Welcome to Seaburn Dene Primary School.
As headteacher of Seaburn Dene, I am delighted to welcome you to our 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 mantra is "We can't do it .....YET" but, with determination, 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.
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.
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, children have 15 free hours in our nursery but, from September 2017, we have been offering up to 30 free hours of nursery provision for those working families that meet the Government's criteria. Children travel from across 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 ways to approach the whole curriculum in an imaginative and creative way. 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. We trialled it in Years 4, 5 and 6 last year so now all classes from Year 2 have been using the mastery approach from September 2017. This year we have introduced a new enquiry approach to the teaching of RE and, even within a term, have seen the standards of children's thinking and reasoning reach a new level.
During the past two years we have been particularly proud of our sporting achievements. The school is the Hoops for Health 2017 basketball champions, the cluster schools rugby champions, Sunderland Yr 4 hockey champions and Sunderland 5-a-side Champions 2018. 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 or Miss Bell (01915535590) 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!
Miss M. Purdy (Cert.Ed/B.Ed/Adv Dip Ed /M.Ed)