With half term over, the final push to the end of term has begun. New intervention groups have been formed to plug the gaps from the last assessments and we are doing everything we can to ensure all students will make the progress we have mapped for them on their flightpath.

Our vision for the Academy has always been one that has focussed on learning both inside and outside of the classroom. This began way back in September when we took our students to JDR Cabling for a STEM enrichment day and continues with even more momentum this week. On Monday we have the Skill Service joining us for a special assembly where students will be surveyed on their careers enrichment this year and will also have talk from a legal professional about careers in law. This follows nicely on from the work our students have done in PSHE where some groups have conducted mock trials. 

Then, on Tuesday, the Jon Egging Trust is visiting the Academy and introducing some of the programmes they offer to young people in schools. The Trust works in a number of schools in the area focussing on teamwork and leadership. In turn we will support them with charity events and fundraising. A link to their website can be found here.  Also on Tuesday we welcome Sgt Phil Priestley back to the Academy for the testing phase of a new Minecraft project aimed at helping students engage with e-safety on the platform. If successful, LECA will be the first school in the country to run the project and be able to lead other schools in using the platform. 

On Wednesday, Mrs Way and Mr Tatham are taking a group of artists to Kettle's Yard for a free workshop. Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery. It is a beautiful house in Cambridge with a remarkable collection of modern art and a gallery that hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions. They recently re-opened in February and extended an invite to local schools and residents to enjoy their exhibitions and take part in workshops. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and we're sure they will enjoy it and come back to LECA inspired. Thanks to Mrs Way for organising this and to Mr Tatham for being minibus driver for the day!

On Thursday it's a quieter day for students and instead the turn of our parents to visit LECA for our Parent Forum. The Parent Forum will run from 6pm - 7pm and is your chance to feedback ideas and opinions to ensure we make even more improvements to our provision. We hope to see you there.

Finally, on Friday we have the Wellcome Genome Project visiting the Academy and they will working with our house teams to model DNA sequencing. It is brilliant to have some industry leaders at the cutting edge of DNA technology at LECA and we look forward to welcoming the team to work with our students. A link to their groundbreaking work can be found here.


Scott Gaskins

Head of School, LECA