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  • National Church of England Academy

    Exam certificates and mock exams

    21st November 2017

    Certificates from this summer's exams are now available for distribution at the academy. Please see details below of how to get your certificates.

    GCSE certificates are now available for collection from main reception at National. ID will be required to collect them. Please note that if someone else is collecting on your behalf, they will need to have a signed letter giving them permission, along with their ID.

    AS level – last year’s year 12 (current year 13)
    These will be given out with your mock results

  • Year 8 rugby

    Successful sporting week for National

    17th November 2017

    A number of talented students from National were celebrating this week as they enjoyed a fabulous sporting triple success.

    On Wednesday four of our students were selected to play rugby in the Ashfield district schools team, playing Mansfield school team on the first-team pitch at Mansfield Rugby Club. The four National players acquitted themselves very well with Harvey C, Scott, Rohan, and Harvey L, (left to right in the picture) helping the Ashfield team to a victory by 8 tries to 2.

    Rohan particularly impre

  • Kathryn Mitford - chair of governors

    National governance role for Mrs Mitford

    13th November 2017

    Governors in academies and schools are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. The role of the academy board is key to the effectiveness of our academies, as they provide appropriate support and challenge to our principals and their teams.

    Recently we have been celebrating the superb news that Kathryn Mitford, the chair of governors at National Church of England Academy, has been selected to be part of the National Leaders of Governance (NLG). This nationally recognised schem

  • Lucie - World Champion kickboxer

    First world kickboxing title for Lucie

    31st October 2017

    One of our extremely talented year 11 students has this month been crowned as the ISKA (International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association) World Cadet Champion.

    Lucie, 16, who is part of Chester house, fought a very talented world champion opponent in the under 55kg category and was successful in taking home the championship belt. She has been kickboxing since the age of 2010 and in addition to this new title, has been hugely successful in achieving nine gold medals from different world championships, a

  • Year 13 mock interviews

    Mock interviews held for year 13 students

    20th October 2017

    Today we have welcomed a number of local employers to the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre, all of whom are here to put our year 13 students on the spot as they all undertake mock interviews.

    The interviews form part of our programme to raise aspirations of students and to develop key skills for further education and employability. Each student was tasked with writing a formal application letter, which was followed up with the 15 minute interviews today, in a tone and style similar to university entrance interview

  • DALP Star Awards 2017

    DALP Star Awards 2017

    20th October 2017
    Last night (Thursday 19 October 2017) a large group of our staff and governors joined colleagues from across Diverse Academies for the DALP Star Awards 2017 at Kelham Hall. The evening is a celebration of staff achievements showcasing the wealth of expertise, dedication and excellence that exists within all of our academies.

    The highlight of our evening was our brilliant board of governors winning the award in the Governance category. Their superb work in supporting and challenging the academy leadership was
  • BMW visit - October 2017

    BMW visit for business and economics students

    17th October 2017
    On Thursday 12 October 2017, a group of business and economics students from Hucknall Sixth Form Centre were presented with a superb learning opportunity as they visited BMW Mini at their Oxford base.

    The students were able to see how the prestigious company produces some of the most recognisable vehicles on the road, beginning their visit in the body shop. They were able to watch the assembly of the cars body, which is completed almost exclusively by robotic arms. The second part of the tour also highlighte
  • Colussus at Bletchley Park

    Teacher blog: Mr Lee - computer science visit

    10th October 2017

    DISKovering the story of computing at Bletchley Park

    A group of Year 11 students visited Bletchley Park on 3rd October 2017 to discover how algorithms and computers were used in World War Two and how technology has developed over time.

    Tunny and Colossus
    The first exhibit was Tunny and Colossus.  The need for such computers came about during World War Two when, in the midst of war, the German’s were using the Lorenz machine to encrypt communication with their soldiers.  The German’s transmitted messages using

  • Year 8 and 9 football team

    Superb season start for our footballers

    6th October 2017

    Over the past few weeks, the football season has started in earnest for a number of the teams within National Church of England Academy and the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre.

    At the end of September our year 7 girls football team kicked this off with their first match of the new season. Playing in the first round of the English Schools competition against Christ the King Academy the girls put in a thoroughly dominant performance and emerged victorious with a stunning 10-0 win.

    Miss Hall, PE teacher at the academ

  • Students visit Darlison Court, Hucknall

    Student artwork brightens up Darlison Court

    5th October 2017

    In June 2017, the academy was approached by Ashfield Homes to ask if our students could support a project to provide artwork to brighten up the walls of Darlison Court in Hucknall, a community of apartments for the over-60s.

    A number of year 10 (now year 11) students volunteered to get involved and were keen to display their artistic talents and support the local residents. These talented students gave their time and energy to the project, giving up lunchtimes and working after the academy day on some superb

  • National Church of England Academy

    Parent governor vacancies

    3rd October 2017

    The National Church of England Academy currently has three vacancies for parent governors.

    Our governors play an important role in supporting the leadership and direction of the academy. They set the aims and objectives for the academy, support with policies and targets, monitor and evaluate progress towards the academy’s aims and objectives, and are a source of challenge and support to the principal.

    All parents and guardians of students at the academy are eligible for parent governorship at National. Parent

  • Debating society launched at HSFC

    2nd October 2017

    Last Thursday (28 September 2017) saw the launch of the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre debating society.

    The inaugural meeting brought together ten students who attended to discuss the reasons for having a debating society, and how this will help to develop key skills. The positive attainment from being a member ranges from developing public speaking skills and honing refined reasoning to thinking and reacting on the spot, as well as extending knowledge in a wide variety of current affairs and topics. The group

  • Physics students at Nottingham Trent Uni

    Inspirational visit for physics students

    29th September 2017

    On Thursday 21 September 2017 a group of Hucknall Sixth Form Centre physics students visited Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton campus to find out what studying the subject at a higher level is all about.

    The students were treated to a lecture about the Northern Lights, learning all about the natural phenomenon, studying images and the science behind what makes this wonder of the world. Students were then challenged to find the energy source, planning their work and applying their ideas to some official

  • Mr Jobling

    Principal's blog - the start of a new year

    21st September 2017

    Welcome to my first blog of this new academic year.

    I would like to formally welcome our new year 7 students into the academy (all 240 of them) - they have all settled really well into academy life. A large number of year 7 parents have contacted us to let us know how much they are enjoying the start to their secondary education. We are really pleased with the start they have made too.

    Our new year 7 join the academy as we continue to grow in number. There are now 240 students in both years 7 and 8 (30 more t

  • National Church of England Academy

    Community fair at National

    18th September 2017

    This coming Thursday (21 September) between 1pm - 4.30pm we are holding a community fair here at the academy.

    Members of the local community will be visiting National to hold stalls for students to explore - the idea is for students to understand and see for themselves what activities are available to them to get involved in locally.

    Parents are welcome to also attend with their child from 3.15pm.

    Working with our local community is very important to us, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone attending

  • Star of the lesson

    Students make positive start to the new year

    7th September 2017

    Yesterday marked the return of all students to the academy after the summer break, with years 8,9 and 10 rejoining their peers from year 11 and our new intake of year 7 students.

    On this first day back for all, an impressive 147 students (over 10% of students) were awarded our new 'star of the lesson' award for their hard work and commitment to learning in lessons.

    As part of this initiative, parents and guardians are notified instantly via text when their son/daughter receives this award from the academy.


  • National celebrate excellent GCSE results

    24th August 2017

    Students at the National Church of England Academy in Hucknall, part of the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership, were celebrating this morning as they received their GCSE results.

    Almost 80% of National students achieved a standard pass (formerly a C grade) or higher in English and two thirds of maths grades were also achieved at the standard pass rate or higher.

    Young people collecting their results at academies and schools in England today are the first to sit new GCSEs, which are being rolled out over

  • Uniform clarification

    23rd August 2017

    A reminder to parents/guardians that the official uniform suppliers are Hucknall Sports and Price and Buckland. These suppliers will provide the accepted regulation trousers for the academy.

    Please note that any other non-regulation trousers, even if they have the embroidered academy logo, will not be accepted.

  • A level results celebrated

    A Level results break records again!

    17th August 2017

    Students at the National Church of England Academy in Hucknall, part of the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership, were celebrating this morning as they received their A-Level results, breaking academy records for achievement and progress for the second year running. Students’ hard work really paid off, with 24% of students gaining A*- A grades, 50% gaining A*- B grades, and 76% receiving A* - C. Almost three quarters of students who took vocational qualifications also received a distinction* or distinctio

  • Supporting the air ambulance

    Academies support Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

    24th July 2017

    Students from across the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership came together at Kelham Hall on Friday 21 July to present Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance with a cheque for over £1,500.

    Students from all nine academies within the trust took part in a range of fundraising activities throughout the academic year, following the students’ decision to support the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance service – which relies solely on public donations.

    Patrick Knight, executive assistant principal at the Diverse Academies, said: “