THE HARA Visit Lord Lawson Monday 4th February 2019
Year 7, Year 8 and selected Year 10 Performing Arts Students were very lucky on Monday 4th February as the Academy hosted up and coming band THE HARA.
THE HARA performed 5 of their tracks for us and also gave a very valuable talk on two issues that affect all students daily, Positive Wellbeing and also Online Safety. Not only did our students love the performances but they also felt inspired by the band sharing their motivational personal experiences about coping with bullying and the struggles they faced while following their musical ambitions.
I would like to thank many of our students for their very thoughtful and confidently poised questions to the band. Harvey Richards and Jack Wadey were very inspired by the event:
“The Band were very enthusiastic and I loved their interaction with the audience. I was inspired by the band and learned that you should just be yourself, it doesn’t matter what other people think of you”
Harvey Richards, 7SSH
“The music was fantastic but it was the empowering message behind it all that inspired me today”
Jack Wadey, 8SHE
Many thanks to THE HARA for their time this morning, we wish them the best of luck with the rest of their tour. Many of our students are now THE HARA fans and are excited to see them return to Newcastle in March when they will be playing at The Riverside.
Subject Leader Performing Arts
Following a series of performances based on the Minimalist music of Steve Reich and Phillip Glass, the Royal Northern Sinfonia visited LLoB Academy on Friday 25th January. 12 musicians performed for 40 of our GCSE Music students and instrumentalists centring the event on Reich’s Triple String Quartet, Pachelbel’s Canon and an extra special performance of Clapping Music also composed by Steve Reich. So inspired, students have since downloaded the Clapping Music app on their phones to try to recreate the performance themselves! The workshop presented served as an introduction to Minimalist music and the creative compositional processes involved in creating successful compositions using musical devices and textures.
This has been an amazing opportunity and a privilege for our students to work with a world-renowned British Chamber Orchestra and the leading professional orchestra of the North East. Many thanks to Gateshead Music Education Hub who supported this event financially.
Mr Lovatt has asked the Board of Governors to be released from his contract with the Academy in order to explore new challenges after more than 5 years’ loyal and dedicated service to Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy. Governors have agreed to Mr Lovatt’s request and he will be leaving us with immediate effect, with our thanks for his service and very best wishes for the future. Mr Lovatt also expressed his gratitude to staff, students and parents and gives his best wishes to all for the future at Lord Lawson.
The Board of Governors are delighted to welcome Simon Hawkins as Principal of Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy. Mr Hawkins has a wide range of experience as Headteacher and a Senior Leader in a number of large schools in London and across Yorkshire. As Headteacher, his leadership was recently described as, “having high aspirations, and pace with a strong drive for improvement” and Ofsted have echoed this.
Mr Hawkins starts work on Thursday 24 January 2019 and will lead the Academy until the end of the Academic year. A process will shortly commence to make a permanent appointment to the role.
Regarding his appointment, Mr Hawkins said “I feel honoured and privileged to have been appointed to lead Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy. This school has many strengths, exciting potential and I am keen to start work immediately on how we can drive up standards.”
Mr Hawkins added “Unconditional positive regard for all is at the heart of my approach: each pupil, family, colleague and visitor is valued here and welcomed. As a parent with two teenage children, I have high expectations of them and their school. I expect these same high standards of progress and personal development for your sons and daughters too.”
Chris Smith, Chair of Governors, said “On behalf of students, staff and our whole community I’d like to offer Simon Hawkins the warmest welcome to Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy. He brings warmth, passion and years of experience of senior leadership to his role coupled with a track record of producing rapid and sustained improvement in the schools he has worked with. Governors are confident he will have an immediate, positive impact at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy and we wish him every success in his role”.
Come and meet the new Principal!
Mr Hawkins is keen to meet parents and carers; your voice matters and we want to listen to your views of the school’s strengths, priorities and how we can work together. Mr Hawkins is therefore inviting parents and carers to come to any of the drop-in coffee evenings held at school from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 January (inclusive) from 6pm to 7:30pm or on Friday 1st February from 7am until 8am. You do not need to make an appointment; simply drop in and come and meet Mr Hawkins over coffee for as long as you wish to stay.
Internationally renowned poet and lecturer Bob Beagrie recently visited us at Lord Lawson Academy. The aim of the visit was to encourage our students to think creatively about how they use words to convey messages, stories and feelings. A group of thirty-one year 8 students participated in the poet led workshop exploring different forms of poetry including kennings and list poems. They were given the time to craft their poems and to perform these to other members of the group. Bob really did inspire the students to create some memorable pieces, some of which can be read below.
Thank you to students from Jesus College Cambridge for visiting Lord Lawson and talking to our year nine students about university life and Oxbridge.
As part of the access and liaison team tour to the North East, Jesus College answered questions and encouraged our year nine students to think about applying to university.
Our year 9 students will soon be making their options choices, so the visit from Jesus College was very timely.
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.