Monday, 26 March 2018


This years awards were held on 22nd March at The Stadium of Light.
We were delighted that Emily, who left Kepier last year, was the winner of the 'Academic Achievement' award in the 14 - 20 Years category. Emily achieved 100% attendance during her five years at Kepier, and her hard work paid off when she achieved Level 9 grades in English Language, Literature and Maths, plus seven A* grades in her other subjects!
Emily has now gone on to study at Durham Sixth Form.
Also from Kepier, Grace received recognition for having her art work displayed at the Youth Arts Exhibition 2018 at The Arts Centre, Washington, and was a winner in the 11 - 14 Years category.
We were also delighted to see Houghton Albion FC as the group winners in the Sport category, 8 - 20 Years, and Houghton Brass Band as winners in the Music and Performing Arts category, 8 - 20 Years.
Well done not just to everyone here, but all those who were either nominated or won on the evening - you should all be very proud!

Friday, 23 March 2018


Kepier are delighted that four of its learners have been awarded places on the Tall Ships event in Sunderland this year.

Daniel, Lewis, Jayne and Yonela will take part in the event, representing both Kepier and young people from across the city.

Principal Nicky Cooper said "we are delighted to announce four of our learners will take part in the Tall Ships Race this summer.  All four learners have demonstrated commitment and resilience and thoroughly deserve a place.  They will benefit enormously from this wonderful opportunity.  It is something that they will remember for the rest of their lives."

All four learners are tremendously excited about the event, and Yonela said "I am exhilarated to have this opportunity and take part in the Tall Ships Race; all of us are delighted to have this once in a lifetime chance!"

Wednesday, 21 March 2018


Sixteen year 9 learners took part in the Industrial Cadets scheme at Nissan.
The 6 day programme involved meeting a number of young graduates and apprentices from different departments and a tour of the plant, before completing the 'Try-Z' course where they were split into two teams to compete against each other setting up a production line.
The course is intensive and challenging, aiming to introduce learners to manufacturing, promote an interest in STEM subjects and showcase the different careers available within the industry.
Miss Watson, who organised the event, said "the learners enjoyed their experience and all worked extremely hard. The programme has taught them lots of practical skills as well as making them consider careers options in the advanced manufacturing sector."

Monday, 19 March 2018


Kepier's annual Literature Festival celebrates books and literature.
This year, we had a theme of Science Fiction V Fantasy and had many themed activities going on in the library including graphic novel workshops, Sci Fi workshop, Fairytale workshop, Dystopian Futures workshop and a creative writing workshop for a group of 25 year 5 pupils from our feeder primary schools.
Sadly, after day 2 our celebration of literature was cut short due to the snow!
However, we didn't let that stop us, and have continued our literature festival this week, not only holding the workshops but also our 'Big Read' and fancy dress competition where staff and Year 7 had the opportunity to come to school dressed as their favourite book character.
Stella and Leah as Harlequin and Mary Poppins won the prizes for best dressed learners.
Mr Forsyth's coaching group all wore 'Horrible Histories' T-Shirts covering all the books, and lots of other learners and staff dressed up as their favourite character.
Well done to everyone who took part!