Since the very beginning, LECA has been built on partnerships. Sharing the campus with Highfield Littleport, Littleport Leisure and Stepping Stoners means that we naturally share our resources and facilities and over the years to come this will become more and more integrated. We host the weekly Park Run, led by James Lee and his team, and we also hire our facilities out on an almost daily basis to organisations ranging from the DfE to the Diocese of Ely to 4D Dance.

This week is no different. Tomorrow we host a small group of Chinese students from Melchior College, Cambridge. Our partnership with Melchior started last year with a week long visit from another small group. This time it's just for a day but they will experience music, drama, art, maths and IT and have the opportunity to work with our students and learn about what life and school is like in England. We look forward to welcoming our overseas guests tomorrow morning.

Then on Wednesday we welcome another new partner for LECA, Paige Smeaton from Corpus Christi, University of Cambridge. Paige is part of their outreach team who visit schools to introduce the concept of Higher Education to students. Her assembly - 'What is University?' is designed to give our students a first look at what life is like beyond sixth form and further education. We hope this will inspire our students and give them a taste of a pathway they could take if they choose to. This will be followed later in the year by a visit to Corpus Christi for those students who are serious about applying to university and who aspire to go to Cambridge. Thank you to another partner, Sam Mandley (Neale Wade Academy) for brokering this visit. Sam's contacts in industry and further/higher education have been forged over many years and she has been invaluable to LECA since we opened, introducing us to range of experts and organisations, many of whom have since visited the Academy. 

This Thursday we also welcome our partners in the Active Learning Trust, Cromwell Community College and Neale Wade Academy for a round robin football and netball tournament. Last year Neale Wade came away the winners but this year our teams are already showing huge improvements with the Year 7 girls coming third in the county netball qualifiers and the Year 8 boys beating Neale Wade at football last week. It's all to play for and should be a fantastic day with the Interim CEO of the ALT, Mr Clive Bush, also joining us for the trophy presentation. Good luck to all the teams.

Finally, there is another day of assessments coming up in Maths on February 13th. Both year groups will be tested for two hours in the Hall and all students will, with some hard work, have taken another step along their progress flightpath. In the meantime, it's important to keep revising and completing that homework on MyMaths as this is what embeds the methods students have learnt in class. Good luck to all our students with this.


Scott Gaskins

Head of School, LECA.