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Dates For Your Diary

  • School breaks for Summer Half term week on Friday 27 May and re-opens on Monday 6th June
  • Monday 13 June - Year 12 students return from study leave
  • Thursday 30 June - 6th Science Careers Presentationn - 3.00 p.m. in Lydia
  • Thursday 30 June -  UCAS and Higher Education finance briefing for parents -  6.30 - 7.30 p.m., James Hall


Headteacher's Message

Dear parents and carers,

Can I thank you for all the caring messages of support for Miss Bittlestone’s family at this time. Many of you were wanting to know if there is anything that you can do to send your best wishes and condolences. We have set up a fundraising page to raise some money to support Miss Bittlestone’s daughter in the future, to support her education. Do feel free to contribute. Clearly, in the fullness of time, the school will also ensure that Miss Bittlestone's life is commemorated and celebrated.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wardle, Headteacher


Public Examinations - Information for Students, Parents and Carers

Public examinations are in progress and will continue until the end of June.  

Students in Year 11 and  Year 12 are now on study leave.  Year 12 students will return to school on the 13 June.

Year 13 students will leave on Thursday 26 May 2016.  

Information regarding exam regulations, dates and procedures for collecting exam certificates and coursework is available here.

Please be aware that it is the school's custom and practice to publish GCSE and A Level examination results in the local press.  If a student or their parents or carers have any concern regarding the publication of their results, they should notify the Examinations Officer, Mrs Gillham in writing, no later than the 1st July 2016. 


Biomedical and Clinicial Scientists in the NHS

Our fifth science careers presentation, pathology and healthcare, took place last week.  Dr. Tim Lang, who works for the University Hospital of North Durham, gave a presentation on the roles of biomedical scientists and clinical scientists in the NHS, particularly in the area of pathology.  Having firstly dispelled some of the myths surrounding pathology, he gave the pupils an insight into the many opportunities available for those interested in a career in the Health Service.  It was useful for the pupils to appreciate that it is not only medically qualified employees that play important roles in our Health Service. 

Our last presentation for this academic year will be on Thursday 30th June at 3pm and will be given by Catherine Piggott, a Veterinary Surgeon. 

Dr. Bolton, Subject Leader for Biology


Truly Scrumptious!

The recent Bake Off competition was a great success with over 30 Year 7 students taking part.

First prize was awarded to Bonnie Marville for her two-tiered floral cake.

Second prize was awarded to Jamie Scott for his carrot cake.

Third prize was awarded to Megan Harris for her checkerboard sponge.



£31.00 was raised from the sale of the cakes and the money is to be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Miss Hodgson, Technology Department


Skills for Life

Year 10 student Joseph Keogan recently applied for a  fully funded Skills for life award at the Outward Bound Centre in Ullswater worth over £1600.  

He was invited to a gruelling selection event during which he had to hike 10km (in hail/sleet/snow!), camp overnight in a DIY bivouac, complete a team challenge, an individual task and be interviewed by Outward Bound staff.   His excellent performance during selection has secured him a a place this summer. The award lasts 19 days and includes a wide range of exciting activities.

More info can be found here: https://www.outwardbound.org.uk/courses/courses-for-individuals/our-courses/outward-bound-skills-for-life-award-(15-19)/

Well done to Joseph for taking the initiative to apply for the award.  It will be a fantastic experience.

Engineering Apprentices Open Day 21 May 2016

A reminder to students, parents and carers that an open event for students aged 15 - 18 who are interested in finding out more about engineering apprenticehships will be held at the Engineering Training Centre, Scotswood Road, Newcastle NE15 6LL from 9.00 till 1.00 p.m. tomorrow.  The open event will give students the oportunity to find out about the diverse roles available in engineering, take a look around the centre's facilities, meet dedicated training staff and to receive help and advice on how to apply.

For more information about this event and other apprenticeship opportunities, follow us on facebook at Engineering Training Centre North East or call 0191 256 5395.


After School Buses

A reminder that we will only be offering the free, after-school bus service on Wednesday evening (at approximately 4.30) for the rest of this academic year. The other buses will stop after half-term. Governors are pleased to inform parents that the bus service will be able to continue on Wednesday afternoons throughout the next academic year, even though public finances are very tight.

Professor Simon Morris, Chair of Governors


Professor Les Ebdon

We were delighted to welcome Professor Les Ebdon, Director of OFFA who came into school yesterday and spent the day speaking to upper sixth students and sixth form staff about their experiences of applying to Higher Education.

OFFA (The Office for Fair Access) is the independent public body that regulates fair access to higher education in England. 

Mr McArdle, Director of Sixth Form


New Legislation on Legal Highs

Durham Constabulary has asked us to share  information with students and parents regarding the Psychoactive Substances Act which comes into force on 26 May to tackle the harm caused by so called legal highs. The only excmption from the Act are those substances already controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and medicinial products.  The main intention of the Act is to shut down shops and websites that currently trade in 'legal highs'. 

Please click here for an information leaflet containing further details.  



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 23 May 2016.

 Operational Head of Sixth Form



Sports News

The football season finally came to an end on Monday as our Year 10 team travelled to St John’s in the Ben Potts final. Matches with St John’s are always close and this was no exception. However we produced some excellent football to take control in the second half going on to become champions with a 4 – 1 victory.

Also on Monday our Year 7 cricket team faced Hetton in the County cup. Unfortunately they had one excellent batsman who dominated their innings. This left us chasing 94 runs to win which proved too much as we kept losing wickets.

Early on Tuesday morning eight of our Year 9’s left for Hungary to represent County Durham in an international sports competition. This is an excellent opportunity to take part in some high level sport and a cultural experience including a visit to Budapest today. I will be able to bring any news of sporting success next week.

Our Year 9 and 10 rounders teams were playing Durham School on Tuesday. These were excellent matches which we unfortunately lost.

On Wednesday our Year 8 team were in county cup action taking on Northfield. We batted first and scored an excellent 123 runs in 16 overs. This included 67 not out from Isaac Unsworth. We bowled well and the result was never in doubt as they only scored 51 runs.

On Thursday our U15 boys and girls athletics teams were at Monkton Stadium for the County Pentathlon championships. Everyone takes part in five events over the day with the scores added up. The boys competition was close but an excellent last event saw us beat Emmanuel College into 2nd place to become County Champions for the third year running. The girls were also in contention going into the final event but were unable to catch a very strong team from Parkview finishing as runners-up. This meant we were again the best school in the County.

Also yesterday our Year 9 cricket team were in County cup action against Carmel. This proved to be a very one sided game as we completely dominated the match winning easily to reach the 2nd round.

A busy day was concluded with our year 7 & 8 rounders teams taking on Durham School. As with the Year 9 & 10 games on Tuesday they were very close with us losing both by just half a rounder.

Finally congratulations to Harrison Whitfield and Sam Bradley who last weekend were competing in the North East  Athletics Championship at Gateshead International Stadium. In the U17 boys triple jump , Durham Johnston had a great day. Harrison jumped a personal best to win Gold and move to be ranked 15th in the UK in his age group. Sam Bradley also jumped a PB and won the silver , another great achievement given he was a school year younger than the other 2 medalists. Harrison and Sam both represent Gateshead Harriers in regional and national competitions.

Mr Hopper, Subject Leader for PE



Football Fixtures 2015-2016



Wharton Park Celebration Weekend

Wharton Park has recently undergone a major transformation and to celebrate are holding a  whole weekend of family fun on  Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May from 11.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m. each day.

There will be live performances in the amphitheatre, free arts and crafts events and coached sports session throughout the weekend.  Visitors will be able to explore the park's new features which include two new children's play areas, an outdoor gym, a community garden and Heritage Centre and cafe.   


Leazes Bowl Roundabout Roadworks

For more the most up to date information  please visit www.durham.gov.uk/leazesbowl or follow #leazesbowl​