The first half of the autumn term was a busy one at Durrington High School. Alongside the usual wealth of extra-curricular activities and challenging lessons, we have welcomed many prospective students and their parents/carers to our school during open evening and a week of open mornings. We are very proud of our school community and always relish the opportunity to show off our fantastic school. It was wonderful to see so many of our students speaking articulately and passionately about their school.

As well as welcoming prospective students, the beginning of the autumn term has also seen our new and existing students settle well into their new school years. We have been delighted with how well our new year 7 have adjusted to life at DHS; settling quickly with an eagerness to learn. Our carefully thought-through transition programme offers them plenty of opportunities to grow as individuals, bond as a team and make the most of their time at DHS. We are looking forward this week to our form tutor evening which gives year 7 parents/carers the opportunity to meet with their child’s form tutor. This is a really important chance for any issues to be quickly addressed and dealt with, but mostly a way to ensure that parents/carers are closely involved in their child’s progress from the very beginning of their Durrington journey.

It is not only our new students that have focussed support to ensure they settle into their new year group. Our older students, beginning year 10 and 11, have also adapted quickly to the challenge of their new school year, with year 10s beginning their GCSE courses and year 11s facing their final and most challenging year of school. At DHS we work hard to support both students and parents/carers in adjusting to and preparing for these major milestone years.

In October we held a well-attended year 10 support evening for students and their parents/carers with presentations outlining how parents can support their child in the key subjects at GCSE. There was also more general information about effective study strategies and what was expected of our students.

Next week, we are holding a similar evening for students and parents/carers of year 11 students, specifically aimed at preparing for the upcoming mock exams. We also run a robust masterclass timetable covering all subjects which gives all year 11 students the opportunity to revise at school with experts on hand to offer help and advice. Alongside this we have a dedicated area of the website for year 11s, offering valuable resources for revision and effective learning techniques. Throughout the year this page will grow in content, making it the ‘go to’ area for every year 11. The masterclass timetable and website link are shared regularly with our parents/carers via our social media channels, allowing them to support their child by encouraging them to attend the masterclasses and access the resources.

Our year 9 students will soon be thinking about their GCSE options for next year. Throughout this process, there will be a wide range of support and advice offered, to ensure that they pick the right pathway to support their future aspirations. Information regarding this will be shared with parents/carers later in the year.

This term we are holding an online safety evening for parents/carers of students in year 7. The evening will offer information, support and practical advice about keeping children safe online. This is a very important area in relation to the health and well-being of our students.

By offering this level of support to all our students from the very beginning and also involving their parents/carers closely in their learning journey, we give each of our students the very best chance of reaching their full potential and going beyond their best.

Helen Fraser, Social Media and Marketing Lead

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