Barnes Rd, Murton, Co. Durham SR7 9QR 0191 517 5900


I am very proud to welcome you to Ribbon Academy Trust.

It is a privilege to lead such a wonderful academy, full of happy, well-behaved, hard-working children who are a pleasure to teach, and to be part of a caring, talented and dedicated team of adults.

At Ribbon, we strive to make every child and adult feel that they are valued and unique and that they are an important part of the school.We seek to create an inclusive community, where everybody is valued and nurtured. People routinely comment on the friendly atmosphere that exists in the school, but also notice that it has a great sense of purpose and quality.

We are committed to the achievement of every single child regardless of his or her ability. We are proud to say that our children make excellent progress from their starting points and achieve outstanding outcomes. All staff endeavour to make every lesson engaging and enjoyable for all pupils and, as a result, our children are keen to learn and to try their very best because they want to succeed. Children at Ribbon are are polite, well mannered, courteous and have excellent attitudes to learning.

We hope you enjoy finding out more about Ribbon by exploring this site!

Mrs Ashleigh Sheridan (Head Teacher)

Welcome to Ribbon

Tilly (Head Girl) & Archie (Head Boy)


Welcome to Ribbon, the perfect place for any teacher or pupil. We are a friendly school that makes learning an enjoyable experience. All our staff are inspirational and always willing to help and support any student who needs it. As children take their journey through Ribbon, they will discover how to become a good learner, listener and grow up to be mature and responsible citizen.

Ribbon Virtues

Ribbon Virtues are based on ‘Character Traits’ promoted by Commando Joe’s Missions. We use the ‘Missions’ to help develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding whilst building their capacity to choose intelligently between decisions that contribute to their character development and specific learning.

The RESPECT framework supports the ‘whole school approach’ and staff to be able to help children to develop these behaviour traits within a number of exciting topics based on amazing characters and aspects of their life stories. Significant heroes/heroines, explorers and adventurers have been identified to support children’s understanding of these essential life skills.

We try to be the very best version of ourselves by incorporating these virtues in our daily life at school and at home.


Ribbon has amazing facilities. Our school has 21 spacious classrooms, a Reading Zone, a Design Studio, two poly tunnels, a Music Room, x2 Sensory Zones and lots of break out spaces for quiet learning. All rooms are beautiful, well maintained and include under floor heating (wow!). In addition, all classrooms have state of the art interactive whiteboards with pens and rubbers, some of which are touchscreens. We have a large Hall and smaller Dance Studio that are used for assemblies, P.E and lunch. These spaces are also used for Breakfast and after school clubs. Our hard-working kitchen staff provide mouth-watering meals every day. As well as this, the Hall has a newly installed climbing wall - we all love to climb!. The Hall is where all our school productions happen every year. Some of the productions in the past have included; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mary Poppins, Grease and The Wizard of Oz.

Another thing important feature Ribbon has is a Computing Hub. Children use this for learning coding and lots of other important IT skills. The Computing Hub is a big area with 15 Apple Macs, an interactive touchscreen whiteboard, and a lap top trolley with over 25 laptops. To add to this, we have a Design Studio where we practice and develop our artistic skills.,Mr Bowdler is a computing whizz and teaches us everything we need to know!

Using their creative imaginations, in the Design Studio children will explore the wonderful world of art, whether it’s painting like Picasso to sketching like Walt Disney. Miss Hide is an amazing artist and is working hard to make everyone at Ribbon artists too! Once upon a time there was a Reading Zone, a Reading Zone with a fantastic selection of books for all ages. Accelerated Reader is the programme we use to devlop children’s love of reading; it also helps children choose the right level books for. Furnished with a reading cady and 5 comfy sofas. The Reading Zone is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy a book.


Finished your book? Want to do something active? Well you’re in luck! Ribbon has 2 practically perfect playgrounds and 3 fabulous fields. Both playgrounds have gym equipment which children use to have fun and keep fit. Sport is at the heart of Ribbon and we are lucky to be taught by Mrs Walton and other sports specialists. Children at Ribbon can take part in all sorts of competitions from athletics to football, from netball to botcha, from swimming to tennis; the list really is endless!Just like all the children in Ribbon, the plants that we grow are in good hands. Our 2 poly-tunnels, which are positioned on opposite sides of the school, are where we grow fruits, vegetables, and more. An incredibly important part to Nursery is Aleisha’s play park, a special place that we hold dear to our hearts at Ribbon.Mr Murray is our amazing Site Manager and has built intalled a range of exciting play facilities throughout the site .


Ribbon is unique. However it is not the building that makes it unique, it’s the people. Everybody counts at Ribbon; everybody makes a difference. At Ribbon we are all braver than we believe, stronger than we seem and smarter than we think!

By Tilly (Head Girl) & Archie (Head Boy)