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Dates for Your Diary

  • Monday 14 March - Year 10 Parents' Consultation Evening, 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • School Spring Concert - Thursday 17 March, 6.30 and 7.30 p.m.
  • Friday 18 March - non uniform day for Sport Relief 2016
  • Thursday 24 March - school breaks for the Easter holidays (2 weeks and 1 day)
  • Monday 11 April - term begins
  • Monday 18 April - Year 8 Parents' Consultation Evening, 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
  • Monday 2 May - school closed for May Day Bank Holiday



Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

One of our jobs as teachers is to help youngsters understand that there are different rules and expectations in different contexts. At the most basic of levels, at school students are required to wear school uniform whereas (I assume) at the weekend they do not choose to do so. There may even be moments during the school day when they are required to practise skills and engage in activities that they would prefer not to be doing. Who am I to say, but many of the youngsters may prefer to be online, or playing football.

Next week I am going to remind pupils of the invisible line that we have in school. This invisible line is between the yard outside, and the building itself. The easiest example of this is our stance on mobile phones. Outside, students can have access to mobile phones. Inside the building they are to be switched off and unseen – as if they were not there. If a student is seen with a mobile phone in the building it will be confiscated. Outside, students are able to run around. Inside the building students should be walking, and where possible, walking on the left.

Thank you for your continued support in matters of behaviour, uniform and discipline. 

Yours sincerely


Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Chewing Gum

In order to preserve the school environment, please could you remind your son or daughter that chewing gum is not allowed in school, and it must not be brought onto school premises.


Sport Relief 2016

Next Friday 18th March we are holding a non-uniform day to raise funds for Sport Relief 2016.  The donation requested from students who wish to participate is £1.00. Additional fund raising activities are also planned.  For further information please click on the following link.


Year 7 Business Enterprise Event

This event held at the start of the this week was loosely based on the successful programme “Dragons Den.”  Working in teams, students were required to create a new, innovative and exciting new product to meet the needs of North East customers.

After naming their business and creating a company logo they had to build a prototype of their product and identify an appropriate marketing strategy.

Each group then presented their product to invited Business Ambassadors and the other companies. The teams were judged on innovation, creativity and the quality of their presentation.  The Ambassadors were highly appreciative of the effort put in by the teams, commenting on their high levels of motivation, engagement and professional presentations.

Well done to the winners!  A big thank you to our Business Ambassadors, who were very impressed by the manner in which Year 7 approached the activity.

Mr Tait, Curriculum Leader Business & Enterprise



Maths Department News

International Maths Olympiad

Year 11 student, Yuriy Tumarkin has received a prestigious invitation to attend a training camp at Trinity College Cambridge.

22 of the most talented under-18 mathematicians have been invited to take part in this training which is part of the preparation for selection for the British team for the International Olympiad Competition.  

Miss Rush, Subject Leader for Maths


School Spring Concert

Final Rehearsal arrangements 

All rehearsals will take place in James Hall

Monday 14 March

Chamber Choir 12.15 – 12.40

Tuesday 15 March

First Part Rehearsal

  • Junior Orchestra and Wind Band 2.45 – 3.40
  • Big Band 3.30 – 4.00

Wednesday 16 March

Second Part Rehearsal

Junior Choir, Senior Choir and Senior Orchestra 2.45 – 3.45










Tickets, which are £2.50 (£2 concessions) for each part of the concert are selling very well indeed, so please would you ensure that tickets are purchased from the music department asap. We printed 300 tickets for each half, which is our full audience capacity, and as of Friday afternoon, we have only 38 tickets left for part one and 66 for part two.


Concert Day Arrangements

First Part will begin at 6.30

Please could all performers be in school by 6.15 and all audience members be seated by 6.25.


Second Part will begin at 7.30

Please could all performers be in school by 7.15 and all audience for the second part take their seats  as soon as possible after the audience has vacated James Hall after the first part has ended?

Mr Holmes , Subject Leader for Music



Creative Writers

Congratulations to Miranda Stephenson, Josie Moir and Rebecca Lessels in Year 10 who have achieved their Silver Arts Award and Mark Humphries in Year 9 who has achieved his Bronze Arts Award through their work in creative writing club.

Miss Ayrey, Subject Leader for Drama



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 Monday 14 March 2016

Mrs Lennon, Operational Head of Sixth Form


Science Careers Events

In the second in the series of science careers events Mr. Ahmed Ali Khan, a consultant from the University Hospital of North Durham, gave a very interesting presentation about his work as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.  His presentation informed the pupils about the requirements to be successful at medicine, as well as some interesting facts from the history of surgery and information about the various types of operations that he performs.  He also spoke about the importance of science in the way that it underlies all the work that he does and the importance of keeping up to date with an ever advancing field.

Next week, on Thursday 17th March, Prof. Karl Coleman from the Department of Chemistry, University of Durham, will give a presentation about his scientific research  entitled “Graphene: a true wonder material?”.  This will take place in the library from 3pm until 4pm. 

Dr. Bolton, Subject Leader for Biology



Sports News

Our VIth form basketball team who reached the last 16 schools in the country played at Fulford College on Monday for a place in the National quarter finals. This was always going to be a tough game against a very good team. They played very well and unfortunately we didn’t have our best shooting game and therefore lost convincingly.

On Tuesday our Year 7 and Year 9 teams were due to play football against Parkside. Unfortunately they conceded the Year 9 game at the last minute. A win for us in the Year 7 game would all but guarantee the league title and we made no mistake going on to win 7 – 3.

Also on Tuesday our Year 8 cricket team were playing the final game in the indoor season against Fyndoune. Unfortunately they arrived at Fyndoune to find they only had 2 players and therefore had to concede. We have now won the Durham City indoor title.

On Wednesday our U15 girls' basketball team were playing in the Bishop Auckland Schools tournament. A win in our first game 20 – 8 against Whitworth put us in control of the tournament. To become champions we needed to beat Greenfield in our final game and made no mistake winning a close game 10 – 8.

Also on Wednesday our VIth form football team were playing in the Senior Knockout semi-final against St Robert’s. The score was 1 – 1 at half-time but a strong second half performance saw St Robert’s go on to beat us 5 – 1.

On Thursday our Year 7  and Year 11 football teams were at home to King James. Our Year 7 team confirmed the league title with an outstanding 15 – 1 win. The Year 11 team also played well to record a 3 – 1 victory.

Also yesterday our Year 9 basketball team were trying to reach the national quarter finals as they took on the North-west champions – Marple Hall School, Stockport. The first half was close but we faded in the 3rd quarter eventually losing by over 20 points. Still an excellent achievement to reach the last 16 schools in the country.

To complete a busy day our U14 boys' and girls' badminton teams travelled to Belmont for the Durham County Inter Schools Cup. Both teams performed very well with our boys finishing in 4th place. The girls were outstanding going on to win the competition.

Finally good luck tonight to our Year 9 football team who are playing QEHS in the quarter-final of the Tyneside Cup; our VIth Form team who are playing at Lanchester St Bede’s  and also our U13 girls team who have a County Cup match at home against St Bede’s.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE


Football Fixtures 2015-2016




Gilesgate Roundabout Roadworks

For up-to-date information regarding the ongoing improvements to the Gilesgate roundabout please visit www.durham.gov.uk/gilesgate.