Nov 15


SIDE-2A group of AS and A level students attended an interesting exhibition called ‘Childhoods’ as an introduction to a new assignment.  CHILDHOODS crosses four continents opening up stories about young people that are often ignored or misrepresented. It brings together film and photography created between 1977, when Side Gallery first opened, and now. The student’s responses, attitude and reflections on the work was outstanding with some genuine heartfelt reactions displayed on their behalf.SIDE-1SIDE-3


Oct 17

Year 12 Take to The Lakes


Year 12 went for their traditional ‘Welcome to Sixth Form’ visit to the Lake District last weekend.  70 students and staff descended on Derwent Hill, for a packed few days of gill-scrambling, canoeing, high rope challenges and midnight walks. The students were impeccable – just what we expect from our sixth formers – and thankfully no one was taken by the dreaded Cumbrian Black Dog, despite some mysterious sounds in the night!Derwent-1-2 Derwent-1-3 Derwent-1-4 Derwent-1-5Derwent-1-1Derwent-1-11

Oct 17

University Calling


Last week seven of our ambitious students have submitted their University applications for the most competitive courses in the country. Two students are aiming for Veterinary Medicine, one for Medicine and four for Oxbridge applying for a range of subjects including; Natural Sciences and Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge, Philosophy Politics & Economics and History and Politics at Oxford.  We wish them all the best!

Oct 17

Year 13 get ARTiculate

ART-1rYear 13 visited ARTiculation, a nationally acclaimed event at the Baltic, designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of art.  Our students worked alongside sixth form groups from other schools and collectively presented their investigations after visiting the current exhibitions on display at the gallery.



Oct 07

Year 13 Information Evening

A huge thanks to all parents and students who attended our Year 13 Information Evening!

Please find the useful links mentioned below:-

Sep 29

University Calling

Durham-1Our new Year 12  recruits visited Durham last week – what better way to start a new phase of your education than to see where you might aim to go next? Students saw the impressive library, checked out the student digs in the halls of residence, and sampled the all important coffee!


Not to miss out on looking forwards to University, four of our high-flying Year 13 students visited Cambridge University, alongside students from thirteen other schools across Wearside, as part of their Outreach Programme. Students spent 48-hours as a Jesus College undergraduate, finding out just what it takes to study at Cambridge. They were involved in subject specific sessions, personal statement workshops and underwent gruelling interview practice. After advice from Admissions Tutors and tips on the best accommodation from Graduate Ambassadors, these early applicants are now fully equipped for the Oxbridge journey ahead!

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Sep 29

Parliament of Pupils


Parliament was brought to life for our A Level Law students last week. Armed with a parliament loan box, to replicate the legislative process in parliament, our budding legal eagles discussed amendments to a proposed bill to bring back capital punishment. Theresa May, watch this space!


Sep 29

Brave Biologists!

Bio-3Our Year 12 biologists spent a day at The Centre for Life in Newcastle, widening their scientific experiences.  Students developed their dissection skills using whole organisms; no easy task on the hottest day of the year!  Needless to say, even Miss Maven struggled with lunch afterwards!  Students were then rewarded with a relaxing visit to the planetarium where they learnt about the effects of our solar system on Earth’s organisms.

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Aug 18

Our first set of A-Level results are in!

What a start. Our first set of year 13 results and our second set of year 12 grades together show all the hard work of the last two years paying off. Not only have we got a 100% pass rate across both years, but 59% of those year 13s are leaving with at least one A*-B grade, and two students leave us with A*A*A!

While our year 13s go on to courses at universities including Durham, Newcastle and Kings College London, to study subjects from History to Computer Science, the year 12s will dwell on a superb set of AS grades. Whether it is the 71% gaining at least one A-B, the 11% hitting AAB in at least two facilitating subjects – well above last year’s average for Sunderland – or even the four students who came out with four As each, they are on track to make our second year even better than our first.

Below you will find pictures from a fantastic results day. We’re already looking forward to next years results! Well done Year 12 and 13.

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Aug 17

A Level Results Day


In a change of plan, year 13 results will now be available from 7.30 tomorrow. This is to ensure anyone using clearing can call universities as soon as possible with the support of sixthform staff. We recommend students with a university place come in to collect their results as early as they can.

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