Katie MTB Champion

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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.


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.




Screenshot 2017-03-02 15.42.09Once again this year we have returned from the ski trip full of pride for the 80 students who were both great company and fantastic Ambassadors for the Academy.

We had an unusually high number of beginner skiers, 43, but as usual they made dramatic progress and all were able to complete the tricky slalom race at the end of the week. Our advanced group enjoyed a fantastic week under the guidance of Instructor Chrissi, covering as many as possible of the 760km available on their lift passes. We also had 1 week and 2 week skiers who benefitted from the good conditions to make incredible progress.

Our students received praise for their manners, their attempts to regularly speak German and their attentiveness during the lessons. The instructors, the staff at the ski-hire, the Hotel staff, the coach drivers and our reps, Daryl and Chrissi all commented on how they were a credit to the Academy.

I would like to thank the staff; Mr Surtees, Mr Richards, Mr Wyllie, Mr Prest, Mr Parkin, Mr Earle, Mr White, Miss Johnson and Miss Henderson, who gave up their holiday time to help make the trip such a success and enable the students (and the staff themselves!!) to create memories for life.

Thanks, Mrs Simpson


Tuesday 14th February saw the launch of our ‘Hearts for Hearts’ campaign to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. In the main hall at break and lunchtimes staff and students showed their support for this worthy cause. They bought delicious baked goods, entered cake competitions, tried their luck on the tombola and raffle, guessed the name of the bear and estimated the number of hearts in a jar.

The atmosphere was amazing. One student commented, ‘I can’t believe I have won a prize… I am not usually very lucky!’ The student volunteers literally ‘sold their hearts out’ helping to raise an amazing £659.01 for this worthwhile charity. The Sixth Form also did their part by wearing red and donating a £1.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help, donated a cake or bought a raffle ticket.

A special thank you to Andrew McMeiken and his family who organised this event.

Mrs Donna Bell



Year 7 Spelling Bee Triumph

On Friday 27th January twenty-six brave year seven students took part in the annual Lord Lawson Academy Year 7 Spelling Bee.

Each student took turns battling spellings for complex words, and as the rounds progressed, the words became much more challenging at difficulty levels surpassing previous spelling bee events and ultimately leaving only two students standing.

The year’s winner is Katie-May Eastland of Fleet house block, who triumphantly takes the Spelling Bee Champion title from last year’s winner Jennifer Stead also of Fleet.

Owen Haygarth, another Fleet student, who kept calm under pressure performed admirably throughout the competition and was this year’s runner up.

Congratulations to both Katie and Owen for an excellent battle.

Thank you to all students who participated. It was wonderful to see such commitment to and enthusiasm for the event.



The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club, a group of students from Y7 and Y8, have been enjoying a number of seminar style sessions, from a Literature tutor, Princess Bywanya from Newcastle University.  During these sessions in the Autumn Term they learnt about feminist literary theory and Horace’s theory of literature.  This knowledge was then applied to one of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes about Little Red Riding Hood.  Their final essay submission was titled: ‘Critically evaluate either Cinderella or Red Riding Hood using Marxist, Feminist or Horace’s theory in English literature‘ and the students rose to the challenge drafting and re-drafting their ideas until submission day. The following excerpts are from a couple of the students’ final essays:

In the classic version, the wolf can be associated with evil; Little Red Riding Hood can be related to a damsel in distress, as she needs rescuing and is quite helpless compared with other characters. Also, the woodcutter who frees Little Red Riding is perceived as a father figure, as in many variations, the father of Little Red Riding Hood is often not present. The woodcutter is seen like this as he performs all the fatherly acts: he rescues the less powerful characters and protects the women (2). However, in Dahl’s variation, it is the opposite end of the spectrum. Little Red Riding Hood is now more of an independent woman with a fresh dose of superior intellect, so she can be compared with the hero.

In conclusion, Roald Dahl’s version of Little Red Riding Hood is a new more modern look at a strong more independent Red which is more appropriate to the modern era whereas the original is a lot more sexist. The new Little Red Riding Hood will give a less defenceless view of women and a more independent and strong one. Also, in the original she wore a red cloak which portrays that she is innocent and not harmful however Roald Dahl has her wearing a wolf. Roald Dahl’s version teaches us a strong lesson on how women are strong and can be independent no matter of stereotypes. In Roald Dahl’s version we can interpret that he is telling us that we cannot think women as harmless as they actually pose a threat.

The students attended a graduation ceremony at Durham University at the end of January.  Here they experienced a campus tour with the opportunity to question a Year 2 Law undergraduate, engaged in a study skills sessions and thoroughly enjoyed their certification ceremony.  It was a proud moment for the students, parents and staff.  Ms Bell has been organising and supporting The Brilliant Club and there are plans to continue working with these students, expand the group and to look at developing extended project ideas.



Sam Dawson Air Cadet Band Champion


On 20th November 2016, I played trombone with the Band of Durham / Northumberland Wing Air Training Corps. We won first place in the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) National Band Championships at RAF Halton. I was one of the 21 cadets who play in the band.

This is me in the picture being inspected playing my trombone.

I have also recently been informed that I have been selected to attend the National Concert Band of Air Cadet Organisation in February 2017. This is a very prestigious honour and I will attend a working band camp at RAF Cranwell. The week will end with the Band performing a concert at Whittle Hall. I am so excited to have been chosen.

Sam Dawson