It was another busy week at LECA and the students have once again shown what a brilliant group they are. Student Council met for the second time this year bringing to the table a host of excellent ideas and suggestions. To show the power of student voice, here is a list of things we did as a result of the last meeting.

1) Signage and designation of the toilets.

2) More hygiene bins.

3) More Grab and Go on offer at lunchtime.

4) Girls allowed to wear ties.

This meeting we agreed the following, some of which were actioned just 24 hours later.

1) More vegetarian options for Grab and Go - Clare our chef has said she would provide a veggie option every day from now on.

2) House Captains  - Badges have been ordered and Captains will be selected next week.

3) Sports Leaders - Badges have been ordered and Mr Tatham will select his leaders next week.

4) More 'Special' Days - We have pledged to support a charity each term and for each charity we will hold a 'special' day to raise money. We have already supported Anti-Bullying and Children in Need this academic year.

5) A clear price list for the Canteen - This has been typed up and laminated and will be on display from next week.

6) A Talent Show - We will hold a Variety Show at the end of the Summer Term.

7) Clocks in classrooms and other areas - clocks have been ordered for all classrooms, the dining room and the LRC.

We'd like to thank the Student Council for their feedback and we will always listen to their ideas and action them if at all possible.

This term is an important one in the developement of the Academy as we seek to recruit the second wave of outstanding teachers to our team. Working at LECA is hugely rewarding. Rarely do staff have the opportunity to help shape the development of a brand new school and every member of staff has brought their own unique set of skills and passions. This has resulted in the students accessing a huge range of opportunities that we didn't know would be possible when we first recruited the team. We're sure the new additions will be the same.

Last week the two local primaries joined us for the second week of transition taster lessons. The sessions this week were Photography, Maths, English and Spanish and once again the students showed us that they're ready for the move up. They asked lots of questions and looked very much at home in what will, for most, be their new school in just a few short months. Much more will follow for transition including another 3 days in the summer and the chance for our students and teachers to visit our feeder schools to answer questions and talk about life at LECA. Once the final allocation of students is known in March, we will write to all of our new parents and invite them in for an information evening in the summer term.

This week, Sgt Phil Priestley is joining us to lead an assembly on E-Safety. More and more we hear of people being targeted online through messaging, gaming, email and social media so it's important to embed good safety online as soon as possible. Phil has been working in this area of expertise for many years and the students will come away with a host of invaluable advice. We urge parents to chat to their children at home and discuss the assembly so they stay safe and understand the law when using the Internet.

Finally, fixtures start again this week and, after two weeks of training, Mr Tatham is taking our boys and girls teams over to Neale Wade on Monday for their first football fixture of the new year. We wish them all the best of luck and will report the results on the blog next week.


Scott Gaskins

Head of School, LECA