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  • 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.

  • Parents evenings - November 2017

    Upcoming parents' evenings

    13th November 2017

    Please find details below of the upcoming dates for our parents' evenings at Queen Elizabeth's Academy.

    -  Tuesday 21st November 2017 - Year 8 students
    -  Thursday 23rd November 2017 - Year 10 students
    -  Monday 27th November 2017 - Year 7 and year 13 students
    -  Wednesday 29th November 2017 - Year 9 students

    The parents' evenings take place between 3:15pm and 5:15pm on the dates highlighted. This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with staff who teach your child and gain detailed information on the pro

  • Remembrance day 2017

    Remembrance event held at Queen Elizabeth's

    10th November 2017

    Ahead of this year’s Armistice Day this weekend, Queen Elizabeth’s Academy today held their own remembrance event joined by a number of important dignitaries and guests.

    The whole academy community of students and staff gathered outside the pavilion on the academy field and were joined by guests including former student Clive Heaps representing the Elizabethan Association, Elaine Twigger representing the Queen Elizabeth’s Academy Trust, former students from the Old Elizabethan Masonic Lodge including John Wh

  • Lunchtime

    Vacancies - Mid-day supervisors

    9th October 2017

    We are recruiting! We currently have vacancies for two midday supervisors who will help to ensure our children behave well and benefit fully from their lunchtime period, in a fun and safe environment.

    To find out more or to apply, visit:

    The closing date for these roles is Saturday 21 October 2017.

  • Debating society launched at HSFC

    2nd October 2017

    Last Thursday (28 September 2017) saw the launch of the Hucknall Sixth Form Centre debating society.

    The inaugural meeting brought together ten students who attended to discuss the reasons for having a debating society, and how this will help to develop key skills. The positive attainment from being a member ranges from developing public speaking skills and honing refined reasoning to thinking and reacting on the spot, as well as extending knowledge in a wide variety of current affairs and topics. The group

  • Miss Brothwell

    Principal's blog - a lot to tell you!

    1st October 2017

    Welcome to my latest blog. The academic year has started brilliantly here at Queen Elizabeth's Academy and there is much to tell you about. Thanks to our parents and guardians for their support so far - hopefully you will find this update interesting.

    Attendance and homework
    I am delighted to report that our attendance has improved from last year and students have made a strong start to the year. I expect it to keep on improving as our students show their resilience and grit, working through minor colds and c

  • Queen Elizabeth's Academy

    Inset day - 29 September 2017

    26th September 2017

    A reminder to students, parents and guardians that this Friday (29 September 2017) the academy is closed for an INSET staff training day.

    For details of all key dates during the academic year including other INSET days and academy holidays, please visit

  • Queen Elizabeth's Academy

    Year 11 parents evening

    25th September 2017
    A reminder to parents of our year 11 students that our Parents Evening takes place on Thursday 28 September between 3.15pm to 5.30pm.

    Students should have made appointments with teachers, so please can you remind them to do this if they have not already. Appointments help us to properly schedule the evening and be prepared fully to speak with families.

    If appointments for parents are not made (due to student absence for example), please do not worry - simply turn up on the evening and we will accommodate to e
  • Student photographs - 20 September 2017

    Student photographs - 20 September 2017

    15th September 2017

    A reminder to all students that next Wednesday (20th September 2017) we will have Capture Photography at the academy to take individual student photographs.

    We know that all of our students always turn up to the academy looking very smart, but this is an extra incentive to get that hair looking on point! 😉 (please ensure you do stay within the uniform policy regarding make-up and jewellery however!)

    All students who have their photo taken will receive their proof photo within two weeks - you will then be able

  • New academy uniform from September 2017

    Principal's blog - the start of a new year

    11th September 2017

    I would like to welcome you back to the start of our new year at Queen Elizabeth's Academy, and what a start it has been! The new blazers look sensational and we have restored our historic house system, with the addition of Flogan to acknowledge Dame Flogan who bequeathed the land we stand on to the original school back in 1458.

    The real difference however, can be felt in each and every classroom. Students are engaging with our new knowledge based curriculum better than ever, and the direct instruction teach