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  • Girls tee up golf triumph

    20th July 2017

    A drive to engage more girls in golf benefited students from The Vale Academy.

    More than 250 attended an initial taster day organised by Stacey Mitchell, the Regional Development Officer at The Golf Foundation.

    Thirty girls then attended a six week course at Elsham Golf Club, led by Dane Duffin, its assistant professional.

    Mr Richard Hughes a Physical Education teacher, who took the party each week, said it included fun activities and teaching to give the girls the basics to begin playing the game.

    “Some sessio

  • Snapchat!

    7th July 2017

    Last week Snapchat introduced a new feature, the ‘Snap Map’. 

    This location based map allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location based photos and videos. The Snap Map shows a user’s Bitmoji, their cartoon avatar within Snapchat, pinpointed on a world map. Users can then zoom into the map to see the exact location of their friends. 

    How to access Snap Maps

    To access the Snap Map in the latest update of the Snapchat app, users need to go to their camera scre

  • Right course mapped out

    20th June 2017

    Navigation skills were put to the test as students took part in a district orienteering competition.

    Fourteen from The Vale Academy group qualified at the Brumby Hall, Scunthorpe, event, to represent North Lincolnshire in a Humber-wide competition.

    Matthew Neal, assistant curriculum leader PE, said 65 students across years 7, 8 and 9 represented the Vale Academy.

    “It presents an opportunity to develop map reading skills in a competitive environment as well as a focus on teamwork, leadership and fitness,” he sa

  • The Voice comes to academy

    26th May 2017

    Has The Vale got The Voice?

    Two talented students have won through to the regional audition stages of the popular television show.

    Heather Peers (pictured) and Beth Gibson (below) impressed two producers from the ITV show when they turned up at the academy to film hopefuls.

    Both know there is a long way to go before a chance of appearing on the small screen but were delighted to have made it through to the next stage, said curriculum leader for music Jayne Keeler.

    She said: “The evening was a huge success and s

  • Rugby girls win praise

    26th May 2017

    Committed students took part in an Under 13 and Under 15 Lincolnshire County Girls’ Rugby Competition in Nettleham – and earned praise from a top rugby union official.

     It follows the success of girls’ rugby coaching at The Vale for Years 8 to 10 during their PE lessons.

    Many have also been taking part in the after school club run by Mrs Taylor.

     She said: “The Vale has taken part in all of the North Lincolnshire competitions and remain unbeaten.

     “This Lincolnshire competition was a big step up but, after a da

  • Year 7 boys triumphant

    26th May 2017

    Year Seven boys’ football team returned to The Vale with a cup after beating Sir John Nelthorpe 4-1 in a North Lincolnshire final.

     Undefeated in group games, played since September, they qualified for the competition’s final stages.

     The boys beat Scunthorpe’s Melior Community Academy in a close fought semi-final.

     They had several players, including their captain, ruled out by injury beforehand but were triumphant regardless.

     The first half of the final against Sir John Nelthorpe was very closely contested a

  • Train to Teach with Delta TSA

    12th April 2017

     

    School Direct is a national teacher training initiative, which offers an exciting opportunity to train alongside outstanding practitioners, gaining valuable knowledge, skills and professional attitudes that will enable you to start your personal journey towards becoming an excellent teacher and future leader. 

    Delta Teaching School Alliance is working in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University to offer School Direct places for 2017/18.  As part of the training you can gain a Post Graduate Certificate i

  • Trust champions

    9th March 2017

    Top-performing athletes returned to The Vale as champions after winning its sponsor’s prestigious indoor tournament at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

    They won the under 13 and under 15 Delta Academies Trust's competition after both girls’ teams came top in their age categories and the boys finished third in both.

    PE teacher Nicola Hewitt, who took the 21-strong team to south Yorkshire, said the competition was ‘fantastic’ from start to end.

    “The students were consistent across the track and field

  • Top careers' awards

    14th February 2017

    High standards in careers provision at The Vale Academy have been recognised with a prestigious award.

    The Quality Award in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) accredits good practice and encourages development in academies and schools.

    Principal Nicola Williams said The Vale placed a great deal of emphasis on students’ futures.

    “I’m really pleased with the award because it confirms the quality of our work in this really important area,” said Mrs Williams.

    “Parents can be reassured that

  • Teams' memorable day in Derby

    10th February 2017

    Top-performing five-a-side football teams from The Vale Academy represented North Lincolnshire and took on schools from across the East Midlands in regional finals in Derby.

     The boys’ and girls’ teams travelled to the Soccer Dome at Pride Park, home to Championship Derby County, in the English Schools’ Football Association competition after being crowned district champions.

     They competed against schools from Nottingham, Hull, Lincoln and Derby.

     Teacher Richard Hughes said: “The students had done exceptional

  • The Vale's top performance

    20th January 2017

    New-style performance league tables put The Vale Academy in the country’s top 25% of state-funded school.

    The Department for Education says the academy is one of the highest performing in North Lincolnshire, with a Progress 8 figure of 0.25. The average score across the country was -0.03.

    The tables, released on Thursday, also confirm The Vale had a record 72% of its Year 11 students achieve Grade C or above in English and maths last summer.

    When compared to 55 other secondaries with a similar intake, The Vale

  • Welcome to new era

    5th January 2017

    Welcome to a new year and new era at The Vale Academy.

    We have moved into our fabulous £13.9-million new building, accessed via our new entrance off Atherton Way.

    It gives students and teachers the state-of-the-art facilities they deserve, said Principal Nicola Williams.

    “We’re delighted to welcome our students and staff to our new building. I’d like to thank the team who have worked tirelessly throughout the Christmas holidays, packing and unpacking, to ensure the move is as smooth as possible,” she said.

    “The

  • Vale Views Extended Autumn magazine.

    15th December 2016

    Your termly issue of our events and news magazine is now available complete with a look back at the old school and new build. Why not download your copy now?

  • Hour of the Code

    13th December 2016

    Y8 took part in the 2016 UK Hour of Code on Monday 12/12/16.   

    Students and parents of Y8 used their crafting and coding skills to design and make a programmable Christmas Card in an hour.   

     The Christmas card contained a simple electronic circuit that was controlled via students’ BBC Micro:bit and then programmed using Python or PXT Block Editor. 

     It was a highly successful hour; thank you to Mr Burrin, Mr Kerr and sixth form Computer Science students who organised and supported the event.


  • Five-a-side champions

    12th December 2016

    All conquering Year 7 footballers will represent North Lincolnshire after winning a prestigious five-a-side competition.

    The nine boys won the county’s English Schools’ Football Association’s indoor competition after beating a host of North Lincolnshire schools.

     They topped their league and then went on to beat St Bede’s  2-0 in quarter final; Brumby 2-0 in semi final; and Fred Gough 1-0 in the final.

     The trophy adds to their unbeaten in the league since starting at the Vale Academy. 

    Teacher Richard Hughes c

  • Rugby success

    12th December 2016

     Phenomenal interest in rugby is seeing more than 30 girls attending weekly training in Scunthorpe.

    It comes after Years 8 to 10 have been taking part in the sport this half term during their PE lessons.

     Mrs Emma Taylor said: “The interest has been amazing, with more than 30 girls travelling to Heslam Park, the home of Scunthorpe Rugby Club, on a Thursday night.

     “We have entered four teams in the Under 13s and Under 15s North Lincolnshire touch rugby tournament and three teams very recently in the transition

  • Fitting farewell

    25th November 2016

    Talented students paid a fond farewell to familiar surroundings in two special concerts at The Vale Academy.

    The concerts, organised by three Year 13 students as part of their Level 3 BTec course, took place in Westmoor Hall.

    Almost 60 years old, it will be demolished with the rest of the existing school in the New Year after the move to its new building after Christmas.

    The Farewell Concerts took place over two nights and featured the academy’s many musicians.

    Principal Nicola Williams said it was a fitting fa

  • Terrific Taiko

    17th November 2016

    Taiko enthusiasts beat a path to a concert that marked the end of a three-day Humber Taiko Festival.

     

    The Vale Academy’s team played two pieces in the Bath Hall, Scunthorpe, event, one of which they had composed and was well received.

     Compere Emma Middleton, a member of Humber Taiko’s main performance group Coritani, was keen to learn it.

     Year 11 student Calum Law had enjoyed taking part.

     “Seeing absolutely amazing Taiko groups gives inspiration to create more Taiko pieces and more motivation to continue wha

  • Former students' Open Evening

    17th November 2016

    Don’t forget – former students can say a fond farewell to the existing buildings on Friday, 25th November.

    All are welcome between 6pm and 8pm.

    There will be a display of memorabilia and photographs from the past plus a chance to sample old-style, school dinner puddings as well as tour the buildings which will close for good on Tuesday 13th December.

    The Vale Academy will move to its new £13.9-million building in January.

    Principal Nicola Williams said: “We didn’t want to just shut these buildings without peopl

  • Anti-Bullying Week

    14th November 2016

    It is Anti-Bullying Week nationally and a programme of events at The Vale Academy will reinforce our strong stance against the issue.

    Vertical house tutor sessions and a special assembly aim to give our students more confidence to help tackle any issue swiftly and effectively.

    Vice Principal Andy Collins said nationally-recognised resources from the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation and the Power for Good website, set up by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, would be utilised.

    “Fortunately, incidents of bullying at the a