The chair of governors at Lord Lawson Academy, Chris Smith, was pleased to accept a gold award from the National Citizen Service (NCS) on behalf of the student body for their ongoing fantastic engagement with the service. There are an ever growing number of Lord Lawson students who are taking part in the life changing experience while in year 11 which allows them to take part in a social action project to have a direct positive impact upon peoples lives. Lord Lawson is extremely proud of the work they do with the NCS and hope to build upon this in the future.
On Thursday 15th November 2018 we hosted our 4th annual academy awards where we paid tribute to the achievements of our students from year 7 through to year 13.
There were over 100 students present along with parents/guardians, teachers and representatives from the governing body, to celebrate the many successes ranging from 100% attendance over five years, to exam achievement and to resilience in education. We also celebrated our high performers across all subjects.
The students who were awarded overall have demonstrated the Lord Lawson 5R’s + 1 learning behaviours throughout their time at the academy.
A huge well done goes to the students who received awards.
Well done Sixth form on another successful and fun Children in Need fancy dress day when we raised £349. The Sixth form students and staff paid £1 to dress up. Mr Blobby and other well known characters visited classrooms to collect money from staff and students as part of our annual fundraising for the BBC charity.
As we mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War 1, Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy took part in a very special celebration of all those who fought to give us our future. We stood together in union to pay respect to all those in conflict 100 years ago, and all those since.
Many of our students who are members of uniformed youth organisations, representing the Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, Scouts, Girl Guides, Boys Brigade, attended school in their service uniforms today, and played a pivotal role in the proceedings by forming an honour guard for the service. Our students were joined on parade by the Birtley Community Partnership, the SSAFA, and also Deputy Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, John Robinson DL, RAFVR(T).
Head Boy and Girl, Daniel Wales and Lucy Hughes, took big parts in the service with helping with opening the service, and speaking about why we were here to mark the important centenary event. They followed on with a lovely reading ‘Home at Last’ by Tony Church, helping us to reflect on the impact war has on those family and friends who are left at home.
The Principal, Mark Lovatt, read the names of those who have sadly lost their lives through conflict and war, all those personal to staff and students from out local community. Wreaths were then laid to honour these memories.
David Ord performed the Last Post and Reveille, before two students fall out of parade to deliver a poem, before concluding the service. Ben Harbottle dismissed the banner party, Niamh Cowie, then the parade, after doing a fantastic job throughout the service commanding the parade throughout.
Our guests were invited to stay for refreshments enjoy wartime songs and to get to know our students involved in the service. Here at Lord Lawson we our very proud of all students involved in the lead up and during this very special centenary service.
This year, Lord Lawson students in year 7 have been able to participate in a national initiative from ‘BookTrust’, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, to provide each year 7 student across the country with a reading book for free chosen from 15 available titles.
‘Bookbuzz’ started earlier in the year when students were given the opportunity to read blogs, research and watch videos of each of the authors explaining and reviewing books from this year’s selection. From this our students were able to make an informed decision about which book would best suit their interests and abilities.
Orders for books were taken until mid-October and the books have now arrived in the academy! Students can expect to receive their free book over the next couple of weeks during library lessons.
To find out more about Bookbuzz, please visit the following web page:
Miss B Dixon
On Thursday 1 November our year 10 Product Design students had the opportunity to attend an Engineering Discovery Event at Nissan Sunderland Plant, aimed at inspiring young people to consider careers in advanced manufacturing and engineering.
Students learned about engineering at Nissan and took part in related activities. The event looked at all models made at Sunderland Plant, and in particular the 100% electric Nissan Leaf.
Then followed a plant tour to see the Nissan cars in production. On the shop floor students were able to see how thousands of parts arrive at the side of production line, on time, to be fitted to the painted vehicle shell.
With thanks to Nissan, as all of our students had a very enjoyable and inspiring experience of the world of work, and also gained valuable insight into the many different types of engineering roles and opportunities available in this industry.
Quotes from students include:
“An awesome and inspiring visit”.
“Amazing to see engineering and manufacturing ‘brought to life’ in real life work”.
“I enjoyed using my problem solving and presentation skills in the engineering activities”.
“As a female, I now feel empowered to work and succeed in the Engineering/Manufacturing Industry”.
We have vacancies on the Board of Governors for parents and employers of our students and members of our local community.
We need your help to set the strategic vision for the Academy and hold leaders to account. We are especially looking for people who have experience in mental health, accounting and finance, fundraising, PFI contract issues and those with experience of vocational education and supporting young people from a disadvantaged background. We are also keen to here from local employers of our young people who can help ensure we have a curriculum which equips students with the skills employers need.
You will join the Board at a critical time as we prepare to welcome OFSTED back into the Academy and as we take action to better stretch and challenge our most able students, those from disadvantaged backgrounds and boys, in particular.
You would also join at a time of significant change for the Board. We have reduced the size of the Board from 22 to 13 with the aim of having a smaller number of more actively engaged governors with a focus on the skills and experience they each bring to us.
Becoming an Academy governor is a serious commitment. You would need to be available for up to four evening meetings per term, typically starting at 5:30pm on a Monday or Thursday, and commit to at least two visits to the Academy during the school day each year. These visits will be carried out as part of our Impact Evaluation Programme; you will be tasked with working with staff and students to review a priority area for the Academy looking at what the issue is, what is being done about it and whether we are having sufficient impact. Our aim is to improve the level of knowledge and understanding of the Board and help the Academy identify opportunities for improvement.
If you think you could help and would like to find out more contact our Chair of Governors, Chris Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an informal chat about the role.
We are looking for our new governors to be in post by the time of the next full governing body meeting on
22 November 2018.