You Said, We Did

At DHS we pride ourselves on serving our community and a big part of that is taking onboard the feedback from parents. Thank you to all of you who completed the parent survey and gave us your views on our School. Below you will see a number of comments from the survey that we have already acted on and made plans for. It’s really important to us that parents play an active role in life at Durrington High School. 

As we add to these actions throughout the year, we will update this table.

You said

We did

You wanted more opportunities to come into school and take part in workshops about various topics such as – crime,  pupil anxiety, exam skills, homework, revision methods, bullying, attendance and the impact of social media. 

In the New Year we will be launching the Durrington High School Partnership Programme for families (DPP). This will be a series of workshops on a range of topics that parents & carers will have the opportunity to attend.  A full schedule of workshops will be emailed out in 2024. DPP Programme.

You wanted more opportunities to enrich student learning outside of lessons and to explore future pathways.

We are going to be working in partnership with Oxford University and offering their ‘Inspire Scholars Programme’ to our students.  In addition to this we will be offering themed sessions led by Durrington Alumni on their experiences of employment and university.

You wanted a greater celebration of student and team sporting successes. 

We have bought a phone for the PE department to take to all fixtures. Keep an eye out in the fortnightly newsletter and our social media streams for updates.

You said that Arbor was sometimes confusing and you needed guidance. 

There will be a workshop running as part of the Durrington High School Partnership Programme. 

You said that it was not always clear who you needed to speak with with regards to your student. 

The new ‘Who to talk to’ section can be found at the bottom of this table. 

We are also going to offer half-termly drop-in surgeries with the Co-Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and other members of the senior team. This will create more direct access to our most senior school leaders.

You wanted to widen further the trip opportunities for your children.

We are currently reviewing our trips offer and hope to be offering more trips for later this academic year. Watch this space. 

You shared with us that vaping is a growing concern for students nationally.

We will be running special assemblies and form time sessions to support students in developing a greater understanding of the dangers of vaping. 

We have also increased our sanction for any student found vaping or with vaping paraphernalia. We will also be sharing useful support information for parents.

You were supportive of our drive for the highest standards of behaviour in the classroom. 

We created the study room to raise standards for all students in every lesson, giving those that disrupt the time to reflect and adjust their behaviour.

You asked for more positives and more rewards- Less stick and more carrot for students who get it right all the time but are not recognised. 

We have added a further aspect to our rewards system aimed at rewarding students for their efforts on more of a day to day basis. This will be linked to the expectation card.

You wanted to find out more about what students were learning at school.

On top of the curriculum maps which are available via the website we will be  introducing the ‘Curriculum Showcase’ next term. Each month a particular subject area will be central to the newsletter along with an in depth look into what is being studied. Curriculum maps can be found here 

You wanted us to communicate clearly to students the damaging impact of bullying, whether it be in or out of school.

We will continue to address this in assemblies and SME lessons.

We are going to be working in partnership with the ‘Anti-Bullying Alliance’, with a view to communicating very clearly our commitment to a safe and happy school for all.  This will include further training and sessions for both staff and students. 

Who to talk to?

Contact details for staff can be found here.  We will do what we reasonably can to reply within 2 working days to a parental contact.


Who to contact first:

Any general query relating to your child.

Your child’s form tutor should be the first point of contact please.

Any query relating to how they are doing in a specific subject.

Their class teacher for that subject.

Relating to your child’s attendance at school

Your child’s house team/year team.

Reporting an absence.

Any issues with IT, Arbor and cashless catering.

Please mail

Any general query relating to your child’s report.

Mr B Crockett, Assistant Headteacher

If the report query is subject specific please contact the class teacher first.

I am worried about my child’s health and/or wellbeing.

Your child’s house/year team.