Primaries Achieve Best Ever Results

Congratulations to our primary pupils and staff for achieving the Academy’s best set of results.

Progress levels at the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) were in the top 10% nationally in both reading and maths and in the top 20% for writing. In Northumberland, the Academy was placed third in maths and fifth in reading.

In reading, 77% of pupils reached the benchmark standard set by the Government compared to a national average of 71%.

In Maths, 79% achieved the expected standard, higher than the national average of 75%. At greater depth, reading and maths were above the national average and 66% of pupils achieved expected standard in all areas compared to a national average of 61%.

 

Across the primary phases, all results were above the national average, including Good Levels of Development (GLD) in Reception and phonics test results in Key Stage 1.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

  • 73% of children in Reception achieved at a Good Level of Development benchmark, for the second year in a row above the national average of 70%.

At Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

  • In Year 1, 83% achieved the phonics test and over 90% achieved it in Year 2. In both cases this exceeded the national average.
  • In Year 2, in the annual assessments, 76% (National Average 76%) achieved expected standard in Reading, 68% (68%) in Writing, and 74% (75%) in mathematics. At greater depth reading and mathematics were above the national average.

Primary Director, Mrs Hinson, said: “These fantastic results have not happened overnight, but are the result of long-term hard work and dedication from pupils and staff, alongside vital parental support.

“It really has been a whole team effort that involves instilling the children with a tenacity and desire to learn and not to give up when the going gets tough.

“Introducing higher level reading areas with additional quality books, specialist speech and language therapy, Easter Schools  and the support of the Learner Welfare team are just a few of the many initiatives we have at the Academy that are contributing to the success of our pupils.”

More information about our results can be found HERE.

 

MP’s Praise for Young Comics

After the success of last year’s Voice Box competition, we decided to get the laughter started and take part again.

Each campus held their own contest with the winners going head-to-head at the inter-campus final at the Thomas Bewick Campus – home to last year’s winner Jesse Webb, who travelled to Westminster to tell his joke in the Houses of Parliament. 

Miss Carr, the Academy’s Speech and Language Therapist, said: “It was a lovely afternoon and I am really proud of all the children who took part. I’ve received lots of positive feedback from staff about the increase in the children’s confidence and how much they enjoyed it.

“Some of the parents also commented on how proud they were seeing their children telling jokes in front of a large audience.”

 

Ian Lavery MP, who judged the event said: “Myself and my fellow judges had a great time hearing some very original jokes and handing out the prizes to runners-up and winners. Well done to all involved.

“The work done by Julie Carr and the team across their many campuses at NCEA is really impressive and I look forward to seeing this work continuing into the future to help build self confidence amongst all our local children.”

Skye Edgar from the Josephine Butler Primary Campus was the overall winner and will be entered into the national competition.

 

Skye Edgar Y1

Josephine Butler

Why can’t Elsa hold on to a balloon?

Because she will let it go.

Mason Hope – Y6

William Leech

Why was the laptop cold?

Because it didn’t close its windows!

Zach Robinson – Y6

James Knott

Knock Knock, who’s there? Britney Spears

Knock knock, who’s there?… oops I did it again!

Ben Pepper – Y5

Thomas Bewick

What do you call a tall man in Scotland with a burger for a hat? A big mac
Joe Emery – Y6

Grace Darling

There has been an explosion at a cheese factory. Now there is deBRIE everywhere

 

Pupils Impress in Maths Challenge

Well done to all primary pupils who took part in the Young Mathematician Award, with special mention to the Thomas Bewick Campus who reached the second round. The team worked superbly together, their systematic approach to the problems were noted by the judges.

All campuses have also been involved in Mathletes where representatives from each campus compete for the top spot on the Mathletes league table (currently occupied by the Grace Darling Campus).

Celebrating Outdoor Classroom Day

Children at the Lynemouth Early Years Centre and their families had fun celebrating Outdoor Classroom Day.

From cooking-up a treat in the mud kitchen to potting flowers for the new planting areas and testing out their pedaling skills, they enjoyed a range of activities.

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime.

Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.

For more information about early years provision at NCEA visit EARLY YEARS

Generous Donations Raise Hundreds for Charities

Thank you to all who gave so generously at our fundraising events over the last week.

From donating food for Harvest Festivals to baking cakes for Macmillan Cancer Support and coming along to the Pearl of Africa Choir Concert, you have helped raise hundreds of pounds for good causes.

See a few highlights from across our campuses:

 

 

 

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 sally.milner@ncea.org.uk 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.”