CEO appointed for the Trust

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.”

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.

 

JBVI Students Impress with Interview Skills

Students at JBVI impressed potential employers from the region’s leading businesses when their interview skills were put to the test in a practice session.

Organised by John Riddell and Michelle Brannen from Business in the Community, a total 17 representatives from a wide-range of organisations took part.

Mr Fox, the Academy’s careers and employability manager, said:  “A number of employers spoke to me personally about how confident, well-presented and articulate our students were.

“One said the performances she witnessed were better than people she had interviewed for actual jobs in her company and another remarked on how well students could adapt between formal and informal conversation.

“The chance to be interviewed by employers is a valuable experience in preparing our young people for the world of work and we would like to thank all involved.

“Students said that the three interviews gave them an opportunity to improve as they went along and that they felt proud of their final performance.”

Jackie Gardner, corporate relations director at  Faulknerbrowns architects:

“It was a privilege to have been involved in the recent mock interview sessions with the Sixth Form pupils at NCEA.

“Having undertaken initiatives like this at other schools, it was truly rewarding to experience first-hand the calibre of your students.  All of those whom I interviewed were bright, informed and hugely positive about their futures which gave me great confidence in the support and advice which your pupils are receiving.

“I look forward to being invited to participate again.”

 

Hard Work Pays off for GCSE Students

There were celebrations at the Academy this morning as students opened their GCSE results.

Hard work and dedication paid off for many as they found they had exceeded their expectations.

Both staff and students rose to the challenge of the new tougher exams and grading system, that is one of the biggest shake-ups in secondary education since the end of the O-level.

Star performances include two students who were among the first to score the new top 9 grade in maths that replaces the old A*.

Edward Binns gained four A*, two 9s, two As and two 8s. These included a 9 in maths, which required a score of at least 79% and was achieved in just 3.5% of papers.

Under this system, an A is equivalent to a 7 while a C is at the bottom of a grade 4.

He said: “I’m really pleased, especially to get my 9 in maths. I just told my gran and she started crying on the phone.”

Lewis Barnes was also delighted to achieve the coveted 9 in maths, along with straight As in science. He now plans to study maths, chemistry and economics A levels at JBVI en route to a career in finance.

He said: “I was really pleased and I did better than I expected. I enjoy maths so am looking forward to carrying this on in sixth form.”

Staff were on hand throughout the day to offer support and advice as students prepare to take their next steps into either further study or employment.

As well as continuing with A levels and vocational courses at JBVI, which last week recorded its best top level results, students have also gained places on apprenticeships.

Sophie Freathy, who was especially proud of her A in performing arts, will start an apprenticeship with mobile phone provider EE.

Mr Gibson, principal director of the Josephine Butler Secondary Campus, said: “I would like to congratulate students and staff for the hard work and dedication they have shown over the last year and in response to the changes to qualifications and the grading system.

“These exams are tougher than in the past and so the top grades that the students have achieved are all the more impressive.

“Many of our students have made outstanding progress through their time with us at the Academy, not just academically, but also as individuals and we are particularly proud of the achievements of pupils who have overcome a number of challenges to secure brilliant, personal results.

“We wish all our students the best for the future and look forward to welcoming many back in September to continue their journey with us in JBVI.”

A small number of places are still available in the sixth form for courses starting in September. These include new Performing Arts and CCF (Combined Cadet Force) pathways that include additional enrichment activities specially tailored for careers in the arts. and uniformed services.

For more information visit JBVI