Results Day

Year 13 Results

Yet another extraordinary year of results for students both national and at Durham Sixth Form Centre. Two-thirds of all A-Level entries awarded at grades A*- B. Students have gained on average a Distinction/Distinction* in vocational courses. Well done!

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Year 11 Taster Day

Year 11 Taster Day

Year 11 Taster day takes place on Thursday 18th July and Friday 19th July 8:30am - 1:00pm. Click here to book your space.

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Health Science Trip

On the 13th of March 2024, 12 students took a trip to the University of Sunderland to explore the subject of Biomedical Science. This trip served as a gateway to the future, offering a glimpse into the rigours and rewards of pursuing a degree in this field.

Their first challenge was to take part in an advanced lab workshop, usually reserved for seasoned second-year degree students. They were able to get the full experience of being a student in this environment, including an introduction to the important health and safety procedures necessary when using biological and potentially hazardous materials. 

After an introduction to the theory behind blood testing, they were given the task of tackling a complex paternity test in order to solve a kidnapping case. Our students excelled, demonstrating accuracy, attention to detail, and the ability to follow complex instructions. Through this practical application, they showcased their aptitude for adapting existing knowledge to novel contexts, a skill crucial for success in the field. Students honed not only their scientific acumen but also essential skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking. 

Interactions with academics and a fourth-year student provided invaluable insights into the structure and demands of the Biomedical Science course. Students gleaned firsthand knowledge of placement years, gaining an understanding of their pivotal role in bridging theoretical learning with real-world applications. Engaging with these experienced individuals fostered a deeper appreciation for the multifaceted nature of the discipline and diverse potential career pathways.

A lecturer and researcher in microbiology provided a comprehensive tour of the university’s facilities. We were able to peek into both teaching and research laboratories, housing the state-of-the-art and cutting-edge equipment that allows Sunderland’s students to pursue studies in a range of topics, from analytical chemistry to bacterial microbes. 

The trip has provided this group with a deeper appreciation of the skills, advantages and challenges of studying a STEM degree and has prepared them to make successful university and apprenticeship applications. 

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