Year 7 Football Tournament

Last week 10 boys from across the Federation took part in the annual County Durham 6 a side Cup. 5 boys from each site were selected and headed up to Consett Academy on the school minibus to take part in the 12 team competition. The event was organised into mini leagues with winners then progressing to the knock out stages. Games were played against the host school Consett Academy and then eventual winners Biddick school. Both games were very close and the team were desperately unlucky not to score. The boys played the games with great spirit and enthusiasm and are looking forward to the rest of the season.

Mr Donaghy and Mr Steele

National School Games Silver Award

Both schools have achieved the National School Games SILVER award for PE and Sport delivery and competition from last academic year. 

The School Games Mark is is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.

Each School Games Mark application is divided into four sets of questions. They cover the following basic topics…

  • Participation – how many young people at your school are being engaged in sporting activity?
  • Competition – how many different sports are being played and how many competitions are being entered?
  • Workforce – how many pupils are involved in leadership activities alongside taking part in competitions?
  • Clubs – how many local links does your school have with clubs or establishments from the area?

Race For Life 2017


Race for Life is underway at The Durham Federation. Totals will be revealed at the end of the week but we’ve already had a huge contribution from years 10 and 11. Congratulations to our Race Winners Thomas Park, Shelia Hyde, Kyle Huberry and Antonia Smith. Award winning fundraisers so far are Kelsey Young and Mackenzie March. Thank you for your contributions. Some students chose traditional pink but others chose football shirts or blue to remember Bradley Lowery.

In memory and respect to Bradley Lowery, our own student Stephen Thompson and all children who are fighting against illness, we will be holding a 1-minute silence today at 11 am. This will be followed by a whole Federation charity event next Friday when all students will be invited to share their kind thoughts and reflections as a community. If you are able to contribute a donation to this appeal please send 50p (or more if you are able to give it) into school with your child next week. Our sincerest thoughts are with all families affected by this. Thank you.


Friday night saw the culmination of a long and arduous futsal season as the final play off matches were concluded in the Chester le Street, Washington and Derwentside Schools Football Association Staff Futsal League 2017. As reigning champions, all the focus was centred on the black and white striped athletes from the Durham Federation.
The league trophy has been proudly displayed in the trophy cabinet at FCC all year but a series of outgoing transfers and last minute injuries (Clarke succumbing to a nasty beard trimming incident) meant that this was not going to be a walk in the park (view). First up was a tricky semi-final match against the tough tackling teachers from Tanfield. Leading by 4 goals to 1 at half time perhaps the Fed took an eye of the ball and started dreaming about the final. Within minutes of the second half commencing the score was back to 4-4 and a tense final few minutes ensued. Class, however, shone through and a couple of goals from the Sacriston/Ushaw Moor faithful secured victory and a well earned 5 minute rest before the final match against hosts and hot favourites Park View.
The team manager, nursing a tight hamstring, was directing the play from the bench when two quick goals flew in for Park View. However, the lads kept their heads and responded with a brace to level the score at half time. Park view then netted again to take the lead 3-2 with only 5 minutes left on the clock. Tiredness and two hard matches were beginning to take their toll for the black and whites as substitutions were made with rapid regularity. With barely 120 seconds left on the clock the youngest player in the squad (TW) jumped off the bench, ran on the pitch, got the ball bounced off his left shin and flew into the net, 3-3 game on!!! What a finale….. Cometh the hour, cometh the Youngster!! In a frenetic finish once more the ball ricochet, rebounded then reverberated as Tezinho smashed the winner into the net and into immortality…!! The trophy was heading back to our trophy cabinet. Once more it shall be sent to the engravers and the famous federation futsallers will spend the summer break searching for new strips – but this time with TWO stars on them. Congratulations to you all – 5 achievement points each and a nomination at next week’s morning briefing!!!

Durham Federation Students Recommend

The Fourth Monkey


Superbly constructed and immaculately paced’ – The Daily Mail

Brilliant. Complicated. Psychopath.

That’s the Four Monkey Killer or ‘4MK’. A murderer with a twisted vision and absolutely no mercy.

Detective Sam Porter has hunted him for five long years, the recipient of box after box of grisly trinkets carved from the bodies of 4MK’s victims.

But now Porter has learnt the killer’s twisted history and is racing to do the seemingly impossible – find 4MK’s latest victim before it’s too late…