Student swims for success

Jak is the club captain for this year, he coaches the squad 3 twice a week and at the club presentation evening he was give the Alwyn Pearce-Roberts Trophy. This trophy is given out annually to the swimmer who has Epitomized the true club spirit “Always Surfaces With A Smile”

Jak has had problems with his shoulder over the last 18 months to 2 years but this hasn’t stopped him swimming even when told to rest Jak has gone on to coach and support his fellow swimmers, taking the bare minimum time off from his own swimming.

Last year he got 1 NER time and went all the way to Sheffield for that 1 race! Didn’t deter him just spurred him on more to get more this year! He has until October

Went to derwentside charity meet at the weekend with the intention of getting more times and some medals. He had 3 times for NER’s but knew he could improve on this. Saturday came and they weren’t his favourite swims but out of the 4 he swam he managed to get 2 new personal bests which meant 2 more NER times, 200IM and 50m Breaststroke (one of the others he already had the time for!😂)

Sunday early start again and intensions of more pbs and hopefully more NER times. 100m butterfly was his first race, new pb but just missed out on NER time by .24!!! 🙈 3 more races to go, no more NER times but he did get a pb for 100m freestyle, finally getting his time for this to under 1 minuet! Something he and his coach have been working on for a while. Out of the 2 days he came home with 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medals! And a massive sense of pride and achievement!

He’s off to London on the 28th June to compete and hopefully get some more qualifying times, however he has a little more time and a few more galas to do this. Then it’s Sheffield for 2 days to complete at the NER’s (North East Regionals)

Introduction of a universal HPV immunisation programme

This letter is to provide information on the forthcoming expansion of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme in schools.

In the UK, we have among the highest HPV vaccination coverage rates in the world and this is largely achieved because it is a school-based programme, with excellent support provided by schools to enable the NHS immunisations teams to vaccinate school age children. Our young people and adult population are well protected against serious diseases as a result.

As schools are a key partner, we would like to make you aware that the HPV vaccine will now be offered to boys, in addition to girls, as part of the routine school-based schedule in England. The extension to boys will take effect from 1 September 2019.
This change follows the Government announcement in July 2018 to extend HPV vaccination to boys, based on the advice of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

The JCVI statement about HPV vaccination and expansion to boys is available here: JCVI statement: extending the HPV vaccination programme – conclusions
The vaccination programme will now be offered to any individual who is in school year 8. We will also include eligible individuals who may be home-educated or educated in alternative provision.

Key points that are useful to know about the changes to the programme:

If you have any queries in relation to information sharing and GDPR, please see enclosed letter ‘Information sharing to support the provision of important school

If you have any queries regarding this information, please contact the Childhood Immunisation Team for Durham, Darlington and Teesside on 03000 032544 (Karen Guest-Humphries, Clinical Lead).

If you have any queries in relation to information sharing and GDPR, please see letter ‘Information sharing to support the provision of important school health services’ (Public Health England, 2019) – link provided.


Step 6 results celebration.

Year 11 students attended a step 6 celebrations event on Tuesday 16 July. There was juice, savories and cakes and their results from the mock exams. Certificates were also given to students who had pushed them selves that little bit more in various subject area’s. Well done.


News update

Over the weekend Ellie Smith entered the Under 16 Welsh championships in NFAS (National Field Archery Society) and won. Ellie has now won the under 16 Welsh championships and the under 16 English championships. A huge well done Ellie.

Star Student

Friday 12th July 2019 saw our third star student event, where students attended a high teas event in the small atrium. The event was put on in recognition of the students hard work and commitment to withholding the Academy’s high standards within all aspects of learning throughout the half term.

To qualify for the event the students needed to receive multiple 1’s on their report from staff, which reflects the excellent effort they have demonstrated throughout all subjects. The students who were invited also took home a certificate and letter to show their parents.

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