Wednesday, 14 November 2018


Kepier's Year 9 Elite Football Academy were victorious this week in the initial round of the U14's ESFA Boys Playstation Elite Schools Cup.

At a sun drenched if cold Kepier; a far cry from the dreadful weather experienced by the U15's the previous week; Kepier took on Acklam Grange School from Middlesbrough.

In a highly competitive match, Kepier started quickly, and raced into a 3 - 0 lead after 15 minutes thank to two goals from Parkinson and one from Lanning. However, Acklam Grange came back strongly, with Noyce and Khadri replying to make it 3 - 2 and causing nerves amongst the Kepier players.

Kepier settled again and started to move the ball around, and before half time Parkinson and Stanton added further goals to give a 5 - 2 scoreline at the interval.

If Kepier thought Acklam Grange would fade in the second half they were wrong; despite the scoreline, they continued to press in all areas of the pitch, and when they came under pressure defended heroically with their keeper pulling off some great saves.

As the half wore on, however, space began to open up in midfield and Kepier took advantage to break down the Acklam Grange defence, with Parkinson (2) and Lanning (1) adding to their tally to give a final scoreline of 8 - 2, which doesn't reflect the closeness of the match.

Kepier will play Notre Dame High School from Sheffield in the next round.

Well done to the players from both teams for a highly entertaining game!


Kepier has achieved the Quality in Careers Standard Gold Award for careers education, information, advice and guidance provision within the school. The award recognises the hard work and dedication of the staff to ensure all learners are equipped with the skills required and valued by employers.
Careers Guidance Officer Miss Watson said "the process was long and very thorough with three stages; Bronze, Silver and finally the Gold award. At each stage a number of criteria had to be met and robust evidence provided to prove Kepier was achieving the requirements.
At Bronze stage, an audit of the CEIAG provision was carried out and a plan for development produced. The Silver stage was to ensure that the plan was being implemented and data recorded accordingly. At both stages, paperwork was submitted to be scrutinised by an assessor from Inspiring IAG, the awarding body for the Quality in Careers Standard.
To achieve the Gold Award, an assessor came to Kepier and over the course of a day spoke to learners, staff, external partners and parents to get an insight into how CEIAG is delivered within the school. A file of evidence was inspected and staff with responsibility for CEIAG were interviewed. The day was intense and assessment rigorous, however due to the immense effort and comprehensive detail that goes into making CEIAG delivery a success, Kepier achieved Gold.
It’s great news for learners and prospective learners as they can be confident that they will gain the support and advice they need when making decisions about their future and develop the skills that will help them be a success in the world of work."
Congratulations to Miss Watson and thank you from everyone at Kepier; staff and learners; for all her hard work in gaining this award!!!

Friday, 9 November 2018

Kepier Supporting SNCBC

Kepier are extremely proud of the work we carry out with a range of community groups both in the immediate area and further afield, supporting them in any way we can to benefit local communities.
One of these groups is Sunderland North Community Business Centre based in Town End Farm, who for many years have been using our facilities to deliver youth sessions.
Wendy Cook, Youth and Community Manager for SNCBC, said "Sunderland North Community Business Centre deliver Friday night football at Kepier Academy. The aim of the session is to reduce youth anti-social behaviour, encourage young people aged 11-19 years to engage in a positive, safe and structured activity whilst having fun and socialising with their peers.
"The young people are supervised by qualified Sports Coaches and Youth Workers who are also on hand to lead discussion based work-shops which can include information on smoking cessation, healthy lifestyles, sex and relationships, drugs and alcohol etc.
"The sessions have allowed the young people to build friendships and develop their football skills. Those attending come from across the Coalfields area to use the session. Youth anti-social behaviour has reduced within the area on a Friday evening as a result of the sessions, and the sessions can attract up to 100 individuals. The sessions are funded thanks to the Big Lottery Fund - Youth Investment Fund until April 2020.
"We are extremely grateful to Kepier for their support with these sessions, and look forward to many more years of successful partnership working."

Tuesday, 30 October 2018


Kepier learners have planned a residential visit to Liverpool with the support of 'Can Do' Funding.

Whilst in Liverpool, they will be following the 'Willy Russell Trail' to increase their awareness in English Literature. They will view Gormley's sculptures at Crosby Beach and also squeeze in visits to Art Galleries and Museums. The learners involved are working hard to raise levels of attainment and make accelerated progress as they approach their GCSEs this summer, and are absolutely thrilled to receive funding to be able to support learning and making progress.

Councillor Anne Lawson and Councillor Kevin Johnston were delighted to visit Kepier to support the project and present funding to the learners from the Coalfield 'Can Do' Fund towards their trip to Liverpool. They said "we hope they all have a fantastic time! It’s great we are able to provide funding from the Area Committee that will support and engage with the learners in their learning progress. We were also impressed with the brilliant artwork on show, which is another project they have been working on”

Pictured are Councillors Lawson and Johnston, together with some of the learners involved in the project.


A group of of our Year 11 learners visited Newcastle University to take part in ‘Inspired Choices’, an on-campus event for the learners to see how their GCSE and A level qualifications can shape their future plans and relate to a variety of different degree disciplines at University.

The main focus was on developing key skills such as:
• Decision making skills
• Research skills
• Subject specific knowledge

The learners had the opportunity to attend a series of interactive subject tasters to experience what it is like to study these subjects at University. They covered Engineering, Forensic Psychology and Law. The sessions were interactive and really made the learners think about some of the directions they could go in their future.

Many thanks to our Guidance Officer Miss Watson for organising this event!!!

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Sister Act

In the last week of our summer term, our fabulous learners put on their summer show, 'Sister Act'.
In front of an audience of around 200 people on each of three nights, a cast and crew of well over 100 of our talented young people put on an amazing performance, with everyone who was there having a fantastic time.
An awful lot of hard work goes into the show, not just from the learners but from the staff involved both directly and indirectly, with a special thanks going to Mr. Forsyth, Mr. Hall. Mrs. Jiggins and Mrs. Gill.
Once again, many thanks to all the companies who supported us with donations for our raffles on the three nights:
Karting North East, Warden Law Motorsport Centre, W2W, Sunderland SR3 2PR. Tel: 0191 5214050
Hallgarth Manor, High Pittington, Durham DH6 1AB. Tel: 0191 372 1188
Tweddle Farm, Filipoke Lane, Blackhall Colliery, Hartlepool TS27 4BT. Tel: 0191 586 3311
Hall Hill Farm, Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, Durham DH7 0TA. Tel: 01388 731333
ynemouth Blue Reef Aquarium, Grand Parade, Tynemouth, North Shields NE30 4JF. Tel: 0191 258 1031
Middlesbrough Football Club, The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough TS3 6RS. Tel: 01642 757640
The Apple Orchard, 50 Newbottle St, Houghton le Spring DH4 4AF. Tel: 0191 584 9288
Apple Blossom, 6 Mautland St, Houghton le Spring DH4 4BH. Tel: 0191 584 2066
Audi Wearside, Newcastle Road, Sunderland SR5 1JQ. Tel: 0191 5637259
We hope you enjoy the selection of photos from the show! Well done to everyone who was involved.


Daniel was one of 4 learners from Kepier lucky enough to be given places on the recent 'Tall Ships' event here in Sunderland.
Here, he tells us about his time taking part and shares some wonderful photos with us; we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!!
"From the first day that I had signed up for this experience, everyone told me it would be amazing and I agreed but never expected it to be as amazing as it actually was. I saw some beautiful spectacles whilst at sea and tried new things I couldn’t have comprehended doing before ; climbing the mast and jumping into the North Sea (which might as well have had ice cubes floating in it it was so cold!).
"Every single person I met was very friendly and our crew was tightly knit, so when we had to perform a difficult manoeuvre, it paid off eventually making us finish in second place. Esbjerg was also a very nice town and being able to help pilot the ship into port was another highlight."
The entire Sørlandet crew then marched in the parade, and celebrated like mad at the crew party in the evening which unfortunately I can’t provide pictures for. Finally I jumped onto a plane back to Newcastle leaving behind a view and an experience I will never forget. I am so grateful for the school choosing me and 3 others to have this opportunity."