Estyn Inspection

April 29, 2014 in Front Page News by Duffryn High School


It is official! Duffryn is a successful school!


Duffryn’s success recognised in fantastic Estyn Report



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Finance Results Year 13 & 12

July 17, 2014 in Business Studies, Front Page News by Mr J Rees

DipFs (Unit 3) re-sit results will be available on the IFS website on Friday 18th July.  CeFs (Part B) re-sit results will be available on Monday 21st July.  We advise all students to log on to their personal IFS accounts to view their final result. If there any problems, please contact the Examinations Officer at the school on 01633 654100.


Community and School Volunteers of the Year

July 8, 2014 in Community, Front Page News, PE, Sports Hall by Miss L Hocken

Newport City Council recognised our sporting heroes awards at the School Sport Volunteers of the Year Awards. Bethan Redman, Jymeela Lewis and Matthew Williams were recognised for their commitment to volunteering beating competition from across the entire city. Tom Lewis received an award for his dedication and hard work to volunteering within the West Cluster community, winning West Cluster Community Volunteer of the Year. Brooke Bashir and Nateaya Brown were awarded Street Dance Leaders Level 1 for their coaching and training at Bella Bella Dance Studio.

Aby Bidgood said, ‘It was an excellent night, with lots of Duffryn High School pupils in attendance. The students looked immaculate and represented the school fantastically. Mr Tucker and I were really proud to be part of the night alongside our amazing students. Our winning students beat competition from across the city and this is a really big achievement for them!’


Digidol 2014

July 8, 2014 in Front Page News, ICT by Miss L Hocken

In June students who are taking the Year 10 Computing and ICT courses attended the Digital Wales 2014 conference at Celtic Manor Hotel. The event provided an excellent opportunity for students to learn about careers in the digital industries and the skills required for the modern workplace. Prior to the conference, a workshop was held in school whereby student feedback was used to feed into the main event to write a manifesto. The students met Maggie Philbin, presenter of the Big Bang and Jamie Owen, newsreader. Some of the students also met young entrepreneurs working in the Digital industries. Nico Ross and Sherridon Borg in particular impressed entrepreneur Gianni O’Connor (creator of Mozrt) with their enthusiasm and creative ideas.
The afternoon session consisted of a series of workshops whereby students were able to get hands-on experience of games programming and control; 3D printing workshops; mobile phone use to control a helicopter and using digital software to monitor eye movement and to decide wind turbine locations. Ruman Ali and Saki Mohamed were both impressed by what could be done with technology and left the event feeling excited for their career prospects.

To conclude the day, Harrison Rands and Georgia Bird met Ken Skates, the Welsh Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology. They presented Mr Skates with a manifesto from over 1,000 young people across Wales. The manifesto was written to secure the future of the digital industry in Wales.

Mrs Chesterman, Head of ICT, said ‘All the students were excellent ambassadors for Duffryn High School and we are proud of their input towards writing the manifesto and being part of the digital vision for the young people of Wales’.


Carnegie Book Awards

July 8, 2014 in English, Front Page News by Miss L Hocken

A group of seven Year 8 students visited Howell’s School in Cardiff for the Carnegie Shadowing Awards this term. Throughout the year the Reading Group have been have been reading eight books which have been nominated for the Carnegie Book Award.

We each had to work with other students from other schools to create a presentation on one of the shortlisted books. Isobel was asked to represent the book ‘Ghost Hawk’ written by Susan Cooper which was a book she thoroughly enjoyed reading. Nancy represented ‘Blood Family’ by Anne Fine. We chose our favourite parts of the book and adapted them to produce a group presentation on the book. The next day we showcased our presentation in front of four judges, family and friends in a chance to win best book presentation.

We were also lucky enough to meet famous writer Phil Earle who talked to us about creative writing and the importance of using our imagination. Over the two days we made lots of new friends from different schools across Cardiff and Newport who shared a love of reading. We loved showcasing our group’s talents to other schools, families and friends in the evening performance. We took part in drama workshops which really helped me build my confidence. It was great fun and we were very lucky to get this opportunity.

By Isobel Cole and Nancy Williams, Year 8.



July 8, 2014 in Front Page News by Duffryn High School




It is with regret I have to inform you the school will be closed to all students on Thursday 10 July.

The reason for this decision is industrial action being taken by several trade unions. Nearly a third of our teachers will be on strike, as will members of several other trade unions for support and ancillary staff.

I am unable to guarantee supervision levels or the health and safety of students with this level of disruption.  I apologise for the short notice.

Unfortunately, our Year 9 Family Assembly scheduled to take place on Thursday has to be cancelled.

However, our Sports Awards Evening will go ahead as planned with 6.00pm arrival for drinks and a 7.00pm start – all welcome.


The following letter was sent home with pupils on 8th July 2014

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Uniform shop opening times

July 3, 2014 in Front Page News by Duffryn High School

Uniform Purchase – 2014

Uniform can be purchased from our on-site shop on a Monday or Wednesday, during school hours, up to and including, Thursday 17th July.  After this date the August opening times are as follows:-

Wednesday 20th             9.00am – 1.30pm

Thursday 21st                 9.00am – 1.30pm

Friday 22nd                      9.00am – 1.00pm only

Monday 25th                    CLOSED BANK HOLIDAY

Tuesday 26th                   9.00am – 1.30pm

Wednesday 27th             9.00am – 1.30pm

Thursday 28th                 9.00am – 1.30pm

Friday 29th                      9.00am – 1.00pm only

Please bring your own bags if required


Possible delays to school buses – Monday 16th June 2014

June 16, 2014 in Front Page News by Duffryn High School

Please be aware that police are dealing with a suspected World War II bomb that has been dug up outside the Pets at Home store on Maesglas Retail Estate.

They have closed Docks Way entirely and are re-routing traffic along the Southern Distributor Road.  This is causing considerable congestion and may result in school buses arriving late.


Year 8 Cricket success!

June 12, 2014 in Front Page News, PE by Mr L Morgan

Well done to the Year 8 cricket team who beat Croesyceiliog by 24 runs in the 1st Rd of the U13s Gwent cup.

There were great individual performances from Thomas Lynbeck 18 N/O and 2 wickets, Khurram Meer 26 runs and Kieran Marsh and Jake Seville who both took a wicket each.

Congratulations to the whole team




Year 8 Parent and Teacher Evening

June 3, 2014 in Front Page News by Mrs L Iannetta

We would like to invite parents and guardians of Year 8 students to our Parent and Teacher Evening on Tuesday 17th June 2014 from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm in Building 3.

This will give you the opportunity to talk with individual subject staff who teach your child.  The focus of such discussions will be the progress that your child has made this year and the ways in which the family and school can work together to ensure that progress continues at the highest level.

Appointments can now be booked online using the online Serco Parents Evening booking system.  Simply follow the instructions below to reserve a time slot with your child’s subject teacher or contact the school by phone on (01633) 654100.

Book early online to get the appointment times you want;

  • To book an appointment online go to  (please enter this link into the top address bar not your search engine bar or alternatively go to our school web site and click Parents)
  • Simply enter your name and your child’s details to log in.
  • If you wish to receive a confirmation email with appointment times enter your email address when you log in, you will also have the option to print a list of your appointments.
  • Once you are logged in click on the link for Y9 Parents’ Evening.
  • You will then see each subject and associated teacher for your child and can book appointments by clicking on the desired time.
  • If there are any particular issues/concerns you wish to discuss you can add brief details at this point.

We look forward to welcoming you to this important event.


Family Fun Day Cycle Ride

June 2, 2014 in Front Page News by Duffryn High School

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