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  • Thought for the Week - Charity

    Thought for the Week - Charity

    20th February 2018

    Bible passage: Hebrews 13:16 “Do not forget to do good and to share with those in need”

    As we start our half term break at the beginning of lent, we are given the opportunity to rest, recover and reflect. Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B.  describes lent in the following way;  “Lent is about becoming, doing, and changing, whatever it is that is blocking the fullness of life in us right now.” Maybe this thought could be part of our reflection over the break?

    And how does this link to charity? Well, ge

  • Annie - 2018 production

    'Annie' tickets now on sale

    14th February 2018

    This year’s academy production sees our talented students performing the uplifting family musical ‘Annie’.

    The musical revolves around the fortunes of the orphan Annie during 1930s New York. Miseravle and fed up with life in the orphanage run by Miss Hannigan, her life changes when the billionaire Oliver Warbucks gives an orphan the chance to spend a fairytale Christmas at his mansion. Annie is desperate to find her real parents, whilst Mrs Hannigan and her brother are desperate to get their hands on Mr Warb

  • ParentMail

    ParentMail launches this month

    14th February 2018

    We are pleased to announce that we will be introducing ParentMail for communicating with home and will go live with this on 26 February 2018. Communicating with parents and carers is a crucial part of the link between the academy and our students, and this new service will make this process easier, more efficient and will ensure that you receive important information about activities, events and the things that really matter in a timely fashion.

    There is a free mobile app, available to download on iOS and An

  • Thought for the Week - Hope

    Thought for the Week - Hope

    9th February 2018

    Our thought for the week from our academy chaplain this week is focused on the theme of 'Hope'.

    How much impact does our mindset have on our experience of life? We all have many messages or beliefs that play over in our minds everyday, but are they positive, hopeful, life-giving?

    Carmelite monk Brother Lawrence has this to say about the virtue of hope; “Many things are possible for the person who has hope. Even more is possible for the person who has faith. And still more is possible for the person wh

  • Year 8 girls cup quarter finals

    Our girls progress in English Schools cup

    9th February 2018

    Yesterday saw our year 8 girls football team continue their challenge in the English Schools Knockout Cup as they took on Newminster Middle School from Newcastle in the quarter-finals. (Note: the last report said quarters, but there was confusion between this and another competition!)

    The match proved to be a fantastic and exciting watch, befitting of two teams in the last eight in the country. Straight from the kick-off there was a flurry of goalmouth activity with both teams having attempts on goals and so

  • Ypres visit 2017

    Ypres visit supports study of World War I

    8th February 2018

    In December a group of National students and staff headed off to Belgium to visit Ypres as part of their studies around the First World War. The three day visit is a sobering discovery of the horrors of war, and emphasises the work that students are doing in the classroom, contextualising their learning and providing an important insight into war, humanity and politics.

    “After an early start of four o’clock; our group of students and staff started our journey down to Belgium. The first significant stop was a

  • KS3 trampoline success

    District success for KS3 trampoline team

    6th February 2018

    Our talented key stage 3 trampoline team last week added to our sporting successes when they won the Ashfield district competition. This result sees them through to the county finals which take place at David Ross Sports Village this coming Friday.
    Together with the team success, there was an individual gold medal for Charlotte, with Hannah achieving a bronze medal.

    Well done to all competitors and good luck for the finals this week.

  • Children's Mental Health Week 2018

    Children's Mental Health Week

    5th February 2018

    This week is Children’s Mental Health Week 2018, encouraging children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness. It’s all about #BeingOurselves!  

    Ensuring that all students are supported with this issue is a key role of the academy. There are many ways in which students can get help with their mental health if they feel they need extra support. This includes our academy counsellor, pastoral support from our chaplain, speaking to members of staff about their concerns, or reporting any issues suc

  • Thought for the Week

    Thought for the Week - Education

    2nd February 2018

    Academy chaplain Andy McKibbin will be providing us with a Thought for the Week each Friday from now on, around different themes with the aim of making us think about ourselves, about others and the values we hold dear. The first of these is on the theme of Education.

    Bible Reading: Proverbs 18:15 “Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.”

    There are so many great and inspiring quotes about the value of education available to us but the one that really struck me when I read

  • Academy chaplain - Andy McKibbin

    Welcome to our new chaplain

    1st February 2018

    Since January, students and visitors to the academy may have noticed a new face around National – this week, students should all know our new academy chaplain Andy McKibbin as he has been delivering assemblies about faith.

    We are very excited to welcome Andy, who joins us to support both students and staff at the academy. He has a wealth of experience working in secondary education as a qualified science teacher, having worked at schools in Leicestershire and Derbyshire before deciding to embark on a change

  • Cologne trip 2018

    Experiencing German culture in Cologne

    1st February 2018
    On Thursday of last week over 80 National students from years 10 and 11 set off to visit the German city of Cologne. The trip was designed to complement their studies and what they have been learning in the classroom, together with allowing them to experience a new culture and put their learning in context.

    On their first day in the city, they group had a packed schedule, visiting Cologne Cathedral, touring the FC Koln football stadium, eating German food and practicing their language skills by speaking Germ
  • Vacancy - Biology teacher

    Vacancy - Biology teacher

    31st January 2018

    We are recruiting!

    The academy are currently looking for a teacher of biology to join us in September 2018. This is an exciting opportunity to join our fantastic science team and work across key stages 3 and 4. There may also be the opportunity to teach key stage 5 for the right candidate.

    Closing date for applications is Thursday 8th February 2018.

    For more information, visit


  • Year 8 girls football

    Year 8 girls progress to cup quarter-finals

    31st January 2018

    On a sunny and wintery afternoon at National, our year 8 girls football team took on St Mary's College from Hull in the English Schools knock-out cup last 16.

    The game was very entertaining, and against a talented team it was National who made the early running, applying pressure to the St Mary's goal and making their 'keeper work hard to keep her side in the match. The home team deservedly took the lead a few minutes before half-time with Millie looping a header into the top left-hand corner of the goal aft

  • Tree planting following Greenwood grant

    Growing with Greenwood Community Forest

    29th January 2018

    Students from National have once again been showing off their green fingers this year following a grant from Greenwood Community Forest. The academy applied to Greenwood who provide funding and advice to community groups such as academies and schools specifically with the aim of encouraging and supporting small-scale tree planting projects. Mark Horner, grounds maintenance at the academy, was successful in securing a grant of £200 allowing him to purchase four new trees to be planted on our grounds.

    On Thurs

  • Vacancy - MFL teacher

    Vacancy - Teacher of French with German

    25th January 2018

    We are recruiting! 

    We have an excellent opportunity for a teacher of French with German from September 2018 which would be suitable for an experienced or newly-qualified teacher. The timetable consists of key stage 3 and key stage 4 classes so experience in these key stages is desirable.

    For more information or to apply, visit - we look forward to hearing from you.

    Closing date for applications is Thursday 1st February at 11am.

  • HSFC - mock results success January2018

    Sixth formers achieve mock results success

    23rd January 2018
    Last week at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre, students who had taken mock exams before Christmas received their results. The results are a good indicator to the students and staff about current progress towards their targets, and provide a timely boost or reminder of the work still to do ahead of this summer’s exams.

    Overall the picture was very positive, both at AS and A level. A number of our year 12 students did supremely well achieving three A grades in their mock exams, with two year 13 students also achievi
  • Raising the Grade at NTU

    English university workshops inspire students

    22nd January 2018

    Last Wednesday (17th January) fifteen of our year 10 students visited the annual ‘Raising the Grade’ conference at Nottingham Trent University accompanied by Mr Richardson and Miss Hunt. The conference is designed to inspire and empower students to move from a grade 4 to a grade 5 in their GCSE English through a series of interactive workshops. This is the sixth conference held at the university and also encourages students to improve their confidence and allows for collaboration with students from other ac

  • DofE Gold success

    Duke of Edinburgh success for ex-students

    19th January 2018

    This week, we were extremely pleased and proud to see a number of our ex-students receiving their ‘Gold’ Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at St James Palace in Westminster.

    The Duke of Edinburgh Award has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities – it demonstrates great commitment and personal development.


  • Mr Jobling's blog

    Principal's blog - 19 January 2018

    19th January 2018

    Welcome to my first blog of 2018. 2017 was an excellent year for students, staff and governors at National and we are looking forward to the exciting year ahead.

    Since returning from the Christmas break both our year 11 and 13 students have received the outcomes of their mock exams. As highlighted previously, the students were amazing in terms of their attitude and commitment to these examinations – we are really pleased to see that their hard work and determination has paid off. The academy staff are deligh

  • Year 11 mock exam results - January 2018

    Year 11 students receive mock exam results

    17th January 2018

    Yesterday was an important day for our year 11 students as they received their results following the mock GCSE exams they sat before Christmas. The results are a good indication for the students as to how they are currently performing, but also give a guide as to where improvements can be made.

    Overall we saw some brilliant results individually and collectively. Some standout highlight include 42% of all students taking triple science achieving over a grade 7; 62% of students achieving a grade 5 or over in E