News & Events

February 2016: Carmel College 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 Monday 29th February. Click here to read the article


18th September: Carmel College Students host annual Macmillan Coffee Morning

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


September 2015: Our Lady and St Bede Join the Trust

Earlier this year Our Lady & St Bede in Stockton became the latest school to become an Academy and join the Carmel Education Trust. Since then the school has been researching its history and has been able to trace its origins back to the start of Catholic education in Stockton in 1786, when the first school was opened in Major Street as part of the parish of St Mary’s. “As we plan for our future we believe it is very important to look back at the history of our school to better understand and appreciate our heritage, traditions and the sacrifice and contribution many people have made over 200 years. In our research, we have found some old school badges for the boys’ and girls’ school, as well as a number of mottos, which when translated from Latin mean; ‘Be a man’, ‘To know God is to know Oneself’ and ‘Everything to Jesus through Mary’.”

A lot of the research and work will be made visible in the new school badge, motto and uniform. Staff at the school have talked to all students about this and they are very excited about the changes being planned. Students are rightly proud of their school, area and really believe in the importance of their appearance, both to the school and wider community.

The new school badge and motto bring together the symbol of the lily to represent Our Lady, the quill to represent St Bede and the cross to bring us together. Both the lily and the quill made up part of both badges of the girls’ and boys’ school which came together to create Our Lady and St Bede in the mid-1970s. “The students recently chose the motto ‘Noverim Te Noverim Me’, ‘To know God is to know Onself’, which we keep in mind as we move forward together in this exciting phase of our development.”


July 2015: Citizen of the Year Award

Maura Regan, CEO of Carmel Education Trust and Principal of Carmel College has become the first woman to be awarded the title of ‘Citizen of the Year’ at this year’s ‘Best of Darlington Awards’. Miss Regan was also winner of the Contribution to the Community Award for her dedication and hard work as Principal of Carmel College and her commitment to the young people of the region. This honour was one of three prestigious awards received by Maura this year. In January she was awarded the OBE in the Queens New Year Honours list in recognition of her Services to Education over the past 30 years at Carmel. Last month she travelled to Buckingham Palace to receive her award from The Princess Royal at which she was “very thrilled, very grateful and humbled”. In June she also had the honour of becoming a Deputy Lieutenant for County Durham .


April 2015: Sponsored Walk for CAFOD

In April the pupils of St Gregory’s Catholic Academy took part in a sponsored water walk, in order to raise funds for CAFOD. It was a very successful day raising a grand total of £573.00, which the UK government have agreed to match. Each class took their turn to carry a bucket of water around the playground; some children even managed to balance it on their heads! After several laps around the playground, the children’s arms were beginning to ache. However, they continued because they know how difficult it is, for some people in our world today, to obtain clean water.

St G water walk 2

April 2015: Student addresses global delegates

Ross Beall, 15, was one of only two students to be chosen to represent the UK at the UNESCO Youth Forum in St Petersburg. Please click the image below to see the press release.

March 2015: Haka World Record Attempt

In March, children from Holy Family, along with many others schools, went to Mowden Park Arena to attempt to break the world record for the largest group of people performing the famous Maori war cry, the Haka. In preparation, the children worked hard to learn the words and actions to be able to perform the war dance perfectly on the day. They were so excited to be taking part in the attempt to break the world record and were determined to do their best. On the day, the atmosphere at Mowden Park Arena was electric, with the children cheering and chanting the words of the Haka. Nathan Lamb and Thomas Elmer from Year 4 said, “It was an exciting day. It was a very happy moment and there were lots of people there. It is a day we will never forget!


December 2014: Staff Children’s Christmas Party

A Christmas party for staff memebrs’ children was held yesterday at Carmel College, a wonderful time was had by all and special thanks went to Carmel Sixth Form for their commitent and enthusiasm.  Please click the images below to see photographs taken on the day.

Mass Celebrates Start of Golden Year

St Michael’s Catholic Academy, formerly St Michael’s RC School, Billingham, welcomed students and staff, past, present and future, to a special 50th anniversary Mass of Celebration.  Please click here to view the full article.