The following Newsletters were complied by Head of School,  Mrs Waugh and published with end of term letters to parents/ carers.


Duke of Edinburgh - 27 students were awarded their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze certificates and badges at a presentation evening at Freebrough Academy at the beginning of February.   Many congratulations to all those involved.

Change 4 Life Sporting Event -  On 1st February, 20 students from Y8 helped support the Change 4 Life Event at Eston Leisure Centre, run by the Sports Partnership Team.  This event aimed to enthuse primary school pupils identified as being disengaged from PE, sport and physical activity. 

After the event, our students were highly praised for their attitude, behaviour, leadership skills and qualities.  Neil Young, Competition Manager and School Sport Co-ordinator, reported that he had been approached by nearly all the primary teachers who attended, heaping praise on each and every one of our students and remarking what good role models they were for the youngsters to follow.  Very well done to everyone involved.

Attendance – Congratulations to our students on improving the school’s attendance when compared to the last academic year.  Particularly pleasing are the KS4 students, Y11 in particular, whose improvement has been significant.  As attendance is directly linked to progress, we are sure our students will reap the rewards for their efforts.  Keep up the good work!

Jessica’s Smile – At break-time on Wednesday, 8th February a sweet stall, run by Jessica and her friends, sold sweets in aid of Jessica’s Smile, a charity which gives individual grants to children who are newly diagnosed with cancer. Their efforts raised just under £200. Well done girls.

Y11 Catering Exam - We have seen some absolutely fantastic results from the year 11 catering students this week in their final exam. The students have had to cook a two course meal for two people based on food from another country. Some particular highlights were:

  • Roast duck in a cherry sauce served with fondant potatoes and seasonal vegetables, followed by a delicious tart tatin.
  • A beautiful lasagne with freshly made pasta served with salad, followed by brandy snap baskets filled with a delicious coffee mousse.
  • A very impressive seabass with ginger and spring onion, with a dessert of sesame banana in a caramel sauce served with homemade vanilla ice cream.
  • Armenian lamb shish kebabs served with yalanchi, with a beautiful Gata for dessert.

Getting into the Top Universities Conference – A group of Year 10 Gifted & Talented students attended a ‘Getting into the Top Universities’ Conference at Sage, Gateshead last week, in which they received encouragement and information to apply to the top universities in the country. They were also given lots of advice about the application process and about their post 16 choices.


Awards and Rewards - This year the College Half Termly Award Assemblies have been very well received and the school has been very pleased to award almost three hundred students their 100% attendance certificates. Additionally, more than 150 students have been congratulated for having the most positive achievement points with NO negatives. 

All of our tutors regularly have pleasingly difficult decisions to make. Every half term they select a member of the form who has made the biggest contribution and every week a form member is chosen to go into first lunch because of their excellent attitude all week. Tutors often report that it is hard to choose just one!  The students who had performed well so far this year were also given the opportunity to go the Metro Centre at Christmas.

The Mastery League - See It, Make It! - The Mastery League, a weekly club for more able students run by Mrs Rose, is currently involved in an exciting filmmaking course delivered by 'Into Film'.  'See It, Make It', is a filmmaking programme where a professional film practitioner visits school each week to support students and deliver training on film making skills. The Mastery League have been very busy this term, learning about creating story boards, editing and getting to grips with camera angles and they are just about to start filming their short film on location at Redcar seafront and in and around school. The Mastery League are looking for student extras (and some teachers?!) to appear in scenes, see Mrs Rose or Mr Coomber for details of how you can get involved. The final film will be shown on the big screen at local cinema.

Remember remember the fifth of November...  In October, the touring theatre company, 'Blah Blah Blah', came into school to deliver a piece of participatory theatre called 'Hide and Seek' to a range of students from KS3. This dynamic participatory performance explored the story of the gunpowder plot and highlighted issues of extremism.  The performance explored events leading up to the 5th November 1605 and the foiled attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament to topple the King. Following in the footsteps of a group of conspirators, the audience witnessed and were directly implicated in this resonant historical event – students experienced the religious persecution, watched as the plotters unfurled their devastating plan, witnessed the King enforcing oppressive policies and imagined the potential consequences of an historical act of terror.

Students had an opportunity to explore the sensitive issue of extremism with the actors and learnt how to use drama to make meaningful connections to the world beyond the classroom.

Duke of Edinburgh - 30 of our current Y11s have successfully passed their Bronze DofE Award and some are going on to complete their Silver Award. Well done to all.

This year 35 Y9/10 pupils have signed up to do their Bronze DofE Award with Miss Lumb in partnership with Hellen Higgs at the 25K youth centre in Redcar. Their first task will be a sponsored walk to raise money for Jessica Sherrington in Y8 at Rye Hills, who has recently been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.


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HT Newsletter Summer 2016