About the school
Benedict Biscop Academy is a Church of England school within the Diocese of Durham and serves the Wearmouth (Sunderland) Deanery. The Academy was built in 1972 and opened as a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School. It is an average size primary school with 255 full time pupils and 45 part-time nursery pupils on roll currently. We provide education for children from 3 to 11 years. The Academy’s standard admission number was changed for September 2021 to 45, following an extension of the school provision. On average we cater for over 300 pupils. Over the next 6 years, our pupil numbers will increase by 15 pupils every year, to create a one and a half form entry school in every year group.
The school became an Academy in 2012, and a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) – The Northern Lights Learning Trust in 2016. In 2021, we were awarded the lead school status in the Sunderland, South Tyneside and Gateshead Teaching School Hub [Northern Lights South Tyne and Wear Teaching School Hub]. We were recently successfully recognised as one of the DFE Early Years Stronger Practice Hubs (Autumn 2022), highlighting our successful practice in Early Years provision.
Benedict Biscop CE Academy achieved an OUTSTANDING judgement for their SIAMS inspection 2017. We hold several awards, recognising our excellence, including the Platinum Primary Science Quality Mark, Anti-bullying Platinum Charter Mark, Rights Respecting Gold Award, Both the Early Years Basic Skills Award and whole school Basic Skills Award, Gold Arts Mark and many more.
The Academy is designed in three blocks of teaching areas separated by a central hall. The areas of the Academy are very closely linked and staff know all the children through daily contact.
The policy of the Academy is to register the children, in mixed ability classes within each year group. Each class has its own teacher who is responsible for general progress across the curriculum and for pastoral care. In mixed year groups, pupils are grouped by age to ensure a fair and consistent approach [as agreed in the Academy’s extension consultation process].
The Academy has partnerships with a school in Harbin, China and through European Comenius Awards we have developed links with schools in France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Bulgaria. This is developing global links and an understanding of our diverse culture.