Today Year 11 received their mock GCSE exam results. There was a range of emotions but what was amazing to see was the resilience of our students. Here are some quotes from them:
“I’m not going to give up; I know what I need to work on.”
“I’m happy with my Maths, Science and Health and Social Care results. I’m not going to stop trying to get all of the grades that I want.”
“I’m going to work with my teachers to make sure that I do better in the Summer exams”
GCSE exams will commence in just under eight weeks time with the first exam on Monday 15th May 2023. Staff will be working hard to support students to close any gaps in their knowledge and skills that are identified from the mock exams and will be exploring revision techniques during tutor time.
If any students did not bring their results home with them then please let Miss Burrows know as copies can be posted or emailed!
We would like to celebrate the successes of our pupils this week:
Oaks: This week the Oaks have been working on the Mexican day of the dead; they have investigated what Ofrenda is and then created some beautiful posters in response. Laura and Leo went out into the environment and created expressive abstract art in the style of Sophie Tee, an abstract artist we have been looking at.
Well done to Laura in the Oaks. 100% attendance and star of the week award for always trying her best every lesson.
Bonsais: Well done Kelvin, Maths Learning Legend of the Week and Star of the Week in English and tutor group. Keep up the good work Kelvin.
Maths: This week’s Learning Legends in Maths are Kelvin and Liam. Kelvin has demonstrated an amazing ability to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages and then use this knowledge to then compare and order them! Liam has shown resilience in tackling some tricky algebra work solving equations involving brackets; when the going got tough he didn’t give up! Miss Burrows and Miss Carty are incredibly proud of these two students this week! Well done Kelvin and Liam!
At the Beacon Centre we are Proud to be working towards achieving the Rainbow Flag Award.
The Rainbow Flag Award is a national quality assurance framework for primary schools, secondary schools, SEND schools and colleges. The award focuses on positive LGBT+, (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities), inclusion and visibility.
The Rainbow Flag Award encourages a whole organisation approach to LGBT+ inclusion, as well as developing strategies to effectively challenge and combat LGBTphobic bullying.
The Rainbow Flag Award is a commitment to improve the lives of all the young people that we work with, as well as the LGBT+ young people in our care, those from LGBT+ families, and LGBT+ staff members.
Last week our Aspens, Blossoms and Evergreens groups competed in Sumdog’s South Tyneside competition. Students spent their Maths lessons competing against 15 other classes in various schools across the borough and became the overall winners of the competition!
14 students from the Beacon Centre competed, they correctly answered 2500 questions! We had 8 students finish in the top 50 students out of 156 students that took part and 3 of those finished in the top 10!
Well done to those student who made it into the top 50:
Ryan S 6th
Shea L 7th
Liam J 9th
Daniel P 11th
Mason W 13th
Mark B 19th
Jack B 24th
Harvey E 37th
Miss Burrows and Mr Paterson have been so impressed by the efforts of those students involved; there has been a real buzz in the Maths classroom this week with students eager to compete!
Aspens and Redwoods went to Blyth beach on Friday 24th September. The visit was inspired by the book ‘Holes’ which Key Stage 3 are currently studying in English; students were tasked with attempting to dig a five foot wide and five foot deep hole just as the characters were made to do in the book. We didn’t make it to five foot deep but we certainly have sympathy for the characters following our experience!
We have just received the printed books containing the published work of three of our young people! A huge well done to Shane, Sam and Isaac! Each of whom have received a copy of the book and a certificate from Young Writers. If you would like to read their fantastic stories, you can do so below.
Sam – Innocent?
Nobody believed he was innocent, everyone though he did it. There was all the proof you needed. The body, the gun, the witnesses, even what’d happened in the past. Everyone knew about their big fight and he hit her straight across the face and walked out on her. He says that night never happened. Anyway, back to the present now. He was found next to her body on his hands and knees, covered in blood. The cops stormed into the room. He ran straight out the window and has been running since.
Young Writers – Case Files: Unsolved, On the Run – Page 130
Shane – The Wrong Crowd
People think the dead can’t talk, but what people don’t know is the so-called dead are alive. I’m thirty-three years old, I’ve been on the run since I was seventeen as I got involved with the wrong crowd, which ended up in a bad situation. One night the gang and I was involved with decided they were going to rob a bank. I’m now FBI’s most wanted as all my accomplices got caught at the scene. I had been a fugitive for sixteen years until the courtroom drama in which I was found not guilty, the case is left unsolved…
Young Writers – Case Files: Unsolved, On the Run – Page 131
Isaac – Mistaken Identity
His body lay on the floor in a puddle of his own blood, his body still gasping for air with a bullet in his lung. This was the third gang-related shooting this week.
He was walking through the street he walked through every day to get to his nan’s from school but he was a little bit late, he walked past a few people and noticed that he was getting followed, they started shouting at him, then they chased him, he was running for about five minutes. He turned a corner. All he heard was bang!
Young Writers – Case Files: Unsolved, On the Run – Page 132
If you are feeling inspired by these great stories, you can enter the current Young Writers Competition ” Spine-Chillers” by following this link: