February Half Term Letter

Dear Parents/Carers

As the first term of 2022 draws to a close we would like to thank you all for your support. You, our dedicated staff team and our resilient and amazing students have worked together to ensure a successful start to the spring term.

It has been an exciting half term for our year 9 students as they begin to explore their GCSE option choices for next year. They have heard from all subject departments about the many benefits of studying their subjects and we look forward to working with you and them over the coming weeks to support them in making these important decisions. You can find all the information about options here. Our year 11 students were also encouraged by a great set of GCSE mock exam results and are determined to go beyond their best over the coming months to put themselves in the best possible position on GCSE results day. As ever, our staff team will be with them all the way.

Since the beginning of September, our Dance Live team have been working tirelessly on their piece ‘Deeds Not Words’ which they performed last week in the heats at Portsmouth Guildhall. We are so proud of each and everyone of them for their incredible performance. A huge thank you to Mrs Isham and her team for giving our students such a wonderful opportunity to perform. 

We celebrated Children’s Mental Health Week (7th -11th February) with discussions in Period 1, sharing many helpful resources on our screens and social media and by making this short video with tips from staff and students about how they look after their own wellbeing when things get tough. Children’s Mental Health Week is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of youth mental health, but please remember #TeamDurrington are here all year round to support our students to be the very best they can be. 

This term also saw the launch of the gold and platinum criteria for KAPP. With so many students now achieving their silver seahorse, they now know what they need to do to achieve gold. We are delighted that year 8 student Bethany is the first student to receive a gold badge for kindness. You can read the new criteria here, where you can also nominate your child for something they have done outside of school. 

We have had another busy half term of clubs and enrichment activities. Our year 8 students were inspired by a visit to the University of Brighton, our year 7 students enjoyed taking apart and rebuilding PCs in coding club, year 9 students visited the theatre and over 40 year 7 and 8 students took part in the 25th anniversary Maths Challenge.  Our year 10 students have been working hard for their Bronze DofE award, hiking miles during their practice expeditions and spending many hours volunteering for charity, improving a new skill and taking on physical challenges.

We look forward to all that the second half of the spring term will bring and wish you a happy and restful half term break. 

Yours sincerely 

Sue Marooney 

Executive Headteacher/CEO DMAT 

Chris Woodcock

Head of School

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