Dunston St Peter’s Church of England Primary School
“Friendship, Respect and Honesty”: our three key values
Dunston St. Peter’s Church of England Primary School was built in 1974 to serve the local community. Our school is set on the edge of the village and adjoins open countryside. We cater for children from the ages of 4 to 11 and, at present, have 93 children on roll.
We have four classrooms with separate cloakroom and toilet facilities for each of the Key Stages. Each classroom, and the Resource Room, has an Interactive Whiteboard, networked PCs and their own small libraries. Three of the classrooms are linked by a hall and the fourth, which opened in September 2012, is a separate Foundation Stage Unit. These facilities within the school allow for flexibility in teaching methods and approaches as appropriate to the needs of individuals, small groups or whole classes. The school grounds are spacious and include a trim trail, sports field and playground. We also have a dedicated outdoor play area specifically for the Foundation Stage (Reception) children. In September 2009 we were delighted to open the new library extension at the front of the school, which not only houses our school library but also opens up a wealth of new opportunities in further enhancing our pupils’ education. Our Breakfast Club also runs from the library.
Since 2009, Dunston has been in a Hard Federation with Digby Church of England Primary School. This means that Mr. Boyall is the Executive Headteacher of both schools and that there is one governing body across both. This Federation has opened up a wealth of learning opportunities for the children beyond what we would be able to offer as one small, rural school. The staff and children in both schools work closely together. They share expertise and resources, ideas, events, visits, workshops, etc.
Digby School is a Church of England Primary School of a very similar size to Dunston St Peters. They share the same values and aims as we do, and we believe that this creates a very strong basis for our Federation. In effect this means that Mr Boyall is the Executive Headteacher of both schools and he shares his time between them. This enables him to focus on developing the schools further in terms of leadership and management. Mrs Hume is the Deputy Headteacher and leads the school when Mr Boyall is at Digby.
The school was inspected by Ofsted in June 2012 and was graded as “Good” overall and “Outstanding” in terms of Behaviour and Safety.