With assessments over, we turn our attention to Transition this week and look forward to welcoming our rising Year 7s to LECA for 2 packed days of activities. On Monday we welcome half of our new cohort to join us for special lessons all day and this is followed at 3pm by the Pop Up Uniform Shop run by our brilliant partners, Total Clothing. All students, old and new, are welcome at the shop and it's a great opportunity to meet our suppliers to find out how they work. Then, on Tuesday we welcome Littleport Community Primary School for their day followed by our Transition Freshers Fair. This event is for all of our rising 7s to meet their form tutors and ask those final begging questions before the summer break. We will also be showcasing our clubs and activities and many of the features of LECA which make us unique - Go4Schools, SAM Learning, The LECA YPA and much more. There will be a short presentation at 5.30pm too, to welcome all of our new students and parents so we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible then.
Last week, aside from assessments, it was the turn of our new teachers to visit LECA for their induction. They were around all day on Thursday and we spent much of the day talking about the core business of the school - teaching and learning. These are always exciting days as new staff always bring new skill-sets and interests. Below is a selection of biographies from some of them. More will follow in the coming weeks:
Stefen Dicks - Music / Maths
Stefen was born into a family that would boast a hoard of 5 brothers, so he was never short of brothers to create havoc with, much to the frustration of their beloved mother and father. Stefen grew up in the East End of London and later the south of the city, playing principle trumpet for many Concert Wind Bands and Orchestras.
After leaving school, Stefen joined the British Army as a Junior musician into the Royal Armoured Corp. These next 14 years were “The greatest experiences a young man could wish for”. He has had the opportunity and privilege to perform in some world renown venues; the West End, Broadway, the Whitehouse, the Vatican, the Palace as well as many major concert halls and venues; and personalities such as HM the Queen, President Reagan, His Holiness Pope John Paul ll to name just a few.
On leaving HM Forces Stefen studied for his B.Ed at U CE in Birmingham, qualifying as teacher in 1992. Stefen has enjoyed a 27 year teaching career, during which time he has been involved with staging many musical theatre production, and enjoyed seeing the cast members grow in confidence and character, many of whom are still involved within the music and theatre industry.
He is married with 3 children, who have given them eight grand-children.
His hobbies include, photography (ran his own photography company), cycle racing (says he’s to old and heavy now to partake) playing chess, Archery, playing his Trumpet, musical theatre as well as lots of activities he volunteered to do or was volunteered to do my the Army.
They both enjoy the 1940s and attend 40s weekends where Stefen attends as an “iconic character”. He portrays “Field Marshal Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, KG, GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO & Bar”, who was Chief of the Imperial General Staff from 1941 until 1946, the professional head of the British Army and Winston Churchill’s foremost military advice during WW2.
Stefen looks forward to working at LECA from September and to be part of the team taking the school into a very bright and successful future.
Charlotte Dent - Science
Mrs Dent has always had a keen interest in science; studying triple science at GCSE then chemistry, biology and psychology a-levels at Long Road sixth form. She then combined her love of science and animals as she decided to study Zoology at Anglia Ruskin University where she achieved a first class degree.
Throughout her time in education, Mrs Dent had always wondered whether she would enjoy a career on the other side of the classroom, after graduating from university she decided to take the jump into the world of teaching by becoming a teaching assistant at her old secondary school. During her time as a there, she realised that teaching was definitely a passion and career that she wanted to pursue. Mrs Dent completed her teacher training in chemistry with Cambridge teaching school networks in two different placement schools in Cambridgeshire. This school direct placement allowed her to get teaching in the classroom as soon as possible to ensure that she was able to further develop her teaching experience and skills. After her teacher training Mrs Dent spent the next three years at a Fenland secondary school where she developed into an experienced chemistry teacher.
Mrs Dent is very much looking forward to becoming a part of the LECA community.
Ashley Hourigan - Humanities
Miss Hourigan is a proud Canadian who has lived and taught in Norfolk for the past 4 years. Growing up in Burlington, Canada, she completed her Bachelor of Social Science with a joint major in Politics and Economics from the University of Ottawa followed by her Bachelor of Education with a specialisation in History in 2015.
Miss Hourigan has been working at a Secondary School in King’s Lynn since 2015, teaching history at both GCSE and A-level as well as helping to build the sociology department, implementing the new GCSE course in 2017. Her experience has led to an enriched understanding of student need and the importance of cultivating an inclusive and supportive classroom. Miss Hourigan is dedicated to providing a positive school experience for students. She has consistently offered revision and intervention lessons as well as supervised a history club. This has allowed for enriched learning and many proud moments come results day.
Miss Hourigan has always had a love of learning, growing up in a family filled with educators. She enjoys keeping up with current affairs and has a keen interest in American history. A coffee enthusiast, she also enjoys baking, a good film, reading in the sunshine, and spending time with family and friends. Since moving to the UK, she has been able to fulfil her love of travelling, exploring Europe and places locally. This has included several successful residential school trips to Berlin, Greece, and the battlefields of France and Belgium.
Miss Hourigan is incredibly excited to be part of the LECA community and looks forward to her new adventure in September.
Emma Jewers - Humanities
Emma Jewers was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has a Geography degree and PGCE from Newcastle University and experience of teaching in a range of Secondary Schools in Newcastle and Kings Lynn. Miss Jewers is excited for her move down to Cambridgeshire and to join the fantastic team at LECA as part of the humanities department with a specialism in Geography. She has worked in a range of educational settings throughout her career including as a Maths and English tutor and in a nursery.
Miss Jewers is passionate about inspiring students to be curious about the world around them and become responsible citizens who contribute positively to the world they live in. She strives to make her lessons as relevant to current events as possible, encouraging students to be aware of important issues around the world. Miss Jewers ensures all students are supported and challenged appropriately and is always on hand to help and encourage students with their studies.
Miss Jewers is a keen traveller and enjoys nothing more than being on holiday. She has spent time travelling around South-East Asia, America and Canada recently and regularly teaches her students about the interesting places she has been too and their cultures, Geography and History. She always includes her own pictures in her lessons when possible. When she taught students about erosion in rivers she showed them pictures from her recent trip to the Grand Canyon!
Miss Jewers also enjoys watching a good documentary and updates students regularly on interesting television to watch that will increase their knowledge and understanding on a range of topics. She is looking forward to showing some of these documentaries to her new classes. She is always open to recommendations so make sure to let her know any great documentaries you have seen recently!
Finally a massive congratulations to the LECA dance group who performed at the opening ceremony at the Cambridge Schools Summer Games. We are enormously proud to have been picked to perform and the dancers produced the show of their lives on Thursday. Massive thanks to Sara Ford from 4D Dance and to Mrs Emmess who backed the dancers all the way with early morning rehearsals and never-ending encouragement. Well done to all of you.
Head of School, LECA