Operation Gambia


As part of Operation Gambia (a project unique to Sunderland which has built 5 schools, 7 wells and a health centre in this smallest African country already) we would be grateful if you would send any unwanted (but unbroken) shoes; small toys or clothes into school.


  • tie pairs of shoes together
  • pack clothes/toys/crayons etc in carrier bags.
  • send all items into school with your child by next Thursday (13th July) at the latest. 

Josh Howe (an ex pupil now aged 15) will travel to Gambia to help distribute your contributions.

Please help us take action to improve access to rights for other children!

Article 28 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC):

All children have the right to education.

Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health: good quality healthcare, nutritious food, clean water and a clean environment.



Advance notice!

As part of our Rights Respecting School ethos, we will soon be participating in a Shoe Share with Unicef and Clarks Shoes. Please hold onto any shoes you no longer want, as before the end of term we will have a collection point in school. We will deliver the shoes to Clarks, and for every tonne collected, a donation will be made to Unicef which goes towards allowing children across the world to access Article 28 (the right to education).

Please click the Rights Respecting tab on the left for more news about Rights Respecting activities in school. 


Message from Mrs Bennett, Headteacher - January 2017 

Our proposal to move forward to becoming an Academy with the North East Learning Trust is still in process.  We will keep you updated with any developments.


Kind regards.

Kim Bennett

Message from the Headteacher - September 2016


We would like to welcome back our pupils and parents/carers as we start a new and exciting school year. We are delighted to welcome our new Year 3 children into school as they continue their journey through the primary years. 

At Diamond Hall Junior School, we are firmly committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for all our pupils. We believe that all children have the right to an outstanding education within a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment.  As part of our ethos, we seek to work closely with parents, governors and the wider community to ensure our children receive an education which affords them skills to be happy and successful citizens in the future as well as being lifelong learners.

As a Rights Respecting School all policies and plans are written and implemented in accordance with a school community which has Rights Respecting language and ethos at its heart. 

We believe all members of our school community should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, whatever their background, identity or circumstance. We are committed to creating a community that recognises and celebrates difference within a culture of respect and co-operation.

The school is opposed to all forms of homophobia, racism and xenophobia, including those forms that are directed towards religious groups and communities, for example Islamophobia, and against Travellers, refugees and asylum-seekers.  

We appreciate that a culture which promotes equality will create a positive environment and shared sense of belonging for all who work, learn and use the services of our school. Our commitment to equality and diversity is a fundamental part of our drive towards excellence.

We value everyone as an individual and seek to ensure that we do everything possible to help all reach their full potential and become the very best we can be!


Mrs K Bennett



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