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  • DALP Games

    Successful sporting showcase at DALP Games

    11th July 2017

    Tuesday 11th July 2017 saw the fifth annual DALP Games held at the Harvey Hadden Stadium in Nottingham. Each of the secondary academies within the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership assembled strong teams, with 450 students involved across the partnership, to compete at the sports centre in a variety of sporting disciplines including athletics, swimming and Futsal.

    The morning of competition took place mainly on the athletics track with students from the seven academies competing in the soggy conditions,

  • Big Debate 2017

    HSFC students join the 'Big Debate'

    10th July 2017

    On Friday 7th July, a group of year 12 students from Hucknall Sixth Form Centre travelled to Retford Oaks Academy to take part in the annual DALP Post-16 Big Debate event.

    The day started with an introduction to the art of debating and the different styles and protocols. Students were then treated to a session with Luke Staton, a renowned motivational speaker from Retford, who got everyone moving and energised before sharing his stories. Luke was a very engaging speaker who inspired students to reach and ac

  • Summer Soiree 2017

    Summer Soiree showcases student talent

    7th July 2017

    On Tuesday 20th June 2017 our Summer Soirée, one of the highlights of the National calendar, was held at the academy. This event showcases the amazing array of musical talent amongst our students, with the main focus of the evening to highlight the skills of the year 10 GCSE musicians. Each of these students performed either a solo or ensemble piece with every single one of the giving a stunning performance, emphasising their hard work and dedication to practice.

    The Soirée also showcased the many ensembles

  • Mr Jobling

    Academy Director's blog - 3 July 2017

    3rd July 2017

    Carrying on our hard work until the end!

    As we enter July I am fully aware of the stereotyping that can surround what happens in academies and schools as the end of term approaches. I can however ensure you all that at National it is business as usual until the end of the final session of the year as we continue to ensure that all students get the most out of their time with us.

    I have been involved in education for 17 years, with 11 of those spent at National. I can honestly say that this year has been the b

  • Green for Grenfell

    Supporting Holland Park School

    23rd June 2017

    Students and academies throughout Diverse Academies Learning Partnership have been involved in a range of activities this week to raise money for Holland Park School in London, and to show solidarity at this difficult time following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.

    Holland Park has unfortunately and tragically felt the impact of these terrible events. Grenfell Tower sits within the school’s catchment area, and you may have seen media reports of children turning up for their GCSE exams in their pyjamas on t

  • Rotational forces experiment

    Strange forces at work in physics lessons!

    20th June 2017

    There’s always something a bit madcap going on in Mr Newcombe’s physics lessons and today our year 12 students were swinging around a bucket of water as they explored rotational forces. The challenge was to work out the centripetal acceleration which would equal free-fall to predict how slowly it could be done before the water fell out of the bucket.

    Unfortunately, due to a miscalculation, Jacky ended up getting a soaking (unfortunately not captured on video!) but science is all about experimentation we gues

  • Joe Worrall

    International success for former student Joe

    20th June 2017

    On Friday morning, we were excited to receive a visit from Joe Worrall, current Forest first team player and former student of the National academy. Joe was fresh from the Toulon tournament in which he led the England squad as captain, lifting the trophy after a successful campaign culminated in victory over the Ivory Coast in the final.

    Joe caught up with his former House Achievement Leader Mr Gilham, and his former tutor, Mr Barnett. In York house assembly, he discussed how his time at National academy has

  • National Care Home Day 2017

    Supporting National Care Home day

    16th June 2017

    Today marked the official National Care Home Day 2017, and once again, National supported our local care home Annesley Lodge by taking some of our students to spend time with the residents there.

    Our group of year 9 students visited the home for a few hours at  this morning, taking part in a variety of activities such as making friendship bracelets and banners, together with other creative crafts. The students also chatted with some of the gentlemen and ladies who live at Annesley Lodge, looking at old photo

  • Junior Maths Challenge success 2017

    Student success in Junior Maths Challenge

    15th June 2017

    Over 250,000 pupils from across the UK recently sat the Junior Maths Challenge. Pictured are the year 8 students who sat the challenge and this week received their certificates. Max Collison was our top performer receiving a gold certificate, with five girls receiving a silver award and a further seven students awarded a bronze certificate.

    Our students found the challenge to be very interesting and tested their abilities in the subject:

    • Nell, year 8 student, said, “There were some tricky questions over a ran
  • Year 13 leavers May 2017

    Last day at HSFC for year 13 students

    26th May 2017

    Today marked a major milestone for our year 13 students as they completed their last official day at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre prior to starting study leave for this summer's exams.

    Students were treated to a slice of leavers cake and a soft-drinks reception following a student-led informal awards ceremony at HSFC.

    We would like to take this opportunity to wish all students well with their exams. Focus on your revision, work hard and you'll get the results that you all definitely deserve!

  • 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