Year 8 and Year 9 this Academic Year

Dear Parent/Carer

I am very proud to write to you about our Year 8 and 9 students and their experiences this year. The end of the year is approaching and very soon we will be calling your child a Year 9 or 10 student.

Mrs Peverley (Year Leader) will be taking the students into Year 9 and will be joined by Mrs Goddard (Home School Liaison Assistant) who has already started working with the Year Group.

Mrs Beeckmans (Year Leader) and Miss Forster (Home School Liaison Assistant) will be taking the students into Year 10.

As Year Groups they have given themselves a superb grounding for the next stage of their education. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you just some of the highlights this year:

  • he keenness and amazing engagement of students in our very first student ‘training day’ way back at the beginning of September
  • Our progress evenings, in December and recently in May and June, where it was lovely to see such a huge turnout of families, keen to meet our tutors and teaching staff to discuss the progress of their child
  • Our Remembrance Respect Day in November, where the students were impeccably behaved and respectful during a variety of assemblies, services and workshops. Students in KS3 alone managed to raise over £4,000 for the ‘Poppy Appeal’ during a very well supported sponsored silence event
  • The enthusiasm shown by students towards our Christmas festivities, including our carol concert, Christmas Jumper Day and our Year Group Christmas lunches
  • The students support for all of our SMSC days throughout the year, including our Heart 2 Heart day, where every student completed basic first aid training and out inventors and inventions day, where each tutor group competed to support their chosen inventor
  • Numerous successful higher education events that many of our students attended, when both Universities came to visit us and we took students to the Universities for the day
  • The Night at the Museum event, where some students from year 8 were lucky enough to camp out overnight in the Great North Museum
  • The success of both boys and girls sports teams across a number of sports, including Football and Basketball
  • The amazing commitment shown by girls who trained and performed in the Gateshead Dance Festival
  • The students from both years who have committed to the Sports Leaders training programme, many of which have achieved their level 1 qualification and in the process have supported in a variety of different events, including the ‘Glynwood Games’ and Kells Lane Sports Day
  • Holocaust memorial day, where Year 9 were involved in working with guests to produce a stunning art installation that can be seen displayed in our main reception area
  • The maturity shown by Year 9, whilst embracing the process of option choices for GCSE courses
  • The students who visited the Houses of Parliament
  • The students who represented us superbly at Gateshead stadium in our regional athletics competition
  • The huge number of students who have achieved record breaking merit points and rewards throughout the year. This includes a group of students who have now achieved 4200+ points so far this year and have been the first to gain the brand new Head Teacher’s Award Badge
  • The huge number of Year 8 and 9 students who supported a wide range of charity events throughout the year, including those who gave up their weekend to run in the Children’s Cancer Run

There are still plenty of things to keep our students busy until the end of term. They can look forward to:

  • Our Reward Day for top point holders on Saturday 8th July. This will be taking place in the Academy and replaces the visit to Lightwater Valley. This free event will have music and entertainment and be a real celebration of the Year successes.
  • Our Year group days on Tuesday 11th July for Year 9 and Wednesday 12th July for Year 8. I know that both days will inspire our students.
  • Our ‘All Together’ games on Monday 17th – Tuesday 18th July will give our students the opportunity to show their athleticism and dedication to doing their absolute best
    I would like to take this opportunity to add my personal thanks, to you as parents and carers of our year 8 and 9 student’s, for all the fantastic support we have received from you this year.

This year, has seen our Year 8 and Year 9 students truly embrace the ethos of ‘Where Everyone Can Shine’. I look forward to watching their development and growth as they move on in the Academy.

Yours faithfully

Mr C Bland
Academy Leadership Team