Sixth Form Successes Celebrated!

Students from Duke’s Secondary School are celebrating the outcomes of their sixth form study today after two years of academic and vocational study at the Ashington school.  In addition to a range of excellent individual performances, the school has again celebrated some high performances, including maintaining a 98% pass rate in vocational qualifications.

Students plan to take up a range of university places and apprenticeships after their time studying at Duke’s.  Layla Evans plans to head off to Northumbria University to study Occupational Therapy, following achieving two Distinction grades in Health and Social Care and a grade B in  A Level Psychology.  Layla has been part of the Futures programme at the school, delivered in collaboration with the charity TeachFirst, which aims to help students to prepare for university interviews and think about their future careers.

Katie Murthwaite has today celebrated a raft of achievements, including a Distinction* in ICT, Distinction in Media and Merit in Performing Arts, but also achieving her Extended Project Qualification and her Gold Artsmark Award.  The school is proud to have achieved the Gold standard for its Arts provision during this year, and Katie has been involved in many of the activities behind this award, which has been great preparation for her future study of Computer Games Design at Teesside University.

Cameron Donnelly is due to head to Sunderland University in September to study Sport and Exercise Science, after bagging his A grade at A Level Physical Education in the year that the school was awarded the Bronze Sports Mark Award for sporting participation.  Thanaphat Niamklin has gained the qualifications needed to achieve his place to study Law at Canterbury after only two years in the UK, having moved to Ashington from his native Thailand.

Steve Gibson, Principal at Duke’s School, said: “We are proud of our sixth formers who have done so well and are heading to really exciting futures.  We’re looking forward to hearing more from them in the future.”

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story of a group of Bohemians who live in a future where the free exchange of thought, fashion and live music has been replaced by a world where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same.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.


JBVI at Duke’s Secondary School Course Information Evening: Wednesday 28 November (4.30-6.30pm)

Finishing your GCSEs this Summer and thinking about your next steps? Join us this Wednesday (28 November, between 4.30pm and 6.30pm) to find out more about our broad range of study programmes, extra-curricular & enrichment activities and to gain an insight into what being a Sixth Form student at JBVI entails.

JBVI and Duke’s Secondary School staff will be on hand to discuss the various progression routes available to you and to provide tailored advice based on your future aspirations and career plans.

Find out about our Sixth Form curriculum on our website:

Sixth Form Results Day 2018 at JBVI

Record number of Year 13 students progressing into higher education, employment or further training.

This year the Academy is celebrating yet another successful Sixth Form Results Day, with JBVI students progressing onto a wide and varied range of university courses and apprenticeships.
Here are just a few examples of the students who have achieved fantastic results this year:
  • Sophie Lee A*BB (Sociology, Psychology, Biology)
  • Brooke Mullaney BBC (English Literature, Music, History)
  • Niamh Menzies BBC (History, Psychology, English Literature)
  • Olivia Mitchinson Dist* Dist BC (Health & Social Care, Psychology, Biology)
  • Lewis Sampson Dist* Dist Dist Dist (Sport, ICT)
  • Jodie Lawson Dist* Dist C (Health & Social Care, Psychology)


A number of students have chosen to stay in this exciting region and progress to some of our excellent north-east universities to continue their studies, in addition to, students progressing into meaningful employment and apprenticeship programmes:

University/Higher Education
  • Jessica Buddles – Northumbria University (Psychology with Criminology)
  • Keegan Gallon – Cleveland College of Art & Design (Fine Art)
  • Brooke Mullaney – Newcastle University (Contemporary and Popular Music)
  • Lauren Arkle – Sunderland University (Primary Education)
  • Chloe Courtney – NHS (Business Admin)
  • Shelby Ford – Drager (Business Admin)
  • Shannon Sample – Northumberland CofE Academy (Early Years Education)
  • Shannon Tyler – Youth Counsellor (Lynemouth Parish Council)
  • Josh Mckay – Finance (Perspective Engineering, Newcastle)
Congratulations from everyone at Duke’s Secondary School, JBVI and the NCEA Trust!