Good evening - Thursday 27th November

Good evening, 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. 

Year 7 Rugby Team Success

Our Year 7 rugby team are enjoying huge success at present with 7 consecutive wins. Coached by Year 11 student, W. Birch who works alongside our PE teachers, the younger boys are doing very well.  

Poppy Art Installation

Students at Staindrop created a poppy art installation in the garden area of the school. Using hand-made poppies, one of our mature trees was decorated with cascading poppies.  The installation, inspired by that in the moat of the Tower of London, provided a peaceful and poignant spot for students and staff to spend a few minutes in quiet reflection as we marked Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. 

Proud to Present...

Oliver the musical is coming to our stage for a three day run beginning on Monday 1st December.  For three nights Staindrop students, accompanied by children from our local primary schools, will be starring in Oliver!  Tickets are available and are priced at £2.50 each. We do look forward to the support of an appreciative audience. The students have been working extremely hard, since September, in rehearsals and our young musicians will be providing the musical accompaniment.  For ticket information please contact Lisa Johnstone in school on 01833 660285 or email 


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 Term Dates Autumn 2014

The Autumn term comes to an close on Friday 19th December for the Christmas holidays and school re-opens on Monday 5th January 2015.

Oliver Tickets On Sale

Tickets for all performances of Oliver are now available to buy.  StudentsOliver logo can buy tickets from Ms Johnstone in the multi-media room during break and lunchtime. Tickets can be reserved for collection at reception by phoning or emailing .  Tickets are priced at £2.50 and performances begin at 6pm on Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd December. We anticipate a high demand for tickets and hope that parents and supporters of the school will attend.  Oliver promises to be a spectacular show.  Students have worked hard. 

Success in Rugby

Boys and girls have been competing in Rugby matches over the last few weeks and our Year 7 boys are undefeated in all 7 of their matches!  Years 7, 8 and 9 girls played their first matches last week.  Mr C Hughes, PE teacher, said all students played very well and the team is looking forward to the next match at Mowden on 26th November.

Girls rugby


Year 7 and 8 Girls finished 3rd in the Level 2 School Games for Tees Valley Area.


We wish all of the teams success in their matches and look forward to hearing about their success.

British Values - Theme of the Week

Theme of the week is Respecting Diversity. During assemblies, form time and as part of lessons students will examine the concept of diversity and what it means to British 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.  Students in Years 10 and 11 will receive individual timetables. The full timetable for all students is here. 

Tickets for Oliver

Ticket sales for our production of Oliver are going well.  If you have not yet ordered or bough ...

Date Published: 19-11-2014

Olympian Sports Coaching

Sky Sports are working with Staindrop students on a "Living for Sport" programme.  With the hel ...

Date Published: 18-11-2014

Cross Country

Students from Years 7 and 8 took part in a cross-country race on Wednesday 5th November.  Mrs J ...

Date Published: 11-11-2014

We Will Remember Them

On Tuesday 11th November Staindrop students will have the opportunity to pause for two minutes silen ...

Date Published: 07-11-2014

British Cycling

We are delighted that British Cycling has chosen Staindrop students with whom to work in order to pr ...

Date Published: 05-11-2014


Staindrop School an Academy are proud to present Oliver!  This, the latest in a long line of hi ...

Date Published: 03-11-2014

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

Mock Exams Autumn Term

There are mock exams taking place in school throughout the second half of the Autumn term.  The ...

Date Published: 19-12-2014

Oliver! The musical

Our production of Oliver will take place on Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd December at 6p ...

Date Published: 05-12-2014

Awards Evening

Thursday 27th November sees us hold our annual Awards Evening.  We look forward to seeing many ...

Date Published: 29-11-2014