First of all - Happy New Year. 2018 was a great year at LECA and we're confident 2019 will be even better.

This week was a week of launches and opportunities. In our very first assembly, back in September 2017, I spoke about taking opportunities when they come. Opportunities present themselves every day at school whether it be as simple as asking a question in class to taking up a musical instrument to joining a club or, as was the case the case this week, developing yourself as someone who is self motivated and a leader. 

Our first launch this week was the LECA YPA (Young Persons Award). Following the success of the award last year, we relaunched the award this year and already we have more than 30 students signed up. The LECA YPA is our very own award and works as precursor to the Duke of Edinburgh Award (D of E) that we will launch at the end of this academic year. Year 7 students have to complete 40 hours of activity over two terms and then camp overnight where they will learn some basic campsite skills and sleep under the stars. For Year 8, the challenge is even greater with the activities split into two categories, physical and skill. This means their activities must be broader and encompass learning a skill rather than simply taking part in a sport. Good luck to everyone who has signed up and if you're a parent reading this, please encourage your child to sign up if they haven't already. Activities both inside and out of school all count.

Then, on Friday, Mrs Emmess (PE) launched her subject ambassador leadership programme, another first for LECA. This programme feeds perfectly into the LECA YPA as it encourages students to develop their leadership skills and at the same time presents numerous opportunities to learn other skills. There is a formal application process to become a subject ambassador and every applicant will need to state the reasons why they would like to be considered and the skills they have which make them the right person for the role. There is more than one post per subject so I encourage every student to step forward and apply. At the launch on Friday afternoon, interest in the programme was overwhelming with over 100 applications given out, so good luck to all who apply.

This week, we have Darryl Garner from the Ely Army Cadets in assembly presenting yet another opportunity to our students. Last year Darryl presented to our current Year 8s and they are now able to join and take a full role in all the activities. For the Year 7s it is a taster of something they can look forward to next year. The cadets teach a range of skills to young people and develop many of the attributes we value at LECA. It is another opportunity for our students to step forward and try something new this year.

Once again we are planning our next wave of recruitment to further strengthen our teaching team. If you are a teacher reading this and are looking for a new challenge this year, LECA could well be it. We are always developing and there is still an enormous amount of scope to help shape this new Academy and build a legacy that will stay strong for years to come. If you want to be part of the pioneering years at LECA, look out for the adverts on our website and EPM in the coming weeks and get in touch. We're looking forward to meeting you and showing you what we're all about.


Scott Gaskins

Head of School, LECA