Year 7 cooking with parents

Another fantastic afternoon with Y7 parents and carers cooking with pupils!  Many thanks to everyone that has support us this week. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="8163,8164,8165,8166"]

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Year 8 cooking with parents

Year 8 parents and carers were in yesterday to cook with pupils, see below for the photographs... [gallery size="medium" ids="8155,8156,8157,8158,8159,8160"]

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Year 9 Cooking with parents

On Monday this week Year 9 had the chance for their parents/carers to come into school to cook with them during a food lesson.  This provided a great opportunity for pupils to showcase their skills and for parents to join a practical lesson.  Year 7 and Year 8 sessions are planned over the coming days. [gallery size="medium" ids="8145,8149,8147,8144,8143,8142"]  

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Key stage 3 sleepover in school

On Thursday evening we had a key stage 3 sleepover in school. For many pupils it was the first night away from their parents and they all did really well. They enjoyed team activities, pizzas, a very competitive game of rounders and a film before bedding down for the night in classrooms. In the morning, Dawn came in early to prepare breakfasts before lessons began and Julie delivered coffee for the staff who were all rather jaded!! Thank you to everyone for making it such a great event, especially our Governors Amanda Robinson and Louise Ingleby who came to join in the activities and Nicola Matthews who lent us camp beds! Staff are already planning for a key stage 4 and P16 event after the exams as well as further residential opportunities next year.    

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The morning after the night before! Breakfast is served

The morning after the night before! Breakfast is served at the end of the Key stage 3 sleepover. Everyone had a great time, and are looking forward to the long weekend at the end of today’s lessons.

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100% Attendance last week

Last week all pupils on the main site had 100% attendance which is fantastic!!  They were rewarded with a movie session during tutor time on Wednesday morning.  Well done to all.  

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KS3 School sleepover

Tonight KS3 pupils are getting the opportunity to have a sleepover at school.  Pupils have taken part in team building activities, had pizza for tea, played a game of rounders and are now settling down to watch a movie.  Pupils are all very excited by this opportunity! [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="8101,8102,8103,8104"]

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Now it’s Zack Watts on a hat trick ball @lordstaverners @notts_cricket

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Brodie Jackson 5 catches in a match vs Alfreton Park @lordstaverners @notts_cricket

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Courtney Collins on a hat trick ball vs Alfreton Park @lordstaverners @notts_cricket

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Regional table cricket finals at Derby

Louise Morley playing some captain’s innings at the regional table cricket finals at Derby. 52 runs off 2 overs. @lordstaverners @notts_cricket

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Easter Eggs

Many thanks to Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 for providing Easter Eggs for all the pupils at the Beech Academy.  Happy Easter everyone.

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Autism Awareness Week

Today we have been supporting Autism Awareness Day which is on Monday 2nd April.  Staff and pupils have come to school in onesies and PJ's to show that its "ok to be different" [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="8060,8061,8062,8063"]

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The crocuses from Mansfield Rotary

The crocuses given to us by Mansfield Rotary have come out this week adding a welcome splash of colour to both the Main Site and Westfield. The Rotary campaign supports the End Polio initiative, and the colour purple matches the dye painted on the fingers of children who have been immunised. Many thanks to the Rotary Club for helping us to believe that Spring is on the way.

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Assistant Headteacher Vacancy

We are seeking to appoint an Assistant Headteacher who will be versatile, creative and innovative with outstanding inter-personal skills.  For more information please open the application pack below. AHT Beech  

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Sports Relief

[gallery size="medium" ids="8039,8040,8041"] On Friday our pupils participated in a ‘day of sports’.  Activities included- swimming, football, table football, badminton, table tennis and parachute games.  All pupils participated really well received a certificate of participation.  

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Handball tournament at Harvey Haddon sports village

Today Year 10 attended a handball tournament at Harvey Haddon Sports Village in Nottingham. Although it was their first attempt the class did brilliantly well, winning 4 of their 4 matches. Well done to everyone who took part.

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Consent Workshop

Today Year 10 worked with Collaborate Digital (@CollaborateDigi) as part of a project commissioned by Notts County Council and Notts Police. The project focusses on the issues of consent, and Collaborative Digital came in to support the pupils to write and record radio adverts to explain what consent means. They particularly liked the idea that consent is like when you ask someone if they want a cup of tea. If they say no thank you, that’s fine, if they are not able to answer you don’t make them drink a cup of tea! Pupils enjoyed being creative and sharing their ideas to produce some great adverts that will be shared to spread the understanding.

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Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day

Today we celebrated Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day. We had a themed assembly and activities to help everyone to understand the needs of people with Down’s Syndrome and celebrate some of their successes. People were encouraged to wear odd socks to mark the occasion. Here are some pictures of our socks to show how many people joined in.

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On Wednesday we will be wearing odd socks to support this international

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Lifesaving Swimming Lessons

Today our pupils learnt the key skill of lifesaving during their swimming lesson. People learn how they could manage difficult situations in the water and how to get out of trouble safely.

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KS4 and KS5 PE

PE is a really important subject for all pupils and part of this subject is about promoting a healthy active lifestyle.  As part of the PE offer at KS4 and and KS5 we try to get pupils to access various sport and leisure facilities in the local area they may use when they leave us.  The last few weeks they have been taking part in pool and darts with Mr O'Malley joining them this week to see their skills!

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Progress evening and Careers Event

Just a reminder that we have our progress evening this Wednesday 3.30-6.oopm.  Individual times have been sent to parents for appointments. The evening will also incorporate a careers event in the main hall.  This will involve a variety of different local providers from the area who will be able to offer advice and guidance on careers and employability options for our young people.  Please make sure you come along or call reception for more information.  

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School Closed- Friday 2nd March

The Beech Academy, Mansfield will be closed again tomorrow like other local schools. This is due to the freezing conditions, ice coverage, snow flurries and the safety of our vulnerable young people and staff in transit as well as site considerations. The Panthers trip in the evening will be postponed.  Many thanks.  

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School closed Thursday 1st March

Due to the severity of the snow in Mansfield today and the forecast for further snow and freezing temperatures overnight, the academy like other local schools will be closed tomorrow. We apologise for any inconvenience, but the safety of children and our staff has to come first. We will monitor the weather situation and update the website and social media channels before Friday.

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Snow Closure

Unfortunately due to the snow we will be closing.  Parents will be contacted and busses are on their way. Please check our facebook/website for updates on tomorrow as will leave a message on here if we are closed.

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A dedicated team…

A dedicated SLT team joined our Site Manager Lee in clearing and gritting the site to ensure it was safe to open this morning. [gallery size="large" ids="7975,7976,7977"]  

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Today Year 9 were set a challenge to show all our core values.

They were asked to work together (inclusivity), through the cold (resilience) to build the best snow sculpture they could (ambition). When asked how they could show integrity they suggested not taking others’ snow! They all showed great endeavour and made the most of the unusual weather conditions.

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Attendance rewards are the best!!

Today 40 pupils have achieved 100% attendance this half term and have been rewarded with variety of trips out which have included- Sherwood Pines, Internet cafe and film time.  24 of the 40 have been in school everyday this academic year....well done to all! [gallery size="medium" ids="7960,7961,7962,7963,7964,7965" orderby="rand"]  

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Pancake day is here!

In food lessons today Y11 have been making pancakes. [gallery size="large" ids="7954,7952,7951"]

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Attendance rewards

Attendance rewards at Beech are really positive with pupils.  This week 3 pupils had an attendance reward by going for breakfast at Tesco's....keep up that good attendance!

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The Beech Academy, Mansfield

The Beech Academy has 1 vacancy for parent governor

The local Governing Body of The Beech Academy has 1 vacancy for parent governor and is looking for parents who have children at the Academy. If you have any further queries about the role of parent governor, or would like a nomination form please contact Head Teacher or Trust Clerk. 01623 626008

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Outstanding Drama Performance by Y11

Year 11 showcased their outstanding drama work today by putting on an adapted production of the play Oliver.  The performance was directed by their Performing Arts teacher Mrs Bush and was performed to the rest of the school and parents.  Well done to all involved! [gallery size="medium" ids="7939,7940"]

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Extra Mile Recognition

Katie French and Kimberly Palfreyman have both been awarded an 'Extra Mile Award' for ensuring that the Y7 tutor group has continued to run smoothly in the absence of the tutor.  Claire-Marie Cuthbert our CEO was pleased to present them both with their awards.

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Mental Health Assembly

On Thursday we had a Time To Talk Assembly to remind everyone how important it is to support one another to keep ourselves well. Here are some of the posters the pupils produced after the assembly.

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School open as normal tomorrow

Beech will be open as normal tomorrow with the heating pipes now fixed and the school water supply/heating back working again.  We apologise for the disruption of the school being closed today.

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URGENT- MAIN SITE CLOSED

The main site will be closed today to pupils due to a burst water pipe.  If pupils do come to school they will be accommodated on a temporary basis at the Westfield Site. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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Year 10 BTEC Hospitality in action!

Miss Barrett had a McBeech burger delivered to her Westfield office by Owen and Miss Lansdell. Year 10 BTEC Hospitality in action!

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Attendance Trip to Mansfield Town

Connor was given a tour of Mansfield Town FC by Michael Merriman as a reward for having 100% attendance and while there he met numerous players  as shown in the pictures below.  A big thank you to Michael Merriman and Mansfield Town for supporting us with rewards for great attendance. Connor said “ this is the best experience of my life!” [gallery size="medium" ids="7896,7895,7894,7893,7890,7889"]

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WANTED! Customers for our Market Stall! No Experience Necessary!

Our Post 16 students will be hosting a market stall at Mansfield Market on Wednesday 31st January between 10am - 3.00pm. We are working in conjunction with Urban Flamingo, who are a small independent gift shop, who actively support craftspeople by stocking a range of goods which are locally made. You are invited to come along to the market stall and have a browse at our lovely items! Throughout this process we will have learnt many skills, such as team work, speaking to new people, creativity, problem solving, confidence and many more! The first group of students will be on the stall from 10am-12pm, and the second group from 1pm-3pm, it would be fantastic if you could reply to this email and let us know when we can expect you! Please share this with your colleagues and friends, we would love to see as many of you as possible! Click here for our flyer

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Performing Arts in action

Performing Arts lessons are a big success at Beech with pupils really enjoying the creative activities on offer....thanks Mrs Bush! [gallery ids="7875,7876,7877,7878,7879,7880"]

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Lunchtime activities

We use some of our Pupil Premium funding to run lunchtime activities for pupils.  These happen everyday and allow pupils to have a focused activity of their choice and interest that also helps with their communication and social interaction.  Activities include Lego Club, Gaming, Art, Football etc.

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Y8 English Personal Project Showcase

Today Y8 have shared their Y8 Personal Projects from English that they have been working on this term.  Parents and carers were invited in to view these and celebrated the success of pupils. The subjects of interest ranged from; Nottingham Castle and Caves to the Nottinghamshire Police Dogs Section, Mansfield Fire Station to Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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Our older pupils watched a performance of LuvU2

Today our older pupils watched a performance of LuvU2 by the Pintsize Theatre Company. The performance focussed on healthy relationships and how young people can keep themselves safe on the internet, especially using social media such as Facebook. Pupils participated in the performance to demonstrate their understanding of the issues and to show how they could be supportive friends to people who might be at risk of being in an inappropriate relationship.

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Short Breaks Consultation

Over the last six months, Nottinghamshire County Council has been working with parents and carers to co produce a new Short Breaks offer.  To date over 400 children and young people with disabilities and their families have been involved. A working group of parents/carers has been working with Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Parent Carer Forum to co-produce the new offer, and we now want to hear the views of as many families as possible on this proposal. The Local Authority would welcome the views of families and these can be given via the following ways- By using the electronic survey which is available at the following link: https://consult.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/children-and-families-services/short-breaks-consultation/.  The survey should take 10 minutes and all answers will be treated anonymously and kept confidential.  The survey will close on Monday 29 January, 2018. By completing the attached paper version of the survey and returning it to: Abbi Faulkner, Co-production Officer,  Integrated Disability Children’s Service (Floor 3 Bridgford North), County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2…

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Exciting Opportunities within The Evolve Trust

Do you want to open minds and create opportunities? The Evolve Trust is holding an open day for those interested working as a teacher within one of our academies on Thursday 1st Feb 2017.  For more information click on the link below Evolve Trust Flyer

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Please have a Merry Christmas!

We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing pupils on 9th January! Good bye to Mr Butler and Miss Foley!  

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The Evolve Trust Christmas Card Competition

Well done to Kian and Bobby who were the Beech winners in the Evolve Trust Christmas card competition. The winning entries were selected by the Trust leadership team for students exemplifying the values of the Evolve Trust through making a Christmas Card (The Evolve Trust values are Ambition, Integrity, Inclusivity, Endeavour and Resilience)  

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Thank you for attending our Celebration Assembly

Thank you to family and friends who came to support our learners at the celebration assembly this morning. It was good to see so many people there watching our students perform the first scenes from Oliver Twist, and then to watch the handing out of our Core Values Awards.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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100 percent attendance rewards

Well done to our students with 100% attendance who had a reward trip to Sherwood Pines. We had more students with 100% than ever before, so well done to our students achieving 100% and thank you to those at home who supported them.

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Thank you for your food donations

Thank you for your donations of human and animal food. Here are some of our students delivering your donations to the Jerry Green Dog Rescue at Blidworth in time for Christmas.

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Christmas dinner at the Westfield site

There was a very festive atmosphere at lunchtime as everyone on the Westfield site sat down to dine together.  This was followed by a game of charades (for the first time for some participants).  Even Harry the Westfield dog enjoyed his dinner.  Thank you again to Dawn and Andrea in the kitchen for our Christmas dinner.  

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Christmas dinner at the Beech site

There was a very festive atmosphere at lunchtime as the whole school sat down to dine together.  Thank you to Dawn and Andrea in the kitchen for our delicious Christmas dinner.

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Road to Russia Rewards for year 8

Well done to year 8 who have won the Autumn term attendance award in our Road to Russia competition.  Their treat was a trip to the cinema to see a film this morning at the Odeon.  Great work year 8!

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Christmas Cakes

Post-16 follow the BTEC Home Cooking skills qualification. For the last few weeks, they have taken a break from cooking meals to preparing their homemade artisan Christmas cakes. Miss Warrington was extremely pleased with the decoration skills and assures us that the cakes will taste as good as they look. Here are some photographs of the finished cakes.

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The Evolve Trust Celebrates the Outstanding Contribution of their Staff (continued)

Did you see our awards ceremony in the Chad? Click here to read the article: https://www.chad.co.uk/news/awards-for-academy-staff-who-are-top-of-the-class-1-8911108  

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The Evolve Trust Celebrates the Outstanding Contribution of their Staff

The Evolve Trust held their annual staff awards evening on Tuesday 5th December. This spectacular event was hosted by Claire-Marie Cuthbert, CEO of The Evolve Trust, Carl Atkin - Headteacher of The Brunts Academy, Adrian O’Malley – Headteacher of The Beech Academy and Simon Sharp – Headteacher of The Bramble Academy. Staff, Headteachers, Evolve Trust Trustees and the leadership team were dressed in glittering evening attire and were welcomed at Forever Green with a drinks reception, awards ceremony and celebratory dinner. Claire-Marie Cuthbert said “This annual event celebrates the outstanding contribution that staff has made in helping the Trust succeed with its vision -to open minds and create opportunities for children and young people to believe in themselves, achieve their potential and develop the skills needed to succeed and enjoy life.  As a Trust, we truly believe that our staff are our greatest asset and the awards evening is one of many ways we like to recognise the hard work staff do during the year”…

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Christmas Jumper Day at the Beech Academy

Today we took part in Christmas Jumper Day - an annual fundraising day for Save The Children.  We are still totalling up the money (we have some on each site) but wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part.  Here are some photos of everyone in their Christmas jumpers. Students are welcome to wear their Christmas jumpers again on Wednesday for Christmas Dinner (but without making a donation!)

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Did you spot us in the Chad?

Did you spot us in the Chad this week? We are on page 29 handing over out shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child. It was great to see so many others schools join us by participating in such a worthy cause.

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Rewards for reading

We know that reading is an important skill for our learners to succeed at school. We value our students endeavouring to read and their resilience in not giving up.  To encourage students to read they can earn a book token when they read in class, and these are totalled up each week with a prize for the form with the most. Year 8 not only won several of the weekly prizes but also the prize for the most book tokens over an entire term.  Here they are enjoying their special reward - an afternoon off-site (at our Westfield site) with a treat for lunch and a film. It has also been pleasing to note an increase in confidence and willingness for our learners to read as a result of this scheme.

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Birds at the Beech Bungalow Allotment

The Beech Allotment is another step closer to completion today with the installation of a bird feeder. Mr Claxton put the feeder together with helpers from his gardening club. Have a look out for the birds next time you visit the Beech Academy.

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Do you want to build a snowman?

Our year 9 students did! Here they are this afternoon with their snowman.  They demonstrated excellent teamwork and resilience as gathering this much snow together wasn't easy! A+ for effort

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Inclusive sports at Portland College

Our post16 students visit Portland College for one day a week as part of their educational provision. They have been playing inclusive sports while they have been there, and it was pleasing to see everyone joining in and giving it their best shot!

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Our new Christmas tree

  Students made a wooden Christmas tree at Portland College today. The tree is proudly displayed in their classroom to enjoy as we approach Christmas.  

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Aiming for the top!

Ambition is a core value of the Evolve Trust and something we value in our learners. Our year 10 and 11 students have demonstrated this value at the climbing wall in Nottingham as a sporting activity for BTEC Sport and Active Leisure. Students certainly demonstrated a desire and determination to achieve success.  The photographs show some of our climbers in action.

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Fun in the snow

Mansfield received a light coating of snow overnight and students were keen to make the most of it. We were fortunate that the snow on our all-weather pitch hadn't melted and was still there at break time. Students were offered the chance to have a snowball fight, with clear rules (note the patch of no-man's land in the middle) and the opportunity to pelt members of staff as well as each other. The photo shows the fun the students had, there are more on our Facebook page.  Mr Butler said he was grateful that most of the students were poor shots as he seemed to be a popular target! A great time was had by all. Please keep an eye on the Beech Academy website (and Facebook/Twitter) for information relating to snow closures should we have a lot of snow over the weekend.

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New stickers to reward our Core Values

Thank you to Mrs Goodings for creating these amazing stickers that we are awarding to pupils when they have demonstrated our Core Values......  

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SEND Capital Funding Consultation- Notts County Council

SEND Capital Funding Consultation – we need you to help inform our plans!! Nottinghamshire County Council has got the green light to press ahead with plans to access its share of a new national £215m funding programme. The Special Provision Capital Grant is to support local authorities to invest in provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities aged 0-25 years to improve the quality and range of provision available to the local authority. It is intended for the children and young people with education, health and care plans for whom Councils are responsible and will be released over the next three years. Both locally and nationally the demand for special school places continues to increase. Special Schools and Academies within the County have reached capacity, meaning that more children and young people are being taught in schools much further from their home, sometimes out of county. We are very keen to gain the views of as many children and…

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Thinking of others at this seasonal time

We are proud of how caring our students can be.  This is the time of year that we think of other people who are less fortunate than ourselves. This year we will be running several reverse advent calendars at the Beech Academy.  The idea of a reverse advent calendar is that you put something in it every day (instead of taking something out) and you donate it to charity at the end.  We would like to run a box at the Westfield site and one at the main Beech site, both for a local food bank.  We will also be having a separate collection for a pet rescue centre. The Beech site will follow the following schedule Week Group w/c 4th Dec Y7 & Y10 w/c 11th Dec Y8 & Y11 w/c 18th Dec Y9 & P16 If you have any suggestions for a deserving cause please get in touch with the school before the end of the term.    

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Thank an Associate Member of Staff

On Friday we thanked all Associate Staff across Beech and the Evolve Trust.  Staff were presented with booklets of thanks from pupils and staff for all the hard work they do for our young people.  Darren Claxton was the overall winner for Beech and here he is being presented with his certificate......Well done Darren!

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Purple4Polio at the Westfield site

Pupils at the Beech Academy have been planting crocus corms for the spring.  The corms were donated by the Rotary Club of Mansfield as part of their Purple4Polio campaign.  The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child to indicate they have received their life saving oral polio vaccine.  The campaign has been going for over 30 years. This year, the Rotary Club of great Britain and Ireland are aiming to plant 10 million purple crocus corms! Pupils at both sites have been planting a fair few, but not quite 10 million!  We will update you with photographs of the crocuses in the Spring

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Rewards for 100% attendance

Well done Brodie who chose to go to McDonald's for his 100% attendance reward. Remember you need to have 100% attendance to win!

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Your Christmas shoe boxes are on their way

We take a pride in the inclusive nature of our students (inclusivity is one of the core values of the Evolve Trust).  Our parents & carers, students and staff have displayed this value in abundance as we have received 24 shoe boxes for the Samaritan's Purse appeal.  The parcels were handed over by our year 11 students to the team from Sports Direct and have started their journey to the distribution depot.  We hope they will make children in a distant country very happy, and in doing so remind us that Christmas is a time for giving as well as receiving. Thank you for your generosity in putting these gifts together. We will pass on any updates we receive from Sports Direct or Samaritan's Purse.  

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Children in Need

A huge thank-you to everyone who took part in Children in Need day by wearing non-uniform (or even a Pudsey Onesie!). We raised an impressive £90 from your donations.

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Anti-bullying week

We marked anti-bullying week this year by celebrating friendship and looking for positive things to say about others in our academy. Students wrote down the things they liked about someone else in their class and then shared it with them.  By helping students to build stronger friendships they will have someone to turn to when they need help, for example, if they ever encounter bullying outside of school.

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More 100% attendance awards

See below for photos from Mark and Kloe's attendance trip to Tesco. Mark and Kloe thoroughly enjoyed looking around the clothes section (Especially the handbags, which Mark loved!) We then went to the café where they both chose a drink, Mark and Kloe also had a colouring sheet and entered a competition! We had lots of conversations, practised our social skills and safely crossing the roads... The perfect way to reward 100% attendance

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More 100% attendance rewards

Josh enjoyed his prize for 100% attendance with a tour of Mansfield Town Football Club and a hot chocolate in McDonalds. We had a guided tour of the ground, including a preview of the Director’s area and a sit in Steve Evan’s seat in the dugout. In the changing rooms, Josh met some of the players, including defender David Mirfin who he also had his photo taken with. Josh had a brilliant time and it was much deserved – keep up the great attendance, Josh!

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Children in Need 2017

We will be having a non uniform day on Friday to support Children in Need.  Pupils and staff will be asked to contribute £1 to support this good cause.

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Literacy Sessions

Pupils at Beech have smaller group sessions for literacy so that work can be appropriately pitched and allow them the support they need to develop fundamental skills.  Here is a photo of pupils in KS3 today receiving focused literacy support.

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Remembering the Trenches of World War I

We had an assembly on Wednesday centred around Remembrance Day.  In the afternoon the PE group visited the Trenches Project at Sherwood Pines to learn more about the conditions faced by the soldiers in World War I.  You can find out more about the project here

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New telephone system being installed Friday 10th November

  Please be aware that the Beech Academy is having a new phone system installed on Friday afternoon.  Could we request that you bear with us if you experience difficulty getting through on Friday - any difficulty in getting through is likely to be temporary. Once the phone system has been installed we will have one telephone number for the whole school - 01623 626008 and you will be asked to select the site once your call is answered.

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Remembrance poppies

We have a box of poppies (and a few wristbands etc) in the reception of our Fairholme Drive site that students can purchase should they want to show their respect in advance of Remembrance Sunday this weekend. The box will be there for the rest of the week along with the collection box.  There isn't a set price for any of the items, we would just ask that a donation is put in the collection box. You can find out more about the 2017 Poppy  Appeal here.  

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Football match

Students went to the Foxwood Academy to play football earlier this week.  We are pleased to report that there was lots of excellent teamwork and our students were a credit to the school.  Well done!

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School dinners

The school dinner menus are shown below for your convenience.  The menu weeks will be added to the school calender shortly. Menu cycle 1 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Chef’s Special £2.30 Chef’s Special £2.30 Chef’s Special £2.30 Chef’s Special £2.30 Chef’s Special £2.30 Lasagne, Garlic Slice,  Sweetcorn   Apple & Apricot Cobbler with Custard   Fruit/ Yoghurt   Drink Sweet Chilli Turkey, Noodles Mixed Veg   Meringue Nest with Cream and Fruit Yoghurt/ fruit   Drink Roast Gammon with Gravy, Roast potatoes, carrots   Cornflake Tart with custard   Yoghurt/ fruit   Drink Sausages, Yorkshire Pudding, Mash Potatoes, Carrots   Magic Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce Yoghurt/ Fruit   Drink Fish or Quiche Chips Mushy Peas or Baked Beans   Sticky Toffee Pudding with custard/yoghurt/ fruit   Drink Meal Deal  £2.30 Meal Deal  £2.30 Meal Deal  £2.30 Meal Deal  £2.30 Meal Deal  £2.30 Sandwich or Baguette Flapjack or Biscuit Drink   OR   Jacket with 2 fillings Pudding & Custard Drink Sandwich or Baguette…

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Post 16 developing employability skills

We have high aspirations for all of our students and encourage them to broaden their horizons.  Employability worker Laura has been working with our students to develop skills that will help them in the workplace.  Here are some of our students endeavouring to solve a challenge.

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Governors Wanted…..

WANTED – NEW GOVERNORS- THE BEECH ACADEMY Want to help make a difference to students with Special Educational Needs?  Then this is for you!! What are we looking for? Our Governors come to us through a variety of routes and with a range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences, but they are all volunteers who work together for the benefit of the Academy and are the link between the Academy and the community it serves. We are currently looking for new Community Governors and would be delighted to hear from anyone who has: An interest in the performance of the Academy. A desire to contribute to and represent the community. An open and enquiring mind. The ability to look at issues objectively. The confidence to ask questions and join in debate. A willingness to listen and make informed judgements. The ability to work well with others. If you match the above description, you may be the very person to become a Governor at The Beech…

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Beech Academy proud to be awarded prestigious Stonewall Silver award for equality @stonewalluk

  The Beech Academy (as part of the Evolve Trust) embraces inclusivity as one of its core values.  In recognition of the work the school has done to promote equality for all, Stonewall has awarded the Beech Academy a silver award.  Only 8 schools nationally (across all phases and designations) have been awarded silver in the past two years, and only 87 schools in total have received an award at any level over the same timeframe. Stonewall says “The Bronze, Silver and Gold awards give greater recognition to schools tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating diversity. They also enable schools to effectively benchmark their progress and give direction to their ongoing work in this area.” To achieve the Silver award, the academy had to demonstrate a commitment to equality including members of the LGBT community. The school has reviewed policies, put procedures in place (such as gender neutrality across the school, being prepared for LGB and trans students), staff training, an inclusive curriculum,…

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Working together to improve student achievement update

We told you in September about how we are challenging staff to make sure that students are doing the best they can (linking to our Trust values of endeavour and ambition). Once again we looked at books belonging to students from each year group.  We compared the quality of work across all subjects and year groups and were pleased to find the quality of work had been maintained. This time our scrutiny was joined by two of our governors who fed back the same findings during a governors meeting later the same evening. Well done to our all of our students who tried their best to produce this work of such high standard.

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Dodgeball festival

Students from a variety of classes attended a dodgeball festival today at the Harvey Haddon sports village.  It is always a pleasure to report excellent conduct and fantastic teamwork and today was no exception. A huge "well done" to those that attended for doing their best.

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Operation Christmas Child @OCC_UK @sportsdirectUK

The Beech Academy will be taking part in Operation Christmas Child this year.  The operation in the Mansfield area is sponsored by Sports Direct who will handle the logistics (collecting the parcels and delivering to the Operation Christmas Child Depot) and they will also pay the donation required to get the shoebox to its destination.  The aim of the project is to help underprivileged children across the world by sending a Christmas gift in a shoebox. Not only does this provide a valuable opportunity for our learners to make a difference to other students but it also reminds us that Christmas is a time to think of others (we pride ourselves on being an inclusive organisation). Details of what you can put in your shoebox can be found here.  We've also included videos from local schools below that took part last year. If you have any questions about Operation Christmas Child at the Beech Academy then comment on Facebook, Tweet us, fill in the contact form on…

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Attendance rewards

Attendance is very important to us all at the Beech Academy. Students who don't attend school will miss lessons and then can fall behind their classmates. As well as a whole class attendance competition (The Road to Russia) we have a weekly draw in an attendance raffle.  Winning students with 100% attendance get to choose an activity for some 1:1 time with an adult of their choice.  These students chose to go for a drink at McDonalds as their attendance raffle reward - thank you for coming to school every day!

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Increase in PAN- Update

Our consultation period for the proposed increase in PAN has now closed. Please find below a letter sent to all parents/carers with an update on the current proposal. Consultation letter Update Oct 2017

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Perseverance rewarded – it’s never too late to learn to read!

Well done to one of our post-16 student who has demonstrated great ambition and resilience.  The student in question told the staff that he wanted to spend more time working on his reading and literacy skills.  Today he has sat down with a teaching assistant and completed one set of phase 2 set 5 phonics cards, independently reading and writing them and also self-correcting. We are very proud not only of his achievement but the fact that he kept trying, Well done!

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Making models of DNA

Sometimes looking a picture just isn't enough so this week our year 11 students have been making models of DNA (for their GCSE biology course) using sweets.  Some students had a better double helix than others but all were recognisable as DNA.  Well done to our year 11 students!

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Assembly time…..

Assemblies at Beech provide a chance for pupils to come together and look at a variety of different issues.  Todays assembly was about Black History Month where students explored issues relating to discrimination.

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Macmillan coffee morning

A huge well-done to year 11 students who hosted the Macmillan coffee morning (with a little guidance from Miss Warrington).  As well as raising money for a very worthwhile cause, the students were able to use photographs as evidence for their BTEC Hospitality qualification.  We are very proud of all our students, both those who hosted and those who came as guests, for their exemplary behaviour and for demonstrating the values we think are important as a trust (including inclusivity and endeavouring to raise as much money as possible) Thank you as well to the large number of parents, carers and friends of the school who came to lend their support and spend their money.  The total at the end of the afternoon stands at £176.38 which includes the takings from both our main Fairholme drive site and the Westfield site.  

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Jeans for Genes day – thank you to everyone

At the Beech Academy, inclusivity is important to us because we are all different and have a variety of needs.  We wanted to raise awareness of those people that have a genetic disorder and do something to help so we decided to take part in Genes for Jeans Day.  As part of the day, students found out about some of the science surrounding genetics and the challenges faced by people who suffer from a genetic disorder (and those that are carriers of faulty genes for a genetic disorder).  In addition to raising awareness, our students and staff donated a total of £62 for the Jeans for Genes day fund! Thank you to everyone who donated or came into school wearing jeans.    

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Being part of the Evolve Trust

Some of our parents ask questions about the Evolve Trust, who are they? What do they do? How do they affect me as a parent? Being part of the Evolve Trust is like being part of a close family.  Schools within the trust are like brothers and sisters, they all look out for each other and support each other to be the very best that they can. The staff based at the Trust are like parents, it is their job to guide and nurture the schools, challenge them to be the best that they can be, and to be responsible for them. Schools within the trust are driven by our shared values - ambition, integrity, inclusivity, endeavour, and resilience.  Parents, carers and guardians who were able to attend our last celebration assembly have already seen this video but it encapsulates and celebrates the values that are at the centre of everything we do.  We hope you enjoy watching it. Evolve from MaD - Media and…

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Well done Mr Hawcock for going the extra mile

Well done to Mr Hawcock who came to the rescue last week.  A number of essential stationery items hadn't arrived in school ready for the start of term and Mr Hawcock drove to the ESPO depot in Leicestershire and collected them for the school (literally going the extra mile!) to make sure our learners could make the best start to the school year.

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GCSE Biology – a great start to the mandatory practicals

Year 11 are in the second week of their GCSE Biology course.  Today we completed the first mandatory practical, dictated by the exam board.  Students had to prepare a slide and then look at it and draw it using a microscope, in common with students in mainstream and special schools up and down the country.  Students completed this as part of a carousel of activities with every student making a slide that clearly showed the cells in onion skin.  Science teacher Mr Butler said "I'm extremely pleased with the group, not only did they complete a number of challenging tasks but they reflected the values of the school by endeavouring to do their best and by not giving up when things went wrong (resilience)" Here are some photographs of the group in action and some of the slides they made.

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