Durrington High was renowned for the quality of its drama department's public theatre productions, particularly under the team of Paul Brown, Hilary Lane and former head of music Richard Colbourne.During the course of the 1994/5 re-build, two high-quality Shakespearian productions were presented at the Barn Theatre, Field Place - including an open air Summer production of "The Tempest" and the pre-Christmas production of "Macbeth".The newly opened school included a purpose built drama studio,amphitheatre and overhaul of the existing Rodmell Hall stage.
The next three rounds that went on through the day were problem solving based, including a practical round and a picture round based on logic.
Going into the final round, our Durrington teams sat 3, although the top two teams, St Pauls & The Forest School, had opened up a large gap.
The last round was purely maths based, testing mathematical skills and knowledge and one Durrington team scored an incredible 140 out of a possible 143 points.
The school was opened as Worthing Junior Technical School for building in 1949 at Union Place, Worthing.
It moved to its location on The Boulevard in 1955, being renamed as Worthing Technical High School.
In 1973 the school merged with the county secondary girls' school, which had previously been housed at Ringmer Road since before World War II. Under the direction of Paul Brown, then Head of Drama & Creative Arts, Durrington High School was represented in the West End with pupils performing in the production of "Fire Costs" at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue in October 1993 - a performance that was produced by the Home Office.
The production was originally presented at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing in the Autumn of 1991 and was the result of a competition run by West Sussex Fire Brigade in which local schoolchildren were encouraged to submit stories based on the subject of fire.
The winning entries were turned into a play by Paul Brown; Boundstone's Head of Drama, Tom Brown; the Connaught Theatre's Manager Stephen Holroyd and Mel Denman from West Sussex Fire Brigade.
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