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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Working together to make student achievement the best ever #Endeavour #Ambition

Students are extremely familiar with our Trust values - Ambition, Integrity, Inclusivity, Endeavour and Resilience.  In our staff meeting tonight we looked at student books and at whether the key values of endeavouring to do our best and being ambitious (in striving to reach aspirational targets) were reflected in the work we saw. We chose students from each year group and laid out their books on a table so that we could compare work from different subject areas. Staff were pleased to feed back that the quality of work in most of the student books demonstrated the key values we were looking for. Only through being ambitious and endeavouring to do their best will our students achieve the very best they are capable of, which in turn could have long lasting implications for our students after they leave us at the end of their school careers. We look forward to showing you these books at the next progress evening on Wednesday 11th October!  

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Values driven awards

Today was our first assembly where we presented awards for pupils focused on our Core Values.  Well done to those that achieved an award for Ambition, Integrity, Inclusivity, Endeavour and Resilience.

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Lunch time clubs start up again

The shared values of the Evolve Trust and the Beech Academy are ambition, integrity, inclusivity, endeavour and resilience.  We promote these values in everything we do including lunchtime clubs. This week saw the relaunch of our lunchtime clubs which aim to help develop these attributes in all of our students. The photos show some of the activities on offer (different activities are offered every day) over the lunch break.  Why not ask your child what they have been up to between lessons?

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A new term and a focus on our Core Values

All students have started back with a fantastic attitude and have spent the first part of the day focusing on our Core Values of- Ambition: Striving for the highest personal achievement Integrity: The moral courage to be sincere, reliable and trustworthy at all times Inclusivity: Together we create a stronger community Endeavour: The best preparation for tomorrow is doing the best today Resilience: Take on challenges, learn and thrive

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Consultation on increasing the Published Admission Number (PAN) of The Beech Academy

We are consulting with stakeholders on the proposed increase in PAN of Beech.  The aim is to increase the PAN from 70 to 100 pupils over a gradual period to meet the needs of pupils with SEND within the local area. The consultation will run from 6th September 2017 to 4th October 2017 and a copy of the letter can be found below. Consultation letter

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Back to school on Wednesday 6th September

  Just a reminder that the Beech Academy reopens to ALL students on Wednesday 6th September 2017.  We hope you had a great summer holiday and look forward to seeing you all and hearing what you’ve been up to over the summer holidays.

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Bumper haul of qualifications for Beech Academy students

Students at the Beech Academy were rewarded for their hard work with a bumper haul of qualifications including the new tougher GCSEs.  The results represent another year-on-year increase for students reflecting the hard work of students and the staff who teach them.   Mr O’Malley, Headteacher of The Beech Academy (recently graded as good with outstanding features by Ofsted) said “The Beech Academy strives to provide an education that is aspirational but tailored to meet the needs of individual students.  We are very proud of this year’s results, students have performed exceptionally well given their starting points and the challenges they have overcome during their time with us” The photograph shows Callum collecting his results.  It has been an exciting year for Callum who, as well as representing Great Britain at the Special Olympics, has also achieved a range of qualifications including GCSE maths and English.  Callum embodies the values of the Evolve Trust in everything he does and we wish him and all of our…

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Beech has got talent

This afternoon many of our students braved a whole school audience to perform in front of the whole school for our fully inclusive talent show.  The audience was treated to singing, dancing, magic tricks and dancing as a variety of acts performed their routines.  We also took the opportunity to wish Mr Shone, Mr Bates and Miss Taylor good luck as they will all be leaving the Beech Academy for pastures new. We've put a collection of photos and videos on our Facebook page to give you a flavour of the afternoon. Well done to all!

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Three years of 100 percent attendance – well done Liam-Jay

Liam-Jay had a sports day with Mr Tighe as a reward for having 100% attendance for the last 3 years.... We played football and badminton in the morning, followed by a McDonald's lunch (a very special treat indeed) and finished off with a few games of pool at The Towers. We look forward to taking more students out next year who have exceptional rates of attendance!

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Justin wins Teachers UK competition to be Stags Mascot @TeachersUK

Well done Justin for winning the Teachers UK competition to be the Stags Mascot.  Justin has worked over the course of this year to improve his participation in lessons and his engagement beyond all expectations.  Justin is now a model student in all respects and he is proud of the progress he has made, and we are very proud of him too.  Well done Justin!

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Celebration assembly – July 2017

Thank you to all the parents, carers and friends of the Beech Academy who came to support our students in their celebration assembly.  We are proud of all of our students and every small step they make as they endeavour to improve both their learning and their ability to learn.   As we’ve said before it means a great deal to our students to be supported in this way.  Below we've shared a selection of photographs from the morning. [gallery columns="2" link="none" size="large" ids="7318,7317,7316,7314,7313,7312,7311,7310,7309" orderby="rand"]

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The great Westfield barbeque

The photos show the some of our learners preparing for the great Westfield barbeque.  Unfortunately, there aren't any photographs of the actual barbeque due to the large amount of smoke produced (fortunately the fire brigade were not required!)   Thanks to all our students at Westfield who have worked hard all year, culminating in GCSE exams this term. We are so proud of the progress each and every learner has made.

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School trips – building resilience at the Beech Academy

Yesterday was our annual reward trip in which nearly every child in the school went on an off-site visit.  Whilst the main reason for our visit  was to reward our students for all their hard work, the visits also serve an important purpose in reinforcing our values which are ambition integrity inclusivity endeavour resilience Resilience means being able to cope with a difficult situation, or it could be recovering and bouncing back from the same difficult situation.  It is the ability to learn and grow through both the positive and negative experiences of life.  Research evidence suggests that the more of these difficult times an individual faces, the better they will be at handling similar situations in the future. Visiting a huge, noisy and unfamiliar theme park represents a huge step forward for our learners and helps build their resilience.  Getting on rides, sometimes without an adult, helps develop these skills even more.  Yesterday saw many students try something new and we are extremely proud…

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Sports Day 2017 at the Beech Academy

The weather was just right for Sports day this year, with every student participating from a selection of races and games.  There was an excellent team spirit with all students pulling together to try their best (as usual we mixed the teams up to make sure students worked across tutor and year groups).   Thank you to the many friends, parents and carers who were able to find time in your busy schedules to support our learners.  We aren’t able to post all the photos here but pay a visit to our Facebook page where we will upload a wider selection of images. We kept the competitive feeling going with a penalty shootout (thanks to Teachers UK) and a whole school game of rounders.

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Cricket at Belvoir Castle hosted by the Belvoir Cricket and Community Trust

Year 7 and Year 9 had an exciting day at Belvoir Castle hosted by the Belvoir Cricket and Community Trust.  The day started with a game of cricket under the watchful eye of Darren Bicknell.  Meeting Persil the barn owl gave the students a chance to overcome their fears, although staff were not as brave!  After lunch Lady Sarah McCorquodale, the Master of the Belvoir Hunt, gave a very informative tour and introduced students to some of the hunt’s horses and hounds.  A brilliant day that saw some happy but exhausted pupils on the minibus home. [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="large" ids="7273,7274,7275,7276,7277,7278,7279,7280,7281,7282"]

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Information on the new GCSE grades from the DfE

The DfE has recently released an information sheet about the new GCSE grades for parents.  If your child is in years 10, 11 or post-16 this will be of interest to you. GCSE Grades Factsheet

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Refugee week at the Beech Academy

This week is Refugee Week.  Activities took place in a range of lessons to mark the plight of refugees around the world.  Students experienced activities such as having to clean water and carry it over long distances, they measured if they could outrun a natural disaster, made friendship biscuits and most importantly they talked about what they could do to help.  Students celebrated their experiences in a special assembly, joined by Yvonne Luce and Rob Rodgers from Global Education Derby who delivered some training to staff earlier in the year.   [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="large" ids="7267,7266,7265,7264,7263,7262"]    

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Well done to Westfield students for your creative crafts work

Westfield site played host to Catherine English today, the external moderator from NCFE.  Catherine had come to check the assessment of the work to make sure the staff at the school had assessed it properly.  We were very relieved to get the all-clear and the grades we awarded were correct.  The photo shows creative crafts teacher and assessor Miss Warrington with portfolios from the learners at Westfield.  We will be sharing the grades with students next week.  

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Year 11 feeling ambitious in Mansfield

The photograph shows year 11 students taking part in a team-based activity delivered by Lynn and Michelle from Ideas4Careers as part of the Ambitious in Mansfield programme. The Ambitious in Mansfield programme is funded by Mansfield District Council with the intention of raising aspiration and developing employability skills for all students.

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The Beech Academy is a GOOD school!

We are extremely pleased to be able to inform you that when Ofsted visited in May 2017 we were awarded the grade of ‘Good’ overall, and we achieved the highest grade of ‘Outstanding’ in two areas - Leadership and Management, and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare (PDW).  Ofsted noted in their report that ‘Middle leaders are highly capable. They have an exceptional understanding of the school’s strengths and areas of development’ and ‘the multi-academy trust have very effectively worked with leaders to support the schools improvement’, which shows how Leaders at all levels, including the excellent input and support from The Evolve Trust, have helped to significantly improve the quality of education that students receive. The report comments on how one student during a meeting with inspectors said ‘You accept people for what they are; it doesn’t matter if you are different; we are all human'.  The report also makes reference to how ‘Pupils’ behaviour is a key strength of the school. Pupils show great…

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Well done Ewan

Not all students make progress at the same rate.  Ewan has been working on his writing and spelling all the time he has been with us.  Following some literacy booster work with our literacy lead (Mrs Cooper) and his teaching assistant (Miss Webster), Ewan has been able to write CVC words himself (including forming the letters correctly).  Ewan is over the moon with his achievement and we are pretty pleased too!  A huge well done from all at the Beech Academy.

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Final practice before heading off to Lords

Our table cricket team have had their last coaching session before heading off to their cricket competition later.  They will be stopping overnight near London before an early start at Lord's Cricket Ground tomorrow.  We wish them the best of luck!

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It’s a Top Banana Tie!

At the end of every half-term we look to see which tutor group has won the Top Banana award.  This is the first time we have had a tie, with two groups having an equal number of bananas and  Golden Bananas (these are awarded for 100% attendance from the whole group in a week). The trip is in the process of being booked and confirmation will be sent home with those students soon.  Well done to year 7 and year 8 for having such excellent attendance, and to the other tutor groups who came close!  

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Y7 Parents and carers join us to cook

We invited parents and carers of our key stage 3 students to come into school to cook with their students (funded by some of our pupil premium funding). The photos show some of our guests cooking alongside their child yesterday. As always, the aromas drifting out of the food technology room smelled delicious. We hope our students will try cooking these dishes at home! [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="7213,7214,7215,7216,7217,7218,7219,7220,7212"]

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Attendance rewards

Well done to our students with 100% attendance who went to Sherwood Pines this morning. We'd also like to say a big thank you to parents and carers who have supported us in our drive to improve the attendance of all students this year.

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Year 8 parents and carers join us to cook meatballs

We invited parents and carers of key stage 3 students to come into school to cook with their students (funded by some of our pupil premium funding). The photos show some of our guests cooking alongside their child yesterday. As always, the aromas drifting out of the food technology room smelled delicious. We hope our students will try cooking these dishes at home! [gallery size="medium" link="file" ids="7189,7190,7191,7192,7193,7194,7195,7196,7197,7198,7199,7200,7201,7202,7203"]

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Callum dances his showcase

This is Callum dancing his showcase yesterday to promote inclusive skating at Lammas.  

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Ofsted are coming to see our journey

You may be aware from letters sent home to parents and carers, that Ofsted will be on site tomorrow and Wednesday to carry out a full inspection of the Beech Academy.  We look forward to sharing our journey with them and look forward to their feedback.  

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Parents cooking at the Beech Academy

We invited parents and carers of key stage 3 students to come into school to cook with their students (funded by some of our pupil premium funding).   The photos show some of our guests cooking alongside their child this morning. The aromas drifting out of the food technology room smelled delicious.  We hope our students will try cooking these dishes at home! [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="7179,7180,7177,7176,7175,7174" orderby="rand"]  

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Useful information on attendance for parents

This article is a useful read and guide for parents on attendance relating to the latest High Court Ruling and Nottinghamshire County guidelines. http://westbridgfordwire.com/rules-taking-children-school-term-time/  

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Mr Tighe wins the Extra Mile Award

The Extra Mile is an award awarded by the Evolve Trust to a single member of staff, across all the schools, who has done something noteworthy that week.  Mr Tighe arranged and organised sporting fixtures so that students could enter several competitions including the Regional Finals for Table Cricket.  The team were successful and won! This means that they will go to the national finals at Lords in June.  Thanks, Mr Tighe for going the extra mile!

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Our winning teams together

  We've always encouraged our students to do their best (and being good sports)  and to value this above winning.  It is still nice to win though and our students have been doing lots of winning lately. Pictured are the students from our two winning teams - the Lord Taverners Cricket team and the Mansfield Town Football in the Community team.   Our students are very proud of their trophies and we are proud of our students for their resilience through the sporting tournaments they have participated in.

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Forthcoming exam dates

With examinations coming up we thought it was worth giving out a final reminder to students and parents showing the exam timetable.  The table below shows the dates that exams are taking place in school.   Students will not be taking every one of these exams - to find out which exams your child will be sitting you will have to consult the individual exam timetable that was sent home or contact the school for more information. Exam board Subject Exam Date AQA Core Science BL1FP 16/05/17 AQA Core Science CH1FP 18/05/17 AQA English Lit 8702 Paper 1 22/05/17 AQA Core Science PH1FP 24/05/17 OCR Maths J567 Paper 1 25/05/17 AQA Maths 8300 Paper 1 25/05/17 AQA English Lit 8702 Paper 2 26/05/17 AQA English 8700 Paper 1 06/06/17 AQA English 4702 resit Paper 1 06/06/17 AQA Maths 8300 Paper 2 08/06/17 OCR Maths J567 Paper 2 08/06/17 AQA Additional science BL2FP 09/06/17 AQA English 8700 Paper 2 12/06/17 AQA Maths 8300 Paper 3 13/06/17…

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Science origami

Year 11 students are busy revising and preparing for their GCSE exams.  As part of a revision session, our students followed instructions to make the double helix structure of DNA.  The photo below shows some of their models.  We wish our year 11 the very bests of luck in their forthcoming exams.     Unfortunately, Mr Butler wasn't so good at folding his model and his DNA came out an unusual shape.  Students quickly realised that Mr Butler's DNA was faulty and would cause problems to the animal/plant it came from! [caption id="attachment_7157" align="aligncenter" width="625"] cof[/caption]

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The Beech Academy is through to Lords Finals

The Beech Academy in Mansfield has qualified for the national finals in the Lord Taverners Table Cricket competition.  Table cricket has been developed to provide access to the game for people with learning and physical difficulties and involves teams of 6.  Each player bats for an over, and bowls an over.  The game takes place on a table tennis table, using a miniature ball and bat.  Fielders protect barriers along the sides of the table.  Batters try to hit the sides or end of the table to score 4s and 6s, and can be out caught or bowled. Following the county rounds, Beech took part in the regional finals held at Loughborough University on Thursday 11thMay.  Finishing top of their group, including a magnificent score of 273 for 3 against local rivals Bracken Hill, and a very tight semi-final against Mapplewell School from Loughborough, the final against Billing Brook Special School from Northampton was a very tense affair.  Some fantastic bowling from skipper, all-rounder Louise,…

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Table Cricket Champions!

Absolutely brilliant news! Our table cricket team has just won the regional finals and have qualified for the National finals at the home of cricket, Lords cricket ground in London. Children were very excited on the return journey to school!

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Well done Miss Webster for going the extra mile

The Extra Mile is an award awarded by the Evolve Trust to a single member of staff, across all the schools, who has done something noteworthy that week.  Miss Webster won last week because she kept a calm head and dealt professionally with a medical emergency on the school site then liaised with the first responders when they arrived.  The image shows Miss Webster receiving her award from Mr Butler at the Beech Academy.

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Year 11 run a sporting afternoon

As part of their BTEC Sport and Active Leisure qualification, the students in year 11 had to organise and run a sporting event.  Fortunately, the weather held out for them and all students had a great afternoon.  Well done to all those students in year 11 who ran the event with no hiccups, it isn't easy to plan and then stick to a plan when so many things can go wrong. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="large" ids="7129,7130,7131,7132,7133,7134,7135,7136"]

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Sporting excellence once again

Sporting excellence can take many forms.  Sometimes it will be winning, sometimes it will be doing your best and sometimes it will be playing as part of a team.  Yesterday a group of students went to a football tournament and we are proud that they achieved sporting excellence in all of the above.  We are very proud of the conduct of our students and hope you will pass this message on to your child. [gallery size="medium" link="file" ids="7123,7122,7121,7120,7119,7118" orderby="rand"]

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A last reminder for the preparing for adulthood event from ICDS

There will be an event this coming Saturday (6th May) at the Harvey Hadden Stadium, Nottingham, for students with an EHCP.  The event is called "Preparing for adulthood" and is a chance to meet with the services that will be supporting your child as they turn into an adult and require access to adult services.  There will also be the chance to take part in sporting and art workshops. Click this link to download a flier.  

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GetWise Day 3 at the Beech Academy

It's another GetWise Day at the Beech Academy.  Normal lessons are suspended for the day and students learn about personal, health and social issues.  The photos show year 11 doing a team activity (building a structure with marshmallows and spaghetti), year 7 students learning about the effects of drugs and alcohol, and year 8 students learning about religion. Be sure to ask your child about their day when they get in from school tonight! [gallery columns="2" size="medium" link="file" ids="7104,7105,7106,7107,7108"]

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Well done Miss Sargeant in the Mansfield2020 awards @2020MeanBiz

Well done to Miss Sargeant who was nominated for an award at the Mansfield2020 business awards which were held on Friday night.  Miss Sargeant was up for the "Young Apprentice of the Year 2017" award, beating the competition to make it to the shortlist.  Whilst Miss Sargeant didn't win the award, she did extremely well to be a finalist and is still a winner in our eyes!

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Gold Food for Life Provider for third year running

Our school meals provider has been awarded the Gold Food for Life award for the third year running. To achieve a gold award the school meals should be at least 75% freshly prepared, 50% local and 30% organic with the majority of students choosing to eat school meals.  Students also have the opportunity to grow food and receive practical cooking lessons at school.

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Global Education in science

Year 10 have been learning in science about the treatment of water before it is piped to our homes.  At the end of the lesson we watched a video about a young girl called Violet who lives in Zambia. Violet has to walk a two-mile journey three times a day to collect water from a well.  Students tried carrying a bucket of water from one side of the school grounds to the other and found it extremely tiring.  Our students agreed that they were very fortunate that their water is delivered to them in a pipe, and fit to drink. [gallery link="none" size="medium" ids="7072,7073,7074,7075,7076,7077,7078,7079,7080,7082,7083,7084"]

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Year 10 on location from Kuala Lumpur

Year 10 students have been learning about the consequences of burning fossil fuels as part of their Entry Level Science qualification.  They wrote a script and performed it on camera - on location from Kuala Lumpur!

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Training to keep our students safe

Staff gave up their time this evening to receive some training from Nottinghamshire Fire Safety Ltd.  Staff were taught about basic fire safety equipment and got the opportunity to set off a variety of fire extinguishers.  We hope we never have to use them but we like to be as prepared as possible!

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Year 8 are Top Bananas

Well done to Year 8 who won the Top Banana award for the last half term.  Year 8 have the highest attendance in the school for the last half term.  They were rewarded with a bowling trip (more photos on our Facebook page) We could be grateful if you could support us by making sure your child attends school every day (if you aren't sure if to keep your child at home, give us a ring and check)

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A typical staff meeting at the Beech Academy

If you thought staff meetings were all about sitting around a table with tea and biscuits for a chat then you'd be wrong! Last night we were visited by Global Education Derby who came to talk to our staff about global education and how it fits into the curriculum.  Yvonne had our staff up and moving about as they were shown some of the ways we could make our students even more aware of global issues.  Watch this space to see examples of this in action. [caption id="attachment_7063" align="aligncenter" width="625"] sdr[/caption]

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Thanks to Mansfield Town Football Club for their continued support

A big thank you to Mansfield Town Football Club who let some of our lucky students watch their reserves training and playing a match today.  Our students appreciate being rewarded for their hard work and making the right choices in school, and they would like to thank Steve Evans (Manager of Mansfield Town) for taking the time to meet them this afternoon.  

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Good luck Louise in the kitchen

At the end of last week we said a sad farewell to Louise in the kitchen who has since left for pastures new.  Louise, through her hard work and listening to what our students wanted, dramatically increased the uptake of school dinners. We couldn't let Louise (who has even won an award for her work) go without saying a big thank you for her hard work or without wishing her the very best of luck for her promotion.

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Table Cricket superstars

Well done to our students who went out to Portland college today to take part in a Table Cricket tournament.  It is pleasing to report back that the sportsmanship of our students was excellent and they had a great day out as a result.  Some of the photographs from the visit are shown below... [gallery size="medium" link="file" ids="7042,7043,7044,7045,7046,7047,7048,7049,7050" orderby="rand"]

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Well done Callum in Austria

Well done to Callum who has returned home after competing in the Special Olympics in Austria.  Callum's proud mum wanted to share some photos of Callum and this video of one of his routines.  Well done Callum for having the nerve to compete - we look forward to seeing you back in school after Easter

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Well done to our students with good attendance

    Good attendance is a key factor in the success of students at school.  Students who don't attend school regularly don't learn as much.  Today the students with the best attendance were rewarded with a trip to Sherwood Pines.  Students had a great afternoon as the sun came out for them.  Miss Barrett even found Mouse from the Gruffalo, the rest of the Gruffalo characters are still hiding in the woodlands if you want something to do over the Easter break!

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We wore our onesies for World Autism Awareness Week

Thank you to our students and staff who came to school on Friday wearing their onesies.  The day was part of a campaign by the National Autistic Society to raise awareness of autism. You can find out more about the awareness week or donate to the cause here.

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Thank you Mansfield and Ashfield 2020

Thank you to Michelle representing Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 who delivered a batch of Easter eggs to school this lunchtime.  The eggs were presented as a reward from local businesses who recognised the hard work of our students.  We hope the Easter eggs made it home in one piece! You can find out more about Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 here.

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World Autism Awareness Week

  This morning Miss Thurston led assembly to celebrate Autism Awareness Week.  We were reminded that we are all different and we all have a role to play in caring for each other and understanding each other’s difficulties.   Pupils went back to their tutor groups to complete tasks and activities that reinforce our key message.  We will be wearing our onesies on Friday to celebrate that we are all different and special.

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Red Nose day 2017

Thank you to those students who turned up wearing red.  As you can see our KS3 and KS4 students entered into the spirit of things by wearing their red clothes and noses (post-16 were at college so they were wearing their work clothes). Kian has gone to town with his red nose merchandise - but we are proud that he was keen to support a worthwhile cause as we all are at the Beech Academy.

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