Prolonged spells of hot weather have identified a need to advise parents and students of the procedures to be adopted when the temperatures inside school buildings reach levels that might impact upon the health and safety of students and vulnerable adults (e.g. those known to be suffering from Asthma). Actions taken by the School in these circumstances include:
- Revision of the Uniform requirements so that students are allowed to remove blazers and sleeveless sweaters at all times during the school day.
- Actions are immediately taken to minimise outdoor activities to ensure students are cool and that they drink additional water.
- Consideration will be given to adjusting sporting activities including PE lessons. If they proceed adequate shade and water supply will be made available.
- Students will be given opportunities for shade afforded by indoor areas of the school during out of lesson times.
- If you require further information do not hesitate to contact the school.
This is a great tribute to the hard work and dedication of all of our staff, students and governors. It has been an exciting journey.
The Duston School has been selected to become a National Teaching School. Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.
The Duston School was one of only 60 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest round. Introduced in 2011, Teaching Schools are all rated as “outstanding”. They work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career. They raise standards through school-to-school support, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers. Jane Herriman, Executive Principal said: “We are delighted to get Teaching School Status and will continue to work in the local area to provide opportunities for teachers, and prospective teachers, to make a difference to young peoples’ lives.”
The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility, in partnership with headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the designation and quality of the Teaching Schools programme. Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of NCTL, said: “The Duston School should be very proud of this achievement. The school has been recognised as a centre of excellence in its area, with an outstanding performance and a track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.”
“There are now 600 Teaching Schools around the country with more to follow. They are at the heart of an increasingly school-led system, leading the way in improving the quality of our teachers and helping the schools in their partnership to become even better. Like Teaching Hospitals, they have become centres of excellence across the country, conducting research and training teachers.”
For further information contact: Director of Teaching School, Ms Charlie Furniss, The Duston School on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Mrs Jane Herriman
2014 Exam Results
We have had many successes this year – achieved at a time of unprecedented change in GCSE and GCE examinations, both in terms of difficulty and assessment.
Our highest ability students have achieved at the very highest level. Congratulations to the following 9 students who all received 9A* grades: Duncan Hamill, Laura Johnson, Sophie Craven, Sherry He, Aidan Pawaroo, Dominika Klopocka and Robin La.
The percentage of students making 3 levels of progress in mathematics (national expected progress) was 75% (2013 national average of 70%.)
The percentage of students making more than expected level of progress in English rose from 22% to 29%.
Our Post 16 students also did us proud, with the average points score per student going up from 692.47 in 2013 to 746.70 ( 2013 national average 709.1). Our A-E pass rate remained at 100%, also above national average.
Particular praise goes to Fay Banks (English Literature A*, English Language A*, Fine Art C) who is going to study English Literature at Loughborough University, Molly Grey (English Language A*, Applied Business A, History A) who is going to Sheffield University to study History and to Hafiz Al Araf (Maths A*, Physics A , Further Maths B) who will be going to Glasgow to study Aeronautical Engineering.
We have welcomed our highest number ever of Year 11 students back into Post 16- giving us a new Post 16 cohort of 200 students.
Well done to all of our students who took external exams in 2014 – and good luck to all of you who are beginning their exam journey this term.
Mrs Jane Herriman