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.
John Brearley
Chair of Governors

 

* SNOW ADVICE *

MONDAY 5th MARCH: ALL CAMPUSES ARE OPEN NORMALLY

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!

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/199E4Kncz0qHf-_o0mbZQR4zaFhrm0Pvf?usp=sharing

Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Kind Regards
Mrs R Glanville
Head of Music Development

Heartwarming Thanks

At the Academy, we love to hear about successful students:

Dear Mr Day

My daughter attends The Northumberland Church Of England Academy and she is a member of the NCEA Cadet Force and cadet band within the school.  She marched in the parades over the weekend as the bands bass drummer and she is currently learning the side drum too.

I was privileged to be able to attend the remembrance parades at the weekend and the lovely service the cadets performed at St Mary’s Church in Morpeth.  Proud does not even come close to how I felt seeing the cadets march together and seeing the private service they held at St Mary’s Church where the pipers played and all the cadets lit candles for all the lost Polish/ Belgium soldiers.

My daughter is a changed young lady since joining the cadets.   She is a lot more focused now and her school work and her recent school report was outstanding and I believe that this is down to the help, support and inspiration she gains from the cadets.  She has been on a lot of weekends away with the cadet force and has learned a lot of new skills. She is currently working towards the silver award for her Duke of Edinburgh award.

This email is mainly to thank the school and cadets for giving our children this fantastic opportunity.

Kind Regards

Year 10 Parent