Joseph Swan Academy

"Where everyone 'can' shine"

Head Teacher: Miss H. E. Scott

Website Review

Our website is currently being reviewed and updated.

Created by Joseph Swan Academy on April 22nd, 2014.

Be Kind Week

Anti-Bullying-LogoThe last week of term was our biannual ‘Be Kind Week’ and what a great success it was! We have been overwhelmed with the response; with people not only sending in emails but attaching photographs too. We received over 500 emails from staff, parents and members of the local community. The young people in our Academy showed great enthusiasm and proved to us and themselves, that they are a compassionate group of people, whom we all are very proud of.

We all got involved throughout the week and ended it with ‘Going Global’ day in which we looked at other cultures throughout the world and took part in exciting projects such as Flamenco dancing, Indian cookery and Arabic writing classes. We’re already talking about how we can make it better next year.

Created by Joseph Swan Academy on April 22nd, 2014.


stemclubJoseph Swan Academy’s STEM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) begin work on the Vex Robot project.

This particular robot consists of the Claw Bot and a booster package allowing a “competition” robot to be developed for an end of project tournament.

The end of project tournament will see Joseph Swan Academy’s STEM club competing with five other schools in the North East at the Discovery Museum in July.

Created by Joseph Swan Academy on April 3rd, 2014.

Year 9 Options Evening

We held our Year 9 Options Evening on Thursday 27th March 2014 and it was a great success. Thank you to all who attended. Your feedback has again been very positive with 98% of you finding the evening useful in enabling you support you sons and daughters and all of you highly rating the quality of the information provided!

Another successful evening and great example of the positive partnership we have with our parents. Many thanks to you all!

Created by Joseph Swan Academy on March 28th, 2014.

BBC News School Report

A number of our students have been working to create news reports for the BBC News School Report! They’ve had a great time and the students have produced some fantastic work which can be seen at

Created by Joseph Swan Academy on March 28th, 2014.

Show Racism the Red Card

For the last two Tuesdays pupils in Year 10 have been involved in anti-racism and discrimination workshops with the educational charity Show Racism the Red Card.

The aim of these sessions has been to help inform young people about the causes and consequences of racism and to explore the various forms racism can take. They are also empowered to challenge racism in the communities in which they live, providing them with relevant knowledge and information to enable them to do this. Primarily though the aim is to help young people prepare to play an active role as citizens in an increasingly multi-cultural society and enable them to develop good relationships and respect the differences between people, regardless of their ethnicity, faith, culture or nationality.

During the two days we were visited by speakers from the charity and ex-professional footballers Gary Bennett, Dean Gordon, John Anderson and Richard Offiong. The sessions were all excellent and the Joseph Swan pupils were engaged and took plenty of positive messages from the days as well as having fun.

Created by Joseph Swan Academy on March 28th, 2014.

Policy Reviews

The Academy has recently reviewed all statutory and appropriate policies. These were consulted on with Governors including Parent Governors and members of our Parent Focus Group, in order to gauge a valuable parent voice. The policies reviewed were:

  • JSA Complaints Policy March 2014
  • JSA Behaviour Policy March 2014
  • JSA Allegations of Abuse Against Staff Policy March 2014
  • JSA Admissions Policy March 2014
  • JSA Accessibility Policy March 2014
  • JSA Statement of Behaviour Principles March 2014
  • JSA Child Protection Policy March 2014
  • JSA Data Protection Policy March 2014
  • JSA Freedom of Information Policy March 2014
  • JSA Health and Safety Policy March 2014
  • JSA Equality Policy March 2014
  • JSA Confidential Reporting (Whistleblowing) Policy March 2014
  • JSA ICT & Internet Use Policy (Incorporating esafety and Mobile Phone Use Policies March 2014
  • JSA Anti-bullying Policy March 2014
  • JSA Visits Policy March 2014
  • JSA Sex & Relationship Policy March 2014
  • JSA Safe Recruitment Policy March 2014
  • JSA Redundancy Policy March 2014
  • JSA Teaching and Learning Policy March 2014
  • JSA Curriculum Policy March 2014
  • JSA Staff Absence & LOA Policy March 2014
  • JSA SEN D Policy March 2014

All parent contributions were considered and these policies have been approved by our Governing Body.

You can find copies of these on the website under resources -> policies and documents or by clicking here.

Created by Joseph Swan Academy on March 26th, 2014.

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