Much has happened since the last blog, back in February. Of course the Ski Trip to Austria is the highlight - it being the first one for LECA and for our students. It was brilliant to watch the posts on social media come in over the week and seeing the progress on the slopes and the clear camaraderie that developed not just between students but the adults too. The social aspect of such trips is just as important as the the skiing and the students clearly made new friendships which will last a long time. Thank you to Mr Hughes, Mr Tatham and Mrs Hedges for taking them (and bringing them all back in one piece!) and we are now in the process of starting the organisation of the next one in 2020. Please look out for communications from Mr Hughes to find out more.
Before half term we also had a busy week with Maths assessments and a Year 8 trip to Neale Wade for their annual careers fair. This proved to be a great event with representation from a wide variety of businesses and organisations including our builders, Morgan Sindall, who have a fantastic apprenticeship programme;, Cambridge Regional College (who brought their hair and beauty cohort and adorned our students with glitter), University of Lincoln, the NHS and many more. Thanks go to Sam Mandley for the invite and the superb organisation; the students really enjoyed it and have started now to think about some career paths which they can explore further at LECA.
This coming week, we continue with the careers theme and are hosting two half days of employability workshops for Year 8. This is funded by the Opportunity Area who send in a team of facilitators from the organisation 'Volunteer it Yourself' (ViY). ViY will be holding an assembly on Wednesday then will be working with students in House teams on interview skills for two lessons and then again on Thursday. Again, this is a great opportunity for our students to focus their attention on the end goal and while it may seem a long way off, it will soon come around. I'm sure the students will not only enjoy it but also gain some invaluable knowledge about the world of work.
On Tuesday some selected students will start a STEM challenge called 'Race for the Line' in which they will build and race model cars in competition with students from Highfield Littleport Academy (HLA). This has been offered to us by Lee Skillern, RAF, and his team and we're really looking forward to hosting him and collaborating with HLA on this brilliant project. Lee has been working with us at LECA as he prepares to leave the RAF and pursue a career in teaching, so he is well known to the students and we're looking forward to tapping into his expertise for this project.
With applications for next years' Year 7 currently at the deadline (March 1st) we now have a clear idea of how many new students will be joining us. It's very exciting to be able to report that we will be full for the first time in Year 7, a fantastic endorsement of the work my team has done over the past 18 months. Not only that but over the past few months we have 'backfilled' the other year groups so the current Year 7 only has 9 spaces left and Year 8, which started with 84, now has 98 and is rising week by week. We are obviously really pleased with this progress and growth and thank all parents, old and new, who have supported us as we have grown. Without the essential support of parents, schools cannot develop positively and the impact parents on their children have cannot be underestimated. Whether it be encouraging good attendance, to reinforcing good behaviour, everything we do, we do in partnerships with parents. We look forward to welcoming new parents to LECA next term as we start the vital transition work to ensure every rising Year 7 has a great start in September.
Finally, the third wave of teacher recruitment has been successfully completed and we have now added two more Humanities teachers, a Science teacher, an English teacher and a Computing teacher. All of the new recruits will be introduced to you in the coming weeks and we're really excited to be strengthening the team yet again. A warm welcome to LECA, all of you, and we look forward to seeing you in the Summer term.
Head of School, LECA