Assessment Week Information: Summer Term


Summer Term Assessment Week for students in Years 7 to 10 begins on Monday 9th May.

In order to support students to prepare for this, a document has been produced for each year group, which specifies:

  • Subjects being assessed
  • Dates of assessment
  • Topics to revise
  • Resources, further information and support (weblinks are underlined in the document in blue and can be accessed directly by clicking on them)

Each document can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Subject areas have also produced a document for Year 11 students, containing upcoming exam dates, as well as information about additional resources, further information and support.

The Year 11 document can be accessed by via this link.

All students have been e-mailed an individual copy of the relevant document for their year group today.  Students have also been encouraged to take their exercise books home to help them prepare for their assessments.

KS4 Options Booklet 2016

Our KS4 Options Booklet for students and parents currently in Years 8 and 9 is now available from the STUDENTS and PARENTS drop down menus at the top of our homepage or by clicking HERE.

Please note: Hard copies of booklets will also be provided at Options Evenings.

A reminder that Options Evenings for parents and students will be held in school from 3.00-6.00 pm on the following dates:

Year 9 – Thursday 14th April

Year 8 – Thursday 21st April

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Parking on Buckinghamshire/Devonshire Road

Parking Services at Durham County Council have asked school to remind parents of the recurring problems of dangerous and obstructive parking of cars on Devonshire and Buckinghamshire Road caused by parents dropping off and collecting children from School.

Civil Enforcement Officers have attended the area to carry out enforcement of the ‘no waiting’ parking restrictions.  In addition, where vehicles have been causing an obstruction and parking on the footpath, this matter has been passed onto the police to be monitored, as the power to enforce these offences lies with Durham Constabulary.



Paul Marsden



Goodbye to Vivos

We are now operating a new reward system in school.

Therefore, from 1st March 2016, we will no longer be using the VIVO Miles system. This means students should cash in any VIVOs by 29th February 2016. Year 11 students can put their VIVOs towards their prom ticket. Alternatively a large number of students are donating their VIVOs to charity and we would certainly encourage them to do this.


Mr C Jones

Youtube Risks – Uploading Video

We have been asked by Durham County Council to share the following e-safety advice with parents.

Many children spend a lot of time watching vloggers (Video Log) such as Zoella. (Zoella can have over 3 million hits on her uploads!).

Some children chose to emulate these Vloggers, and in doing so without careful thought can leave themselves open to bullying or online grooming by revealing personal details and making videos and comments available to anyone.

This is not illegal but the minimum age to create a Youtube account is 13. Having an account for a younger child breaks the terms and conditions of the site. It is not possible to upload videos without creating an account.

The following links provide additional information for and

Safeguarding Information

As a school protecting children from the risk of radicalisation is part of our wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences. 
In order for us to fulfill our duty, it is essential that staff and parents are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified.