2018 saw students at Belmont sitting the new style more rigorous GCSEs and achieving impressive results. Results in nearly every subject are up with the most impressive improvements in English, Maths, Science, MFL and History.
The Local Authority’s investment in new science labs last year meant students could really get to grips with all the practical elements of the new rigorous GCSEs. The results have soared as a consequence; surpassing expectations, as well as local and national averages this year.
Paul Marsden, Headteacher said: “We are thrilled for the students, who have all done so well! These results mean they have greater options available to them post-16 and enable students to secure their first choice courses. It will give them the self-belief to go on and become the next generation of doctors, teachers, engineers and scientists the country needs. Belmont School is undergoing a renaissance, but we need to keep the ball rolling. We welcome the investment from Durham County Council and have shown what we can do as a local authority school with their backing. We believe these results highlight the need for further investment, as we are one of the only remaining Durham schools without a new build. They are down to hard work from students and staff alike. Everyone needs congratulating!”
The school’s growing reputation has meant that it is oversubscribed for the first time for new students in September 2018.
Our Summer newsletter is available via this link and also in the Parents tab, newsletter section.
As a parting gift to our 2018 leavers some staff read The Places You’ll Go by Dr Suess. You can watch it here.
Emblematic, our uniform supplier, will be holding a sales event in school on Wednesday 4th July, 2:30pm – 5pm in the Gym. Sample uniform items will be available to try on. Items can be ordered or purchased at the event and payment is accepted by cash or card.
Uniform can be expensive so please ensure you check our uniform leaflet carefully before you purchase.
Alternatively uniform can be ordered from www.emblematic.co.uk.
In light of the GDPR regulations our Privacy Notice can be found under the About Us, Key Information, School Policies tab, or via this link
Information for those students taking part in our France trip is available via the Parents, Letters to Parents link or click here
During May Half Term, final booster sessions will be offered to year 11 students to help them prepare for their exams. Click here for further information.
We would like to take the opportunity to remind parents about some online dangers faced by our young people. Apps and websites can be a great tool for youngsters to find out about the world, but some areas of the internet are not always safe for children. Our children are sometimes called “Digital Natives” – they are growing up in a world surrounded by social media, they seem very comfortable when adults are sometimes much more nervous of the technology. Children are naive, they are still learning about the world and sometimes they can be taken advantage of by predatory adults.
Durham Police have once again been involved in an investigation where school children may have potentially been exploited so, to try and prevent any re-occurrence, we would like to suggest the following:
parents and carers should discuss with their children their use of technology, and take the time to find out more about their children’s online life; parents should know who their children’s online friends are and what apps they are using
it is also worth setting parental controls, both on devices and on the home and mobile internet feeds – this is not a foolproof solution, but it does reduce the chances of children either coming into contact with inappropriate material or individuals.