Academy Respect Day Roald Dahl

As you may be aware, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl,
a writer, inventor and an inspiration to many millions of young people across the world.
In order to celebrate this milestone anniversary at Joseph Swan Academy, we will be holding an Academy Respect Day centred on the life and work of Roald Dahl, to be held on Friday 21st October 2016. We would love for our students to really get a feel for the life of the acclaimed author, his inspirations and some rather intriguing facts that they may not know.

One of the ways that students and parents alike can get involved in the celebration is by participating in our book swap shop. You are invited to donate any books that are in good condition to our swap shop. In exchange for each book donation, your child will be granted a ‘golden ticket’ that will be worth the value of one book that may be used at the swap shop on the Academy’s Roald Dahl Day.

We hope that the day will reignite our students’ love of Roald Dahl’s work and be an enjoyable day for everyone involved.

If you have any further questions, comments or suggestions regarding the day, please feel free to contact either Mr Lamb or Miss Gilhespy via the Academy’s contact number or email.

Key Dates

Dear Parent/ Carer

We invite you to make a note of the following key dates for your diary for the forthcoming Academic Year:

Term Dates

Term Dates First day of term Last day of term
Autumn Term Tuesday 6th September 2016 Friday 21st October 2016
Autumn Term Monday 31st October 2016 Friday 16th December 2016
Spring Term Tuesday 3rd January 2017 Thursday 16th February 2017
Spring Term Monday 27th February 2017 Friday 7th April 2017
Summer Term Monday 24th April 2017 Friday 26th May 2017
Summer Term Monday 5th June 2017 Friday 21st July 2017
Academy Training Dates (Confirmed) Monday 5th September 2016
Friday 25th November 2016
Friday 17th February 2017

Progress Evenings

Date Event Times
Monday 3rd October 2016 Year 5 and 6 Open Evening 6pm – 8pm
Monday 10th October 2016 Year 7 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 19th June 2017 Year 7 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 12th June 2017 Year 8 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 6th February 2017 Year 9 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 10th July 2017 Year 10 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 17th October 2016 Year 11 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 30th January 2017 Year 11 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 3rd April 2017 KS4 Options Evening 6pm – 8pm
Monday 20th March 2017 KS5 Options Evening 6pm – 8pm
Monday 27th March 2017 Year 12/13 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 5th December 2016 All Year Group Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm

Yours faithfully
Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Year 11 Shine at Joseph Swan Academy in their GCSE and BTEC results

Many congratulations to all our Year 11 students who collected their results today. We are very proud of each of our students whose hard work really has paid off.

We are very proud to say that the top grades of A*/A were achieved in many subjects including: English Language and Literature, Maths, Further Maths, Science, Additional Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Art, Business, Computer Science, Food Technology, French, Geography, History, Resistant Materials, RE, Spanish, Italian, Business and in BTEC subjects including Business Studies, Health and Social Care and Travel.

A record number of students not only reached their target grades but exceeded them. Of this we are very proud. A number of Year 11 students achieved straight A*/A results including in AS examination subjects which are usually taken in Year 12. The AS subjects taken were in languages and Mathematics. A further cohort of students achieved excellent results with a combination of A*/A/B/C grades.

Students achieved high grades in a full breadth of subjects from English to Computer Science, French to Geography. This means that they are able to choose from many different subjects to study at A Level here at the Academy.

Some students choose a more vocational curriculum and achieved outstanding results in BTEC Business Studies, Health and Social Care and Travel with many Distinction and Distinction* grades being achieved.

We are very pleased with the record numbers of students signing up to our Sixth Form to study a wide variety of Sixth Form courses. These include A Levels in Sciences, Mathematics, Geography, History and Business.

This year we also include a partnership course with the NAC Group linked with Nissan for a course in Automotive Mechanics with an A Level curriculum. This is a very exciting development for our Academy and our students.

Some students have also been accepted on apprenticeship courses in construction and mechanics – we wish these students well as they start their careers.

Congratulations to all our students on their success and their hard work and thanks to all parents/carers for all your support over the last five years. This has really paid off.

For Sixth Form enquiries please contact or via

Another very proud day for the Joseph Swan Academy community.

Miss H.E.Scott
Head Teacher

A Level (A2 and AS) Examination Success at Joseph Swan Academy

Congratulations to all our Year 13 and Year 12 students on their excellent examination results. We are very proud of every single student. Their hard work, diligence and commitment has certainly paid off.

Our Year 13 students achieved some exceptional results with students confirming places to many of the top universities around the UK including Loughborough, Leeds, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Bristol, Aberdeen, Manchester, Herriott Watt, Liverpool, Reading, Derby, Northumbria, Teeside and Newcastle.

The students will be studying a variety of courses including Law, English Literature, English Language, Archaeology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Primary Education, Interior Design, Economics, Maths, Business, Geography and History.

In additional a number of Year 13 students have been accepted on some very prestigious Apprenticeship programmes. Well done to these students also.

Our Year 12 students also achieved an excellent set of results in their AS levels. We look forward to these students returning to the Academy for their A2 courses in Year 13.

Very well done to all our students for their hard work and commitment throughout their studies and for the support given by parents /carers to the students and to the Academy. We wish all of our Year 13 students the very best for the future and look forward to hearing of their continued success.

Results can be collected today Thursday 18th August between 9am and 3pm and Friday 19th August between 9am and 3pm.

GCSE and BTEC results can be collected from 9am – 3pm on Thursday 25th August and between 9am – 3pm on Friday 26th August.

A great day for Joseph Swan Academy.

Miss H.E.Scott

Head Teacher

Head Teacher’s Summer Letter

Dear Parent/ Carer

Can I firstly thank you all for your support this academic year. I must also thank our fantastic student body and our incredibly hard working staff for everything they have achieved this year. We have had an incredibly positive year with advancement shown in all areas which is something we are very proud of.

During the summer holidays we have our summer school for our new Year 7 students. This will take place from 25th July until the 28th July from 9.30am – 12.30 with many exciting activities planned.

We also will be having building work taking place from the second week of the holidays within our building with our ceilings and lighting being replaced in many classrooms, the Main Hall, the Restaurant and in Academy offices. This is the final stage of over £980, 000 spent on recent refurbishments and improvements including the installation of solar panels to make our building more energy efficient in recent months. This is to continue to improve our teaching and learning environment for our students and staff for the future.

As always I will write to every Academy family in August to provide you with details of our plans for the 2016/2017 academic year.

Key dates to note – Students are invited to collect their A Level and BTEC results on Thursday 18th August from 9am. Results will be given out from the ‘Street’. GCSE and BTEC results will be given out on Thursday 25th August from 9am again from the Academy ‘Street’. We wish our students the very best of luck with these results with the knowledge that they have worked incredibly hard for all their examinations.

Our Academy reception will be open from week beginning 25th July between 9am to 10.30am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week during the holidays. Please note the Academy reception will be accessed via student reception during the building works over the summer and via 0191 4422000. The Academy reception will be open between 8.30am to 3pm on results days and on the 19th and the 26th August.

We begin our Autumn Term on Tuesday 6th September with students registering at 8.30am in full Academy uniform ready for a great academic year ahead.

With best regards and wishing everyone happy, healthy and safe holidays.

Yours faithfully
Miss Scott

Online Payment Information

We have bought into a new system to support with payments for uniform/dinners etc. We will be using Schoolcomms to offer you an online payment method. You can access this any time, track how much you have paid, what is outstanding and make payments directly to us using your debit or credit card. You will also be able to see what meals have been taken by your child.

For information on how to register for this system please see our Online Payment Information letter.

Green Team Plant 60 Trees

Tree Planting 2The Woodland Trust kindly donated 60 trees of Cherry Blossom, Silver Birch and Rowan. The aim of the project was for students to work together towards a goal, promote local wildlife and create beautiful wooded areas that students can enjoy for years to come.

On a beautifully sunny spring day the Green Team planned out where the 60 trees were to be planted on the Academy field and then got down to the planting of them. Then, with 2 litre plastic bottles that staff and students had donated they made protective covers to protect them from frost and being eaten by rabbits. The students learned new skills and made a huge contribution to Joseph Swan Academy!


Tree PlantingRebecca, Year 8 said: “It was hard work but it was worth it in the end to help the environment.”

Easter Bake Off

We had another successful event with our latest Easter Bake off. Our parents and their children were simply outstanding in their efforts. There were some wonderful chocolate crispie cakes on display! We look forward to the next one in the summer term!

Bake Off 2 Bake Off

March Newsletter from the Head Teacher

Dear Parent/Carer

It has been a very busy Spring term here at Joseph Swan Academy. We held a very successful Heart to Heart Day in February raising funds for the British Heart Foundation. The focus of this day was looking after your heart. Students had lessons in CPR and keeping your heart healthy. We were also presented with a heart defibrillator from Olleco, Chester-le-Street for use (but we hope not) in Joseph Swan Academy.

An excellent Careers Fair was held on 24th February when over 37 different companies and organisations came to the Academy – The Institute of Civil Engineers, Bellway Homes, NAC Group/Nissan, BT, Ernst & Young, Rolls Royce, Carillion, Sage Gateshead, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Sunderland University, Royal Navy Careers, Army Careers, and Resources NE – providing advice on apprenticeships, careers in the forces and the NHS, College and Degree level courses and careers in the business sector. Again we were very pleased with the attendance of parents/carers and students to this event. Currently our Year 9 students are considering their Key Stage 4 options and our Year 11, 12 and 13 students are preparing for their GCSE and GCE examinations so the Careers Fair was especially useful for these students.As always our Sports Teams are doing incredibly well in all the football, rugby and netball leagues. We have also seen success in table tennis, rowing, cross country, indoor athletics, futsal, dance as well as county and national trials for many of our young people. Congratulations to all those who participate and represent our Academy. Please do note from 11th April 2016 – aerosol deodorants will not be allowed in the Academy due to the risk to health especially for those students who suffer from asthma.

We continue to work closely with all our feeder primary schools. We are very pleased with the record breaking numbers of Parents/Carers who have chosen Joseph Swan Academy as the school for their child in September 2016. Our Year 7 numbers, the highest ever seen in the history of the school/Academy, are exceptional. We are an oversubscribed school.

We will finish this Spring Term on Monday 21st March 2015 at the usual time of 2.50pm. Our students will return on Monday 11th April at 8.30am. Please note some very important dates for the Summer Term:

Key Dates
Tuesday 22nd March 2016 Academy Staff Training Day (Year 11 in attendance 9.30am to 12noon)
Wednesday 23rd March 2016 Academy Staff Training Day Academy closed to students
Wednesday 20th April 2016 KS4 Options Evening for Year 9 students 6pm – 7.45pm
Monday 2nd May 2016 Bank Holiday Academy closed to students
Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June 2016 May Half Term Academy Closed
Revision classes for Year 11 will however be taking place
Monday 13th June 2016 Year 8 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Monday 20th June 2016 Year 7 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Thursday 23rd June 2016 EU Referendum Day Year 11 & 13 only in the Academy for their specific examinations
Monday 11th July 2016 Year 10 Progress Evening 4pm – 7pm
Thursday 21st July –
Friday 2nd September 2016
Summer Holidays Academy closed to students
Thursday 18th August 2016 A Level Results Day 9.30am
Thursday 25th August 2016 GCSE Results Day 9.30am

Please see provisional dates and training days for 2016/2017:

Term Dates for 2016/2017
* Staff Training Days (Note that the following days are Academy training days and students are not required to attend). These are provisional at this time.
Autumn Term
Monday 5th September 2016* (provisional) Academy Training Day
Tuesday 6th September 2016 Start of Term
Friday 21st October 2016* (provisional) Academy Training Day
Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October 2016 Half Term
Friday 16th December 2016 Last Day of Term
Spring Term
Tuesday 3rd January 2017 Start of Term
Monday 20th February to Friday 24th February 2017 Half Term
Wednesday 5th April 2017 Last Day of Term
Thursday 6th April 2017* (provisional) Academy Training Day
Friday 7th April 2017* (provisional) Academy Training Day
Summer Term (Monday 1st May is a Bank Holiday and the Academy is closed)
Monday 24th April 2017 Start of Term
Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June 2017 Half Term
Friday 21st July 2017 Last Day of Term

All of these events and activities have been ongoing alongside quality learning throughout the year. As always I would like to thank all the staff and the students for all their hard work. I would especially like to wish the Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students the best of luck for their summer examinations and to remind them to work hard over the Easter Holidays in preparation for these examinations.

Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Easter and to all our students a happy and safe holiday. We look forward to seeing all of our students on Monday 11th April 2016 at 8.30am.

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

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