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Principal's Newsletter

22 March 2019

As we draw closer to the Easter break we have all been working hard here at North Gosforth Academy.

Last night we had Year 10 parents evening which was really well attended and was a great chance to discuss student’s progress and any concerns. Next Thursday it is the turn of Year 7 parents and we look forward to welcoming you to discuss your child’s progress in this, their first year at NGA.

Year 11

With only 7 weeks left until the beginning of the exam season, students should now be working with real determination to reach the highest possible standard in their GCSEs. At this stage students should be working for up to two hours each night.  This will include homework tasks as part of their structured revision programme.

There are numerous interventions and activities going on in school to help your child to achieve the results which reflect their full potential. Saturday School for English and Maths started last week with 5 more sessions taking us up to the exam period. As usual there will be revision sessions throughout the Easter holidays and students will be given copies of the timetable soon.

North East Teenage Book Award

Before Christmas a group of 15 Year 10 students, signed up to read, review and score the NETBA Shortlisted books.   This culminated with a trip to the Centre for Life to meet and get books signed by the authors and to see the winning author announced.  This is an annual event and we were extremely proud to have so many students there to represent North Gosforth Academy.

This year was made extra special as one of the NETBA shortlisted authors, Lauren James, visited NGA to give a talk and to meet students.  150 students from Years 7–10 were invited to listen to her talk about becoming an author, the research behind her latest book, and women breaking into the male dominated area of STEM.  This was a very thought provoking and inspiring talk by a leading children’s author, our students were honoured that NGA was given the opportunity to host this event.

Sports Update

The 2019 GCSE PE moderation day has been confirmed for Friday 29th March and our students have very been busy completing their final GCSE PE practical assessments. These have been conducted before and after school, during PE lessons and even some on weekends which demonstrates the level of commitment our students have shown. They have worked extremely hard to achieve the best possible results which directly contribute towards their final grade in the summer exam. The PE department have decided to do the moderation earlier than in previous years to allow full attention to be given to the written exam in May.

Students have attended climbing lessons in Sunderland for the last six weeks and achieved fantastic results in such a short period of time. The instructors have been really impressed with their resilience, technique and courage.  


Neeve Bell demonstrated superb skills in her Equestrian horse riding assessment at Dinnington. The level of control and precision was really impressive, she demonstrated advanced skills consistently and with confidence. There was also a visit to Gateshead International Stadium. The indoor facility provided a perfect opportunity to improve isolated skills and techniques.


I would like to finish by reminding parents that the last day of this term is Friday 5th April and students will be dismissed from school at 1pm. The bus timetables have been amended accordingly.

I wish you all a lovely weekend,

Warm regards,

Steve Campbell


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