School Website Checklist

At the recent Primary School Improvement Forum Ann Muxworthy (Ofsted Inspector and SIA) spoke about the need for your Accessibility Plan or Disability Equality Plan to be on the school website.

I have taken the opportunity to update the School Website Checklist document accordingly and the new version can be downloaded here.

Virtual Reality Experience Day

We had a very busy day recently working with 110 students from a range of Primary and Secondary Schools in South Tyneside.

We were joined by Zoe Verrall from Aventis who kindly delivered sessions to students using Class VR headsets.

Students also worked with Google Spotlight Stories, Aurasma and Quiver augmented reality apps.

Everybody had lots of fun!

Spelling Bee 2017

Many thanks to all of the teams who competed in our 2017 video conference Spelling Bee.

We had 20 year 5 teams taking part from schools across South Tyneside.

Teams of 4 children competed against each other via Google hangouts in several days of heats. The top scoring three teams went through to the live final hosted at The Word.

Our finalists were

  • St Mary’s RC – Jarrow
  • Simonside Primary – Jarrow
  • St Aloysius –  Hebburn

It was an exciting final that we beamed back to the rest of the classes back in school.

The teams were evenly matched throughout the competition and we needed to go to the quickfire knockout round to decide a winner as St Mary’s RC and Simonside were tied at the end of the rounds.

After a tense few minutes the team from St Mary’s claimed the title of

Spelling Bee Champions 2017.

Well done!

All teams did very well and I hope you all enjoyed the competition.


Lego Competition

Why not have a go at this competition – build your own South Shields Lego landmark!

To enter you’ll need to build a mini model no bigger than 0.5m square and post us a picture on either our facebook page or by emailing

Closing date for entries is midnight 21 May. The winner of the competition will have their model on display in the exhibition for the duration and be invited to the launch day on Saturday 17 June.

Click here to find out more.