Gateshead Food Bank Collection


With 1 in 5 in the UK living below the poverty line, Year 8 Project Time have organised a collection ahead of the Christmas holiday to support the work of the Gateshead Food Bank.

The Gateshead Food Bank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in our local area. Last year alone, the Gateshead Food Bank provided 4,861 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis, including the families of students at our own academy.

Lists of items needed are posted around the academy in tutor rooms or can be accessed in the window below.

Students have been asked to bring in items to donate by Monday 4th December so that we can pass these on in good time to be of benefit over the Christmas holiday. Students can either collect items for the time-being in their own tutor rooms or they can bring them directly to GE31.

Many thanks in advance for your support the

Year 8 Project Time team.



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



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



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 2017

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.

Thank you

Mrs Bell


GCSE Summer Exam results

Congratulations to all of our year 11 students who have worked so hard and been so successful in your summer exams this year. This has been a tough year for students with new and tougher exams in English and Maths and a new grading system to get used to.
We could not be more pleased with your results with 73% of students attaining a grade 9 – 4 (the old A* – C) in either English language or literature and 70 % attaining the same grades in Maths. There have been some exceptional performances with ten students gaining the very top grade “9” in a variety of subjects and 21 students gaining grades “8/9” or the equivalent across all or nearly all of their subjects.
There is a guide to the new grading system on our website for parents – please read this to make sense of the new grades. Students in our sixth form also did exceptionally well this year and we look forward to enrolling new students to our sixth form either on Friday morning at 9.30am or at the start of the new term. Congratulations once again and we could not be more proud of all of our students.



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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.

Our House 2017

Academy Production 2017  Tuesday 28th – Friday 31st March 2017

Leading Cast:

Joe Casey- Owen Saunders, Sarah- Grace Parkin- Galway, Joe’s Dad- Joe Gowland, Kath Casey- Emily Smith, Reecey- Kieron Jackson, Emmo- Aaron Barrow, Lewis- Jensen Carr, Billie- Abigail Nichols, Angie- Jemma Martin, Mr Pressman- Kieran Worboys and Callum- Patrick Painter.

Academy Band- The Camden Buskers:

Sam Dawson- Drum Kit, David Currie- Keyboard, David Ord- Trumpet, Jackson Thomas- Bass Guitar, Ms Fisher- Piano and Mrs Robinson Saxophone/ Flute/ Clarinet

Supported by an amazing ensemble of 70 Academy Students

“Our House has without question been the highlight of my final year here at Lord Lawson. All of the time and relentless hard work we put in for 6 months absolutely paid off. I hope those who came to support it enjoyed it as much as I did.”

Owen Saunders, Year 13- Leading Role Joe Casey

A huge congratulations to all of the Our House Cast, Crew and Creative Team on an amazing week of Our House performances last week.

Our House the story of leading character Joe Casey was told through a challenging split story line and through the classic songs of Madness. Musical numbers such as Our House, Baggy Trousers, It Must be Love and I Like Driving in My Car gave a new creative interpretation to the music and story line.

The whole cast have been a delight throughout the whole rehearsal process. Thank you to each and every one of you for your dedication, enthusiasm and creativity. We are so very proud of your performances and the production as a whole, achieved through your tireless rehearsal process, talent and team work.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and allowed our show to be of such high quality. I would like to especially thank the Performing Arts team for their time and handwork in supporting the students and making the production happen from initial ideas to the stage.

Our House is the final Academy production for our incredible Year 13 students. Many of whom have performed in every production for the past seven years. Thank you for your long term commitment and enthusiasm. We hope you treasure your Performing Arts memories forever. You have inspired a new generation of younger performers throughout the Our House process and should be extremely proud of all of your achievements. We could not be prouder of you all.

Once again Our House Cast thank you for making us so proud (have I mentioned that we are proud of you all!?), you are awesome… It really must be love!

The Performing Arts Department is a lot like Number 25 Casey Street “Our House it has a crowd, there’s always something happening and its usually quite loud” …and that is just how we like it and how we intend it to stay!

Miss Brown

Subject Leader Performing. Arts

Please follow the Performing Arts twitter account LLOB_TeamPA for department updates and announcements on the 2018 Academy Production.



Year 10 Maths Feast

On Thursday 16th February the Lord Lawson team of Chloe Codling, Rebecca Collinson, Sam Dawson and Patrick Painter (accompanied by Mr Adams and Mr Lewis) took up our invitation to the Year 10 Maths Feast, hosted by the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) at Emmanuel College.
The afternoon started, appropriately, with a spot of lunch. Phil Moxon of the FMSP then took up after-dinner speaking duties, explaining to the students the value of taking Maths post-GCSE. He hopes that many in the audience will go on to take Further Maths at KS5 in order to really explore the subject in depth and enhance opportunities for employment and further study.
The questions followed, with 4 rounds in keeping with the gastronomic theme:
  1. Starter – 20 mins of tricky True/False questions, in which the team can work together.
  2. Main – A 20 min comprehension task in which the students had to work in pairs, not allowed to confer with the other pair. The theme was “tables of squares”, giving the students some idea of the difficulties previous generations of students had to go to before calculators were commonplace.
  3. Dessert – 20 mins. 6 problems. 4 full solutions required, worth 5 marks each.
  4. Petits Fours – A 16 question relay. Again the students work in pairs, with no conferring between pairs. The answer to one question (marked and corrected instantly) acted as an input to the next. This proved the most enjoyable round, and has given Mr Lewis plenty of ideas for his lessons – watch out 8yY!
We might not have troubled the podium on this occasion (credit to the winning Dame Allan’s team), but the Lord Lawson team had an enjoyable afternoon and did themselves and our school proud.