addition to our hard-working team of staff, we are very lucky to have such supportive parents who want the best for their children. Our families work in partnership with us in many ways including, our PTA, volunteering and generously supporting fundraising events.
As a school we are part of a variety of partnerships including the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle, St Bede's Deanery Partnership of Catholic Schools, Sunderland Local Authority, The North of the River Sunderland Schools, Redby Primary Academy (our same site school) and our feeder schools of St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy and St Aidan’s Catholic Academy. We work closely with a number of individual local schools for staff development and lessons for our children. We employ a number of agencies and individuals to further serve the needs of our children and families.
Our governors are an extremely caring, supportive and challenging group, who work hard for the development of our school.
We will continue to add to our site regularly and carry on improving it.
Thank you for visiting us and please continue to do so.
We wish you all a happy, healthy and blessed New Year!

Yours sincerely
Ann Blakey, Headteacher