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Hamsteels Primary School
Rowley Crescent, Esh Winning, DH7 9LN, UK Durham
Tel. 0191 373 4490

Mission Statement

The main purpose of Hamsteels Primary School is to educate pupils to the highest standards, intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, physically, and spiritually, and to help them develop to their full potential.

Aims of the School

  1. To enable pupils to grow in each of these areas and achieve fullness of life through discovering and developing their talents, by putting before them positive and realistic goals.
  2. To develop links for children, staff and parents with the community and local interests.  Consequently the school learns to become part of the community, to share its concerns and to be open to those who seek help, support and resources.
  3. To stimulate in each child a sense of curiosity and excitement about the world and to encourage him/her to search for truth, meaning and purpose of life; to provide an opportunity to search for a faith by which to live.
  4. To promote Christian values within the school and to encourage in pupils a sense of commitment, responsibility, respect for others and a healthy self-esteem.



Our curriculum is delivered within the school's entitlement grid.  The grid encompasses all the requirements of the National Curriculum (New National Curriculum September 2000) and is arranged in termly blocks.  This arrangement ensures steady progression and continuity throughout Key Stages 1 and 2.  Although our Key Stage 2 curriculum provides for the development in the same areas as that of Key Stage 1, it caters for the growth characteristics of the Key Stage 2 child.  Within the structured framework consideration is given to the physical, mental, social and emotional development of each child's needs and maturity level.  It is from this range of experiences that basic skills are developed.

Our curriculum provides for the development in the following areas:

Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage (4 - 5 year olds) provides a teaching programme which promotes children's learning in:

  • Communication, languages and literacy
  • Mathematical development, numeracy
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Creative development
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

Also in Religious Education:

  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Special Curricular Provision and Arrangements for Pupils with Special Educational Needs

We create a positive environment for learning and we provide for individual differences in the classroom, adapting our teaching methods through careful selection of a wide range of teaching materials.  All classes have  mixed age ranges.  Consultation with parents is arranged if children do not progress as expected.  Specific advice is offered so that parents may help at home and extra help is also given at school.  At present we have a Special Educational Needs Support teacher for one and a half days a week. 

 This support may be used in any one of the following methods:

i)    In class support by support staff
ii)    Individual withdrawal with support staff or class teacher
iii)    Small group withdrawal with support staff or class teacher

If a child experiences persistent learning difficulties, the Head Teacher, in consultation with parents, staff and SEN teacher may call upon the expertise of the Special Needs Support Services, an Educational Psychologist from the Education Psychology Service, speech therapist or medical officer.

Hamsteels is suitable for physically disabled and pupils using wheelchairs.

Able Children

We recognise that gifted and talented children, by virtue of their outstanding abilities, are capable of high performance.  We therefore provide a suitably differentiated curriculum for such children.

Extra Curriculum Activities



We have a school football team "The Hamsteels Hawks" that plays friendly and league 7 a side matches with local teams.  Football practice takes place after school in the evening.


Netball practices take place in the evening after school.


Athletics training takes place in the Summer term.  The children compete in their own Sports Day and Year 5 and 6 compete in the Deerness Sports Events.

'Sport in Action' Club

Professional sportsmen take a multi sport session after school in the evening.


Recorder groups for beginners and accomplished players take place at lunch times and in the evening.


Opportunities for lunch time and evening sessions to work with school computer programs are available for all pupils.

After School Activities Club

Early Years Activities
Literacy & Numeracy Games

School Discipline

The children are first encouraged, and then expected, to accept the framework of Assertive Discipline which takes into account of mutual respect, good manners, consideration for others, acceptable speech and gradual achievement of self discipline governed by common sense and positive attitudes.

The children have their attention drawn to the following rules which are formulated for their best interests:-

  1. Move around school in a quiet orderly manner.
  2. Behave correctly in the dining hall.
  3. Be polite and courteous to everyone in the school.
  4. Be helpful and friendly.
  5. Be responsible for your own property.
  6. Take care of all school equipment.
  7. Take care of the school environment.


  1. Praise and stickers from staff.
  2. Awards on the classroom charts.
  3. Certificates presented for good work and good behaviour in Friday assemblies.
  4. Special certificates presented at the end of term.

The consequences for not conforming to the above rules are:-

  1. The teacher gives the child three verbal and three written warnings.
  2. The child spends time out in a quiet area for a short time to reflect upon his/her behaviour.
  3. First visit to the Head Teacher - warning.
  4. Second visit to the Head Teacher and a letter home to parents informing them of their child's behaviour.
  5. Third visit to the Head Teacher - parents will be invited into school to discuss their child's behaviour.

If a child persistently misbehaves or there is a serious case of misconduct parents are informed and the incident/s recorded.

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