We love opening our doors at LECA and this week was no exception. Over 300 parents and children visited us on Year 6 Open Evening on Thursday and what a positive evening it was. Rooms were open with a myriad of activities for children (and parents in some cases) to try. Books were on show and some incredible artwork was displayed and being created. In the Sports Hall, there was table tennis, gymnastics and basketball with some awesome gymnastics displays from both Year 7 and Year 8. To top it all off, the kitchen as open and our head chef, Clare, cooked up some lovely tasters of curry and nachos for everyone to try. We're really proud of the development of LECA in such a short space of time. The student guides did us proud as always, touring groups of visitors and chatting away confidently about their school. A huge thanks to them and all of the staff who made the evening such a success. We hope to welcome you all back in May after the application process has finished and the places have been allocated.

Friday was also a busy day as we were visited by primary schools from across East Cambs to take part in a KS2 Cross Country event run by ImproveIT. Year 8 Sports Leaders were on hand all day, marshalling the young runners and escorting them around the site. Once again, the students represented LECA with enthusiasm and pride and they received a huge round of applause as the event drew to a close. Well done to all the students involved - we hope to host more events with ImproveIT over the year.

After a busy week, we finished the day on Friday with a concert by BrightSide, a Christian band who are touring the UK as part of the 'Higher' tour. The band were absolutely brilliant; uplifting and catchy tunes and a simple message to the students: be yourself because you are unique and awesome - a lovely way to end the week. At the end of the concert, they very generously gave lots of tickets away to their concert at Ely Cathedral tonight. Many of our students took them home so we hope they have great night tonight - it promises to be a fantastic gig. Thank you to Rev Howard Robson for putting us in touch with them.

This week, we move closer to being able to offer a credit union savings account to all of our students. We have teamed up with Rainbow Savers, a local credit union, and Mrs Middleton (and a team of student bankers) will be opening the bank once a week so students can deposit their pocket money and start building some savings. Littleport Primary School and Millfield are also starting the scheme so when students transition to LECA they will already have their account set up. We think the scheme is a brilliant way to teach students the importance of saving and it also gives our students the opportunity to help run the bank. We're sure it will be popular and again we have Rev Howard to thank for linking us up. As soon as the training is done this week, we will be able to issue savings books and get started.

Finally, this week is the first student council meeting of the year. The student council did huge amounts of work last year to improve the Academy from requesting more vegetarian options on the menu (we now have a full day of vegetarian food and more grab and go available than ever), house captains, sports captains, more charity days, designated toilets - the list goes on. Their job, therefore, is vital not only to improve the Academy but to ensure that every single student has a voice. I'm very much looking forward to working with the new team this year and making further important Academy improvements.

 

Scott Gaskins

Head of School, LECA