Barmston Village Primary School

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Friday 24 September 2021

 Dear Parent\carer

 Parent Governor Vacancy

 We have one Parent governor vacancy which we need to fill as soon as possible. Barmston Village Primary School has always aimed for a partnership with parents which undoubtedly brings great benefits to the children.  One of the most significant ways you can help in promoting this aim is to volunteer to be a Parent governor.

 The governing body's main tasks are:

  • to ensure that the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • to hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • to oversee the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 Parent governors are welcomed as valued members of the team and play a vital role in ensuring the governing body is aware of the views of parents and the local community.  We feel sure that there are parents prepared to take on this important role and give their time and commitment to helping us to continue to improve the school's performance.

 Training and support will be available to help you develop into the role.  This will include in-house mentoring and support as well as access to external governor training from Gateshead Council.

 Our governing body expects governors to:

  • attend 3 termly meeting(s) of the full governing body
  • be a member of 1 committee and attend 3 termly committee meetings
  • visit the school formally for monitoring purposes at least 2 times a year
  • visit the school informally at least 1 time a year
  • commit to attend training courses, and undertake additional independent research as required to ensure you are able to function efficiently as a governor

 If you feel you can help in this capacity please contact the school office for a nomination form which will need to be returned to the school by the closing date on Monday 4 October 2021.

  Please note that if successfully elected, the School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 states that “Where a governor is elected or appointed on or after 1st April 2016 and does not hold an enhanced criminal record certificate, the governing body must apply for such a certificate in respect of that governor within 21 days after his or her appointment or election”.  Failure to apply for a DBS check within 21 days will result in disqualification and removal from the governing body.

 If there are more nominations than vacancies, we will hold a ballot which will close on Friday 15 October 2021, and you will be sent a voting paper in due course.

 Yours sincerely

 Mr J Cunningham

Deputy Headteacher

Returning Officer, on behalf of the Headteacher

 Monday 13 September 2021


Jobs within School Meals

PVH Catering Assistant 

Rate of pay £9.62 - £9.81 / hour

Looking for part time, term time work in school meals ? Do you have a happy, pleasant manner and a love of children ? Then please read on !

Variable Hour positions exist within the school meals service across all areas of the City of Sunderland (including Washington / Hetton le Hole / Houghton le Spring). Duties will include the serving of meals, washing up, cleaning of the kitchen, movement of dining furniture and all general catering duties. You will be required to cover in a range of kitchens in your locality where required and hours worked will depend on the kitchen where you are covering but will tend to average around 2 hours / day over the lunch time period. If you are looking for extra hours, then work is also available within the Council’s Building Cleaning service, cleaning in schools / Civic buildings on mornings / afternoons (this can be discussed at interview if necessary). There is regular work available for PVH staff and permanent contracted hour positions are advertised for existing school meals employees throughout the year. Previous catering experience is not essential as full training will be provided.

To apply for the position please go to :

Catering Assistant - PVH - Sunderland City Council - North East Jobs

For an informal discussion please contact Keith Miles, Catering Services Manager on 07801 042 171 . E-Mail:

Relief Catering Supervisor

Rate of pay £11.50 - £12.69

Contracted hours : Minimum 27.5 hours / week . Mon – Fri term time only

If you have a cooking qualification, an employment  history in a cooking capacity (eg chef / cook ) along with a friendly personality and a love of children then the school meals service is looking for you !

This is a hands on role which will include cooking fresh and healthy meals for school children and school staff on a daily basis to anywhere between 50 – 250 pupils on a daily basis . It is a mobile position and will involve deputising for School Cooks in their absence so you will need to be able to travel between locations across the City.

As well as cooking to a good standard, you will supervise staff, co-ordinate the day to day kitchen operation and oversee food safety, health & safety matters as well as administration duties.

Working in a school environment is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling but requires a customer friendly approach and a happy and positive manner.

To apply for the position please go to :


Closing date for this vacancy is Sunday 3rd October

For an informal discussion please contact Keith Miles, Catering Services Manager on 07801 042 171 . E-Mail:

Friday 2 July 2021

Parent Carers of SEND Children and Young People.

Sunderland Parent Carer Forum (SPCF)are holding a virtual cuppa and a catch up (via Zoom) this Friday 9th July, starting at 10.30, with guests from 11 where we'll be talking Sex Ed for our SEND children and young people.

Given the subject, and to ensure we have genuine parent carers, please email to book your place, and SPCF send you the Zoom joining details.

Presentation from Public Health and the 0-19 Growing Healthy Service, to hear about RSE for our SEND children and young people in Sunderland, finding out what will be taught when, and have some input in how RSE will be taught; there will be time for discussions and questions after the short presentation.

Guests are David Messenger who is sexual health practitioner, Danika Shilday who oversees the RSE implementation in schools, and Kaye Swinney, a manager within Growing Healthy Sunderland, who deliver the 0-19 Public Health Service.

High quality Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) is every child’s right, no matter what their level of need or ability. Both mainstream and special schools must comply with Government guidance on the subject, and new legislation making RSE mandatory applies to every type of school in England.

The role of parents in the development of their children’s understanding about relationships is vital. Parents are the first teachers of their children. They have the most significant influence in enabling their children to grow and mature and to form healthy relationships.

Parent Carers should be informed of what is taught when, and know how to request their child be withdrawn from some or all of the statutory RSE lessons.

To book your place, or if you have any questions, please email



Dear Parents/Guardians

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The Family First Team

Monday 14 June 2021

Sunderland City Council

Children’s Services


School:                  Barmston Village Primary School

Address:                Barmston Centre, Washington, Tyne & Wear NE38 8JA

Tel:                        0191 4175945                            



Head teacher:        Mrs S Bainbridge

Number on Roll:     210 plus 25 FTE Nursery

 Position:                New

Teaching Assistant Term Time 32.5 hours per week

                               Fixed Term 6.9.2021 – 22.7.2022

 Salary:                   Grade 2 Point 5-6 pro rata £18,795.00 - £19,171.00


The governors wish to appoint an enthusiastic and committed person to support our children.   The successful candidate will:-

  • Be a qualified Teaching Assistant L2 or higher
  • Preferably have experience of working with children EBD
  • Be well organised and be able to work as part of a team
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills School safeguards and protects its students and staff by being committed to respond in accordance with Sunderland Local Safeguarding Board Procedures. This appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure and references.  
  • Closing Date:         Wednesday 23 June 2021        
  • Interview Date:       Wednesday 7 July 2021
  • Shortlisting:           Thursday 24 June 2021
  • Advert:                     Monday 14 June 2021
  • Application forms and further details are available by email at where completed applications should be returned.
  • This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service check from the Criminal Records Bureau.

Monday 18 January 2021

Sunderland City Council


Children’s Services


School:                 Barmston Village Primary School

Address:                Barmston Centre, Washington, Tyne & Wear NE38 8JA

Tel:                        0191 4175945                            Email:


Head teacher:        Mrs S Bainbridge

Number on Roll:     210 plus 25 FTE Nursery


Position:                Wellbeing Manager  

14.5 hours per week term time - permanent post


Salary:                   Grade 7 Point 26 - 30


The governors wish to appoint an experienced hardworking, committed and highly motivated Wellbeing Manager to work within our school. The successful candidate will have:-

  • High expectations and a commitment to promote the welfare of our children
  • Have the ability to work collaboratively and display excellent communication skills
  • Have a commitment to their own professional development including safeguarding training
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to confidently build and maintain relationships
  • Flexible team player, with an ability to work under pressure and prioritise workload.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service check from the Criminal Records Bureau.

School safeguards and protects its students and staff by being committed to respond in accordance with Sunderland Local Safeguarding Board Procedures. This appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure and references.

Application forms and further details are available by email at to whom completed applications should be returned.


Advert:                     Monday 18 January 2021

Closing Date:         Noon Friday 29 January 2021 

Shortlisting:           Friday 29 January 2021

Interview Date:       Wednesday 10 February 2021


Wednesday 30 September 2020


Thursday 24th September 2020 - NHS Test & Trace Information

Tuesday 22nd September 2020 

Tuesday 15th September 2020

Thursday 30th July 2020 - Raring2go! Sunderland Digital Edition

Tuesday 2nd June 2020 - Addendum to Behaviour Policy due to COVID-19

 Please see Addendum to our current Behaviour Policy due to the circumstances of COVID-19.

Monday 1st June 2020 - Addendum to Online Safety Policy due to COVID-19

 Please see Addendum to our current Online Safety Policy due to the circumstances of COVID-19 -

click here to view our Online Safety page


After the government announced that schools would potentially be opening for some year groups from Monday 1st June, we have begun planning how the phased return to school would work. Please help us by completing the following survey.

The survey only consists of 3 questions and should only take a minute to fill in, therefore we are asking parents/carers to complete the survey for each child so we have a better understanding of the situation in which to plan from. 

**This survey is now closed - thank you for your support in completing the survey**

Friday 24th April 2020 - A Message from Mrs Bainbridge

Dear parent/carers,

I hope you are all OK and adapting to this new way of living. I wanted to take this opportunity to say what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time. I am thoroughly enjoying your posts on Class DoJo it makes us feel we are still in touch with you all. I am very impressed with the baking skills in Barmston. Remember you can message me too!

It’s definitely been a strange and challenging time, so it’s OK if you and your child feel wobbly and worried at the moment. We’re here for you every step of the way as we figure this out together. Remember, if you have any concerns about helping your child learn or you need any other support from the school you can message us on DoJo, give us a ring or email us at Please remember you are not on your own we are still here to help.

We can’t say when we’ll be able to open the school fully but rest assured we’ll continue doing our utmost to keep your child learning and our school community connected.

Stay Safe.

Mrs Bainbridge

Thursday 16th April 2020 - We miss you!

Here’s a picture of the banner we have made in school today. We’ve attached it to the fence at the front of school so keep an eye out for it when you’re out for a walk. Missing you all!


Tuesday 7th April 2020 - Addendum to Child Protection Policy due to COVID-19

 Please see Addendum to our current Child Protection Policy due to the circumstances of COVID-19 -

click here to view our Safeguarding page

Friday 3rd April 2020 - SCHOOL BUILDING CLOSURE

Please note that school will be closed on Monday 6th April 2020, Friday 10th April 2020 and Monday 13th April 2020. If you have any problems, then please don't hesitate to contact your child's class teacher on Class Dojo or send an email to and we will get back to you ASAP.

Also please remember that FSM packed lunches have now finished and the voucher scheme will begin after the Easter Holiday on Monday 20th April 2020.

Wednesday 1st April 2020 - FREE SCHOOL MEALS £15 VOUCHER SCHEME
We will be moving to the National Voucher Scheme for Free School Meals after the Easter holidays so no more packed lunches will be available.
To be able to receive your £15 voucher weekly WE NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS as it will come to you directly each week.

Please can you send to
-full name of parent
-full name of eligible child/children
-email address
If you do not have an email address please contact the office ASAP.
Free school meal claims should be made by parent/carer using the Family Portal at: . Parents/carers who have difficulties using or accessing this service should contact the FSM team on 5611417 or 5613126 for additional support.


Please note the meal vouchers are not for children on universal free school meals e.g. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, unless you have applied through the Together For Children Family Portal and receiving benefits that meet the criteria. However if you are currently applying for free school meals, then please note there will possibly be a backlog to process your applications. Our eligibility list from the government is updated on a weekly basis.


Tuesday 31st March 2020 - Free School Meals During School Closures

 Please be aware that if you are entitled to Free School Meals, the packed lunches available to collect from school each day will be continuing until Friday 3rd April 2020. 


Due to the ongoing school closures in force across the UK, organisations such as CEOP and The UK Safer Internet Centre have been putting together resources to ensure that all of our pupils are safe online. Obviously children will be spending a greater amount of time online during this period of school closures, so please make sure you take extra care to ensure your child is safe.

The Internet Watch Foundation warns that, with schools being forced to shut, there is an increased risk of children being groomed and coerced online. Experts are bracing themselves for a spike in public reports of child sexual abuse on the internet as more and more people stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic.


PLEASE HELP US ENSURE THAT NONE OF OUR CHILDREN ARE PUT AT RISK; take a look at some of the websites, documents and activities below:


1. CEOP & Thinkuknow: Online Safety Home Activity Packs

2. UK Safer Internet Centre: Keeping Children Happy & Safe Online During Covid-19

3. Internet Watch Foundation: Warning For Parents During Coronavirus Outbreak

 thinkuknow-4-5s-home-activity-sheet-1.pdf Download
 thinkuknow-5-7s-home-activity-sheet-1.pdf Download
 thinkuknow-8-10s-home-activity-sheet-1.pdf Download
 thinkuknow_primary_parents_helpsheet.pdf Download
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Sunday 22nd March 2020 - School uniform during school closure

Children who are attending school this week, DO NOT NEED TO WEAR SCHOOL UNIFORM.
Please ensure they have a packed lunch if they are not entitled to a free school meal and please ensure they have a bottle of water/cordial juice.
Any questions, just let us know. Thanks

Friday 20th March 2020  - FREE SCHOOL MEALS SUPPORT
From MONDAY 23rd March any child entitled to Free School Meals will be eligible to collect a packed lunch from the school yard on a daily basis throughout the period the school is closed.
To support social distancing this will be done in time slots linked to their surname.
11.30 - 11.45 Surnames A to E
11.45 – 12.00 Surnames F to K
12.00 – 12.15 Surnames L to R
12.15 – 12.30 Surnames S to Y
Please note this does not include ALL of Reception, Y1 and Y2 who receive Universal Free Meals, only those who have completed forms to say they are eligible for Free School Meals.
If you are unsure if you are eligible, please contact us at school.

The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who ABSOLUTELY NEED TO ATTEND.
Key worker groups identified as:
- Health and social care
- Education and childcare
- Key public services
- Local and national government
- Food and other necessary goods
- Public safety and national security
- Transport
- Utilities, communication and financial services
Further guidance on the categories is below:
If you think you fall into these categories and have no other childcare options, please contact the school office today - 0191 4175945

Thursday 19th March 2020 - School closure pupil distance learning packs

Children who attended school today received a home learning book with several activities to complete each week. If your child did not attend school today, it would have been delivered by staff earlier, or will be delivered tomorrow.
Please note that we have included a pack of stationery for the children to use - only Y5 & Y6 children should have received a pen.
We have put these packs together in a very short space of time and we apologise for any errors.
Thank you

Thursday 19th March 2020 - School closure

Following government advice, all schools including Barmston Village Primary School, will be CLOSED on MONDAY 23rd MARCH 2020 until further notice EXCEPT for particular groups of children (those with parents in the NHS, police, delivery drivers, with EHCP or named social workers). Please can you let us know, by phoning the office, if you fall into any of the identified groups and will need your child to still attend school.

Over the next two days we will be sending out workbooks with the children to support them to work from home. More information will be sent out on this.

We appreciate your support in these difficult times.

Stay safe everyone.

Wednesday 18th March 2020 - Class Dojo & and Coronavirus

Tuesday 17th March 2020 - Coronavirus Social Distancing


Monday 16th March 2020 - Coronavirus Additional School Actions

Monday 9 March 2020

We have booked a PSHE drop in session for parent\carers with Joy Tennet from Operation Encompass at 15:00 this Wednesday 11.3.20.

If you would like some more information regarding the content of the session, material is available here

Please come and find out more!

Wednesday 5th February 2020 - BVPS Netball Team

 BVPS has recently started a Netball team - they train weekly and take part in local competitions. 

December 2019

Our colleagues at NHS England have asked us to circulate the message below in relation to additional community flu clinics, facilitating access for those children who may have missed their flu immunisation (nasal spray) in school.  Whilst I appreciate the Christmas break is up on us and may have already started for some, I am hoping this can be sent out to parents and carers as soon as possible. 


The School Based Immunisation Team for Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland have arranged community clinics in January 2020 for children who have not yet received their flu immunisation (nasal spray).  Please note: The service will be closed from Friday 20th December at 17:00 hours and reopen on Monday 6th January at 8:30am. 

For parents/carers to arrange an appointment please contact the School Based Immunisation Team on 0191 402 8179 up to 5pm  on Friday 20th December or from Monday January 6th 2020.


Thursday 5th December 2019

Please note there will be no more after school clubs w\c 9 December  and they will begin again w\c 13 January 2020.

Thursday 14th November 2019 - Mish Mash Productions Performance

 On Thursday, we were visited by Mish Mash Productions alongside Sunderland Music Hub. They put on an amazing live performance for some of our classes, and we even got the opportunity to host 2 of neighbouring primary schools. According to their Twitter feed, all the performers had an amazing day at BVPS as well:

Wednesday 13th November 2019 - Children In Need

This Friday (15th November 2019) is Children In Need Day!

  • Children are welcome to come into school in non-uniform or fancy dress - 50p donation.
  • Cake sale throughout the afternoon (during school time) for children to buy. Cakes/biscuits from 10p.
  • Thank you for your support!

Monday 14th October 2019 - New Look School Playground

Friday 11th October 2019 - Year 6 Parent's SATs Information Meeting

Wednesday 25th September 2019 - WOW the year-round walk to school challenge

We have been chosen to be part of this funded project to encourage more children and their families to walk to school during the 2019\20 academic year.  WOW rewards children who walk to school at least once a week with a collectible badge each month.  There are 11 badges to collect across the year.  If children already cycle or scoot to school these will count towards the WOW badge.  Children that  regularly travel by car who live in the Barmston area can receive a badge if they walk to school once per week - please tell your class teacher on the day that you walk!


Tuesday 17th September 2019 - Healthy Teeth Award

On Tuesday 17 September staff underwent Oral Health Quality Assurance training and we are pleased to say that we have been successful in renewing the status for this year.   To celebrate this award we are taking part in a recycling project which we hope you will contribute to and as a reward children will be given 5 dojo points for each of the items listed below that are brought into school.

Wednesday 4th September 2019 - ALDI Kit for School's Collection

Thursday 29th August 2019 - Academic Year 2019-20

Please note that the inset days (no children) are Tuesday\Wednesday 3\4 September  and school re-opens Thursday 5 September.  Reception children attend in the morning only and full time from Friday 6.9.19.

Nursery starts on Wednesday 11.9.19 with new times:-

08.30 - 11.30 morning and 12.30 - 3.30 afternoon session

Breakfast club starts w\c 9.9.19 and is NOT available on Thursday\Friday 5\6 September.



Summer Term 2019 - Parent/Carer Survey


**Parent/Carer Survey has now been closed - thank you for your support!**

Friday 5th July 2019 - School Meals

Please be aware that school meals will increase to £2.20 a day (£11 per week) in September.

Thank you

Thursday 27th June 2019

 Please note that all clubs finish on Thursday 4 July and will begin in September 2019

The Peoples Pantry NE

Sunderland School Gate Parking Competition

Tuesday 21st May 2019 - Derwent Hill

Year 6 enjoyed a fun-filled adventure weekend at Derwent Hill - we had an amazing time!

10 May 2019 - Clothing Scheme

AK Teaching Ltd are working with the Community School Clothing Scheme to collect used uniform for families and children who are struggling financially within Sunderland.  As the school holidays approach and you have a clear out, we would like you to donate any clean unwanted uniform to us and we will arrange for its collection by the company. 

9 May 2019 - Girls Football with SSE Wildcats

Great news the costs have been reduced for the football session

Cost for Barmston girls - £1.50 per session starting Monday 13th May. Please pay at the school office each week before you attend the class.

You can use the link below to complete the booking directly with the Wildcats program to ensure appropriate details are held ie medical and contact details.


 24 April 2019 - Girls Football with SSE Wildcats


We are very pleased to offer a ten week football program for girls through SSE Wildcats @ £3.00 per session  taken in block bookings on Mondays 3.50 - 4.50 pm. (Barmston students can stay at school and be supervised from 15.20):-

3 week block @ £9.00   – 29th Apr, 13th May, 20th May

7 week block @ £21.00 – 3rd June, 10th June, 17th June, 24th June, 1st July, 8th July, 15th July.

 If you would like to book please use following link:- 

Thursday 4 April 2019 - Reception Admissions

Parents/carers will be notified by the School Admissions Team whether their child has been offered a place on 16th April, which is the National Offer Day. 

Parents who applied online will need to log into their online account via the following link . If they completed a paper application, letters will be posted out on 16th April, so they should receive it shortly after that date. 


Thursday 28th March 2019 - Headlice

We worked with a local charity who provided free nit combs, solution and conditioner so that parents\carers may obtain these free from the main office. 

Stock is still available so please pop in to claim your freebies! 

Please click on the following links for more information:

Tuesday 26th February 2019 - Online Safety - MOMO Challenge Warning

We are aware that some nasty challenges (Momo challenge) are hacking into children’s programmes. Challenges appear midway through Kids' YouTube, Fortnite and Peppa Pig to avoid detection by adults. Please be vigilant with your child’s use of IT as the images and suggestions are very disturbing.

Please see the link/document below for more parental information regarding the MOMO Challenge.

Can we take this opportunity to thank parents for making us aware- thank you for your ongoing support!

Thursday 10th January 2019 - 'Friends' Programme Parent's Meeting

Your child should have come home with a letter explaining that BVPS is proud to say that we are one of the first schools in the country to begin developing the 'Friends' Programme. This programme aims to support young people in order to cope with some of the modern day stresses/difficult times some can go through when getting older, such as secondary school exams, transitions, friendships etc.

We are very excited about this opportunity the school has been given and we hope you share our excitement. Therefore, we invite all of our parents to attend a meeting this Thursday 10th January, in the Foundation Stage Hall @ 9am. This meeting will give you an opportunity to learn more about the programme, meet the team involved and ask any questions.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!

Friday 14th December 2018 - Christmas Raffle Prizes

Thursday 13th December 2018

If you have not already completed your application for your child’s Reception place for September 2019, please be aware that the closing date is Tuesday 15 January 2019. You can apply online at

Thursday 6th December 2018 - Christmas Pantomime Visits

CHRISTMAS PANTO VISITS: Please be aware that all children, who are visiting Christmas Pantomimes next week, MUST BE COLLECTED FROM SCHOOL BY AN ADULT.

Years 5 and 6 are going on Tuesday 11th December 2018 to Newcastle Theatre Royal and will be back to school at approx 5pm.

Years 2, 3 and 4 are going on Wednesday 12th December 2018 to Durham Gala Theatre and will be back to school at approx 4pm.

If you have any issues or queries, then please don't hesitate to ring our school office on 0191 4175945 (ext 1). 

Friday 30th November 2018 - After School Clubs

Please be aware that the last after school clubs of this calendar year will take place this coming week (Week beginning Monday 3rd December 2018). After school clubs will begin again after the Christmas Holidays. 

Tuesday 6th November 2018 - Anti-Bullying Week & Children In Need

Anti-Bullying Week - please be aware that it is National Anti-Bullying Week next so in celebration of this we are encouraging children to come to school on Monday 12th November wearing odd socks (this is not a full non-uniform day, therefore school uniform is still to be worn). The children will be taking part in various activities/assemblies over the week. More information can be found at
Children in Need - this is taking place on Friday 16th November.Children can come into school in non-uniform. 50p donation welcome.
Thank you for your support!

Tuesday 30th October 2018 - Remembrance Day Events in Washington

 Please see the poster below regarding information about Remembrance Day Events around Washington this November 2018 - 'Commemorating Washington Men and Women of the Great War'.


Tuesday 16th October 2018 - Year 6 Secondary School Places Starting Sept 2019
Reminder - The Local Authority would like us to remind our year 6 children's parents that the deadline for secondary school places starting September 2019 is Wednesday 31st October 2018 . Please ensure you visit the website ASAP and fill in the 3 choices of school. Currently only 70% of all Sunderland year 6 pupils have entered their choices, therefore currently the other 30% will be at the bottom on the waiting list when allocation is carried out -please ensure that our Barmston Year 6 pupils make their choices.
Please click on the link below to start your application:

Tuesday 2nd October 2018 - Dates for the Diary Autumn 2018

Friday 6th July 2018 - After school clubs

Please note that the after school clubs end on Thursday 12 July and will begin again in September.

Friday 22nd June 2018 - Derwent Hill (5)

 After an amazing week at Derwent Hill, the children have now arrived safely back at home with plenty of stories and experiences to share with friends and families. Every one of our BVPS children did us proud by challenging themselves, working as a team and making new friends. Well done everyone! 

Thursday 21st June 2018 - Derwent Hill (4)

Wednesday 20th June 2018 - Derwent Hill (3)

Tuesday 19th June 2018 - Derwent Hill (2)

Monday 18th June 2018 - Derwent Hill

 Children have had a great first day at Derwent Hill - they are very excited to see what activities they will be doing tomorrow!

Monday 4th June 2018 - Memory Cafe

Parents and children are invited to attend Miss Tina's on 14.6.18 from 2.30 to take part in a "Memory Café" project with Washington Rotary.

Friday 4 May 2018 - Free Water and Energy Saving Visit

Northumbrian Water is passionate about providing customers with clean, safe drinking water, dealing with sewage and heavy rainfall and protecting the environment for future generations.

They have chosen to bring 'Every Drop Counts' to Washington because they know that the community is passionate about living sustainably through saving energy, recycling and growing.

This is your chance to have a free water and energy saving visit worth £130 at a time convenient to you. Follow the link below to sign up today so you don’t miss out! 

Wednesday 2nd May 2018 - End of Key Stage 1 & 2 Assessments

Please see the links below to view the information published by the Department of Education regarding the end of KS1 and KS2 assessments.

Wednesday 18th April 2018 - School uniform 

Friday 9th March 2018 - Recycling

Cllr Miller from Sunderland City Council and employees from Groundwork North East came into school for a WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) swop shop.  Parents\carers provided small items eg toaster, hairdryer, a games console, battery toys and DVDs which children swapped.  The press attended this launch and photos should be in local newspapers soon!!

Friday 9th March 2018 - Dogs on yard

Reminder: please be aware that dogs are not allowed on the school yard at any point. This is for health and safety reasons.

Friday 9th March 2018 - World Book Reorganised

 Please be aware that World Book Day 2018 has been reorganised in school for Friday 9th March 2018. This is following the school closure due to bad weather. Children are encouraged to come to school dressed as a character from one of their favourite books!

Friday 23rd February 2018 - Online Safety update for parents

Please be aware that Northumbria Police has asked us to ensure our parents are aware of the app 'Live Me'. This app is advertised as a child friendly app, however on the app it allows people to send live photos/videos to one another. As we are sure you will agree, this leaves children in a vulnerable position, and we would advise that our children should not use the app. Thank you for your support on this matter!

Thursday 15 February 2018 

Bags of Help

Chronicle Live press release 6.3.18

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000 £2,000 and £1,000  - all raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores - being awarded to local community projects.  Bags of help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores.  The public will now vote in store during March and April on who should receive the awards. 


We want to purchase outdoor adventure equipment for our grounds to replace the old wooden equipment that became unsafe and had to be removed.  Please support us by letting your family and friends know  and vote for Barmston Village Primary School!


Wednesday 24th January 2018 - Year 6 SATs information

Thank you to those of you who attended today's parent SATs information meetings. For those of you who were unable to attend, the children will be bringing home an short letter with some information about the SATs tests this year. Also please note that revision workbooks are now available to purchase (3 for £5) from Mr Cunningham and Mrs Cowan in year 6. Children can bring money into class and they will receive their revision workbooks immediately from their teachers. Thank you for your support!


Wednesday 17th January 2018 - New school contact information

Please note that we no longer use the Local Authority's Feature net telephone line therefore our new telephone number is 0191 4175945.


Friday 12th January 2018 - PE Lessons

Could children please bring appropriate PE kits ie tracksuit trousers\shorts and sweat top\t-shirt for indoor and outdoor lessons, also suitable footwear is essential for outdoor activities.  Please ensure your child removes ear-rings on the day of any PE lesson if they are unable to take them out themselves at school.


Wednesday 20th December 2017 - DVD Recordings

DVD recordings of years 1-6 Xmas shows are now available to purchase at £3.00 each.  We have limited stock so it will be on a 'first come'  basis from the school office.

Friday 15th December 2017 - Christmas Raffle

The raffle was drawn by members of the Parliament - please contact school if you have the winning tickets.  




Northumbrian Water - Super Splash Heroes

On 6 December the Super Splash Heroes water efficiency educational pantomime was performed in school to spread the message of how to "Get Water Wise".  To date approximately 17,736 pupils have participated in the programme to learn how to save water and change everyday behaviour eg use a shower instead of a bath.  The multi-sensory approach to live theatre, film and multimedia educates children in a fun and positive way which helps to reinforce key messages of the benefits of water efficiency. This is part of Northumbrian Water's "Every Drop Count's campaign". 

Follow this link to order your free "Water saving kit"

Wednesday 6th December 2017

Please read this useful information from Northumbria Police about online safety - please discuss and share with your child. 

Tuesday 21st November 2017

We have signed up to the City of Sunderland "Be a Better Recycler" campaign  after hosting the launch event on 14 Novemebr 2017.  Residents across the city are asked to pledge to recycle more items and use the correct bins for waste.  There is a £50 monthly prize draw to encourage residents. 

Children learned about the importance of recycling and were challenged to 'Put the right rubbish in the right bin' and 'Wash and squash cans and bottles'.  Please follow the links to read the full articles:-


Friday 17th November 2017 - Children In Need 2017

 Today we had a visit from Pudsey Bear to celebrate Children In Need 2017 - our children came into school in non-uniform for the day and made a donation to send to the charity!

Thursday 16th November 2017 - Anti-bullying Week Video!

Year 6 have worked together to produce an anti-bullying video - please view and share!

Autumn 2017

Sunderland City Council and Together for Children have invested in a new online system to improve the application processes for 2 year old early education places, FREE SCHOOL MEALS, early years pupil premium and for the introduction of the 30 hours entitlement.  Please click here for the link.

Friday 10th November 2017 - Anti-bullying week

We have been celebrating anti-bullying week this week, therefore children can come to school dressed in 'Blue' on Friday 10th November 2017. Uniform suitable too if children do not have other alternative blue clothing.

Thursday 9th November 2017 - Children's Cancer Run

Monday 30th October 2017 - Halloween Safety Video

 In assembly today, the key stage 2 children worked together to create a Halloween safety video to share with children and parents in our school community. Please take time to watch it and show your family and friends!

Friday 6th October 2017 - PE resources

Monday 18th September 2017 - PE/Homework information - all classes

Monday 11th September 2017 - Class Dojo

Please be aware that pupils have already come home with or will be coming home very soon with their unique code for Class Dojo. This means that you will be able to follow the instructions on the sheet to download the app, login and view your child's dojo points and class story. Each week, the classes will be uploading a photo/status/work to the class page. We hope you join us with Class Dojo soon!
Thank you for your support!


Wednesday 6th September 2017 - After School Clubs 2017-2018

Please note that all After School Clubs will start again next week (week beginning Monday 11th September 2017).

Change4Life (y2-y4)
Tennis (y4-y6)

Film Club (y1-y6)
Basketball (y3-y6)

Just Dance (y2-y6)

A small charge of 20p is appreciated for attending any clubs.

If your child has not already brought a letter home, then please collect a consent form from the school office to sign your child up for any after school clubs, or click here to download a form.

Thank you

Tuesday 5th September 2017 - The Family Portal

Sunderland City Council and Together for Children have invested in a new online system to improve the application process for 2 year old early education places,  free school meals, early years pupil premium and the 30 hours entitlement. 

Parents\carers can now use this online portal to set up their own secure account to submit information about themselves and their family to apply for the above entitlements  The account provides a secure communication channel between Together for Children and provides an instant response to parents.  

To ensure school receives all of its funding from the Government, can you please apply for FREE SCHOOL MEALS as soon as you think you are eligible.  If you have a child in Nursery or Reception and claim any kind of benefit please apply for the EARLY YEARS PUPIL PREMIUM as we can claim £300 per year for each eligible child.  Click here for the link.

Wednesday 30th August 2017 - Back to school September 2017

Good afternoon! All the staff at Barmston Village Primary School hope that you have all had a fantastic summer holiday! With the new school year starting next week, we thought we would take this opportunity to remind you of a few things:
~School reopens on Tuesday 5th September 2017.
~Please note that from September 2017, children will not wear indoor shoes/slippers inside school. We ask that children wear smart black shoes or black trainers.
~For PE, children will need to bring their own PE kit into school (shorts, T-shirt and appropriate trainers). The children will be informed next week what day their PE lesson is on.

Thank you for your support!


Monday 10th July 2017 - After School Clubs 

Please note that this week (Week beginning Monday 10th July 2017) is the last week of after school clubs this academic year. Thank you!

Tuesday 11th July 2017 - Community Litter Pick at Barmston Park @11am

We will be taking our year 5 class, school council and gardening club to the local park in the centre of Barmston on Tuesday 11th July at 11am to carry out a litter pick of the area. This will be ran in conjunction with Gentoo and MacDonalds in an effort to keep the local area tidy. Parents/carers are invited to attend the event and help out with the litter pick. Thank you for your support!

Wednesday 28th June 2017 - Derwent Hill

 Below is a small selection of photographs from the year 6 children's visit to Derwent Hill last week. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and have not stopped talking about it!

Friday 30 June 2017 - Art Exhibition\Y5 Virgin Money Project

We are very pleased with the art work that the children have been working on ready for sale on Friday at 2.45 pm @ £3.00 each.  The Y5 children have taken part in the Virgin Money - Make your £5 grow!  This teaches children how businesses can make a profit.  A small stall will be available for parents\carers to purchase the products the children have made eg crafts, food and sweets.  Please come along and enjoy the exhibition and purchase the wonderful items the children have made!


Thursday 6th July 2017 - Year 6 Leaver's Assembly

Please note that tickets for this year's Year 6 Leaver's Assembly are available for year 6 parents/carers to buy this week. The year 6 children can bring the money into school and tickets are available from their year 6 teachers. Tickets cost £1 each, with a limit of 3 tickets per year 6 child - If there are any spare when all families have bought tickets, then they will be available to purchase nearer the time.
After the assembly, parents/carers will be invited to look at children's books and share all the hard work they have put in this year. Thank you!

Friday 23rd June 2017 - Year 6 - Derwent Hill Final Day

It is the final morning for those children who have been at Derwent Hill this week. After one final activity this morning, the children will set off on their journey back to school. We will keep you updated on the estimated time of arrival back to school (depending on traffic) through the school's Facebook page - parents can also ring the school office from 2.30pm to be updated on what time we estimate them to arrive back. I am sure everyone will agree that the children will have plenty to tell you about when they arrive back. We will ensure that a selection of pictures are made available on the main school website next week. 


Wednesday 21st June 2107 - Year 6 Beamish Wild

 The year 6 children, who haven't attended Derwent Hill this year, had an incredible time at Beamish Wild this week. They did 4 amazing activities which took a lot of courage, precision, team-work and bravery. Well done to all those involved - pupil and staff!





Monday 19th June 2017 - Year 6 - Derwent Hill Day 1

The year 6 children, who are attending Derwent Hill, arrived safely in Keswick at around 12.30pm this afternoon. They have settled well and have already been busy around the local area. Take a look at a few photographs, that have been sent back to school:

Wednesday 7th June 2017 - Our Local Area

 Our school council has been working with Gentoo recently; the aim is to develop the local green area with the key focus being on the park which some of our children use on a regular basis. Gentoo have agreed to support us with the project. This will include:

  • Litter picking
  • Getting new bins
  • Posters being displayed on the bins
  • Footprints to show a path to the bins
  • Eyes on trees.

A date will follow for the litter pick. All support will be gratefully received. We have been informed by Gentoo that if you see supermarket trolleys found abandoned around Barmston, then please do the following:

  • Report trolleys to 'Trolley Wise' - this can be done via their app - simply take a photo and send it to them with the details of where it is and they will collect it.
  • Photographs should also be forwarded to Gentoo/Council.
  • Please note that B&M trolleys should be reported directly to B&M. 

Thank you for your support with this matter. 


Tuesday 6th June 2017 - Parent/Carer Survey

The end of the school year is now in our sights and it is that time of year again when would like to ask all parents and carers to kindly complete our annual Parent/Carer Survey. As a school, we really value your opinions - please complete the survey by clicking on the link, which is on the school website's homepage ( For those of you who wish to complete the survey using a computer in school, dates will follow as to when the computer suite will be open to parents. Thank you for your support!


Friday 26th May 2017 - Half term

School closes today (Friday 26th May 2017), and reopens on Monday 5th June 2017. Please ensure all children stay vigilant during the school holidays in order to keep themselves safe. We have spoken to children in school about keeping themselves safe by not talking to strangers, staying safe online, always ensuring parents know where the children are and being careful when crossing roads. We hope everyone has a lovely half term and keeps themselves safe. Thank you for your support!


Thursday 11th May 2017 - Year 6 SATs Celebrations

All the staff at BVPS would like to congratulate the Year 6 pupils on finishing their SATs assessments this week. To celebrate, year 6 are invited to have a 'comfy day' tomorrow, where they are allowed to wear comfortable clothes/pyjamas to school. We will be having a relaxed day, watching a film and having fun! All other year groups are to attend school in school uniform as normal. Thank you!


Friday 5th May 2017 - Year 6 SATs

 The Year 6/end of KS2 SATs tests will be carried out next week: Monday 8th May until Thursday 11th May 2017 (inclusive). Please ensure that all year 6 children have a lovely weekend, revise a little and rest ahead of their tests next week - ensure that the children are given lots of encouragement! 

There will be a year 6 breakfast club in the KS2 hall running from Monday until Thursday next week, in order to get the children in, fuelled with breakfast and reassured if needed. We encourage all pupils to attend the breakfast club, however it is not essential that they do. The breakfast club will run from 8.15am, however if the children normally arrive at the normal school breakfast club at 8am, they can can then come down to the year 6 breakfast club at 8.15am.

Below is timetable of the SATs tests:

Monday - English: Reading 

Tuesday - English: Spelling, punctuation and grammar (paper 1 and 2)

Wednesday - Maths: Arithmetic (paper 1) and Reasoning (paper 2)

Thursday - Maths: Reasoning (paper 3)

Thank you for your support!


Friday 7th April 2017 - End of term

Well done to everyone who entered our Easter Egg competition this year.

Our Easter Egg competition was judged this year by representatives from the Daft As a A Brush Charity - take a look at some of the photos of the eggs which were made.

We also got to see the new Daft As A Brush ambulance - Barmston Village Primary School volunteered to decorate the back of their brand new ambulance and they revealed some of the children's designs on the ambulance at the Easter Fair.

Lastly, the winners of this terms citizenship and work awards are as follows:

Class Citizenship Award Work Award
Nursery Mornings Caleb H Karma R
Nursery Afternoons Lexi M Imogen S
Reception Kenzie F Grace T
Year 1 Kyla M Myles W
Year 2 Codie C Thomas G
Year 3 Jasmine K Annaliese W
Year 4 Layton W Joe D
Year 5 Hayden D Terry W
Year 6 Demi-Leigh C Abbie-Estelle R

Thursday 6th April 2017 - Easter Fair

Our Easter Fair will take place this Thursday in the Foundation Stage Hall (top hall). Cakes and crafts will be on sale for parents at 2.30pm. The Easter Fair will remain open after school in order to allow parents to collect their children then attend the fair with their child at 3.15pm. Thank you for your support!


Monday 3rd April 2017 - Easter Assembly

 On Monday, the whole school took part in an Easter assembly and service. We learnt about the Easter story, which was retold by some excellent speakers in schools. Mrs Bainbridge also gave out certificates and prizes for excellent work and citizenship this term.

Spring 2017 - Class Dojo

This term, we have introduced Class Dojo within school. Class Dojo is an online reward system which allows children to collect Dojo Points in order to receive a prize. Children can collect Dojo Points for anything from being polite, being helpful or being hard-working. Children collect their points and then can cash them in at the Dojo shop when they reach an appropriate amount.:

50 points - an item from the prize box.

250 points - a larger item e.g. football/art-set.

500 points - £10 voucher.

Look out in the future, each child will be given a code which is unique to them, and allows their parents to follow their progress with collecting Dojo Points. 


Outdoor Learning

This year, the year 5 class has enjoyed participating in outdoor learning. Each week they have been building shelters, cooking, working as a team as well as lots of other fun activities. Have a look a some of the pictures taken during the outdoor learning sessions. 

Wednesday 8th March 2017 - Parent Governor Vacancy

We currently have a parent governor vacancy – please get in touch with office staff to apply. Deadline is Friday 17th March 2017.


World Book Day 2017

 On Thursday 2nd March 2017, the children came to school dressed as a character from some of their favourite books in celebration of world book day. Year 6 even visited The Grange care home to spread some of the fun were having in school! 



Thursday 2nd March 2017 - World Book Day 2017

 On Thursday 2nd March, in school we are celebrating world book day. Children are encouraged to come into school dressed as a character from a book which they have read. We would also appreciate it if you could take a photograph of your child reading a book in an unusual place over the half term holiday - that may be in the park, at a bus stop or on a swing etc! Please email your photos into school using

Thank you for your support!


Friday 3rd February 2017 - Safer Internet Day 2017

Help us celebrate Safer Internet Day 2017! Next Tuesday (7th February), it's Safer Internet Day 2017 - the children will be taking part in various activities in school to educate them about how to stay safe online. Our children are growing up in a world driven by mobile technology, therefore we are asking you to support us to educate the children about how to stay safe when using the internet. If you would like any more information, please visit the 'Online Safety' page in the parent section of the school website, or call into the school office to pick up a handy leaflet about how to keep our children safe online. Thank you for your support!


Thursday 2nd February 2017 - Registering Nursery Children

Any child from the age of 2 years can now be registered for our Nursery:

  • Date of Birth Range 01.09.13 – 31.08.14 (Admission September 2017)
  • Date of Birth Range 01.09.14 – 31.08.15 (Admission September 2018)

If you have not yet registered then please call into main reception for application forms with proof of child identity i.e. Birth certificate or valid passport.


Wednesday 1st February 2017 - Coffee Morning

Please feel free to join us for our coffee morning on Wednesday 1st February at 9am in the community wing - express your views on our school and area!


Wednesday 14th December 2016 - Change to termly reports

Your child's report for the Autumn term will be sent out on Friday 16th December 2016. Please note that there has been a change in format for the report. The reports being sent out in Autumn and Spring term this academic year are going to be slightly shorter than the normal report sent out in the Summer term. The Summer term report is not changing and will be the same longer report that you normally receive.
Thank you for your support. If you have any issues please pop in to see us!


Wednesday 7th December 2016 - Christmas Craft Fair

Tomorrow (Thursday 8th December) some children will be participating in a craft fair at South Shields Market Place (top of King Street) 10am - 2pm. Please feel free to come and support us!


Our school Christmas Craft Fair will take place on Thursday 15th December in the KS2 hall - doors open 2.45pm - 4pm. 

Thank you for your support.


Tuesday 22nd November 2016 - Christmas Information

Friday 18th November 2016 - Children In Need

The children will be taking part in a Great British Themed Bake-Off in class - the children will have the opportunity to bake and decorate cakes and biscuits. These will be on sale for children at 2.30pm on Friday (children can bring their money into school), then the year 6 children will be selling goodies for 10p each to parents in the key stage 2 hall at 3pm! Friday is also non-uniform day (50p donation appreciated! All in aid of Children In Need).

Thank you for your support!


Thursday 17th November 2016 - Anti-bullying Week

We are celebrating Anti-Bullying Week this week, therefore children can come to school dressed in blue to support this on Thursday! Normal school uniform is suitable for children who do not have alternative blue clothing.

Thank you for your support!


Thursday 20th October 2016 - Football Result

Barmston Village Primary School  2 - 2 Biddick Primary School

Barmston Village Primary School  5 - 0 Marlborough Primary School


Thursday 13th October 2016 - Football Result

Our Lady Queen of Peace 1 - 0 Barmston Village Primary School

St Josephs 3 - 0 Barmston Village Primary School

Tuesday 11th October

  • Tempest deadline for photo orders is Monday 31st October.
  • We are now collecting tinned and dried food to give to local food banks for our Harvest celebration. If possible, please bring in tinned or dried food and drop it off at the school office.

Thank you for your support!

Monday 10th October 2016 - Sunderland Illuminations

The art installation that was decorated by pupils at Barmston Village Primary School is now on display at Sunderland Illuminations. Be sure to pop down to Sunderland seafront and have a look at the work completed by pupils at Sunderland Schools. Our work is the bauble with the treasure map design!

October 2016 - After School Clubs

Please see the details of the after school clubs which are running in school this term. Children wishing to attend these clubs need to see Mrs Foster for a letter to take home to parents/carers. 

Day Club Year Groups
Monday Athletics Y2 and Y3
Tuesday Football Skills Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6
Wednesday Football Team Y5 and Y6
Wednesday Craft  Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6
Wednesday Film Club Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6
Thursday Basketball Y4, Y5 and Y6
Wednesday (after October half term) Netball Y4, Y5 and Y6

Thursday 6th October 2016 - School Photographs

Tempest Photographers will be in school on Thursday 6th October to take our annual school photos. Please ensure that all pupils are in their correct uniform. 


Friday 30th September 2016 - Parent &Toddler group

Mrs Annette Guy is organising a Parent & Toddler group to start after the October half term holiday. Bring your young children into the community wing and enjoy mixing with new friends in a warm and friendly environment.

 The summer 'activity days' during the first four weeks (Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.00 - 14.00) were well attended. Children participated in a wide range of activities and had a great time!


Thursday 29th September 2016 - Year 6 Trip

Year 6 spent Thursday at the Suez Energy from Waste plant in Teesside. We learned about how Suez creates electricity by burning rubbish that would traditionally be sent to a landfill. Be sure to take a look at some of the photos!

Thursday 29th September 2016 - Football Result

St Bede Primary School 1 - 0 Barmston Village Primary School

Player of the Match: Damian Gaston

Thursday 22nd September 2016 - Football Result

Rickleton Primary School 2 - 1 Barmston Village Primary School

Usworth Colliery Primary School 2 - 2 Barmston Village Primary School

Player of the Match: Jonnie Dempsey


28th September 2016

If you would like to take part in a survey regarding this week's M&S and Oxfam "Shwopping" campaign please click here 


September 2016 - Music Lessons 

On Fridays children in Year 2 are taught to play the Recorder, Ukulele in Y3 and Violin in Y4.

As children in Years 5 and 6 have progressed very well learning to play the Violin they are continuing this academic year.

Lessons are taught in a ten week block during the autumn, spring and summer terms.

We also offer guitar lessons on Wednesdays at a heavily subsidised cost of £20 for pupil premium children or £30.


September 2016

School Meal Menu 2016\17 Academic Year


July 2016 - Year 1 and 2 enjoyed a trip to the farm!