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Children seem happy, at ease and confident in their environment. Assemblies for reception upwards; taking part in the birthday hat celebration and being serenaded by the audience delighted the older children – and a teacher as well. Thought-provoking moral message in the ad hoc adaptation of a well-known children’s tale to the extreme climatic events on the day we visited...



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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

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Since September 2018, Geoff Laidler, previously head of St Agnes Catholic Primary School in Crawcrook. An old boy of Dame Allan's, he studied music at Durham, but found his true calling whilst volunteering with his sister, a primary school teacher. PGCE from Northumbria, worked at various NE primary schools before being appointed head at St john Boste, Washington, then St Agnes. His wife is also an Allanian, and the pull of his childhood school was strong when this headship came up.


Pupils may start in school nursery at age 3 after a taster session; informal assessment for entry to reception at age 4. Standardised tests in reading, mathematics and non-verbal reasoning from year 2 on.

Main feeder schools are West Jesmond, Newcastle Prep School, Gosforth Schools and Ponteland...

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