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  • Durrington High students smash their 100-mile swim challenge

    The student leadership team at Durrington High School organised a fundraising and awareness swimming challenge ‘One Drop at a Time’ in which a team of students and staff aimed to swim 100 miles in just 2 hours. The event took place at Littlehampton Wave Swimming Pool on Sunday 1st December between 3 and 5pm.

    The afternoon was an inspiring example of the commitment and perseverance of our students. A team of 64 students, 4 staff and 4 staff children swam a total of 6809 lengths equating to a massive 105.8 miles! This is a huge achievement and one all involved were very proud of.

    The resilience the students showed was incredible, many of them got in the pool at 3pm and did not stop swimming.  It was an amazing atmosphere with the students cheering each other on and encouraging one another to go an extra length. There were sweets on hand to keep them going and also a fabulous cohort of parents supporting on the side-lines. It was a huge group effort and everyone made a huge contribution but special mention must go to Jasper Smith and Max Slaughter who both swam a superb 6000 meters. Also, at just 5 and 7 years old, Meredith and Felicity Dedman (daughters, or should we say mermaids, of Ms Dedman) clocked up an incredible 5250m between them!

    Studded Isla Knapp said, ‘It was such a great afternoon, I think it was my favourite school events. Everyone was together, cheering each other on and having the staff and some of their kids there made it such a great atmosphere, we were all part of one big team!’

    The swimmers will be celebrated later in the term with a special assembly where they will be presented with a certificate and reusable water bottle. The water bottles were kindly funded by Fooditude, an office catering provider with offices in Worthing. We are also grateful to Killer Creative, a Brighton based creative, strategic fundraising agency who covered the cost of the pool hire and Micawber Lettings, a Worthing based Letting company who contributed towards the general cost of the event.

    The student leadership team at Durrington had done an incredible job of organising the event alongside Head of School Mr Woodcock. Their aim was to raise awareness about environmental issues with a particular focus on water and raise money for Oxfam and The Marine Conservation Society. The community really pulled together to support this event, whether swimming, supporting or donating and so far, a fantastic £1453.75 (including Gift Aid) has been raised.

    You can still donate here to either Oxfam or The Marine Conservation Society using the links below. All donations gratefully received.


    Marine Conservation Society

    A huge well done to our marvellous student leadership team for driving this initiative and to Mr Woodcock for supporting them in making it happen. Thanks to all staff that supported on the day and in the run up to the event


  • Girls in Tech Conference a huge success

    Over the past two weeks several year 8 students attended a ‘Girls in Tech’ 2-day conference which took place at the Amex stadium and Sussex University. The event was organised by Albion in the Community and the Sussex Widening Participation team. It aimed to show the girls attending a range of plentiful career opportunities in computing and inspire them into considering taking this path themselves.

    Day one took place on 20th November and was based at The AMEX stadium in the morning. This impressive setting gave the girls an incredible insight into the vast ways in which IT and technology is used within a large football stadium.  During a tour of the grounds the girls saw the many ways in which technology is used at the stadium, from the heaters on the pitch to how technology helps the players in the changing rooms and fitness suites. They were particularly impressed with the way technology was used to facilitate a secret glass window for the VIP’s in the Chairman’s lounge. Student Melania Midgley said, ‘The Amex was amazing, the facilities were great and everyone was really friendly. It was a really nice atmosphere.’

    Following the tour, the students attended a workshop in the American Express Lounge, where after some team building tasks the girls had to take apart a PC, name and explain the parts and put it back together again. This was a challenging but enjoyable task at which the girls excelled.

    The afternoon was spent across the road at Sussex University with the Widening Participation Team. The girls were introduced to campus life, learning about areas of university such as lectures, halls of residents and the different societies. The girls took part in three workshops, one with a lecturer in computer science looking at light sensors with the arduinos and making LED lights change colour using distance sensors. The second session was a real highlight for Daisy O’Hara, ‘I loved the Robogals session where we had to programme a robot to complete a maze. It was really challenging and we had to work as a team, but we did it and were really proud.’ The final workshop was in an amazing engineering lab, where the girls hands on task was to simulate a balance engine, this involved the use of logic, maths and lots of perseverance to get the right balance and was another highlight for the girls. They returned to school full of enthusiasm and excitement to be returning the following week.

    The second day did not disappoint. This time they visited the American Express offices in Burgess Hill. During the day they met many members of staff who work in a wide range of Tech roles for American Express. It was very inspiring for them to see such a range of jobs that have computing skills at their centre. During the morning session they explored the programming and coding side of App development. They also had a 40-minute video call with Astu Patel, Director at AMEX for Global Business, Financing and Digital capabilities. Who is based in New York. The students asked many thoughtful questions which allowed them to get valuable insights from Astu. Ruby O’Hara said, ‘It was great to speak to Astu, especially as she spoke about her family and the fact that she had a family but also had a really successful career. It was inspiring.’ The girls then spent the afternoon taking part in a digital careers fair where they had to carry out practical IT based activities and meet people from different roles within the business.

    Claire Taylor, Head of Computer Science, said, ‘The Girls in Tech conference has been a brilliant opportunity for our students. It had been a really valuable experience that has not only opened their eyes to a wide range of jobs that involve computer science but, more specifically, highlighted that it is an industry in which women can succeed. Historically computer science can be viewed as a ‘boys subject’, but events like these go a long way in proving this to be untrue. Our girls left the conference inspired and determined to develop their computer science skills.’ Ruby O’Hara confirmed this saying, ‘I had not previously considered taking computer science at GCSE, but I am now seriously considering it. The conference showed me that even if a job is not specifically an IT job, you need computer science skills for so many.’

    Many thanks to the Sussex Widening Participation Team at Sussex University and to Albion in the Community for such an inspiring day. Also, thanks to Mrs Taylor and Ms Morley for organising the trip and giving our students this excellent opportunity.

  • Final Goodbye to the class of 2019

    On Thursday 29th November students from the class of 2019 at Durrington High gathered together for the final time to celebrate their success as a year group and collect their hard-earnt GCSE certificates. The celebration began with refreshments and the chance to chat to their former classmates, parents and other family members. There was a fantastic atmosphere as students hugged and chatted about what they had been doing since the summer.

    The evening is an opportunity to thank all the students for the positive impact they had on the school and inspire them with a speech from former pupil Charlie Donnelly, now a successful West End performer. It is also a chance to acknowledge and reward those students who achieved the highest marks in each subject along with those chosen by their subject teachers who were awarded for their outstanding effort.

    The evening began with a welcome from Deputy Head John Fuller who expressed his delight and thanks that so many students had returned to school for the occasion. He spoke about what a fantastic year group they had been, ‘a wonderful example for the younger students to look up to.’ He also spoke about how nice it was to catch up with the group but also added, ‘however, this evening is bitter sweet. Although it is a celebration it is also tinged with sadness and this is the final time we will see you all together as a year group. ‘

    Executive Headteacher Sue Marooney then echoed Mr Fuller’s warm welcome, going on to say that, ‘You exemplify all that is good and great about our school.’ She also wished them all well for their future and encouraged then to ‘take forward the Durrington ethos.’

    The individual students were then awarded, each one coming to the stage to be congratulated. The top 20 students who had achieved the highest GCSE grades were awarded as well as the top 20 students who had made the most progress during their time at DHS. Following this, each subject award was given out to the highest achiever and also the student that was recognised as making the most effort. This was a great opportunity to congratulate and reward these students and allow them to celebrate with their peers.

    Three special awards were also presented, which are given in honour of special people no longer with us; remarkable Durrington teachers Darren Fox and Martyn Symonds, and exceptional student Sam Bassett.  The Darren Fox Award for Science was given to Caitlin Campbell, The Martyn Symonds Award for Geography was given to Emily Locker and Lily Moore and the Sam Bassett Award for Drama to Spencer Owen.

    The final award of the evening was the Outstanding Contribution to School Award, which was awarded to Spencer Owen. It is unusual that two special awards be given to the same person but this is testament to the utterly outstanding contribution Spencer made to the school during his 4 years with us. He efforts across the school, but particularly within sport and drama, were exemplary and he was much deserving of this recognition.

    Following the awards Charlie Donnelly took to the stage and spoke about her life (so far) post Durrington. She encouraged the students to follow their instincts and passions, as she had done when deciding to change course at college to train to become a dance teacher. Charlie is now a seasoned West End Performer, but spoke passionately about how hard work and determination were the key to success. It was inspiring for the students to hear from someone who, only 7 years ago, had been sat exactly where they were. Charlie ended by saying,’ Go with your gut as you go on your journey. Embrace where you are at and enjoy the possibilities of where you can go.’

    To end the evening, former head students Leonnie Natala and Marcus Foxwell took to the stage to address their peers. They spoke about their many happy memories and thanked all the staff for their unwavering support throughout their time at Durrington, helping them to achieve their goals. They also gave a special thank you to Ms Marooney, before wishing the class of 2019 good luck.

    Many thanks to all those students and their families who attended the evening. Thanks also to Mr Fuller, Mrs Temple and Mr Davis for organising such a lovely send-off for this amazing year group.


  • Christmas events and activities at DHS





    Come and join in the festivities at Durrington High School:






    The Durrington Fundraisers Christmas Raffle Draw – tickets just £1 each available via the fiance office or Parent Pay.

    The year 7 and 8 Christmas Disco – Tuesday 10th December, 5.00 -6.30pm – tickets £3 (to include a treat on arrival) available from the finance office or via Parent Pay.

    Performing Arts Celebration evening – Thursday 12th December – Details from Miss Cross

    Carol Service at St Andrews Church, Tarring – Monday 16th December, 6.30pm. Tickets are free and full details are here

  • Celebrating students at the Key Stage 4 Presentation Evening

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  • A humbling yet humour- filled visit from Holocaust survivor Dorit Oliver Wolff

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  • Inspiring Women in Enterprise Day at the AMEX

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  • Match Report: U16s Girls Football Team progress to round 5 of the National Cup

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  • GCSE history students spend half term in Berlin

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  • Retired boxer Hannah Beharry inspires PE students at DHS

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  • Stress-busting mud run ahead of Mock Exams for year 11 students

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  • Durrington High School Choir perform at Worthing Sings Live

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  • Match Report: DHS U16 girls football team progress to the 3rd round of the National Cup

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  • Year 8 students inspired by trip to University of Brighton

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  • Eco Ambassadors make fantastic start to environmental campaign

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  • DHS produce spectacular show in just 24 hours

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  • DofE students battle the wind and rain to successfully complete their expedition

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  • Performance in Education highlight importance of road safety to year 7

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  • Students win art prizes at Shoreham International Neighbours Festival

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  • Exciting plans submitted for new indoor and outdoor sports facilities at Durrington High School

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  • Year 7 embrace the wet and wild weather during exciting team building days

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  • U13 girls football team off to a great start

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  • DHS celebrate National Coding Week

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  • Year 11 students explore next steps at DHS Careers Fair

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  • Thank you for the memories, the show will go on!

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  • Life-saving CPR now part of the KS3 curriculum at Durrington High School

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  • Music suite upgrade at Durrington High School

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  • Durrington students turn dreams and ambitions into reality with excellent GCSE results across the board

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