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Key Events

To keep up to date with all the latest day to day news happening in the academy at the moment please visit our dedicated Weduc noticeboard, Facebook or Twitter feeds.

  • Visit from the Bishop

    Fri 09 Sep 2022

    Richard Marshall was licensed as chaplain for The King’s Academy this morning in a short service. Students from Years 10 and 11 heard a short message on the parable of the Lost Sheep given by Rt Rev Matthew Parker, the Bishop of Stafford, who then read out the official letter of licensing. This gives Richard authority to act as an ordained Church of England minister in the Academy, and across the Diocese of Lichfield.  


    Given the timing of the occasion, Bishop Matthew noted that Richard had been required to swear allegiance to the new King Charles III prior to the service, as well as to the Bishop of Lichfield, his heirs and successors. At the close of the service Richard led those present in a prayer of thanksgiving for Queen Elizabeth II, for the Royal family, and for all who will have to plan for the changes required now that the succession has happened.  Bishop Matthew then concluded with a prayer for God’s blessing. 



  • Transition Week

    Mon 04 Jul 2022

    Last week (27th – 30th June) The King’s CE Academy welcomed the Year 6's for their transition week. Pupils spent the first day meeting and getting to know their form tutors, whilst playing lots of getting to know you games, participating in team building activities and creating some art work linking to our school values by demonstrating what pupils are most thankful for.


    For the remainder of the week pupils then followed a timetable experiencing some lessons they will participate in September. Lessons included: Financial Literacy, Science, English, RE, Design Technology, Art, PE and many more. All pupils followed their timetables independently making their way around the building calmly, orderly, respectfully and efficiently.


    Pupils also experienced worship time and assemblies, led by their Form Tutor, Head of Year and Richard (The Chaplain).


    Despite the initial first day nerves, all pupils have had a fantastic transition giving feedback such as “I don’t want to go back to primary school, I want to stay here!”, “It has been really fun to meet other people, it has been a really fun week”, “Teachers are all really nice and like to have a laugh with us”.


    The transition ended with a final rewards assembly hosted by their Head of Year to celebrate the successes and progress made throughout their time with us. All pupils have received a certificate to celebrate their successful completion of transition.


    We could not have asked for a better transition here at The King’s and we are all incredibly excited to start the new academic year in September with our new Year 7's.


    We all hope that you have a restful and enjoyable summer ready for your new chapter to begin.

  • KS3 STEM in Action

    Mon 04 Jul 2022

    On Friday 24th June we took 12 KS3 students out to Salford University to attend KS3 STEM in Action. The event focused on three leading scientists with different specialisms. Each scientist presented a talk on their area of focus and how this impacts the wider world and how they came to be where they were from their own education pathways. All three presentations were outstanding and gave us insight into tracking wildlife and the 1000s of images that have to be coded from an expedition, cryogenics and their importance in the future of the human race and finally the science behind swimming the channel.

  • The King's Sports Day

    Mon 27 Jun 2022

    On Friday 24th June, The King's Church of England Academy had a fantastic day hosting Sports Day. 

    All students in Years 7 - 10 had the opportunity to compete in a variety of sporting activities including benchball, korfball, rounders, table tennis and tug of war. 


    Mr Watson & Mr Coxon were instrumental in organising and delivering the benchball tournaments to all year groups which resulted in some extremely exciting and competitive matches. The tournament was also officiated by some of our very helpful sixth form students who are currently studying Level 3 OCR Sport and Physical Activity. The students thoroughly enjoyed working as part of a team with their chapter groups developing their communication, teamwork and problem solving skills whilst being cheered on by their very competitive chapter leaders and peers from the side-lines! 


    In a slightly calmer environment, Mr Baxter and Mrs Keay provided students with a table tennis tournament where four students from each chapter were required to represent their chapter. This was also supported by a number of our helpful sixth form students who were fantastic officials throughout the day. Students were able to develop their table tennis skills and techniques whilst applying them to competitive situations. Some exceptional sporting performances were demonstrated throughout the day by the students involved.


    Meanwhile, outside on the astro turf, Mrs Berrisford and her rounders team consisting of Mrs Hinchcliffe, Mrs Finnemore and Miss Butler provided students with an unforgettable rounders tournament providing them with the opportunity to apply the skills they have developed within their rounders PE lessons to competitive situations. The atmosphere was buzzing and students were very eager to win! Special thanks also goes out to our sixth form students who were outstanding in terms of assisting the teachers with the organisation of games, timing and scoring. 


    At the same time, Mr Worthington did a superb job of running the Korfball tournament on the MUGA, educating the students on the rules of the game whilst motivating them to success! 

    The support of Mr Barber and sixth form students was also instrumental in organising the scoring, officiating and supervision of students. 


    The day ended with the whole of the school, both staff and students, coming together to compete in the Tug of War. This event was the perfect close to the day, showcasing The King's values of celebration, aspiration, trust and thankfulness. This was a fantastic event which consisted of four Tug of war competitions taking place in unison, whilst chapter leaders and students cheered their chapter groups to success. It was an absolute pleasure to see the positive relationships between staff and students and the sheer pride that students and staff have in representing our school. Following on from the students competitions, the whole staff and student body were then informed that there would be a staff Tug of War! This was an extrememly competitive event between the staff which demonstrated how competitive our staff body really are with neither team wanting to lose! The students were cheering on the staff and were so excited to see their teachers taking part! 


    Once all of the points from the day were accumulated from our fantastic Maths team consisting of Mrs Turner, Mrs Boon and Mrs Moody, it was revealed that the overall winners were Mark! 


    A fantastic day all round and one in which the whole of the academy are very looking forward to already for next year! 



  • Financial Literacy

    Fri 24 Jun 2022

    Today Mrs Turner and our Year 7 Financial Literacy Ambassadors, George and Evie, took a visit to St Thomas’ Primary Academy. Here George and Evie helped to support with the delivery of a problem-solving financial literacy session. They encouraged students to take a systematic approach to their answers, drawing on their prior mathematical knowledge of basic numeracy in order to solve the real-life problems. 


    Both students represented our school incredibly well and demonstrated excellent leadership skills! For their fantastic effort they have earned themselves the Pride of The King’s Reward with 200 points, well done George and Evie! 

  • Northwood Senior Athletics Success

    Tue 17 May 2022

    A total of 43 students from Year 9 & 10 represented The King's in the Newcastle Borough District inter-school athletics event. This required each students to take part in a range of athletic events, coming up against the very best competitors from local schools.


    In a large event that required maturity and independence, our students' behaviour, attitude and sporting values were exceptional. It was pleasure to be staffing a group of students with a real togetherness and willingness to encourage their peers within each event. This team spirit contributed towards many resilient and hardworking performances -- especially within the distance events. 


    Despite fierce competition, three of our students managed to emerge as medallists, and subsequently qualify to represent The King's in the County Finals. 


    Lucas W placed 1st , picking up a gold medal in the U15 Discus.

    Rhianna W placed 1st , picking up a gold medal in the U15 Long Jump. 

    Connell L placed 3rd, picking up a bronze medal in the U17 Javelin. 


    This is an OUTSTANDING achievement, congratulations!

    Well done to everyone who participated.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    Mon 16 May 2022

    As last week was Mental Health Awareness Week, some of our Sixth Form students, Charlotte, Megan and Connor, raised funds and awareness for Young Minds by dressing as Super Mario characters and selling ribbons within the Academy - proceeds will go to Young Minds.


    They also promoted the Academy's safeguarding team so that students are reminded about where they can access help as and when they need it.


    In one day they raised £121.40 for Young Minds. 


    Well done to Charlotte, Megan and Connor. 

  • Year 9 Elite Skills Academy

    Mon 16 May 2022

    Year 9 were involved in the 'Elite Skills Academy' recently. It involved a careers talk about the diverse pathway's students could follow in the British Army. After the session all Year 9 completed a range of different problem solving and team work exercises! It was a great day for all involved! Thank you so much.


    If you were inspired by the day's events and would like to learn more, please contact Mr Hinchcliffe as we now have the opportunity to send The King's students on a week's residential work experience with the British Army!

  • Carol Shanahan OBE Visit

    Fri 13 May 2022

    We are delighted to have had Carol Shanahan OBE owner of Port Vale FC to visit The Kings Academy.  Carol had a tour of the school and lunch to see the work we do here at The Kings. 


    We continue to grow our partnership with Port Vale FC and Port Vale Foundation.

  • U13 Netball Tournament

    Fri 06 May 2022

    Yesterday the Year 8 netball team played fantastically at Keele University. We played 7 x 20 minute games against some really tough schools but the girls persevered. 


    Some fantastic shooting from Samia and Emily. The player of the tournament for the Kings was Adina, demonstrating fantastic speed and agility around the ball, intercepting many of the oppositions passes. In their Final game, when they were super tired, they managed to win 11-3. 


    Mrs Wilkinson said "As a teacher it was an absolute joy to take them on this all day fixture and witness their resilience and determination to do their best, but most of all their sportsmanship!"


    Well done!