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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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: