On the 9th of February, twelve of our students from Years 8 and 9 attended the launch event for this year’s Go4SET challenge at Newcastle University. Go4SET, operated by the engineering development trust (EDT), is a ten week project that aims to inspire students and promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.Although it may sound like a cliche, our students were a real credit to the school. They were polite, enthusiastic, committed and embraced the series of workshops and challenges they partook in over the course of the day. They formed two groups of six and will work closely with myself and a business mentor over the course of the next ten weeks to solve a particular sustainability related challenge. One group will be working with ‘Think Physics’ from Northumbria University on the topic ‘My School is an Island’ and the other with Team Valley-based Palintest aiming to ‘Design an Eco Hotel’.
The start of our academic year revealed an exciting opportunity for all students at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy as we launched the newly-created Blue Badge Award. With a determined focus on recognising and rewarding student achievement, the Blue Badge is awarded to those students who have shown consistently positive learning behaviours in and around the Academy. Students have demonstrated this by achieving the highest Attitude To Learning grades of 1s & 2s across every single subject, which is a fantastic way to begin the year.