The January issue of LIGHThouse, the Trust’s monthly newsletter, is now published.
CEO appointment at Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust
Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Hardie as its new Chief Executive Officer from April 22nd.
Alan, a National Leader of Education, has been acting as part-time interim CEO since February 2018, overseeing the conversion from an all-through school to three separate schools within the Multi-Academy Trust and supporting school improvement.
Commenting on his appointment, Alan said: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to be CEO on a full-time basis, as I am confident that the Trust has a very bright future. We have talented, hard-working staff and students who deserve the opportunity to be successful. I hope that the changes we’ve made since February are evidence that we are making significant improvements in response to the 2017 OFSTED report and I intend to accelerate the pace of improvement when I’m in the role full-time.
“My commitment to making a difference means that I’m leaving an outstanding school where I’ve spent the last 13 years in order to move to NCEA. The reason is that I believe we can make a huge difference to the life chances of our students and can be a beacon of success for the local community. We can achieve this through hard work, high quality teaching and learning, creating opportunities for our students and raising aspirations. I believe wholeheartedly in the transformational power of education and will ensure that we have high expectations for all of our students”
John Brearley, Chair of Governors, said, speaking on behalf of the full governing body: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Alan onboard as CEO of the Trust. We have got to know Alan well over the ten months he has been our interim CEO. His commitment to improving the life chances of the pupils in our communities is absolute and matches our firm resolve to continue to make the improvements over the coming months and years that will deliver that. His experience and background is directly relevant to the challenges we face and we know that together we can face the future with real confidence.”
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Governors and senior staff would like to let you know about the latest developments at the Academy.
Please come along on Monday, 9 July at 6pm in the Main Hall at the Josephine Butler Campus.
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!
Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Mrs R Glanville
Head of Music Development
Hundreds of primary pupils at the Northumberland Church of England Academy went head-to-head in the search to crown the school’s first spelling bee champions.
All children across the five primary campuses took part, with two winners from each class going on to compete in the grand final at the Josephine Butler Campus.
Thanks to generous sponsorship from local housing group Bernicia, the finalists were awarded a specially-made rosette, with the winners taking home their own Spelling Bee mascot ‘Bernie Bee’ and a spelling dictionary.
After a nail-biting finish, which saw children tackle challenging words from beyond their age groups, the winners were Chloe, Y2, Lachlan, Y4 and Sian, Y6.
Sian said: “I feel really happy and proud to win. Making spellings into a competition made it fun and I’ve really enjoyed taking part. I was nervous at first, but once I’d done my first word, I felt a lot better.”
The contest is the latest cross-campus initiative that has helped drive a rapid rise in standards across the primaries. In the summer, the Academy recorded its best primary results and progress scores at the end of Key Stage 2 were in the top 10% nationally in both reading and maths and in the top 20% for writing.
The Great NCEA Spelling Bee was organised by Mrs Cole and Mrs Weatheritt.
Mrs Cole, deputy head of the Josephine Butler Primary Campus, said: “Learning their spellings can sometimes seem a bit dull for children and so we really wanted to bring them to life and create a bit of excitement around it.
“We came up with the idea of the spelling bee and the feedback has been fantastic and has really raised the profile of spellings around the campuses.
“All classes had their own mini spelling bees and the winning boy and girl were then selected to compete in the grand final.
“We are so proud of how hard everyone has tried to learn their words and it has been wonderful to see the children have the confidence to stand up in front of their friends too.”
Mrs Weatheritt added: “We are very grateful to Bernicia for sponsoring the initiative, as it enabled us to give all the winners some fantastic prizes in recognition of their hard work.
“We now hope this will become an annual event and be even bigger and better next year.”
Steve Burke, team leader for customer involvement at Bernicia, said: “We are delighted to be supporting such an inspiring event that has clearly generated so much enthusiasm amongst pupils and created a real buzz about the importance of spellings.
“As an organisation, we are committed to providing support, advice and guidance to help our tenants and residents of the local communities and it is a honour that the official mascot ‘Bernie Bee’ has been named after Bernicia.”
In the case of school closure due to poor weather, notice will be placed on the Academy website, the Northumberland County Council website and Radio Newcastle.
Any information will be transmitted by 7.30am.