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Our School, Our Week - 2019/20

Welcome to the academic year 2019-20!

Denmark Road High School


Welcome to the academic year 2019-20!




  • Picture(s) of the week
  • Celebrating Success
  • Denmark Road 365
  • Learning & Teaching at DRHS
  • Who’s who?
  • Forward look


Picture(s) of the week:


Picture of the week

We are proud to be in our new sixth form centre and welcome our sixth formers back into an environment which will foster their learning. Year 12 joined staff yesterday for a ‘Welcome to Denmark Road Sixth Form’ barbeque and to acquaint themselves with the new surroundings, they had a great day getting to know each other and their tutors. Huge thanks must go to all the support and teaching staff who have worked so hard to make the centre such a splendid learning and social environment. It is an exciting time for the Sixth Form with results continuing their upward trajectory and the new Sixth Form Centre providing the very best facilities and opportunities to our senior students whilst continuing our proud tradition of producing outstanding results and well-rounded individuals, fully prepared to take on the next stage of their lives.

Celebrating Success

I am immensely proud of our students and staff who achieved truly amazing examination results this summer. At A Level 70% of all grades were A*-B, an increase of 10% from the previous year, 40% of all grades were A*-A, this against a national picture of a fall in the top grades. At GCSE 24% of all grades achieved the new 9 grade and 51% at grade 8.  Three-quarters of all entries were graded at 9-7 in the challenging reformed GCSEs. The fantastic performance of the students was highlighted by 64 students achieving ten or more 9-7 grades. 23 students achieved ten grade 8s or better and four students achieved at least ten GCSEs at the top grade of 9.    

Denmark Road 365

Denmark Road is an excellent school. Fact.

We are excellent because we realise excellence is not a thing.

Excellence morphs and changes over time, and therefore so must we.

Excellence requires reflection.

Excellence demands responsiveness.

So today marks the launch of our focus for this year: Denmark Road 365. What does that mean?

It is about excellence in all we do.

Every day.

In every year group.

Every lesson.

Every meeting.

Every duty.

Every communication.

Every time we represent the school.

I spoke with students and staff today about simplicity as the key to excellence. We all need to ask ourselves what we value, what is our ‘why?’. And then we focus on achieving our ‘why?’, our individual excellence. If each and every member of our school works to discover their ‘why?’ and gives 100% in all they do, we will individually and collectively realise our personal best. I also took the opportunity to remind them that it is about balance. We cannot truly give 100% unless we honour ourselves, it is not just about academic effort, we must value our wider life experiences and make time to seek self-fulfilment in these. And finally we must all realise that mistakes are inevitable along the way, learning from them shapes us. The art of achieving excellence is about reflecting on where you want to get to, planning how to get there, then responding with positive action. It is also a continual process, one we embrace at Denmark Road. 365.

Learning & Teaching at DRHS

Under the able leadership of Ms Wickson learning & teaching continues to develop and as you will see from the results this summer, the impact is evident. This year Ms Wickson will be leading staff and students in learning to be metacognitive learners and to Think Hard. The Leaders of Learning programme will run through tutorials and assemblies and the methods will be practised in lessons, the emphasis being on high challenge for all as we continue to strive for ‘nothing less than positive progress and wellbeing for all’. Ms Wickson has written a letter to all parents (which is attached) to explain the focus and we look forward to seeing you at one of her guidance events soon.


Who’s who?

We have a number of new staff to announce. They are as follows:


·      We have a new Finance team starting later in September, Finance Manager Miss Voyce and Finance Assistant Mrs Dagada-Khan

  • Three additional Cover teachers – Mr Taiwo, Mrs Wang and Mrs Waskett

·   Rhian Jones - Careers Advisor

  • Ms Davies Godsell – Teacher of RS & Sociology

·     Mr Bazac – Teacher of Languages

·     Mrs Adamson – Teacher of Maths

  • Miss Harding – Teacher of English
  • Mr McMahon – Teacher of English 

·     Miss Upton – Subject Leader for PE

We also say farewell to two members of staff:

  • Mrs Whittle, Lead teacher for D&T left at the end of August, we wish her well in her future career.
  • Mrs Clark, Foreign Language Assistant of German, left after 22 years of service to the school, we wish her well in the future.

I am pleased to announce that Mrs Bailey has returned to cover D&T teaching whilst recruitment takes place.

And Congratulations to our newlyweds!

During the summer break two staff members got married, we welcome back Mrs Williams (formally Miss Roberts) and Mrs Munro (formally Miss Heeks).

Forward Look

Term 1 (2019)

(Available under Parental Information on our website) - Please also check on fortnightly emails.

With best wishes

Claire Giblin