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.
2015 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.
Particular mention should go to the following Year 13 students: Florence Welsh who gained 3 A*s and 1 A and will be going on to study Maths and Statistics at Warwick University; and Sophie Mace who achieved 3 As and will be studying Film Studies at King’s College, London. James Bennett gained an A, a B and a C and is looking forward to now undertaking his Air Transport Pilot License CTC Wings. Both Emily Brain and Cameron McMurdie also celebrated success with Emily achieving 3 Distinction*s, and Cameron achieving a Distinction*, 2 Bs and a C.
We have welcomed our highest number ever of Year 11 students back into Post 16- giving us a new Post 16 cohort of 220 students.
Well done to all of our students who took external exams in 2015 – and good luck to all of you who are beginning their exam journey this term.
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