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Carmel students are on top of the World

Students celebrated success in style safe in the knowledge that their college is now ranked one of the best in the world

Carmel GCSE Results 2016

Carmel College is delighted with the GCSE results where 87% of students achieved A* to C in English and Maths. A third of all grades were A and A* and 17 students achieved straight A /A* s which has been very rewarding.

Carmel VI Form Results 2016

A Straight A Performance from our Billy Elliot Star!!

From age 10 to 12 Annabelle Crosby-Stewart was working on the stage in London performing every night in Billy Elliot and she has just achieved straight As in her A levels at Carmel College as a result of her hard work and commitment.She celebrates alongside the rest of Carmel Sixth Form students where 23% achieved grade A and A*s and initial results show 55% achieving A* to B grades. Students are delighted with the results and most have been accepted in their chosen university placement.

Carmel College has, once again, performed above National Standards with the A level results and are delighted to have a proven record of performance that is both solid and sustained over time. This is a testament to the hard work of the teaching staff, support of parents and the commitment of students.

Return to the Forbidden Planet

To view photos of this years wonderful production, please click here

Year 11 Prom

The Year 11 Prom took place on Monday 4 July at Rockcliffe Hall (Darlington). The event was organised by Mrs Frank and was enjoyed by students and staff alike. To view photos of the event please click here.

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Staff Easter Garden

On the 22nd March, staff from Carmel College came together as a community to reflect upon Easter and share their Easter projects – creating an Easter Garden!

The Curriculum Leaders, managers and teams were given a brief to create a garden that represented them and their work in the College. They had to include the usual features of a mound, a cross and a stone and then any other symbols, which revealed the real meaning behind the Easter story. The College’s John Caden Hall was prepared and decorated on the theme of Easter including a small gift of Easter treats for staff to enjoy and some prayer cards which focused upon this special liturgical time. The quote from C S Lewis summarises the incredible atmosphere and amazing efforts of staff, “friendship is not a reward for our good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” Staff gave an explanation for their garden and these ranged from theological to funny and were all equally beautifully moving and thought-provoking. Gardens included: a cake, Narnia, textile flowers, a 3D stave, an IT extravaganza, Teletubbies, Macbeth, the Battle of the Somme, road to Emmaus, sensory Garden, a bonsai tree, childhood literary favourites, cash tin, precious gemstones and rocks, sugar and sweets, numerical metaphors, global peace, a frying pan, homemade knitted Biblical characters, Aramaic recordings, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and special effects from the Science department!

The gardens have been left on display to be a focal point for student worship during our Holy Week liturgies and celebrations. It was a wonderful way to end the term together and celebrate our faith and friendship as a community.


CAFOD Coffee Morning – 15th April 2016

Students and staff attended a coffee morning at Carmel College in aid of CAFOD on Friday 15th April 2016. Please click the image below to see photographs taken at the event.


Hovercraft Racers

Technologically minded students used their skills to blow away the competition in a hovercraft design challenge. Please click the image below for full details.

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Carmel students bag Youth MP roles

CARMEL College student Jess Halliday has been elected as the new Youth MP for Darlington. The 16-year-old was named as the borough’s representative in the UK Youth Parliament by Mayor Tom Nutt in a ceremony held at Darlington Council Chamber tonight (Monday). Click here to read the article

Carmel College World War One Battlefields Trip

On Sunday 28 February, three year 10 students and their history teacher, Mrs Orsi, will be travelling to the World War One battlefields of France and Belgium as part of a government-led centenary commemoration. For three days, Lucy Tate, Katie Tulloch and Lily Cornish will be part of a group of students from the northeast of England who will be visiting memorials, museums and sites connected with the Somme area and the Ypres salient. This is part of a nationwide programme that aims to remember WWI and get the message of commemoration out to other young people, and their local communities, throughout the four year centenary period.

Follow them on their journey or remembrance, reflection and discovery. You can also follow their experiences on Twitter using the address CarmelBattlefields @CarmelWWI


Carmel’s Got Talent

The annual Carmel’s Got Talent event was held on Friday 5th February in the JC Hall, it was completely sold out and a fantastic evening. To see photographs taken by Mr Hannaford on the night please click here.

Song For Paris

Brother and sister Tim and Ciaran Jasper performed in public for the first time Le Tricolore, at the annual liturgy of their former school, Carmel College, Darlington. Please click here to see the full article.

On The Ball

Newcastle United’s head coach Steve McClaren spent three hours with guests at Carmel College, Darlington, to raise money for the parent teachers association. Please click here to read the full story.

Sport For All

With the support of Sport England, Carmel College is hoping to transform a swamp-like playing field into a state of the art all-weather pitch so more than 1,200 children can exercise and hone their skills in bad weather. Please click here to see the full story.

Carmel College Year 13 Presentation Evening

Carmel College’s Year 13 Presentation Evening took place on 17th December 2015, please click here to see photographs that were taken at the event.


Carmel College Christmas Liturgy – 16th December 2015

Staff and students of Carmel College performed their Christmas Liturgy last night, please click here to see photographs taken at the event.


Carmel Students Recieve Prestigious Engineering Scholarships

Rose Addison and Alex Board from Carmel were awarded sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarships recently at a ceremony in Glasgow hosted by the Institution of Engineering & Technology and sponsored by the Rail Industry, led by Network Rail, Carillion and Colas Rail. Rose and Alex were presented with their Arkwright Scholarships by Principal Guest Hugh Gill, Chief Technology Officer of Touch Bionics and a member of the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame with 14 patents to his name. They also met the organisation that is sponsoring their Scholarship for the next two years – The William Leach Charity. Click here to read the full press release.

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27th November – Year 11 Presentation Evening

The Year 11 Presentation Evening was a wonderful occasion last night, guest of honour was Peter Barron, Editor of The Northern Echo, who delivered an inspiring speech to students. Please click here to see photographs of the evening.


26th September – Hadrian’s Wall Cancer Research Sponsored Walk

On an overcast chilly Saturday morning mid- September, a forty strong team of Carmel staff, their families and friends set off from Chollerford in Northumbria to Steel Rigg, in the footsteps of the Roman centurions to walk along Hadrian’s Wall. They walked through the beautiful and historic countryside for 12½ miles, up and down dale, encouraging and supporting one another, with the sole purpose of raising awareness for Cancer research and through sponsorship, adding a stunning £2301.25 to the much needed funds of this important charity. They would like to thank all those who sponsored them, bought charity wristbands and the team who organised this fantastic and worthwhile event.

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18th September – Students host annual Macmillan Coffee Morning

Students hosted their annual Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 18th September 2015, raising just under £900 for Macmillan Cancer Support


20th August – Students rejoice as Carmel College Continues to lead the way!

Carmel College is celebrating another wonderful year for GCSE and A Levels results.
GCSE 80.3% gaining 5 A*-C including English and Maths
90% A*-C in English GCSE
86% A*-C in Maths GCSE
A Level 60% gaining A*-B

Please click here to see full details of this year’s results.

Click here to read more about individual successes.

Click here to view photographs (by David Kitching, Carmel Education Trust IT Support/Media).


28th July – Sports stars celebrate success

A World Cup winner has paid tribute to the stars of the future at a special awards evening to celebrate sporting success. Please click here to see the press release.

28th July – Primary pupils are good sports

Children got a sporting chance to get familiar with ʹbig schoolʹ during a morning of field and track events. Please click here to see the press release.

9th, 10th and 11th July – Last Night Of The Proms,

Our Annual end of year college show will take place on Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July, in the Sports Hall at 7pm. Please call 01325 254525 and ask for Julie Robinson regarding tickets. This year the show is an American Theme and has something for everyone, bringing music from Glenn Miller to Broadway and Dolly Parton to Motown. There will be a licensed bar at the event and snacks will be available. Don’t miss out on this guaranteed fantastic evening of entertainment.


26th June – Carmel PTA Pig Race

Carmel PTA held a Pig Race For the Year 6 Students on 25 June 2015 in the John Caden Hall. As well as the racing the youngsters and their parents enjoyed music and a barbeque. To view photographs of the event please click here:

22nd June – An athlete proved he still has the stomach for sport after he took the tape in his comeback race following an appendicitis.

Carmel College student Adam Brown took the honours in the senior boys’ 200m, his first competitive outing since having his appendix removed last month. To see the full report please click the image below.

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18th June – Darlington Town Sports

The Darlington Town Sports will take place at the Eastbourne Complex, on Thursday 18th June 2015. Please click here to view programme and timetable.

17th June – Carmel College Sponsors Elephant Pump in Zimbabwe

The Elephant pump draws water up from a well at a high volume, approximately 1 litre per second, and is made and maintained using locally available materials in remote rural sub-Saharan African communities. This means that once the pump has been built, repairs and replacement parts can be locally sourced. This award winning pump brings a reliable, cost effective and sustainable solution to one of Africa’s biggest problems. Please click here to see Carmel’s Certificate of Pump Sponsorship which contains a picture of the Elephant Pump.

30th June – Catholic Partnership, Music Festival

The Catholic Partnership, Music Festival to be held on the 30th June at the Sage, it will be a fantastic event, tickets are available from the Sage box office and also online. Please click the image below for details.

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20th April – Students Celebrate Peace

Students and staff at Carmel College gathered together to celebrate a Peace Liturgy during World RE Week in March. Please click the image below to see the press release.


20th April – MP Gives Insight Into General Election

Jenny Chapman, MP for Darlington, visited Carmel College to speak to 30 sixth form students about the work and life of an MP – particularly in the lead up to the General Election. Please click the image below to see the press release.


16th March – Carmel College Celebrate Reaching National Finals

Carmel College has received Government recognition at a National Level for its work in raising the attainment of Pupil Premium students.

To view the press release please click here.

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16th March – Carmel Make a Difference in Poland

Students Shannon Webb and Bobby Humphrey, accompanied by Mrs Anyan, Mr Snowball and Mr Hannaford travelled to Dzierzoniow, in South West Poland, to take part in a student workshop as part of the Comenius ‘Make a Difference’ project. They took part in a concert, directed by Mrs Anyan and Mr Snowball and sang songs about social issues alongside schools from Poland, Ireland, Finland, Germany and Spain. Polish television covered the concert on the local news with Mrs Anyan being interviewed and a minute of Bobby and Shannon singing ‘Eleanor Rigby’ accompanied by the Irish students on Violin and Backing vocals.

To view the TV Report please click here

To view photographs from the Student Workshop please click the image below.


9th February – Carmel’s Got Talent 2015

An audience of over 300 enjoyed 3 hours of music and dance in second Camel’s Got Talent show. It was held in the JC hall on Friday 6 February. The performers were aged from 11 – 18 and were all fantastic. The event was organised by the Carmel PTA to raise funds for the college. To view photos of the evening please click the image below:


27th January – Ebooks Trial for Year 8

Carmel College is pleased to announce that in conjunction with the Hexham and Newcastle Partnership Secondary Schools, we have subscribed to OverDrive eBooks for a period of one year. Year 8 have been chosen to take advantage of this new resource and we hope they find the experience exciting and beneficial to them. Please click the icon below to see how to get this.


26th January – Chinese Fan Dance in PE

Year 10 and 11 students are learning how to do the Chinese Fan Dance as part of their core PE lessons this half term. They are being taught by Miss Zhang with the aim for a public performance in the near future.


7th January – Year 11 Presentation Evening

Please click the image below to see photographs from the Year 11 Presentation evening.


5th January – Eurovision Song Contest

On Wednesday 10 December, Carmel College was delighted to host the first ever Christmas Carol Eurovision Song Contest within the Catholic Partnership. Alongside five other schools from the partnership (St Anthony’s Girls Catholic Academy, St John’s School, St Thomas More Catholic Academy and The English Martyrs School), 15 Carmel College pupils from Year 7 to Year 9 competed in a multilingual singing contest. Performances from across the partnership were outstanding and teachers were impressed by both the pupils’ linguistic ability and their musical talent. Before the results were announced all pupils took part in a surprise dance contest and a series of karaokes, from German to Spanish, and even Chinese songs! Carmel College won the competition to the delight of all the pupils who had put a lot of effort and hard work in the rehearsals, and were awarded the ‘Golden Mic’ trophy. The second place went to St Thomas More, winners of the last Partnership’s Eurovision song contest and the third place to St Anthony’s.

Congratulations to the winners – Amy Jay, Benjamin Hartop, Caitlin Chapman, Cleo McNiff, Eve Parkin, Kieron O’Donnell, Lily Rance, Lucy Bennett, Megan Deighton, Megan McGee, Megan Patrick, Melisa Ansbro, Nicole Allen, Saoirse McCarron, William Westgarth, and all the rest of the Carmel Eurovision team.

5th January – Carmel Awards

Top students were urged to become peacemakers after they leave the safety of Carmel College to make their way in a world blighted by conflict. Please click the image below to read the press release.

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2nd January – Students are on song at liturgy

Students and staff captured the Christmas spirit in style with a festive offering of music and song. Please click the image below to see the press release.