Children in Need 2017

BBC Children in Need is the BBC’s UK charity. Since 1980 it has raised over £600 million for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. As a school Lord Lawson has always supported the charity.

Sixth form again led the fundraising for Children in Need at Lord Lawson with our annual Fancy dress and loose change collection. Students and Sixth form staff paid £1 to wear Fancy dress. It was great to see so many students involved and several tutor groups or groups of friends, adopting a theme. We had everything from Flamingos to inflatable dinosaurs and from Jesus to super heroes.

We have raised more than £423.83



Primary School visit

Last Tuesday Mrs Jacobsen and Miss Robinson welcomed 22 excited Primary school pupils from five of our cluster schools; Kibblesworth, Ravensworth, Barley Mow, Birtley East and Portobello for a singing workshop in preparation for the Birtley Winter Festival that takes place at the Cenotaph on Friday 24th November at 4.30pm.

The pupils were hugely enthusiastic and excited as they rehearsed some of our Christmas favourites and certainly gave lots of seasonal spirit, despite it being early November! They will surely set the Winter festival off with a brilliant atmosphere next week!



Service of Remembrance 2017

Students from organisations such as Scouts, Girl Guiding, Army cadets, Air cadets, St John Ambulance and Police Cadets took part in Lord Lawson’s Remembrance Service to remember the lives lost in past, and present conflict. Veterans from the Birtley Fellowship of the Services joined us in parade. HM Deputy Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear was also present for the duration of the service.

All students taking part had a vital role to play today, some in particular showed an outstanding commitment to deliver well rehearsed readings, lead the parade (of both students and veterans), lay wreaths, and bear a standard. The readings in particular played tribute to and thanked all of our fallen soldiers.

The service began at 10.40, with the parade marching up and standard bearers in front. Cadet CpL Sam Dawson led the wreath laying, following on by Poppy Orton, Ryan Wittanstall, and Rowan Henderson, and then any other guests who wished to do so. We were played a beautiful Last Post, and Revielle by our very talented David Ord on his bugle, before singing the National Anthem. Alex Moody, an Army Cadet, performed fantastically well today, leading all cadets and students through parade.

The students planned and delivered the whole service with the help of a member of staff. Students were incredibly respectful in the run up and during the service, helped each other, and have shown just how tremendous they truly are. HM Deputy Lieutenant made numerous comments regarding the standard and quality of all students involved today. A very well done to all students, and a huge thank you to any student and staff member who have all pulled together to help today’s service run.

Miss K Taylor



Horror Writing Competition Winner

Our annual Horror writing competition in celebration of Halloween was won by Will Brooke-Lovell of year 8.

Our competition was designed to get students to think about the opening of a horror story and how they would engage their reader, hook them into the storyline and make them want to read on. Entries were all of a high standard, with some stories that would knock the socks off even some of the scariest of Stephen King characters.

‘It was the creation of the dark atmosphere and anticipation in Will’s story opener that won him the competition. Well done to everyone who took part. Here’s a taste of the winning entry:

‘The mist coiled its grasping tendrils around his head, distorting what little vision he had left as the darkness spread through the trees. There was something unnatural about it. Something ominous. Something evil. The forest was contorted and blurry to his fatigued eyes. A twig snapped and his senses sharpened instantly. His ears began picking up a faint noise gradually becoming louder. A look of horror spread across his face as he identified the sound. Eerie whispers were reverberating around the clearing in a language he didn’t understand. The sound was unbearable now, piercing his thoughts like a knife piercing skin. The leaves rustled as a gust of wind came from nowhere, and something moved in his peripheral vision. A figure was slithering through the black bushes. It wore a black robe with a hood obscuring its face like a shroud. He was overwhelmed with shock, just managing to reach the trees before the trauma worked its way into his brain freezing him. The creature removed its cowl, exposing something ghastly……..’



Lord Lawson win NCS award

Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy praised for changing lives with NCS

At a unique regional awards ceremony, Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy has been appointed NCS North East’s regional ambassador school for their outstanding work in changing lives through the youth movement National Citizen Service (NCS).

The school picked up the award at the NCS North East Star Schools Awards 2017 which recognised the support and commitment that schools provided to the government-backed scheme during the past academic year.

Twelve schools, one from each local authority in the region, picked up an award in recognition of their successes in encouraging their pupils to take part in the transformative scheme, but it was Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy’s additional commitment to the NCS programme and their take-up of further volunteering and social action projects that earned the regional ambassador award.

With school support, almost 4,000 of the region’s teenagers were empowered to make change in their communities through NCS last summer.

Held in the Great Hall at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, 16 year old NCS graduates Harry Twohig and Madison Cooper compered the evening with other graduates making the exclusive event a success by organising proceedings, handing out awards and networking with influential guests. Another NCS graduate, Emmaleigh Poulton, entertained guests with a stunning musical rendition.

Mark Lovatt, principal, and Alex Rayner, assistant principal, were presented the award by Paul Carbert and Andrew Heavisides from category sponsor North East England Chamber of Commerce alongside V•Inspired CEO Jessica Taplin, National Youth Agency (NYA) finance and operations director Keith Ambrose and NCS recruitment team leader Chris Byrne.

Jessica Taplin, CEO of V•Inspired, who deliver the NCS contract across the North East in partnership with National Youth Agency (NYA) and thirteen local delivery partners from the voluntary and community sector, said: “It was a pleasure to spend the evening celebrating the achievements of dedicated schools and the amazing pupils who seized the opportunity to learn new skills and contribute so much in support of local charities.”

Year 11 students can now book their own unmissable NCS experience. Taking place next summer, the programme includes time away at an outdoor adventure centre, a stay in university-style accommodation and the chance for teens to give back to their local community. Visit or call 0191 247 4020 to find out more.



Road Sense

On Tuesday as part of the Sixth Form Well Being Day Programme the students witnessed a challenging and very emotional presentation on Road safety which was hosted jointly by the emergency services. The project was part of Operation Dragoon, a Northumbria police road safety initiative.

‘Road Sense Common Sense’ was an hour live speaker and short film presentation which was very hard hitting, relevant and memorable for the students who at the age of 16-18 are more vulnerable to road death than at any other time in their life.

The presenters gave true stories of road traffic accidents and victims from all perspectives. The students and staff were very moved by the experience and it certainly made them think about their driving.


Year 5 Maths Challenge

We were delighted to welcome the Year 5 pupils from both Birtley East and Portobello to our Academy on Thursday morning to work with 15 Mathematics PGCE students from Newcastle University.

The Year 5 pupils, with the help of the PGCE students, worked together on problem solving tasks involving area and perimeter, demonstrating their excellent reasoning skills throughout and developing their resilience whilst working through each stage of the problem.

Overall the whole morning was a wonderful success and everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed their experience at the Academy.


The Brilliant Club Celebrates

Last Thursday night the Brilliant Club went to Durham University to celebrate their success. Twelve of our More Able students participated in a study skills workshop including a feedback session on how they have enjoyed the programme and what skills they have gained in the process.

Students celebrated this success with: parents, carers, friends and other family members and were presented with certificates by Dr Natalie Day who is the Area Director for the Brilliant Club in the North of England.

Ellen Proud and Niamh Carr gave a speech about the topic they had studied in front of a packed auditorium. They gave advice to other students thinking about embarking on this programme. For example, how to manage their time and to meet deadlines including what they enjoyed most about the topic they studied.

Their PHD tutor was also at the ceremony and gave a speech on how proud she was of our students and how she will miss their positivity and enthusiasm for knowledge.

Congratulations to: Ellen Proud, Niamh Carr, Denzel Kamatari, Beth Davidson, Tilly Colledge, Milly Coates, Lewis Gouldburn, Callum Robson, Lauren Hubb, Sophie Harrison and Orlena Henderson.


Thank you

Mrs Bell



Macmillan Coffee morning

Since 1993  Lord Lawson have hosted  an annual coffee morning in aid of Macmillan. Over the years I’m proud to say we have donated more than £15,000 to the charity -a fantastic achievement. I hope we can continue to do this in the future.
 This year we hosted a coffee morning in the sixth form common room with donations of cakes from staff and students.Project time Yr 7 students made and decorated cupcakes to sell and the whole school supported the event. A past colleague Mrs Heseltine kindly donated her delicious jam and homemade bread to raffle.
So far we have raised more than £300. Well done Lord Lawson.


Year 6 Open Evening

Prospective new students open evening.

>We were delighted to welcome all of our prospective new students, and their parents, on Thursday evening to our Academy. It was fantastic to see how enthusiastic you all were and to give you the opportunity to look around and try all the different activities on offer. Nearly 150 of our own students, some whom have only been at our school for 5 weeks themselves, chose to stay behind to greet visitors and to talk about their experiences and answer questions about the Academy. We thought you were brilliant and superb ambassadors for Lord Lawson. It was a fantastic evening and the Academy looked and felt outstanding. We look forward to getting to know new students and parents over the coming months and if you have any questions or would like a follow up visit please get in touch with Mrs Jacobson, our transition coordinator, by email at