Good morning, welcome to Staindrop School, County Durham
Maximising Success in a Strong Community
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.”ï»¿
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.
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\\\\\\\".