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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Beech v Foxwood Academy basketball tournament

‘This week Beech played Foxwood Academy in a basketball tournament. All students demonstrated their exceptional resilience whilst showing ambition to succeed. All students were inclusive, working brilliantly as a team.’

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Year 7 represented Beech at the Nottinghamshire Curling Festival

Today Year 7 represented Beech at the Nottinghamshire Curling Festival. Competing against a variety of schools, including Fernwood, Retford Oaks and Redhill Academy the boys showed great endeavour and won 4 of their 6 matches. Well done to the boys for getting on as a team, working out tactics to win and showing great sportsmanship.

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Year 9 Money Boxes

Year 9 have been doing some fantastic work over the last few weeks in DT.  They have designed and made a money box each for the world wildlife fund and have then evaluated it against a set design criteria. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="8174,8170,8171,8172,8173,8175"]

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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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