Welcome to Seaburn Dene Primary School.
Welcome. My name is John Howe and I am really proud to be the headteacher of Seaburn Dene Primary School. This website provides a window into our wonderful world of learning as well as providing regular updated information for parents, pupils and the local community.
Seaburn Dene Primary School is a very successful school as our focus is always the love of learning. Our vision is "We always try to be that little bit better," and our mantra is "We can't do it .....YET" but, with determination and resilience we will succeed. Now is an exciting time to join us here at Seaburn Dene Primary as you will soon discover it is vibrant, busy and friendly. We pride ourselves on our exceptional caring, inclusive and nurturing ethos, promoting our children's amazing attitude and thirst for learning.
I am very fortunate to work with a dedicated, highly professional and innovative team. We aim to provide a safe and orderly environment, working hard to maintain positive relationships in the classroom and good behaviour in all aspects of school life. We believe in building up and emphasising the positive within a framework of clear boundaries and expectations. We strive for high standards in learning, sport, the creative arts and much, much more.
Built in 1969 the school building is much larger than it looks. There are 218 children and, as we have only one class per year group, staff know children in all classes. Visitors often comment on the family-like atmosphere when they visit us.
Children can join us in the term after they are three years old. Currently we offer up to 30 free hours of nursery provision for those working families that meet the Government's criteria and 15 hours for all nursery aged children. Children travel from across the city of Sunderland and in from South Tyneside to Seaburn Dene Primary with almost all staying with us until they move onto secondary education.
Our target is to continue to raise standards in teaching and learning in every subject, but particularly in the core subjects. Whilst we are relentless in providing the very best opportunities for children in these subjects, we are continually seeking World Class ways to approach the whole curriculum in an imaginative and creative way, developing the whole child and nurturing interests, enthusiasm and talent.
Last year we worked on making science teaching outstanding so employed a STEM consultant Phil Watkins to lead staff training. Added to which, we are the only school in the North East, who worked with a group of Sheffield schools to develop a mastery approach to the teaching of English. Now all classes from Year 2 have been using the mastery approach from September last year and this is already having an impact on the teaching of reading and writing. We have also introduced a new enquiry approach to the teaching of RE and PHSE and this year are enhancing the teaching of music through school.
During the past two years we have been particularly proud of our sporting achievements. We are a School Games Platinum School - one of only a a handful in the region. The school is the Hoops for Health basketball champions, the cluster schools rugby champions, Sunderland Yr 4 hockey champions. And now, with the support of Paul from Dance City, we are developing our expertise in dance.
We hope that you enjoy reading about our successes and challenges and you find the information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school direct with any queries you may have. Parents who are selecting a school for their child are very welcome to see us at work. Mrs Baker (0191 563 4100) will make an appointment for you to meet up with a senior member of staff, view the whole school and ask questions which will help you to make your final decision.
Thank you for visiting!
Mr J Howe