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Dates for Your Diary

  • Battlefields Visit 2015 -  Information Evening for Parents -   Wednesday 24 June,  6.00 p.m. in James Hall
  • School Music Festival – Monday 29th June, 6.00 p.m. in James Hall.  Tickets are not required for this event
  • Music for a Summer Evening, Friday 3 July, Atrium Café.  Tickets are available from the Music Department
  • Year 6 Induction Evening - Monday 6 July, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.
  • Annual Sports Presentation Evening – Wednesday 8 July 7.00 p.m. at Ramside Hall (tickets available from the PE department)
  • UCAS and Higher Education Finance Information for Year 12 Parents – Thursday 9 July, 6.00 p.m., James Hall
  • Summer term ends - Thursday 16th July
  • Autumn term begins - Thursday 3 September
  • Year 6 Open day - Monday 28 September, 9.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.
  • Sixth Form Open Evening - Monday 5 October, James Hall, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.



Dear parents and carers

So many of our students are involved in activities outside of school. I am often informed by parents about students participating in national championships for sport or winning competitions in music or performance. Students are also involved in a variety of charity events, and support their local communities in different ways. We as a school are very interested in these achievements but often the students don’t like to tell us! Do encourage your children to have a quiet word with their tutor about their achievements, so that at least we know more about their gifts and talents.

There are several events over the next few weeks as the end of term draws closer. We will ensure that you have information about these through this bulletin.

Yours sincerely

Michael Wardle, Headteacher



Public Examinations – Information for Students in Years 11, 12 and 13

For your reference a link to a copy of the information leaflet relating to public examinations which was issued to students in May can be found here.

Mrs Gillham, Examinations Officer



Year 11 Prom

Year 11 Prom will take place on 26 June, Ramside Hall Ballroom from 7.00 - midnight.  Official photographs will be available to purchase at the end of the evening priced at £5.00 each.  Please could parents ensure that transport arrangements are in place to collect their children at the end of the evening. 



KS3 Celebrations Evening

Reminder to those parents who have received invitations to the forthcoming Celebrations Evening that replies should be returned to Miss Bewley by Wednesday 24 June.



Digital Leaders Code Club

We had our first code club for our digital leaders programme on Wednesday afternoon. We’re spending the next few weeks giving students ideas of creative projects that they could complete using code and the raspberry pi. This week we got our students to use their raspberry pi for evil by programming it to make Jelly Babies scream, before working with Python to interact with Minecraft and building a house made of TnT before blowing it up.

Next Wednesday is a particularly exciting week as we have a guest speaker Danny Goodall coming to teacher our future digital leaders how to use Python modules that he has written to interact with Twitter and to send customised text messages. We would love to see any interested Y10 students join us on Wednesday in IT2 between 3pm-4pm.

Our younger students need not feel that they are missing out as our digital leaders will pass on their new found skills and knowledge at the next set of KS3 code clubs starting in September.

Mr Garside and Miss Forbes, Computing Department



Local Band THIS SIDE UP to Perform at  Durham Fishtank –  Monday 22nd June

Earlier this year the band @THIS SIDE UP' performed a gig to students in Years 8 and9. Following the fantastic response they received and have since had on social media they have added a Durham gig to their Home to Home tour.

They will perform at Durham Fishtank on 22nd June at 7pm. Cost is £5 or £7 on the door. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.

Click here for more information.

Mr Kennedy, 2nd in Guidance



French Exchange Visit to Lyon 2015-16 

We are in the process of planning our eighth exchange visit with our partner school, the Lycee St Exupery, Lyon for 2015-16.  The exchange is open to all current Year 10 students and also to Year 9 students who intend to continue studying French at KS4.  If you would like your son or daughter to be included we would be grateful if you could complete and return the tear-off slip on the letter and return to the school office, together with a deposit cheque for £50.00 no later than Friday 26 June.

Miss Granlund, Enrichment Co-ordinator, MFL department



Music Notices

The Great Charter

Congratulations to all the DJ pupils who performed in The Great Charter Opera last Saturday evening in Durham Cathedral. There was a very good review of the performance on the ‘whatsonnortheast’ website, which can be viewed by following this link. The Great Charter


Music Examinations

If you child has a music exam over the next few weeks, please ensure that they are spending a little more time than usual preparing their repertoire. If they require some extra support on the aural part of the exam, please do encourage them to book a lunchtime slot with a member of the music department. And on a logistical note (no pun intended), please would you ensure that details of their exam are written in the planner so that they can be released from school at the relevant time.


School Music Festival

Rehearsals for the School Music Festival (Monday 29th June) are at 2.45pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week. Please ensure that pupils who have entered the festival attend one of these slots with either me or Mrs Holmes.


Music For a Summer Evening

An informal evening of music making for Y13 leavers and their parents and friends. Tickets (£6), which must be purchased in advance and include light refreshments are on sale from the Music Department.


After School Musical Rehearsals from September 2015

To help pupils and families plan for September the pattern of weekly ensemble rehearsals will be as follows:

  • Tuesday  - Junior Orchestra and Wind Band
  • Wednesday - Junior and Senior Choir
  • Thursday - Senior Orchestra

All rehearsals are 2.45 to 4.00 and these begin in the week beginning Monday 7th September

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music



6th Form Notices



If you would like to keep up to date with what is going on in the Sixth Form please click on this link! w/c 22 June 2015.

Mrs Lennon, Deputy Head of Sixth Form



Milburngate Bridge Closure – 12 July 2015

Many of you will already be aware that work is to start on Milburngate Bridge over the summer holiday.  However, although the majority of work will be done during the sixth week holiday period, work starts on the 12 July and is likely to impact on travel to school in the final week of term.

For further  information please click on following link to the Milburngate Bridge web page which contains further details about the project.



Sports News

Last Friday our Year 8 cricket team travelled to Consett Academy in the quarter final of the County Cup. This was a very one-sided game as we bowled them all out for 21 runs. It took us only 5 overs to hit the winning runs and move us into the semi-final.

On Saturday many of our athletes were at Monkton Stadium competing in the County Championships. They all produced excellent performances. The highlight of the day was the triple jump competition. Sam Bradley won the Junior event. Harrison Whitfield won the Inter competition and Emily Gargan won the Inter girls event with an incredible jump of 12.26M. This was a new County record.

On Monday our Junior and Inter boys athletics teams were at Gateshead Stadium in the Regional round of the English Schools cup. Teams travelled from all over the north-east but some excellent performances saw our Inter boys win the event and our Junior boys were 2nd. Also on Monday our Year 7 cricket team were playing Chantry Middle School in the Tyneside Cup. This was another one-sided game which we easily won to go top of the group with only one game to go.

On Tuesday our U15 boys tennis team were playing Southmoor in the league decider. It was an excellent game which finished 3 – 3. A tie-break shoot-out followed which we unfortunately lost. Also on Tuesday our U13 girls tennis team were playing Durham School in the league. This was a straight-forward 6 – 0 for us. Finally on Tuesday our Year 8 cricket team were at Ushaw Moor CC in the Tyneside Cup. We had 2 matches against St Aidan’s and Parkview. We played well in both games winning without too much trouble. This now puts us into the Tyneside Final which takes place at the beginning of July.

On Wednesday we had more athletics as our Year 7 and Junior boys teams were at Monkton Stadium in the Tyneside Schools Competition. This is always a high standard event usually dominated by the private schools. In an outstanding afternoon of athletics we won both events – the first time we have ever done this beating schools like RGS, Durham School and Dame Allans. Special mention to Liam Graham, Connor Slack and Sam Bradley who won all 3 events they took part in.

On Thursday it was the Tyneside Year 7 tennis finals. Unfortunately all the schools who were supposed to attend withdrew meaning we won the competition without playing a game – a real shame. Also on Thursday our U15 girls tennis team were playing Durham High in a league game. They have a very strong team and despite our best efforts they proved too strong for us.

Finally good luck today to our Year 10 cricket team who are playing Parkview for a place in the Tyneside cup final and our U13 boys tennis team who are playing Hummersknott to win the Durham group.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE