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Dates for Your Diary

  • Monday 11 January - Year 7 Parents' Consultation Evening 4.00 - 6.00 p.m. For general information regarding parents' consultation evenings please click here.
  • Wednesday 20 January - Year 7 Parents' Information Programme (E-Safety) -  6.00 p.m.
  • Year 11 Mock Examinations - 25 January - 5 February.  Please click on the following links for a copy of the Year 11 mock examination timetable  and advice regarding revision for students and for parents
  • Monday 8 February - Year 9 Options Evening 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.
  • Friday 12 February - school breaks for Spring Half Term for one week
  • Monday 22 February - term begins



Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

Happy New Year! I do hope that you had a good Christmas break.

New Year is clearly a time for new starts and many of us may have made resolutions. I can imagine that several people reading this will have joined a gym to stay healthy, or will have promised to keep in touch more regularly with family and friends. Some will have decided to procrastinate less this year, and others  will have specific projects or plans that they want to realise by 2017. It is also a good time to focus on academic work. Students can be encouraged to ensure that all homework is completed straight away rather than wait until the last moment, and to begin to revise for exams, knowing a little bit and often is a good structure for this.  For our exam cohorts mocks and then the real exams will come very quickly now, as we are all only too well aware of how quickly a year can pass.

Wishing you all the best this year.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher



Driving Onto The School Site

Two potentially serious incidents were observed by duty staff reponsible for supervising students arriving into school this morning, whereby parents, dropping off their children, drove onto site at speed, ignoring the 5 mph limit, and then failed to stop at the zebra crossing where students were waiting to cross.

For the safety of all children, staff and visitors, may we remind parents and carers that, unless special permission has been sought and granted, they must not drive onto the school site either at the start or the end of the school day.

Please also be aware that in choosing to drive onto the school site, which is private, without formal approval, then you may be uninsured in the event of an accident.


Ski Visit Leaving on January 16th

Please can I remind parents whose children are going on the January ski visit that the party are to meet in the departure lounge at 0430 on Saturday 16th.  The flight leaves at 0655.

Mrs Hopper 2 i/c PE and Ski Visit Co-ordinator


Year 7 Parents Information Programme

The final session of the Parents Information Programme  will take place on Wednesday 20 January and will begin at 6.00 p.m. The focus of the session is e-safety and Mr Garside (Computing) and Mr Weaver (Assistant Head i/c Pastoral and Behaviour) will aim to highlight the dangers young people face when using technology.  The session will also give parents some practical advice on how to help their children use technology safety and how to make them aware of the dangers.



Christmas Carol Service

In December the school visited Durham Cathedral for our annual carol service. Once again the event was a huge success. The children’s behaviour and demeanour were exemplary.  The contributions from the pupils were excellent including outstanding musical performances once again inspired by Mr Holmes and the Music Department. One highlight was the unaccompanied choral singing at the end of the nave to open the service. Thank you to parents for attending and we hope you enjoyed the service: we have never seen the cathedral so packed for this event. We are so grateful to Durham Cathedral for allowing us to use this magnificent building year after year. Members of the public and the cathedral staff were full of praise for the pupils’ conduct and for the quality of the musical performances.  

Mr Bancroft, Deputy Headteacher



Spring Term Lunchtime and After School Activities

Please click on the following link for details of activities and clubs offered this term.  Extra Curricular Activities 2016.


KS4 Careers Information

'Start Today' which is a booklet detailing courses on offer from local training providers has been updated for January 2016 and is available on the Help4teens website.

Mr Kennedy, 2nd i/c Guidance


Vaccination Schedule

The following vaccinations will be offered to pupils in school this year:

Year 8 girls are offered HPV vaccine which protects against cervical cancer – two injections given between six months and two years apart.

All Year 9 students are offered Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio 3-in-1 booster and Meningitis ACWY (replaced Meningitis C) immunisations.

Current year 11 students are being offered Meningitis ACWY this year.

We will write to you prior to the vaccination to seek consent.  If your child is absent on the day of the vaccination there will be a catch up session.

Please see below a link which you may find helpful.


Mrs Coady, Attendance and Welfare Manager



Uniform Reminder

We would like to bring to your attention that the senior team will be checking standards of uniform in January.  Please click on the following link for a copy of the uniform list for students in Years 7 - 11.

In the event that you are considering purchasing replacement items of uniform during the holidays please may we remind you that:

  • Skirts should be of a reasonable length and must not be skin tight.  Skirts should not be made from stretchy or knitted fabric.  Skirt should be worn with black opague tights
  • Trousers should not be worn skin tight.  They should be full length and the hem should rest on the top of the shoes.  If you can see the ankle then the length is not correct.  
  • Trousers must not be worn tucked into boots.  If trousers do not fit over the boots then either the trousers are not sufficiently loose or the boots are too wide.

Maintaining a high standard of uniform is vital.  It helps set the climate for learning and we appreciate your support in upholding the high standards we set.



Year 11 Health and Social Care Students Visit Melbury Court

In December Year 11 Health and Social Care Students paid a visit to Melbury Court to find out how a care home operates.  Student were given a guided tour of the home and chatted with residents.  They were invited to join residents in a game of bingo, helping them to mark their cards.  Students, staff and residents enjoyed the day, and the event featured in the home's news bulletin.

Mrs Scott, Design and Technology Department



Gilesgate Roundabout Traffic Improvement Works

We have received notification from Durham County Council advising that work is to begin shortly to introduce traffic signals on the Gilesgate roundabout to better manage the flow of traffic through the city. The work will begin on Sunday 24 January 2016 and will last until May 2016.  The work has been planned to reduce disruption to a minimum and will be carried out in seven phases.  However, during each phase traffic restrictions will be in place.  Regular updates will be published at www.durham.gov.uk/gilesgate.  



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 11 January 2016.

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form

Music Notices

Musical Instruments

Please could I make two requests to all students who bring musical instruments into school. Firstly, please could all instruments be clearly labelled to ensure that students do not accidently take the wrong instrument home (plastic tags are available from the music department) and secondly, we have limited storage space for instruments and so, unless there is a good reason, please could all instruments go home at the end of each day to ensure that instruments are not damaged when the storage areas are over-filled.


Rehearsal/ Activity Timetable for this term






Chamber Choir (MU1)



GCSE Performance (MU3)



Guitar Club (MU1)

Junior Orchestra

Wind Band


Theory Club (MU2)



Theory Club (MU2)/ Aural Skills (MU3)

Junior Choir

Senior Choir





Keyboard Club(MU1)/ Aural Skills(MU3)

Senior Orchestra





Aural Skills (MU2 & MU3)

Big Band


GCSE Composition (MU3)


Dates for this term

  • Evensong - Monday 25th January, Durham Cathedral, 17.15.   Chamber Choir sing Evensong with a rehearsal in the quire at 15.45. All are welcome to attend the service. Please be seated by 17.00 and the service will be finished by c.18.00.
  • ‘North East Festival of Youth Choirs’, Saturday 27th February, Durham Cathedral.  Chamber Choir takes part in a county-wide festival of choral singing. Afternoon rehearsal and evening concert. More details nearer the time.
  • School Spring Concert - Thursday 17th March, James Hall. First half 18.30 and second half 19.30.  All school performing groups will take part with some rehearsals during the school day. Tickets available after February half term.

Mr Holmes, Subject Leader for Music



Sports News

On Tuesday our Year 7 basketball teams were taking part in the Durham & Chester-le-Street tournament. The winners of this would qualify for the County finals in March. We entered an A and B team and both had very easy victories against all the other teams. Our B team beat Hermitage 32 – 0 and Parkview 28 – 0 and our A team had similar comfortable wins. The best game of the night was our A v B teams. The score was level with 30 seconds to go but a basket for the A team saw them win 12 – 10.

On Wednesday our Key Stage 3 boys and girls badminton teams were at Belmont for the Area competition. The standard was very high and our girls played well throughout the evening to remain unbeaten and win the event. They now qualify for the County finals in March. The boys' competition was extremely close and came down to the last match. Unfortunately we lost a close game to St Leonard’s meaning we finished 2nd. Our B teams also performed well, winning several matches.

Also on Wednesday evening our Year 12 and Year 13 U19 boys' football teams  were involved in a Futsal Tournament at Park View School. Both teams won their opening games and faced each other in the final. The Year 13 team won 2-1 and became U19 Futsal Area Champions. Well done to Sonny Childs, Mitchell Richardson, Joe Barker, Josh Bailey, Graidey Fairburn and Matthew Mitchell who were awarded the winner’s trophy on the night.A full tournament report is available in the secon dlink below.

Good luck to our Key Stage 4 badminton teams who are also at Belmont tonight for their Area competition. Hopefully we will be able to bring news of more success next week.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader, PE


Football Fixtures 2015-2016