100% attendance award this week

At the Beech Academy, each week all of the pupils who attend school every day go in to the draw for enrichment time the following week. On a Friday afternoon, one member of staff chooses from the extensive list of full attenders and their name is celebrated in the achievement assembly with all the pupils and staff. This week’s winner was Mark and he decided he wanted to take Mr Palethorpe to Matalan to have a look at some of the items he would like to buy for his holidays. He had a fantastic time and was happy to pose for some photos to show everyone how much he enjoyed it. Our attendance as an Academy this year is over 1% higher than the same point and nearly 4% higher than the national average for Special Schools which is a great achievement for the pupils.

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World Book Day competition

Day 7

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KS4 pupils lead the way at Beech

Years 10 and 11 pupils have been leading lessons in PE by supporting KS3 and the nurture pupils to develop coordination, speed and technique as part of the multi- skills ‘plan an activity’ unit. They have really thrived on this responsibility and coordinated the events from start to finish. Thank you to Mr Richardson and the Nurture team, Mr Palethorpe, Miss Sergeant and Mr Skelton for their support with this also.

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World Book Day competition

Day 6

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World Book Day competition

Day 5

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The Beech Academy celebrated World Book Day by dressing as their favourite book characters

On Thursday 7th March students and staff across all three sites at The Beech Academy celebrated World Book Day by dressing as their favourite book characters. `Sharing a story` was the theme of the day and a variety of reading sessions took place around school and in lessons. Students took part in multisensory lessons that were linked to a book or poem. The KS4 students at Westfield read an extract from `Skellig` by David Almond where Skellig asks Michael for` Number 27 and 53`. These are food items from a Chinese menu so Mrs Cooper encouraged the students to try some chicken chow mein, sweet and sour chicken, prawn crackers and duck spring rolls!! Students entered lots of competitions and enjoyed shopping and swapping their book tokens in Tesco and W.H Smiths.

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World Book Day competition

Day 4

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World Book Day competion

Day 3

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World Book Day competition

Day 2

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World Book Day competition

Each day for the next week we will show a member of staff's favourite books.  Can you guess who? Day 1

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Workwise Day

Beech welcomed a variety of employers to the Academy today, who held taster sessions for pupils to access different career opportunities. Pupils learnt about the skills and qualities required for the career, alongside an understanding of the job tasks which would be carried out each day. Pupils had the opportunity to play basketball with professional player, make smoothies on a bike, create their own energy using a battery and magnets, act as a waiter in a hospitality setting and take photos using high tech cameras. It was fantastic to see so many students engaged in the activities and talking about the sessions with enthusiasm and wanting to aspire to a career after talking to an employer. We welcomed Lee English Sports Coaching, Pulp Friction Smoothies, The Police, County Battery, The Archer (landmarks) and JP Wedding Photography. During the next 2 weeks, students will be visiting the Fire Brigade, welcoming Linney’s and Leeds United FC as part of their careers programme for this half-term.

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Beech goes pancake crazy!

Pupils are the Beech Academy in Post 16 spent the morning on Tuesday making delicious pancakes that they then shared around the site for pupils and staff. With a variety of sweet and savoury toppings, pancake mix and some hungry people, there wasn’t much left by the end of the morning. Thank you to Miss Warrington and the P16 team for all their efforts

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Non uniform for World Book Day on Thursday 7th March

To celebrate World Book Day at Beech we are inviting you to take part in a non uniform day. You pay 50p and attend school in non uniform or in book character dress. All proceeds will go towards buying books, comics, magazines and audio books for the new library

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The Beech Academy gets in to Politics

The pupils in Years 8 and 10 at Beech have embarked on a politics project where they get to have live web links with local and national figures. Today, we welcomed Mayor Kate Allsop and tomorrow we link to Westminster to speak to MP Ben Bradley. Both representatives have gratefully accepted the challenge of being questioned by the pupils who generated the questions independently. The pupils excelled themselves, put forward their questions and demonstrated our values in every aspect whilst representing the Academy.

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The Beech Academy launches World Book Day

On Wednesday, Mrs Cooper launched World Book Day with pupils from both the main and Westfield sites. The pupils were absolutely amazing and engaged with some of the fantastic ideas we have coming up in the next week which includes fancy dress, interactive reading lessons across the day and ideas for our new library which will be refurbished in the next term.

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Football followed by a penalty shoot out

A successful afternoon on the 15th February for our students who chose to play football as part of their attendance reward. The students played a game of football followed by a penalty shoot out.

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The Beech Academy Professional Learning and Development Day – Monday 25th February

On Monday, staff will be at the Academy planning the new curriculum for September 2019 to support our pupils to have the knowledge and skills to fulfil their potential. We will reopen on Tuesday morning. Hope all our pupils and families have had a lovely half term holiday!

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Year 10 shoot for the stars in science!

On Thursday, Year 10 took the theory and put it in to practice by making ‘Water Bottle Rockets’. This experiment needed the pupils to pump air in to the water container and the increasing the pressure then caused it to explode in to the sky! Great fun and practical learning was had by all and thank you to Miss Johnson, Mr Claxton and Mr Palethorpe for their enthusiasm and energy in lessons.

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Community Studies

Westfield pupils and staff enjoyed an informative visit to Mansfield Fire Station this week as part of their community studies work.  The visit was delayed due to an emergency incident, so many thanks to the Fire and Rescue Service for making time for the visit.

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Post 16 Work Experience

At the Beech Academy, we are incredibly proud of the fact that we help prepare our pupils for the world of work and a real success this year has been our partnership Floralands in Nottingham. As part of their work experience, pupils attend the adventure park and also work in the café ‘Blossoms’. The owner of cafe is very accommodating and he explained why and how they do the jobs they do to help provide an excellent service to the paying public. After all the pupils hard work, they also received a free cookie each. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed their experience and they are eager to return next week.

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That Winning Feeling! Foxwood 1:3 Beech

- The Beech Academy’s winning run continues. Two goals from Bobby and one goal from Liam sealed the win. Beech played some really good football showing amazing team values. All 5 core values was achieved by every player as everyone behaved impeccably. It was a credit to take these students out of school as they represented the school with passion and pride. Thank you to Mr Sipson and Mr Palethorpe for taking the team over to Nottingham.

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Nurture Provision

It’s been a great morning in the Nurture Provision this morning! KS3 and KS4 Reading Ambassadors joined the Nurture provision to share some of our favorite books. The students showed great resilience and inclusivity while working with each other. Well done to all of them!

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Music is the answer at The Beech Academy!

Our pupils have the opportunity to engage with music lessons during lunch time and our enrichment activity period at the end of the day. Mr Claxton works with the pupils to give them access to play musical instruments but also facilitates the ability to create music in our technology suite. We work with our pupils to build up their confidence with the instruments and also noise levels which also allows the pupils to be creative with music. As we move towards the end of the term, work will begin on renovating the music room and fully equipping it with new resources, software to create music, decks to play the music on with the ultimate aim of allowing our pupils to access music technology as part of the curriculum entitlement.

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Belvoir Cricket and Countryside Trust

Every year we get tremendous support from the Belvoir Cricket and Countryside Trust. Darren Bricknell comes in to teach table cricket to KS3, and the Trust sponsored t-shirts for the team when we qualified for the national finals in 2017, and they host a countryside day in the summer where pupils meet birds of prey and the hounds from the Belvoir Hunt. This is their promotional video, watch carefully and you will spot Beech people at various points!!

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Live Teaching and Learning coaching at Beech…

Staff this year have had the opportunity to work at the Academy on a live coaching facility where with the use of technology, the teacher can get live feedback and tips from one of the team during lessons rather than getting retrospective feedback at the end of the school day. We also then have the facility to record the lessons, let the staff watch them back, reflect on the impact in that lessons, divide sections up and share this as best practice through staff meetings in the future. So far, Mr Lucas, Miss Warrington and Miss Johnson have been working with Mr Bunney and the feedback has been incredibly positive. We look forward to seeing the impact of this on our staff’s teaching and pupil’s learning in the coming weeks.

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The Beech Way – Who needs Subway!

Today the years 10s have been learning about counter service in BTEC Hospitality. We turned the food room into Beechway and the workers had to make their own sub and healthy snack. We then acted out counter service demonstrating excellent customer service. This is good preparation for future careers.

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Extra Curricular PE at the Beech Academy

Pupils in Key Stage 4 and 5 have started their extra-curricular PE lessons this week and attend the Towers in Mansfield. Pupils played pool and snooker during the afternoon and it was great to see the pupils learning a new set of skills, scoring and cooperating collectively whilst also behaving impeccably.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from the Beech Academy as part of the Evolve Trust. Just a reminder to our pupils and their families that we return to school on Tuesday 8th January as the staff have a Professional Learning and Development day at the Academy on Monday. We look forward to building on the amazing work of 2018 and making 2019 even better! Ambition, Inclusivity, Endeavour, Integrity and Resilience being at the centre of all we do!

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The Beech Academy

The academy celebrated the achievements of students with an end of term celebration assembly, in which parents, governors and the Evolve Trust Executive Team attended and our CEO, Claire Cuthbert presented our Values Awards. The awards included subject ambassadors, core values, student council representatives, leader of the term and work experience excellence. The awards given were for those students who have consistently demonstrated the core values of the school, displaying progress, a willingness to support those students around them and contributing to the wider school. The assembly also provided an opportunity to review the fantastic events which have happened since September, supported and lead by the amazing staff and students at Beech. These include charity events, fayres, disco and sporting events. It was amazing to see so many of our parents in attendance who also joined us for mince pies after the event. A big thank you goes to Post 16 who did a wonderful job of decorating the room, with Year 11 taking a…

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Christmas Dinner

Today Dawn cooked up a magnificent Christmas dinner, ably assisted by Andrea who made a welcome return.  At the main site Mr Lucas was supported by Dawn Pare from the Trust, and Claire Cuthbert, our CEO, serving up the food.  At Westfield site it was a quieter affair with staff and students entering into the Christmas spirit.                             

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Christmas Choir

Today some members of our choir entertained the residents at Berry Hill Nursing Home.  Merry Christmas!

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Westfield Site Christmas Fayre

Thank you to parents and carers, and pupils and staff from the main site, who visited the Christmas Fayre at Westfield this morning.  The event raised over £200 for the Bridge Street Methodist Church Soup Kitchen, as well as receiving donations of clothing and blankets that will be taken to the soup kitchen later. Very well done to the students and staff who provided an amazing array of cakes, handcrafts and indoor games to play. Many thanks also to Cliff and Helen Tyers from the Church who presented the Academy with a decoration for their tree, and an invitation for pupils and parents to join them for their Nativity Service on Sunday at 4pm where there will be real donkeys!!       

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End of Term Football

Over recent weeks our football team has had some significant victories.  As a result, Mr Sipson was unable to find an opponent for an end of term match so we created two teams, The Blues and The Yellows from our pupils. The match was played in a great sporting spirit with the correct amount of competitiveness on display.  Honours were even with one team winning the match and the other winning the penalty shoot out at the end! Well done to the players and staff!

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End of Term Reward Trip

On Friday Miss Thurston and Mr Sipson took the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils with the most achievement points and Core Value nominations out for a reward trip.  These pupils have consistently demonstrated our core values of endeavour, ambition, integrity, resilience and inclusivity throughout the term.  A great time was had by all.

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Christmas Preparations

The Leadership team at Beech have been working hard to make sure things are ready for our festivities next week!

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Christmas Celebrations

Next week we have a range of end of term activities for pupils Monday - Christmas Fayre at Westfield Site.  Pupils may wear non-uniform or Christmas jumpers, 50p donation towards the Soup Kitchen charity (optional) Tuesday - normal day and uniform Wednesday Christmas dinner and Christmas Jumper day Thursday - Celebration Assembly, normal uniform Friday - talent show and disco, Christmas jumpers may be worn A letter has gone home, and we will send a reminder today for you to keep at home.  Looking forward to a busy festive week.

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Christmas Swim Party

Today Key Stage 3 celebrated the last swim of the term with a ball party after they had had a shortened lesson.  Thank you to all the staff from Notts Schools Swimming and the Rebecca Addlington Centre for all their help this term.

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Christmas Jumpers

We will be wearing our Christmas Jumpers on Wednesday 19th December when we have Christmas dinner.  We are aware that some pupils are thinking it is tomorrow (Friday 14th) but that is the national Christmas jumper day, and Ryan's birthday, and normal school dress is required.  Thank you!!

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PE at Sherwood Pines

Today Miss Thurston's PE group got into the Christmas spirit at Sherwood Pines.  The group had a great time having a Christmas sing-a-long in the bus (led by Mrs Wilson!) and a hot chocolate at the café.        

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Staff Awards

Last night The Evolve Trust held its staff awards evening.  CEO Claire Cuthbert, Chair Dominic Swift and Head Teacher Michael Lucas took the opportunity to thank all the staff at the Academy for their endeavour and ambition in changing young people's lives and showing resilience through some challenging times.  Mrs Palmer, Mr Skelton, Miss Sergeant, Mr Sipson, Miss Johnson, Mr Bunney, our cook Dawn Clarke, and volunteer Rebecca Prestwood all won awards for demonstrating our core values every day and going the extra mile for our pupils.

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Swimming

An absolutely fantastic swimming session this morning full of firsts.  Well done to everyone, but a particular shout out to Kaelem, Ryan, Callum, Zack, Liam, Owen and Mr Sipson who jumped into the pool for the first time ever!! [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://www.beech.evolvetrust.org/content/uploads/2018/11/Adam-Jumping.mp4"][/video]

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Westfield Christmas Fayre

On Monday 17th December pupils at the Westfield Site will be hosting a Christmas Fayre between 11.00am and 1.00pm.  There will be Christmas craft, cakes and drinks on sale with all donations going to the Bridge Street Methodist Church Soup Kitchen.  Pupils will also be collecting donations of food items and raffle prizes for the event and clothing and for homeless people who visit the soup kitchen.

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Community Studies

Students from Westfield recently visited Mansfield Magistrate Court as part of their Aims Award and Community Studies to develop an understanding of the Criminal Justice System. They were able to sit in the public gallery and observe first- hand a working court in action and the roles of people involved at each stage.

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Half Term 2, Parents Letter 2018

Dear Parents and Carers, Thank you once again for your support with what has been another fantastic Autumn Term. Life at the Academy has been incredibly busy but unbelievably rewarding. This is down to the positive approach from the pupils, you as parents/carers and the fantastic staff who continue to go over and above to support the Beech Academy and its young people. It is hard to summarise in one document everything that we have achieved in the past few weeks but this letter illustrates some of my personal highlights. Half Term 2 Parents letter 2018>

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Learning Assistant Grade 3 and Grade 4 vacancies – Closing Date: 3rd December 2018 (12 noon)

Thank you for expressing an interest in the two job vacancies here at The Beech Academy Specialist Provision. We are proud to be an academy within The Evolve Trust – a group of academies that work together to help all students achieve their very best outcomes through strong partnership and collaborative learning. We are an academy that caters for children with a range of special needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorder and moderate learning difficulties. Vacancy Information •Site: The Beech Academy Role: Learning Assistant •Salary: NJC Grade 4 - Point 19-23 (TTO) Candidate Pack for Grade 4 Job Vacancy Information •Site: The Beech Academy •Role: Learning Assistant •Salary: NJC Grade 3 - Point 14 - 18 (TTO) Candidate Pack For Grade 3 Job Staff application form Completed application forms to be emailed to jobs@evolvetrust.org

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Year 11 Science

Great to see Miss Johnson and Year 11 completing microbiology work in Science this week.  The pupils investigated which antiseptic is most effective.      

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Children In Need

Moneys are all in and a terrific sum of £286.50 was raised for Children In Need.  Thank you to all pupils and staff who donated, and Miss Warrington and Year 11 who organised the events. [caption id="attachment_8706" align="alignnone" width="387"]  KODAK Digital Still Camera[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8708" align="alignnone" width="390"] KODAK Digital Still Camera[/caption]

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Children In Need

Today we joined in the national Children In Need day, with our own Pudsey Posse in attendance.  Pupils and staff dressed in onesies and pyjamas and at break Y11 provided hot chocolate and cookies and organised a soft toy raffle.  It was a great day and pupils had an amazing time while raising money for charity.  Thank you to Miss Warrington who coordinated the events; she is counting up the takings and we will update you with the amount of money raised for this great cause.

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Remembrance Day

Ms Evans presented the Beech wreath at a Remembrance Parade on Sunday.  Our Chair of Governors, Amanda Robinson, took part in the parade at the Cenotaph in London.  #LestWeForget                                                                  

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Lest We Forget

This week we have been paying respect to all those who have lost their lives in conflict.  In particular we have focused on The Great War, with Armistice Day being 100 years ago on Sunday.  In particular we have thought about the resilience and endeavour of the soldiers in the trenches fighting in terrible conditions.  After a special assembly pupils have taken part in activities including visits to an exhibition about the boy soldiers of Mansfield and the trenches in Sherwood Pines and heard the story of other boy soldiers.  Some of the poppies made by pupils were made into a wreath that will be laid at a memorial service on Sunday.

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Halloween Disco

This week we celebrated Halloween with a disco organised by Post 16.  Pupils and staff had a fantastic afternoon dancing to the soundtrack provided by MC Bunney and taking part in traditional activities such as apple bobbing.  It was lovely to see James who has been very poorly and unable to attend school for a while.                                                                  

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Consent workshops

Last year, Year 11 took part in a Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Police sponsored project looking at issues around consent.  At the end of the workshops the pupils wrote and recorded radio adverts to inform other teenagers about the importance of consent.  The project was run across the county, and a judging panel of young people had a difficult choice in judging the merits of all the entries.  One of the Beech adverts was awarded a runners up position for their informative and innovative clip advising young people how they can say 'No' if someone asks them to do something they don't want to do. Today Kirstin Lamb from Notts County Council and DCI Peter Quinn from Notts Police joined our assembly where the pupils shared their work, and then presented Y11 with a certificate of excellence for their work.

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School Closures

A polite reminder to parents that this Friday, 26th October, Beech will be closed to pupils as we have a professional learning (INSET) day for staff.   There is another on Monday 5th November so school will re-open for pupils on Tuesday 6th November. We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe half term holiday.  

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Inclusive football tournament

Today a team from years 7 and 8 played in an inclusive football tournament at Joseph Whittaker School.  The boys played against teams from Hucknall National, Joseph Whittaker, Wings and Outwood Valley schools,and in a tense final match edged a 3-2 victory in extra time against Manor to win the bronze medal. Well done to the boys and their coach Mr Sipson who all showed great endeavour throughout the tournament.    

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Learning Assistant – Closing Date: Thursday, 25th October 2018 (12 noon)

We are an academy that caters for children with a range of special needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorder and moderate learning difficulties. Vacancy Information •Site: The Beech Academy •Role: Learning Assistant •Salary: NJC Grade 4 - Point 19-23 (£19,446 - £21,693 – dependent upon experience) Staff Application Form Information Candidate Pack October 2018 Completed application forms to be emailed to jobs@evolvetrust.org

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Y7 Forest Schools

This morning Year 7 and their tutor team showed great resilience and ambition during their Forest School lesson with Mr Bennett.

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Dodgeball

Last week Year 9 represented Beech Academy at the inclusive schools dodgeball tournament.  Well done to all the boys; their skills and understanding of the game improved dramatically during the morning.

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Ice skating with Nottingham Panthers

Last week pupils and staff enjoyed a morning at the National Ice Arena skating with the Nottingham Panthers.  The pupils showed great endeavour and resilience, bouncing back after sliding over a fair few times.  Pupils behaved impeccably and were a credit to the Academy.  

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SEN Teacher – Closing Date: Tuesday 23rd October 2018 (12 noon)

We are an academy that caters for children with a range of special needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorder and moderate learning difficulties. This post is for the Beech Academy Westfield site. Vacancy Information •Responsible to: Senior Leadership Team •Site: The Beech Academy (Westfield Site) •Role: SEN Teacher •Salary: MPS/UPS plus SEN Allowance •Working Time: 195 days per year. Full-time - (Required for January 2019) SEN Teacher Job Description Teacher Information Candidate Pack October 2018 Application Form Please email your completed application form to jobs@evolvetrust.org

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New Uniform for our Post 16 pupils

After the Academy launched our new uniform in September this year, the post 16 pupils also requested some new attire and we proudly presented the pupils with their sixth form hoodies on Friday in our celebration assembly at the end of the week. The pupils, who were led by Chantelle who is also a member of the student council decided on the jumper design, the colour and also how the Beech Academy logo would be featured so many thanks to Chantelle for her drive and support to make this happen. #scholasticexcellence

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Cross Country

Well done to the pupils who took part in the Inclusive School Cross Country Championship at Colwick Park this morning.  The teams showed great endeavour and resilience and represented the Academy brilliantly.  Great effort boys!  

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Top marks for anti-bullying!

The Beech Academy has been awarded top marks for its anti-bullying work.  Throughout the last academic year, the Academy worked with The Anti-Bullying Alliance in a DfE funded project to reduce bullying and improve the well-being of pupils.  The Academy was informed last week that it has been awarded Gold Status, the highest ranking.  Sarah Barrett, Director of Provision and All Together School lead said, 'We are very proud that our work has been recognised as innovative and effective.  No school can say there is no bullying, but what is important is that when a problem exists between two people it should be resolved promptly, preferably by talking.  Our use of restorative practices empowers young people to say how they feel and identify how they would like situations to change.' During the last Ofsted inspection inspectors commented that 'pupils did not raise any concerns about bullying. Those pupils who spoke with inspectors said they were confident in the staff’s ability to deal with concerns.'

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to all those parents and carers who came in to make our Macmillan Coffee Morning such a success.  Year 11 were amazing hosts and were magnificently organised by Miss Warrington, Mr Brindley, Miss Sargeant and Mr Skelton.  Thanks also to the staff who contributed raffle prizes and cakes , especially all the gluten free ones; Miss Thurston is going to be enjoying them for a couple of weeks!!  There was a lovely atmosphere in the hall with all the pupils and their guests together, and as a bonus the fantastic total of £302 was raised for Macmillan.                                          

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Macmillan Coffe Morning

Don't forget that tomorrow (Friday 28th September) Year 11 will be hosting our Macmillan Coffee morning between 10.30 and 12.oo noon.  There will be a warm welcome to parents and friends of the school.  Pop in, eat cake and donate money to this worthy cause!

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Art in Sherwood Pines

Today during PE some of our Key Stage 4 and Post16 students created artwork at Sherwood Pines.  Developing a love for the outdoors and showing creativity is a great way to have spent the afternoon!   

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Award from Emma and Ben from Teaching Personell

Today in assembly, Miss Rogers received an award from Emma and Ben from Teaching Personell as part of their Teaching Assistant of the Year celebration.  Miss Rogers joined Beech Academy 3 years ago after working at Brunts Academy, also a member of the Evolve Trust.  In her nomination, Leah was praised for her ‘positive attitude and willingness to learn which go beyond her role. These have had a very positive impact on the lives of the pupils she supports.  Leah has spent a lot of her personal time developing and adapting her skills to meet the needs of her pupils. ‘  Highlighting her dedication, the nomination goes on to say ‘Leah spends her break times in the tutor room which is within the main part of the school.  While technically on her ‘free time’ she always has the room door open and is prepared to have pupils come and sit and talk to her about their worries and concerns.’ Miss Rogers predominantly works with our…

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Jeans for GENES day

The Beech Academy staff and students deviated away from the Trust uniform policy on Friday to raise money for charity. Staff and students came in to school wearing by also contributing 50p which the charity will receive next week. Thanks again to staff and students supporting the cause as many of our young people have genetic conditions so this is something very close to many of our families.

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It’s Jeans for Genes Day on Friday 21 September 2018. Pupils should wear jeans (or other trousers they wouldn't wear to school) to school and join in the fun! Normal shirts, jumpers or blazers should be worn. The money raised provides vital care and support for thousands of children with life-altering genetic disorders. Please bring a 50p donation (or more!) for our collection box. If you’d like to find out more about how our support will help, please visit their website at jeansforgenes.org

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Extra mile award

Well done to Miss Sergeant for winning the extra mile award for her work on the values display and assembly last Friday. Students are celebrated daily and weekly for achieving the values awards in all aspects of their school life. We look forward to filling the board by Christmas with the names of the students and which values they have demonstrated. Thank you Miss Sergeant! Mr Lucas

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KS3 Swimming

On Friday Key Stage 3 pupils started their swimming lessons at the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre.  It was fantastic to see all the pupils in the water showing great endeavour, and resilience as it was slightly cooler than normal!  Well done to everyone, especially the middle group whose teacher asked that they got a special mention.             

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School Nurse Arrangements

This morning we had a very positive meeting with members of the Healthy Family Team (formerly known as school nurses!).  There will be a team member in school on the first Wednesday of each month available to see pupils about issues such as healthy living and eating.  If parents would like to make a referral to the team they can do so by ringing the Mansfield District Advice Line on 01623 435522 (lines open Monday to Friday, 9.00 - 4.30).  

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Learning Assistant – Closing Date: Wednesday 19 September 2018 (12 noon)

We are an academy that caters for children with a range of special needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorder and moderate learning difficulties. Vacancy Information •Site: The Beech Academy •Role: Learning Assistant •Salary: NJC Grade 3 - Point 14-18 (£16,035 - £17,113 - dependent upon experience) Click here for more

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Receptionist – Part Time – Closing Date: Wednesday 19 September 2018 (12 noon)

We are an academy that caters for children with a range of special needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorder and moderate learning difficulties. Vacancy Information •Site: The Beech Academy •Role: Receptionist Part Time (18.5 Hours - Term Time Only) •Salary: NJC Grade 2 - Point 09-13 (£7,055 - £7,323 - dependent upon experience) Click here for more

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A new academic year at the Beech Academy

Students and staff have been welcomed back to another academic year at The Beech Academy. After a team building morning and productive planning afternoon on Tuesday for staff, we were so excited to welcome the students back on Wednesday. After a hot summer and some fantastic results, the students came back with a really positive attitude and they were given their new - smart uniform which they wore with pride. Our new students in Year 7 excelled themselves during the day and we are so pleased with the start they have made. Students also participated in some exciting tutor time activities, an assembly with Mr Lucas, worked on their Student Scholarship and Leadership schemes and then got involved with lessons after lunch. We look forward to what will be another rewarding year for our students and staff!

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Staff Professional Learning Day

On Tuesday the Beech staff started the new year with team building activities at the Mill Adventure Base before returning to the main site to prepare for the pupils' arrival on Wednesday.  The staff demonstrated all of the Trust's core values - Ambition, Endeavour, Inclusivity, Integrity and Resilience  - throughout the morning as you can see from the photographs!                 

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Start of Term

The new term starts for pupils on Wednesday 5th September at 9am.  Parents should have received a letter form the local authority confirming transport details including pick-up times.  Items of the new uniform that were ordered in July will be given out on Wednesday morning.  However, if anyone would like to pick it up tomorrow, Reception at the main site will be open between 2 and 4pm.  We are looking forward to seeing pupils on Wednesday and hearing about their summer holidays.

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Best results ever!

Students at the Beech Academy, which is part of The Evolve Trust, were rewarded for their hard work with a bumper haul of qualifications this year including good grades in the new, tougher GCSEs. Our shared vision is to open minds, creating opportunities for all to believe in themselves, achieve their potential and develop the skills needed to succeed and enjoy life, and these results demonstrate our continued progress and belief in this. Mr O’Malley, Headteacher of The Beech Academy said “We are extremely proud of the results students have achieved this year. It is very pleasing to see so many of them achieve good outcomes given their individual needs. Students who are leaving us are all going on to new opportunities and we are confident that the fundamental skills and qualifications they have gained with us will allow them to progress further in the future.” James Morley, a student in year 11, has achieved 5+ level 1 qualifications, including English, Maths and Biology GCSEs.…

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GCSE Results

Just a reminder that GCSE results are available to be collected at 9.30 this morning.   We hope to see you later!

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760 days at school!

LiamJay has attended school every day during his time at the Beech Academy.  He is at the end of Year 10 so that means 760 days of learning, taking part and making the most of all the opportunities he has come across.  Not only does he show great resilience in coming in on days when he's not feeling 100% he has set himself the ambitious target of never having a day off during his time at Beech.  As a reward for this fantastic achievement, LiamJay had a visit to the crazy golf at Nottingham Corner House with Mr Tighe.                  To round off a perfect day LiamJay was on hand when the new Evolve Trust minibus arrived.  Liam Jay is going to be our minibus monitor and make sure the bus stays in its like new condition.

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End of Term

Today we had our celebration assembly for the year.  As well as prizes for learning in specific subjects, we had 13 pupils with 100% attendance and core values awards.  Bobby won the Scott Foster Award for showing great resilience during his first year at Beech.  We said goodbye to Mr Jacques and Mrs Newham who have been with since Easter.  We also said goodbye to Mr O'Malley, who says he isn't really leaving just going to be head at one of our partner school Brunts.  Pupils and staff thanked Mr O'Malley for all the hard work he has put in to Beech over the past 5 years to make Beech the great school it is. We wish everyone a great holiday and look forward to seeing pupils back on Wednesday 5th September. .

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End of Term Visit

Yesterday pupils from the main site went to Skegness for the day as a reward for all their hard work and endeavor throughout the year.  It was very hot but most of the pupils were able to cool off in the sea during the afternoon.              

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The new Evolve Trust bus is off on its first trip to Skegness

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BGT

As promised some more photos from the Beech has Got Talent show on Friday afternoon.  A truly magnificent set of acts from pupils showing talent and composure despite performing in front of the whole school.                            

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Co-production Charter Survey

This survey is for parents, careers, children and young people who have experienced SEND services. Co-production is a way of working that brings families and professionals together to review and shape provision. It ensures the following: -Honesty -Being listened to -Promotes positive working relationships -Strong communication -Improved services for families This survey takes a few minutes to complete and closes at midnight on Monday 20 August 2018. Co-production Charter Online Survey Co-production Charter Printable Survey

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Beech has got talent

This afternoon we had our annual Beech Has Got Talent show.  Acts ranged from singing to drumming and impersonations.  A great time was had by all.  Well done to all the acts - Ryan, Connor, Aaron, Bobby, Liam, Keiran, Owen, Brodie, Callum, Sam, Danielle, Mark, Kian and Karra.  There will be a full report with more pictures next week.

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Westfield on safari

Yesterday staff and pupils from the Westfield site went to the West Midlands Safari Park for an end of year reward.  In the very unusual weather the minibus was a rather warm environment, but we were in the African plain and other habitats appropriate for the animals!  After the safari pupils were able to enjoy the rides at the theme park and the exotic animals and dinosaurs in the displays.                                                                                                                                                   

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INSET DAY TOMORROW 11TH JULY

A reminder to parents that Beech is closed tomorrow, Wednesday 11th July, as are all schools in the Evolve Trust, for a professional learning day.  Letters were sent out earlier in the year when the date was altered. School will be open as normal on Thursday and Friday.  

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Sleepover

Last night Key Stage 4 and Post 16 students had the opportunity to sleepover in school. Problem solving on the field was followed by pizzas and a game of rounders.  We then watched a film before bed.  It was a very hot night, but most people managed to sleep through to breakfast this morning.  Thank you to all the staff involved, and to the students who all behaved brilliantly despite being too hot and very tired!     

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Breakfast is served!!

After what feels like a short night, staff and students are washed and dressed after our KS4 and P16 sleepover!  Dawn has a new kitchen assistant helping with the breakfast run!.  Well done to everyone for lasting the course.  

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Swimming the English Channel

This August one of our Parent Governors, Sarah Dunsby, is swimming the English Channel to raise money for Autism East Midlands.  She will be part of a team of 6 crossing the Channel sometime during the second week of August (the exact date will depend on the weather and sea conditions).  If you would like to support Sarah and her team raise money for this very worthwhile cause then please follow this link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarah-dunsbee .  Good luck to Sarah and the team, go well!

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Year 9 at Belvoir Castle

Today Year 9 went to Belvoir Castle to take part in a day hosted by the Belvoir Cricket and Community Trust.  After a couple of games of quick cricket at Knipton, pupils went up to the Castle where they met Scooby the Harris Hawk.  Although some of the pupils were nervous at first, many showed great resilience and overcame their fears and handled Scooby.  After lunch the pupils met the hounds and horses of the Belvoir Hunt.  Many thanks to the Trust, particularly Darren Bicknell and Lady Sarah Mccorquodale, for such a great day. Many apologies to parents who may receive requests for unusual family pets as a result of the trip!                           

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Leavers Assembly

Today we had our Leavers Assembly where we were able to celebrate the achievements of pupils moving on. We are so proud of the young adults they have become and wish them every success in their next placements. Thank you to Ellie’s mum who made a great cake for the occasion.

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100% today during Sports Day and our rounders tournament

Not only did the pupils give 100% today during Sports Day and our rounders tournament, but everyone was here to take part so it was 100% attendance! These are the teams at the end of a fantastic, but exhausting day.

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Today we had our Annual Sports Day

Thank you to all the parents who came to watch, Y10 who helped Miss Thurston and Mr Tighe organise the events and all the pupils who took part. As well as the usual sprints, hurdles and throwing events we had sack and egg and spoon races. Staff races, especially the sack race, were particularly competitive, but thankfully no injuries were reported! Well done to everyone who took part.

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Sports day today!

A reminder that it is Sports Day this morning and it would be good to see parents/carers supporting.

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Extra Mile

Well done to Mrs Newham who won the Extra Mile Award last week for acting out our core values in all the work that she does.

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Arts Award

Year 11 have been working hard all year with Mrs Bush in Performing Arts towards their Arts Award qualification.  This week several had to attend an external moderation to show their work....They all passed!  The moderator was extremely complimentary of the pupils.  Well done all!

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Literacy sessions

Today was the first session where we invited parents in to learn about how to support their children better with their literacy at home.  If you wish to attend one of the future sessions then please let us know.

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Learning Assistants required

Due to our increasing roll we are seeking to appoint several new learning assistants. Please see the link below for the advert and further information. Advert Pack

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Mabel

Our CEO's dog Mabel has been enjoying time with our pupils over the last few days

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