Secondary School

Speak Out Challenge 2023

15th April 23

This half term saw the third edition of Dunottar School’s annual Speak Out Challenge. Every pupil in Year 11 presents, as part of their GCSE English Language course, on a subject of their own choice. Pupils are rewarded for speaking with confidence, on challenging topics, and using a repertoire of well-selected linguistic and rhetorical techniques. The…

Year 10 Geography Trip to Flatford Mill

22nd March 23

Friday 17th March saw the GCSE geographers joyfully set off for their weekend at Flatford Mill Field study centre in Suffolk. Located on the site of Constable’s most famous painting, the scenery did not disappoint and nor did the geography. Pupils engaged in a range of fieldwork activities across the weekend to support their answers…

Year 9 World War One Day

5th March 23

On Thursday 2nd March, Year 9 pupils enjoyed a World War One cross-curricular day. The activities allow pupils to discover more about the war outside of their history curriculum, and encourage collaboration and teamwork. Pupils were engaged in activities ranging from cooking Anzac biscuits to debating the morality of war, creating lino-cut poppies to breaking…

Lego Robotics Competition

13th February 23

On 9th February, two teams took part in a Lego robotics competition against ten other schools.  The teams had worked tirelessly leading up to the competition, coming in before and after school for weeks to practise with the robots! Team “iCool” was an experienced team who have taken part in competitions before and they were…

Year 7 Pupils Receive BookBuzz Books

30th November 22

Christmas has come early for the Year 7s who are all receiving their BookTrust BookBuzz books this week. At the start of September, pupils in Year 7 were able to choose one book from a shortlist to keep. Many of them found it quite difficult to choose just one, but the library will be stocking…

Sixth Form Pupils Attend “Psychology of Serial Killers” Lecture

24th November 22

On Tuesday 22nd November, a group of Sixth Form Psychology students attended a lecture on the psychology of serial killers at Dorking Halls, to expand their understanding of the subject outside of the classroom. The speaker, Jennifer Rees, a forensics expert, used case studies as evidence, which were incredibly interesting yet, at the same time,…

An Evening of Folklore and Fairytale at Waterstones

23rd November 22

On Monday, 21st November, the English department took nine Year 10 and 11 members of its two reading groups to Waterstones Piccadilly in London. English teacher Miss Marvin, who organised the enrichment trip, said: “The purpose of the trip was to celebrate some of the authors that we’ve been reading in our reading groups.” The…

Dunottar Performs “Much Ado About Nothing” at Coram Shakespeare Schools Festival

18th November 22

On 15th November 2022, the amazing cast of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ took to the stage at the Leatherhead Theatre for their comic sixties-inspired version of the well-known Shakespeare play.  Every year, thousands of young people from schools across the UK take part in the world’s largest youth drama festival. In preparation for their performance at the…

Dunottar Under 16s Embark on Midlands Rugby Tour

5th November 22

During October half term, our under 16s boys rugby team embarked on Dunottar’s first rugby tour to the Midlands. The trip began with some team building fun in the form of ten pin bowling and Lazer Quest, fuelled by a mountain of pizza and nachos. The squad then headed to Lichfield for their first match….

Pupils Enjoy Poetry Workshops with Ash Dickinson

5th October 22

On Friday 30th September, poet Ash Dickinson visited Dunottar School to run creative writing poetry workshops with Years 9 and 10. A full-time poet, Dickinson is a multiple slam champion who has performed in Australia, Canada, USA, Spain, Jordan, the Czech Republic and Germany. He has headlined countless shows and festivals throughout the UK. He…

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