Welcome to Durham Federation

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Meet our headteacher, Mrs Jobling

We understand that selecting a secondary school for your child during a time of such uncertainty is a daunting task and that the safety, health and well-being of your child comes hand in hand with your desire for academic excellence and personal achievement.

Durham Federation has been on a journey of transformation and we believe we should be your school of choice in the DH7 area. We would like you to find out more about us by using this site as a guide to our school.

Below you will find 10 reasons why we think you should select Durham Federation as your first choice secondary school. This site is an introduction to Durham Federation and our full website durhamfederation.net gives more in-depth information about all areas of our school.

If you would like to arrange a socially distanced tour of our site, please contact transition2021@durhamfederation.net to arrange a time.

Watch our virtual tour below to see us in action!

#1 your child will succeed with us

Our last year 11 cohort celebrated fully funded scholarships (secured by achieving the highest levels of academic standards in the country); prestigious placements in sport, Sixth Form enrolment, college places and apprenticeships.

As a smaller than average school our class sizes are small and our teachers really know each child in order to get the best out of them.

#2 we believe in educational excellence & inclusion for all

We can offer both a nurturing environment for students who are not yet secondary ready alongside stretch and challenge for the most able.

Our key values of confidence, respect and ambition lead our student to be proud of their achievements and we celebrate and support them every step of the way.

#3 the health, well-being & safety of your child is as important to us as it is to you

As previously under subscribed, Durham Federation has additional space to avoid crowding, distinct year group teaching areas and home hubs to create a family environment where everyone is cared for.

#4 we have state of the art facilities

Durham Federation is also proud to boast the Bobby Robson Sports Centre including professional standard sporting equipment, the Evolution Soccer Academy which offers professional coaching, a farm, hair salon, Eco garden and a brand new creative art block. We believe that professional standards and preparation for future success can only be achieved in a professional environment and that young people deserve to learn in the very best of facilities.

#5 we understand the needs of families in our area

We recognise the financial strain many families are facing at this time and offer free school uniform to all students who join us in Year 7 as well as a student laptop, which stays with each child for the duration of their schooling, making home learning accessible even in the most challenging of times.

The vast majority of students qualify for free school transport so you don't need to worry about the cost of sending your child to school.

#6 we have been on a journey of transformation

Not only has our building changed, but with new leadership, teaching staff and standards Durham Federation, is unrecognisable from the school it once was. Our OFSTED report can tell you more and can be found on the main school website. 94% of parents surveyed by OFSTED in March 2021 would recommend our school to others.

#7 Our students tell us we make them feel safe

We really care about the health & well being of our students and they are part of the school leadership team. Their student voice tells us that they feel safe and well cared for and our latest year 7 students believe we should be the school of choice.

#8 Our parents say our pastoral care can not be beaten

We understand that parents and carers are the people who know their child best and we are committed to working with you. Each child has a dedicated team of people who look after them including a head of year, a pastoral mentor, an attendance officer and an academic mentor.

#9 We have a football academy

Evolution Soccer are professional coaches who run professional coaching at Durham Federation. Students who qualify for places have access to the very best of training and opportunities to be scouted by a club.

#10 We have a varied curriculum which includes academic and vocational qualifications

We know that not all children are the same. Many schools follow a very narrow curriculum which does not necessarily meet the needs of individuals. We don't. We know that we get the best out of children by giving them options they actually want to take and we do not narrow the curriculum in key stage 3. Our students have access to options which currently include Statistics, Photography, Animal Care, Hair & Beauty as well as the traditional qualifications and the English Baccalaureate. We work in partnership with post 16 providers to ensure the right progress route for every child.

We also use and train our students to use the the newest educational technology so that they always have access to learning wherever the are. This makes home learning accessible to all and we have IT technical support available every day if they need help with access.

We also believe that students should learn and and outside of the classroom and this includes in our eco garden and by visiting different countries.

you may not have considered us in the past but you should definitely consider us for your child's future