Dear Parent / Carer
Prospective Parents’ Evening Thursday 6 October 2016 – 6pm – 8pm
“I have settled in well and made lots of new friends. I can’t wait to see what Durrington has to offer and I am excited to see what challenges lie ahead.”
Bailey – Year 7 student (on his 4th day at DHS)
Choosing a secondary school is a key decision for any family. The experience that children have at this stage of their education will play a big part in shaping their future. We take this responsibility very seriously and work tirelessly to ensure that our students leave school with the best possible opportunities to succeed.
Having achieved our best ever results this summer, marking our 13th year of continuous improvement, we remain both passionate and as committed as ever to ensuring each and every one of our students achieves their full potential.
Durrington High School is a vibrant, busy and happy school where relationships between staff, students and parents/carers are key to our success.
We are delighted to invite you to our Prospective Parents’ Evening on Thursday 6 October 2016 from 6pm – 8pm where you will have the opportunity to visit each department and talk to our students and staff. There will be talks in the main hall by Ms Marooney, Headteacher, our Head Boy and Head Girl, and a new year 7 student, at 6.30pm and 7.15pm.
This will be followed by our open mornings where parents / carers and prospective year 7 students have the opportunity to come and see us at work. If you would like to attend an open morning please express interest at Prospective Parents’ Evening or contact the school.
Open mornings - 9am – 10am
Monday 10th October – Orchards Junior School parents
Tuesday 11th October - Durrington Junior School parents
Wednesday 12th October – West Park C.E Primary School parents
Thursday 13th October - all schools
Friday 14th October – all schools
If you cannot make a specific day, don’t worry. You are welcome to join any of our tours.
To learn more about our school visit our website or see our prospectus below.
Further details on the transition process can be viewed on the link below
Monday 31st October – WSCC deadline for applications
“The teachers are so supportive and make you feel ready for a brand new start”.
Emma (on her 4th day as a year 7 at DHS)
We would like to invite you and your children to participate in our Festival of Sport on Saturday 1st October 2016 from 10.00 – 12.00pm.
As you know it is our intention to further develop our sporting and exercise opportunities at Durrington High; becoming a centre of excellence in a variety of sports.
Following on from the success of the Olympics what better time to engage in sport? We are working with a range of sports and clubs to offer our community the opportunity to try some activities for free. The sports on offer range from cheerleading, hockey, cricket, over 50’s walking football, yoga, clubercise, netball and many more.
Come along and try something new, perhaps you would like to return to a sport or join a new club or team.
The event is FREE and open to all; everyone will be welcome, so encourage family and friends to come along and try a range of sports.
Refreshments will be on sale for the duration, along with a chance to win some great sporting prizes.
There is no need to book, just turn up on the day in appropriate fitness clothing and footwear. Your expression of interest will be helpful so we can manage numbers in attendance.
Ms S Marooney Mrs K Jefford
Head teacher Community & Enterprise Manager
FESTIVAL OF SPORT Saturday 1st October 2016 at Durrington High School
Please return reply slip to Mrs K Jefford via school reception.
Student Year Group_______________
Yes we are interested in attending; please confirm how many people would like to attend.
Adults Children (under 16)
Durrington Multi Academy Trust – Registered in England, No. 8895870View Full Story
Worth Less? – Urgent update and action – September 2016
‘One click for fairness’
You will be aware that schools and academies in West Sussex remain massively underfunded when compared to the national average or London. This year, West Sussex children received £44m less than the national average and £200m less than the average London borough.
This unfairness is having a crippling effect upon schools across the county. During the last school year, ‘Worth Less?’ campaigned for interim funding support to help us overcome the current situation. The government refused to support and told us that matters would improve with the introduction of a National Fair Funding Formula that would be in place by April 2017. This is no longer the case and the introduction has been delayed with no clear future date set.
To make matters worse, the government continues to state that education funding has been protected. Again, this is simply not true. Costs in areas such as pensions and National Insurance contributions are estimated, by the Independent Institute of Fiscal Studies, to have further slashed our budgets by 8-10% year on year.
School leaders have made every conceivable cut to our provision and now we are faced with reducing basic services still further, all to the disadvantage of your child. Our finances are so bad that we are all having to consider the following types of action:
- Modifying school opening hours.
- Increasing teacher to pupil ratios again.
- Reducing basic services such as cleaning and site and premises work.
- Stopping any investment in books and IT equipment.
- Designing curriculum offers that fulfil only basic requirements.
- Not replacing staff who leave.
As you can imagine, such radical considerations are the very last thing that any school wishes to do but we are being given no option. We do not understand why children in our school are ‘Worth Less?’ than others around the country. Even when a National Funding Formula is introduced, it will take at least three years to have a really significant effect on our budgets. We cannot wait that long.
Recently, the government has announced initiatives such as the ‘academies for all’ programme and the introduction of new grammar schools. £500m was earmarked for the academies programme with a further £50m for the grammar school policy. This proves that the money is there, should government wish to spend it on our children.
It is the belief of all school leaders that the time has come for immediate action that will enable us to provide the service that your child deserves. To that end, we are again urging the government to pledge a minimum of £20m to West Sussex for the new financial year beginning April 2017. This would still leave us lagging way behind the national average but it would mean that we can cope.
After your support during the last school year, we urgently need it again. This can be done in a straightforward way but it will have a massive effect on government.
Simply go to the Worth Less? Facebook page: (www.facebook.com/WorthLessWestSussex) and like the ‘£20 million transitional funding’ image. We already have over 13,000 followers of the Worth Less page – if we can get huge numbers to like our campaign then we can deliver the message, with your children, to 10 Downing Street over the next two to three weeks. We all hope that, with support from politicians, the message will finally get through and appropriate action will be taken. We believe that we are ‘one click for fairness’.
School leaders will always act responsibly on behalf of the children we educate and care for. We need your support in order to do this to the best of our abilities. Please help us to do this by clicking on the logo now.
Ms S Marooney