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Welcome to North Durham Academy

North Durham Academy is on a journey to becoming a place of excellent educational provision. Since my appointment in May 2019, my goal has been to ensure that Stanley has an outstanding school at the heart of its community.

My vision is simple:

Every action undertaken by every member of staff is implemented with the sole intention of improving the future life chances and wellbeing of our children: ‘Students First’. This vision is underpinned by our three core principles of:

Inclusion, Progression and Excellence.

We believe:

  • Every child should have their life-chances enhanced
  • Outstanding progress and attainment are the norm for every child
  • High of standards of behaviour and attitudes allow teachers to teach, support staff to enhance and children to learn.
  • In investing in teachers’ professional development
  • Our teachers feel good about what they are doing, feel valued by the community and proud to work here
  • That your child will feel safe

Our ethos enables sustained concentration in lessons, rewards effort and allows learning to flourish.

COVID-19 Updates

Lateral Flow Tests Update - March 2021

The Government recently announced that all secondary aged students will be offered regular asymptomatic COVID-19 tests to take at home twice a week,

Tests are free of charge and students will initially receive a pack of three tests in a box with a leaflet on how to take the test and how report the result.

We would ask that students take their tests on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Their first home test will be on Sunday 21st March and then on Wednesday 24th March.

We will provide students with additional home test kits before the Easter Holidays. Testing should continue during the holidays.

For full information and guidance please see;

From 5th January, and in line with the current national lockdown, the Academy is open to vulnerable and key worker chidren only. All other students are accessing their work remotely from home.

All current updates, information and risk assessments to keep you and your child safe during the current pandemic can be found in our COVID-19 Update page found within Academy Life.

Testing of Staff and Students

As you may be aware schools have been asked to participate in COVID testing.

Please see full details including how you can give consent for your child to be tested.

Remote Learning & Statistics

North Durham Academy has issued over 390 laptops to students over the last few weeks.

Please continue to support your child access their TEAMS lessons in accordance with their timetables. Please see our designated Remote Learning page Remote Learning page found within Academy Life for more information.

Quote from a parent: ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, all of your team and colleagues during this difficult time. The resources, information and guidance provided from NDA has been excellent’.

This is what our parents think:

"NDA has created a seamless turn-around for children - from thinking they were coming back to school, to then being in lockdown. We have been complimented on the speed at which we adapted, put plans in place and for the outstanding learning and support we provide".

COVID-19 Updates

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