Music suite upgrade at Durrington High School
Students at Durrington High School have returned in September to find a fantastic upgrade to the music suite. Over the summer holidays the school’s IT support team were busy revamping the main music room and installing 16 Apple Mac Minis, monitors, keyboards and headphones.
The new equipment means that students throughout the school now have access to the very latest music technology software which they can use to compose their own music. Students in Key Stage 3 will use GranageBand so they can start to build their skills and experience in using music software, and our Key Stage 4 students who, having chosen music as a GCSE, are more familiar with composing, will be using LogicPro which is the industry standard software.
Both programmes allow students to compose music using a range of different instrument sounds which means they can add different layers to their compositions and create more sophisticated pieces. Beth Maughan, Music Teacher at Durrington High School said, ‘It is fantastic to have this upgrade to our facilities as it will allow our students to further utilise their talents and grow as composers and musicians. It is particularly exciting for Key Stage 4 students as they will be able to use the new facilities to take their GCSE work to the next level. We are very excited about what our talented students will be able to.’
The software is already having an impact with students showing real engagement and enthusiasm during music lessons. One student said, ‘The new equipment in the music rooms is amazing. I’m really excited about using it to compose my own pieces as there are so many possibilities. It’s really fun to use.’
We are looking forward to hearing the impact the new equipment will have over the coming weeks.
Durrington students turn dreams and ambitions into reality with excellent GCSE results across the board.
The sun was shining as year 11 students from Durrington High School gathered to collect their much-anticipated GCSE results. Emotions were high and any initial nerves soon turned to joy and amazement as hundreds of students and staff celebrated record-breaking results.
The Durrington motto of ‘going beyond our best’ was truly in action today as our students’ hard work and determination saw their dreams became a reality. This year group has demonstrated an exceptional work ethic, and this together with support from staff, parents/carers and governors, resulted in huge successes in the core subjects of English, maths and science with all 3 exceeding national averages. 71% of students achieved a grade 4 or higher in both English and maths with 50% achieving a grade 5 or higher in both subjects. Over a quarter of all students achieved the highest grades (grade 7 and above) in English, maths and science. This is a phenomenal achievement. Alongside this success in the core subjects, we also saw the same level of success in a range of subjects across the board, including art, dance, graphics, textiles, drama, geography, history and PE.
We are very proud of our students for working so hard and achieving such fantastic results. One student said, ‘We knew that our GCSEs would be tough, but didn’t know how hard they would be.’ Another reflected on the past 2 years saying, ‘It felt like there was so much to do. At times, I wanted to give up, but there was always a teacher or one of my friends to help me.’ It was wonderful to see that determination pay off today as the students smiled, hugged and jumped for joy as they celebrated their hard-earnt success. One student said, ‘I am so happy, I was really nervous before I came and didn’t sleep much last night, but I am so happy and relieved now.’
Many parents were also there to share in the success of their children with one delighted and proud parent commenting, ‘I have had three children, all very different, enjoy success at Durrington; I have always been amazed at how the staff give endlessly of their time to develop them as confident and well-rounded young people.’
Amongst the excellent all-round results there were many incredible individual student successes. Here is a small selection:
- Lucy Spiers – 9 grade 9s and an A.
- James Price – 7 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and an A^
- Josh Brooks – 6 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and an A*
- Elizabeth Yel – 6 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 1 grade 7 and an A.
- Yasmin Lowe – 6 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and an A.
- Poppy James – 5 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and 1 grade 7.
- Alex Noakes – 6 grade 9s, 1 grade 8, 2 grade 7s and an A.
- Henry Bowman – 5 grade 9s, 1 grade 8, 2 grade 7s, 1 grade 6 and an A.
- Katie Hillier – 4 grade 9s, 5 grade 8s and a B.
- Thomas Keating – 5 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 1 grade 7, 1 grade 6 and an A*
- Tom Linfield-Brown – 5 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s and a B.
- Joseph Pinn – 4 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, 1 grade 7 and an A.
(Further mathematics is the only subject now using the lettered grades)
These successful outcomes are the result of the exceptional care, support and guidance we offer our students on a day-to-day basis, coupled with the application of the most up-to-date research around teaching and learning that being the only Research School across Sussex brings to us. Executive Headteacher Sue Marooney said, ‘I am constantly inspired by our students and how our staff work so hard to support and enable them to go beyond their best. These brilliant GCSE results follow the incredible KS2 SATs results of fellow DMAT school, The Laurels, earlier in the summer. These are a culmination of a really successful year across the trust and the beginning of a great one ahead for the DMAT team’.
Congratulations to the class of 2019 and we wish you all the best for the future.
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