We are delighted that the school received an OUTSTANDING grading in all 5 categories in our recent Ofsted Inspection.

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.

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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.

The school has improved all key GCSE performance table indicators with many now in line or above national average.  It is particularly pleased that all of its work to narrow the gap for disadvantaged students has proved successful with the gap now better than the national figure in all areas.   As a lead school for core maths and outstanding maths provision, the school continues to celebrate success in this subject with further increases in the number of students achieving an A*-C grade.  Expected and more than expected levels of progress in maths also continue to be above the national average.  The school has also seen an increase in the number of students achieving an A*-C in English.
There were many fantastic individual successes including Courtney Reeves who gained 10 A*s and 2 As.  Louise Clarke and Amy Demidow also achieved at least 10 A*/A grades.  Many other students celebrated a great set of results with strong performances and at least 6 A*s/As for Katherine Deegan, Isabelle Brown, Daniel Rodgers and Holly Wilson.
Our Post 16 students also did us proud with over 65% going on to further education, many at their first choice university.

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.

Mrs Jane Herriman
Executive Principal

 The Duston School is delighted to be able to take a leading role in shaping the future of the next generation of teachers 

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 cfurniss@thedustonschool.org .

The Teaching Schools Council, made up of teaching school headteachers, represents all teaching schools. For more information about the programme visit: www.gov.uk/nctl or www.tscouncil.org.uk

Mrs Jane Herriman
Executive Principal