The new term has got off to a great start at DMAT School Durrington High this September, with our new year 7s settling in really well and enjoying their first 2 weeks as part of Team Durrington. They are very busy and have an exciting programme packed with activities which are designed to help them settle quickly and become confident learners. These have included discussing current affairs, debating philosophical questions, taking part in memory challenges and they will soon be participating in 2 days of enrichment activities which will build their team working skills. . We are delighted with how well the students are settling in and can’t wait to see them progress over the next 5 years.

Even before the new school year officially began we were off to a great start with our year 11 students achieving some fantastic GCSE results, especially given they took what are widely regarded as the toughest GCSEs  ever. 70% of all students achieved a pass in English and mathematics; with 1 in 5 students achieving the highest grades of 7-9. We are especially proud of our outstanding success in science where over 80% of students achieved a ‘good pass’ of grade 5 or more in biology, chemistry and physics, with over 50% achieving the highest grades of 7-9. Sustained exceptional performances in the arts, humanities, and PE saw our students outperforming other students nationally. The results are testament to the hard work of staff and students and the exceptional leadership of executive headteacher and CEO of DMAT, Sue Marooney and her team.

Students are enjoying a wide range of clubs at lunchtime and after school. The programme is already in full swing with students partaking in sports clubs including boccia, netball, football and basketball. There are also many other enrichment activities such as photography club, choir and 3D studies. Over all the students have access to over 30 different types of clubs, ensuring there is something for everyone.

There is much to look forward to over the upcoming weeks with year 8 students heading out to the University of Brighton to be inspired by campus life, a 24 hour musical production and a trip to Berlin. We are also excited about showing prospective parents/careers all that DHS has to offer at Open Evening on Thursday 4th October and Open Mornings the week of 8th October. Please click here for further details about these events and to download our prospectus.

Helen Fraser, Social Media and Marketing Lead

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