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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:28

Driffield School results News 2017

Monday, 18 September 2017 11:32

Heads Round Up 18-09-17

Friday, 15 September 2017 09:10

BUILDING ON SUCCESS – SUCCESSION PLANNING

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15 September 2017

BUILDING ON SUCCESS – SUCCESSION PLANNING

Firstly, I must take a moment to celebrate the success of our students this year across our schools within our Multi-academy Trust. We have such fantastic students and outstanding staff in all our schools and the Trust is very proud of all their achievements.
South Hunsley School became an academy in April 2011 and was assessed by OFSTED as outstanding in 2013. In 2015, we became a Multi-academy Trust to enable us to open a primary free school, Hunsley Primary, to support the increasing numbers of families moving into the area due to housing developments. Malet Lambert School joined the Trust in February 2016, followed by Driffield School and Sixth Form in February 2017 and Cavendish Primary School will join in February 2018. We are also a successful Teaching School and now a School Centred Initial Teacher Training provider.

To continue and build on our present successes, we have developed a succession plan to ensure we continue to be a high performing trust, where learners are encouraged to achieve their potential and we employ only the very best teachers.

As part of our succession plan, Jonny Uttley, currently Executive Principal for South Hunsley School, has recently undergone a rigorous assessment process and as a result has been appointed to the position of Designate CEO of The Education Alliance. He was assessed by Members of our Board, joined by an experienced external advisor who is a National Leader and former CEO himself. The decision to appoint Jonny to this role has been endorsed by Members and Trustees.

Jonny will move into this role next April. This provides time to recruit a Head of School for South Hunsley for Easter 2018. Chris Abbott, will continue in her current role as CEO until Easter 2018 and then will become Executive Lead of the Trust to oversee the induction of Jonny Uttley while continuing to be responsible for the overall performance and central services of the Trust until August 2019. Jonny will induct the new Head of South Hunsley.

The Trust will advertise the Head of School vacancy within the next two weeks and we anticipate attracting an excellent selection of talented school leaders.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I hope you will join me in congratulating Jonny Uttley on becoming Designate CEO for The Education Alliance. We will keep you updated as we progress through an exciting time of change as we seek to recruit a talented Head of School.

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Monday, 11 September 2017 09:52

Head of School Surgeries Year 8 – Year 13

As a school we value feedback from parents/carers and following the success from the Head of School surgery in the last academic year, Driffield School and Sixth Form wish to continue hosting these events which allows dedicated time for parents/carers to meet with the Head of School and the senior leadership team regarding any enquiries about their son/daughter.

The next Head of School surgery will be held on Thursday 21 September from 4.30pm – 6pm. The next event is available for parents and carers of students starting from Year 8 to Year 13. We look forward to meeting with all parents and carers of Year 7 students on Thursday 19 October for their settling in evening where staff will be available to discuss any queries.

Appointments should be requested in advance and can be arranged by contacting me directly via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., could you please detail your son/daughter’s name, form group and the enquiry you wish to discuss. The deadline for this is Monday 18 September 2017.

Appointment confirmation will be issued via email by Tuesday 19 September which will provide you the appointment time and the member of staff you will be meeting with. We look forward to meeting with you.

Thursday, 24 August 2017 19:20

GCSE Results August 2017

Exam press release 2017 – Driffield School and Sixth Form

Staff and students at Driffield School are celebrating following the release of this year’s GCSE results. Students have risen to the challenge of the new GCSEs in English and maths, with 60% achieving a pass in both which is an improvement of 2% on last year. Over one fifth of students achieved the new higher grades of 7, 8 or 9 in maths. There have also been significant improvements in English literature and across all the Sciences; Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Additional Science. Alongside these strong performances in the core curriculum subjects, the students have excelled in the arts with over a quarter of students sitting art and drama achieving A*/A with over half of our musicians achieving an A*/ A.

There are many excellent individual performances, with eight students achieving the very top marks in all of their subjects. Fifteen students achieve an A* in all of the triple science GCSEs; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Head of school, Ms Pickering, stated, ‘We are all absolutely delighted with these well-deserved results. This year group worked extremely hard, taking up all the opportunities for intervention, which included holidays and some Saturdays. I would like to take all this opportunity to thank all the staff and students for all their hard work this year and look forward to welcoming them back in September.

Thursday, 17 August 2017 15:12

Sixth Form Results

Driffield School and Sixth Form – Press Release

The hard work of students and staff has resulted in very positive outcomes for sixth formers at Driffield School.

Diane Pickering, Head of School said “these are a really pleasing set of results.  Our students have taken the new courses in their stride and the results show that Driffield Sixth Form is a great choice for students who want to work hard and achieve success”

Maths results are outstanding with 42% of students gaining grades A*-A. Over two thirds of Driffield students gained A*-B in maths, with many of these students moving on to study maths and sciences at the highest level at the prestigious Russell Group universities. Improvements in the sciences are also evident with 90% of chemistry students gaining a grade C or higher. The diversity of the excellent provision at Driffield Sixth Form is highlighted with superb results across a range of creative subjects also. With the art and design qualifications gaining 100% A*-B grades and drama continuing to excel with over 60% of students gaining grades A*- B and over 90% gaining a grade C or higher, our commitment to the arts remains high. With 9 out of 10 students on average gaining a grade C or higher in subjects such as sociology and film studies the social sciences also performed well.

Individually many students excelled and will now go on to successful futures. Callum Parkinson will study biomedical sciences at Durham University, following his A* in maths and A in biology. Isabel Beesley gained stunning results with two A*s in maths and further maths and a B in geography and aims to study maths and economics at Bristol University. Charis Palmer-Howe is looking forward to studying maths and chemistry after achieving spectacular grades of A*AA in maths, chemistry and physics. Rebecca Tulloch also excelled in maths and science with grades A*AB in maths, further maths and physics and will gain a place on the prestigious physics course at Glasgow University. In the arts an outstanding A*A B and a Distinction in Film Studies, English language, psychology and media  sees Missy Sutcliffe pursue an exciting new media course in Oxford. Katie Pollard has displayed great talent in achieving fantastic results across a diverse range of subjects, gaining A*AB in biology, English language and geography and will now continue her studies at Leeds University. With grades of AAB in drama, English literature, RE Felicity Wood is destined for a bright future at University studying English literature and theatre. Alistair Jacques is looking forward to taking up his exciting apprenticeship opportunity at Rolls Royce after gaining A*AB in maths, further maths and physics.

Darren Andrews, Assistant Head and Head of Sixth Form said “Many other students also gained excellent outcomes; performing above target to exceed expectations; securing places on long sought after courses and gaining elusive A* grades. I am proud of the achievements of all of our students and thank them for all their hard work over the last seven years and the many contributions that they have made to the School and Sixth Form. Staff have worked hard to support and challenge them in their studies and brings me great pleasure to see them succeed. I wish them well for the future and always remain willing to support in any way I can.”

Monday, 03 July 2017 12:56

Sports Day Tuesday 4th July

Sports day is going ahead tomorrow, all students are required to bring their books for the day should the weather dramatically change and the event be called off.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:16

Year 6 Transition Evening Survey

Year 6 Transition Evening

As we value communication with parents and carers, as part of the recent Year 6 Transition Evening last week, we asked parents to complete an evaluation form to gauge their views.  We are very pleased with the feedback we have received from both existing parents and those who are new to Driffield School.  Many thanks.

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Monday, 19 June 2017 13:11

Trust Surgery June 2017

Trust surgery letter 190617

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:25

Year 11 Study Leave

Year11 Study Leave

Friday, 09 June 2017 09:14

Head of School Surgeries June 2017

Head of School Surgeries

On Thursday 25 May 2017, we hosted another popular Head of School surgery to allow parents and carers the opportunity to book directed time with the Head of School and other leaders. We will be hosting another surgery on Thursday 29 June 2017 from 4.30pm-6pm.  Appointments should be requested in advance and can be arranged by contacting me directly via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., could you please detail your child’s name, form group and the matter you wish to discuss. The deadline for this is Friday 23 June 2017.

You should expect to receive an email of confirmation on Tuesday 27 June which will provide you the appointment time and the member of staff you will be meeting with. We look forward to meeting with you.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 13:09

Head of School Surgeries May 2017

Head of School Surgeries

On Thursday 30 March 2017, we hosted a Head of School surgery to allow parents and carers the opportunity to book directed time with the Head of School and other leaders of the school. We will be hosting a further Head of School surgery on Thursday 25 May 2017 from 4.30pm-6pm.  Appointments should be requested in advance and can be arranged by contacting me directly via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., could you please detail your child’s name, form group and the matter you wish to discuss. The deadline for this is Friday 19 May 2017. A confirmation email will be sent to you to advise of the appointment time and member of staff you will be meeting with on Tuesday 23rd May.

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