MMaDD Awards 2017

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



Schools Physicist of the Year Award

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.


Bake off winners

Year 10 Food Preparation and Nutrition students recently took part in a bake off competition held at Gateshead College. This competition was opened up to many schools across the North East. In the run up to the competition Joanne Rogan, Catering lecturer from Gateshead College visited Lord Lawson to do a cake decorating demonstration which the students found very valuable. The year 10 students then got to practice making and decorating cakes in food lessons.

Ryan Summers and Georgia Williams both made it through to the final round. The day was very intense with top chefs from local hotels, present to judge. Our students were resilient and responsible and Mrs Stephenson who assisted them said she was super proud. The judges said it was a tough call as all contestants had done really well but our fabulous Georgia Williams managed to win second prize and was awarded £100 Metro centre vouchers. All students also received a certificate commending them for their efforts and runners up received a £20 voucher.




Creativity Week 2017

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.



Business Enterprise Competition

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.


BASE 2017

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:

Francesca Tough

Amie Thirlwell

Hannah Hamilton

Daniel Hadnum

Ben Wade

Carl Llewellyn.



Sharon Hodgson MP Visit

On Friday 16th June Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West, Sharon Hodgson met with our Yr 12  and a few of Yr 7 Project time students. Sharon offered to come into school to talk about her role in politics and to answer questions from the students.It was interesting to hear how and why she became an MP and to hear about the changes she has witnessed during her time in office. Sharon also met some students and spoke to them individually about their personal aspirations and plans after they leave Lord Lawson.
As part of our British Values programme our students find out about Democracy and our parliamentary system. Sharon was keen to encourage students to get involved in politics and was impressed that the the Yr 7 students had been involved in hosting our own school election on 8th June.


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A Level Coastal fieldwork

Year 12 Geography A Level Coastal fieldwork – Seaham​, Marsden & Seaton Sluice
36 Geography students, Mr Rodger, Mr Gemmell, Ms Raistrick and Rosie the border terrier spent today studying coastal geomorphology and sand dune systems. The aim was to support learning in the classroom and to practice data collection methods to help students decide what type of personal fieldwork study they want to do over the summer. Lovely weather certainly helped with the enjoyment level for students and staff!


Swan Lake

On the 29th of March we both went to the Sunderland Empire to take part in an audition for the English Youth Ballet’s production of Swan Lake on the 16th and 17th of June. At the audition we were given numbers by the company as they were yet to know our names. We were given choreography to perform on stage so they could decide who to accept.

After we both passed the audition we attended a casting and press night on the 9th of May to be assigned parts and get photos taken for our local newspaper. We both got the parts of Ladies in Waiting and Hungarian dancers.

We rehearsed for six hours a day during the May half term. We have both felt a huge improvement in our ballet skills and are extremely excited to perform! This has been an amazing experience, never give up if you aspire to achieve your goals. Be resilient and never give up, show respect to your teachers, be responsible when trying new skills! Louisa Winship and Isla Maclean.

Louisa Winship & Isla Maclean Year 7


Lord Lawson Decides 2017


Voting in the UK general election is under way at more than 40,000 polling stations across the country. Students and staff at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy are no different by holding their own mock elections. Mock Elections give students of all ages an insight into how the democratic process works and the importance of voting. Throughout the day students have been voting for the political party of their choice to govern the uk for the next four years.

Out of the 452 votes cast Lord Lawson students voted for a Labour government with a landslide victory. Please see the results and election photos below.