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16 November 2018

I hope that you all had an enjoyable half term break, it is great to see students back in school refreshed and working hard. We have had a busy two weeks with lots to report!

As part of Anti-Bullying week, on Monday 5th November we had a fantastic anti bullying presentation for Year 7 and 8 students with a performance of “Hope” by the Take Away Theatre Company. This story of three young people who are all affected by bullying in different ways was well received by students.

On Thursday 8th November we had Year 11 parents evening and I would like to thank all who attended. It was a really successful evening with excellent turnout and I hope parents went away equipped with information to support your child through this exam year. Parent feedback was excellent and I am proud to say that 100% of parents said that their child was taught well at North Gosforth Academy.

Year 11 home reading initiative

Our Head of English, Mr Fryer, would like to express his concern about how many students are regularly reading non-fiction media texts at home. This is because in GCSE English Language they not only have to read and respond to them but they also have to write one themselves. This accounts for 50 percent of their GCSE grade.

To address this, Mr Fryer sent out a letter to you all before half term asking whether you could help us by supporting this type of reading at home. Each Thursday, an article will be sent home with Year 11 students to read over the weekend. This will be further discussed or worked on in the following Monday's lesson. The articles will be varied and interesting and is the first, as well as the most straightforward, step towards helping your son or daughter to achieve highly at GCSE. Those at Year 11 parents evening will have heard him talking about the impact this will have across all their subjects, as well as in English.

I would like to thank you all, in advance, for your support.

Macbeth Theatre Visit

On Wednesday 14th November, the English Department took 70 of our GCSE students to the Theatre Royal to see the National Theatre's production of 'Macbeth'.

The production was true to the original Shakespearean script whilst being translated into a more modern setting which enabled our students to develop their understanding of the play, which they study as part of their English Literature GCSE. Several of the students commented on how seeing the play on stage 'brought it alive' for them and they were able to identify some of the subtler ideas, issues and themes in the play.

The students were a credit to themselves and the school, and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. For many, it was their first trip to the theatre and they are now asking when they can go again!


Last week all students attended assemblies on Remembrance and MFL made a wonderful display of poppies and the French equivalent called Bleuet for remembrance. These were annotated with staff and students family members who were part of the world wars. The school was also proud to be represented on Sunday by so many of our students who participated in the remembrance service at St Columba’s Church in Wideopen and the parade to the memorial in Seaton Burn. Ms Tully laid a wreath on behalf of North Gosforth Academy staff and students.  

Woodland Trust Tree Planting by the John Muir Award Group

Our John Muir Award students took great advantage of the good weather on the 13th and began the planting of the 300 trees that were donated by the Woodland Trust.  The group worked in teams to plant nearly 100 trees.  The species include all native British trees such as beech, birch, oak, rowan, willow, oak, hazel, and we also have some hedge varieties that we will use to develop the boundaries of the nature reserve – blackthorn, hawthorn, holly and dogwood.

The students worked really well together and we will be aiming to complete the planting over the next few weeks. 

It is a fabulous legacy to leave and we are so lucky to have our very own nature reserve to allow for our students to take part in such projects.

Health and Beauty update

Y12 welcomed North East professional make-up artist Michael Fenwick to the salon this week.  Michael is a freelance make-up artist from Newcastle upon Tyne and works with many celebrity clients.

The workshop was a mix of practical and theory.  The session started with Michael discussing his career including setting up in business with both the pros and cons of becoming self-employed. He then discussed products and equipment and marketing and business skills. The practical session was filled with industry top tips and a full evening glamour look was created step by step.

In the industry make-up artists are in high demand and he was extremely impressed that already in Y12 we have 3 students who work on a freelance basis with regular clients each weekend.

We are also delighted to report that all of our Y13 Graduates from the Level 3 course last year are now in employment. Here at NGA we are very proud that the 6th form Health & Beauty department do more than get students though their qualifications, we create job ready young people.

During training we regularly have industry experts onsite and also prepare students for trade tests and interviews. Having small classes enables us to send out highly skilled therapists.

New employment news this term is that Bethany Porter is now working full time at Heaven Therapy Cullercoats. Jessica White is working as a beauty therapist at Woodlands Beauty Salon, Wideopen and Maria Weightman is working for helping hands as a health carer/massage therapist for helping hands.  We are very proud of all of you.

Y12/13 – Clients needed for assessments over the coming weeks.

6th Form are looking for models for a range of treatments for forthcoming assessments.  They need manicures, pedicures, gels, eye treatments, facials, body massage, spray tans and make-up clients.  All treatments for assessments are only a bargain £5!!

Book your place now before all appointments fill up for Christmas.  The Salon is open Wednesdays & Fridays. If you’re interested call 0191 2361700 EXT 215.

Christmas 2018 Foodbank

In 2017, Mrs Long and Miss Raistrick’s form groups 9SL and 10RR worked together to collect for the Newcastle West End Foodbank.  The students and most importantly the parents of the tutor groups were fantastic and really made a difference to some vulnerable local people during the festive season.  The school also donated all the spare selection boxes left over from the students school treat. 

This year we would like to make the contribution bigger and better, so we are asking each form class to put together one box of donated food.

Below is a list of items that the food bank are in urgent need of, but any food that has a long shelf life will be welcomed.  Please go to the website and see what you can donate and whether you can help in other ways too.

This will be launched to the students and staff next week and all the boxes will be delivered during the last week of term.

Thank you in advance for your ever continued support of our students and of our local community.

Urgently needed food items

Tea bags

Coffee (instant)

Sugar (500g)



Pasta sauce

Milk (uht or powdered)

Fruit juice (long life)

Tinned tomatoes

Tinned vegetables

Tinned fish

Tinned meat

Biscuits/snack bars

Tinned rice pudding


Tinned fruit

PAN Consultation

In my last newsletter I explained that we would be undertaking a consultation for the reduction in our Published Admission Number from September 2020. This has now been postponed, including the consultation evening arranged for the 21st November. A new date will be announced soon.

Upcoming events

  • Year 7 Tutor Evening – Thursday 22nd November 5-7pm
  • Year 5 STEM Transition Day  - Monday 26th November
  • Sparkle Salon Xmas Fair – Thursday 6th December from 10.30am

Finally, exam certificates for last year’s Y11, 12 and 13 students are now available to collect from school, please make arrangements for these to be collected from reception as they will only be kept for 12 months.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,


Warm regards

Steve Campbell


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