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26 October 2018

We have arrived at the end of a long and extremely busy first half term. Students and staff have worked really hard and are looking forward to a well-deserved break. I hope that you all have an enjoyable half term week with the children at home and that our students come back suitably refreshed, ready for the hard work to come.

Year 7

I’d like to start by saying how delighted I am with how well Year 7 have settled into their new school. They have brought an energy and dedication to their studies but more importantly have been kind, caring and considerate. The dedicated Year 7 lunchtime has been a huge success this year and staff have enjoyed spending their lunch break with the students and talking about how their day is going. We have just completed a large student survey with Year 7 and I would like to share some of the quotes that students have given us about their first half term:

“it has been very fun but challenging”

“it has been enjoyable and hard which is what school is meant to be”

“the students here are a lot more friendly and helpful to year sevens that I had expected.”

“I feel very safe and well looked after at North Gosforth Academy”

“it is really good because I am able to make new friends and I am being challenged with my learning so I can get a job when I am older”

“I really enjoyed the first weeks, my favourite thing was when we went to Newcastle however I also enjoyed the new environment and meeting all the teachers”

“I was nervous to begin with but then after the first few days I loved it”

“all of the teachers are kind and helpful and they push you to the limit”

Cragside Trip

On Tuesday the 16th of October this terms ‘Science RICH Champions’ from Year 7 went on a trip to Cragside – the home of hydroelectricity which Year 7 have been studying in their homework projects this half term. Miss Raistrick and Mrs Long accompanied the students to Cragside and the Champions did a variety of activities including: woodland walks, visits to the powerhouse and pump house. The students had a quiz to complete around the house and enjoyed a quick visit to Lord Armstrong’s Lab! The students’ behaviour was impeccable and hopefully it is a day that will live in their memory.  Well done those who have shown their RICH values in all Science lesson this half term! Thanks to Mrs Long for driving the mini bus and the Science Department can’t wait to pick next terms RICH Champions!

NUFC Foundation

North Gosforth Academy has been lucky enough to be selected as one of just a few schools in the area to take part in an exciting new programme. Over the last few weeks some of our Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy students have been working closely with the Newcastle United Foundation as part of a Prince's Trust Pilot Programme. The programme, which has been put together by both the Prince's Trust and the Premier League, sees our students working through a series of modules to earn a recognised qualification which will be awarded by the Prince's Trust. Our students have been fantastic in representing themselves and the school and have thoroughly engaged with the programme so far. They cannot wait for their trip to St. James' Park later in the school year!

Successes and Rewards

I would like to take some time to celebrate the success we have had with the PRAISE code this half term. So far this year, a fantastic number of stamps have been awarded by teachers to students for being on time, on task and on side in lessons! The stamps earned by students are starting to add up towards certificates, rewards and prizes for students who hit key targets. For now though, I wanted to single out the following students who have achieved the highest number of stamps in their year group so far this year. They are:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

James Lawrence

Amy-Kate Smith

Ayse Oner

Rebecca Pitt

Leia Wilson

Tegan Farrier

Olivia Daglish

Lily Gill

Matthew Boughen

Adam Cassidy

Jennifer Purvis

Madison Brodie

Lea Bommel

Matthew Potts

Charlie Bates

To be at the top of a year group is a fantastic achievement and we look forward to rewarding all fifteen students and others who have achieved great things this term when we return after half term, well done!

Sports News

Year 9 Volleyball

On the 17th October North Gosforth students played volleyball matches at Whitley Bay High School.


Fin Bell                               Abi Lane

Lucas Davidson                 Lea Bommel

Kate Rickerby                    Laura Jardine

Girls – won 3 and lost 1

Boys - won 1 and lost 3

NGA       11

John Spence          4

NGA       11

John Spence         5   

NGA        9

W. Bay                 11

NGA        8

Marden Bridge      11

NGA       11

St Thomas More   3

NGA       9

St Thomas More   11

NGA       11

Churchill                 8

NGA       7

Churchill                 11

The next round of games is on 28th November

Transition event

On the 18th October we enjoyed our second sports Transition event this half term. Year 5 and 6 Students from Burradon, Fordley, Greenfields and Hazlewood all came to North Gosforth for the afternoon for a hockey festival led by Ms Smith. It was a lovely sunny afternoon and the event was enjoyed by all. Students played honourably and showed some good levels of skill!

Macy Dugdale in Year 9 competed in the Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham a couple of weeks ago. Macy finished an incredible 7th on Lokie in the coloured non-native pony of the year. 

The Academy are very proud of her achievements.

Yesterday Year 4 students at our feeder primary school Hazlewood had a fantastic afternoon of sport. The North Gosforth Academy Sports Leaders delivered an indoor athletics tournament which proved an amazing success for all involved.

Health and Beauty update

On Tuesday North Gosforth’s Health and Beauty department had Dermalogica Professional Industry trainer Amie Morsy in with sixth form students for the day. We are pleased to say that the award winning skin care brand Dermalogica continues to recognise our facilities as a Dermalogica Partnership School.  Students have access to a range of products and training opportunities throughout the year including online education.

This industry training is a wonderful opportunity to gain hands on experience and knowledge that will put our students ahead of others when they are fully qualified, giving them an increased chance of becoming employed or self- employed therapists in the future.

Our Y12 students enjoyed a day of theory and hands on practical training on a number of modules including: The Pro 60 Dermalogica Facial, Prep & Prime Routine (as used by Make-Up Artists worldwide), Pressure Point Massage Techniques & Acne, Allergies & Ageing.

Feedback from the Dermalogica Trainer – Amie Morsey:

“I trained a group of lovely 6th form students at North Gosforth Academy in Dermalogica products and treatments.

My role takes me to Colleges around the UK and this centre is outstanding.

The salon and theory room facilities here are so relaxing and welcoming, they are also very professional and the PERFECT learning environment.

The students were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate which is really wonderful to see.

They are going to become first class beauty therapists and Dermalogica can’t wait to introduce them into our tribe and the skincare industry.”

I’d just like to remind all parents and members of the community that you are always welcome to make appointments at the salon, see the attached treatment list below.

PAN Consultation

I would like to draw your attention to the fact that we are proposing to reduce our Pupil Admission Number from September 2020. This would mean reducing the number of places into Year 7 from 169 to 130 for Year 7 intakes from September 2020. We will be consulting with all parents of children aged between two and eighteen as well as local authorities and anyone else in the local area who may have an interest in this proposal. The consultation period will begin from Monday 5th November for 6 weeks and all information will be available on the website. We will be having a consultation evening on Wednesday 21st November from 5-6pm if anyone would like to discuss this further.

Upcoming events:

  • Y11 parents evening Thursday 8th November
  • School photos – all year groups Friday 9th November
  • PAN Consultation evening Wednesday 21st November
  • Y7 Tutor evening Thursday 22nd November

Finally every year at this time I talk about the fact that Halloween and Bonfire night are around the corner.  I don’t want to be the voice of doom and gloom but there are reports every year about children suffering injuries so please discuss this with your child to make sure everyone can enjoy the festivities safely.

I wish you all an enjoyable half term!

Warm regards,

Steve Campbell


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