I AM writing in response to an article on September 28 regarding the Duston School and I am also responding to many other articles that have been written about the school over the past year.
As a former student at the school, I have spent the past five years studying and throughout my time at Duston I received support in every area of my education and this extended beyond basic teaching in the classroom.
This helped me to prepare for future employment and higher education.
From my personal experience I know that the Duston School has many strong areas and I was always provided with opportunities to be successful on an academic level and a personal level, particularly at sixth form.
However, recent articles about the school overlook the way the school promotes success and excellence and this is because the articles often describe Duston as a “failing school”.
People have asked me about the reputation of the school and I always point out the fact that the school does not fail students in any way.
This is because the school is made up of teachers who remain committed to ensuring that students make the most of their education.
It is also made up of a large majority of students from a range of backgrounds that want to work hard and achieve good results. The GCSE and A-level results from this year and previous years provide an example of this and the fact that such a high number of students move on to study at top universities is also an indication of the high standards the school sets.
Too often the article focuses on the fact that the school was placed in special measures and not enough attention is given to the achievements of individual students and the school community as a whole.
During my time at the school I witnessed many changes but all the time I found the experience to be highly valuable.
I believe the school provides a good learning environment and it deserves recognition for the positive relationship that exists between staff and students. The negative articles create an image of the school that does not reflect the hard work and dedication of staff and the efforts of students.