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  • Becoming a governor QEA

    Becoming a governor at QEA

    15th March 2018

    Are you interested in supporting the development of our academy? We are currently looking for people interested in becoming a governor at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. Being an academy governor is a hugely rewarding form of voluntary work. It offers the opportunity to make a real contribution to the education of our younger generation right at the cutting edge.

    In return for the commitment that all our governors make, you will make a real difference for our children by contributing to the success of the academy

  • Success for new academy menus

    Success for new menus and academy kitchens

    9th March 2018

    Recently we have been working hard in the kitchen in giving the academy menu a complete overhaul. This has included a deliberate decision to use quality local suppliers, brilliant fresh produce, and working to reduce the levels of saturated foods available. As a result, we have improved the range of options available for students, providing very tasty quality meals, and there has been a huge 380% increase in the purchase of hot meals by students and staff at lunchtime.

    Using local suppliers is very important

  • Jeremy Corbyn visits HSFC

    Jeremy Corbyn visits sixth form on IWD2018

    9th March 2018

    On International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March 2018), students at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre welcomed a special guest, as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the centre’s Portland Road site in Hucknall.

    Mr Corbyn joined students at the collaborative sixth form – which is part of the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership – and engaged in workshop sessions to discuss the contribution of a number of important women throughout history, together with joining in a debate on the gender gap and whether events such

  • Courage Awards 2018

    Year 7 Ione nominated for Courage Award

    7th March 2018

    Yesterday (6 March 2018), one of our year 7 students was honoured at the Rotary Club 27th Courage Awards, held at Portland College in Mansfield. 11 year old Ione was nominated for a number of reasons, but specifically for her role in supporting her mum as a young carer. Her mum suffers from fibromyalgia, arthritis and kidney disease, and Ione supports with housework and caring for her mum during difficult days.

    Miss Shaw, head of house, nominated Ione. She said, ‘As a young carer, Ione has shown great resili

  • Vacancy - Teacher of MFL

    Vacancy - Teacher of MFL

    2nd March 2018

    We’re recruiting!

    We are currently looking for a teacher of modern foreign languages to join the team at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. The main purpose of the role is to teach French/Spanish across Key Stage 3 and 4 to deliver innovative and creative lessons which engage and challenge students to achieve their full potential.

    The closing date for applications is 19 March 2018. To find out more or to apply, please visit


  • Head of Humanities vacancy

    Vacancy - Head of Humanities

    2nd March 2018

    We’re recruiting!

    We are currently looking for a Head of Humanities to join the team at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. The academy need a positive, dynamic and inspirational leader, who is also an outstanding classroom practitioner. Your experience in teaching history/geography at all key stages will be backed up with a track record of success, including leading and inspiring a team of teaching staff.

    The closing date for applications is 19 March 2018. To find out more or to apply, please visit

  • National Careers Week 2018

    National Careers Week: 5-10 March 2018

    2nd March 2018
    Starting on Monday (5 March) it is National Careers Week. To support our students’ future aspirations, we will be holding a variety of sessions at the academy focussed around careers.

    Assemblies and tutor sessions all week will have a careers focus for all year groups across the academy. Staff will be sharing details of their previous jobs with students via displays in classrooms, and there will be a new careers based display outside of the library.

    All sessions are aimed at getting students to think about p
  • Academy closed - Friday 2 March 2018

    1st March 2018

    Following a further assessment of the site today, and with the prospect of further snow and ice overnight, we can confirm that the academy will remain closed to students and staff on Friday 2 March 2018. The decision has been taken to ensure the safety of our full academy community, both on-site and travelling to and from Queen Elizabeth's.

    Hopefully the weather situation will improve over the weekend and we are aiming to reopen on Monday 5 March 2018. Please keep an eye on here and our social channels for m

  • Children's Mental Health Week 2018

    Children's Mental Health Week

    5th February 2018

    This week is Children’s Mental Health Week 2018, encouraging children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness. It’s all about #BeingOurselves!

    Queen Elizabeth’s Academy is committed to ensuring that we support all students at the academy with their mental health. This is especially important as we approach a crucial time of the year for those students who will be taking examinations this summer. Within the academy there are many ways in which students access help for their mental health if the

  • Principal's blog - February 2018

    Principal's blog - 5 February 2018

    5th February 2018

    It is a pleasure to update you after a very strong start to the new term.  

    2018 promises to be a pivotal year for QEA - we have had record numbers of students apply to join us in year 7 in September and we have had some excellent additions to our staff team who are already having a great impact.

    I would like to introduce Cristo Rodriguez, our new Academy Chaplain - he works for 'In Christ in Schools' and they have kindly agreed to lend him to us for 1 day per week to build on our Christian Distinctiveness an

  • Science vacancies at QEA

    Vacancies - Head of Science/ Science teacher

    31st January 2018

    We’re recruiting!  

    We are currently looking for two talented science practitioners to join the team at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy. The academy need a positive, dynamic and inspirational Head of Science, who is also an outstanding classroom practitioner, together with an excellent Teacher of Science with a commitment to academic excellence and helping every student succeed.

    These are two great opportunities to join the academy at an exciting time of improvement and expansion.

    The closing date for both positions

  • Year 8 visit University of Nottingham

    University visit inspires year 8 students

    29th January 2018

    Last Friday (26th January 2018), students on our year 8 'Ambitions' programme travelled to the University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonnington campus. The aim of the day was to consider future careers choices and GCSE options, focusing on raising aspiration and encouraging students who may aim to go to university in the future.

    The day began with students completing a personality quiz to determine their strengths, the type of person they are and some suggested careers that suit their personality type. The quiz

  • Racecourse Day puts maths in context

    Applying maths skills at the racecourse!

    17th January 2018

    Last week a large group of mathematics students from the academy visited Doncaster Racecourse as part of the ‘Racing to School’ programme. The education charity Racing to School delivers free outdoor learning activities for young people at racecourses, studs and trainers’ yards across the country.

    On the day, our students took part in a variety of activities and got to see what happens on a typical raceday at one of the county’s top horseracing venues. The aim of the day was to demonstrate to the students ab

  • University of Nottingham visit

    Ambitions visit to University of Nottingham

    15th January 2018

    On Friday 12th January, students from our year 10 Ambitions programme went to a taster day at the University of Nottingham. The aim of the day was to look at the differences between studying at the academy and studying at university. We want all of our students to set high aspirations, and this visit was designed to show them what could be on offer if they do well at the academy and choose to move on to higher education.

    During the visit, students had a choice of academic subject sessions to attend including

  • Miss Brothwell

    Principal's blog - 15 December 2017

    15th December 2017

    As Christmas fast approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to look back on what a superb term it has been at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy.

    Success for our new curriculum, teaching and approach to behaviour
    Our new knowledge based curriculum has started to embed, with students and staff comfortable with and enjoying the increased rigour that comes with it. Knowledge organisers have been a particular hit and we have written to you this week to explain how these should be used at home to support learning.

  • Petrie the Axolotl

    Meet the newest additions to our academy!

    30th November 2017

    Some of the newest recruits to the academy might not be able to say much, but they can teach us a great deal! Mrs Morris, teacher of science, is expanding the collection of animals we have in the department with the aim of launching an animal club after the Christmas break.

    The club will focus on looking at animals, their biology and movement, and be a fabulous experience for students who may not have seen or heard of some of the creatures in the collection!

    The latest additions have been Petrie the Axolotl,

  • Miss Brothwell

    Principal's blog - 27 November 2017

    27th November 2017

    As our year 11 students undertake their mock exams this week, I want to emphasise how important it is that students feel able to access us for support at this time of high pressure.

    I know from speaking with the students that they have never worked harder. The knowledge-based curriculum is challenging them, as we had said that it would. The direct-instruction teaching model is ensuring that maximum learning takes place in the classroom, and that knowledge is transferred to long-term memory ready for students

  • Blood Brothers visit - November 2017

    Blood Brothers experience for students

    27th November 2017

    On Wednesday last week (22 November 2017) a group of students from Queen Elizabeth’s had a wonderful opportunity to enhance their study of the play Blood Brothers as they went to experience a showing of this powerful production at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham.

    Blood Brothers is a set text for the 47 students’ GCSE English Literature exam, so the chance to see Willy Russell’s famous play was both a great cultural experience and will support their exam success.

    Mrs Willmot, executive assistant principal at D

  • Year 11 creative writing success - Hale

    Creative writing success for year 11 Hale

    17th November 2017

    Year 11 student Hale recently took part in a residential trip with First Story. First Story brings professional writers into secondary schools serving low-income communities to work with teachers and students to foster creativity and communication skills. As part of their programme, they host summer residentials, an intensive week of creative writing workshops and tutorials.

    Hale spent her week with other students from a range of backgrounds, taking part in group workshops, individual tutorials and evening r

  • Academy closed - 16 November 2017

    16th November 2017

    Due to a broken boiler, we are unable to allow students into the academy today so have had to close for the day. We hope to have fixed the problem today and open as normal tomorrow, Friday 17th November 2017.