Democracy week

As part of democracy week, 40 students from Years 7-13 attended a talk delivered by the electorate services team from Northumberland County Council. Students were then given the opportunity to question three local councillors about issues relevant to young people in the area. Students asked about job opportunities, mental health support, protection against crime and development projects.

North East Skills Show

On Wednesday 18th September the whole of Year 11 visited the North East Skills Show at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle. The show is the biggest skills and careers event in the region and is an excellent opportunity for young people to find out more about career pathways. The event uses hands on interactive experiences to provide students with a real taste of different career options.

World of Work Day

On Thursday 4th July, Duke’s Secondary School hosted it’s annual Wold of Work Day. Students from Years 7-12 attended the event and were given the opportunity to engage with over 30 employers. Companies included Bernicia, the NHS, Northumberland County Council, Draeger plus many more.

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.”