Academy Information

Here you can find a wealth of information regarding a typical school day here at Barbara Priestman Academy. If you have any queries at all, feel free to contact us.


At Barbara Priestman Academy, we expect all students to attend regularly to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. Regular attendance and educational attainment are inextricably linked. We recognize that regular attendance is essential for good learning and continual progress and ensures that students get the best possible outcomes from their period in compulsory education. All academy staff will work with students and their families to ensure each student attends regularly and punctually.

We expect all of our students to aspire to 100% attendance and appreciate the full support of parents and carers in encouraging this.

What to do if your child is absent

If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please ring the academy on (0191) 5536000 and report their absence to the Business Support staff in the main office before 9am.
You must ring in for your child on every day of the absence. 

Sickness and Diarrhoea

The school follows the Northumberland Tyne and Wear Health Protection Unit (HPU) guidelines which state:

‘A child should not return  following a bout of diarrhoea and sickness until they are symptom free for 48 hours to minimise the risk of a recurrence.

Barbara Priestman Academy also follow further guidelines set by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention as directed by the Local Authority, which also clearly states:

‘Swimmers who are sick with Diarrhoea or have been sick in the last 2 weeks risk contaminating pool water with germs’

Even if a pool is well maintained, certain germs that cause Diarrhoea can live from minutes to days in pools. This is why the academy does not allow students to access the swimming pool for 14 days after a bout of diarrhoea.

Holiday Request form

Term Time Holidays

We actively discourage parents from arranging holidays during term time, and the Headteacher will only authorise absence in exceptional circumstances.

Any requests for holidays during term time should be made at least 4 weeks in advance, on the form which can be printed below.
If you would like to request a paper copy, this can be provided upon request from the main office.

Holiday Request form


Barbara Priestman Academy does not arrange transport for our students, this is organised and paid for by the Local Authority. Each student is assessed individually taking account of their specific needs and transport is arranged accordingly. Parents/carers must contact the Local authority directly on 0191 5612284 if there are issues at all.

Pupil Behaviour Guidelines

In line with our Mission Statement, staff value and respect all people in school and support pupils to value and respect others in the academy.

On occasion some pupils find this difficult and their behaviour can be challenging which may cause hurt or injury for others. On these occasions, staff will work together and attempt to help individuals recognise more positive means of interacting and expressing their feelings.priestman-004


Academy Meals

At Barbara Priestman Academy we are committed to giving our students the knowledge needed to help them understand all aspects about health and well being and to take responsibility for the choices they make. The school supports the ‘5 a day’ campaign which encourages students to eat 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day to help combat such conditions as obesity and other life threatening health problems.cancin

Craig, our chef, has designed a variety of nutritious, healthy and tasty meals on a three week menu rotation, using locally sourced produce.

Please see menu’s below:

Winter 17

As we move forward with school meals it is hoped we will have a whole school ethos to school meals and that pupils will become more involved in growing some of the food and understanding more about where food comes from and the food chain.

school meal

School meals are priced at £2 per day and payment should be sent into school in a sealed, labelled envelope on a Monday morning.


School Café

The school has a café which is open for drinks and healthy snacks at both break time and lunchtime. This provides students with the opportunity to buy healthy drinks and snacks and fresh fruit is always available.

Water for all

Chilled water is freely available to all throughout the day. Every child has been provided with their own water bottle.

Free School Meals

Students whose parents receive the following benefits and tax credits are entitled to receive free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue that does not exceed £16,190 or
  • Guarantee element of Pension Credit

Students who receive Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.

To apply for free school meals or for more information:

Together for children – free school meal

Tel: 0191 561 1417

Academy Rules

Follow directions the first time of asking.

Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

Be polite – do not swear, name call or say rude things.

Be in the right place at the right time.

Respect other people’s property

Academy Uniform

All students in our main academy are expected to wear our academy uniform which compromises of:

  • Black academy sweatshirtEnglish
  • White Polo shirt
  • Dark grey/black trousers or skirt
  • PE Kit should consist of: Navy shorts, White T-shirt & White trainers/shoes.

Jewellery should not be worn at all in the academy.

6th Form students are encouraged to wear an academy hoodie, black trouser/skirt or black jeans and black shoes/trainers.


Many parents tell us that their child likes to wear school uniform and that it makes ‘morning routines’ easier for them! By wearing the uniform, pupils can be easily recognized when out of school, it’s easy to wash and develops a sense of identity. Please will you encourage your child to wear the uniform for school. Uniform order forms can be downloaded from the buttons below, or collected from the office. Orders should be returned to the school office and payment should be made at the time of placing an order.
 Key stage 3 & 4 Uniform                                         6th Form Uniform 


We currently have a lot of lost property items in the school, which has not been labelled.
If your child has lost any items of clothing, please get in touch with the school office.

We request that all clothing is labelled to prevent the build up of lost property.

Timing of the School Day

8:45 Students enter academy
8:50 – 9:00 Tutor Time
9:00 – 9:40 Period 1
9:40 – 10:30 Period 2
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:35 Period 3
11:35 – 12:25 Period 4
12:25 – 1:25 Lunch (Afternoon registration 1:25)
1:30 – 2:20 Period 5
2:20 – 3:10 Period 6
3:15 Students leave for transport home

 If there are any changes to the schedule, Parents / Carers will be notified in advance.

Emergency Closures


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We are also able to provide information in a different format. Please contact us if you would like a copy.