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Inspirational 2021 GCSE results

Category : College Life

Students were praised for their courage, resilience and fortitude throughout the pandemic as they collected exam results that will form the bedrock of their continued learning.

Students at Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust’s schools – Carmel College, Darlington, St John’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Bishop Auckland, The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Hartlepool, St Michael’s Catholic Academy, Billingham and Our Lady & St Bede Catholic Academy, Stockton – enjoyed success after adapting their studies to lockdown, remote learning and year group bubbles.

Chief executive of the Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust Dame Maura Regan said: “The disruption to students’ education over the past two years has been unprecedented yet these young people have taken it all in their stride with a cheery fortitude that is a lesson to us all.”

Carmel College principal Mike Shorten said: “We are all so proud of the students. It is always a privilege to be able to celebrate their success with their families. It has been a tough year and

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Truly well-deserved 2021 A Level results

Category : College Life

Inspirational students celebrated well-deserved success as they secured the exam results they needed to take the next step in their development.

Students at Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust’s three sixth forms – Carmel College, Darlington, St John’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Bishop Auckland, and The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Hartlepool – achieved their goals against the backdrop of the global pandemic.

Chief executive of the Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust, Dame Maura Regan added: “This really is a great day to celebrate given the disruption to their education over the past two years.

“The Press keep talking about grade inflation but I challenge this in the strongest terms. These grades reflect both the ability and the hard work of students and staff and should be acknowledged as such.”

Carmel College principal Mike Shorten agreed saying: “We are really pleased that the results have reflected the hard work of the students and commitment of the teachers to work through the challenges we have all faced. It is always…

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Darlington MP marks start of £1m Carmel College development

Category : College Life , Sixth Form

Darlington MP Peter Gibson has officially marked the start of a £1m project to create a new sixth form centre at the town’s Carmel College.
The work, which is being carried out by Wharton Construction, represents one of the final pieces in the redevelopment of The Headlands site. Mr Gibson, who performed the groundbreaking ceremony, said: “I’m extremely honoured to be asked by Carmel College to mark the official start of this exciting project.
“It represents a significant investment in the future of its students and will be a fine addition to its already first-rate facilities.”
Predominantly used by sixth form students for self-directed studies, as well as for fitness and sports, the building will feature a viewing gallery that looks down onto the sports hall.
Sixth form students, are delighted to see the project commence and commented –
“I’m thrilled to have this extension of space to use for sixth form activities.” Archie Powell
“I’m excited for the gym and being able to exercise with my friends at school.” Ella Boyer

(Students outside building to be renovated)

It will also be available for use out-of-hours by community groups, including Darlington Hockey Club, Bishop Auckland Hockley Club and longbow archery club, Archers of the Tees.

Sixth form students welcome these new extra-curricular activities and can see the opportunities. “The potential extra-curricular activities are endless.” George Thornton commented, and Amelia Hunter said “I am so happy to be a part of this new sixth form community and facilities.”

The project, due to be completed by the autumn, is centred around the redevelopment of an old stable block.

Darlington-based Wharton Construction will also extend the building to connect with the current sports hall – creating up to 400 sq. metres of space across two storeys.

Mike Shorten, Principal, said: “This development will further enrich the academic and sporting experience we provide and underlines the College’s commitment to its students.

“It also represents the final piece of the jigsaw in terms of the redevelopment of the site and we are very much looking forward to its completion.”

Louise Parnaby, Head of Sixth Form, added: “We are excited that the project has finally started and the students will have first-class facilities”

Matthew Wharton, director of Wharton Construction, commented: “As a local company, we are pleased to have been selected by Carmel College to work on this project and we are looking forward to delivering a state of the art sixth form centre.”

The Catholic college, which welcomes students from all faiths and backgrounds, is rated as outstanding by Ofsted.


Dunlop Northern Junior Squash Open

Category : College Life

Isaac Tindale 10P & Malachi Tindale 8A took part in the Dunlop Northern Junior Squash Open this weekend in Newcastle. Isaac won the Under 15 boys competition and Mal won the Under 13 Boys competition. They also took part in an England Squash Bronze event earlier in February where Isaac won the Under 15 boys competition and Mal was runner up in the Under 13 boys competition in a very close final. (see photos below)


Ski Trip- Falcade 2020

Category : College Life , Sport

72 students visited Italy on the annual Carmel Ski Trip. The students were a credit to the school, their families and themselves and all in attendance had a fantastic time. The week included swimming, quizzes, discos and the ever more popular fancy dress talent show, and, of course, skiing in which all pupils made a huge amount of progress. The week came to an end with the competitive slalom race in which Anna Shorten was crowned champion, Tom Park-Bradley, runner up and last years defending champion Cecile Gibson was 3rd.


6th Form Rugby

Category : College Life , PE , Sixth Form , Sport

Team Carmel’s Rugby First XV is once again up and running with the boys enjoying two friendly fixtures against Darlington Q.E and Richmond School respectively. In the latter, the boys won 24-19 in what was an excellent game of rugby against two very strong teams. With Rugby Sevens season nearly up on us the boys are looking forward to playing in some competitive fixtures organised by the Durham RFU.


Year 8 Football

Category : College Life , PE , Sport

The boys have had a very successful season so far. They are unbeaten in the league, reached the last 16 of the TUC Cup losing in a game of two halves away at St Thomas More, Blaydon and are through to the semi final of the Joicey Cup after beating Castle View 4-1 on penalties. The semi is to be played at home on Monday 9th March v Hebburn.


Tees Valley Sports Hall Athletics

Category : College Life

After a successful Darlington Schools Competition all of Team Carmel’s Sports Hall Athletics teams qualified for the Tees Valley Finals held at Eston Leisure Centre on Thursday 16th January. To qualify the Year 7 girls, Year 8 Girls and Year 8 Boys were all crowned Darlington Champions with the Year 7 Boys finishing as runners up. At the finals the standard of competition was very high and all athletes competed very well. Results were as follows:

Year 7 Boys – 4th
Year 7 Girls – Runners Up
Year 8 Boys – 5th
Year 8 Girls – Champions


Communication to Ski Parents

Category : College Life

Following initial advice​ from Public Health England received this morning we instructed returnees from our College Ski trip who spent a week in Falcade over half term to self-isolate – this was in view of parental concerns and to ensure welfare of all our pupils and staff.

We have since been advised by the Health Protection Team in Newcastle (Public Health England) that whilst Falcade is in the region of Veneto, it is far enough away from the “lockdown” area in the south of the region. This means that those students should continue as normal unless they experience symptoms such as cough, cold and/or fever.

If these symptoms are experienced your child should be isolated and you should call 111 and follow their advice. This guidance has now also been confirmed by the Public Health Principal at Darlington Borough Council.

This is an emerging situation and as such the advice can change and I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for their support and understanding through this difficult process, knowing that they and we have always the welfare of the young people at the heart of everything that we do.

Further public facing advice is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public