Duke’s English Faculty nominated for top award!

Congratulations to Miss Wardle and all staff of Duke’s English Faculty who have been nominated for the prestigious Bernice McCabe award from Prince’s Teaching Institute.
The English Faculty have been a PTI (Prince’s Teaching Institute) member since 2013 and have received the Gold kitemark every year since.

They have been nominated because they have:

  • Developed a challenging, innovative and enriching curriculum
  • Enthused pupils through subject-based activities beyond the curriculum
  • Enriched the subject knowledge of English faculty staff
  • Encouraged links within and beyond school

Bernice McCabe OBE, who sadly passed away in February this year, was the founding co-director of the PTI and believed in the transformative power of inspiring subject teaching. This Award has been created to remember Bernice and to promote and celebrate excellence in subject leadership in schools and will be awarded annually to a practising subject leader in a PTI member department.

The prize consists of £5,000, which is to be used to advance the values of the PTI within the winner’s school, to fund release time and travel to visit other schools and disseminate the work which has been recognised by the Award.

The judging panel will consist of Professor Steve Munby CBE (Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust), Carolyn Roberts (PTI Co-Director), Rod Mackinnon (Bernice’s husband, former Headteacher, and Education Consultant), Professor Dame Alison Peacock (CEO of the Chartered College) and Professor Helen Cooper (formerly Head of the English Faculty at Cambridge).

Chris Pope, Co-Director, The PTI, said: “We are so pleased to have this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful work these departments are doing in their schools. Bernice was proud of the inspiration that the PTI brought teachers, and every nominee has furthered those aspects of education that she was so passionate about – transforming life chances for children through high quality and passionate subject specialists.”

Nominees are as follows:

  • Art, Avonbourne Girls’ Academy, Dorset
  • Art, Hinchingbrooke School, Cambridgeshire
  • English, Duke’s Secondary School, Northumberland
  • English, Oakwood Park Grammar School, Kent
  • Geography, Hinchingbrooke School, Cambridgeshire
  • History, Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Lancashire
  • History, Upton Hall School FCJ, Merseyside
  • Maths, Launceston College, Cornwall
  • Maths, Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet, Hertfordshire
  • MFL, All Saints Catholic School, Essex
  • MFL, Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Lancashire
  • MFL, Robert Clack School, Essex
  • MFL, St Angela’s Ursuline School, London
  • Music, Mounts Bay Academy, Cornwall
  • Music, The Bushey Academy, Hertfordshire
  • Science, Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College, East Sussex
  • Science, Heath Mount School, Hertfordshire
  • Science, St Angela’s Ursuline School, London

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in March 2020.

Y6 Open Evening Event

 

 

Year 6 Open Evening Event

 Year 6 students and their parent/carers are invited to attend our Year 6 Open Evening  from 4.00pm – 6.00pm on Wednesday 25 September 2019 at Duke’s Secondary School.

The evening will give both students and parents an opportunity to meet with our teaching staff, explore our exciting learning environment and experience some of our learning activities.

Refreshments will be available so please come along and get involved!

We look forward to meeting you.

 

Year 6 Open Evening Event

 

 

Year 6 Open Evening Event

 Year 6 students and their parent/carers are invited to attend our Year 6 Open Evening  from 4.00pm – 6.00pm on Wednesday 25 September 2019 at Duke’s Secondary School.

The evening will give both students and parents an opportunity to meet with our teaching staff, explore our exciting learning environment and experience some of our learning activities.

Refreshments will be available so please come along and get involved!

We look forward to meeting you.

Students celebrate exam results!

Students from Duke’s Secondary School are celebrating their exam results today marking the end of their GCSE journey.  In addition to a range of excellent individual performances, the school has again celebrated some high performances, including excellent results in vocational qualifications and maths results that are the highest since the government introduced much tougher GCSEs exams three years ago.

The majority of the students plan to move in to sixth form within the school to continue their future study, although some have opted to pursue apprenticeships and other styles of work related learning outside of the school environment.  European Boxing Champion Alex Brown has added the top grade of 9 to her gold medal collection in PE and Geography, along with grade 8s in science, proving that her mental agility is just as good as her physical standards.

Rachel Younger achieved 9 grades at grade 7 or higher, including a grade 9 in Religious Studies and grade 8s in Biology, English, Geography and Music.  Rachel is on track to study A Levels at Duke’s School’s sixth form following her impressive results today.

Former Head Boy and Head Girl of the school, Dylan Wilson and Heidi Hamilton, have impressed with 10 high grade achievements each.

Steve Gibson, Principal at Duke’s School, said: “Our students strive to do well, and we are proud of what they achieve.  These results don’t define the individuals, but they do reflect the work that they have put in both in and out of school.  We look forward to welcoming them, and a growing number of students from elsewhere, into our sixth form in September.”

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.”

School Games Bronze achievement!

We are delighted to announce that Duke’s School has achieved the School Games Bronze Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

With a significant number of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

A special thanks to the Duke’s Sport staff team for their hard work in supporting and coaching!

New Senior Students announced!

Congratulations to Emily Brown, who has been appointed as Head Girl at Duke’s School today.  Emily will be assisted by Alana Brogan and Jasmine Lloyd as Deputy Head Girls.

Congratulations to Aidan Fairholm, who has been appointed as Head Boy at Duke’s School today.  Aidan will be assisted by Dillon Cosway and Aaron Woodward as Deputy Head Boys.

Mr Gibson, Principal at Duke’s School, said, “I am delighted by the calibre of students who have been appointed into these senior roles within our student body, and I know that they are excellent examples of all that is good about Duke’s School for others to look up to.  This year was a particularly difficult year to choose  as so many of our students have the potential to work in these roles so well, but I am delighted to be working with Emily and Aidan and their deputies for the next year.”

Sporting Success at Gateshead International Stadium

Although the weather tried to spoil the annual Duke’s School Sports Day, held at Gateshead International Stadium, the pupils showed their resilience despite the occasional shower and demonstrated some amazing sporting achievements.  With a range of track and field events, there was something for all pupils to get involved in, and to also show their support in the stand for their house team.  Pupils really showed their house colours in their dress and various other colourful additions, and the support shown to all competitors was outstanding from the crowd.

Another fantastic day at Gateshead Stadium!  Thanks to all the pupils and staff for their hard work, and especially to those sixth form and Y11 pupils who came back to help out in running events and making sure all went smoothly.

Congratulations to Hild House who won the overall Sports Day Trophy this year!

** more pictures to come!! **

The Sounds of Summer

An appreciative and responsive audience gathered at Duke’s School for our annual Summer Concert, presented by the Music Department.  A wide range of music was performed, and the sound of the Steel Pans started the concert off with their distinctive summer sound!  With soloists, ensembles and larger groups, the audience were given a fantastic evening of music charting the progress that our pupils are making.