AN academy’s outstanding performance in last year’s GCSEs has earned it national recognition for the progress of its students.

Imogen Pollard, whose performance in last year’s GCSEs contributed, along with the success of other students, to Blyth’s Bede Academy receiving a national award












AN academy’s outstanding performance in last year’s GCSEs has earned it national recognition for the progress of its students.

Bede Academy, in Blyth, has learned it is in the top ten per cent of state schools nationally based on its students’ achievements at GCSE in 2006.

As a result the academy has been awarded an Educational Outcomes Award by SSAT, the national  schools, students and teachers network.

SSAT draws on three official Department for Education and Ofsted sources to collate performance data on each school.

Among the high-achieving students at Bede Academy last summer were Tom Marshall, 16, who fitted achieving three A*s, six As and one B grade around playing for Newcastle Falcons Academy,  brown belt kickboxing twins Courteney and Deanna Dawson, who achieved four A*s, nine As and six B grades between them, and top performing girl Imogen Pollard.

Inviting Principal Gwyneth Evans to a celebration event in the summer term, SSAT chief executive Sue Williamson said: “Your constant hard work and dedication to your students is an inspiration to the community and we are happy to highlight and share this with the network.

“We know how hard teachers work to ensure the success of every child. SSAT’s Educational Outcomes Award recognises the professionalism, commitment and hard work of the leaders, teachers and students at Bede Academy. Our sincerest congratulations to you all.”

Miss Evans added: “It is heartening for our hard-working students, many of whom are still with us in the Sixth Form, and their teachers and support staff to be recognised nationally for their outstanding achievement.”

YOUNG athletes enjoyed a silver lining to their annual ‘Olympics’ when a special guest arrived to endorse their efforts.











Team GB Olympic silver medal-winning Rugby 7s star Marcus Watson was guest of honour at the annual Emmanuel School’s Foundation games.

Every year students from the four ESF schools – Emmanuel College, Gateshead, Bede Academy, Blyth, The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham and Trinity Academy, from Thorne, near Doncaster – take part in a host of fixtures with sports including rugby, football, volleyball, cross country, netball and hockey.

After a day of fierce competition, Mr Watson, who plays for Newcastle Falcons, told students: “You start playing sport because you enjoy it but if you are good it soon becomes very serious and may not be as much fun. The important thing is to remember why you started and to keep having fun with your friends.”

In a question and answer session, he told student about his experiences at the Rio Olympics.

“It was so great just being with the other athletes, whether that was a 7ft 3in Chinese basketball player or a gymnast half my size,” he said.

“It was incredible being in the lunch queue with the likes of Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and the Williams sisters. It felt really special winning silver, though a little odd too as we were celebrating despite being hammered in the final by Fiji.”

Mr Watson then handed over the ESF Bowl to Trinity Academy, which will host the next ESF Olympics.

Football and hockey players from Bede Academy celebrated winning their coveted competitions, while the rugby was won by The King’s Academy, Trinity Academy took the netball and girls’ cross-country titles, and Emmanuel College won the volleyball and boys’ cross-country.

Gwyneth Evans, principal of Bede Academy, said: “Although we are one family of schools, individual loyalties come to the fore at this popular annual event, where everyone is competing for the honour of their particular school.

“It’s a great day of competition and it’s always a pleasure for our students to visit our sister schools, renew friendships and meet new young people from across the region.”