Unusually for us it was a quiet week, with teachers and students concentrating firmly on our core business: teaching and learning. As ever though, in the background, we're working harder than ever to improve all aspects of Academy life. In the main recreation area outside, for example, we have created an inviting picnic area complete with benches and bins so students can enjoy sitting outside in the warmer months. Some of those benches were built by a group of Year 8s earlier in the year and are now well used. Following a successful bid for a £3000 grant we now also have plans to create an allotment garden and have a team in place to begin the planning and design phase before building can start. Ideas have already taken root with some of our students determined to create a pond feature and put up polytunnels so we can grow all year round. I hope we will not only serve our school with our produce but also HLA and the Leisure Centre too in the years to come.

This week the final preparations take place for the law group's next foray into the court room in the regional final of the Mock Magistrates Trial Competition, following their victory in the local heat back in March. This case is more complex meaning that they will have to think on their feet and be ready with quick responses if they are going to win. This time they are up against Springwood High School, as it happens the school I attended in King's Lynn, so on a personal level it would be great to beat them! On the day though, it's all about the team and how they perform together. They were aggressive and dogged in court last time and by the looks of their preparation this time, no-one is changing that approach. Good luck to all of you - the whole team at LECA is rooting for you.

This week also marks another first for LECA as our Aim Higher Girls Group set off to the Brecon Beacons for a week of outdoor activities and team building. It really is a fantastic offer from Aim Higher and one we hope we can repeat. The girls will be pot-holing, rock climbing, orienteering and much more, with the purpose of the trip being to build their confidence, resilience and determination and exploring how far they can reach out of their 'comfort-zone'. We all look forward to hearing their stories when they return to school next week - they are sure to have a fantastic time.

On Friday our enrichment continues with our Year 7 trip to Framlingham Castle. Framlingham Castle is built on the site of one of the earliest motte and bailey castles in the 12th Century. This was destroyed and then rebuilt with 13 towers adorning it's huge curtain wall. It is a magnificent site with parkland surrounding it and the village of Framlingham is straight from a picture book with a central market square and boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafes in abundance. We're certain Year 7 will have great day in Suffolk and again, look forward to hearing all about it next week.


Scott Gaskins

Head of School, LECA