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Christmas Dinner - posted 18th Dec

The catering staff have excelled themselves again this year preparing Christmas Dinner for the whole school.  There was a choice of eithr a full roast Christmas dinner with all the trimmings or a Christmas panini for those who preferred.  Thank you Mrs Baines and the team!

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Mock General Election - posted 16th Dec

On Thursday, 12 December students held their own General Election as part of the Life Skills Day. Local candidates provided election material which the students looked at and then watched short video clips. Following discussions students had the opportunity to cast their vote for their chosen candidate. The Hummersknott outcome did not reflect the local reality.

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Cross Country Teams' Success in Town Competition - posted 20th Nov

On what turned out to be a nice afternoon for weather with rather heavy conditions under foot, the squad of 87 athletes did the Academy proud. The teams produced a dominant display winning four of the six races. There were numerous individual successes with the standout performance from Freya Talman who showed true grit after losing both spikes with 800m to go and managed to come second finishing in her socks!

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Dramatic Ability Recognised - posted 22nd Oct

Award Winner


Alex Lennie from Year 8 was recently presented with the NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) North East Young Performer’s Award, for her appearance in the role of Jemima Potts in the Darlington Operatic Society production.

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Karate success - posted 22nd Oct

11 year old student Finlay Thomas, was entered into the recent 7th Kyokutan Karate Competition. He competed in the Individual Kata, the Team Kata and the Kumite (combat). Finlay came away with a third in the team kata and a second in the individual event. He fought his way through the Kumite competition to reach the final, where he was delighted to win the competition. This was a fantastic achievement for Finlay—his greatest yet. Hopefully this win will place him in a strong position for the European Karate Championships next year.

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Harvest Assembly - posted 1st Oct

Year 7 students celebrated harvest this week with a special assembly led by Martin Stand of Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry.  Students brought contributions of tinned and dried food, which were collected and later distributed to the Baptist Church Food Bank and the town's Family Help charity.IMG 2051

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Pearl of Africa - posted 1st Oct

The Pearl of Africa Choir from Uganda visited the academy and worked with students in a variety of workshops. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to experience African drumming, dancing and singing. In the evening the choir performed to a highly appreciative audience.

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