Our dedicated transition, site full of useful information for students and parents/carers, is now live for our September 2021 transition.
Including videos, helpful tips, photos, useful contacts & a virtual tour; the transition site is a valuable resource that is highly recommended.
Please click the image above to visit the site.
The Duchess’s High School Trust is delighted to bring you Alnwick’s first ever virtual pet show. This is a fun event for the whole community which will also raise money for a great cause. Anyone can enter and, with thirteen classes, there is something for everyone, whether you have a pampered pooch, a cool cat or even a duck with a great hairdo! Entries are just £1 per pet per class and, thanks to the generosity of local businesses in our community, we have some really amazing prizes to be won.
The Best In Show prize has been kindly donated by Purple Pomegranate Photography Studio in Alnwick. We asked their photographer, Fiona, for some advice about how to take that purrfect photo of your pet. Here’s her top tips:
1. Eye level – try to photograph your pet at their level, don’t point your camera down on them. Either crouch down or, if they are quite small, think about lifting them up on something like a tabletop. Likewise, if it’s a taller pet, don’t shoot up their nose – stand on a stool if you need to.2. Background – the picture should be all about your pet. Make sure where you are photographing them is clutter free and clear of distractions.3. Treats – keep treats handy, dangling right over the camera lens if necessary. A squeaky toy can help to get them to look at the camera too.4. Don’t forget to reward them for their amazing modelling efforts!
Every penny raised will support The Duchess’s High School Trust, registered charity number 1038646.
Follow @TrustDCHS on Facebook and Instagram for regular Virtual Pet Show updates.
It is with great pride that we can announce we have become an Artmark Platinum School in our recent redesignation by Arts Council England, who state ;
The Duchess’s Community High School has embraced arts and creativity as a core part of your pedagogy and offer, with the Quality Principles, 5 habits of mind and creativity via your CREATE curriculum driving activity. You actively promote, from an early age, arts and cultural industries as genuine career choices, and promote opportunities to experience working alongside industry professionals. You have a credible arts offer at KS4 with entries growing by 25% and the highest value added scores across the school. Of note is your Arts Award partnership with the Laing Art Gallery to develop a 3-year Bronze and Silver Arts Award programme looking at literacy and the Arts. Senior leaders advocate for the impact of arts and culture and share good practice across a wider range of settings, for example your role on your LCEP, Music Hub and support for teacher training. You showcase high-quality teaching of arts and culture by offering CPD opportunities to other settings and sharing resources over time. You have established long-lasting partnerships with arts and cultural organisations that are having a positive impact on outcomes for a wider group of children, young people and staff, for example your work with Alnwick Playhouse, Mortal Fools, Baltic Stars and Laing Gallery.
Congratulations on your Artsmark Platinum Award!