Congratulations to Reece Lunt

Congratulations to Year 7 student Reece Lunt, who last night was announced winner of the Personal Achievement Category (8-13 Years) at the Sunderland Young Achievers Awards 2017.

Since being diagnosed with diabetes, Reece has become an advocate for the education of others and fund raiser for Diabetes UK. When attending Rickleton Primary he presented school assemblies  and  helped to organise a World Diabetes Day which raised hundreds of pounds. Since joining Lord Lawson, in Project Time lessons Reece has continued to make his peers aware of what Diabetes is, how to spot the signs and symptoms and how the condition can be managed successfully. He is a remarkable young man, who is not only determined to do well himself but also cares about the welfare of others.
Reece became one of only eight children Nationally to win the Jubilee Award for Character 2016 and was presented with his award at a prestigious ceremony at the House of Lords in July.

This is an amazing achievement Reece, many congratulations from everyone  at Lord Lawson.


Street Striker

The PE Department invited the annual Gateshead SSP Street Striker roadshow into the Academy on Tuesday and students from Key Stage 3 were given the opportunity to test their ability in a football skills circuit. Stations included a keepy up contest, speed shot, dribbling channel, heading challenge, crossbar challenge and accuracy station.
The School Sports Partnership organised and led the event along with the help of some Year 10 GCSE PE students who were a credit to the Academy. Results have been received and will be announced in assemblies next week.
Special thanks also to PE staff who covered lessons and braved the elements outdoors.
Head over to @llobpe on Twitter to check out some videos and photos from the day including a Mr Lewis crossbar challenge!

Year 10 Maths Feast

On Thursday 16th February the Lord Lawson team of Chloe Codling, Rebecca Collinson, Sam Dawson and Patrick Painter (accompanied by Mr Adams and Mr Lewis) took up our invitation to the Year 10 Maths Feast, hosted by the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) at Emmanuel College.
The afternoon started, appropriately, with a spot of lunch. Phil Moxon of the FMSP then took up after-dinner speaking duties, explaining to the students the value of taking Maths post-GCSE. He hopes that many in the audience will go on to take Further Maths at KS5 in order to really explore the subject in depth and enhance opportunities for employment and further study.
The questions followed, with 4 rounds in keeping with the gastronomic theme:
  1. Starter – 20 mins of tricky True/False questions, in which the team can work together.
  2. Main – A 20 min comprehension task in which the students had to work in pairs, not allowed to confer with the other pair. The theme was “tables of squares”, giving the students some idea of the difficulties previous generations of students had to go to before calculators were commonplace.
  3. Dessert – 20 mins. 6 problems. 4 full solutions required, worth 5 marks each.
  4. Petits Fours – A 16 question relay. Again the students work in pairs, with no conferring between pairs. The answer to one question (marked and corrected instantly) acted as an input to the next. This proved the most enjoyable round, and has given Mr Lewis plenty of ideas for his lessons – watch out 8yY!
We might not have troubled the podium on this occasion (credit to the winning Dame Allan’s team), but the Lord Lawson team had an enjoyable afternoon and did themselves and our school proud.


Smarter Parker Final 2017

Last Thursday, two teams of Lord Lawson students took part in the Smarter Parker final at the Mansion House in Newcastle.

Our Year 7 students were asked to write and perform a 40 second advert for SUN FM prompting safer parking and reducing traffic congestion around schools and in the local neighbourhood. Our two Year 7 teams were: the Congestion Crusaders and Bumper to Bumper. They presented their findings to a panel of SUN FM and Go Smarter representatives. After strong competition from Biddick and Boldon Academies, it was the Congestion Crusaders who emerged victorious.

There advert will be professionally recorded at the SUN FM studios and will be broadcast across the North East at the end of March. You can also hear the advert on Capital FM and Metro Radio as part of their prize.

Well done to both teams for taking part and remember to… Be a Smarter Parker!




Nell Dickson

Ellen Proud

Niamh Carr

Lauren Hubb

Katie-May Eastland

Claudia Crossling

Orlena Henderson

Lily Robson

Beth Davidson

Millie Coates

Sophie Harrison

Charlotte Stonebridge

Well done to everyone who took part.

Thank you

Mr Nesbitt

Mrs Bell



Our House Musical

Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy proudly presents…Our House the Musical

Tickets are on sale now for our Amazing Production of Our House the Musical running from Tuesday 28th March- Friday 31st March 7pm.

The Performing Arts department are proud to present our Kneehigh theatre inspired interpretation of Our House.

Our House is a unique musical inspired by the music of Madness which follows the story of main character Joe Casey who on his 16th birthday has a moral decision to make. Does Joe make the right decision? Does he take the right or wrong path in life? Find out how Joe’s life, relationships and character are affected by his decisions that night in a fun, thought provoking and heart-warming tale.

The Our house sound track includes many Madness hits including…Our House, It Must Be Love, I Like Driving in my Car, Baggy Trousers and many more. Prepare to sing along and see these old classics be performed through a completely new interpretation.

Our cast have been a credit to the Academy, over 70 students are involved in the production, so get your tickets now to support your friends and family involved before they sell out!

Tickets are on sale now from the Academy reception for £4.00


Sixth Form ICAEW BASE 2017

On Wednesday the 8th of March a team of Business students from year 12 and 13 attended the prestigious regional ICAEW BASE competition. The day provided students the opportunity to meet employers and learn about a variety of careers within the accountancy sector. This provided students with an insight into a number of different career paths within business. On the day of the heat the students were presented with a scenario that outlined a number of business issues which they had to analyse and propose solutions to. The students were supported for the day by a professional mentor to help them prepare their final presentations. The task allowed students to develop their communication, team work, decision making and problem solving skills.

The students were in competition with a number of schools across the region to secure a place in the National Final to be held in June. Competition was fierce and the students worked extremely hard to prepare a professional presentation. At the end of the day, the team presented their analysis and advice to a panel of highly respected judge’s form the Accountancy sector, who decided the best proposal.

The hard work and determination paid off with the students securing 1st place with one judge commenting “what a superb presentation well done”. A great result for the Business students who took part.

A huge congratulations to the following students who took part and represented the Academy

Francesca Tough

Amie Thirlwell

Hannah Hamilton

Daniel Hadnum

Ben Wade

Carl Llewellyn.

I look forward to the final in June where the students will compete to become the National BASE champions of 2017.



Year 6 Oakfield science visit

To coincide with science week at Oakfield Junior School, a group of year 6 students joined us at Lord Lawson to participate in a chemistry lesson. The group confidently worked in groups of 2 or 3 to produce hydrogen.   The fact that most of them had already seen hydrogen rockets at the year 6 open evening last October in no way diminished their enthusiasm, if anything the anticipation of the bottles launching across room heightened their excitement.

For those who join us in September, I hope the opportunity to spend more time with has helped ease their transition. Those who will be attending other schools, will have gained transferable skills regarding handling chemicals and safely working in a laboratory.

We were delighted to be able to enhance the science experiences already offered at Oakfield Junior School during the week.





Mr Lovatt has accepted a fantastic award from Chris Byrne at the National Citizen Service (NCS) on behalf of our year 11 students from last year who took part in the NCS programme and had the biggest number of students from any Gateshead school. The NCS programme is incredibly beneficial for the students with employers and universities recommending NCS as it allows students to learn skills which employers value, learn to budget and live for themselves, meet many new people and take part in a community project which directly benefits local charities. The recruitment process for this year has begun and year 11 students are encouraged to sign up.

Mr Rayner


As part of our World Book Day celebrations, author Dan Smith visited Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy on Wednesday 1st March 2017. Dan led several workshops and inspired the next generation of readers and creative writers.
Dan has published several books including the World War Two adventures My Friend The Enemy and My Brother’s Secret. His novel Big Game was published in over 25 countries, and accompanied the action adventure film starring Samuel L Jackson. His latest novel, Boy X, has been shortlisted for the Conventry Inspiration Book Award 2017.

Dan also enjoys a special connection with our Academy. Dan is the great grandson of Jack Lawson, an influential British trade unionist and Labour politician.

Dan talked about his unusual childhood living abroad, his adventures living in a jungle, climbing volcanoes and fishing for piranhas. The students were keen to investigate where story ideas come from and gained a unique insight into the inspiration behind his books.

On behalf of the LRC team thank you to everyone who helped made this event a brilliant day for everyone who took part.


Screenshot 2017-03-02 15.42.09Once again this year we have returned from the ski trip full of pride for the 80 students who were both great company and fantastic Ambassadors for the Academy.

We had an unusually high number of beginner skiers, 43, but as usual they made dramatic progress and all were able to complete the tricky slalom race at the end of the week. Our advanced group enjoyed a fantastic week under the guidance of Instructor Chrissi, covering as many as possible of the 760km available on their lift passes. We also had 1 week and 2 week skiers who benefitted from the good conditions to make incredible progress.

Our students received praise for their manners, their attempts to regularly speak German and their attentiveness during the lessons. The instructors, the staff at the ski-hire, the Hotel staff, the coach drivers and our reps, Daryl and Chrissi all commented on how they were a credit to the Academy.

I would like to thank the staff; Mr Surtees, Mr Richards, Mr Wyllie, Mr Prest, Mr Parkin, Mr Earle, Mr White, Miss Johnson and Miss Henderson, who gave up their holiday time to help make the trip such a success and enable the students (and the staff themselves!!) to create memories for life.

Thanks, Mrs Simpson