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A warm welcome to

Hamsterley Primary School

Welcome to Hamsterley Primary School. We are a small 2 class primary school located 7 miles north-west of Bishop Auckland.

We federated with St John’s Chapel and Wearhead Primary Schools in September 2023 to become the Durham Dales Federation and work closely with our partner schools to provide an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum for our pupils. Team work, collaborative and outdoor learning are key elements of our federation ethos. 


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  • Pupils are proud to attend Hamsterley Primary School. The small size of the school fosters a palpable ‘family’ atmosphere. Pupils enjoy celebrating each other’s achievements.

    Ofsted, 2024
  • Pupils thrive in this caring environment. The relationships between staff and pupils are delightful. The mixed-age classes contribute to the encouraging friendships across year groups.

    Ofsted, 2024
  • The school ensures pupils are provided with the right knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe. Pupils know their rights and treat others with respect. This contributes towards excellent behaviour throughout school.

    Ofsted, 2024