#Who Changed My World?

Year 7 REAL projects launch day at Cragside, Northumberland

Real Projects 1

Year 7 were given guided tours of Lord Armstrong’s house and made the most of the opportunity to ask questions about the life and inventions of both Lord Armstrong and his friend Joseph Swan.

The students marveled at the incandescent light bulbs on display in the Joseph Swan exhibition. They were also fascinated to see Joseph Swan’s actual purple dressing gown, made from the synthetic fibres he invented!

Real Projects 2The inventions didn’t stop there. In preparation for their REAL projects A-Z book of inventors entitled ‘#who changed my world?’, a walk along the Armstrong trail enabled the students to take in the impressive gardens and they each got to see his hydraulic inventions in action.

Year 6 Open Evening

I am delighted to invite you to our Year 6 Open Evening at Joseph Swan Academy. This will take place on Tuesday 14th October 2014 at 6pm.

This is a great opportunity for all parents/carers and potential students to see our state-of-the-art facilities and recent refurbishments. It also gives you the opportunity to meet with Academy staff and current students. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

The Open Evening will begin at 6.00pm with a welcome and introduction to the Academy. This will take place in the Main Hall. This evening will be the first stage of the detailed and supportive introduction programme that we run for all Year 6 students as they prepare for their transfer to secondary education in September 2015.

We are very proud of all our achievements during 2013-2014 including achieving record breaking KS5 and KS4 results with many of these well above National Average. We have also been awarded the International School Award, the Leading Parent Partnership Award, The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award for our Student Leadership Team and the Lord Lieutenant’s Award for the work with the Royal British Legion (including raising £4,500). We are a school that truly cares about our students, parents/carers, staff, local and wider community.

We have also just waved goodbye to our Year 13 students who start their University studies this month at Universities such as Durham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Glasgow studying a variety of subjects including Astrophysics, Criminology, Geography, History, Mechanical Engineering and English Literature. We look forward to another record breaking results year in 2015.

At Joseph Swan we encourage and work hard to ensure that every child can “Shine”. We look forward to meeting you on Tuesday 14th October and giving you the opportunity to hear more about what we do to support your child, see our excellent facilities and to meet our staff and students.

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Exceptional A Level Results at Joseph Swan Academy

Our ‘A’ Level results this year are quite simply fantastic. We have increased on every measure for our students, including a greater percentage of students getting the top grades than in the Academy’s history.

We have students going to many universities including Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham, Glasgow, Hull, Teesside, Northumbria and Manchester to study a wide variety of courses including –

  • Astrophysics
  • Criminology
  • Business Studies
  • Fine Art
  • Nursing
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • History
  • English Literature
  • Sport
  • ICT Games Development
  • Law
  • Mechanical Engineering

Very well done to all our students. We are very proud of you all !

Year 7 September 2014

The Year 7, September 2014, Uniform will be available to collect from Monday 11th August, from the shop; Kidstyle, 62 Clayton Street (West), Newcastle, NE1 5PY.

Vex Robot Competition Champions

VEX RobotsOur STEM club competed in the VEX Robot Schools Competition at the Discovery Museum on 14 July.

The competition required a huge team effort to design, test and modify a robot capable of competing with 4 other schools in the ‘Swept Away’ contest.

There were some hard fought matches with a few unexpected challenges and design changes to contend with on the day. The determination and ingenuity of our pupils shone through as they were crowned Champions. Well done!


StarsJoseph Swan Academy’s STARS Club (Support To Achieve Real Success) celebrated the completion of a very successful year.

The Year 7 and 8 STARS have demonstrated a real determination to make progress in Mathematics.

Our pupils’ hard work and commitment was recognised at the STARS Celebration Party as they were presented with certificates for excellent attendance and for making significant progress in Mathematics this academic year.

Big Bang Fair

Big BangPupils from Joseph Swan Academy’s STEM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) enjoying the Big Bang Fair at Northumbria University on 20th June.

Our pupils participated in a series of exciting shows and workshops that challenged their thinking and demonstrated the application of STEM subjects in the real world.

The event was thoroughly enjoyable and gave our pupils the opportunity to learn from some of today’s inspirational scientists and engineers.

Gemma Collis – Fencing Paralympian

Olympian 2014Some of our Gifted and talented Sporting Athletes were given an amazing opportunity to work with Gemma Collis a World Champion at Wheelchair Fencing who competed in the London 2012 Paralympics. Students completed a number of different workshops working towards the six steps to success in sport. Gemma commented on how enthusiastic and hard working the students were and was very impressed with the amount of talent we have at Joseph Swan Academy. She said she thoroughly enjoyed her visit and would love to work us again in the Future.

Year 7 Athletics

AthleticsA massive congratulations to Toni, Mollie and Tegan for winning their Athletic Events at the Gateshead Athletics Tournament. All the girls on the Year 7 team were exceptional and were a credit to the school. As a result we came runners up with only a 2 point difference from the winners. Well done Girls.