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US-style industry learning shines in Excelsior classrooms

An Industry Alignment Project piloted by the Edge Foundation at Newcastle’s Excelsior Academy has proven such a success, it will now be rolled out to two new year groups. Focused on equipping young people with the skills they need to reach their full potential, the...

Excelsior Academy officially a healthy school

Excelsior Academy has retained its status as a healthy school, praised by inspectors as an “exemplar” Newcastle school “demonstrating outstanding practice.” A team from Newcastle City Council’s Healthy Schools team visited the academy, talking with the student...

Westgate Hill Primary pupils clean local streets

Young litter pickers from Westgate Hill Primary Academy joined with family and the local community to collect discarded plastic and paper, helping clean the streets around their school. The army of Westgate Hill Primary Reception pupils – led by teachers – donned...

On board partnership to career success

Excelsior College students have a first class ticket to ride on board a partnership to careers success with Virgin Trains East Coast. They are being given the chance to seize apprenticeships and work placements at a summer school with the rail giant which will...

Royal Wedding fever grips LST academies

Pupils, parents and teachers turned their schools red, white and blue to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Thomas Walling Primary Academy in Newcastle and Academy 360 in Sunderland showed their appreciation of the Royal couple with wedding...

Teacher fitness classes driving personal well-being

Excelsior Academy teachers are reaping the rewards of an exercise programme boosting physical health and mental well-being – and benefitting pupils in the classroom. Such has been the positive impact of the twice-weekly, high intensity fitness sessions that PE teacher...

Teacher Victoria rewarded as future leader

Rising teaching star Victoria Carr is officially rated as one of the country’s top young future leaders in education after graduating from a prestigious learning programme. Victoria, science teacher at Sunderland’s Academy 360, is one of only 100 young teachers across...

Young musicians hit right note at Newcastle University

A pioneering music project engaging Newcastle primary school pupils with a top student orchestra moved up an octave in historic surroundings. Pupils from Thomas Walling and Atkinson Road Primary Academies seized the chance to play trumpet and trombone after listening...

Deon’s marathon effort running the Tyne

Super human teacher Deon Krishnan ran half the length of the River Tyne in under 12 hours to complete the marathon challenge of a lifetime for charity. The 46-year-old assistant principal at Excelsior College ran 46 miles (70km) by the banks of the River South Tyne...

Lord Laidlaw sees success of Trust schools

LST sponsor Lord Laidlaw took time to see the academic success and personal development of pupils during a visit to Newcastle. He spent time with teachers and pupils at Atkinson Road Primary and Thomas Walling Primary Academies which educate hundreds of pupils in the...