Science Equipment Experiments

In Science lessons, we aim to engage pupils actively with applications of the curriculum in the wider world. However, pupils rarely get to use some common equipment including an infra-red spectrometer or NMR machine in lessons due to the expense (above £50,000). However we were lucky enough for Dr Peter Hoare from the University of Newcastle to visit Dame Elizabeth Cadbury with this equipment and pupils in Y10 (30 pupils), Y11 (20 pupils), Y12 and Y13 (Chemistry A-level pupils) had the opportunity to use it.

Pupils got:

  • a chance to engage with fundamental techniques of analytical chemistry
  • hands-on demonstration of UV-visible, infrared and NMR spectroscopy
  • insights into research and industrial applications of these techniques
  • opportunities to hear about further study in chemistry-related career options

Dr Peter Hoare began by introducing your students to the principles of spectroscopy. They then moved from theory to practice by revealing fascinating, real-life applications – giving students a go at using IR and UV/vis instruments and (in some regions) NMR devices for themselves.

The interactive style of the workshop helped many students imagine what a career in chemistry might actually look like for them. We used this opportunity to encourage further study by showing them the range of important, inspiring and unusual occupational options a qualification in chemistry could lead to.

“It was fascinating to see and use the IR-spec. I hope I can use one when I attend Uni” A. Alammar Y12 A-level Chemistry pupil.


Oscars 2019

We are looking forward to hosting this year's annual Dame Elizabeth Oscars! This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements and progress of our students.

Hosted at the beautiful Botanical Gardens on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 (7-9pm). Guests should arrive at 6:30pm for a 7pm start.

This event is invite-only. Each invited pupil can bring up to 2 guests. Parking is available but limited.


2019 Open Days

We are excited to open our doors in September for prospective pupils and parents. This is a great opportunity to visit us and get a feel for our school values and how we work.

Open Evening - Thursday 12th September 2019 (5:30pm - 7:30pm)

Open Day - Saturday 14th September 2019 (10:00am - 12:00pm)

Open Mornings -

Thursday 19th September – Open Morning (9am – 11am)

Friday 20th September - Open Morning (9am – 11am)


National School Sports Week

Day 1 of NSSW 2019 - Over 40 participants and sports leaders made our basketball tournament a fantastic success!

Day 2 of National School Sports Week at DEC. Exceptional performances in our tennis and football tournaments. Dance warm-ups in Year 7 core PE were a huge success. Leading the way on wellbeing #NSSW

Multicultural school kids concept

Host an International Student

High schools international are a provider of international study programmes for overseas students. We are partnering with them to provide quality language immersion experiences.

We are looking for host families! You could earn £140 per student per week based on 1 to 2 students per household.

Who can host?

  • Aged over 25+ and live within reasonable travel distance from our host school.
  • Have at least one spare single or twin bedroom.
  • Can provide breakfast, packed lunch and dinner for students.
  • Are interested in other cultures and keen to meet new people.
  • Can provide a warm and welcoming environment for students of any nationality.
  • Are happy to undergo a full DBS background check.

Benefits of being a host?

  • Hosts are paid a weekly sum per student.
  • Learn about new cultures and languages.
  • Build connections with people from other countries.
  • Many students remain life-long friends with their host family.
  • Have fun!


Bullying Intervention Group Update

All of our Year 7 and 9 pupils were involved in two separate programmes during the first week of May. Our Year 9 pupils were involved in the SELMA project and learnt about hate speech and crime and were able to work in groups looking at case studies.

The idea of this was to help pupils to identify different aspects of hate speech and crime as well as to come up with ideas to change pupil’s viewpoints if they hear or see this happening in our local community. Over the summer term, Year 9 will be given the opportunity to work on a project surrounding tackling hate speech in the local community. We will keep you updated on this. Year 7 were involved in the “Nice Bus Campaign” which involved being able to identify different types of bullying, as well as the use of social media and how to spot signs of bullying. It placed emphasis on social inclusion and how to build solid friendships. Year 7 will also be working on different projects surrounding these issues and we will keep you updated as these develop.

Our Anti-Bullying signature wall has been painted white and is ready for everyone to sign. The Anti-bullying team are finalising the pledge, as to why we are all signing the wall and what it will mean to have our signatures on there.

For the second year running, we are proud to announce that we have been awarded the BIG award for excellence in challenging bullying. This has been achieved through the hard work of our pupils and the commitment they have in helping to tackle any forms of bullying.

As always if you have any concerns or questions or your child has disclosed anything to you at home, please let us know so we can deal with it promptly.


Maths Team Challenge Regional Finals

It’s been a really exciting term in the Mathematics faculty!

On Friday 29th March 2019, four of DEC’s most outstanding Mathematicians took part the UKMT Maths Team Challenge Regional Finals at Aston University Engineering Academy.

The Dame Elizabeth Cadbury team comprised of Havana King and Arash Jamshidi in year 9, and Jevan Nkimo and Raul Iosif in year 8.  The competition consisted of three rounds – the group round, cross-number and the shuttle round.   The success of this team depended on them working well as a team, as well as applying their Mathematical skills to range of different problems.

Earlier on in the year, on Thursday 7th February, 50 of DEC’s most promising Mathematicians comprising of year 9 and 10 students also competed in the UKMT Intermediate Mathematical challenge, an individual challenge this time.  The challenge involves answering 25 complex problems in one hour and is sat in school under national exam conditions.

This year's results represent a magnificent achievement with many DEC pupils being awarded certificates. 

It’s not all about the glamour of competition though. Behind the scenes, our team of Numeracy ambassadors have been supporting the progress of our year 7 pupils by running a breakfast club from 8:00-8:40 every Tuesday morning before school. Within this club the Numeracy Ambassadors help the students with their Maths homework and offer them guidance and tuition with any areas they have found challenging within lesson.

We very much look forward to seeing more of our Numeracy ambassadors out and about during Friday morning form time numeracy sessions, presenting “spot prizes” and assisting with the excellent numeracy work that is taking place in form time.

Coming up for the Summer term, our Numeracy ambassadors have some development opportunities to look forward to including a training session run by our Lead Practitioners as well as a special reward to say thank you for all their hard work.

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