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Welcome from head teacher


A very warm welcome to our school website. We hope you are able to get a sense of what West Pelton Primary School is like through it.

We are a very small primary school and this is something that makes us unique within the local area. We always have the very best interests of all our children at the heart of everything we do so that in partnership we can keep them safe and help them to achieve their full potential.

We believe it is our core responsibility to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that nurtures and challenges our children to develop:

  • an excellent set of moral values — honesty, integrity and good judgement,
  • an excellent set of social skills – helpfulness, thoughtfulness and cooperation,
  • an excellent set of basic skills — English, speaking and listening, maths, science, the arts, emotional and social,
  • an enquiring and discriminating mind and a desire for knowledge,
  • strong self-esteem and high personal expectation,
  • a growing confidence to exercise their individual rights whilst respecting the rule of law and
  • to be accepting and respectful towards people of different cultural and ethnic groups, sexual orientation, disabled people or people with recognised conditions or of religious faiths different to their own.

    We feel that this is best done in a very safe and supportive environment that works in partnership with parents/carers and other agencies.

    As with any school it is important that we are regularly, rigorously and externally  evaluated  through OFSTED/HMI. In June 2013 I was particularly proud that our Section 5 inspection highlighted all children make good progress and that teaching in ALL our classes is good. In November 2015 our HMI no formal designation monitoring inspection highlighted our children behave well in lessons, at social times, as they move around the school and when they start and end their school day – are attentive, diligent and cooperative in their lessons. Our children reported enthusiastically that staff take good care of them, that staff keep them very safe and that they are well taught about understanding the different types of bullying and what to do if they have concerns but that bullying incidents are rare and are well tackled. Our children said that our teachers are fair, friendly and firm. Parents, who spoke to the inspector, were overwhelmingly positive about the behaviour, safety and care in our school.

    As head teacher I am always eager to hear what our children think of their school and this is a small selection of the comments that the have made:


If you are considering sending your child to our school then please take the time to read ‘Our Vision’, this can be found in the ‘Parents Section’ of our website, and highlights the values we hold dear and the ethos within our school.

I would also encourage you to make an appointment to come along and meet us, see our great school and get a real sense of what we are like so that you can make the best decision for your child.

I am, as always, immensely proud of what we have all achieved so far and feel very privileged to work alongside so many great children, their families and a hard working, dedicated, stable staff and governing body.

Julie McDowell (Head Teacher)
4th April 2016



Chester-le-Street Learning Alliance
Through our private nursery we are a founder member of the Chester-le-Street Learning Alliance. This is a school company formed by a number of like-minded schools and educational providers in the Chester-le-Street area.

Following informal collaboration between the schools and providers involved, the Chester-le-Street Learning Alliance is a natural development of these well-established relationships.

The aims of the company are to work in partnership to:

  • Deliver enrichment activities tailored to our collective need.
  • Access high quality teaching and learning experiences by sharing best practice within the group.
  • Maximise the resources available to us by allowing the company to collectively bid for grants.
  • Provide financial clarity, and a formal conduit for financing joint projects.

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