Charity work has always been part of the DNA at LECA from the very beginning. Since September 2017, our students have raised over £3000 for local and national charities and donated well over a ton of food to Littleport Food Bank. This week 35 of our students joined forces with Witchford Village College and Ely College to complete the Dorset Walk in aid of The Malcolm Whales Foundation. His son, Damien Whales is a former Assistant Principal at Ely College and the foundation he formed in memory of his father is growing all the time with the main event being the 60 mile, 4 day trek along the stunning Jurrasic coast in Dorset. We are so proud to be part of the walk this year and wish Team LECA well as they finish the walk. Massive well done to all of you and thank you to Mrs Emmess and all the staff who are there with you.

This week also saw the launch of the Duke of Edinburgh Award to Year 8, ready for them to start in Year 9. This was a hugely satisfying event as it is something we have planned for for two years. The preparation and training behind the scenes has been meticulous and the LECA YPA was designed to prepare the students for the step up to D of E. We were not surprised, therefore, when we saw so many students take the letter home. It is a fantastic programme and feeds directly into college and sixth form applications in Year 11. It is well-known that as well as progress and attainment, further education providers look for the other skills and attributes of students such as teamwork, leadership, resilience and determination - all of which you need to succeed in Duke of Edinburgh. We look forward to getting the team started next academic year.

It wouldn't be right not to mention sport in a weekend of elite sporting events and our sporting leaders again stepped up to support Improve IT with their primary schools rounders and cricket festival on Friday. It was fantastic to see our students leading small groups of students and they looked every part the leader as they coached and scored while the primary students played. Well done to all of you - you are growing in confidence all the time and are brilliant ambassadors for LECA.

Finally, in a step away from school and as an avid sports fan myself, I'm sure you will join me in wishing our England Cricket Team the best of luck in the World Cup Final which starts in just under an hour. In any tournament there are ups and downs and England very nearly went out at one stage but they bounced back and now look in great form. The great Sir Roger Bannister once said: 'Sport, like all of life, is about taking your chances.' Let's hope England take their chances today.

 

Scott Gaskins

Head of School, LECA