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.



Lord Lawson on the Lowdown…

Year 13 Performing Arts Dance Students Visited Shadon House, Birtley on Tuesday 6th December as part of an ongoing Community Arts project. Working in collaboration with Equal Arts, Lord Lawson dancers have brought to life the creative writing of the Shadon House residents.

Over the past term the students have been exploring two stories based upon a fictional character named ‘Bella Stella’ devising an impressive physical theatre performance piece based on the ideas in the stories. The students premiered the piece at the Academy Christmas Coffee afternoon event and again during the Shadon House visit.

This performance was captured by local TV Channel Made in Tyne and Wear and featured on the daily news show the Lowdown over the Christmas holidays.

In case you missed the feature please follow the link below to view.

Join us in May at our Syllabus to stage showcase to view the final ‘Bella Stella’ Performance.

Miss Brown

Subject Leader Performing Arts


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Annual Kilcoyne Christmas Lecture 2016

Year 12 and 13 students joined me on our yearly visit to Newcastle University to be entertained and informed at the Annual Kilcoyne 6th Form Christmas Lecture. The lecture series is named after John Kilcoyne, a retired lecturer from University of Sunderland who made it his mission to wow audiences while educating them about various chemical reactions and their applications. He may be better known from appearing in his shed on Sky Television’s Braniac, .

The lectures are now delivered by guest speakers who all hold the same ethos of making chemistry fun and relevant. Yesterday Dr Annie Hodgson from York University delivered “Colourful Chemistry at Christmas”. We were treated to a number of demonstrations, from reactions between colourless solutions that created a delayed but striking colour change, to flames and bangs associated with fireworks.

Annie asked for some student participation, which our group were very reluctant to do. Well done to Rassi for stepping up and waving a sparkler through the air! It was left to me to participate with the glow stick though. Throughout the demonstrations Annie explained the chemistry behind what we were watching, why colour changing rubber ducks changed colour in hot water, which salts produced the different colours in fireworks, what caused the bangs and whistles in fireworks as they burnt and how sparklers were made and sparkled when lit were among the examples. Annie told the students to ‘Expect the unexpected’, however I enjoyed hearing gasps from the students when they clearly hadn’t expected the outcomes of a reaction. Film canisters exploding then hitting the high ceiling of the lecture theatre were met with jumps followed by laughter.

On leaving all of our students said they’d enjoyed their hour at the lecture, with Year 13 saying they’d enjoyed this year’s lecture more than the one they’d seen last year. A great way to end the year!

Mrs Robson

Talk by Heriot Watt Chemistry lecturer

Year 12 and 13 Chemists benefitted from a talk given to them by Magnus Bebbington, a lecturer at Heriot Watts’ School of Engineering & Physical Sciences; Chemical Sciences last week. Magnus’ research is aimed at developing new methods of synthesising one type of molecule where two mirror images are possible. These are known as optical isomers. This branch of chemistry is especially important in the development of drugs, as one mirror image can be beneficial while the other can cause serious problems. The most well documented example being thalidomide.

Magnus’ lecture introduced the topic to our year 12 students in an accessible manner, using Alice Through the Looking Glass as a context. What would looking glass milk taste like? For our year 13 students it was a useful revision session, with additional examples and information to those they had discussed in their usual chemistry lessons. Students were given samples of the two optical isomers of limonene to smell. One is the scent in lemons, the other the scent in oranges.

Magnus was then happy to answer any questions our students had, either about the subject of chirality or about student life, followed by interest in post graduate studies.




Children in Need – 18th November 2016

LLOB sixth form students showed their support for Children in Need by wearing fancy dress and contributing £1. Some of our fantastic sixth form students also helped out in the LRC selling cakes and raffle tickets.

BBC Children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity. Thanks to the support of the public, they are able to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.

Their vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is:

  • Safe
  • Happy and Secure
  • Allows them the chance to reach their potential

They do this by providing grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. During their tutorial sessions, the students were given the opportunity to  learn more about the charity and the implications of the work which is carried out.



Women in Sports Media

On Wednesday 16th November, students from Y12 & 13 took part in a ‘Women in Sports Media’ event at Sunderland university and organised by Sky Sports. The students were given the opportunity to take part in a carousel of workshops and seminars to reveal the different careers available through Sky Sports and sports media in general.

Our students took part in seminars about reporting and breaking stories, as well as going in front of the camera to present a real Sky Sports bulletin and behind in the gallery to work the auto-cue. The day was thoroughly enjoy by all those who participated; Jade Evans, Hannah Sanderson, Katie Hill, Taylor Wilson and Kira Bradley.


Students visit ‘Inside Out’ Exhibition

Animal ‘Inside Out’ Exhibition at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, where they got to test their own DNA and also made good use of their time there which was part of their Anatomy & Physiology unit linking to their Level 3 Technical Level qualification that they are currently doing in school.
Hazel England – their Beauty Therapy teacher very kindly took them for a day before half term.
The Students are:
Savannah Lewis
Amanda Younger
Barbara Da Silva Lopes
They are all Year 13 Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy students.




Year 13 Geography Field Trip

Twenty two Year 13 Geographers accompanied by Ms Raistrick and Mr Surtees have been on a Field trip today to the Northumberland coast. They collected data from three sand-dune systems (Bamburgh, Beadnell and Druridge Bay) with the aim of comparing each site in terms of vegetation and soil changes. This is part of the preparation for an exam in the summer that focuses on fieldwork and other geographical skills.


Sixth Form Host Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Friday 30 September 2016

Today we hosted our annual coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Nurses. We have hosted this for more than 16 years and raised in excess of £16,000. Students and staff baked and sold cakes and biscuits.

8YG also supported the event by making and decorating cupcakes and designing posters to advertise the event.

We also raffled homemade bread, jam and other prizes in aid of this charity which has supported so many students and staff personally.

Macmillan give advice and counselling. They provide leaflets which explain Cancer in a non-scary way.

Every cake shared helps to support people affected by cancer.

£27.00 could pay for a Macmillan nurse to spend an hour with someone who has just been told they have cancer.

£62.00 could help someone with cancer claim the benefits they are entitled to.

£175.00 could enable a person living with cancer to heat their home when they really need to.

Together we can make sure that no one faces cancer alone.