30 August 2017
Start of Autumn Term arrangements
Arrangements for the start of the Autumn Term 2017 are set out below.
Monday 4 September
Tuesday 5 September
Year 7 students only – 11:00 – 14:00
Full details can be found on this link: Year 7
Wednesday 6 September
Year 7 – 08.:40 – 15:10
Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 students – 11.:30 – 13:25
Thursday 7 September
Normal school day for all students – 08:40 – 15:10
24 August 2017
14th Year of Academic Success
The happy, smiling faces of students and staff conveyed delight, amazement and relief as students celebrated their GCSE results. Proud as ever, Sue Marooney, Headteacher since 2003, was full of praise of the Durrington team. “Schools are working in a time of unprecedented change with the level of challenge increased in all subjects and a two tier grading system using 9-1 in English and mathematics and A*-G in all other subjects. We needed more than ever for staff and students to reflect our school motto and to indeed ‘go beyond their best’. Although we have a long established track record of success it still requires immense commitment, hard work, rigour in all we do and a relentless focus on excellence from all, to continue improving. Great teaching underpinned by subject expertise from staff, a determination to persevere, sustained hard work from students and strong support from home mean that, together, there is no barrier we cannot overcome”.
A few students shared their stories: “It took me so long before I felt I was getting anywhere, but my teachers didn’t give up; she believed in me and eventually I started getting better marks.” Another said, “I really wanted top grades and was happy to work hard, but what really made the difference was that teachers knew when to encourage me to keep going independently. They call it the ‘good struggle’ and when I needed them, they came alongside me and helped.”
Below is a small reflection of high attaining students;
- Decs King achieved 7A*s and three grade 9s
- Monte Wren achieved 6A*s, three grade 9s and a B
- Carolyn Acevedo achieved 7A*s, two grade 9s and a 7
The new English and mathematics examinations saw 76% and 77% of our students achieving a pass (4 is approximately a grade C) and 62% achieving a good pass (5 is approximately a grade B) in each subject area.
Alongside our consistent and sustained success across the board, we were delighted to have further increases in the number of students gaining the top grades, such as in chemistry where 50% of students achieved an A*/A and 90% students A*-C; 44% of students in geography gained an A*/A and 84% A*-C and art and design where 46% of student gained an A*-A grade and 100% A*-C grades. These are just a snapshot of the many successes this year. The government expected very few students nationally to attain grade 9s. At Durrington 29 students achieved this “gold standard” in one or more subjects.
Recently appointed as one of only 22 National Research Schools, this will further accelerate progress as Durrington enters the next exciting phase of its development.
24 August 2017
2017 Grade Boundaries
14 August 2017
Welcome to Year 7
As the summer holiday draws to a close, we are really looking forward to meeting our new year 7 students in September.
The year 7s’ first day is Tuesday 5 September 2017 and students should arrive in school for 11am.There will be teachers around, and posters, to help with finding tutor rooms.
Remember to bring the correct equipment (pen, pencil, scientific calculator and a fiction book to read). Bring a padlock for your locker but there are no PE lessons on the 5 so PE kits won’t be needed on the first day.
Lunch will be at 1pm.The canteen will be open for food if money has been loaded onto accounts (either by parents/carers before the start of term or by students using the cash loaders in school) and any signed forms or school fund not brought back on 5th July should be given to company leaders by the end of Friday 8 September.
The day will finish at 2pm.
From Wednesday 6 September, year 7 students will follow normal school day timings.
Other important dates for year 7s include:
- Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September 2017 – Team Building Days
- Wednesday 20 September 2017 – Year 7 Support Evening (students not required to attend) – Information will include curriculum content in the core subjects, how to support learning and homework along with how year 7 achievement and progress is assessed.
- Thursday 2 November 2017 – Year 7 Tutor Evening (students are expected to attend) – An opportunity for parents/carers to meet with form tutors and discuss general progress after the first 8 weeks of being at Durrington.
- Tuesday 23 January 2018 – Year 7 Parent/Carer Evening (students are expected to attend) – Individual discussions with subject teachers. Appointments will be made nearer the time.
Should you have any further queries about the start of term, please do not hesitate to contact form tutors or company leaders.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer and we’ll see you in September.
17 May 2017
It is fantastic to see at this point of the year we have a large majority of students in each year group with an attendance figure of above 96% and a significant number still maintaining 100% attendance. As you are aware, there is clear link between attendance and student achievement. We therefore appreciate your on-going support in ensuring your son/daughter(s) are in school as much as possible so we can help them reach their full potential.
12 May 2017
OFSTED visit report – 26 Mar
I am delighted to share our excellent recent OFSTED visit report; 22 March 2017. As ever we are so proud of our students and you will see many of their strengths and successes are highlighted in the report. Your continued support is a key factor in our success as a school so that we can give your children the best possible education. As you know, we have an amazing staff team of highly skilled professionals who constantly ‘go beyond their best, go that extra mile/s’ to give your children what they deserve. Many of you wrote in during the inspection to pass on your thanks, which means such a lot. Our last whole school OFSTED inspection was in June 2010 and as you are aware, our school has improved year on year since then. There have also been many changes in the way in which inspections are carried out and for good schools, such as ourselves, the new system focuses on short inspections; (a snapshot based on prior data) with two inspectors spending a day in school. I have chosen a selection of key quotes from the report which we should all be proud of and they are representative of what every student, parent, staff or governor would want for their school.