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  • ‘Write’ job to meet celebrities

    16th March 2018


    Fascinating stories from a career covering sport proved inspirational to The Vale Academy’s Year 8 Scholars’ Programme students.

    Former BBC journalist Charles Runcie told stories of meeting icons such as David Beckham, Michael Owen and Sebastian Coe when he visited the school to discuss his life and career.

    Charles has travelled the world doing something he loves: writing.

    One time Head of Sport for BBC English Regions, he has covered many sports events in places such as Beijing, Barcelona and South Africa.


  • Author inspires students

    7th March 2018

    Creative writing skills flourished when a published author visited The Vale Academy.

    Philip Hamlyn Williams, also chair of Lincoln Book Festival, worked with Year 9 students and was “astounded” by the results.

    English teacher Sandy King, who organised the visit, said Mr Williams gave out an image and told the students: "Just write a story. Don't think. Just write the first thing that comes into your head."

    They did just that with surprising results.

    One student said: "I was so surprised by my writing. I don't k

  • Primary Bake Off 2018

    12th February 2018


    Bake Off stars of the future rose to the occasion in a primary schools’ competition at The Vale Academy.

    They had taken part in the popular, annual Vale Bake Off in the autumn term but, this year, the winners in each category were invited back to battle it out for top spot in a grand final.

    The competition took place in the food technology room using recipes provided by subject teacher Mrs Smith.

    Years three and four baked scones and five and six a Victoria sandwich cakes.

    Vision for Education sponsored the ev

  • Humberside Schools’ Cross Country

    7th February 2018


    Eight students from The Vale Academy were selected to represent North Lincolnshire against Hull, East Riding and North East Lincolnshire in the Humberside Schools’ Secondary Cross Country Championships.

    The girls all did well but the boys stole the show in the event at Hull University Playing Fields, Inglemire Lane in Hull.

    Joe Hare finished second and Reece Wray (Year 10) 11th. Reece received a selection letter for the English schools’ National Cross Country Competition.

    PE teacher Nicola Hewitt, who accompa

  • Foodbank thank-you

    19th December 2017

    A huge thank you to all students and staff who contributed to our Christmas Foodbank appeal this year.

    We have had lots of donations as well as £100 cash raised by sixth form students who organised a range of Christmas-related fund-raising activities.

    A particular thank you to our Head Girl Molly Baker for coordinating this year’s appeal.

  • Autumn 2017 Vale Views

    18th December 2017

     See the latest Vale Views magazine with all the main events of the autumn term.  Featuring a report on our superb catering facilities and see what Ofsted say.  Click here to download your copy.


  • Ofsted praises Academy

    28th November 2017

    Improved student outcomes and effective leadership were praised by Ofsted inspectors following a visit to The Vale Academy.

     The academy retains its ‘good’ status awarded in March, 2013, after a short inspection earlier this month (November).

     Principal Nicola Williams was “really pleased” with the findings.

    She said: “Staff, students, governors and parents should be proud of this report. The Vale Way has come up trumps again.

     “We have not been distracted by the move to a new building, evidenced by results acr

  • Things that go bump in the academy!

    7th November 2017

    Ghostly goings-on spooked visitors to The Vale’s new building in a student-inspired Halloween special.

    Storytellers, played by sixth form drama students each with a ghostly link to the academy, led the audience around the school.There was a 19th century asylum in the drama studio, a whodunit murder mystery in the gym, a Victorian school and a gory, blood spilling, accident-prone scene.Spooky Tales was a promenade performance set across nine settings, with the audience moving from one to another.

    There was an

  • Group Photographs

    11th October 2017

    Tempest group photographs 1 are available to view online.


    These group photographs are available to purchase within the photography pack you have received.

  • Our Italian Job!

    4th October 2017

    Fantastic memories were forged when geography students from The Vale visited Italy.

    The packed four-day agenda to the Bay of Naples included trips to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, volcano Mount Vesuvius, picturesque Sorrento, Roman remains at Herculaneum, and a tour of the volcanic Phlegraean fields area.

    Visit leader Richard Hughes said it was a memorable few days.

     “The students were amazing and a credit to their parents and academy,” he said.

     “They did a lot of walking but saw some amazing sights from

  • Year 6 Open Evening

    12th September 2017

    Time remains for Year 6 pupils to choose The Vale Academy as their secondary school next year.

    While an Open Evening and Open Mornings have taken place, anybody yet to make up their mind can give us a call and meet with a senior member of our team. 

    With excellent GCSE results, a new building and dedicated staff, there has never been a better time to attend The Vale.

    Ofsted rates The Vale ‘good with outstanding features’ and it came second in the Scunthorpe Telegraph’s performance tables for the whole of North

  • Congratulations!

    24th August 2017

    Delighted staff and students celebrated another impressive set of GCSE results at The Vale Academy.

    Principal Nicola Williams said results in English were particularly ‘outstanding' with 86% of students achieving a grade 4+ and 63% grade 5+.

    A total of 67% of students achieved a ‘standard’ 4+ pass - the equivalent of the old grade C - in English and Maths.  46% achieved a ‘strong’ 5+ pass in the two subjects combined.

     “I am absolutely delighted with our results overall, in particular with the way students hav

  • Record A-level results

    17th August 2017

    Students and staff have celebrated The Vale Academy’s best ever A-level results.

    They recorded a pass rate of 99% across academic and vocational courses with 37% of grades either A or A*.

    All who applied gained entry into their first choice university.

    There was an overall average progress of +0.22 for academic and +0.90 for vocational subjects.

    The Vale Academy’s Principal Nicola Williams was “delighted”.  “This is an excellent set of results for our students who are in Brigg Sixth Form,” she said. “I am delig

  • 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

  • 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