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Bernard Gilpin Primary School

Hall Lane


Tyne & Wear


Tel: 0191 917 2999


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Information for parents and carers

School starts at 8.55 a.m.

School finishes at 3.15 p.m.



Please try to take holidays during the school holiday periods. If this is not possible, please arrange a meeting with Mr Iveson via the school office.

No holidays taken without prior permission from the Governing Body will be authorised.

School Meals

School meals are £11.00 per week (£2.20 per day) and must be paid for on a Monday morning. Please put the money in a sealed envelope with your child's name clearly marked.

Free school meal claim forms are available from the office.


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Primary School League Tables

School Times

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School Holidays

Click on the link below to download the Sunderland School Holiday arrangements for 2019-20.

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Please click here to visit our page on the Department for Education website.

Admissions arrangements


Click on the logo for primary school admission arrangements.

New meal menu

Click here to see the school meal menus from

Sept. 2019 to July 2020

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Oxford Owl is a free parent support website. The site offers activities to support reading and maths. It also contains over 250 e-books.

Click below to view/download details relating to the ordering of school uniform.

Follow this link to Border Embroideries to view our school page on their website.


Any queries or requests for information (including requests for paper copies of information held on this website) should be made to Mrs J Burnett in the school office.

Telephone: 0191 917 2999



Key Stage 2 Data 2018

Average Progress Score

Reading +3.2

Writing +2.8

Mathematics +6.7


Percentage achieving expected standard or above

Reading 90% (National 72%)

Writing 88% (National 77%)

Mathematics 95% (National 75%)


Percentage achieving the higher level of attainment

Reading 37% (National 24%)

Writing 35% (National 18%)

Mathematics 61% (National 22%)

Reading Scheme & Phonics

The Phonics scheme used in Key Stage 1 is Letters and Sounds


The reading scheme used in Key Stage 1 is Oxford Reading Tree


To see how Bernard Gilpin Primary School applies data protection principles to processing data and subject access requests please click on this link: Privacy Notice for parents/carers.


We expect each child to attend school every day unless they are ill. Please inform us of any absence from school on the morning of the first day of absence – please telephone the office (0191 917 2999) by 9:00 a.m. to leave a message with the staff or on our answer phone. We need to know why your child will not be at school so please remember to tell us what the reason is. Please contact the school every day until your child returns to school.  It is of vital importance that you contact us as part of our safeguarding culture of vigilance – this is to ensure that your child’s whereabouts are known and they are safe.

If we fail to hear from parents/carers we will contact you on the first day of absence. If we have been unable to gather adequate reason or contact parents/carers school, staff may make a home visit or in some cases request for a safe and well check to be carried out by Northumbria Police.

Absence due to illness