Stranger Danger Advice

It has been brought to our attention that two of our pupils were approached by a stranger who asked them to get into their car. 

Fortunately, they refused and reported this to parents. The police are involved with this incident.

We will be revisiting and ensuring ‘Stranger Danger’ work is completed with the children on campus.  

Further advice is available at:

Please be extra vigilant at this time and contact the police if you have any concerns.

Stranger Danger letter to parents and carers



Prepare for Exam Success with Y11 Study Clubs


As part of our ongoing support for Year 11 students at the Academy, we have launched a new daily Homework and Study Club.

We have also timetabled each subject a specific day over the course of a fortnight when homework is due to be collected. This is to ensure that our students have the time to complete their homework to the highest standard, as they will only have one piece of homework due each day.

We feel strongly that good habits with regard to independent study will serve our students well in the build-up to their exams in the summer. This is especially pertinent for this cohort of students due to the removal of coursework from most of the GCSE subjects.

As a further supportive measure we have also created subject Study Clubs where students will be given the opportunity to work on homework catch-up, revision or simply consolidation of the work done in lessons with the support of their teacher or another subject specialist.

These sessions will run every night at the Academy and will usually run until around 4.15pm.

Attendance at these sessions is not mandatory for students, however, we strongly recommend that students attend as many of these sessions as possible.

We found that last Academic year the students who regularly attended similar sessions generally did significantly better in their final exams as a result.

We feel confident that these initiatives alongside all the other support that we offer our Year 11 students over the course of the year will have a really positive impact on their outcomes in the summer.

The students have been given a copy of the Study Club and homework timetable, which can be downloaded HERE, along with the full Letter to Parents.

R Atkinson, Deputy Head

International School Award


The Academy has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award for the second time in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life in today’s global workplace.

The Academy’s international work includes exchanges with French and German schools, educational visits to South Korea and Spain, an annual sixth form volunteer trip abroad and hosting of the Pearl of Africa children’s choir from Uganda.

The school also supports the Shoe Box Appeal each year which enriches the lives of thousands of young people from many schools across the world at Christmas time.



The structure of the Academy allows the secondary school to support all the primary schools and The Centre with many different international themes.

The Academy has also gained the Prince’s Teaching Trust  award for Modern Foreign Languages, which promotes enriching all aspects of the curriculum via an international culture approach which is disseminated to all primaries.

This week NCEA is delighted to welcome students from our partner school Röntgen Gymnasium.

Students attend classes in a variety of subjects and discuss issues such as similarities and differences between German and English society, along with popular topical and cultural issues.

Mrs Gatti, head of Art and Design, said:

“We are delighted that the Academy has received the International Award for the second time. We believe that bringing the world into the classroom is vital in preparing our students for what is a global jobs market.

“Employers say that language skills and an understanding of different cultures are high on their list of qualities that they look for in new recruits.”

Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said:

“The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award.

“The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms.

“Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.”


Join us for a fundraising evening of music and dance with The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir on Wednesday 27th September, 7pm, Josephine Butler Campus, Academy Road, Ashington NE63 9RX.

Tickets: £3 for adults / £1 children U16 & OAPs / Free Under 11s Contact Academy Chaplain T: 07977 000 242 to reserve tickets or pay on the door.

Gardening Gang are Best in Show


Green-fingered pupils at the Josephine Butler Primary campus have collected yet another award for their outstanding garden.

The campus was named winner in the ‘Best Commercial Property’ category at the 8th Annual Ashington Gardens Competition.

Organised by the Town Council, the event took place at Ashington Cricket Club with this year’s competition supported by Wansbeck Garden Centre & Café, based on the North Seaton Industrial Estate in the town.

The judging panel included Town Councillors Marjorie Chambers, Avril Chisholm, Ely Turnbull and Mr Bob Bell as a guest expert judge.

All of the judges attended the Awards Evening as the prize winners were presented with shields, trophies and gardening vouchers.

The Civic Head of Ashington, Cllr Victor Bridges, presented the prizes

Councillor Mark Purvis, Business Chair of Ashington Town Council, said:  “The Town Council is delighted that year after year, many of the town’s gardeners take part in the annual Gardens Competition.

“The Awards Evening recognises the gardening skills we have in Ashington and that gardeners make a significant contribution to improving the town’s appearance for the benefit of us all.”


Kick Off for Premier League Girls Football

NCEASport has teamed up with Newcastle United Foundation to offer weekly girls football training as part of a national flagship programme.

Thanks to the Premier League Girls Football Programme, the partnership will see coaching sessions delivered every Monday after school from 3.20pm.

Premier League Girls Football aims to inspire more girls over 11 to take part in the sport in their local community.

It’s part of The Football Association’s wider strategy on growing participation figures for women’s football and its vision to be the second-largest team sport after men’s football by 2018.

Mr Blight, director of NCEASport, said: “We are pleased to be working with Newcastle United Foundation to offer these high-quality coaching sessions. It’s a great opportunity for players to improve their skills and confidence in a fun and relaxed environment.”

All girls in secondary are welcome.


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SEND Information Roadshows

Families of children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) in Northumberland are invited to attend an information roadshow.

Hosted by In It Together Parent Carer Forum and Northumberland County Council, there will be information stalls representing a wide range of services and organisations as well as workshops covering Special Educational Needs and Preparing for Adulthood.

Please find more details below:


Start of Term: Key Dates

Please note the following key dates for the start of term in September:

Monday 4th September: staff training day

Tuesday 5th September: term beings for pupils in all primary campuses, The Centre and for year 7 and year 10 in secondary.

Wednesday September 6th: Term begins for all remaining year groups.

Registration begins at 8:45am.



Cadets Remember Soldiers Who Died in Seaside Tragedy

The Academy’s Cadet Pipe Band was invited by local Regiment the Fifth Fusiliers to help support a special ceremony to mark 100 years since the death of nine soldiers at Blyth beach.
The Royal Warwickshire Regiment soldiers drowned in the seaside tragedy in 1917, when they were sent to cool off in the sea after a training exercise.
The Warwickshires later became The Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and today are a part of the Fifth Fusiliers.
NCEA Combined Cadet Force (CCF) contingent commander, Major Parker, said: “The cadets provided a pipe band, a bugler, flautist, two singers and a marching section to the event and are very proud to help enable events such as this in our local community.”
Among the the drummers who sang at the ceremony was Cdt Courtney Stewart, 14, who lives in Ashington, but is originally from Warwickshire and her father was a Fusilier.
Major Parker added: “Courtney has practised her singing throughout the summer for this event and was proud when veterans from her county of birth spoke to her to thank her.”
See our cadets on Look North (14:17mins) HERE

For more information visit: NCEA CCF

Hard Work Pays off for GCSE Students

There were celebrations at the Academy this morning as students opened their GCSE results.

Hard work and dedication paid off for many as they found they had exceeded their expectations.

Both staff and students rose to the challenge of the new tougher exams and grading system, that is one of the biggest shake-ups in secondary education since the end of the O-level.

Star performances include two students who were among the first to score the new top 9 grade in maths that replaces the old A*.

Edward Binns gained four A*, two 9s, two As and two 8s. These included a 9 in maths, which required a score of at least 79% and was achieved in just 3.5% of papers.

Under this system, an A is equivalent to a 7 while a C is at the bottom of a grade 4.

He said: “I’m really pleased, especially to get my 9 in maths. I just told my gran and she started crying on the phone.”

Lewis Barnes was also delighted to achieve the coveted 9 in maths, along with straight As in science. He now plans to study maths, chemistry and economics A levels at JBVI en route to a career in finance.

He said: “I was really pleased and I did better than I expected. I enjoy maths so am looking forward to carrying this on in sixth form.”

Staff were on hand throughout the day to offer support and advice as students prepare to take their next steps into either further study or employment.

As well as continuing with A levels and vocational courses at JBVI, which last week recorded its best top level results, students have also gained places on apprenticeships.

Sophie Freathy, who was especially proud of her A in performing arts, will start an apprenticeship with mobile phone provider EE.

Mr Gibson, principal director of the Josephine Butler Secondary Campus, said: “I would like to congratulate students and staff for the hard work and dedication they have shown over the last year and in response to the changes to qualifications and the grading system.

“These exams are tougher than in the past and so the top grades that the students have achieved are all the more impressive.

“Many of our students have made outstanding progress through their time with us at the Academy, not just academically, but also as individuals and we are particularly proud of the achievements of pupils who have overcome a number of challenges to secure brilliant, personal results.

“We wish all our students the best for the future and look forward to welcoming many back in September to continue their journey with us in JBVI.”

A small number of places are still available in the sixth form for courses starting in September. These include new Performing Arts and CCF (Combined Cadet Force) pathways that include additional enrichment activities specially tailored for careers in the arts. and uniformed services.

For more information visit JBVI