St Mary's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School


Central Avenue, Newton Aycliffe, Co. Durham, DL5 5NP

01325 300339

Guided by faith, nurtured through love, inspired to achieve.
As witnesses to Jesus and enriched by the Holy Spirit, St Mary's Catholic Primary School is a respectful, caring and embracing family. We celebrate and share our Catholic faith together, recognising the uniqueness and potential of all. The values and learning that are nurtured in our school enable achievement in education and beyond.

Research into Education


Here at St. Mary’s we are pleased to work with a number of partners to support research and excellence in education.

We work closely with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) which is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents.

The EEF promote the use of evidence in schools by providing independent and accessible information through the Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit, and the Early Years Toolkit summarising educational research from the UK and around the world. Both Toolkits provide guidance for teachers and school leaders on how best to use their resources to improve the attainment of all pupils.

Their ranges of publications are an invaluable resource for school leaders and policy makers to inform decision making in schools.

Current projects include:

  • HOW2s which are visual guides that turn essential research into everyday teaching.
  • Grammar for Writing.
  • Read Write Inc., a phonics and reading programme

Within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, the school trialled Philosophy to Catechism, a programme that gives children the opportunity for children to “think outside the box” and ask those difficulty and though provoking questions.

We also work with a number of business and charitable partners that allow the children to experience real life situations that are topical, relevant to their lives and promote aspirations for all.

  • The Coldest Journey. Resources produced by the school were used nationally and internationally to support this charitable endeavour led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
  • Work with 3M in relation with STEM projects
  • Working in partnership with Hitachi Rail to create teaching resources to support their outreach project with schools
  • Enterprise City

We in our turn support the next generation of educators through our partnerships with:

  • Shotton Hall SCITT
  • Northumbria University
  • Durham University
  • The University of Sunderland