On Thursday 17th August, 2017, Year 13 A-Level and BTEC students collected their results and once again achieved some fantastic results. Overall outcomes surpassed the school’s targets and this is pleasing within the context of more challenging linear A levels; for the first time this summer a number of courses were examined on new content after two full years of study. 31% of overall full level 3 grades were awarded A*-A or equivalent, with 42% A*-B and 69% A*-C.
The vast majority of our Year 13 students progressed onto their first choice of University study or into an apprenticeship or workplace of their choice. Happy faces and a fair few tears were seen as just reward for the hard work of students and staff. We’re extremely proud of our Year 13 students and wish them well in their future destinations. Thanks must go to students, their families and their teachers for the work that has gone into the last two years of Post 16 study.
Examples of some excellent individual outcomes include: Michael Lillico A B B B has been accepted at York University to study Law, Caitlin Birdsey heads to Glasgow University to study Psychology with A B B C, Joshua Nichol Dis* A B C has been accepted at Northumbria University to study Primary Education, Luke Richardson achieved B B B B and will study Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University and Ella Sutcliffe has been accepted at Northumbria University to study Primary Education with B B B B.
Maya Burns, Alysha Ferguson and Hannah Thompson all achieved Dis* Dis* Dis* and will study Primary Education at Sunderland University, Childhood and Early Years at Northumbria University, and Childhood Studies at Nottingham Trent respectively. Sam Costello leaves for America to take up a soccer scholarship in Ohio with Dis* Dis* Dis C.
A wonderful range of other University, apprenticeship or training and employment options will be taken up by our students. Good luck for the future Year 13, we will miss you!
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For a Spring Term enrichment project, Year 8 students decided to raise money for the RVI Children’s Cancer Trust. Raising the money involved writing to local and national businesses asking for raffle prizes to be donated. We held a raffle and a ‘Name the Lamb’ Easter competition on 24th March which involved many staff and students winning some excellent prizes. We raised a total of £144.55. It has been an amazing experience for all of us and we really enjoyed working for a good cause. The highlight was travelling to the RVI in Newcastle to present the cheque and see some of the work that the RVI Children’s Cancer Trust do for children in and around our region.
Our new Lunchtime Enrichment timetable has now been launched to offer students a range of activities they can go along to during lunchtime. We have aimed to offer a wide range of activities – something to suit everyone. It’s simply a case of turn up and get involved! Click on the timetable on the right to view.
A short video, created by some of our students, to mark the opening of the new Ashington Memorial Garden in November 2015. It also signals the end of a highly successful three-year working partnership with National Heritage, Ashington Council and the Lottery Fund, in which five schools in Ashington were asked to help redevelop the Memorial Garden. The students who completed the video were in some way involved in the process right through from Middle to High School. It was produced for the County Council as part of the regeneration project of Ashington and also to coincide with the 100 Year centenary celebrations of the beginning of World War One.
Our £4.2m extension was officially opened on Friday 11th March by Member of Parliament for Wansbeck, Ian Lavery.
The new building houses classrooms, a drama studio, music room and Post-16 centre for sixth form students. A multi-use games area featuring 4G synthetic turf, four mini tennis courts and a full-size netball court complete the new look.
Northumberland County Council funded £3.8m of the cost of the improvements.
Interim Principal Gary Douglas said: “The extension has been specifically designed, built and fitted out to create the best possible learning and teaching environment. By relocating the entire English department and the Post-16 centre to the facility we have ensured every one of our 1,200 students will spend at least part of their school week in these new surroundings.
“The new build was an integral part of our long-held aim to switch from a three to two tier education system in order to drive up standards and help our students reach their full potential. The feedback we’ve had so far from students and parents has been extremely positive and the new building has already provided a great lift to our school community.”
Commenting on the new facilities, Ian Lavery MP said: “I am really impressed with the building and I hope the students enjoy their learning experience in it. However the bricks and mortar are just part of what the team are trying to achieve here. I want all of our schools including Ashington High School to attract and retain outstanding teachers so we can all share the responsibility to give our young people the very best start in life.”
Councillor Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: “The council is very pleased to be able to fund new facilities like this for young people, despite our very challenging budgetary position. Investment in education is fundamental to the future of Northumberland and its communities and we see this as a priority. I hope young people at Ashington High enjoy learning in this new building.”
The photographs above shows Mr Lavery & Mr Douglas with our School Council, who all attended the ceremony.
On Tuesday 8th March our Year 7 boys travelled to Newcastle to face a very strong St Cuthbert’s side in the quarter-final of the County Cup.
The first half was very tense with both sides cancelling each other out, We gradually got on top, with Harry Barclay playing a captain’s role in defence ably assisted by Thomas Douglas, and went ahead when James Huntley headed home from a corner. Liam Haig then put us 2-0 up after coming on as a substitute. This was Liam’s debut and he made it one to remember by scoring our third goal, then converting a late penalty to complete his hat-trick! The game ended 4-o; an excellent performance with some great passing football on display.
The starting line up was 1. Dan Gardner 2. Harry Barclay 3. Thomas Douglas 4. Jack Blyth 5. Luke Heppell 6. James Huntley 7. Archie Morpeth 8. Lyall Chaplin 9. Joseph Hecel Subs: 10. Liam Haig 11. Ryan Ramshaw 12. Jake Rendall 13. Oli Cairns 14. Josh Hayman.
Next up, we will face a strong Valley Gardens Middle School (Whitley Bay) side in the semi-final (date to be arranged).
Year 11 student Aaron McDonald was chosen to unveil our new rugby kit on the Twickenham pitch before the England v Ireland 6 Nations game at the end of February.
The day started early for Aaron when he presented the new kit in front of representatives from 100 different schools. They then all watched video clips about the ‘All Schools Programme’ RFU All Schools and the impact it is currently having on schools across the UK.
Aaron then practiced singing the national anthem with an official choir leader and professional opera singer Laura Wright, before going on to the pitch to find out where he would be standing when singing the national anthem in front of 82,000 fans before the game! After that, it was time for lunch and a chance to meet students from the other participating schools. Then it was on to be a ‘guide of honour’ for the England team and Aaron found himself completely starstruck when some of his favourite England players, including Mike Brown, walked past him into the changing rooms.
Finally, it was time to walk out onto the pitch to sing the national anthem in front of 82,000 noisy England and Ireland fans. An amazing experience for Aaron; “Tears came into my eyes as I sang the national anthem along with the players and fans. It was like no other feeling I have experienced and I had shivers down my spine.”
The game did not disappoint. The first-half was fairly exciting; however, the second-half was even better as England beat Ireland 21-10. A brilliant end to an amazing day.
The final word goes to Aaron: “The atmosphere was electric from start to finish and this day is surely one I will never forget.”
A number of students came together at the start of the school year to set up a Charity Committee to help lead with charitable fundraising activities within school. So far the committee has helped to raise hundreds of pounds for local charities. The next project is raising money for Bloodwise (bloodwise.org.uk) which is supporting a local child from Ashington who is battling Leukaemia. All of the students are so dedicated to helping others in their local community. They often give up their own time before and after school as well as breaks and lunchtimes to meet to think of creative ways to help others!
They are truly a great bunch of students who show exactly what the Ashington High community spirit is all about. They will be at upcoming parents’ evenings selling teas, coffees and cakes to raise more money for worthwhile causes.
On Thursday 28th January 2016, Ashington High School U13 Rugby team took to the field at Bullocksteads to play in a number of games against NCEA, St.Benet Biscop and The 3 Rivers. Despite being defeated in all three games, it was a brave and honest performance from our boys. Year 7 students Owen Convey, Harry Watson, Harry Clark, Ben Clark, Jack Blyth, Jake Rendall, Luca Cusimano and Morgan Edgar did themselves proud by stepping up to compete against boys a year older. Connor Mason, Ethan Hall, Jack Wood and Ethan Lawson all helped to support and lead the younger students. Stand out performers included Luca Cusimano and Jack Blyth from Year 7 who each scored a try. Connor Mason put in some excellent tackles against his opponents, with Jack Wood pulled the strings in the No. 10 position.
Altogether a very positive experience for our students, with a lot to build on for the next festival.
The highlight of course, was the unveiling of the new ‘All Schools’ custom-made rugby shirtdesigned by our students (see the News article on ????)