Easter Egg Raffle & Dress-up Day

Posted 4th April 2022


We are celebrating Easter with a dress up day and raffle. 


On Wednesday 6th April come dressed in Your Brightest Rainbow or Multicoloured Clothes. 

Optional donation £1. 


We’re also having an Easter Egg raffle with prizes including a Giant Easter Egg and Easter Hamper.  


We have sent raffle tickets home with all pupils, if you are able to sell these for us to friends & family, please return the completed ticket stubs and money to us by Tuesday 5th April. Let us know if you need any more, or alternatively just return the unused tickets. Tickets are £1 a strip and all money raised will go towards the VRSA fundraising.


Red Nose Day/Sport Relief

Updated 11th March 2022

We will be celebrating Red Nose Day and Sport Relief on Friday 18th March.  


We will be taking part in Curling to celebrate the recent Winter Olympics and have the option of faces painted with a red nose (or lower arm if they’re not comfortable with face paint on their face). 


Pupils/students can choose to come in to school in red clothes, PE kit or their school uniform, however they are most comfortable.


CE Awareness Week

Updated 10th March 2022

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Children's Mental Health Week

Updated 3rd February 2022


No donations! Students can come to school expressing themselves in non-school uniform or wearing their school uniform. The choice is theirs. 


VRSA Red Day

Updated 4th January 2022

The VRSA Red Day was great fun and a huge success, raising a total of £839.10 for our minibus fund, which Lloyds bank are kindly going to match fund. Thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes or bought raffle tickets.

Online Safety Session

Updated 5th October 2021


Make Music Day Schools' Big Sing

Updated 14th June 2021

The Make Music Day Big Schools' Big Sing will take place on June 21st.


Sports Day - 21st-23rd June

Updated 15th June 2021

This year’s sports day will be held at Villa Real School. It will be outdoors on the school yard. Instead of a ‘whole-school’ carousel of activities, the sessions will be delivered to smaller class bubbles, allowing for more space. Unfornunately, due to goverment advice we are unable to invite parents to come along. Class sessions are shown in the table below.


The school’s I.C.T. co-ordinator will take photographs of all children with photographic consent, which we will upload to Earwig and the school Facebook page, if you have previously provided parental consent for these.

Child Safety Week - 7th-11th June

Posted19th May 2021

Schedule for Child Safety Week:


Firefighters will visit at some time during the day, depending

on their emergencies. Classes will be called down to meet them.



Child safety activities to be completed during the day.

F1A/P2CE/P1A - Falls and trips

P3 - Chemical safety in the home

P2/P2A/S1A - Road safety

S1/S2 - Water safety

S1CE/S2CE/FFP - Kitchen safety

S2A/S3A - Fire safety

Each class will produce a poster/presentation on the topic.



10:00-11:00 Community police officer to visit classes.


Road safety in the senior yard. We will draw out a road and create

Zebra, Pelican, Puffin, Toucan and Pegasus crossings.

9:30-10:00 - P2CE, FFP3

10:00-10:30 –S2A, S3A

10:30-11:00 –F1A, P1A

11:30-12:00 – P2A, P2, P3

12:00-12:30 - S2CE, S1CE

1:30-2:00 – S2, S1

2:30-3:00 - S1A


10:00 Child Safety Assembly.

Each class presents their poster to show and explain.


How to keep your mind healthy.


Easter Egg Competition

Posted 26th March 2021

Thank you to all classes for their egg-cellent egg decorations! It was a very close call this year as all eggs were amazing.  A huge well done to Primary 2A on their winning design of the Simpsons judged by Jill Bowe and chosen because of how important family is at this present time.


We would like to wish you all a happy Easter, stay safe and take care.



National Numeracy Day - 19th May

Posted 6th May 2021

National Numeracy Day highlights how much we use numbers every day, and recognises the large part they play in our lives. It's celebrated to show that you don’t have to be super smart to love numeracy, everyone can learn how to be better with numbers. People are encouraged to try and build confidence in their numeracy skills, even if they’re not maths-orientated people. 

Get involved in National Numeracy Day


Senior 2 Term Events

September - October 2020
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Enjoying our Art visit to the Angel of the North

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Senior 2 busy at work sketching the Millenium Bridge at Gateshead

The Giant's Bench at the Derwent Reservoir Visitor Centre

Harvest 2020


Silver Sports Mark

Posted 11th September 2019


We are delighted to announce that we, Villa Real School, have achieved the School Games – Silver Sports Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in
2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognized for our success.



Sports Day

Posted July 11, 2019


Following parents’ comments we moved our Sports Day outside this year. It was lovely to see so many parents and volunteers supporting our pupils as they enjoyed a rare moment of sunshine. The activities went down very well as you can see by the pictures. A big thank you to the Academy for hosting. Next year we promises a dad’s race!


Rain forest Artwork

Posted July 16, 2019


All our children are between the ages of 2 and 19, Villa Real School is a special school for people with severe or profound learning difficulties, many also have autism or associated physical difficulties, sensory impairments including severe visual impairment, complex physical difficulties / motor function disorders etc so cannot control their head or develop fine motor skills. All of the work is therefore below the appropriate standard for the norm of their age but they have tried really hard in their art work.

They have followed your progress watching on interactive whiteboards and we had a whole school assembly looking at the work of John Dyer and Nixiwaka, looking at videos of your project. They accompanied the tribal singers and musicians with guitars on you tube, looked at climate change and met a rain forest tortoise who came around the classes to show them the animals that may lose their habitat. Please would you consider our art work even though it does not reflect age appropriate skills. I am also unable to include their surnames due to data protection around vulnerable young people.




Summer Fayre

Posted July 05, 2019


Our Summer Fair will take place on Thursday 4th July from 10:00am.

We have a wide variety of stalls, alongside our very own american themed cafe.

Summer Themed Art Competition


Our summer theme is the natural environment and flowering plants. We created a triptych – 3-piece art work as a group exploring nature and wildlife. We also explored the same theme creating art with using ICT software on iPads. These images support the main mixed media art work created in collage, pastel and paint.  Due to the severity of our young people’s special needs, they had support to participate and develop fine motor skills. We have entered a local competition and hope we have good luck.


Gateway North East Boccia


Villa Real pupils took part in a Boccia Club Taster Day on Wednesday June 20th. They enjoyed playing Boccia Skittles, Parachute Boccia, Colour Match cone Boccia and then played a full Boccia game.

The club visiting to deliver the taster sessions were called ‘Gateway North East Boccia’ and they are based in Houghton-Le Spring. They run sessions on Fridays 5-6pm and it costs £2 per session.

We look forward to finding out if any Villa Real pupils attend the Boccia Club.

Athletics Taster Session


On Tuesday June 19th, classes took part in a taster session of Athletics, delivered by Derwentside Disability Athletics Club. Pupils enjoyed trying different styles of jumping, throwing different implements and some fun running games.

Each pupil took a flyer home, advertising the Weekly athletics club, that runs on Tuesday evenings, 6.30-7.30pm at North Durham Academy, Stanley.  They would really like to get more members enjoying sessions at the club from Villa Real.

The club is free to try the first session and £2 thereafter and it is open to 8 to 19 year olds.


Holocaust Memorial Day

Durham County Memorial flame

Exhibition in County Hall Villa Real School work

Meeting our local Councillors

"A big Thank you for bringing Villa Real students into County Hall today to view the artwork for the Memorial Flame Project.

The large banner, containing a mosaic of artwork including your school's contribution, will be used every Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January) so it's a real legacy" 

Councillor Gunn