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  • 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

  • Fond farewell

    11th November 2016

    Special events have been organised to say a fond farewell to our existing buildings.

    We will move to our new £13.9-million home in January, with a school occupying our current site on Grammar School Road for 60 years.

    To mark the closure of the existing buildings, farewell concerts will take place on the evenings of Wednesday and Thursday, 16th and 17th November.

    Principal Nicola Williams also announced an evening for former students to look around and reminisce on Friday, 25th November.

    “We didn’t want to just

  • Year 7 & 11 Group Photograph 2016/17

    19th October 2016

    Year group photographs are now available to buy from Tempest Photography. You’re able to preview the photograph on their web site, available here.

  • District champions

    6th October 2016

    Excellent performances saw The Vale Academy’s under 16s’ netball team become district champions.

     The nine students travelled with Miss Nicola Hewitt, PE teacher, to St Bede’s School in Scunthorpe to the North Lincolnshire Schools’ under 16 netball tournament.

     Miss Hewitt said: “The team put in several excellent performances in difficult and windy conditions.

    “After finishing top of our league we beat St Bede’s 14-1 in the semi-finals. The highlight of the tournament was beating Frederick Gough School 13-4 in

  • Attempted Accosting - Ashby High Street

    27th September 2016

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  • Year 11 Mock Exams

    27th September 2016

    Please be aware that all Y11 students will be sitting a mock exam in English, Maths and Science next week (starting 03 October 2016) and should be revising in preparation for these exams.

    Students who do not have a calculator for their Maths exams will be issued a detention.  Calculators are available on ParentPay. Please contact the academy if there are any problems.

    The mock exam timetable is available to download below.

  • Outstanding GCSE Results

    25th August 2016

    Students and staff celebrated The Vale Academy’s best ever GCSE results today (Thursday).

    Principal of the Brigg school Nicola Williams said 72% achieved five A* to Cs, including maths and English, up 9% on last year’s “excellent” results.

    She said: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s GCSE results which are our best ever.

    “83% of students achieved a grade C or above in English and 77% of students likewise in maths.

    “There are many excellent individual performances. Many students achieved top A or A*

  • Uniform Information

    21st July 2016

     

    There have been some minor changes to our uniform policy. The amended policy states only polishable black shoes are permitted from September.

    Students need to ensure they wear the correct trouser or skirt in line with our uniform policy.  Jeans, chinos, leggings, ‘jegging’ style trousers and tube skirts are not permitted and we recommend parents visit the official stockist (Shah’s) or contact the academy before purchasing garments elsewhere.

     

    Acceptable shoes for boys

     

    Acceptable shoes for girls

     

    Unacceptable

  • Latest Vale Views magazine

    20th July 2016

    Once again we have had to extend our printed edition to adequately cover all the events that have taken place from Easter to July 2016.  You can find the Summer 2016 edition under Downloads on the About tab.

  • Fitting finale

    19th July 2016

    A varied programme of music showcased The Vale Academy's wide range of talent in the end of term concert staged in a packed Westmoor Hall.

    It also meant Year 12 students had the chance to organise an event as part of their national diploma in music and gave an opportunity to practise before the music department’s concert at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, London.

    Curriculum leader for music Jayne Keeler praised every student who participated.

    “They all performed to such a high ability,” she said. “The varie

  • Tuesday 5th July 2016

    1st July 2016

    Parent / Carers are advised that the academy will be open as normal on Tuesday 5th July 2016.  Our Year 6 induction day and evening will also go ahead as planned.

  • Battle of the Somme Commemoration

    8th June 2016

    The Vale Academy honours those who fell at the Somme.  To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, The Vale Academy is inviting students, parents and governors to take part in its commemoration event at the academy on Friday, 1st July 2016 at 7.15am.  The event is at this time to conicide with the time 100 years ago when the soldiers went 'over the top'.