Alumni

Jack Halpin 

Studying Business, Sport, and Sports Coaching at Duke’s helped Jack progress into a role with Nissan then Leading North East employer Akzo Nobel. 

The former pupil from Welbeck Primary and Dukes Secondary chose to continue his studies at Duke’s 6th Form due to the excellent track record of results in the subjects he had chosen. 

Jack developed great relationships with the teaching staff, which made it very easy to continue to develop his skills with teachers that already knew him. 

Describing his seven years at Duke’s as fun, friendly and inspiring, Jack enjoyed the practical element of the courses and really enjoyed enrichment opportunities, which provided some much needed downtime. Jack was on the school football team and represented the school for a number of years. 

Jack said “the atmosphere in the 6th form was great, you get to spend time with your friends in the huge common room as well as learning alongside”. 

“The teachers were all round nice people and they made sure you were continually inspired to help you achieve your best results”. 

Jack’s advice for other students is “Keep your head down and work hard and make sure you take in as many opportunities as you can. Most of all though, enjoy yourself”. 

Jack is now working at local employer Akzo Nobel as a line operative.  

Megan Roberts

Studying Business, Photography, and Media at Duke’s helped Megan progress into a role with Leading software Company Sage. 

The former pupil from Ellington First School and Duke’s Secondary chose to continue her studies at Duke’s 6th Form. Megan developed great relationships with the teaching staff, which made it very easy to continue to develop her skills with teachers that already knew her. 

Describing her seven years at Duke’s as supportive, helpful and fun, Megan enjoyed the variation the courses offered and the opportunities that went alongside including the photography trip to Paris.  

Megan said she ‘’still misses Duke’s to this day. Everyone was super friendly and it was a great place to learn’’. 

“The work experience within sixth form is what sticks with me every day. We were so lucky to go and volunteer in South Africa’’. ‘’The opportunities that the school gives to you is amazing!’’. 

Megan’s advice for other students is “When people say ‘school is the best days of your life’ they aren’t lying! Enjoy your time with your friends, work hard, and keep a positive mindset’’. 

Megan is now putting her business skills to good use and is working at Sage headquarters in Gosforth as a Reward and Recognition advisor.

Alanya Wilson

Studying History, Philosophy, English and Media at Dukes helped Alanya progress to university and secure a job as a Secondary English teacher.

The former pupil from Moorside Primary and Dukes Secondary chose to continue her studies at JBVI after being impressed by the dedicated teaching staff, and the wide range of course options. 

Describing her seven years at Dukes as supportive, caring and fun, Alanya enjoyed the variation the courses offered which meant she learned something new every day.

“The Sixth Form area of the school was great and the support was second to none,” she said. “The teachers truly do have your best intentions at heart and will do anything to ensure you succeed’’.

 “We also had the privilege of being able to attend work experience and I attended various work placements including The Chronicle, Local MP Office, Bishop’s School, and ITV.” 

Alanya’s advice for other students is “Get Involved. If you’re given an opportunity, take it, It wasn’t my grades that got me where I am, It was work experience, volunteering and student leadership skills that set me apart from everyone else. I put myself out there”.  

Alanya is now working a secondary English teacher in Doncaster and is also studying for her Masters in Secondary Education. 

Lewis Sampson

Since I left sixth form I have been able to gain a bundle of new experiences and skills which has pushed my physical and academic learning in the sporting sector. I am currently in my last year of my degree which is Sport and Education at Newcastle college university centre. In my 2 years at university I have gained coaching badges in cricket and basketball, furthermore I have gained first aid, safeguarding, coaching fundamentals and coaching disabled people in sport. This has not only built my academic side but it has improved my personal skills which has allowed me to be more confident in the sporting industry.

Throughout my first and second year I did a placement at Duke’s which allowed me to get first hand experience of teaching, this has helped me develop my teaching skills as I got to shadow a professional who has been in the teaching industry for years. Doing this allowed me to analyse their teaching styles which have worked so successfully for many years. The skills I have developed from this placement is skills that I use everyday in my current line of work.