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  • Technology at National

    Vacancy - ADT Technician

    25th May 2017

    We are recruiting! We are looking for a new Technician to join our Art, Design and Technology faculty.

    This is a great opportunity to join our dedicated and hardworking team, supporting and complementing the teaching and learning of our students.

    For more information or to apply, visit

    Applications must be received by Monday 12th June 2017.

  • Golf tuition at the academy

    'Putting' new golf skills to the 'fore'

    24th May 2017

    A number of year 7 students at the National Church of England Academy have been receiving some free golf tuition during the past few weeks in an attempt to get them interested in the game and to learn new skills.

    Robert Kerr from Leen Valley Golf Club has been expertly introducing golf to students in sessions after the academy day. These sessions, which have taken place on the academy site, have introduced students to the game through various fun skill games over the course of three weeks. After half-term th

  • Academy directors blog May 2017

    Academy director's blog - 22 May 2017

    22nd May 2017

    So here we are - exam season is with us once more! This is an important time for our students in years 11, 12 and 13, together with the staff who have put so much time, dedication and commitment into getting every student to this point in their education.

    It is important that we maintain that support for our students throughout. I would like to thank parents and staff who are working hard to reduce stress levels at this time. This support is as important as the revision sessions and extra sessions students a

  • WE Day 2017

    Students inspired at WE Day

    19th May 2017

    On 22 March 2017 a group of our students were rewarded for their hard work and successes at National with a trip to WE Day at Wembley Arena.

    WE Day seeks to help inspire young people to make changes in their community and learn about new issues that affect others. The WE Movement was founded by activists and brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger who have helped it become one of the largest non-profit Facebook pages, with over 3.5million likes. The movement is more than just a one-day event, as it inspires and c

  • Biology Olympiad

    Year 13 British Biology Olympiad winners

    4th May 2017

    Year 13 biology students at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre recently took part in the Royal Society of Biology ‘British Biology Olympiad’. This prestigious and challenging competition is sat by students all over the world.

    Eight of our students were successful in obtaining commended and highly commended certificates. Two of our students also received either bronze or silver medals. The students have worked diligently throughout the course and these awards are a reflection of their passion for learning biology at

  • NCEA entrance

    Academy statement - Tuesday 2nd May 2017

    2nd May 2017

    As you may be aware, over the weekend, the academy was informed that one of our year 10 students required medical attention after allegedly being subject to chlorine poisoning. The allegation (shared via Facebook) was that the student had become ill following a science lesson at the academy, which led to hospitalisation.

    The leadership team at the National Church of England Academy have fully investigated the allegation internally and have concluded the following:

    • The activity was a controlled experiment se
  • Intermediate Maths Challenge students

    Success for students in maths challenge

    28th April 2017

    Earlier in the year sixty of our year 11 students sat the Intermediate Maths Challenge. The Challenge is a 60-minute test designed to test students’ logic and mathematical skill. It is a countrywide competition that allows students to compete nationally as well as in their respective academies and schools. The top 60% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3.

    National student Charlotte Gould placed in the top 5% in the country, a massive achievement. This also al

  • London trip - April 2017

    Students extend their learning in London

    24th April 2017

    On Tuesday 18th April 2017, a large group of Hucknall Sixth Form Centre students from years 12 and 13 visited London for the day, engaging in a wide variety of different activities and experiences to broaden their learning in specific subject areas.

    The main group split into subject groups with our art and photography students visiting the Tate and going around interesting sites around London to photograph.

    Science students were taken to the Science Museum. Amongst the superb exhibits on offer, they got to se

  • Mr Jobling and student

    Academy director's blog - 18 April 2017

    18th April 2017

    Hello and welcome to my blog and our new, fresh more modern website. I will be using this blog to keep everyone updated on life at National academy on a regular basis and to share the many good news stories about our students.

    Many students ask me what my role is as academy director, as National has never had one before. Quite simply, the academy director is responsible for the day-to-day running of the academy as Mr Jones’ (executive principal) role is to work with National and other academies within the Di

  • Engage food bank donation - March 2017

    Charitable project supports local food bank

    31st March 2017

    Our charitable project for Lent this year was to support the Engage Food Bank, based at the Under One Roof building on Vine Terrace in Hucknall.

    The academy raised a very impressive £1419.69 through the non-uniform day on Thursday 2nd March, and this week students also donated non-perishable goods during their Easter achievement assemblies. The money raised and food donated will be put to use by the charity supporting those less fortunate members of our community including local families.

    Martyn Jobling, acad

  • CSI Hucknall

    Crime Scene Investigation - Hucknall branch..

    31st March 2017

    It was comparable to an episode of CSI Hucknall at the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre today as some of our year 13 students took part in a forensics day. The students worked on crime scenes and collected evidence as part of their BTEC coursework.

    Putting learning in context is a great way of ensuring that students understand the theory of what they are being taught. The students all really engaged with the subject matter and commented on how enjoyable the experience was.

    Elise, year 13 student said, "I really e

  • sQuid

    Important - payments information

    27th March 2017

    From Tuesday 18th April 2017 the academy will no longer accept cash payments for items such as trips, prom, revisions guides, etc. This is to reduce the risk of cash being on the premises for both students and the academy.

    Payment is accepted through the online system of sQuid. Please log onto to make your payment. If you do not currently use the sQuid system then please contact and we can arrange for you to receive a username and password. By prior agreemen

  • Big Bang Fair - March 2017

    Students attend major STEM event

    22nd March 2017

    Last week, some of our top year 9 scientists attended the Big Bang Fair at the NEC, Birmingham. The event is the biggest celebration of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for young people in the UK. The aim of the programme and the event is to introduce students to the opportunities that STEM can bring them. The organisers work closely with the media to help more young people understand that studying STEM subjects can open up a whole range of exciting and rewarding career oppor

  • Engineering - bridge building

    Bridging the engineering gap

    14th March 2017

    As a nation, there is a major shortage of trained civil engineers. Today, some of our year 9 students took part in an activity hosted by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), to build and dismantle a 12.5 metre cable-stayed bridge.

    The students learned about the world of civil engineering with a practical hands-on bridge building session designed to raise their understanding of the subject and awareness of how this relates to a career in engineering. Two teams competed to build their side of the bridge in

  • Greenwood grant 2017

    Greenwood grant grows on National

    10th March 2017

    Students at National recently planted a number of trees adjacent to the new academy car park following the receipt of a grant from Greenwood Forest.

    Mark Horner, ground maintenance at the academy, applied to the Greenwood Forest for a grant towards the purchase of trees from their Community Tree Planting Grant scheme. These trees were planned to be planted as replacements for a number of trees that had to be removed during the construction of the car park during the summer of 2016.

    Following Mark’s applicatio

  • World Book Day 2017

    World Book Day 2017

    2nd March 2017

    Today we have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of World Book Day at the academy with a variety of activities relating to the wonderful world of literacy and reading. Staff in our English department have been dressed as characters from books for the day, with lessons tailored around their particular stories with the aim of getting students to look at life from the perspective of other people.

    Further to this, students have been listening to stories within their tutor groups, together with a number of stu

  • KS3 Table Tennis

    Table tennis success!

    1st March 2017

    On Monday evening the National Church of England Academy hosted the Ashfield District key stage 3 table tennis competition, with events held for boys and girls.

    We had two teams competing in both events, with our students displaying some great technique, composure and concentration during their matches. Overall, the teams did very well with the girls placing 3rd and 4th, and the boys’ team finishing 1st and 5th in their respective competitions.

    Ms Hall said, “It was great to see so many students from academie

  • Multi-sports county champions 2017

    More sporting success for National!

    24th February 2017

    A great sporting week for National has come to a close with yet another success story for our students. Today a team of students, representing Ashfield district, became county champions at the multi-sport inclusion event at the Nottinghamshire School Games.

    Held at the David Ross Sports Centre at the University of Nottingham, our mixed boys and girls team competed against other academies and schools from around the county in sports such as basketball, short tennis, new-age kurling and dodgeball.

    All of the s

  • Year 7 Futsal county champions

    County champions!

    21st February 2017

    On Tuesday 21st February 2017, our year 7 girls Futsal team represented Ashfield district at the County Finals tournament at the David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham. Having qualified for the finals earlier this year, the team went into the tournament in good shape, and it really showed as they dominated the finals.

    The girls played in six games, winning all of them in style to take the title of county champions! During the tournament, our victorious team beat Bassetlaw 3-0, Mansfield 5-

  • RTC Awareness Day

    Road safety awareness day held at HSFC

    20th February 2017

    Throughout the day today, a group of our students were involved in sessions led by the Nottinghamshire Fire Service on RTC Awareness.

    Held in the car park at the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre, students were shown the consequences of a road traffic collision and the role of the Fire Service in supporting those affected by an incident. This included members of the fire service rescuing someone (a dummy thankfully!) from a car.

    Students also took part in workshops with the Fire Service and Nottinghamshire Road Safe