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  • 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

  • HSFC website launched

    Hucknall Sixth Form Centre website launched

    10th February 2017

    The new website for the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre is now live. The HSFC is the collaborative sixth form between National and The Holgate Academy offering students the chance to continue their education with us.

    With details of the vast range of courses available for students at Post-16, together with information about support for learning, great facilities and what life as a HSFC student is like, there is plenty of information on the site for students looking at their options after year 11.

    For more informat

  • Ski trip 2017

    Annual ski trip 2017

    3rd February 2017

    At the back end of January 2017 an excited group of students and staff left National to take on the slopes of Le Corbier in France on the 2017 Ski Trip.

    Arriving at the resort late on the Saturday after a long twelve-hour journey, our skiers went straight into to be fitted for their all-important kit - skis, boots, helmets and poles.

    With a range of abilities amongst the group, they hit the slopes early on the Sunday morning in beautiful sunshine and with some great snow. The beginners group progressed quickl

  • Inclusive sports festival

    Inclusive multi-sports festival takes place

    2nd February 2017

    On Thursday 2nd February, National hosted the inclusive multi-sports festival here at the academy, entering two teams into the competition. The festival saw mixed teams of eight students competing in a variety of sports that included new age kurling, dodgeball and basketball.

    After some fierce (but very sporting) competition, the National year 8/9 team were the eventual victors, with the year 7 team finishing second. The winning team will now go on to represent Ashfield in the County Finals.

    The event was a s

  • Year 13 mock interviews

    Mock interviews held at HSFC

    27th January 2017

    To support our students with their personal development, today we organised for a number of local businesses to visit the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre to hold a series of mock interviews. The interviews took place with students from year 13, and the experience should prove invaluable whether they are looking to move into higher education, employment or apprenticeships, as all of these pathways may require individuals to go through a formal process.

    The students gained valuable insight into how to perform in an

  • Brownian Motion

    Students experience Brownian Motion

    27th January 2017

    Earlier this week, a group of Science students realised that good things come to those who wait, as they experienced Brownian Motion in the labs here at National. Brownian Motion is the erratic random movement of microscopic particles in a fluid, as a result of continuous bombardment from molecules of the surrounding medium. It can be a very tricky thing to see but the students, along with Mr Newcombe, persisted with the experiment and were lucky enough to see the motion in action.

    Students feedback from the

  • Creative work showcased at Hucknall Library

    24th January 2017

    As part of our continuing work with Hucknall Library, students across Key Stage 3 have been writing imaginative and engaging book blurbs to start the new year. There have been some wonderfully creative pieces of work that are now on display to the public.

    Since we began showcasing student work at the library at the beginning of the academic year, members of the public have commented on the exceptional quality of the written work being produced by National students, so well done to everyone who has contribute

  • Our victorious year 7 footballers

    Late but great for Year 7 footballers!

    20th January 2017

    A busy sporting week came to a successful conclusion yesterday with our year 7 footballers.

    The girls took part in the first round of the ESFA 9-a-side competition facing their counterparts from Toot Hill School. A tough game was settled late in the game with National taking the spoils following a brilliant finish from Millie Thorley, getting onto the end of a cross by Laura Volframa.

    The game was played in very sporting manner and in great spirit. Well done to the National team for their victory and also to