Good morning - Thursday 17th April

Good morning, welcome to Staindrop School, County Durham

Maximising Success in a Strong Community

Mr A Flint

At Staindrop School an Academy we cater for all children between the ages of 11 and 16 and have approximately 600 pupils on roll. Set on the western edge of the historic village of Staindrop and overlooking rolling fields and farms, Staindrop School is without doubt one of the most attractively situated schools in the region.

At Staindrop School we place great importance on academic excellence, continually monitoring our teaching methods and the progress of individual pupils.

We converted to academy status in August 2011 following full consultation with Governors, parents and staff.  The general day-to day life of the school has remained largely unaffected by this conversion.  As ever, the Staindrop motto remains "Maximising success in a strong community". We were delighted to recently receive the news that we have been  placed 100th out of 3017 schools nationally. based on the progress achieved by Year 11 leavers in Summer 2013.  

The confirmation came from the Head of Education in Co Durham, Caroline O’Neill who congratulated students and staff on achieving these outcomes at a time when schools are adapting to a changing landscape in education policy. Ms O'Neill wrote, "This (national ranking) demonstrates the breadth and quality of education across the whole curriculum of which the school should be justifiably very proud."

Exam Success

We are delighted  to announce 43 of our Year 11 students recently received exam results confirming they have  passed their GCSE English exam.  Several students  were thrilled to receive the very highest grades of A and A*.   We are very proud of the hard work of our students and the mature and responsible way in which they approach exams.  Thanks to parents and teachers for all of their support. 

Science and Engineering Week at Staindrop

Staindrop students experienced all that is wonderful in science last week.  We celebrated Science and Engineering week with a variety of workshops designed to give students a practical taste of some of the most fascinating areas of science.

From gigantic Amazonian toads to dinosaur footprint fossils the workshops, delivered by experts in their fields, provided students with a memorable hands on experience.



Staindrop in Top 100 Schools Nationally

Mr Flint, Head teacher of Staindrop School an Academy was delighted to receive confirmation that progress made by students in Year 11, who left in Summer 2013, placed the school 100th out of 3017 schools nationally.

The confirmation came from the Head of Education in Co. Durham, Caroline O’Neill who congratulated students and staff on achieving these outcomes at a time when schools are adapting to a changing landscape in education policy.

Mr A. Flint, Head Teacher and Mrs A. Carr, Deputy Head Teacher are pictured left. 

England Professional Footballer Coaches Year 9

On Monday 31 March students at Staindrop enjoyed the privilege of meeting with a top level blind footballer, Owen Bainbridge, who has 24 caps for England.  Owen is 24 years old and his brother, William is in Year 10 at Staindrop. 

Owen lost his sight age 6 but did not let that stop him from following his dream and playing football for England.  He has even scored two goals for the national team.  Owen kindly came into school to do some coaching with Year 9 students.  Owen\'s inspirational srory is featured in Recent News.


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Staindrop marked its 50th anniversary with another year of success in 2013.Having been invited to become an academy in 2011 the school was able to secure over £1million to upgrade the  campus.  This represents a major investment in the future of the school and we now enjoy state of the art facilities. In 2013 99% of students achieved 5 good GCSE’s. 


In 2012 we were in the top 5% of schools nationally based on student progress. Staindrop is renowned for its pastoral care and traditional standards of behaviour.

We are now accepting applications from across the region.

Funding was received to refurbish our two dining spaces in 2013.

The rooms are available to hire for meetings.  Please phone Mrs Overfield at school on 01833 660285 for further details.  The funding was available through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.

Staindrop School achieved outstanding results in summer 2013 in several key subjects.  Staindrop was the top performing school in Co Durham, in Maths, History and Geography.  Whilst we are measured on our outstanding results we strive to provide students with a balanced education.  Sport and extra-curricular activities are tremendously important. 

We look forward once again in the Summer Term to exciting residential visits to the Lake District, Germany and France.  Staindrop’s award winning Easter and Summer schools for primary age children are always over booked. Our school show, “Oliver” is scheduled for a week long run at Christmas 2014 with rehearsals already under way. 



Easter School for Students in Year 11

Easter school will be running throughout the holidays and Year 11 students have personalised timetab ...

Date Published: 04-04-2014

Year 11 Revision Sessions

Mrs Carr, Deputy Head teacher has now finalised the important exam revision sessions which provide Y ...

Date Published: 03-04-2014

England Pro-Footballer Coaches Year 9

On Monday 31 March students at Staindrop enjoyed the privilege of meeting with a top level blind foo ...

Date Published: 31-03-2014

Year 8 Options Decisions

On Thursday 27th March all students in Year 8 were given a personalised Options Brochure.  This ...

Date Published: 27-03-2014

Exam Timetable

Students who are taking external exams have now all been given a personal time table showing when th ...

Date Published: 24-03-2014

School is Open as Usual Wednesday 26th March

The NUT are taking industrial action on Wednesday 26th March but Staindrop School is open as normal ...

Date Published: 21-03-2014

RSS Feeds Now Available

Feeds from our website can now be delivered direct to your desktop, smart phone or tablet.  Cop ...

Date Published: 20-03-2014

Sports Relief 2014

On Friday 21st March there will be various fund raising activites taking place in school.  All ...

Date Published: 18-03-2014

Year 8 Options Information Evening

On Thursday 20th March we are holding an options information evening for all parents of children cur ...

Date Published: 18-03-2014

Science and Engineering Week at Staindrop

Monday 17th March marks the start of Science and Engineering week at Staindrop.  Years 7 to 10 ...

Date Published: 17-03-2014

Business Students Organise Spring Fete

On Friday 16th May our Business department is hosting a "Spring Fete".  Business students in Ye ...

Date Published: 16-05-2014

Exam Timetable for Year 9

Year 9 students are taking exams beginning Monday 28th April.  Students will be fully prepared ...

Date Published: 28-04-2014

Bank Holiday

Please note that school does not re-open after the Easter holiday until Tuesday 22nd April to take a ...

Date Published: 21-04-2014