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Bernard Gilpin Primary School

Hall Lane


Tyne & Wear


Tel: 0191 917 2999


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News & Events

Bernard Gilpin Primary School has recently received a national award in Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards. Our school was the winner in the “Best educational initiative” category for our work in supporting people living with dementia and their carers in our local community. We attended the awards ceremony in London where we were presented with our award by Angela Rippon.

Click here to read the report in the Northern Echo.

Click here to read the article in the Sunderland Echo

September 2015

National Dementia Award Winners

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Active Kids Vouchers

Our School Council would

like to say a big "Thank You"

for collecting Sainsbury's

Active Kids Vouchers before

the Summer holidays. We

collected, counted and

submitted over 4000 vouchers. A delivery of new sporting equipment (footballs and skipping ropes) and some gardening equipment has arrived and was presented to our Leader of Sport, Mr Bainbridge, by members of the School Council in assembly this week.

September 2015


September 2015 - Derwent Hill

Over the past 2 weeks our children in year 6 have been making lanterns for the opening night parade at Houghton Feast. Take a look at our pictures from the parade and click here to see more pictures on the Sunderland Echo website.

October 2015

Houghton Feast Lantern Parade

October 2015 - Halloween Disco

Denise Lewis pops in for a dance...

Olympic Gold medalist, TV presenter and star of 'Strictly Come Dancing', Denise Lewis paid us a visit. Accompanied by the film crew and production team for the Great British Bake-off, Denise came to report on our Living with Dementia Project.

The film will be shown early next year on national television as part of Sports Relief 2016.

November 2015

Lego robotics champions and record breakers!

A team of six year 6 children took part in the northern finals of the annual Lego robotics tournament in South Shields. The children had a brilliant time competing against other schools from the region. Our team of robotic engineers managed to win the ‘robot game’ in which a Lego Mindstorms robot has to complete a range of challenges in two and a half minutes. This involves programming the robot’s motors to perform complex actions and building a range of add-on parts to carry out different tasks.

In the final our

team scored 405

points – the

highest score

ever recorded in

the northern finals

which have been

going for ten years

now. A fantastic



December 2015


February 2016

Valentine Discos

The Friends of Bernard Gilpin and the School Council teamed up to provide two fantastic discos for KS1 and KS2.

February 2016

On the TV again...

Please find below a recording of Denise Lewis' report about our Living with Dementia Project which appeared on  BBC1's Great Sport Relief Bake Off this month.

January 2016

School ranked in Sunderland's top 4

The Real Schools Guide has ranked Bernard Gilpin Primary School within the top four in Sunderland. The guide gives a more

comprehensive picture of schools. It factors in 42 different sets of data including SATs results, pupil to teacher ratios and absence rates.

The Real School Guide aims to measure beyond Key Stage 2 results and give parents/carers an indication of which schools will help their child succeed regardless of their starting point.

The report analyses whether all children are making progress and whether pupils are doing better than expected. The Schools Minister, David Laws said, “It's vital that we continue to raise standards so that all children can leave primary school with a thorough grounding in reading, writing and maths.”

March 2016 - Snozone & The National Armouries, Leeds