Holocaust Memorial day













Holocaust Memorial day 27th January 2018. 

Two students from Yr 13 delivered an assembly to Sixth form as part of our tutorial programme on the Holocaust memorial day. The students had been part of the Lessons from Auschwitz project which prepares resources to raise awareness about the holocaust. The students talked about their visit to Auschwitz last October and shared their experience.

Read their account below.



Project Time Christmas Coffee Afternoon

On Friday 15 December Year 7 students in 7xg and 7yg held a Christmas coffee afternoon for their families. They proudly showed their guests their first term’s Project ‘The North East ‘and explained the importance of each piece of work.

Following a beautifully delivered presentation, the students offered their guests cakes and biscuits and a nice warm cup of tea or coffee, showing real North East hospitality.

Congratulations to all students for a fabulous festive afternoon!



Ruth Browell visits Lord Lawson

In our latest author visit, students from years 8 and 9 welcomed writer Ruth Browell to the Academy. These students participated in a writing masterclass, benefitting from the experience and inside knowledge of the author who has recently published the first in a new series of fantasy books ‘The Carfax Chronicles: Earthcry’.

Students were treated to a reading of the book and listened to an interview which gave insight into the author’s inspirations and gave away some top tips for budding new writers. Students were then given the opportunity to write their own story beginning and were privileged to have the author deliver them aloud to the rest of the group.

Student have gained much from the experience and we look forward to the next book in the series being released next year.

You can find out more about this new series of books at the following website: http://www.carfaxchronicles.com


Scout Out For Santa


Police are appealing for information after a burglary at a Scout hut in Gateshead.

The incident took place at the Scout headquarters building on Ruskin Road in Birtley.

Intruders forced entry to the building and caused substantial damage by smashing lights, breaking doors and ripping heaters off the wall.
This is the second time the building has been burgled after an incident in August this year where damage was caused.
Enquiries into the burglary are ongoing and we are now appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.

Neighbourhood Inspector Mick Robson said: “This building is at the heart of the community in Birtley and a very well attended club.
5th Birtley scout group provides exhilarating experiences to young people – through camps and competitions with other scout groups in our area. We need to raise money for these people who attend scouts so they can have their own facilities again.

  • Please could we request some tombola prizes – chocolate, stationery or novelty items.
  • If you enjoy baking then we would love some cakes, cupcakes or biscuits to sell.
  • If you have any unwanted books please donate them to our book swap stall.
  • Please could you bring all baked goods to the LRC on Thursday morning during tutor time.

For further details about this exciting event please contact:
The following Year 9 students:

  • Luke Mallon
  • Jennifer Stead
  • Sophie Ovington
  • George Davidson
  • Mrs Bell (In the LRC)

Academy Awards 2017

On Thursday 16th November Lord Lawson played host to our 3rd annual academy awards where we paid tribute to the achievements of our students from year 7 through to year 13, with the sports hall transformed into a venue fit for an Oscar ceremony, complete with expectant award winners.

There were over 150 students present along with parents/guardians, teachers, representatives from the governing body and partners of the academy to celebrate many successes ranging from 100% attendance to exam achievement to resilience in Education to community awards and subject awards. The students who attended have demonstrated the Lord Lawson 5R’s+1 learning behaviours throughout their time at the academy and it was fantastic to see such commitment on display.

The entertainment for the evening was provided by our 6th Form performing arts students whose magnificent performance was a pleasure to behold and left the audience’s appetite whetted in exectation for this years academy performance of CAT’s.

A huge well done goes to the students who received awards and performed, along with staff who made the evening one which will live long in the memory.

Alex Rayner (Assistant Principal)



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