Pan@NCEA is coming!

Our students have been working extremely hard behind the scenes to create something very special…

At Duke’s, we appreciate that the past 18 months have been like nothing we’ve ever experienced before. Coronavirus has been the single biggest challenge that many of our young people have ever had to face – causing disruption to both their education and their personal development over the past 18 months. While we understand that many people simply want to put the pandemic behind them, we felt it was important to really explore the impact of Covid-19 on a scientific, economic and historic level to fully appreciate the gravitas of what we’ve lived through.

This is how the Pan@NCEA project was born!

Combining elements of our school STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as well as Art, Design, Media and Languages, we challenged our pupils to come up with a concept for an exhibition which would tell the story of the coronavirus pandemic, the different stages we have experienced and how these experiences have varied from person to person and place to place.

The whole school has been involved in aspects of the project, from taking part in activities during science lessons and tutor time to support the conceptual research, to the physical construction of the exhibition itself and we’re excited to announce that the exhibition is now (almost!) ready to launch and will be going on tour this summer!

What can you expect from the exhibition?

  • Three large art installations to visually represent the scientific stages of the pandemic
  • Audio visual elements including sound recordings of students, NHS workers and contacts from every continent around the world (except Antarctica!) talking about their experiences of lockdown
  • Real-life X-Rays to show healthy lungs versus lungs infected by Covid-19
  • Science experiments to demonstrate how the lateral flow test and the different vaccines work
  • A Covid-19 virus DNA model, which was made by a registered blind student from Year 11
  • Recorded interviews with Duke’s Secondary School’s Principal, Mr Atkinson and Father Laurence Freeman, Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation.
  • Student artwork and written work
  • NHS materials

Don’t miss out!

The grand opening of the exhibition will be taking place over two days starting from Saturday 14 August 2021 at YMCA Northumberland in Ashington, followed by an afternoon event at the Newbiggin Maritime Centre on Saturday 4 September and culminating in a very special display at Newcastle Cathedral (date TBC).

Mark the dates in your diaries and watch this space for more information coming very soon!

Well done Oswald’s

Well done to all students and staff for another amazing Sports day.
Last year we had an Virtual Sports day. But it was great to have students in their bubbles back out on the field again.  Spectators enjoyed ice creams and ice pops as well as singing along to music.
After a close call with the scores changing through out the day and lots of medals handed out for field and track events. It was Cuthbert who took the house shield home !
Also super well done to following students (names ) who show exceptional sportsmanship and skill.


Ella Watson
Grace Brown
Georgia Turner
Sophie-Leigh Lashley
Owen Foster
James Curry
Jonny Tate
Jack Turnbull


Results Day Information

Hammer Champions

Update on our Hammer Champions.
The girls did fantastic this weekend both reaching the finals. Georgia threw a PB 39.58m and finished 7th overall and Kaitlyn came 2nd overall an amazing result considering the qualifying distance was 37m for entry alone.

Thank you to Ms Spratt, Head of Year 9 for securing school funds to ensure the students can win with pride in their official Northumberland kits.

Kooth Session for Parents/Carers

Kooth is a safe place for young people to chat about issues online read, to get help and advice but also there are counsellors that they can request to talk to.

This session is for parent/cares to find out more about it. When students register it is anonymous.

Kooth are holding a parents/carers session that will provide a brief of Kooth, explaining what the service can offer young people.  The details are on the flyer attached.  It would be great if this could be publicised to parents, via your website or direct links.
The session is being held virtually on Wednesday 28th July at 16:00. registration is via eventbrite at:

Lots of exciting things happening in the last week of term.

Tuesday: Transition Y12

Thursday: Sports Day

Students can bring in picnic blankets or something to sit on please.
Optional £1 for an ice cream.
Students to wear Duke’s PE kit but can accessories/ face paint etc in house colours.
Please check the weather the night before and dress in layers if it’s cold or apply suncream if it’s hot.
House Colours: Red for Cuthbert’s, Yellow for Oswald, Blue for Hild and Green for Aiden.

Friday : Non uniform charity day




Competition winnings bring celebrated artist to Duke’s
Earlier this week, artist Artist Isabella Carreras hosted a bespoke workshop at Duke’s Secondary School for group of Year 7 students, funded by Northumberland County Council off the back of our student, Lamisa, winning the International Women’s Day art competition they organised back in March.

Isabella worked with students to create artwork which celebrated their own self confidence and ‘power’. They used a combination of 3D design, Hannah Hocke inspired collage, and Sue Tompkins inspired text art to have an exciting day filled with critical thinking, collaboration and joy!