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…

Frank Braddilley Award for Outstanding Community Work

Congratulations to Abbi Wheatley in Year 10 was awarded the Frank Braddilley Award for Outstanding Community Work by Brian Straughan – the President of the Chester le Street Rotary Club. Abbi has volunteered her time to help youngsters get into golf and has helped to fundraise for her local club at South Moor. She is also a House Captain and is helping to run the upcoming whole school sports day. She was awarded a framed certificate and a cheque at the ceremony for schools in Chester le Street.

Durham Federation students recommend

Five Hundred Miles

What’s It About?

For brothers Cole and Ruben it’s another rainy morning in the badlands of East London, selling dodgy paperwork for even dodgier motors. But arriving in a grimy pub on their latest errand, the brothers stumble across a trio of gangsters, a beautiful young girl and a monkey in a cage – and their entire day is knocked off course. They soon find themselves fleeing in a hot-wired car, girl and chattering monkey in tow, surrounded by police. Their final destination: Oban, five hundred miles north, where they hope to find sanctuary.

About The Author

Kevin Brooks had many interesting and unusual jobs – working in a zoo, a crematorium and a post office – before turning his hand to what he does best: writing hard-hitting and utterly compelling teen fiction. He has won awards for his brilliant novels, most notably the recent Carnegie winner, The Bunker Diary.

Year 7 and 8 Athletes are Champion at Chester le Street

70 students from the Federation attended the annual Year 7 and 8 Track and Field Championships at Chester le Street this month. The competition involves 11 schools from all over Durham and is a very competitive event with all disciplines of running, jumping and throwing involved. On a beautifully sunny afternoon our students were a real credit to themselves and the Federation and they all put in some amazing performances. In total seven awards were handed out for finishing in the top 3.

GOLD        Ellie Harris        Y8 100m

SILVER      Emma Young        Y8 Discus

BRONZE    Joseph Gregory    Y7 Javelin

BRONZE    Kody Agar        Y8 Discus

BRONZE    Marc Milner        Y8 Shot Putt

BRONZE    Ellie Harris        Y8 Shot Putt

BRONZE    Emma Brown        Y8 Long Jump

Two students from the Federation represented Durham City in the County Durham Schools Athletics Championships at Monkton Stadium in June. James Thornton in Year 9 was competing in the Junior Boys Javelin competition and finished in 3rd place with a throw of 31.95 metres. Ellis Harris in Year 8 was running in the Junior Girls 100m despite being a year young and qualified for the final finishing in 7th place in a time of 14.5 seconds, Congratulations to both students as it is a real honour to wear the purple vest of Durham.

Kick-Starting Football Careers across County Durham

A North East firm of elite football coaches is taking to Country Durham to uncover future generations of footballing talent.

Evolution Football Coaching believes the region remains a hotbed for Premier League talent and has joined forces with two County Durham schools to offer youngsters’ specialist coaching, which will not only develop their skills but also boost their education.

The firm is working with Durham Federation, which represents Fyndoune Community College in Sacriston and Durham Community Business College in Ushaw Moor to open two new Football Academies.


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