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Dates for Your Diary

  • Thursday 17 December - Santa fun run in aid of St Cuthbert's Hospice.  For further details please click here.
  • Christmas Lunch - Wednesday 9 December 
  • Christmas Concert - Thursday 10 December in James Hall 6.30 
  • Monday 7 December 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.  Year 12 Parents Consultation Evening.  For a copy of the letter of invitation please click here.
  • Wednesday 16 December 2015 - Christmas Jumper Day. For further details please click here.
  • Friday 18 December - Christmas Carol Service in Durham Cathedral.  For further details please see links below: 

       Carol Service Arrangements - Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13       Carol Service Arrangements - Year 11.  

  • Term begins Monday 4 January 2016
  • Monday 11 January - Year 7 Parents' Consultation Evening 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 20 January - Year 7 PIP (E-Safety) -  6.00 p.m.
  • Year 11 Mock Examinations - 25 January - 5 February.  Please click on the following link for a copy of the Year 11 mock examination timetable.



Headteacher's Message

We are fast approaching Christmas festivities at school. Next week is the Christmas meal, the school concert and a Year 7 disco. The week after we have Christmas jumper day and our fabulous service at Durham cathedral.

In our assemblies we will think about what the Christmas season means, and how we can share what we have with those less fortunate than ourselves at this time of year. Much of the information about our celebrations will be published through the Friday bulletin. Do read it carefully!  

This season also brings bad weather.  Please remember the rules about driving onto site – especially at the beginning and end of the day. It is tempting to drop children off in order to stop them getting wet, but the number of cars on site can make it dangerous for other students. Only those with planned meetings or needing access due to mobility issues are allowed to bring vehicles onto campus. We have also asked students who use bikes to be careful in this weather. Can you underline this with them too? Finally, when crossing roads to and from school, can you also ask youngsters to take care, especially in bad weather conditions. Excitement for Christmas, rain and snow, and fun activities in school can have a negative impact on students’ concentration!

Thanks for your support and help.

Yours sincerely,


Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Parent Governor Election

We have received nine nominations from parents interested in becoming a  Parent Governor and will now hold an election.

Ballot papers have been issued to students to bring home to parents and carers today.  In the event that pupils were absent, or not in registration this morning, copies will be posted home today.  

  • There are TWO vacancies.  Parents and carers may vote for TWO of the candidates on the ballot paper.
  • The deadline for return of ballot papers is by close of business on Friday 11th December.
  • Papers may be returned to school via pupils or by post.    A ballot box will be provided for returned papers at Reception. 

In the event that you do not receive a copy of the ballot paper, please contact Denise Scrivens, Head's PA



End of Term Reports for Years 7-11

·         End of Term reports for pupils in Years 7-11 will be published on ePortal by Wednesday 16th December.

·         Pupils in Years 7-11 will receive a paper copy of their report from their form tutor on Thursday 17th December.

·         Pupils in Years 7-11 will discuss their report with their form tutor on Thursday 17th December.

·         Parents who have requested a paper copy of their child’s report should receive a copy before the end of term.

·         Years 7-9 percentage tables of levels in each subject are given on each child’s report.

·         KS4/5 students and all parents who have difficulty logging on to ePortal or have forgotten/lost their log in details, please email the school (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Mr Bancroft, Deputy Head


E-Safety Advice Page


Following on from our message last week in the bulletin regarding a website named “Omegal”, we advised parents/carers to review their parental settings their electronic devices. We have an E-Safety advice page for parents which we review regularly, however we would like to highlight to you a very useful interactive website which demonstrates how to access and review parental controls on a wide range of devices which you can view by clicking on the link below.





Code Club

This week in code club our Digital leaders worked with small groups to let them experiment with our MakeyMakey kit. Using this kit and a lot of crocodile clips they had the idea of making the students become a human piano where one person was able to touch the hands of another student to make a sound play. Later in the session they also decided to change themselves into a human control pad and played Super Mario using the same method!


We showed the group the new PiZero’s that we have acquired this past week and I’m sorry to say that a lot of them are going to be asking for some stocking fillers in the next couple of weeks. The rest of the code clubbers were given a choice to work with the Pibrellas or to keep on coding more of their creative ideas to make things happen in Minecraft.

Sadly next week will be the last week of code club for Year 7, however the digital leaders are planning to do more stations demonstrating to the students all of the great projects that they have been working on with their Raspberry Pi's to hopefully inspire the students to continue coding even after code club has finished.

Next week the Computing department will be celebrating international hour of code week where we will be continuing to make sure every student has a go at coding. We will report on the activities that we complete in the bulletin next week.  

Mr Garside and Miss Forbes, Computing Department



National Citizens Service Programme

We were delighted to hear the news that two of our Year 13 students Eva Bhowmick and Tiana Dinard-Samuel were in a team of five students who were short listed for a National NCS award at the Children and Young People's Award Evening in London last week.   Pauline Vipond, NCS Project Manager in Durham commented  'This year I am particularly proud that one of our NCS teams of young people from Durham has been nominated for the National Citizen Service Award for their work on the Hands On Ears campaign, promoting deaf awareness.  Our work with NCS is just one of the ways UFA supports and develops young people and the whole team are delighted that these young people are being recognised on a national stage'.

Please click on the following link for further information.  www.cypnawards.com/shortlist.



Visit to Nevilles Cross Primary School

Today the Year 10 Health and Social group visited Nevilles Cross Primary school to work with the early years class. The group had designed their own Christmas themed activities and gathered all of the resources themselves. Whilst they were at Nevilles Cross they worked on their assignment brief -  Care Values. We discussed the safeguarding, duty of care, dignity and treating people with respect.

The staff at Nevilles Cross commended the students on their communication with the young children and their enthusiasm.


Mrs White, PE Department



Celebrity Entrepreneur Goes Into Space

In October we were joined by three celebrity entrepreneurs who delivered an aspiring careers message to students in Years 10 and 11. We welcomed Joe Slater (Lennie from BBC Waterloo Road), Dhillan Bhardwaj (Ratchet clothing) who is a fashion designer and entrepreneur who at 18 has a business turnover of over £1 million and Hussain Manawer who is a YouTube vlogger and campaigner for raising awareness for Mental Health.

Hussain was 1 of 3 finalists in a competition to blog from space and fantastically, he won the competition.

Dedicating his win to all sufferers of mental health, after he was announced as the winner, Hussain said: "This spaceship, I want to dedicate this to every single person who has suffered from mental health, every young boy, girl, man, woman who sits in their bedroom crying and you don’t know why, everyone who avoids mirrors because you don’t like what you look like.

"I want to tell you, if you are suffering from mental health it is absolutely fine.

"Welcome to the club, there are seven billion of us."

Links to the news below:





Information for Students Considering a Career in Accountancy

ICAEW Chartered Accountant

If students are looking to gain a highly-regarded skill-set, and a career filled with worldwide opportunities to work within a range of reputable companies, then chartered accountancy could be a career to consider.

Despite popular belief, there is a lot more to chartered accountancy than is typically expected from the profession. ICAEW Chartered Accountants are often at the core of key business decisions. Whether it is making sure a charity has the funds to deliver its work or using their financial knowledge to help a business develop, ICAEW Chartered Accountants are valued at the highest levels of accountancy, finance and business. This is why 97* of the world’s 100 global leading brands employ ICAEW Chartered Accountants.

You may be surprised to learn that there are five main routes to becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. These all involve gaining our globally-recognised chartered accountancy qualification, the ACA. The ACA is internationally recognised and will give your child the opportunity to learn while in full time employment. The qualification will enable your child to gain the right knowledge and hands-on experience across accountancy, finance, and business, for them to enjoy a successful career as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

The route that a student choses will depend on their desires after leaving school or college. School Leaver programmes, Higher Apprenticeship’s in Assurance/Audit and Tax, ICAEW CFAB and AAT-ACA Fast Track programmes all offer an exciting alternative to university. For those students who wish to go to university, it is important to note that they won’t need to study an accountancy, finance or business related degree subject. However, there are a range of partnership programmes available which offer the opportunity to combine their degree with work experience, internship and placement opportunities.

To find out more about a career with limitless opportunities visit icaew.com/careers.



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 7 December 2015

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form



Sports News

On Tuesday our Year 7, 5-a-side football team were at Parkside in the Bishop Auckland schools competition. They remained unbeaten throughout the night winning the final game 6 – 0 against the hosts to win the competition. We now go forward to the finals which are due to take place during the last week of term.

On Wednesday our Year 10 and 11 basketball teams made the long journey to Stockport for English Schools games. We faced very strong teams but never gave up. Our Year 10 team were only 2 points behind with 3 minutes to play but just failed to win eventually losing by 5 points. Our Year 11 team also played well but never recovered from a slow start losing by 30 points.

Rugby this week has been a victim of the weather with both Year 9 tournaments being postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

Our Year 7 and 8 netball teams were in action at Durham School on Thursday. Our Year 7 team won 6 - 3 while we lost an excellent Year 8 game by only one goal 9 - 8.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader, PE



Football Fixtures 2015-2016