Hummersknott Academy

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Hummersknott Academy
Established 1955
Type Secondary school
Head Teacher Mr Pat Howarth
Location Edinburgh Drive
Darlington
County Durham
DL3 8AR
England
Students 1245
Gender Male and Female
Ages 11–16
Telephone +44 (0)1325 241191
Fax +44 (0)1325 241122
Website Hummersknott Academy

Hummersknott Academy is a secondary school in Darlington in the north east of England. It schools approximately 1250 pupils aged eleven to sixteen.

It has had specialist Language College status since 2005 and holds accreditations for Artsmark Silver, Eco-schools Silver, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents silver award for Health and Safety and an International School Award.

However, the language department of Hummersknott has been notably underachieving with some of the students failing to pass a modern foreign language at a C grade.

History[edit]

The school began life as the Darlington High School for Girls in 1955, a girls' grammar school. It was officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh on 15 November 1955. In 1968 it was reorganised by the then Darlington County Borough to form one of six 11-16 co-educational comprehensive schools, with the Boys' Grammar School becoming a Sixth Form college nearer the town centre and near to the College of Technology, now known as QE (Queen Elizabeth).

New build[edit]

In July, 2007 a £15 million scheme to demolish and replace some school buildings and renovate others was initiated. The bulk of the funding was provided by national government, with the local council providing £2.7m, and the school £0.7m. Work began on the school building during the Summer of 2007, although plans for the new design were drawn up a year earlier.[1] The work was completed in 2010 and the refurbished school was 'reopened' by the Duke of Gloucester in September 2010. The Main Hall was refurbished and new lighting and stage area was included in the Refurbishment.

Academy Trust[edit]

The school became a self-governing Academy, under the name Hummersknott Academy on 1 July 2011. It is operated by the Hummersknott Academy Trust, a company limited by guarantee.

On 1 February 2013, the Hummersknott Academy Trust was reconstituted as a multi-academy trust when it took over the newly formed Skerne Park Academy (a converting primary school) in the town.

House and college reform[edit]

Originally, when a grammar school for girls the School had six houses into which all pupils were distributed and these houses competed against each other in sporting and music competitions for the honour of winning the House Shield. The shields of each house can be seen above the doorways on the front of the school building. These houses were: Barrett, Bede, Caedmon, Carroll, St. Hild and Wycliffe. The house system was changed in the late 1980s and the school played host to four houses: Dunelm, Edinburgh, Starmer, and Trinity.

In July 2006 these were phased out and replaced by a system of colleges.

Colleges[edit]

Pupils are divided into five colleges named after a variety of cultural and local aspects of life, across Darlington and the wider north east of England:

  • Cuthbert (college colour - yellow), was named after St. Cuthbert. Cuthbert is the humanities section of the school(Geography, History, R.E).
  • Ketton (college colour - purple), was named after the Ketton Ox. Ketton does P.E and Science.
  • Quaker (college colour - green), was named after the Religious group Quakers who were inhabitants of Darlington. Quaker is languages and business studies.
  • Stephenson (college colour - red), was named after George Stephenson. Stephenson is the Maths corridor and D.T department.
  • Wyvern (college colour - blue), was named after the Wyvern dragon. Wyvern is Art, Music, Drama, English and Media Studies.

In September 2012, the rôle of 'Head of College' was removed; the Assistant Principals in these posts were given revised rôles in the senior leadership team and their functions were replaced by College Managers (previously Student Support Officers).

The College Music Festival[edit]

Each year the College Music Festival is held within the first six weeks of returning to school. The College Music Festival comprises three sections:

  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Ensemble

Notable alumni[edit]

  • James Morrison, Premier League footballer for West Brom
  • Neil Maddinson, retired footballer
  • Matthew Hill, paramedic on the TV show Casualty

References[edit]

  1. ^ Work starts on £15m school scheme BBC.co.uk 22 July 2007

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°31′18″N 1°35′38″W / 54.5217°N 1.5940°W / 54.5217; -1.5940

In December 2013 our beloved headteacher, Mr Howarh, will be retiring. He will be missed as he has much for the school in the past few years including watching over the dramatic refurbishment that went on in 2006/2007.