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Message from the Director of School

Welcome back.  Whilst many of us were having a break, over 100 of our Year 11 students came in to the Academy during half term, to engage in workshops and activities to support their work towards their GCSE examinations.  I would like to thank the staff, who willingly gave up some of their holidays to come in and deliver these sessions.

This has been a busy week in the Academy, rehearsals are now well underway for our forthcoming musical Les Miserables, which will be presented live on stage on 11th and 12th July. Save the dates as I am sure you won’t want to miss this fantastic show.

Our Year 10 Citizenship students participated in an enterprise competition ran by the Premier League Business & Enterprise Challenge.  Their challenge was to come up with a strategy to improve attendance at home games at SAFC.  We are extremely proud to announce that our team came first in this competition.  They presented their business concept to a panel of judges and were against two other local schools.  An amazing achievement for these young people.


In addition, this week our sporting teams have been in action.  Our girls Under 14 Football Team played against North Durham Academy, whilst they didn’t manage a win, they worked well as a team and represented the Academy brilliantly. 

We also sent some of students to a cricket tournament at Chester-Le-Street Cricket Ground.  This was another excellent opportunity for those students to get to play in the grounds of the prestigious stadium. 

Tonight, we are also hosting trials for the District Under 13 Girls Football.  Good luck to all participants!

Also, each day this week we have had some very productive Year 11 students taking part in their controlled Food Technology practical exam.  Students had three hours to cook three dishes and to present them for the exam.  I can only liken it to MasterChef!  The students should be very proud of their commitment and enthusiasm to their course. 

As always, if there is anything that you wish to discuss please contact the Academy, we will be happy to help.

Mrs R Somerville

Director of School

Golden Ticket

Director's Golden Ticket:

Corey Taylor was awarded a Director's Golden Ticket by Mr Shackleton for some outstanding homework.



Year 7 97.4%
Year 8 93.3%
Year 9 92.4 %
Year 10 92.7%
Year 11 92.9%


Overall Academy attendance was 93.9%

Attendance Ladder


Students of the week

Sixth Form Sam Toal, Neil Willis and Lewis Howard

Sam, Neil and Lewis are students of the week for running Code Club on a Thursday after school.

Year 11 Sanjeev Haire

Sanjeev is student of the week for his outstanding effort and attitude to learning. Sanjeev was the highest attaining student in the recent mock exams and has 100% attendance. Well done!

Year 10

Emily Edwards

Emily has consistently shown a fantastic attitude to her work.

Year 9 Rachael Gibson

Rachael has produced consistently excellent work in History this term. She has been conscientious and completed work on time, always making an effort to do work to the best of her ability. Well done Rachael.

Year 8 Julia Piosik

Julia has made fantastic progress in Year 8. Julia has now been moved from set 2 to set 1.  Well done!

Year 7

Caitlyn Wilson

Caitlyn has come on leaps and bounds since the beginning of the year in terms of her confidence and her academic ability. We are so proud of her!


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