Come and play at one of our Outdoor Tots sessions

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week and there are many things planned in school. As part of the week, on Friday 14 October pupils are invited to wear a ‘Yellow’ accessory in return for a £1 donation, in support of the Young Minds Mental Health charity. Charities Reps and Members of Interact will come around to collect donations on Friday morning. We will also have a JustGiving page, which will be shared next week.

Sport Update

It was a brilliant start to the Netball league yesterday evening, with matches against Hermitage School. The U14s won 7-1 and the U15s won 25-4. Well done to both teams (right).

At the U14 County Hockey Tournament on Tuesday the team played well and finished in 3rd place. The Player of the Tournament was awarded to Hannah S in Year 9. The result means the team have now qualified for the Tier 2 Regional Competition. On Wednesday, the U18 Netball Team (below) secured a fantastic win against Barnard Castle, by 42-6. It was a brilliant effort, and the Player of the Match award went to Issy.

Congratulations to the U16 Netball team this week, who finished second on goal difference at the Area and District Tournament.

Christmas Panto Tickets

The Parents and Friends have secured a discounted rate of £14 per ticket to this year’s Panto, Sleeping Beauty, at Gala Theatre Durham. The offer is open to the whole school community, including students, parents and all staff.

The date is Friday 16 December, which is the last day of term and the performance is at 2pm. Please note the school day will finish as usual at 12:00noon and parents and students will need to make their own arrangements to get to the Gala.

Tickets can be bought securely online at and more information about the Panto can be found at Tickets are limited so please order as soon as possible. The final order date is Sunday 16 October.

Mental Health Talk

On Wednesday, pupils in Senior Departments enjoyed a special performance by Bronnie. She is a talented singer songwriter who has supported high profile acts such as Little Mix, as well as having three UK headline tours of her own, and shows across Europe and America.

After performing some of her best-known music and popular cover songs, Bronnie talked about the importance of mental health, including some of her own experiences. She also shared some of the things young people can do to support their own mental health.

International Acrobatic Gymnastics success

It was double success in the Budapest Acro Cup over the weekend, with two Senior Department pupils competing in the finals of the international competition. Head Girl Georgia brought a gold medal home, as her team came 1st in the groups for the age category 12-18. There was also success for Keira, with the Year 11 pupil and her partner coming 4th in the pairs in the 11-16 category. Well done to both girls for two tremendous performances.

Interact Charity Report

Yesterday members of Interact attended lunch at the Durham Rotary at Ramside Hall to deliver their report and presentation on the school’s charitable work over the last academic year. The school has supported in excess of 18 charities and has raised over £2000 in the last year, which is a wonderful achievement. The group have many exciting plans moving forward and hope to continue this great work.

Members of Interact are pictured, right, with Tony Ford President of the Rotary Club Durham and David Jackson who works with us in school. We would like to thank them for their support.

Outdoor Tots

Outdoor Tots is an excellent opportunity for boys and girls aged 1-4 to come with an adult and spend some time exploring our fantastic outdoor learning area, every Tuesday morning.

It is a great way for toddlers to have fun, exploring the natural world in a safe and stimulating environment. Places are limited and booking is essential.
Tickets are £5 per child (1-4) and Additional siblings (1-4) are £2.50 each. Refreshments will be provided. You can book a place by clicking here