Friday 18 April 2014
Burnside Primary
Northumbrian Rd
NE23 1XZ
Phone Us01670 736052

About Us

An Introduction by the Head Teacher

Dear Parents, Carers and Visitors to our School

A very warm welcome to Burnside Primary School. My name is Jane Ramsay and I am lucky to have a brilliant job - being the Headteacher of this wonderful school.

Our school was named as ‘a GOOD School’ by OFSTED (March 2012) and we hold many nationally recognised awards including: Artsmark Gold, Activemark, International School Award and National Leadership Development School.

Learning with IT equipment

We have high expectations of our children and set challenging targets for them. Every child is encouraged to reach their full potential and we recognise that every child is special and has their own contribution to make.

The staff at Burnside Primary are dedicated, hardworking and experienced. We provide a calm and caring atmosphere in school and we foster a hardworking ethos based on an enjoyment of learning. We expect a great deal from our children and they do not disappoint us.

We are very proud of our reputation as a warm, welcoming family school.

The Staff and Governors are continually seeking the views of parents, carers and visitors to our School. We recognise that parents play an important role in the education of their children and as such, we welcome your support and co-operation in making your child’s time at Burnside Primary enjoyable. We encourage parents and carers to discuss any concerns or issues with us. Please call at any time to make an appointment to see either myself or my team.

Myself and all members of staff will value discussing any aspect of your child's education and general welfare.

Our website is only a glimpse of what we feel makes Burnside distinctive. The best way to know what Burnside can offer your child is to experience it. I do hope you will visit us to meet our pupils and staff and to see for yourself.

Ofsted Report

We were delighted with our recent Ofsted inspection in March 2012. Ofsted inspectors commented that:

  • Burnside is a good school where behaviour and safety are outstanding. Pupils enjoy school and describe it as “fun and caring.
  • Teaching is good and sometimes outstanding. Teachers make lessons interesting and challenging and regularly assess pupils' work with pertinent comments about how it can be improved. They are very enthusiastic and create a very purposeful environment and plan their lessons well by carefully modifying work for the pupils' different abilities.
  • Pupils consistently leave school at the end of Year 6 with attainment in reading, writing and mathematics that is above the national average.
  • Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Pupils behave extremely well and say that they feel very safe in school. They gain much confidence because of the many opportunities they are given to voice their opinions and share ideas.
  • Throughout the school, disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, make good progress. This is helped greatly by very sensitive and well-focussed support from the teaching assistants.

Download our full Ofsted Report (PDF)

I very much look forward to meeting you and your family.

Jane Ramsay