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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...

Full steam ahead for Virgin Trains and Excelsior partnership

Virgin Trains employees are being encouraged to bring their business skills into Excelsior Academy and learn about school life as the first class partnership goes from strength to strength. Excelsior students and teachers presented a host of volunteering opportunities...

Triple sporting joy for all-conquering Academy 360

Academy 360’s football and netball teams are celebrating a winning treble in an unprecedented season of sporting success for the school. The Year 11 netball team bagged a superb double – securing the Sunderland Schools League title and doubling up to lift the...

Water project turns on tap to career success

Young engineers from Laidlaw Schools Trust academies are tackling the challenge of getting clean water into people’s homes in a STEM project. The deep-thinking pupils from Rainbird, Westgate Hill and Atkinson Road Primary Academies are applying themselves to the task...

Standing in the Hall of Fame

The brightest and the best from Excelsior College are inspiring students and welcoming visitors in a new Hall of Fame. Posters of alumni who have gone on to study at university or embarked on the career of their choice, will be a daily inspiration to sixth form...

Rock of Ages at South Hylton

A pupil-teacher pop group belting out hits spanning three generations brought the house down at their South Hylton Primary Academy music concert. Shh – short for 'South Hylton Harmony' – comprising 13 pupils and teachers Tony Lindstedt, guitar, and Dan Potter on...