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Bernard Gilpin Primary School

Hall Lane


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News & Events

News & Events

September 2017


Alfie in year 4 took part in the Mini Great North Run to raise money for St Oswald's Hospice in Gosforth. You can read about Alfie's brilliant efforts by clicking here. For further information and to see how much he has raised, visit:



Companies and organisations from the North East assembled at the Stadium of Light to showcase the many varied and exciting career opportunities in the Engineering industry. A group of our year 6 pupils attended the event and enjoyed a day full of interactive activities and interesting presentations. They were also lucky enough to witness 'Dr Bunhead's Live science show' which was full of weird, wonderful and exciting science experiments.

October 2017

Kielder Residential visit, January 2018

Bernard Gilpin Primary became the first ever school to be awarded the nationwide Calm Schools Platinum Award. This

outstanding achievement highlights the excellent work carried out across school over the past few years, in particular the

implementation of the Relax Kids initiative on a daily basis in classrooms.

The award is the highest honour available and a special presentation assembly was held earlier in the term, during which the

children were given the opportunity to reflect upon the impact of Relax Kids on themselves. Simon Marshall, Director of

Education Services in Sunderland was delighted to hear the news of this award and visited school to personally congratulate everyone. Well done to all those involved - a great achievement.


November 2017

This half-term saw the much anticipated return of professional football freestyler Ash Randall to the school. The holder of 18 World Records dropped in for his second appearance at Bernard Gilpin Primary School, where he once again showed off an impressive selection of tricks and skills in front of the whole school, a favourite of which amongst the children was balancing a football (and his shoe) on his head using a Pringles crisp tube!

December 2017




This half term was cause for double celebration as Bernard Gilpin Primary School’s long-standing Chair of Governors, Bob Heron, turned seventy. He also made the tough decision to retire from his role as Chair of Governors at the school. Bob, who has been involved with the school for over twenty years, the past fifteen of which were spent serving as Chair, was invited into school for a celebration assembly along with his wife, Juliana.

November 2017

The children and staff, as well as past and present governors, silently gathered in the hall and surprised Bob and his wife with a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ when he walked in. Bob was then given seven personal gifts, presented by a child from each year group including a season pass at Beamish Museum, tickets to a Rat Pack entertainment night and a personalised gardening tool set. Bob was then treated to the children’s renditions of some of his all-time favourite songs such as ‘Zip a Dee Doo Dah’ and ’Welcome to My World.’ Bob then spent the remainder of the afternoon enjoying afternoon tea in The Living Room.


In recent years, many children have enjoyed visiting Bob’s allotment, where they have planted and harvested vegetables as well as learning about the importance of recycling. Bob will be greatly missed as a School Governor, but he will always be welcome back at

school. We would like to wish him all the very best for the future in his retirement.


February 2017


Click on the images below to see our year 4 children on their brillliant residential visit to Xscape in Castleford and the National Armouries museum in Leeds.

London Residential visit, March 2018