Tuesday 5th July – NUT Industrial Action

Dear Parent/Carer

Due to the National Union of Teachers (NUT) industrial action on Tuesday 5th July 2016 we will have to change our arrangements for our Academy day due to safeguarding regulations.

Due to some staff absence as a result of the national strike Year 7 and Year 8 are not required to attend the Academy on this day. I do apologise for the inconvenience this causes. Please do contact the Academy if you have child care issues we can support you with on this date.

Years 9, 10 and 12 are to attend the Academy as normal on Tuesday 5th July 2016. Year 11 are to continue with their preparation for Sixth Form, apprenticeship or employment arrangements.

Yours faithfully

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Summer Concert

Dear Parent/Carer

I am very pleased to invite you to our Joseph Swan Academy Summer Concert which will take place on Thursday 7th July 2016 at 6.30pm.

The concert will be led by the Band and Bugles of the Durham ACF with our very own Joseph Swan Players and musicians from our feeder Primary Schools.

To purchase your tickets please contact Jasmine Smith on 0191 4422000 Ext 255 or via email jasminesmith@josephswan.org.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Academy.

Yours sincerely

Miss H E Scott
Head Teacher

Important Dates

Some important dates for your diary.

Dates Event Further Details
Tuesday 5th July Industrial Action by National Union of Teachers National Union of Teachers (NUT) Industrial Action – 5th July 2016
Thursday 7th July Joseph Swan Academy Summer Concert Summer Concert Letter
Monday 18th July Year 10 Progress Evening Year 10 Progress Evening

Please note the date change, this is due to health and safety works in the Academy. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Year 12 Taster Week

Sixth Form Taster Week is running from Monday 4th July until Friday 8th July.  All Year 11 students are welcome to come and sample our Sixth Form courses.  All students need to sign up using the link below and attend the introduction in the Main Hall on the Monday morning.  There will be a presentation and activities to launch the taster week and students will also receive a copy of their personal timetable for the week.

Register here!

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.