It's been a tough week of baseline testing for our new Year 7s but they have coped extremely well and are settling brilliantly. Soon, there will be a full set of baseline tests on Go4Schools and a some challenging targets set for them. A new feature in Go is the clearly marked progress levels of our students which states whether a child is above target, on track or below. This is to make it easy for parents to have conversations at home and talk about what's going well and what needs a little more work. We hope you find it helpful. As a guide, 'On Track' means they have met their targets or are within a grade of doing so. It's important to remember, of course, that the targets are end of year targets so please don't be too worried if they aren't quite there yet. It is early days!

The extra-curricular offer starts this week and the full programme can be found by clicking the link on this page. There really is something for everyone at lunch and after school including a range of sports, newspaper club, choir, science club, book club and many more. We often talk about taking opportunities when they are offered so I urge students to have a look at the clubs list and find something you think you will enjoy. Our first sports fixtures also start in a couple of weeks so now is the time for our students to commit to sports practices if they would like to be picked to represent LECA. Last year both boys and girls teams came away with wins all over East Cambridgeshire and Fenland so we are looking to build on their example and do even better this year. See Mrs Emmess for more details.

On Friday we held our our official opening with Highfield Littleport Academy, almost a year to the day after we welcomed our very first cohort of Year 7s. The Main Hall was packed with guests who all played a vital role in development of the site and Mr Steve Barclay, MP unveiled a beautiful wooden plaque which is now on display in the foyer of both schools. The event closed with two fantastic performances from the two school choirs with the HLA students signing and singing 'I can see clearly now' with full audience participation! We would like to thank everyone who attended and also the ALT Central Team for all their work organising it.

This week our assemblies, lead by Mr Tatham, will be themed around mental health. At LECA, much like every other school, awareness of mental health and well-being as part of our safeguarding procedures is very much top of the agenda. With this in mind, we want to open discussions and promote the need to be aware and the need to talk. We firmly believe in an open, honest dialogue regarding mental health and are ensuring that staff have ongoing training to address this throughout the year. 

Finally, like last year, we are beginning our careers programme for Year 7 tomorrow with a fantastic event lead by the Skills Service. Students will work in teams to run businesses throughout the morning, with the winning team collecting a prize. This event was a great success last year and the students showed brilliant leadership and teamwork skills so I'm sure they'll have a thoroughly enjoyable morning tomorrow. Good luck to all the teams and most importantly enjoy it.

 

Scott Gaskins

Head of School, LECA