This week our guest speaker in assembly was Sgt Phil Priestly. Sgt Priestly is an E-Safety expert and has worked in East Cambs for 3 years and Cambridgeshire Police for 13 years. His knowledge of the immense changes in the online world is second to none and the students were reminded of the dangers, as well as the joys, of having a presence online. The balance of the message was extremely powerful and highlighted that while there there many positives of being online, young people especially should be acutely aware that sometimes all is not as it seems. We would encourage parents to regularly check online activity and browsing history to embed good online habits.

With two weeks to go before half term, we are now preparing students for their second assessment point. From our own observations and learning walks, we are very happy with the progress the students are making in class and feel sure that they will do well in their assessments. No matter what, we will ensure that have all the tools they need to succeed and will use the new data to design new interventions to help all of our students reach their targets by the end of the year.

On Monday the first football fixtures of the new year started when we visited Neale Wade with both our girls and boys teams. Both teams came back defeated but both scored goals and showed great determination against strong sides. They both go again this week and we wish them luck on their travels.

On Thursday we welcomed Millfield students to the Academy again for four more taster sessions. This time they experienced Music, Maths, English and PE and all of our teachers reported back that they were a pleasure to teach. It was great to see the students look at home in what will be, for most, their new school in September. This week we welcome back Littleport Community Primary School for some more sessions and then, once we have the final allocation of students from our local schools, we will organise Transition week and I will visit students and Year 6 teachers in their schools.

Week beginning Monday 5th February we are excited to be welcoming 5 Chinese students to the school for a week of British secondary school experience. The students will work alongside our students in lessons and will share what their lives and schools are like in China. The visit was organised by Philip Taylor, a member of our Shadow Governing Board, and we thank him for the brilliant opportunity to host the students.

Finally, we are already on a recruitment drive for our next wave of teachers. If you're a teacher reading this and considering a new challenge in September, LECA is looking for outstanding teachers of Maths, Science, PE, DT and Humanities and we welcome an application from you. If you've never visted, call us or email and we can arrange a tour and introduction to our school and some insight into the vision and our ethos. We look forward to meeting you. It is an exciting, progressive and truly unique place to teach.


Scott Gaskins

Head of School, LECA