It was another week of assessments at LECA and this time it was the turn of Year 7 to be tested in the Main Hall. Once again, the students did us proud showing us all of the attributes we are nurturing through our ethos of being INSPIRED: independent, never giving up, solution focused, progress driven, innovative, respectful, enthusiastic and determined. We award our students constantly for demonstrating these characteristics and exams is when they need to focus on them most of all. They didn't disappoint - and while we know that it can be daunting we also know that doing assessments is a vital part of how we measure their progress. Well done to Year 7.

Well done also to the 131 students who are currently meeting our attendance target of 97%+ for the year so far and the 83 students who are currently sitting on 100%. Attendance has a huge role to play in progress: put simply if you attend every lesson, you learn more so it's vital, especially when it's cold and dark in the mornings, to remember that every lesson is another step in your learning and if you miss one, you never get it back. Mr Tatham tracks attendance every week and supports every student to improve so it's also important to congratulate all students who, for whatever reason, had low attendance at the beginning of the year and have turned it around in recent weeks. We also track Persistent Absence (PA) which is a nationally reported figure for students who are below 90%. The national average in England and Wales is 13%; ours is currently 6.3% which is a brilliant achievement from the students.

Our enrichment offer seems to grow every week and a new one this year is our Year 8 Law group who are currently preparing a case to present in a national competition. The Mock Magistrates Court Trial takes place all over the country in March next year and teams of 12 compete against other schools (in a real magistrates court) to defend and prosecute the case. Sessions take place after school on a Friday so if you're in Year 8 and have an interest in law, there are still a couple of spaces left on the team. The competition day in March will be on a Saturday to avoid court business and our heat will take place in Great Yarmouth. Fish and chips for all, no matter what the outcome!

The choir, also part of the enrichment at LECA, continues to grow in numbers with Mrs Davies now leading 20 singers regularly at lunchtime on Monday. Their next performance will be at our Christmas Showcase on December 13th at 6.30pm. This promises to be another brilliant evening with drama performances, readings and a guest appearance from Millfield Primary's choir too. Last year it was a superb event and like last year there will also be a raffle, hot chocolate and mince pies. There is still time to donate to the raffle so if you have anything you'd like to donate, please drop it into the Academy in the next couple of weeks. 

Finally, our Year 7 Parents' evening is coming Thursday 6th December so we are looking forward to seeing Year 7 parents then. For those new to the process, letters have been sent home and you will meet with your child's tutor to discuss the first term and their progress so far. Please return your preferred time to us as soon as possible and we will get those booked in for you. Mr Tatham and myself will also be available for discussions so please do come and see us with any questions you may have.


Scott Gaskins

Head of School, LECA