Leading Parent Partnership

We are delighted that Joseph Swan Academy has once again been awarded the Leading Parent Partnership Award. We are thrilled with the outcome as we work hard to ensure that we are consistently meeting the needs of our families. We will, as always, continue to review our practice to ensure we are improving on a regular basis. Thank you all for your ongoing commitment towards working with us and your valued support to ensure that your young people can shine!


Year 8 Progress Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Year 8 Progress Evening which will take place on

Monday 4th June 2018 between the hours of 4pm – 7pm at Joseph Swan Academy.  This event will be an appointment based event with staff from each department located on the Academy ‘Street’.

This progress evening is a real opportunity for you to speak to your son/daughter’s subject teachers.  It is important that you see key staff to discuss the progress your son/daughter is making in Year 8.

The Year 8 Team will be on hand for additional advice and support throughout the evening.

Please discuss the evening with your son/daughter and ask them to make appointments with the teachers you would like to see.  The appointments will be between 4pm – 7pm.  Please indicate if you need later appointments for your son/daughter.  Note appointments will be approximately 5-10 minutes in length.  You will have the opportunity to see your son/daughter’s books/folders during the evening.

Please do contact the Year Team if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 4th June 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Illustration Workshop at the Apple Store

A group of Year 9 students recently had the opportunity to visit the local Apple Store in the Metro Centre to take part in a superb illustration workshop.

The workshop introduced students to various apps and Apple equipment and then offered the opportunity for students to create an illustrated revision resource from an extract of Romeo and Juliet, a text they are studying in the Academy’s English department.

The students were extremely well engaged, which was commented on by the Apple Store team.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Apple Store educational team and we look forward to working alongside them in the future.

Here is just a small selection of some of the superb pieces created by our students!

Rugby League Festival

Joseph Swan Academy’s Year 7 Boys’ Rugby League Team competed in the Sky Try Festival at St James’s Park on Monday the 14th of May. The boys had a fantastic morning of rugby, playing their matches on the main pitch at St James’s Park. We met some of the Super League team captains and got to see the Super League Trophy.

Our boys played four matches in the festival against some really strong teams. We won all our matches scoring 14 tries and only conceding 1!

Well done to the boys who were fantastic!

May Bank Holiday

Dear Parent/Carer

Just a gentle reminder that the Academy will be closed on Monday 7th May 2018 to all
staff and students for May Bank Holiday.

Students who are taking examinations will have revision materials.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Beat Bullying, Be Kind

Last week we celebrated Be Kind Week in the Academy and what a fabulous week it was! Our theme was “Beat Bullying, Be Kind” and we wanted students to have the opportunity to reflect on the impact of their words and actions towards each other this week. Our assemblies with each year group reflected this and more importantly reinforced the kind behaviour that we usually see in our student body. We also ran an Act of Kindness Challenge in which staff, students and parents could nominate students. The challenge was to record at least 1100 acts of kindness in 110 hours and we are delighted to announce that the Academy far surpassed this aim! The top 5 students were Grace Brydon, Viktor Manchev, Lewis Ackerley, Abbie Brunskill, Kieran Tempest. Huge congratulations and well done to these students!

We also extended our messages of kindness out into the community, with some of our Anti Bullying Champions visiting local primary schools and others visiting the local area to give out flowers to the general public. Each of these flowers had a hand written kindness message from a student within the Academy. Other students were involved with baking activities and Amnesty’s Write for Rights Campaign. It was an extremely successful week which was great fun and we’re all looking forward to the Academy’s next Be Kind Week.

Year 7 Football

Our Year 7 footballers competed in the Year 7 Football Cup competition on Thursday the 19th of April. It was a fantastic day for a football competition as the weather was warm and sunny.

Our team played six games in the group stage of the competition and managed to progress to the semi-finals. Our semi-final against Cardinal Hume was a great game but it ended 0-0, so the match went straight to penalties. Our players held their nerve and we won the shoot-out by 5 goals to 4.

In the final we played Kingsmeadow, a team who had beaten us 1-0 in the group stage. This was a tough game with both sides having chances to score but the game ended in a 0-0 draw. Extra time did not manage to settle the match either so we were back to penalties! Our boys did brilliantly again and held their nerve by scoring all of their penalty shots whilst Kingsmeadow missed one of theirs, making Joseph Swan Academy the winners!

Our players displayed some great football skills during the competition. They showed great team spirit and a clear determination to win the Year 7 Cup.

Well done to all the players!

JSA at the Maths Feast

On Tuesday the 20th March, four students – Charlie, Chloe, Faith and Scott – from year 10 represented the school in a “Maths Feast” challenge. This challenge tested all of the students’ skills in the areas of teamwork, resilience, natural academia and exuberance for mathematics.

The day was filled with fun tasks stretching from a range of classic, exam style questions which tested teamwork and time management skills alongside mathematical intelligence, to a physical task in which students had to construct a cube from card so that all of the colours were matching. This task in particular was very challenging and really tested the whole team!

Overall, the day was very interesting and enjoyable, and all of the team learnt a lot from the experience and acquired a new passion for Maths.

Written by Faith.

23rd April – Sixth Form Options Evening

Dear Parent/Carer

I would like to invite you to our Choices for Sixth Form Evening here at Joseph Swan Academy. This will take place on Monday 23rd April 2018. On arrival parents/carers and students will be registered at Main Reception and given a Sixth Form Prospectus. The formal part of the evening will start in the Main Hall at 6pm with an introduction to the Sixth Form. Following this, there will be a ‘Subject Fair’ located in the Academy ‘Street’ where you will be able to discuss course options for Year 12 with subject specialists.

This is a real opportunity for you to find out the content of courses taught, the entry requirements for the courses and combinations of courses that work well together.
The Academy Leadership Team and Sixth Form Team will be on hand for additional advice and support and refreshments will be available from our Street Café throughout the evening.
The evening will come to a close at 7.45pm.

Please do contact the Sixth Form Team via Mr Divers, Director of Sixth Form on email phillipdivers@josephswan.org.uk or telephone 0191 4422000 extension 241 if you have any further questions.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 23rd April 2018.

Yours faithfully

Miss H. E. Scott
Head Teacher

Rugby League Festival

The Academy’s Year 7 Rugby League team attended their second Sky Try Festival on Tuesday 27th March at Kingston Park Stadium in Newcastle. The team were unbeaten after winning all of their matches at their first festival and they were hoping to keep their unbeaten record…

The team played three matches in their league round and comfortably won all three! The team then played the winner of the other league and beat them by 4 tries to 1. Our Academy team played some amazing running rugby when they had possession of the ball. They also defended superbly with some ferocious tackles being made against the opposition by our players. In total the Year 7 team scored 15 tries and only conceded 3 tries throughout the whole day of rugby.

A great day was had by all. Well done to the Year 7 Rugby League team – you’ve all made the Academy very proud.