The following students have taken part in a mini EPQ research project last term. The aim of this project is to write a 2,000 word essay around a topic which was chosen by the students.
A mini EPQ does not give out UCAS points. However, it gave these students the opportunity to demonstrate the essential skills required for study at a higher level.
The aims of this programme were:
Working with others
Working to deadlines
Planning and management of a project
Problem solving and decision making
The skills developed in this programme help our students gain excellent preparation for sixth form when preparing the ‘real’ EPQ in Year 12.
This programme also encourages students to build the skills they have gained whilst participating in the Brilliant Club.
It was a great pleasure to welcome ex-student Rachel Meyer back into the academy this morning to speak in our Sixth Form Assembly. Rachel left us in 2015 to study Geography at Durham University. During the summer break this year, she successfully applied to ICS, International Citizenship Service, in conjunction with the charity Raleigh, to work for 10 weeks in Tanzania helping to build a sustainable drinking and water supply in a rural village.
Not only did she work with the volunteers in the actual building of the facilities, she taught in the local schools to help improve hygiene and ensure that the project was sustainable.
Rachel lived with a local family and clearly got so much out of the experience, it was great to hear and see how much she enjoyed this worthwhile project. We do hope it helps to inspire some of our current students to consider taking on such a challenge.
The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that exists to widen access to highly selective universities. Through the Scholars Programme, the Brilliant Club places experienced PHD and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of academic style tutorials in schools which emulate university-style learning. They are designed to stretch pupils to work at a Key Stage above their current level.
Students participate in a series of tutorials, along with a launch trip and graduation event which help to equip students with the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to make informed choices when applying to top universities, and ultimately to secure a place at a highly selective university.
Twelve of our Year 7 students participated in this programme. They were required to write a 1,500 word essay on the causes of climate change. Our students achieved outstanding results gaining eight 1st and four 2:1’s.
To celebrate this success our students will be attending a graduation ceremony at Durham University.
Outstanding results from our students on A level results day
Many congratulations to all our students who received their A level and BTEC results today. We would like to send a very well done to each and every one of you, it is always anxious waiting to hear from universities and employees across the country regarding confirmation of places on degree courses and apprenticeships. You have all done so well.
After 2 years of hard work and dedication, their results were exceptional. The majority of students gained entry to their university of first choice. We have students going all over the country, including Cambridge, Durham, Manchester, Glasgow and Imperial College to study subjects from including Medicine, Physics, Maths, Computing, Teaching and Sports Coaching.
Over 45% of our A level students gained an A*, A or B at A level and 76% gaining a Distinction or Distinction * for their BTEC.
Well done everyone, be proud.
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MMaDD Awards 2017 Wednesday 12th July 2017
On Wednesday 12th July we hosted the 4th Annual MMaDD Awards to celebrate the achievement and dedication of our Students within the Performing Arts Disciplines Music, Media, Dance and Drama. It was an evening of presentation and performance. With a range of Awards from Discipline winners in the categories including of Creativity, Collaboration and Commitment, Enrichment, Quadruple Threat and Subject Star winners.
Recognition was given to members of the Academy’s Performers group, Students excelling within Music Study and to lower school students who collaborated and performed in the GCSE Dance examinations.
A special recognition must go to the Winners of our Ian Leaf Outstanding Contribution Winners Owen Saunders and Kieron Jackson. Owen and Kieron have made a huge contribution to the Performing Arts department over the past seven years. Particularly over the past two years as the leading roles in both Lion King Junior 2016 (Kieron- Mufasa and Adult Simba and Owen- Timon) and Our House 2017 (Kieron- Reecey and Owen- Joe Casey) our winners have been incredible role models to our younger students and have been a pleasure to collaborate with. We would like to thank Owen and Kieron for their enthusiasm and dedication to every performance project, we are so proud of you and wish you both the best of luck in your new adventures at University.
Outstanding performances on the evening were Enrichment students Wham/ George Michael Tribute, Performers mini interpretation of Oliver and our Be our Guest opening extravaganza.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Amazing Performing Arts students and Parents for their ongoing support and enthusiasm towards our projects. We really do appreciate it and hope that the MMaDD Awards made you feel proud of your achievements s and progress this year.
We look forward to new projects beginning in September with our Beamish to Broadway…Bright lights Big, City Talent Show case and of course the Auditions for our 2018 Academy Production…CATS!
Wishing you all a well-deserved relaxing summer, see you in September
Performing Arts Team
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Recently two of our students attended the an awards ceremony at Northumbria University for the Schools Physicist of the Year 2017. Both students received the award of Physicist of the Year from the Ogden Trust and Northumbria University. The Trust’s aim is to maximise the opportunities available to young people in all parts of the UK’s educational system and is now focused on science, particularly physics. The Trust supports a range of initiatives, programmes and projects to promote the teaching and learning of physics.
The ceremony was opened by the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Northumbria University, himself a Physicist, who talked about his life in Physics and the work that the University does. This was followed by an interesting short lecture from Dr Rodrigo Ledesma-Aguilar on Soft Matter Physics.
Winning the award for Year 10, Beth Harrison was nominated for her outstanding attitude, effort and attainment this year. While Emma Slater in Year 12 won the A-level Physics Award. Emma has worked incredibly hard this year and made fantastic progress.
Congratulations go to both students.
Last week, all of Year 7 and Year 8 were involved in Creativity week. Students had selected a project to work on for four days that has been designed around the Academy’s 5Rs and linked to The Great Exhibition of the North that Newcastle and Gateshead are hosting next Summer. The week culminated in students presenting their exhibits to each other giving them an opportunity to develop their oracy and presentation skills. Projects in the Academy were wide ranging and it was exciting to see exhibits coming together across the week. Our Opening Ceremony: Blazing Fires (a mixture of dance, song and performance to tell the story of our region) was inspiring and the students demonstrated their resilience in performing to their peers. In another project students created a multi-modal geodesic dome that used their own photography to create stylised, graphic images of Newcastle combined with art work based on Newcastle’s streets and accompanied by an audio track of the students’ I Am North-East poetry. A truly creative and cross-curricular project.
Students created their own Escape room challenges based around themes linked to the North-East, some so successful that students trying to ‘escape’ could not solve all of the challenging and tricky problems that the students created. Other projects examined the history and legacy of the North and created modern day sculptures to represent their research: from iconic bridges to the Beatles’ piano and a large tomato ketchup bottle! Another group researched our popular tourist destinations and created bespoke guides as well as an eco-green foliage Angel of the North.
We had students testing out their culinary groups making traditional panacalty while others used our beautiful coastline as inspiration for bunting, batik and other textile exhibits. STEM projects looked at the designs of our iconic bridges and tested out theories on building their own bridges. Another exhibit utilised a fusion of students’ film footage from Beamish Museum to create videos that explored our living history and music heritage. Staying with the history theme the project, Now and Then used their visit to Beamish to explore the differences in fashion, education and transport from the past to our more modern experiences.
A couple of our groups used links with our community to take their project beyond their own experiences. The Cultural Cuisine project interviewed and spoke with residents of one of our local care homes about their past memories and in particular traditional and favourite foods. They then researched and baked some goodies for them to sample later in the week. The Picture This group used their research at Seven Stories to create their own books for children which were then read and shared with local primary schools. The Great North Games project worked with local primary students and our students developed their own leadership skills as they planned and delivered a sports festival.
More fantastic literature was exhibited by the World of Great North Writers after they were inspired by a visit to Wordsworth’s house and the countryside that inspire his romantic work. The Sport in the North exhibit researched the importance of sport in our region, the influence of media in forming our opinions of sport and the biographies of regional sports stars, past and present, that continue to inspire our sporting success. Yet more drama was the focus in the Dramarama group as they explored local theatre and work by a Teeside playwright, exhibiting their final set designs.
It was an exciting week and the students and staff worked hard to produce fabulous work that they were able to share with their peers in final presentations. The Creative Director from the Newcastle/Gateshead initiative visited a number of the final exhibits and performances and said that he “was hugely impressed by the imagination and quality of work produced and presented by the students, particularly the way that pupils across all ranges of ability were involved” We are continuing to work closely with the team planning The Great North Exhibition 2018 and looking at ways to involve Lord Lawson students in this inaugural event next year.
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Six of our Year 7 students, Steffan Lubinewski, Ben Richardson, Ben Rogerson, Elliott English, Cameron Bayat, Matthew Thompson were selected to take part in a business enterprise competition the Ryman Finals on Tuesday 4 July.
The students came first in the Lord Lawson heat from 260 students displaying exceptional team work, communication, resilience, reasoning and resourcefulness. The students travelled to Telford where they competed in the national final with the students given some very positive feedback about their presentation and were a credit to the academy.
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On Friday the 30th of June a team of Business students from year 12 and 13 travelled to Birmingham to attend the prestigious ICAEW BASE competition final. 500 schools from across the UK entered the competition this year with only 46 reaching the final. Competition was tough with all teams fiercely competing to take the number one spot of BASE champion 2017. The team of students worked under timed conditions with support from a professional mentor to prepare a professional presentation to a board of highly respected judges from a range of global businesses.
Judges included the finance manager of Rolls Royce plc and the finance director for ITV. The task allowed students to develop their communication, team work, decision making and problem solving skills. Student’s resilient approach to the task enabled them to develop detailed analysis within their presentation which impressed the judges. The day also provided students the opportunity to meet employers and learn about a variety of careers within the accountancy and business sector. The competition proved to be a great experience for all students involved. The professional mentor who helped guide the students throughout their preparation was extremely impressed with the students from the Academy. The mentor commented on student’s mature approach, team work and depth of knowledge that students displayed throughout the day.
Miss Ness and Mr. White are extremely proud of the following students who took part and represented the Academy: