About Us

Mission Statement
We aim to enable each child to develop their full and individual potential in a caring Christian environment that bonds the home, school and community together.
“I can do all things in Him that strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13

Ethos Statement
Recognising its historic foundation, St Oswald’s C of E Aided Primary and Nursery School will preserve its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Churches at parish and diocesan level.  The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.  It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

St Oswald’s is a Church of England Aided school situated in the historic City of Durham, near the University.  We provide quality education for children aged 3-11 years and aim for high standards of performance and behaviour.  We recognise the right of each child to develop a full range of learning skills irrespective of gender, race or physical ability.  As a Church of England school, we aim to reflect the teaching of the Christian faith in all aspects of school life. Our Voluntary Aided status enables us to strengthen and maintain our Christian ethos.

St. Oswald’s is a small school of five classes: Nursery, Elvet, Dunelm, Neville and Kingsgate.  Classes usually consist of a mix of two year groups due to our admission number of 15.  Our nursery class has 26 full-time equivalent places and the Sunshine Club has 20 full-time equivalent places.

We regard parents as partners in the learning process of each child and greatly value the support they give to their child’s learning.  Teachers are always willing to discuss progress and concerns with parents.  Appointments can be made to see either the Head Teacher or Class Teacher.

All the staff at St Oswald’s are committed to providing the best possible education and school experience for your child.  To achieve this, the following aims underpin the teaching and learning at this school.

We aim to:

  • reflect the values and teachings of the Christian faith whilst respecting other cultures and beliefs. We will maintain close links with St Oswald’s Church.
  • provide high quality education suitable for the needs of each child, using a wide range of teaching methods.
  • provide a happy and stimulating learning environment which promotes curiosity, creativity, enjoyment and interest in all aspects of learning.
  • ensure all members of the school staff are confident in their respective roles, working together as a team, and co-ordinated by effective leadership.
  • create a caring and harmonious atmosphere in which all members of the school (children, staff, parents and governors) are listened to and respected, display tolerance and good manners towards each other, and strive for positive  relationships with the wider community.
  • provide a personal and social education which will encourage children to become independent, confident, self-disciplined and courteous.
  • create a school environment which is welcoming, visually inviting, and which is safe and secure for all members of the school community.

For more information, please see our school prospectus.