Year 10 Football

Our Year 10 Football Team played St. Thomas More this week and from start to finish the boys played some excellent football at a high tempo.

The midfield engine room of Jack and Callum ran their socks off and didn’t give the opposition a second to relax into their flow. Joseph Swan played some excellent passing football and were able to score two tremendous goals through Jack and Lewis, the captain, resulting in a 2-0 lead at half time.

The lads were determined not to lose their lead, but instead of sitting back and inviting pressure on Kevin, our in form goalkeeper, we attacked and overran the opposition scoring 4 more goals. Lewis completed his hat-trick and Jack scored another, with the excellent Jason scoring too.

Mr Davidson was really proud of the squad, the defence were so solid that our attacking players were able to show their skills with pace and flair. The final score of 6-1 was a credit to the team and bodes well for the season ahead.

#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.

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.