Atkinson Road Primary Academy


A healthy balance between academic rigour and fun ensures our children grow into well rounded global citizens with a life-long insatiable thirst for learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge. Supported throughout their journey by a dedicated team of staff, our children grow into independent learners equipped with the attributes to achieve their aspirations. 


At Atkinson Road we firmly believe that outstanding progress is the responsibility of the children as well as the staff. Our school motto reflects this, emphasising being the best, rests with each individual pupil. Year on year we have outstanding progress results which is testament to our high expectations of children at all ability levels. We pride ourselves on our successes, as do our pupils. Our school promotes the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child. Articles 3 and 29 underline our school vision* 


Our children develop into successful young people with ambition and self-belief. We have a culture of excellence in our school, where the gifts and talents of all our children are enthusiastically explored. Our children develop the skills of determination, collaboration and team work. We are committed to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in all areas of school life, and work to give our pupils a voice in making key decisions about the school and their education. Our school culture is based upon a belief that everyone has the fundamental right to autonomy and freedom in their learning.

As Head teacher of Atkinson Road Primary Academy, it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to our “happy and successful school” (Ofsted 2018). We are proud to be one of the few primary schools in Newcastle to receive a ‘Good’ grade in all areas of school life and leadership. Our very special children, parents, carers and staff team work hard to maintain a “wonderfully supportive school”, where the children have a “strong sense of belonging”.

We are lucky to have a fabulous Nursery site, so we can cater for children from 2 to 11 years old. We are unique in that we have children coming from countries all around the world to work, play and learn together and together we make our school an exciting place to be in the centre of our amazing Benwell community.

We are lucky to have a fabulous governing body who care as much about our school and your children as we do and to be part of the Laidlaw Schools Trust with its dedicated support team. Together we will make sure that our children receive the very best start in life and are ready to move onto the next stage of learning. I look forward to meeting you all and hearing your views as I will continually try to improve the education we provide for your children. If you are thinking about Atkinson Road Primary Academy as the school of choice for your child, or are a parent of a child here already, and wish to visit our school – please contact the main office who will happily arrange this for you.

Together we will continue to make this a truly amazing school.

L Macaulay