Mr Carr - Headteacher

Monday 26th November 2018

I am always keen to review how I communicate with parents, carers and all stakeholders of the school. One way in which I feel my communication to you all can be further improved is through the production of a regular Headteacher’s Blog.

I am pleased to introduce you to my first here of what will be a fortnightly release of the events and student success which takes place across the Academy.

Here at Benfield, we see an invaluable part of education is teaching students about the skills they will need to prepare them for life after they leave Year 11. This is on-going across the academic year but many examples have taken place over the past two weeks. Alongside this we share a range of activities and initiatives which our amazingly talented students have been involved in.

I hope that you enjoy this edition of the Blog.

Richard Carr



Over the past academic year, 18 of our students have been undertaking a qualification to become Domestic Violence Ambassadors, in order to receive training around this very important issue in society, but also to be able to inform and educate their peers within the school.

The students have worked closely with staff from West End Women and Girls' Centre in order to qualify and last month I had the pleasure of joining their parents and guardians as they received their certificates at an event hosted by Virgin Money at Regents' Centre.

Congratulations go to the following students:

Year 8

Jasmine Rose

Poupina Lisumbu

Lily Buchanan

Gloria Costa

Sian Tait

Phoebe Forster

Year 9

Katie Leigh Scott

Lucy Shorter

Chelsea Dunlop

Olivia Dinning

Angel Barrass

Ryleigh Gallagher

Year 10

Demi Ord

Jena Jancke

Tyler Robinson

Demi Cowling

Summer Lackenby


Benfield staff and students joined the nation earlier this month in a number of acvtivties in school to remember those who gave their lives for their country and those who continue to serve in our armed forces.

As part of our curriculum, all students received information and presentations about the significance and importance of this event and Benfield paid our respects impeccably to those who have made sacrifices on our behalf.

Students in all Year groups received assemblies and here you see one of the many significant displays constructed to symbolise the importance of this event.


Benfield entered two teams – Year 7 & Year 8 who were competing against 31 other teams from around the region.

Quiz master Wayne Mills flew over from New Zealand to ask the questions. He set 10 rounds on different themes which this year included rocks and stones, accessories, rabbits, spies, fantasy, a picture round and others with 10 questions per round.

Questions could be on any story at all including classics, graphic novels and cartoons, myths and legends, picture books and nursery rhymes, folk tales as well as all the modern children’s books.

The teams representing Benfield behaved impeccably – showing determination and resilience as well as enthusiasm and good sportsmanship.

The winners, Durham Johnson, will now go on to the UK final in London.

Kids' Lit QUIZ 2018


Zephyr Thompson produced an incredibly detailed model of World War I trenches over the half-term break which he brought in to school to show his classmates.

His current topic in History is World War I, and Zephyr applied his knowledge and creativity to produce a fitting tribute to the soldiers of the war in order to mark the centenary year of the end of hostilities.

Mr D. Carr, Zephyr's History teacher has recommend Zephyr for a P5 Head teacher award and was more than happy to grant this a s a result of his fantastic effort here.


Currently, Year 8 are working with NUFC and Robertson’s to compete in a cooking contest with other local schools. They are planning the event and are going to impress judges with their culinary delights in Feb.

Students recently visited St. James' park as part of their preparation, where they also received invaluable advice and education about health & safety as well as information about diet, health and nutrition.

Further updates will be shared with you as the competition develops.


Benfield received appreciative thanks for our fundraising efforts to help Macmillan for playing our part in this yerar's World's Biggest Coffee Morning.

Well done to Ms Carr in leading such a good effort by the school!


Show Racism the Red Card is the UK's leading anti-racism educational charity.

For as number of years now, Benfield School has worked in unity with SRTRC to enable them provide educational workshops, training sessions, multimedia packages, and a whole host of other resources, all with the purpose of tackling racism in society to our students.

Established in January 1996, the organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to publicise its message.

Across Britain, Show Racism the Red Card delivers training to more than 50,000 individuals per year.

On Friday 19th October, Benfield raised awareness of this initiative and hugely important issue in society by coming together in a 'wear red for school day' where staff and students all supported this cause.


The cast of 'The Tempest'

Benfield was very well represented this year in the annual Shakespeare Schools' Festival 2018.

A number of students performed a version of 'The Tempest' at Northern Stage which was received very well by a packed theatre and the experience of performing to such a large crowd in such a fantastic setting will serve the cast very well for their future.

Last week in school, the cast re-performed the adaptation once again to an audience of parents, guardians and staff with our younger students also performing a Shakespeare play, many for the first time, here in school.

Well done to Mrs Sayer and Ms Rickard for helping the students produce two excellent events!


Benfield's EAL Co-ordinator, Mrs Guy is keen to share good news with us as three Benfield School students - Hiba Benchlika Year 9, Ilja Chernvskis Year 7 and Ruby Yeuhan Y 7 - received the Judges’ commendation for participation in the European Day of Languages Competition 2018. There were hundreds and hundreds of entries from all around the country, therefore it was not easy for the judges to decide on the most interesting and creative entries.

Could you please congratulate the pupils Hiba Benchlika 9L and Ilja Chernvskis 7C with this fantastic achievement?

STEM Scholarship

On Tuesday last week, Year 11 students took part in 'The Memory Palace' workshop with the Villers Park STEM Scholarship.

The students took part in many activities to test their brains and help them realise how their own revision could be improved. The use of colour, mind maps and storytelling enabled them all to recall lists such as the electromagnetic spectrum, a large chunk of the periodic table and the order of the English Royal houses. Each ‘story’ was personal which makes it so much easier to remember.

Well done to Mr Robinson, Benfield's STEM Co-ordinator!

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