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. 

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Senior 2 Term Events
September - October 2020



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Senior 2 busy at work sketching the Millenium Bridge at Gateshead

Enjoying our Art visit to the Angel of the North

The Giant's Bench at the Derwent Reservoir Visitor Centre

Harvest 2020

Residential Trip

Posted 09th October 2019


We have been offered a two day residential at the Youth Hostel at Hadrian’s Wall with accompanying activities for the provisional dates of 9th and 10th October, for up to 10 pupils.  All meals will be included from lunch on day 1 up to and including lunch on day 2.  The cost for the residential will be £40 which will be required prior to the visit. 

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.



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.



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!

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 Competiton


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