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Drivers, Mission, Values and Development

Our Vision:


We always try to be that little bit better.


At Seaburn Dene, no dream is too big and no dreamer is too small. Children at our school are encouraged to aim high and know that to achieve something extraordinary, your mindset needs to match your aspirations: through hard work and determination, anything is possible.




Our Ethos:


At Seaburn Dene Primary School our warn, caring ethos is underpinned by our four core values. 


We are proud to be a family-centered community with a strong culture of togetherness. Children are expected to show respect and kindness to one another. We celebrate good manners, honesty and a determination to work hard. We are committed to fostering an environment where children are happy, confident, independent and have the aspiration to be the very best they can be.

Our Values:


Kindness - we understand what others are feeling and show care for them.

Determination - even when the going gets tough we can shine and achieve amazing things.

Respect - accepting and showing respect for one another, regardless of similarities and differences.

Aspiration - Being the best you that there is. Anything is possible.

Our Aims:


To create kind and well-rounded global citizens, supported by a rich, experiential curriculum that will allow engagement in the highest quality learning experiences.


That the wider curriculum is valued and provides creativity and challenge alongside a rigorous approach to maths and English. Together these provide opportunities for children to fully explore their passions and develop their future aspirations.


To nurture a growth mindset and develop a culture of determination: We learn from our mistakes and have the resilience to bounce back when times are tough.


To have high expectations for all within our community and ensure that we demonstrate the very best standards of respect and integrity.






The creative arts build confidence and help children learn and apply their understanding. Through regular exposure to and engagement with music, art, dance and drama, our children are given the opportunity to put their imagination to work.



In today's global world, it is important to be connected locally, nationally and internationally. Our children learn about and through the world around them. With our extensive grounds, proximity to the beach and a fantastic community, our children's aspirations are not limited to their own future plans, but include ambition for their own local area.



Physical education and being active are key to encouraging and laying not only the foundations for a healthy lifestyle for children's futures, but in delivering our core values.




Science, combined with technological skills, prepare children for a future in which they are encouraged to be curious about the world around them - start small, dream big.


Everyone has these four rights at Seaburn Dene Primary School:


The right to be safe.

The right to be treated with fairness and respect.

The right to learn.

The right to be listened to.


SDPS Equality Statement September 2021


SDPS is dedicated to providing a service to the community of Seaburn Dene that is equitable throughout our school community. We endeavour to achieve this by:


  • Promoting cultural development and understanding via a rich range of experiences, both in and beyond daily school life.
  • Promoting British values-democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance with those of different faiths and beliefs.
  • Treating everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Tackling any prejudice 
  • We want to make sure that our school is a safe and secure place for everyone
  • We recognise that individuals have different needs, therefore treating people equally does not necessarily mean treating them the same.
  • To carefully monitor pupil progress to identify and reduce gaps between girls and boys and more disadvantaged groups.
  • We aim to make sure that no one is experiences less favourable experiences because of 
    • age
    • ethnicity
    • gender
    • marital of civil partnership
    • religion or belief
    • sexual identity

Priorities for Development


The leadership team have been been extremely busy finalising the Seaburn Dene Primary School Development Plan (SDP), which we are reading, to share the headlines with you below for 2019-21.


Seaburn Dene School Improvement Plan Overview 2019-21

In 2019 we want to:

  • To further develop the content of our curriculum, so that topics are covered in more depth and detail. To ensure every child has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.

  • Improve basic mathematical knowledge within all year groups, while providing challenge across the whole school.

  • Pupil outcomes in writing improve as a result of having better strategies for spelling, including developing their “sticky” knowledge and an exposure to an increasingly wider range of vocabulary.

  • Pupils read widely and often, with fluency and comprehension - at least appropriate to their age – developing a lifelong love of reading. There is a rigour and consistency to the teaching of children’s reading.

  • Improve the attendance of a small minority of our pupils, so that overall attendance is at least in line with or better than National data. To reduce the gap between National data with regards to persistent absence.

  • To widen and develop the understanding and appreciation of life in multi-cultural Britain, while developing a curriculum which ensures a broad and balanced understanding of family life and healthy relationships in Modern Day Britain.

Our curriculum drivers

Links - in today’s global world, it is important children are connected to our local, national and international community. This is wider learning. The children will learn about the world around them and through the world around them. With our extensive grounds, proximity to the beach and a fantastic community - our children will go from strength to strength.

Supporting the Work of the Onside Football and Peace Network in Liberia

Supporting the work of the Royal British Legion

The Climate Coalition - World Earth Day

Supporting Sunderland Foodbank, Fairtrade and Christian Aid