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



Mini EPQ (Extended Project Qualification)

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

Presentation skills

Communication skills

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.


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



The Brilliant Club at Newcastle University

The Brilliant Club was launched at Newcastle University on Friday 4th November.

The day began with an overview of the Scholars Programme. Dr Natalie Day provided an insight into: University life, culture and the long term career benefits of getting a degree at Newcastle.

The students were then divided into two tutor study groups. The groups were led through a number of learning activities hosted by Princess Bwanya, a PhD tutor at Newcastle.

This involved a tutorial on literacy theory and a study skills session. Natalie then led the students on a tour of the University campus facilities.

Natalie said, ‘It was great to see you there, and from what I’ve heard from Princess, your pupils worked really hard in their first tutorials which is brilliant to hear!’

Brilliant Club member Matthew said, ‘It as an enjoyable experience and I learned a lot’.

Joshua said, ‘I enjoyed the launch trip and have experienced and seen what it would be like if I attended this University.’

Katie said, ‘I thought it was very informative trip and made me confident about going to University’.

The next step for the Brilliant Club will be to participate in tutorials back at Lord Lawson led by Princess Bwanya.

The learning outcome of the tutorials will be for students to write an essay based on literacy theory.

The Brilliant Club members are:

Bobby Keers, Skye Flatman, Jennifer Stead, Oliver Buckley, Luke Mallon, Joshua Johnson, Thomas Bone, Matthew Winters, Katie-May Eastland, Mia Scott, George Davidson and Callum Munsey.


Thank you

Mrs Bell and Mrs Robertson




Young Engineers

As the school year was drawing to an end, 60 year 9 students were able to participate in a workshop run by Tomorrow’s Engineers, which was sponsored by Shell. The aim of the project was to enthuse students and to encourage a number of them to consider a job in engineering.

The day started with an information session about different types of engineering. Many students initially perceived engineering to only be linked with heavy industry and building. By the end of the first session they were aware of more diverse roles for engineers such as stage hands at a concert, in production of genetically engineered food and manufacturing of smaller things such as packaging or cosmetics.

After break the real fun started, when students were challenged to construct solar power cars. They then had to charge and race them across the expanse of the school hall. There was a highly charged atmosphere amongst a number of them, who were trying desperately to ensure that their car travelled in a straight line, and started in the right direction (a few set off in the opposite direction to the finish line, causing much amusement in the oppositions teams).

Our students were very resilient when things didn’t work as they planned on first attempts. With a little reflection and discussion, they were all able to successfully complete their challenge.


Sports Awards 2016

On Wednesday night the PE Department invited a large number of students from across the Academy to attend our second PE Awards Evening. Building on the success of last year, the Department were delighted to invite in Justin Lockwood from Heart FM as our guest for the evening and he shared an excellent insight into his life and success with our guests. The night started with the presentation of academic, young volunteers and sports leaders awards with the first half finishing with a prize draw for an overnight stay at the salubrious Crab Manor Hotel in North Yorkshire.

Guests were invited to the atrium for refreshments whilst staff prepared for the second half of the show. Beth Hellens and Izzy Garnham kicked off proceedings with an incredible trampoline performance followed by a race against the clock to dismantle the trampoline from Mr Richards and Mr Wyllie. All performance awards were then presented in a variety of different sports culminating in the showpiece award ‘The Grace Taylor Award for Sporting Excellence’.

Last year’s winner Karl Nelson was invited back to present the prestigious award to this year’s very worthy winner Macey Bradshaw from Year 10. The show was then brought to a close with all award winners invited back to the stage for photographs to celebrate their achievements. It was another fantastic evening which would not have been possible without the support of so many people in the Academy with special mention to Justin Lockwood, the Performing Arts Department, Scott Nesbitt, Support Staff and all others who supported the evening. We would like to thank you all for helping us make the show the spectacle it was and once again massive congratulations to all of our award winners.


Mr Richards


Archie Wakefield’s Enduro races

We are very proud of Archie Wakefield’s (year 10) achievements in his Enduro races! Enduro is a form of motorcycle sport, run mostly off-road and consists of many obstacles and challenges to negotiate. Archie’s hard work and determination (not to mention a whole lot of bravery!) has attracted a sponsorship deal and an invite to train with both the current and previous 5 time World Champion in the Lake District. Archie is currently lying 2nd overall in the North of England XC Club Youth Championship after 4 rounds, with 2 close 2nds a 3rd and 4th finish running consistently at the front.

Good luck for your future endeavours Archie, we’re sure your first win is very close!