Part of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust

Be who God means you to be and you will set the world on fire.


Our Staff





It is my great privilege to welcome you to the family of St Mary’s, Whickham. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

Personally, I have had the honour of teaching, living and worshipping within the parish of St Mary’s for a number of years. It is with absolute assurance, therefore, that I can acknowledge how remarkable our pupils, staff and wider community are. Not only do pupils at St Mary’s achieve educationally – with academic performance comparing highly favourably against local and national benchmarks – but they also develop into respectful, responsible, resilient young people, with a multitude of gifts and talents, which have been fostered and honed by skilful and committed teachers who care deeply for each and every child they work with.

Mr J Wheatley


Our Values

As our School Mission Statement states: St Mary’s aims to develop the talents of each pupil as a unique individual whose full potential can be developed in a community which has Christ at its centre. As a thriving Catholic Christian school community, we have a unique and privileged position in living out this Mission: facilitating outstanding learning opportunities for our pupils; promoting values of empathy, tolerance and respect; being a living embodiment of ‘Church’ for our wider school community.


We send out letters and newsletters on a regular basis to keep parents up to date with school decisions and progress.

At St Mary's, we keep our parents, carers and families informed about upcoming events and celebrations of our children's successes. We regularly publish a newsletter, which is sent out electronically to all of our parents and is made available on this page. We also use Social media to share the very latest events, learning and religious celebrations that take place within our school.

Latest News

French Day

Pupils across school enjoyed a wonderful celebration of their language learning this week. We love our French lessons at Sr Mary’s and it was fantastic to get the opportunity to put some of learning in to practice as we visited ‘Le Petit Café Sainte-Marie’ to sample some traditional French breakfast staples, played some games of […]

Athletics Festival Success

St Mary’s pupils displayed amazing skill, determination, resilience, teamwork and fair play representing the school at the annual Gateshead School Sports Partnership Athletics Festival at the Gateshead International Stadium on Friday. The pupils were wonderful ambassadors for the school, and – in spite of the weather affecting some of the later action – a wonderful […]

Year 2 Design and Technology Project

As part of the Year 2 Moving Mechanisms DT topic, pupils worked really hard to design and make their own model fire engines. The objective was to learn about moving parts such as wheels and axles. This learning linked to the current exciting Year 2 topic of the Great Fire of Gateshead and Newcastle. For […]