Academy Newsletter


Principal’s Welcome

Dear Parents and Carers,

What spectacular performances from the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!  Bede primary students were given a matinee preview on Wednesday and said they thoroughly enjoyed it.  Those who have seen the show have commented that they were amazed by the talented students at Bede Academy, and we are hugely grateful to the staff and students who have worked tirelessly backstage to ensure yet another spectacular Academy production.  Well done to everyone involved!

We were honoured to host our neighbours and local residents once again, for a most enjoyable afternoon tea.  It was a delight to see people reminiscing and enjoying a trip down memory lane, whilst listening to our talented musicians.

May I remind parents about the guidance for dropping students off. We have recently had some complaints from residents of cars parking on pavements and blocking residents’ access, which increases the risk of an accident occurring because of pedestrians having to walk on the road.  As the majority of students live less than a 15-minute walk away from the academy, I would ask parents to encourage their child to walk.  Finally, as we enter the final week of summer term, I would like to remind you that the last day of term on Friday 22 July is a normal academy day with students leaving at 3.10pm to start their well- earned summer break.  May I wish you a happy and restful summer. 

With my best wishes

Mr Thelwell 

In this week’s newsletter you will find:

  1. Parking outside Bede Academy
  2. Residents’ Tea Party
  3. Reminder about parking outside Bede Academy
  4. Upcoming Community Events in Blyth
  5. Year 9 visit to STEM Hub
  6. Civics club debate v Wakefield High School for Girls
  7. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  8. Recommended Reading
  9. Extracurricular Clubs
  10. House Newsletters
  11. Weekly Menu

Parking Outside Bede Academy

In February 2018, Northumberland County Council placed a residential parking zone from Fifteenth Avenue, past Bede Academy and around to Eighth avenue. It is also a one-way system.

This means no parking/ stopping between 8am-9am and 3pm-4pm, as explained on the signs approaching the Academy.

This is enforceable by a fine. There is a parking control camera car from N.C.C with ANPR that regularly drives past with fines arriving by letter. This is nothing to do with Bede Academy but was placed there by N.C.C to ensure student safety, and to prevent unnecessary congregation/ access issues for residential neighbours. We ask you to be considerate when parking for residents and students exiting the academy.

In addition, the yellow zig-zag lines outside schools indicate the length of road where stopping or waiting is strictly prohibited.

The current times for Zig Zags is Monday 8am-5pm. These restrictions are enforceable by the police.

Residents Tea Party

The teams were busy again, full of expectation as they prepared for the arrival of 100 guests.  Tables were set, the food prepared and the choir and soloists were practised.  Mr Shackleton had worked with the Year 9 Prefects to devise a ‘Living History’ questionnaire seeking to discover what Blyth was like in living memory, and also what guests would think Blyth would be like in the future. 

The guests started to arrive with Prefects and the admin team helping show people to the restaurant.  They were met by beautifully laid out tables, and attentive hosts (year 9 Prefects) who helped them to find their seats.   Mrs Normanton welcomed everybody, said grace and the delicious cakes, sandwiches and savouries were served. 

Some guests had brought photographs from their school days or of the church choir or parts of Blyth that no longer exist.  We were grateful to the Lord Mayor starting off the focus on memories of Blyth as he shared his wife’s memories growing up in the town; remembering the ‘shuggy boats’ and the cinemas and the park.  The cinemas were mentioned by a number of people.   Others mentioned a thriving marketplace and pubs.  Walking on the beach was and remains a favourite past time and somebody used to swim between the piers.  The park is still much appreciated with new attractions, but the putting green and bowling green are no longer there.  People described parents who were miners and how changes to industry caused members of families to move.  The coal staithes have now pretty much gone and land that used to be fields has been covered in housing.  There was a sense that Blyth was a safer place and many have happy memories of the Blyth Carnival and a particular memory was of an Egyptian themed float which said on the outside: ‘Everyone needs a mummy!’

In terms of the future a hope was expressed for a thriving, rejuvenated town centre with lots of opportunities for employment and a restored civic pride.  Concern was expressed that there should be more provided for young people.  The friendliness of the Blyth town people was very much at the heart of what was shared.

During the tea the choir sang and the quality of the music as much appreciated. The tradition is that the singing provides a backdrop to the tea, but the quality of the music was such that people paused to hear the wonderful rendition of pieces from ‘Joseph and the Amazing technicoloured Dreamcoat.’ 

As people left they expressed thanks for the wonderful catering team and the food that was provided, and for the quality of the music.  The Prefects had again excelled in their role as hosts as well as providing a focus for the event through the Living History questionnaire. 

I too would like to thank the catering team, the Reception team, the Facilities team, the Music department and the wonderful students who provided the music and who hosted the event.

Upcoming Community Events in Blyth

Summer Holiday Fun:

There will be a Circus School (Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August), Art in the Park (Friday 12th August), and a Sandcastle competition Friday 26th August.

Great family fun for everyone!

Meet The Choir

There is an open day at St Cuthbert’s Church, Plessy Road, on Saturday 9th of July.

Year 9 visit to STEM Hub

Last week 30 Year 9 students visited Blyth STEM hub to take part in an event called Deception Island. Based on an Antarctic research base on South Georgia, Deception Island involved the students immersing themselves in the isolation and strangeness of living for months on end at the edge of the world. Working with two local writer the students were encouraged to discuss how the men on these bases would have felt and to translate some of this into their own creative writing.

The students worked first on ‘blackout poetry’ where they were given an article and encouraged to identify individual words within the text which could be used to compose a piece of poetry. Ideas ranged from musings on changes to the natural landscape to advice for parents on bringing up their children! (from the teenagers’ point of view!)

In the midst of this students visited a recreation of one of the huts the men lived in and commented on its emptiness, wondering how you would cope if you didn’t get on with your ‘housemates’ Thousands of miles from anywhere, there would be no escape – even the food (all tinned) wouldn’t provide much comfort!

Students finished the visit with a Q+A with two former servicemen, now working at the Port. One had served in the Army and spent time patrolling the arctic circle, the other in the Royal Navy guarding British territories in the South Atlantic. Students were amazed to learn of an assault by a penguin and the utter isolation of serving in these extreme environments.

Students, having been sceptical about ‘creative writing’ actually came away pleasantly surprised at how much they enjoyed the day and how deeply they threw themselves into their creative writing!

Civics club debate v Wakefield High School for Girls

The first contest between Bede’s civics club and WHSG was a huge success. Debating whether Joseph Stalin can be considered a ‘Great leader’ Xander, Ewan, Rhys and Kaiden had the rather difficult task of arguing that he was.

Opening the debate Xander set out clear conditions for ‘greatness’ including defence of your country and the degree of economic progress made during a leaders time in power. Wakefield countered with strong arguments about Stalin’s widespread use of Gulags and the unfair methods by which people were arrested without charge or trial.

The organiser, Sarah at Parallel Histories, commented on how both teams produced excellent rebuttals and that these were above the standard produced by many Year 12 and 13 teams, Kaiden for his use of statistics, Xander and Ewan for their turn of phrase – Stalin’s progress being ‘vast and rapid’ and Rhys for his direct counter attacking of claims about standards of living.

Both sides greatly benefitted as this was the first attempt for each team and are keen to get back to it in September!

Extra-Curricular Clubs

House Newsletters

Oswald House
Aidan House
Cuthbert House

Recommended Reading

Key Stage 3

Some Sunny Day – Adam BaronReview
The Stranded – Sarah DanielsReview

Key Stage 4

Exposure – Mal PeetReview
I Must Betray You – Ruta SepetysReview

Key Stage 5

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime – Val McDermindReview
The End of Men – Christina Sweeny-BairdReview

Lunch Menu


Bede Academy has a number of vacancies available including Learning Support Assistant and Cover Supervisor. Further details can be found on the Bede Academy recruitment page at this link – Bede Academy vacancies