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  • 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: “

  • 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