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Message from the Director of School

Week ending 29th March 2019

A busy week at the Academy with students getting involved in a number of ambassador roles.  We welcomed Shotley Bridge Year 3 pupils to the Academy on Tuesday.  The Health and Social Care students had planned activities from baking to slime making for them to participate in.  There were lots of smiling children as I went round. 

On Tuesday, the PE groups also took part in a charity run for Comic Relief.  The department discussed the work which Comic Relief supports following which the students watched a video from the Charity before heading out to do a fun run.  Thank you to all students and parents who contributed to this cause. 

On Wednesday, a group of our Year 7 students were ambassadors for us as they supported a sporting event ran by the leisure team.  Our students were great ambassadors as they supported the younger students in their activities.

The Drama students headed out to see ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ at Consett Empire on Wednesday evening.  The show was produced by REACT and the students thoroughly enjoyed the evening.  Many thanks to the staff who organised this and made it possible for the students.

We also had our Year 11 and Sixth Form photographs, this is always a busy afternoon as we attempt to get all of the Year groups in one photo.  Phototronics complemented the students on their exceptional attitude and behaviour making the process run smoothly.  I look forward to seeing the photographs when they arrive back in school.

As we head into the weekend, it was lovely to see so many of the students taking advantage of being outside in their social time.  I hope that this is a sign of things to come as we move into the month of April and the clocks spring forward. 

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

Rachel Somerville

Director of School



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Students of the week


Year 13           

Emily W

For the excellent progress she has made in the most recent mock exams.

Year 12

Sophie C

For her outstanding commitment to her A Level studies.

Year 11



Year 10

Amy W

For working hard and making good progress in her studies.

Year 9

Caitlin K

For demonstrating an outstanding attitude to her learning in most of her subjects this week.

Year 8

Alfie K

For showing great care and consideration towards other students.

Year 7

Mackenzie T & Lona T For their brilliant achievement in Cheerleading -  gaining second place. 


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