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A message from the Executive Principal

New College Durham Academies Trust has sponsored North Durham Academy since its formation in September 2011 and is built on the core principles of Excellence, Progression and Inclusion.

I know as a parent of two secondary school aged children that choosing a school is one of the most important decisions that you will make for your child. They need to feel safe and secure and be assured that they will have access to a wide range of opportunities and experiences, which will shape the rest of their lives.

It is my privilege to welcome you to North Durham Academy website. Here you will read and gain some insight into the very essence of what is quite a remarkable academy. The Academy finds inspiration from its stewardship of such an iconic building and facilities and, in turn, seeks to inspire excellence and fulfil potential for all associated with it.

Our abiding passion is for all students to be nurtured as uniquely talented individuals, finding fulfilment through their learning and the development of their intellectual, creative, physical and emotional capabilities.

The pursuit of academic excellence is crucially important, but the learning experience for North Durham Academy students is not confined to the classroom. We are fully committed to the idea of an all-round education where personal development is valued as well as examination success. Learning is at the heart of everything that we do and, from the moment students arrive in Year 7, they are encouraged to think critically about the world in which they live, to be innovative in their thinking, responsive to each other’s needs and to express their ideas in a range of imaginative ways.

The Academy is well served by a team of highly committed teachers and support staff, working in partnership with the Trust Directors, Governors and parents to provide the very best possible education. There is a real vitality here and a strong sense of community. North Durham Academy students develop their confidence and skills to become well-rounded young adults, ready to take their place in society. By being a part of Stanley history they develop a sense of heritage and, by looking forward and preparing for their very different and exciting futures, they develop a sense of destiny too. We are proud of our students and if you take the opportunity to come and meet us all, as I sincerely hope you will, we believe you will see why.

Mr K Reynolds, MA