Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

St John’s Primary School

St John's Primary School

The Award for Primary School of the Year - Making a Difference

Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

One of only a handful of Mantle of the Expert training schools nationally, this Newcastle school’s curriculum is centred around drama for learning, developing skills for life and a providing wealth of memorable experiences. The school has evolved in recent years and is now open all year round and until 9:30 every evening as The Turf@ St John’s; a community hub. Its motto of ‘Learning to live, living to learn’ applies to children and adults alike.

Working with a range of partners, St John’s has created a place for children and their families to learn new skills, socialise and improve their well-being.

A focus on health and fitness has helped to break down barriers in the community; creating a place where different groups come together through sport, irrespective of home language, beliefs or cultural differences. What was once quite a factious area of high disadvantage is now a multi-ethnic, thriving community.