Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembrance Day at Kepier 2013

On Monday 11th November, Kepier Academy held its own Remembrance Day ceremony. Representatives from the Academy community gathered in the Main Hall to hear readings and to pay homage to those who died in two World Wars and in conflicts since 1945. A Year 10 learner played the Last Post and learners who are in local cadet groups wore their cadet uniforms and led the ceremony. Mrs Cooper, Principal, reminded those present of the sacrifice made by those who died. The Head Boy and the Head Girl, read the poem 'In Flanders Fields.' At 11am a two minute silence was observed throughout the Academy. Learners then laid a wreath at the base of the Memorial plaque in the Academy Memorial Garden.

Prior to this event, Steven Forsyth, Teacher in charge of History, had led Assemblies during the week 4th - 8th November for all Year groups on the theme of 'Remembrance' and had also sold poppies to staff and learners throughout that week.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Kepier School Games with Sainsbury's and Sunderland

Kepier are proud to announce the School games initiative being run in conjunction with Sunderland Council and Sainsbury's School Games.

To see a full calendar of events, please click on the calendar image below.

An example of a learner in a competition.

Click on the image below to read the announcement relating the Competition Programme

Click on the image below to read the Primary Festivals Schedule

Click on the image below to read the announcement

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Road Safety

Traffic congestion and parked cars at the end of the school day is causing serious safety concerns. When collecting your child please park with consideration to residents, pedestrians and other road users. A camera van from Sunderland City Council will be in the area and can issue on the spot fines.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Tonibeth and Chloe

The thoughts and prayers of all at Kepier are with Tonibeth’s and Chloe’s parents,
grandparents, wider family and friends at this tragic time of loss.

Tonibeth attended Kepier from 2010 until February this year and then moved to Washington.

“We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss two beautiful children and our condolences
are given to both families. Tonibeth was a lovely young lady and her brave actions to save
her friend will never be forgotten.” Principal, Kepier, Nicky Cooper,

She had settled into school life at Washington very well and had already made a good and
close group of friends. Her teachers and pastoral staff speak of a quiet and caring young
lady who had a most promising future and who was looking forward to achieving a broad
suite of qualifications.

"Tonibeth was a lovely girl and a valued member of our community. There is a very palpable
sense of loss at school this morning.” Executive Head Teacher, Washington School, Mr
John Hallworth

“I am sure the thoughts of everyone in our community is with the families at this very
difficult time, and I would like to express our deepest sympathy at their loss." The Leader of
Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson

For parents who are concerned over the summer break please contact your GP if you have
significant concerns about wellbeing. However it is equally important for parents/ carers to
understand that grieving is a normal process and the resource below maybe some help to

www.cruse.org.uk and their website RD4U is for young people and gives advice on coping

Monday, 1 July 2013

Summer Holiday - Tickets on sale now ...

Kepier's Summer Production - Summer Holiday

Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th July

Adults £3.50, Concessions £2.50

Tickets Available now in MU1!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Recent Press Articles for Kepier

The Sunderland Echo 23rd May 2013

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The Sunderland Echo 17th June 2013

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Monday, 17 June 2013

Talented Poet - Jordan Smith Y8 JNH


School is something

We all must embrace

Knowledge we need

To seek out and chase

Subjects and teaching styles

Are plentiful and vary

Just like the back packs

We all must carry

Sports clubs and activities

At every single turn

So much to do

So much to learn

To get the most from school

We should constantly attend

Around each corner

There’s always a friend


Out favourite teachers

Are friendly and kind

Their passion and job

To expand every mind

School is something

We all must embrace

Just remember to learn

And push our own pace

Jordan Smith Y8 JNH



Thursday, 16 May 2013

Kepier girls  go to Anfield.  In their league they beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0, Liverpool 2-0, Manchester United 4-1 but lost to Everton 2-1. They finished joint top of their group with QPR, but failed to progress to the semi-finals on goal difference to QPR, which was a real shame as they had already beaten them.

Our Head of PE Vicky Booth said "Understandably the girls were very disappointed not to go through to the semi-finals, but they had a fantastic experience at Anfield, something they will remember for the rest of their lives, and they were an absolute credit to their families and Kepier".

Monday, 22 April 2013

Primary Music Concert

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As part of Kepier's ongoing work with all our feeder primary schools, John Hall, our Head of Music, regularly invites the schools learners in to receive tuition from him, Hannah Rudge of our music department and several of the peripatetic music teachers who come into Kepier to work with us.

We hosted the latest such event on Friday 12th April, when around 70 learners from our feeder primaries, plus 30 of Kepier's own school orchestra, came in and had a fantastic time receiving tuition, learning new songs, and performing them. Our principal Nicky Cooper, a former professional violinist herself, also worked with the children.

Mr. Hall said "Everyone involved had a fantastic time, and the children were a real credit to their schools, full of enthusiasm for the day. Getting the chance to work with them is a real highlight for myself and Miss Rudge, and all the staff and Kepier's own learners who are involved".

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Kepier Academy Dance Show

'Everybody Dance Now' was this year's title for Kepier's annual dance show…and they certainly did.  There were 58 learners involved in the show, from every year group, and they all performed in a variety of styles ranging from contemporary to break dancing.  The choreography begins in September with the organisation of the show being brought together in January.  Learners rehearse each week and even give up their Sunday for a dress rehearsal.  Many staff gives up their time to help out; Mrs Ward and Miss Bell kept the learners quiet and calm whilst waiting to perform, Mrs Parker and Mrs Large organised refreshments, and Mr Dixon and Mr Telfer did an outstanding job with the technical requirements of the show.  The learners were all fantastic and Miss Farnie, our Head of Dance within our PE Department, who puts an immense amount of her own time into getting this night arranged, was incredibly proud of them all.

The show was performed in front of an audience of 270 parents/carers and families between 7pm - 9pm on Tuesday April 16th. Those who took part received some fantastic comments about their performances.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Kepier Elite Football Academy are now recruiting

Kepier are now recruiting current Year 6 boys in primary schools from across the north east to join our highly successful Elite Football Academy from September 2013. To register your interest for this fantastic opportunity, please contact  martin@improtechsoccer.com or info@kepier.com. The photograph above shows our current Year 7 Academy players, who have now made it through to the semi finals of The Danone FA National Cup, a competition which had over 600 schools entered at the start, demonstrating the success of our structured coaching programme, headed up by former Sunderland defender Martin Scott.

Jay J Boxing

Jay-J, one of our Year 7 learners, was part of a delegation from Houghton Boxing Club, with whom Kepier have formed excellent links, to be invited down to meet various celebrities, including Simon Cowell and former world super middleweight boxing champion Chris Eubank, at an awards ceremony in London to celebrate The Health Lottery.

Jay-J had a fantastic day, and Kepier wish him well with his boxing in the future.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Comic Relief 2013

Red Nose Day at Kepier has been a great success a small selection of what has happened today is shared below.

Seven Year 11 Girls and seven members of staff including our Principal Mrs Cooper took part in a Bushtucker Trial in which they enjoyed a gourmet lunch of Mole Crickets, Flying Grasshoppers, Pupae and grubs. The girls have been sponsored by friends and family and staff and learners have been charged £1 to come along and watch the event organised by Mrs Cleugh. In total the girls have raised £183 for Comic Relief.

Mr Forsyth's year 7 tutor group donated their pocket money to make a 'human coin' raising over £100.

Learners and their families baked cakes and biscuits to be sold at break time on Friday to learners and staff. The total raised was over £200.

As part of Comic Relief Miss Large's Year 11 Tutor group have organised a cake auction.  The Mum of Jabez Straughan made the cakes, which show the dinosaur red noses from this year.  Coaching groups and Staff departments were asked to donate as much as possible into the envelopes, with the 3 who donate the most, getting the cake to share on Friday 15th March. This raised £280!

Learners were allowed to 'wear something red' for school on the day, providing they made a donation to Comic Relief. With all the other events that have  been happening, we would expect the total amount raised today to be well in excess of £1000.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Literature Festival 2013

Friday 8th March marks the end of another successful Literature Festival at Kepier. This is our 4th ‘Lit Fest’ and we are hoping that 'Lit fest 2014' will be bigger and better than ever! This year activities have included:
  • Workshops by the author and poet Terry Caffrey who worked with learners in Years 7 and 8.
  • Art Heroes-Graphic novel workshop where learners in years 7, 8 and 9 looked at the creation of comics and characterisation.
  • We had ‘The Big Read’ to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March and the English department dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland.
  • We also ran a book review competition where prizes are still available for all those who enter!
What can we do next year? If you have any ideas or suggestions for 'Lit Fest 2014' please see your English teacher.
Don’t forget entries for the book review competition are open until Friday 22nd March. You can enter on Moodle or by handing your book review to your English teacher.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Kingswood Trip

"IMPORTANT NOTICE:  On March 22nd 2013 Kepier school are taking 46 year 7 and 8 learners to the Kingswood Centre in Hexham.  Mr Mayer released an information sheet stating that learners should be in school be 14:40 on Friday 22nd March.  There has been an adjustment in the timings and the coach will now leave Kepier at 14:00, therefore learners must be at school be 13:30.  Sorry if this has caused any inconvenience".

Monday, 11 February 2013

Kepier march on to quarter finals

Kepier entertained St John Fisher RC School of Harrogate in the last 16 of The  English Schools Football Association Danone Nations Cup on an overcast but dry day in Houghton-le-Spring.

In a tight and competitive first half, Kepier just edged the possession, but created few chances due to some excellent defensive work from the visitors. The breakthrough didn't come until the final minute of the half, when after some neat build up play Sam Robinson latched onto a through ball and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the St John Fisher goal.

The second half saw Kepier begin to dominate the centre of the park, controlling possession for large periods and forcing the visitors onto the back foot. However St John Fisher continued to defend bravely, and it was ten minutes in until Alex Johnson launched a speculative shot from well outside the box, which found its way into the bottom corner.

Kepier's confidence continued to grow, and the third goal wasn't long in arriving. Sam Robinson again showed his prowess in front of goal, shrugging off several challenges and again finding the bottom corner of the net. St John Fisher, to their credit, refused to let their heads drop and in a rare second half attack immediately afterwards forced Alex Johnson into some excellent defensive work to prevent a chance on the Kepier goal.

Kepier's fourth came from Luke Ridley a few minutes from the end of the match when he picked up the ball just inside the St John Fisher box and looped his shot over the keeper and into the far corner of the goal.

Kepier are now through to the quarter finals of the competition.

Manager Martin Scott of Improtech Soccer said "Once again the boys have proved themselves a credit to their families and the school - I'm looking forward to the quarter finals of the competition and if the boys continue to play like they have today believe we can make it all the way to the final".

Kepier Academy are currently recruiting year 6 learners to join their Elite Football Academy from September 2013.

Thursday, 7 February 2013


Kepier's Elite Football Academy are now through to the last 16 of the Danone English Schools Football Association National Cup after a hard fought 1 - 0 win at Nunthorpe Academy in Middlesbrough on Wednesday January 30th 2013.

The recent poor weather had left the pitch extremely wet, with standing water in places, and this combined with a very strong wind made for far from ideal playing conditions.

Despite playing with the wind in the first half, Kepier failed to press home their superior possession and very few chances were created, with the Nunthorpe goal rarely threatened thanks to excellent and spirited defending from the home team. In the second half, despite playing into the wind, Kepier continued to play the better football and made the breakthrough after 10 minutes when Ryan Leonard slid an inch perfect pass through for Sam Robinson, who took the ball past the defender and kept his nerve to slot the ball home into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, giving the Nunthorpe keeper no chance.

Kepier continued to largely control the game, although the final 10 minutes of the match saw Nunthorpe begin to press more and create several chances, the best of which in the dying seconds saw a fantastic save from Owen Warren in the Kepier goal.

Every player put in a fantastic performance, but a particular mention is made of Kieran Charlton who marshalled the defence superbly in the frantic last few minutes of the game. Also, huge credit goes to the boys from Nunthorpe Academy who gave Kepier by far and away their hardest game of the competition so far.

Kepier are now through to the final 16 of the competition, where they will represent the northern region against St. John Fisher Catholic School in Harrogate for a place in the quarter finals.

Manager Martin Scott of Improtech Soccer said "This is a fantastic achievement from a group of players who are a credit to themselves, their families and the school. We are now recruiting current year 6 boys from across the north east to join the Elite Football Academy at Kepier in September 2013."

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Monday, 21 January 2013

Community Facilities are closed until 23rd January 2013

Due to the continued bad weather and problems accessing the site, all
our community facilities will be closed on Monday 21st and Tuesday
22nd January. A further announcement will be made on the website on
Wednesday morning.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Closure of Community Facilities on 18th January 2013

In view of the adverse weather forecast, the decision has been made
to close ALL our community facilities, indoors and outside, on Friday
evening and over this weekend. We apologise for any inconvenience this
may cause, but should the forecast be correct then we cannot guarantee
the safety of customers whilst here.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Outdoor Facilities

"Due to the current condition of our Astroturf and grass pitches, and
the adverse weather forecast, all our outdoor facilities will be
closed until Monday 21st January when the situation will be reviewed.
Our indoor facilities will remain open until 9pm on Friday 18th
January (subject to no further severe weather) - however, due to
concerns regarding further forecast snowfall and access to the site,
none of our facilities will be open on Saturday and Sunday 19th and
20th January. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but
the decision has been made on the grounds of health and safety of both
staff and customers"