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 T: 07977 000 242 to reserve tickets or pay on the door.