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For any students who have a school owned Chromebook device that is in need a repair, there will be a final drop in session on Monday 6th April between 8 and 11am. If the gates are locked, please phone the Academy on 01388 603388 to hand the Chromebook over. Please note, that this should only be from non-self isolating households as to prevent the spread of the virus. Please practice social distancing in the event that there is anyone else at the school at the time. (Updated 3/4/2020)

Aim Higher Visit to York

December 2019


Students were impressed by the beauty of York and the range of facilities for residents.

A group of 25 Year 12 students have recently travelled to York where they visited York St John’s University as part of our Aim Higher programme.

Students enjoyed a guided tour of the beautiful city centre campus and a talk with the Recruitment Officer at the University, who advised them about the wide range of subjects on offer alongside the options for accommodation should they choose to apply to study in York. The group also heard a little about student finance and what to expect as a student living in one of the UK’s most historic cities.

Following the campus visit, the group spent some time exploring the city and wandering around the famous Christmas Markets, which attract thousands of visitors to the city each year. All were impressed with the historic architecture and the many options for shopping and leisure that York has to offer those who live there. Travelling by train also allowed students to experience for themselves how quickly and easily the city can be reached from Bishop Auckland; these things are all important when considering where to study.

Our Aim Higher programme really helps students to think about their future and to begin making plans about where they might like to study. Students can look forward to more Aim Higher visits in the new year, with a trip to Northumbria planned for early 2020 followed by a residential trip to Leeds.