Duke’s English Faculty nominated for top award!

Congratulations to Miss Wardle and all staff of Duke’s English Faculty who have been nominated for the prestigious Bernice McCabe award from Prince’s Teaching Institute.
The English Faculty have been a PTI (Prince’s Teaching Institute) member since 2013 and have received the Gold kitemark every year since.

They have been nominated because they have:

  • Developed a challenging, innovative and enriching curriculum
  • Enthused pupils through subject-based activities beyond the curriculum
  • Enriched the subject knowledge of English faculty staff
  • Encouraged links within and beyond school

Bernice McCabe OBE, who sadly passed away in February this year, was the founding co-director of the PTI and believed in the transformative power of inspiring subject teaching. This Award has been created to remember Bernice and to promote and celebrate excellence in subject leadership in schools and will be awarded annually to a practising subject leader in a PTI member department.

The prize consists of £5,000, which is to be used to advance the values of the PTI within the winner’s school, to fund release time and travel to visit other schools and disseminate the work which has been recognised by the Award.

The judging panel will consist of Professor Steve Munby CBE (Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust), Carolyn Roberts (PTI Co-Director), Rod Mackinnon (Bernice’s husband, former Headteacher, and Education Consultant), Professor Dame Alison Peacock (CEO of the Chartered College) and Professor Helen Cooper (formerly Head of the English Faculty at Cambridge).

Chris Pope, Co-Director, The PTI, said: “We are so pleased to have this opportunity to celebrate the wonderful work these departments are doing in their schools. Bernice was proud of the inspiration that the PTI brought teachers, and every nominee has furthered those aspects of education that she was so passionate about – transforming life chances for children through high quality and passionate subject specialists.”

Nominees are as follows:

  • Art, Avonbourne Girls’ Academy, Dorset
  • Art, Hinchingbrooke School, Cambridgeshire
  • English, Duke’s Secondary School, Northumberland
  • English, Oakwood Park Grammar School, Kent
  • Geography, Hinchingbrooke School, Cambridgeshire
  • History, Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Lancashire
  • History, Upton Hall School FCJ, Merseyside
  • Maths, Launceston College, Cornwall
  • Maths, Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet, Hertfordshire
  • MFL, All Saints Catholic School, Essex
  • MFL, Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Lancashire
  • MFL, Robert Clack School, Essex
  • MFL, St Angela’s Ursuline School, London
  • Music, Mounts Bay Academy, Cornwall
  • Music, The Bushey Academy, Hertfordshire
  • Science, Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College, East Sussex
  • Science, Heath Mount School, Hertfordshire
  • Science, St Angela’s Ursuline School, London

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in March 2020.

Parent Governors appointed

The Trustees are delighted to announce that, following successful nominations, three parents were nominated and appointed to the local governing bodies of Bishop’s Primary School and Castle School, subject to enhanced DBS checks.

We still have one remaining vacancy for a parent governor on the governing body of Castle School.  If you are interested in becoming a parent governor, please see the Castle office/receptionist for nomination forms.  Deadline for nominations: 9am Friday, 25 October 2019



JBVI Summer Homework

Summer homework for all Year 11 and Year 12 level 2 students returning to the sixth form in September has been shared with students via Google Drive. Students should complete the work ready to return on Wednesday 4th September 2019.

Alan Hardie and John Brearley, CEO and Chair of Trustees, today met with Damian Hinds as part of a roundtable discussion to advise the Education Secretary how the government’s recent initiative, Opportunity North East, was impacting on schools.

The Education Secretary has invested £24M to support improvements in raising the achievement and aspirations of young people in secondary education.

Duke’s Secondary School has been designated as a One Vision School as part of the Opportunity North East programme.

More information to follow