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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Home Learning Programme

This academic year has seen the launch of our new Home Learning programme at Joseph Swan Academy. The changes to our existing programme have been designed to ensure that every student has the opportunity to embed the skills and knowledge they acquire during lessons.

Every student now has their own individualised Home Learning timetable which can be viewed on page 21 of the student planner. The timetable identifies the day, subject and member of staff that our students are expected to receive Home Learning from. In the diary pages of the planner there is a space for students to write in the submission date and how long the task took to complete.

For further information please read our Home Learning Letter.

Year 7 attend CBBC Premier of Wolfblood!

WolfbloodOn Tuesday 1st March 2016, 9 of my friends and I were invited to attend a premier screening on the CBBC series Wolfblood which took place at the BALTIC. We walked down a red carpet and got interviewed by the press! It was very glamourous, we were really excited. We were really lucky as our school was then selected to receive autographs from the cast as they walked on the red carpet! We then went to our seats where we received popcorn and watched the first 2 episodes of series 4. We were then able to attend a Q & A session with the presenter from Blue Peter! We had the opportunity to ask questions and then we were given goody bags. It was a fabulous experience and we are grateful for the opportunity.

Bethany and Kate – Year 7

Joseph Swan Academy Choir

Do you sing in the shower? Warble on the Karaoke? Sing into your hairbrush? Fancy yourself as the next Adele or Sam Smith?

‘If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing.’

Whatever your taste in song, there are loads of great reasons to sing with a choir.

  • Improved breathing
  • Express your feelings positively
  • Improved speech and posture
  • Meet new people
  • Improved circulation and a form of exercise
  • Help improve your memory
  • Improved immunity levels
  • And …………. It is fun!!

When: Every Tuesday 3 – 3.45 p.m.
Where: Main Hall, Joseph Swan Academy
Who is it for? Everyone – Students from any Year Group and Staff welcome.

Just come along or get further information from Mrs Saunders Room 243.

Ski Trip 2016

During the February half term holidays Joseph Swan travelled to St Anton in Austria for the annual ski trip. 35 students from across year 7 – 13 took part in this amazing experience.

The resort itself is one of the most sort after resorts in Austria, as it provides the greatest amount of runs and endless amounts of additional activities that we could take part in across the week. We were fortunate enough to travel to the highest point of St Anton, Valuga, to experience the incredible views and due to the fantastic weather, we were lucky enough to see right across into Switzerland.

A large majority of the students skiing this year were beginners and had never been skiing before. Throughout the week the students showed endless resilience and determination to make their way up the groups, it was passed on by the instructors that we were one of the fastest progressing cohorts they have had. The students absolutely loved the skiing and showed this passion and enthusiasm every day. It was an interesting experience watching them first start, skiing backwards seemed a common theme…

The skiing conditions throughout the week were fantastic, blue skies most days and fresh powdery snow. Ideal for a brilliant day of skiing.

On an evening we took part in a variety of different activities such as; a quiz, fancy dress, party games, swimming, hot pool swimming and bowling. This year we were fortunate enough to see a ski show in St Anton, which was celebrating the art of skiing from the very beginning. This was a one off show and it was a great chance for the students to see and appreciate the art of skiing, as well as some pretty cool jumps.

Overall it was an absolutely outstanding week, students and staff thoroughly enjoyed every second. We laughed from start to finish and have made many memorable memories. A one to never forget.

We are already looking forward to arrange next years trip