We are delighted to announce that, following our successful application to form a Multi-Academy Trust, the three current phases of the Northumberland Church of England Academy will be working under their new school names from September 2018.
These new names celebrate how the Academy was originally formed, and will be:
NCEA Duke’s Secondary School (formerly NCEA Secondary)
All current campus names will remain the same, and all schools stay as part of the Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust.
Parents and carers were invited to come and meet Governors and executive leaders last week to hear and ask questions about these changes, and children are being informed currently. We will officially launch the new names in September, coinciding with a special visit from the Archbishop of York.
Parents and carers should be aware that there will be no immediate changes to any uniform, as each school still remains part of the Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust. Any potential future changes will be consulted on and would be introduced at the start of an academic year to minimise any costs to families.
We are holding a uniform evening on Monday 9th July 2018 at the Josephine Butler Campus. Our suppliers will be in school from 3pm-6pm to help you with your order. They will have a full range of stock with them so you can purchase uniform on the night or try sizes before you order. They accept payment by cash or card.
The following time slots apply :-
3pm – 4pm Primary
4pm – 5pm Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8
5pm – 6pm Key Stage 4 – Years 9 and 10
Where possible we would ask parents to attend at the allocated time slot for their child’s year group though we do appreciate this may not be possible for all parents.
We no longer stock uniform in school and if you are unable to come to our uniform evening you can order in the following ways:-
Josephine Butler Primary Campus are delighted to have been awarded The Modeshift Stars Bronze Award.
Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.
The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people.
The Bronze Award is for schools that that demonstrate a commitment to promoting sustainable transport by conducting an annual survey, identifying travel issues and solutions and delivering a range of travel initiatives. Our children have enjoyed taking part in ‘The Big Pedal’, Walk to School, Bikeability and looking at safer parking. We trialled a Walking bus and even did a plan of @park and Walk’.
APPOINTMENT OF INTERIM CEO AND MOVE TO MULTI ACADEMY TRUST (MAT)
Governors are delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Hardie, a National Leader of Education and Principal of Whitburn CofE Academy in South Tyneside, as Interim Chief Executive Officer. Alan will be working with our Principal Directors on a part-time basis to support teaching and learning across phases and the move to a MAT.
“I was delighted to be asked to support the Academy through its transition to a Multi Academy Trust and I look forward to meeting and working with staff, governors, students and parents/carers. The Academy clearly has many strengths but no one is under any illusions that we need to do more to ensure that outcomes for all students match the aspirations set out in our ethos.” Alan Hardie.
Multi Academy Trust
Governors are pleased to confirm that our move to become a MAT has now been approved by the Regional Schools Commissioner and formalities are underway to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible. Once everything is in place, a meeting with parents will be organised as promised to you in my letter of 5 February.
We continually monitor changes in the weather to judge whether our campuses and/or travel arrangements could be affected. Closure to the Academy, or an individual campus, will be made only as a last resort.
You should assume that the Academy is open unless you have seen a closure notice which will be on this website, and Tweeted by our main NCEA twitter feeds. We will try to update this notice by 7.15am each morning.
It is with regret that the Beauty and the Beast rehearsal scheduled for this Sunday 4th March has been cancelled due to the severity of the weather.
Children can practice at home by clicking on the link below. There are practise tracks and a copy of the script. If this does not work, students can practise singing their parts along to YouTube videos. Please thank your child for all their hard work so far – there are a lot of lines to learn and they have all done very well!