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A Welcome From The Head Teacher and Chair of Governors

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 are building 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. We continue to work tirelessly to improve our school.
This term we planning our Year 5 trip to London – we are going in March. We are to visit many landmarks as in previous years, including – Downing Street, a West End musical, museums, galleries, Harry Potter World and many more places of interest. We link this topic to our theme of British Values and share this with our Year 5 parents in the Summer Term. Some Year 5 children are representing school at St Mary’s RC Cathedral, Newcastle, in February for our Youth Friday Mass.  Our Year 4 children have begun their First Holy Communion Programme – our school works in partnership with home and parish. Our Early Years children are going to church in February to meet with Father Michael; to improve their knowledge of mass and baptism.  Our feeder schools of St Anthony’s Girls Academy and St Aidan’s Catholic Academy are delivering science and design technology sessions for our Year 5 children throughout January and February. We have our PTA Valentine’s Disco coming up on Tuesday 14th February.
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 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. Father Michael’s induction mass was celebrated by Bishop Seamus, at St Benet’s Church, on Friday 27th January 2017.
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 and carers 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. Our new Chair of Governors is Mrs Denise Willis; she is very experienced in education and is extremely keen to work in partnership with all stakeholders to further school improvement.
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