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You don’t have to attend the school in order to apply to the Sixth Form. Students from other schools can request an application form by contacting through telephone or emailing Every year we have a number of students who join us from other schools.

All students will have an options interview with a member of the leadership team in February to discuss course choices and suitability for studying them. Students who are expected to meet the grade criteria for their course choices and have a positive academic and attendance record will receive a letter offering a conditional place in the Sixth Form. The interviewer will use your predicted grades given in the January data collection which follow your first set of mock examinations. Students will select THREE options for which they are currently predicted to meet the entry requirements.

Following GCSE results, students who do not meet the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form, will be offered an appointment with the Head of Sixth Form in August to discuss alternative courses or other options.


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We’re pleased to confirm that school will be open to all students tomorrow (Thursday 28th September). Our Open Evening will also go ahead as planned.

Our biometric (fingerprint) lunch system will not be fully operational tomorrow so we will offer a more limited hot and cold food service at lunchtime, and toast in the morning (no bottled drinks and cakes) but the menu will be offered free of charge to all students tomorrow.

We’re sorry for the disruption caused.

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Amanda is Chair of the Excel Academy Trust Board. Amanda became a parent governor in 2009 and has enjoyed several responsibilities across this time including being Chair of the Achievement and Standards committee, a member of the Excel Academy Audit committee, and most recently has been appointed as a Member of the Excel Academy Partnership. Her career started out with the Halifax Building Society where she worked as a mortgage advisor for 20 years, before entering the political arena. Amanda is a County Councillor for Durham County Council, representing Framwellgate and Newton Hall ward. Amanda was formerly a student at Framwellgate School Durham, where she met her husband and many other friends, as well as taking on the responsibility of being Deputy Head Girl. Amanda is passionate about the school and local area and is actively involved in the school at every opportunity.

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