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  • DofE bronze expedition teams complete practice hikes

    On the weekends of 5/6th and 12/13th May students undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh bronze award completed their practise hikes over the South Downs.  It was a chance for them to put into practice the 20 conditions of training required, such as skills in map reading, teamwork, learning to use hike tents and stoves, first aid, the correct way to pack a rucksack, and choice of menu, that they had been taught in after school sessions since January.

    It was a tale of 2 very different weekends weather wise, with the first weekend being the hottest early May bank holiday in 10 years. The 6 teams out on this weekend did fantastically well to be out in the blazing sun for 6-9 hours on each of the days. The 4 teams out on the second weekend had hoped for cooler conditions but not the rain they were given! They also did amazingly well to put up with the constant drizzle and wind of the weekend. The teams hiked from Patcham or Stanmer Park to meet at Plumpton College where they camped overnight. The next day they headed back to whichever of the locations they hadn’t set off from the previous day.

    The Red team had a fantastic weekend, although they did find it a bit too hot. They enjoyed getting to know other people in their year group, playing cards and laughing and joking while they rested in the evening. They were unanimous in saying that it was the sense of achievement on completing that they valued the most. They also had a hilarious encounter with some chickens which is still making them laugh today!

    As they plan to head back out for the real thing on the weekend of the 7th/8th July they are hoping the weather will be a little cooler, but would rather it was hot than raining. They have also learnt from this practise exhibition and will only be taking essential items and will distribute the weight more evenly between them.

    This practical exhibition is one part of the Duke of Edinburgh award and the students are also all partaking in volunteer work and learning a skill to ensure that they meet all the requirements to achieve the bronze award.

    Thanks for both weekends must go to Mr Davis, Mr Briscoe, Mr Griffiths, Miss Freeman, Miss Heane and Mr Suckling, for their fantastic support.

  • Giving Words to the World – a great success!

    From 8th – 11th May students and staff at Durrington High School were asked to bring in their unwanted books for a charity initiative. Giving Words to the World aimed to help combat literacy poverty by donating the collected books to Sub Saharan Africa and also local community projects.

    The week was a huge success with students and staff donating fantastic amounts of books. We were also grateful to receive books from World of Books, Little Elms Nursery and Sir Robert Woodard Academy.


    Each form was charged with the aim to collect enough books to make a pile as tall as their form tutor, and they certainly rose to the challenge. 37 forms collected enough books to build a tower more than 6 feet tall. The 3 forms to collect the most books were 7CBo with a pile 530cm high, 7MKy with 619cm and 8JMu with an incredible stack of books that was 2239cms tall! All in all the books collected by students and staff stretched almost a whole mile long.

    Friday was an incredibly busy day as Mrs Baker and her student librarians busily collected up the books and began packing. As year 8 student Jeremey Casse explains:

    Wow what a day. I am amazed at how many books we have been able to bring together and provide for people less fortunate than us. It fills me with confidence that every single one of these books will help educate and rehabilitate many young, teen and adult lives that do not have the access to books like we do. The library team and all of the students that helped have sorted and measured the books. They’ve done a great job. Some forms have been incredible, with a shout out to Mr Mulhern’s form who managed to in total gather over 22meters of books. We have done a lot to be proud of today, and I am so excited that all these books will help change lives. Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved. We have really gone beyond our best today.

    Many of the books have now started the journey to Africa where they will be distributed to children, teens and adults to help them improve their literacy, and therefore life skills. There are plans to work with the local community in the near future, focusing on distributing the children’s books to ensure local children have access to books and can develop a lifelong love of reading.

    If you want to see more photographs and facts search #GW2TW on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Year 10 students get a taste of Oxbridge

    On Wednesday 9th May 26 of the highest performing year 10 students attended an after school event at Hurstpierpoint College in Hassocks, created to encourage them to explore the possibility of attending the university of Oxford or Cambridge.

    The students were welcomed to the stunning college with light refreshments and were quickly seated for the talk. The two speakers, one from Oxford and the other Cambridge, represented both the academic and admissions side which gave the students a clear idea of what Oxbridge universities are looking for, and what it is like to attend them.

    As one of only 2 schools in attendance, Mr Runeckles, Senior Leader, said ‘ this is a fantastic opportunity to not only inspire our students to think about attending an Oxbridge university but also to offer them inside knowledge of the process of becoming an Oxbridge student.’

    In attendance was Lucy Spires who said ‘it was a great opportunity to have and it has made me think about the possibility of attending an Oxbridge university. I now know how focused you need to be and what is expected in terms of grades and a personal statement.’

    The students enjoyed the trip and were reflective on the coach as they headed home. Mr Runeckles said ‘an event like this is very important in giving students at this early stage the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and horizons in terms of further education.’

  • Students raise money for Safe in Sussex with charity music concert

    Durrington High School are delighted to have raised £384.04 for the charity Safe in Sussex (formally Worthing Womans Aid) by holding a music concert.  The concert was the idea of Sofia Hole, Kyrah Albert and Lynnard Tracey, who, having learnt about the work of Safe in Sussex during their social and moral education lessons, decided they wanted to do something to help.

    The three students are all GCSE music students and decided to combine their talents in order to raise much needed funds. After their suggestion, the music and SME departments worked collaboratively to host a KS4 music concert. They charged an entry fee and also asked for donations on the night in order to raise money. The concert was a great success and featured performances from the school choir, an a cappella group, the chamber choir and original compositions from year 10 and 11 students. It was a fantastic night enjoyed by all, and made all the more successful by the funds raised.

    Amy Dove, Head of SME, said ‘it was fantastic to see our students want to help after learning about the amazing work Safe in Sussex do. To use their initiative to combine their music skills with their passion for helping a worthy cause was inspiring.’

    The students proudly presented the cheque to Louise Gisby from Safe in Sussex last week. Louise commented, ‘the concert was brilliant and everyone enjoyed attending. It was fantastic to see such wonderful talent put to such a good use. The funds raised will enable us to provide our vital services to break the cycle of domestic abuse and help ensure we are able to continue our work in schools, educating young people about safe, healthy relationships.’

    For more information about Safe in Sussex, visit http://www.safeinsussex.org/

  • Year 11 receive vital CPR training

    During April and May, as part of their social and moral education classes, all year 11 students have had the opportunity to learn the lifesaving skills of CPR. Using recourses from The British Heart Foundation, which included instruction videos and blow up dummies that allowed them to put the theory into practise. This is the first year the school have participated in the programme and it has been a great success. Head of SME, Ms Dove explained ‘CPR is a vital skill for any person and we thought SME lessons would be a fantastic way to give a whole year group the opportunity to undertake the training. The excellent free resources from The British Heart Foundation meant that we were able to quickly roll out the programme and ensure all year 11 students accessed it before leaving. It is certainly something we would like to continue to offer year after year.’

    It was the idea of Ms Freeman, who joined the school in September and was instrumental in implementing the scheme. She carried out the training for the SME teachers who were then able to go ahead and, along with the resources, carry out the training. All the students received a certificate at the end of the training, but more importantly, left the lesson with knowledge that could potentially save a life. Students were really happy with the training, Tom Nederpel said he ‘really enjoyed it’ and Sofia Hole said she ‘found it really useful.’ Thoughts that were echoed by many more of the students.

  • U14 Girls Football Team: The road to the County Cup Final

    On Thursday 3rd May Durrington High School’s U14 girls football team headed to Sussex FC County ground (home of Lancing FC) to play in the county cup final. They faced a very strong Dorothy Stringer team (who had knocked out the reigning champions in their semi-final).  The journey to the finals was impressive, and at times nail biting, the whole team showed great determination in every match played. With expert coaching and encouragement from Ms Morley, the girls had a bye in the first round but beat Hove Park 4-3 to reach the quarter-finals where they played Oriel High School, wining 5-3. Their semi-final against Seaford Head was very tight but they won 4-3 to reach the final.

    They had to wait nervously all day for the 5pm kick off but were mature and calm in their preparation. They had a tough battle but they showed determination and excellent teamwork. Despite this, a close game saw the girls lose 3-2, but each player was fantastic and an absolute credit to the school. Although disappointed they were proud of themselves and their performance, and so they should be, coming second out of 25 schools is a great achievement.

    Special mentions must go to Grace Watkins who scored two stunning goals and Jasmine Williams, the team goalkeeper, who performed some outstanding saves to keep Durrington in the game.

  • Maria Dawes, Deputy Director, Regional Schools Commissioners Office visits DMAT schools

    DMAT schools were delighted to be visited on Friday 4th May by Maria Dawes, Deputy Director, Regional Schools Commissioners Office. It was a fantastic opportunity to share the wonderful work we are doing in both Durrington High School and The Laurels Primary School with someone who has such a key role in education. Maria was joined by Amy Barron, Team Leader, Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Regional Schools Commissioner.

    The visit started at Durrington High School in the morning and Maria was met by Chair of Governors, Brian Marsh and Headteacher and CEO of DMAT Sue Marooney. Four Year 8 students; Megan Vaughan, Ryan Johnson, Erin Bevan and Amy Brand gave a tour of the school, visiting lessons and taking in all the fantastic opportunities and facilities Durrington has to offer. Maria was very impressed and felt the school provided ‘an excellent learning environment that was vibrant and full of enthusiasm’ adding that it was ‘brilliant to see such a rich diversity of opportunities for young people.’

    The tour included Durrington’s Research Centre in which Mrs Blight and Miss Bedford were busily preparing to welcome teachers from 12 local schools for a KS3 maths training day. Maria was very impressed by this saying ‘I was so inspired to see the Research School in action, making an impact on the wider community by sharing good practice.’

    Sue Marooney then took Maria and Amy over to fellow DMAT school, The Laurels Primary School, where she met Headteacher, Charlotte Bull and Chair of Governors, Mary Mugridge, and saw many of the children partaking in focused and engaging lessons. Sue Marooney commented ‘we are pleased to have this opportunity to show how DMAT schools are supporting each other and working together to ensure all students from reception to year 11 are given the opportunities to be the best they can be.’ Charlotte Bull echoed this saying ‘I only took up post in January and already we have enhanced the curriculum and enrichment activities as we always want the best for our children.’

  • Great Success for Durrington at the District Athletics

    Durrington students had a fantastic afternoon at the West Sussex West District Athletics yesterday (Wednesday 9th May); the students performed incredibly well and came back with lots of gold! All students, from year 8 to 11, were a credit to the school and gave 100% in each of the 12 events, which took place on the field and track at Worthing Leisure centre. They were amongst 13 schools taking part and were able to enter two athletes into each event.

    The year 8 and 9 students took part in the junior events and the highlights included Archie Sloan coming first in the boys 1500 meters and Ethan Muirhead  coming a close second in the boys 100 meters.  Overall the junior boys team came in second place and the girls team third.

    Both the boys and girls from years 10 and 11 took part in the intermediate events and had many successes as can be seen below. The girls dominated the 100 meters, 300 meters, triple jump and high jump, where our 2 athletes took first and second place.

    Both the girls and the boys won the 4 x 100 relay, with the girls winning by an astonishing 60 meters! Special mention must be made for Tom Chalaye who encompassed the school motto in going beyond his best. After winning his heat and then competing (and coming second) in the 400 meters, and the 800 meters, he was called in last minute to replace a member of the relay team who was ill. He had no break and went straight in to run the third leg and help the boys claim a tight victory.

    Overall the Girls and Boys intermediate teams came first, with the girls achieving a staggering lead of 63 points.

    Intermediate Boys Results

    Luke Ellard                                                               2nd 1500m

    Will Pooley                                                                1st 200m

    Tom Chalaye                                                            2nd 400m

    Louis Crawley                                                          1st Javelin

    Boys relay team                                                       1st 4 x 100m relay
    (Will Pooley, Ciaran Laker, Tom Chalaye, Tom Dean)

     Intermediate Girls results

    Eli Middleton                                                          1st 300m, 2nd Triple Jump

    Lexi Spurr                                                               2nd 300m, 2nd High Jump

    Kelsey Sutherland                                                 1st High Jump, 1st Triple Jump, 2nd 100m

    Emily Dove                                                             1st Long Jump, 1st 10om, 2nd 200m

    Girls Relay Team                                                  1st 4 x 100m relay
    (Emily Dove, Eli Middleton, Lizzie Evans, Kelsey Sutherland)

    For the combined junior and intermediate boys and girls results Durrington finished second, but were just 4 points behind the leaders, Davison High School and St Andrews (who have their scores combined).

    Well done Team Durrington  –  look out for the above names in Paris 2024 (or maybe even Tokyo 2020!)

  • Heidi Sheridan wins regional Eco Poem Poster Challenge

    There has been more success from Durrington students in the area of climate change as Heidi Sheridan has recently been announced as the joint winner of the 11-13 years category for the Eco Poem Poster challenge, which is kindly sponsored by Southern Co-op who jointly run it with The E.Y.E project (of which Durrington are proud to be a part of).

    The panel from The E.Y.E Project were overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of the work received from pupils around West Sussex.  The panel shortlisted 22 posters and these were passed to the Southern Co-op judging team to select the winners and runners up.

    Southern Co-op advised that judging was a tough job! They were so impressed with the thinking, energy and creativity that went into the posters.  So impressed were they, they are planning to display the posters in their office. They were grateful to all the schools that took part.

    Speaking about Heidi’s winning entry, Southern Co-op said they loved the concept behind her vision as it was a very different approach to the brief.  The message they felt was particularly compelling. Her poster can be viewed here

    As a winner Heidi will receive a book token and her design will be used in a poster campaign meaning it will be distributed to schools and communities later this term. The three schools of the winning posters will all receive litter picking equipment.

    Congratulations Heidi!

  • Coastal Drains climate change competition –students win £500 for the school

    At the beginning of this term Durrington High School were delighted to be visited by members of the Coastal Drains team as they presented year 8 student Hope Waite-Jones and year 9 student, Eddie Pullen with a cheque of £500 for the school (and some book tokens for themselves).

    Hope and Eddie had been two of 100s of applications to an essay writing competition about their views on Climate Change. Submitted in letter format, Hope had answered the question ‘Does climate change exist?’ and Eddie gave his ideas on how climate change could be prevented.

    The Coastal Drains team were bowled over with the standard of the entries, noting both the passion and expert knowledge of the young people who had submitted entries. It is testament to Hope and Eddie that their essays stood out and were chosen as the winning entries against such tough competition.

    Well done to Hope and Eddie, it is great to see Durrington students going beyond their best and being rewarded and recognised by others. Please take the time to read their essays below, we hope you are as inspired as we are, and feel optimistic for the future of our planet, knowing these ideas and views come from the next generation.

    Eddie Pullen essay

    Hope Waite Jones essay

  • Year 7 enjoy University workshop


    On Monday 30th April, working with student ambassadors from the University of Brighton, all year 7 students at Durrington High School had the chance to explore the possibility of going to university. Facilitated by Vicki Johnson, Widening Participation Lead at Brighton University, the students worked in small groups to play a board game designed to introduce them to university. Each team was led by a University ambassador who could help answer their questions and arm them with the knowledge to start thinking about their own possible path to university.

    Community and Enterprise Manager at Durrington High School, Mrs Jefford, who organised the event, said ‘today is part of a rolling programme designed to introduce all students at Durrington High School to university. Following this event all students will visit the University of Brighton campus during year 8 and in year 9 they will work with the University of Brighton again to look at their option choices and how they can impact their university path. The programme is about raising aspirations and making all of our students aware of what university can offer them when they start thinking about their futures.’

    There were plenty of questions ranging from finance issues such as ‘when will I have to pay my student loan back?’ and ‘what am I allowed to do with the money?’ to academic questions such as ’what are the lectures like?’, ‘how many students are in each lecture?’ and they were all amazed to hear that the university library is open 24 hours and that there were 40,000 courses to choose from.  Vicki Johnson is passionate about ‘giving children the basic understanding of the university terminology so they have the language they need to succeed at university.’ And the day certainly achieved that.

  • Durrington achieve 3rd place in the Southern Premier Division Final and are headed to the Nationals!

    We are so proud of our staff and students who spent last Saturday (29th April) preparing and performing ‘Angel of Prisons’ for the Southern Premier Division Final at Portsmouth Guildhall. Not least for achieving third place which means another chance to perform and compete in the National Final.

    The students were phenomenal from the moment they left on the coach at 7.30am to returning back to school at 11.30pm. They were thoughtful, inspiring and supportive of one another, an absolute credit to the school.

    The day was spent in a flurry of production meetings, watching the other schools rehearse, rehearsing themselves, watching teacher dance offs (!) and getting ready for the final performance. Mrs Isham had to take part in a musical chairs type of game where she danced around on stage until the music stopped and then rushed to pick up a sponge! This sponge was very important as it determined where we would be placed in the show run. Mrs Isham picked up sponge number 9, the penultimate slot and so there was a long and nervous wait until finally it was our turn to take to the stage around 9pm. Before the performance, year 11 cast member Eden Pailthorpe-Peart gave a rousing and heartfelt pep talk to the whole cast (a task often given to a teacher), setting them up for a fantastic performance.

    And what a performance it was, proving what stars they are, they all gave 100% and the piece was performed the best it could be, moving some of the audience to tears and wowing everyone. We were particularly proud to be the only school performing with a range of students from years 7 through to 11. With no audition process for Rock Challenge the piece is wholly inclusive as all are welcome to participate.

    Once the performance was complete the students were exhausted but delighted and full of adrenaline. It was then a short wait for the result, as some core cast members made their way to the stage and the rest of the team waited back stage with a live link up.

    Before the top 5 places were announced, certificates of excellence were awarded to schools that had scored 9 or 10 in any of the areas marked by the judges. Durrington excelled themselves, claiming 9 out of the 12 available

    • Stage Use
    • Entertainment
    • Drama
    • Soundtrack
    • Choreography
    • Concept
    • Set design and function
    • Performance skill
    • Costuming character (one of only 2 schools to receive this).

    Delighted with these results the team were anxiously awaiting the top 5, knowing a top 3 finish would mean the chance to perform again at the National final (which are only held once every 3 years). Fifth and Fourth places were announced and the tension mounted as Ian Readhead stepped forward to announce third place. When Durrington High School was read out the students on stage, back stage and teachers in the audience screamed with excitement and joy at what they had achieved. (You can check out our Facebook page for the video footage of this)!

    It is such a fantastic opportunity for the students to build confidence and have the chance to explore their creative talents. We are very grateful to the fantastic team of staff that work on this project for making it possible. The team, led by the dedicated and never ending enthusiasm of Mrs Isham and the creative vision of Ms Graney, comprises of Mrs House, Mrs Bowden, Miss Hughes, Miss Hodnett, Miss Wolstenholme, Mrs Chaitow, Mrs Wallis-Tayler, Miss Freeman, Miss Hewett, Mr Morley and Mrs Savage.

    So now, it is more rehearsals as the 100 strong cast and crew head up North to the Magna Centre, Rotherham for the National Final on Saturday 14th July. Watch this space for the lead up to the finals!


  • Giving Words to the World -we need your unwanted books!

    Here at Durrington we celebrate our love for literacy with the students, encouraging them to read and discuss their reading habits in DEAR time and in English lessons. We have a well-stocked school Library in the LRA and students are expected to have a book on them at all times; believing it to be as vital a piece of school equipment as pens and pencils.

    There have been many recent news reports about the impact of Word Poverty on school aged children and how less time spent reading independently and sharing stories at home has a dramatic impact on young people’s reading skills across the country.

    Armed with these facts and our strong belief in the power of reading ‘Giving Words to the World’ is a Durrington High School initiative developed to help children who are not as lucky as the students at Durrington. We want to play our part in helping the local community, and those across the globe, gain access to books and increase their word power!

    ‘Giving Words to the World’ is a book drive to collect good quality unwanted books which will be donated to schools in the local community and Sub-Saharan Africa (via the charity Books to Africa). We are aiming to collect over half a billion words to help boost students learning and see their futures benefit from the simple gift of books.

    So please, have that spring clean a little late – if you have any books at home you no longer want, perhaps they have been read and now just sit on your shelf, or your children have grown out of them. We need those books! Please send them in to school with pupils during the week of Tuesday 8th –Friday 11th May. Each form will be trying to build a tower of books as tall as their form tutor so please help your child to reach that goal, and in turn support other children develop a  lifelong love of reading.


    What kind of books we need:


    Please don’t send:


    • New and used books
    • Textbooks and Novels
    • Children’s Books
    • Journals and Encyclopaedias
    • All subjects
    • All academic Levels
    • All editions



    • Newspapers
    • Magazines
    • Brochures
    • Notes
    • Illegible materials



    Thank you for your support!

    Keep an eye on our @durringtonhigh Twitter and DurringtonHigh Facebook page for regular updates on book totals!

  • Excellence Academy students attend the Worthing Mayors Debate

    Last Thursday (26th April) Abdulmatin Lawal, Thomas Howard-Price, Heidi Sheridan, Louise Donnelly, Billy Drew, Tia Poole, Drew Bevan, Abbie Rice, Libin Mohammed and Willow Archer-Martin attended the Worthing Mayor’s Youth Debate. Below, Willow Archer Martin reports on a fun and successful day.

    Durrington High School’s debating teams, made up of excellence academy students, took part in the Worthing Mayors Youth Debate on the 26th of April at Worthing Town Hall.

    The school participated in two debates, the first motion was ‘do single sex schools provide a better education’ and the second was ‘vocational and social education should be just as important as academic qualifications’. All the teams gave excellent rebuttals and worked well to prepare speeches.

    The judges were Tim Loughton MP, Sir Peter Bottomley MP, West Sussex High Sheriff Caroline Nicholls and Worthing Youth Mayor Josh Davies. They marked every school performance throughout the debates and Tim Loughton MP and Sir Peter Bottomley MP gave opposing views on the motion that the voting age should be lowered to 16.

    All teams were amazing and did extremely well, especially in the floor debate and after four debates, we were awarded third place. Although we did not win, it was a great experience and was greatly enjoyable. We met 75% of the success criteria and received certificates.

  • Ready for Rock Challenge

    It’s the final rehearsal today for the 100 strong cast and crew of Durrington High School’s Rock Challenge performance. This weekend they head to Portsmouth Guildhall where they will compete against nine other schools in the Southern Premier Division finals with their fantastic piece Angel of Prisons. The piece is based on the work of Elizabeth Fry (the woman on the back of the old £5 note) and focuses on Newgate prison, which links nicely to the recent school production of Oliver, as this is the prison Fagin was sent to.

    Durrington have proudly been a premier division school for the last 5 years having entered the competition each year since 2003. To retain their premier status they will need to finish in the top 7, with a top 3 finish seeing them through to the National finals.

    As a premier school the piece was showcased at The Hawth in Crawley back in January but there have been many more rehearsals and a few changes since then. They received really positive comments from those judging the competing schools that day which encouraged them. Along with this encouragement the opportunity to perform in a professional venue has prepared them well for this Saturday.

    A supportive team of friends and family will be there to watch the show on Saturday night but all at Durrington wish the fantastic dance troupe lots of luck and we know you are going to wow everyone watching. Most importantly have a fantastic day and enjoy every minute on stage!

    Watch this space for news of the event next week

  • Oliver cast reunited for Headteacher breakfast

    Following on from the fantastic production of Oliver last term, a group of cast members attended a special Headteacher breakfast this morning (25th April) to thank them for their hard work in producing such a successful show. With four performances attended by around 200 people there was much to celebrate over delicious croissants!

    With Oliver, Bill Sykes, Nancy and Dodger in attendance, along with other cast members the students had an opportunity to meet with Ms Marooney and welcomed the chance to speak to her about their ideas for the drama department and the school as a whole. Everyone was very relaxed and one student said ‘it was really nice to have an opportunity to speak to Ms Marooney and talk about the show.’ The feeling was mutual as Ms Marooney said ‘it was an absolute pleasure to celebrate the success of our students over croissants and hear directly from them about the many benefits of being involved in school productions.  The arts bring such richness to our school and I am always so proud and in awe of the excellence achieved by our students, who are, of course, inspired by our amazing staff.’

    The cast also enjoyed being together again and talking about their many happy memories of the show. Whilst they did admit it was pretty exhausting they also spoke about how once it had ended they wished they could do it all over again. All of them are definitely keen to be involved with next year’s performance, with one year ten student wishing she could go back to year seven so she could do more than just one more show!

  • Students attend ‘Up For Debate’


    Last Thursday (19th April), nine Year 8 and 9 students from Durrington’s Excellence Academy had an exciting trip to London as they honed their debating skills entering the PiXL Edge and Noisy Classroom Up For Debate Regional Competition held at Ibstock Place School.

    Mr Shoebridge, English teacher and Leader of The Excellence Academy took 2 teams to represent Durrington, a main team, that had prepared for 2 debates and a ‘Swing Team’ that were held in reserve; unsure if they would be needed (they were!) and unsure of which side they would argue. They were supported by 3 other students who helped with time-keeping during debates and asked questions when the debate was opened to the floor. It was a busy day with 36 teams from the South region taking part in over 100 debates which lasted around 25 minutes each. The subjects debated were tough issues that required much thought and maturity for our students to argue their point. Both teams opposed ‘This House would tax junk food’ and proposed ‘This House would return cultural treasures to their country of origin.’

    There was a final debate which neither team were prepared for and so they used all the skills they had learnt during their time in The Excellence Academy to debate whether assisted suicide should be legalised. The swing team opposed this and the main team proposed it and, to their credit, both teams won their debates! In all three debates our teams received high praise from the judges, people with a background in debating and the day was a fantastic success. What was particularly impressive was the Swing Team winning an unprecedented 2/3 debates, not bad for the reserves!


    The students had a fantastic day and it was wonderful to see them grow in confidence and put into practice their classroom learning. For some students, it was their first time debating or even public speaking, and we are very proud of their achievements.   The experience has clearly left some students thirsty for more with one (American-born) Year 8 boy asking ‘Do you need to be born in the UK to become Prime Minister?’ So, a career in politics may beckon for some but a great day out was had by all, as once again Durrington students went beyond their best.

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  • Durrington High School to appear at S’KOOLFEST

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  • NRG Netball Easter Camp

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  • New Connect app … Released Monday 26th March

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  • End of term arrangements – Thursday 29 March 2018

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  • Team Maths Challenge Success

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  • Sport Relief March 2018

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  • Year 11 Stress Buster Challenge

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  • STEM week at DHS

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  • Whole school musical production – Oliver

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  • STEM week at Durrington High School 12th-16th March

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  • DHS in the news

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  • Update on school funding

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  • Year 11 Study Skills Support Evening – Monday 12 March 2018

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  • National Careers Week 5th – 9th March

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  • Stand Tall Project – Saturday 3 March – Postponed

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  • Rearranged date for Year 9 Parents’ Evening

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  • INSET day – Wednesday 7th March 2018

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  • MFL Spelling Bee competition

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  • DHS Performing Arts production – Oliver

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  • National Careers Week

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  • DHS Badminton County Champions

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  • Year 9 Options

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  • Message from Ms Marooney

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  • Rock Challenge

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  • Year 11 stress buster challenge

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  • Year 9 Parents’ Options Evening – Monday 5th February

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  • Charity Concert – Safe In Sussex

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  • Year 11 Parent / Carers’ Consultation Evening – Wednesday 31 January 2018

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  • Durrington High Fundraisers Quiz & Curry night – Friday 26 January

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  • INSET days – Monday 29 January 2018 and Tuesday 30 January 2018

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  • National Citizen Service

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  • Year 7 Parent / Carer Consultation Evening – 23 January 2018

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  • National Funding Formula – Headteachers’ response

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  • Award winning author visit

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  • Year 9 music taster session

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  • Ambassador Programme

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  • Year 7 – 23 January 2018

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  • Information for Year 11 parents and carers

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  • Creative Writing Club

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  • Spring mock examinations for year 11

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  • End of term message from Ms Marooney

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  • DHS Christmas community celebrations

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  • Durrington High Fundraisers – Winners Announced

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  • End of term arrangements – Wednesday 20 December 2017

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  • Christmas jumper day Friday 15 December

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  • Durrington High Fundraisers Christmas Raffle

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  • Dover Castle visit

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  • An invitation to our Performing Arts Christmas Celebration

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  • DHS Annual Carol Service

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  • The DHS Tough Team Challenge

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  • How to secure your first job as a teacher event

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  • Parent Ambassador Programme

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  • Year 11 – Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

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  • Year 7 – Tough Team Challenge Monday 27 November 2017

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  • Ex Year 11 Presentation Evening – 30th November 2017

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  • Chestnut Tree House donation

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  • Music taster sessions – Tuesday 28th November

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  • Year 8 Parents’ Consultation Evening – Tuesday 28 November 2017

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  • DHS sports report 13th November 2017

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  • DHS Stand Tall project

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  • Year 11 mock exam support evening – presentation and resources

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  • INSET day – Friday 24th November 2017

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  • Link to Hope

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  • DHS sports report 6th November 2017

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  • DHS sports report 30th October 2017

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  • Year 7 Parent/Carer and Form Tutors’ Evening – Thursday 2 November 2017

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  • DHS sports report 16th October 2017

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  • SSAT leading edge innovation grant

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  • Year 11 Parent / Carer Mock Exam Support Evening – Tuesday 7 November

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  • Year 10 GCSE Support Evening – presentations and resources

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  • Get into teaching

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  • DHFr indoor table top sale

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  • Pole to Pole challenge – update

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  • DHS sports report 9th October 2017

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  • Durrington High School Open Evening: Thursday 5 October 2017 – 6pm – 8pm

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  • DHS sports report 2 October 2017

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  • Response to National Funding Formula Announcement – September 2017

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  • Year 10 parents’ GCSE support evening

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  • DHS challenge – Pole to Pole

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  • Open Evening for prospective parents – Thursday 5 October

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  • Year 11 Careers Fair – Monday 25 September 6pm to 8pm

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  • Parent/Carer Support Evening – supporting your child during year 7

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  • Year 7 Teambuilding Activities

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  • Absence reporting

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  • 14th Year of Academic Success

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  • Arrangements for the start of the Autumn Term 2017

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  • OFSTED visit report – 26 March

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  • 2017 Grade Boundaries

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  • Welcome to Year 7

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  • Welcome to our new school year!

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  • Determination is a key part of school life. Without hard work and determination, you will not achieve. But DHS has helped me through the years to become focused and determined, helping me to push myself to my peak potential.