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Online safety talks

Posted on: January 31st, 2018 by HD No Comments

On Friday 26th January Police Community Support Officer Darren Miles visited Staindrop Academy to deliver a presentation to year 9 and 10 students highlighting the importance of online safety. The presentation focused on the dangers of online grooming, as part of this presentation students were shown a film called “Kayleigh’s Love Story”, a true story of a 15 year old girl who was groomed online. The presentation also focused on Child Sexual Exploitation; making it clear to students what this is, how it could affect them, the signs to look out for and where to go for help and advice if they have any questions. PCSO Darren Miles will be returning to Staindrop Academy to deliver presentations to year 7 and 8 students about how to stay safe online during the course of this term.

Girls Active

Posted on: January 22nd, 2018 by HD No Comments

What is Girls Active?

Staindrop Academy has recently been accepted to take part in a nationwide campaign to increase involvement of girls in physical activity. The campaign is called Girls Active and it supports schools to understand what motivates girls to take part in physical activity. It enables teachers to work with the girls – through consultation and leadership – to make the necessary changes to their physical education (PE), sport and physical activity provision. We have already completed over 100 questionnaires from our KS3 girls which will generate a report that will be sent to us to determine the barriers that are specific to the girls of Staindrop Academy.

Next Steps…

Over the next few weeks we will be recruiting girls to form our G.L.A.M squad who will meet regularly, discuss ideas and create an action plan to engage more girls in physical activity. At the beginning of February we will receive our report, generated from our questionnaires, to give us an insight into which areas we can develop further within our department. We have had a great start to the academic year with participation at after school clubs and results for our teams, but our overall aim is to get everyone more involved in the activities we offer. Physical activity is very important for overall health and well-being; research has shown pupils with better health and wellbeing achieve better academically with more effective social and emotional competencies.


Year 11 parents evening

Posted on: January 18th, 2018 by HD No Comments

Year 11 parents evening is Monday 22nd January. Appointments can be made using Parentmail. We are looking forward to seeing you to discuss your child’s progress during the final months of their secondary education.

Any problems ring or email Miss fowler.


Posted on: January 11th, 2018 by HD No Comments

Our girls played their first netball games of the season on Wednesday against Sedgefield.

The year 8 girls played very well for their first game back but they unfortunately lost 12-1 against a very strong team. Sedgefield selected Tia Race as Staindrop’s player of the match for her performance- well done Tia!

The year 7 girls had an amazing first ever game together. Everyone played their part and done the PE Department and whole school proud. The Sedgefield teacher praised the girls for the talent they showed throughout the game. The opposing team selected Rosie Redfearn as ‘player of the match’ for her brilliant performance as shooter in a 19-4 win- well done Rosie!

Miss Read.

Sports Festival

Posted on: December 15th, 2017 by HD No Comments
Primary update – Mr Chrostowski
This week we have seen various events happening with our primary cluster schools at Staindrop. On Monday we held the hockey festival, I have delivered lessons each week over this half term and the students all competed against each other.  We had a competition on the morning and on the afternoon. Green Lane were the overall winners on the morning, whilst Ingleton and Gainford took home the trophies in the afternoon.
On Tuesday and Thursday we had 2 sport festivals going on, huge numbers were at both.  All pupils were fantastic, including our Year 10 BTEC Sport students who did an outstanding job as sports leaders.  We received some great feedback and all the primary staff were impressed with our sport leaders.
There will be a write up in the Teesdale Mercury on Wednesday so watch out!


Cash for Kids

Posted on: December 6th, 2017 by HD No Comments

Thank you so much for the gift donations so far for Cash for Kids. We will be dropping all gifts off on Fri 22nd Dec! The gifts need to be new, unwrapped and suitable for children ages between 0-18 years old. Thank you again for your support!

Sports update

Posted on: December 6th, 2017 by HD No Comments
The U15 girls rugby team won the U15 Durham Plate.
Year 10 Netball girls still unbeaten in the league with two games to go.

Year 7 and 8 Carol Service

Posted on: December 6th, 2017 by HD No Comments

As part of our Christmas celebrations, Years 7 and 8 will be walking down to St Mary’s Church in Staindrop for the Academy’s annual Christmas service.  The service will be held on Tuesday 19th December, 13.20 – 14.20. The programme for the afternoon will include the Reverend K Steventon addressing the students, some of our students performing readings and all students singing carols. The Academy extends an invitation to all parents and carers of Y7 and 8 to this event and would welcome your attendance.


We are once again looking forward to this lovely annual event within the Academy’s calendar and hope to have every student in Years 7 and 8 attendance. All students will be back in time to catch transport home. Any donations to St Mary’s church will be welcome.

International Schools Award

Posted on: December 5th, 2017 by HD No Comments

Staindrop Academy has recently been reaccredited with the International Schools Award in recognition for the schools ongoing commitment to international learning. On Thursday 19th October, Rory Francis and Hannah Jones were nominated to collect the award in recognition of their work towards the award at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle for a day of celebrations alongside all other schools from the northern region. During the ceremony, students watched spectacular Bollywood dancing in celebration of Diwali and an inspirational and thrilling speech by guest speaker and BBC presenter Will Millard on his expeditions to Papua New Guinea. A fantastic day was had in recognition of the staff and students commitment to global learning.

Anti Bullying Week

Posted on: November 29th, 2017 by HD No Comments

Assemblies this week have been held by Mr. Gibbon, with a focus on anti-bullying.

Take a look at the PowerPoint here if you would like more information.