LGA NEWS EDITION 07, DATE: 18 December 2020


Welcome to our final Newsletter of the year.

It has been a very different end of term to what we had originally planned but I suppose that has been an ongoing theme for 2020. It has proved to be very difficult to plan for anything in the Covid world but despite this I think we have had a very successful Autumn term.

It has been a long term and students and staff are certainly ready for a break. We know that Christmas and winter holiday celebrations will be different this year but I do think that 2021 offers us hope that perhaps later in the year we will be able to experience something that is a bit more like normal.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Lord Grey Academy and I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday 5th January.

Jim Parker, Principal.

Lord Grey Virtual Orchestra

Once again, the Lord Grey Virtual Orchestra disapointed at not being able to perform together has sprung into action and created a virtual performance.

We present to you the Lord Grey Academy Virtual Orchestra's rendition of "Carol of the Bells".

We'd like to thank all the students and staff who took time to record their videos for us and those who have worked tirelessly to put it all together!

From everyone in the Performing Arts department, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Positive Covid Test Results Over The Break

We sent a letter out earlier this week to confirm what you should do if your child tests positive during the break, before 23 December 2020. Please email the school using the email address positivecovidcase@lordgrey.org.uk and provide us the following information:

  • The full name and year group of your child
  • The date of the first symptoms
  • The date of the test
  • The date of the test result
  • A contact telephone number

A member of the leadership team will contact you to collect any further information that is needed to help us manage the case.

If your son or daughter is identified as a close contact of a person who has tested positive then you will be informed that they need to self isolate for 10 days. This notification will be sent via email.

For positive cases that occur after the 23 December, please do not contact the school but follow the advice that you will be given when you receive your test result.

If you find that your child will miss the first part of the term due to contact with a postive case or testing positive, please call the school absence line on 01908 626167 from the 4th January 2021.

News from Colossus House

We are so proud of all our students and the unique ways they contribute to our local community. and wish to spotlight two students who have used their talents to benefit the local community.

Firstly a HUGE congratulations to Mia who was raised over £60 for Willen Hospice by selling her handmade Christmas Cards to Students and Staff at Lord Grey Academy.

We'd also like to congratulate Revel, one of our year 7 students, for helping to keep the Academy litter free.

Lastly we'd like to wish all the Students, tutors and families of Colossus House a wonderful Christmas and an amazing New Year!

See you Soon Mighty Colossus

Miss Hussey and Ms Whalley, Colossus House

news from enigma house

We are very proud to announce our House and Sports Captains, for Years 7, 8 and 9.


Our Year 7 House Captains are Riley, Faith, Lily and Alex.

Our Year 7 Sports Captains are Alfie, Maddison, Charlie and Samuel.

Year 8 Enigma house and sports captains

Our Year 8 House Captains are Lottie, Alfie, Hurley and Emily.

Our Year 8 Sports Captains are Sophie, Robert, Hollie and Ethan.

Year 9 Enigma house and sports captains

Our Year 9 House Captains are Elliott, Faye, Lily and Kealan.

Our Year 9 Sports Captains are Israel, Maida, Krystain and Ellie.

Congratulations to you all, you are a credit to Enigma House!

Friday Fiesta winners!

E7RBE were the first form to win a Friday Fiesta, a party to celebrate gaining the most house points so far this year and having the best punctuality record in the school!

The whole form were able to enjoy some cake and treats together and had a little dance party.

Congratulations to the whole of E7RBE!

and finally

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of Enigma House for their amazing efforts this last term and for the wonderful Christmas cards we recieved.

Merry Christmas to all our wonderful pupils and Tutors in Enigma House. We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Stay safe Enigma heroes!

Mrs Dunn and Mrs Kirby, Enigma House

News from Lorenz house

Lorenz House would like to congratulate the following students on their continuous hard work this term. We are very proud of all our students and appreciate the efforts you have all made.

Year 7

  • Hayden - L7DCH
  • Chardonnay - L7MMO
  • Lewis - L7MMo
  • Poppy - L7DCH
  • Lewis - L7MMO

Year 8

  • Christian - L8MVI
  • Phoebe - L8MVI
  • Libby-Leigh - L8LAL
  • Alfie - L8MHA
  • Kayden - L8MHA
  • Amber - L8MVI

Year 9

  • Charlie - L9GSG
  • Scarlett - L9NPA
  • Sophia - L9LVS
  • Chris - L9GSG
  • Demi - L9NPA

Year 10

  • Benjamin - L10RRE
  • Bernice - L10BLM
  • Hannah - L10NLA
  • George - L10RRE
  • Helena - L10RRE

Year 11

  • Freddie -L11CHE
  • Erin - L11CHE
  • Aleya - L11LME

A huge well done to you all

To all of our Lorenz Students, Tutors and Families. We would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a wonderful new year.

Relax, enjoy and stay safe.

Mrs Bowen and Mr Crook, Lorenz House

News from turing house

Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to the Turing House MK Food Bank Appeal. We are so proud of the difference you have made to the community and so pleased that students from all houses were able to join in with supporting this wonderful charity.

To all of our Turing House Tutors Students and wider Community, we'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

You are all Golden!

Mrs Wasway and Miss Brown, Turing House

news from careers

Careers activity this term

This has been a very quiet term in career terms. No events, no visitors, no assemblies. It's not like Lord Grey at all! The one-to-one career appointments have continued, with 102 students having the opportunity of an hour of personal careers advice since September. Parents and carers are always welcome to these meetings if the student is happy for you to be there. I can arrange them before or after school if that is helpful as well. If students are isolating at home, then the appointment can be via Google Meet, or over the phone.

New careers websites

September saw us launch Unifrog with Sixth Form, closely followed by Year 11. Take up has been good, considering we haven't been able to run workshops to introduce it to the students. Everyone who has used it is full of praise - so if your student hasn't created their account yet, please encourage them to do so. They need to search their Lord Grey emails for "unifrog" and find the welcome email. They must use that link to set up their account, after that they can go straight to the site - it works well on mobile phones, so plenty of time over the xmas break to start saving interesting-looking careers and courses, or try out the skills quizzes on your family.

Over the Xmas holidays, Year 10 will get their welcome email - they have been told it is coming, but please remind them. Years 9 and below are encouraged to look at Career Pilot - it is never too soon to think about the future.

We have also created a Lord Grey Careers Website. This is a great place to start finding out about what you can do when you leave school. Plus, it contains the careers calendar which lists all the internal and external career events such as college open days, assemblies (when they get going again) and so on.

Labour Market Information

The latest labour market statistics were released on 15th December. The headline story is a further increase in redundancies, to 370,000 between August and October, surpassing the record set last month. Comparing the 3rd quarter (August-October) to the 2nd (May- July) employment is down by 140,000 and unemployment up by 240,000. Increases in unemployment are driven by people who were previously 'economically inactive' (e.g. looking after the home) now entering the labour market to supplement reduced household income. This is echoed in that employment for men has fallen significantly (down by 150,000) while employment for women has risen slightly.

It seems that the economic effects of the November-December lockdown are bad, but nowhere near the scale that we saw in the spring. The figures could have been significantly worse, but they also appear to be unlikely to get significantly better any time soon. The new year needs to see boosts to jobs growth, hiring, and support for the unemployed. The success of a trade deal with the EU will have a significant impact on jobs recovery.

If you want to ask anything about careers-related (courses, jobs, apprenticeships, universities, interviews, CVs, applications . . .) please get in touch with me, Joanna Brown, on joanna.brown@lordgrey.org.uk or 01908 626180.

I hope you all have a relaxing, and infection-free, break and that 2021 is a better year for us all.

Year 9 "Tenner" Enterprise Challenge

Last week we told you about the excellent work by year 9 teams from each house to set up and run their own microbusinesses as part of the "Tenner" Enterprise Challenge in March this year. Later, I spoke to Layla and Taylor, who were part of The Legends of Lorenz, selling smoothies and cookies and turning their £10 into £178!

They had some advice for this year's Year 9 entrepreneurs:

  1. Look for something no one else is doing. Everyone thinks of selling sweets.
  2. Think how you can add value to something cheap. For example, buying fruit was cheap and they used a blender to turn it into smoothies. Frozen fruit was even cheaper.
  3. Think about your customers and competition. There were other groups selling food in school that month, other Tenner teams, plus Year 11s raising money for a trip to Borneo. There was a lot of competition. The smoothies really took off when they sold them at Rickley Park primary school.
  4. Use your adult adviser to help you with ideas and access to other locations.
  5. Have clear team roles - every team needs to combine different skills. Don't all be leaders.
  6. Enjoy yourselves - they did!

Are you thinking of taking part next time? Which friends will work with you? What will your business be?

Joanna Brown


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Resources to help support us all...

Calling all Nature Lovers!

Are you passionate about the natural world? If so, you may be interested to hear about Crunchy on the Outside, a brand new blog from Oxford University Museum of Natural History for young people who are interested in nature, especially INSECTS!

Aimed at Years 7 to 9, Crunchy on the Outside will include:

  • a chance to peek behind the scenes at the museum
  • information about the world of insects
  • things to make and do
  • profiles of entomologists and others working in the world of insects.

You will also have the chance to contribute to the blog, tell the museum what it can do for you and be the first to hear about free museum events for young people.

To find out more visit https://crunchyontheoutside.com

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