Durham, County, United Kingdom
About Staindrop Academy
Staindrop Academy is a successful 11–16 Academy with around 520 students. Set on the western edge of the historic village of Staindrop and overlooking rolling fields and farms, Staindrop Academy is without doubt one of the most attractively situated schools in the region. A higher than average number of our students stay in education beyond 16 and study at a number of sixth forms and colleges in the Durham and Bishop Auckland areas.
The ability range of our students is above the national average. In Key Stage 4 we expect every child to achieve their best and all our students study a challenging curriculum. There are opportunities to study academic subjects, such as separate sciences, as well as vocational subjects such as Health and Social Care, Engineering, Sports Studies, etc. We aim to build a personalised curriculum for every child. Our most recent Ofsted inspection (June 2017) rated us as “Requires Improvement”. The school is on a journey to “Good”; there is a full complement of specialist teachers, who have transformed the school. In 2017 the school achieved 67% grade 4 or above in English and Maths. The school has achieved a great deal in a short period of time. We encourage students to embrace opportunity and have a full programme of after school and holiday activities. At Staindrop Academy we place great importance on academic excellence, continually monitoring our teaching methods and the progress of individual pupils. We have recently invested in new roofs, new doors and updating our life safety systems. We are finalising our plans to refurbish the IT facilities. We hold the International School and Diana Anti-Bullying Awards. We have excellent staff, and we make every effort to retain our quality staff by ensuring internal advancement opportunities are available. All teaching and support staff enjoy challenging and innovative CPD ranging from participating or delivering internal workshops to attending PiXL training, following National College or SSAT development courses to undertaking Masters modules through Teesside University. All staff in Staindrop are fully supportive of the ethos of the school.
Location - Staindrop Academy is located in the village of Staindrop at the entrance to Durham Dales. The village is 25 minutes from the centre of Darlington (from which there are mainline East Coast trains every 30 minutes), 25 minutes A1M and 40 minutes to both Newcastle and Gateshead Metrocentre. Newcastle Airport is 60 minutes away.
The coast is 45 minutes to the east and the high Pennines are 20 minutes to the west. The Lake District, Northumberland and the Yorkshire Dales can all be reached within 1 hour. The market town of Barnard Castle is 10 minutes away and has many local amenities and tourist attractions including the Bowes Museum and the historic ruin Barnard Castle. The market town Bishop Auckland is 10 minutes away and has both a Sainsbury’s and Tesco Superstore and is the location for Kynren situated below Auckland Castle. There are a number of primary schools in the surrounding area, all are judged good or outstanding. House prices compare very favourably to many other areas in the country.
Useful Links www.thisisdurham.com www.thisisdurham.com/inspire-me/kynren www.aucklandcastle.org