Good morning - Saturday 25th October

Good morning, welcome to Staindrop School, County Durham

Maximising Success in a Strong Community

Headteacher, 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."

Head Boy and Girl Elected

We have recently elected our Head Boy and Girl along with their deputies.  One of their first duties was to speak to parents at Open Evening.  Open Evening was held on Thursday 25th September and the students spoke eloquently of their time at Staindrop and what our school has to offer other children and their families.  The speeches are reproduced with permission in Communications on this website.  It was gratifying to hear the four young people speak with such fervour and gratitude.  We look forward to showing anyone who was unable to attend Open Evening around the school.  Please contact reception on 01833 660285 if you would like to make an appointment. 

GCSE Results Success

Finally the long wait was over and Staindrop students received their results on Thursday morning.  Mr Flint, Head teacher said, “Students have achieved some fantastic results again, this year.  We are particularly pleased with English results but students have done well across the board in many cases.  We have seen lots of A and A* results.”

Teachers and staff joined students to celebrate as results were revealed on Thursday morning.  Some students has achieved in excess of 12 A/A* grades.  Many students are now going on to further education.


Get the Buzz!

On Thursday 23rd October Mr Gibbon took a group of Year 9 students to a careers event at Durham.  Students were able to gather information from a huge variety of further education providers.  Colleges from throughout the North-East were exhibiting and many of their stands provided interactive information regarding the wealth of courses and apprenticeships available for young people in post 16 education.  Students enjoyed a stimulating event which provided information about careers in subjects as diverse as engineering, falconry, forensic science and cake making. 

Orchestra Workshop

On Monday 13th October Miss Clark, Head of Music, organised a full morning of music for instrumentalists at Staindrop.  Miss Unwin from Durham County Music Service ran the session which allowed students to focus on working as an ensemble.  Miss Clark commented afterwards how useful the session had been adding, \\\\\\\"The students were very enthusiastic and improvement was made throughout the morning with many new tunes mastered\\\\\\\".


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 Term Dates Autumn 2014

We break up for half term on Friday 24th October at 3.20pm and school re-opens on Monday 3rd November at 8.55am.  A reminder that school is closed to students on Friday 14th November for a teacher training day. The Autumn term comes to an close on Friday 19th December for the Christmas holidays and school re-opens on Monday 5th January 2015.

Orchestra Workshop

On Monday 13th October Staindrop students who are learning to play an instrument had the opportunity to enjoy a workshop which provided them with the opportunity to play as part of an ensemble. The session, conducted by Miss Unwin from Durham County Council Music Service, was popular and real progress was made throughout the morning.  

Miss Clark, Head of Music commented, " The workshop was amazing.  The students were really enthusiastic and gelled as an ensemble".

Miss Clark provides whole group orchestra practice every Tuesday lunchtime but this workshop allowed students three hours in which to develop their talent. Thanks go to Miss Unwin for her dedicated tutoring of this session. 

Theme of the Week

Theme of the week beginning Monday 3rd November is Fairness. During assemblies, form time and as part of lessons students will examine the concept of fairness for all members pf our society.

Parent View

Ofsted gather the views of parents in an online survey and the link to this is here. We would like to ask parents to take a few minutes in order to complete the survey.  From responses gathered so far 94% of parents say their child is taught well at this school.  

Mock Exams

Mock exams are taking place for all students beginning on Monday 3rd November and ending on Friday 5th December.  Students in Years 10 and 11 will receive individual timetables.  The full timetable for all students is here. 

This Week's Football Results

​This week Staindrop played King James School from Bishop Auckland.  Staindrop put on one ...

Date Published: 24-10-2014

Green Pens and Planners

At Staindrop we know it is a vital part of learning for all students to be given the opportunity to ...

Date Published: 21-10-2014

Instrumental Workshop

On Monday 13th October Staindrop musicians will enjoy a full morning of musical workshops.  Stu ...

Date Published: 10-10-2014

Results of all Teams

This week all of our football teams have played at home to Ferryhill.  Thanks to Mr S Hunter fo ...

Date Published: 06-10-2014

New Creative Writing Club

A new club is starting at Staindrop.  English teacher, Miss Dunn, is running a Creative Writing ...

Date Published: 30-09-2014

Governors Day

On Thursday 2nd October we welcome  members of our Governing body into school.  They join ...

Date Published: 26-09-2014

Open Evening

We welcome parents into school on Thursday 25th September for our Open Evening.  All department ...

Date Published: 22-09-2014

Head Boy and Girl Elected

Staindrop School an Academy elected our Head Boy and Head Girl 2014-2015 this week.  In a week ...

Date Published: 18-09-2014

Access to ICT facilities

Your child will receive homework to complete on a computer.  At Staindrop we ensure that all st ...

Date Published: 04-09-2014

PE and Sport Clubs

At Staindrop there are many extra curricular clubs and activities for students to enjoy.  The t ...

Date Published: 04-09-2014

Mock Exams

Mock exams will be taking place in school from Monday 3rd November to Friday 5th December.  The ...

Date Published: 05-12-2014

Training Day

Please note Staindrop School will be CLOSED to all students on Friday 14th November for a teacher tr ...

Date Published: 15-11-2014

Careers Events

On Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th of November Years 7,8 and 9 will be taking part in careers events ...

Date Published: 13-11-2014

Careers Interviews

Careers Interviews will take place for ALL Year 11 students, commencing Monday 15th September.   ...

Date Published: 31-10-2014