Basketball Medal Winners!

Our term ends on a high as our U13 Basketball Team, led by their coach Mr Hunter, achieved silver medal position in the Northumberland Games Finals in Bedlington.  Narrowly beaten by the team from Tweedmouth in the final, the Duke’s team enjoyed their games against Cramlington, Ovingham, Chantry and St Benet Biscop that took them to the final.

Maths Feast Success!

A team of Year 10 mathematicians from Duke’s School took part in the Northumberland Maths Feast earlier this week.  Hot on the heels of the eventual winners, from Whickham, the Duke’s team completed in second place and received a commendation from the competition organisers for their combined resilience, critical thinking skills and sheer determination.
Well done to Alana, Dylan, Dillon and Ryan!  What a credit to Duke’s!

Globalsoft Takeover Denied!

Pupils at Duke’s School brought their three-night run of the hit West End show We Will Rock You to Ashington on Tuesday evening.  With fantastic support from the live band, the pupils on stage took an excited audience through Ben Elton’s story of a group of Bohemians who live in a future where the free exchange of thought, fashion and live music has been replaced by a world where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same.  Through the fantastic music of Queen we are taken on a journey to find that musical instruments have long since been forbidden, and rock music is unknown – apart from a small resistance group of freedom fighters who battle to bring Globalsoft’s domination to an end.

Was this the day the music died?

Can Scaramouche do the fandango?

Did Britney Spears die in vain?

Will Mr Waterstone ever recapture his Irish Dancing title?

…the answers to these questions, and more, could be yours.  There are limited tickets left for Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st March, performances beginning at 6.30pm.  Please contact school reception for availability.


Duke’s named as ONE Vision School

Duke’s School has been selected by the Department of Education to benefit from a major financial injection from the government into schools in the region.  Duke’s was named on Thursday as one of only 30 schools from across the north east region to be designated as a ONE Vision School.

Steve Gibson, Principal at Duke’s School, said “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to make even more of a difference to the lives and futures of our young people here in Ashington, Lynemouth and Newbiggin.  It’s exciting to be part of the ONE Vision partnership, creating a network of schools working together for the benefit of our young people and their communities.”

“Our most recent Ofsted visit demonstrated that we are on track to meet our improvement goals, but this programme will really help to unlock potential here at Duke’s.”

Of the £24m being spent on the Opportunity North East project, around half will be spent on ONE Vision schools, and Duke’s is part of the first wave of involved schools.  This will help to bring together school leaders, local authorities, and educational experts to share best practice and work together to raise children’s aspirations and attainment.

Alan Hardie, CEO of the NCEA Trust, said “We are delighted that Duke’s Secondary School has been offered support from the ONE Vision programme as it is completely aligned with our focus on continuously improving the quality of teaching and learning.  We believe that the tailored support from ONE Vision will accelerate our progress towards achieving the high aspirations we have for our students.”

The ONE Vision programme will commence for first wave schools in September 2019.

World Book Day

An exciting World Book Day 2019 took place for pupils at Duke’s.  Some very creative staff costumes were on display, reflecting their favourite characters from stories.  During the day, Year 7 and 8 experienced the whole of Alice in Wonderland, read to them by each class teacher throughout the day.


Ash Wednesday at Duke’s

Pupils and staff at Duke’s School marked the start of Lent with the opportunity for the traditional placing of an ash cross on the forehead, with the visit of four of our local clergy to the school.  Revd Mina, and Fathers David, John and Lee, spent lunchtime with pupils in the atrium, offering the ash cross and a prayer, or an opportunity to ask questions or just have a chat.  Lots of pupils joined in, and learned about the sign of the cross in ash being placed on the forehead as a reminder at the start of Lent that there are things in our lives that we need to apologise for, and that we should all strive to try harder to improve ourselves each day.