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Predicting Pumpkins

In time for the run up to Halloween our Eco Team are launching a pumpkin themed competition. Members will be visiting tutor groups with the pumpkin for anyone wishing to guess the correct weight of the pumpkin with a chance to win a sweet hamper! All guesses...
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Student Council Discuss Mental Health Matters

Our newly elected Student Council met with Ellie, the academy’s Mental Health Support Team liaison, to discuss how the subject of mental health is addressed here in school. Council members worked collaboratively to consider what we are already doing well here at Sandhill...
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Growing Photography Skills

Year 10 Photography students have teamed up with the Eco Team and used some of the harvested fruit and veg as props for their photo shoot. Students have been looking at Slinkachu and created some brilliant photographs. We are all very proud of them – well done Year 10...
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Year 10 Go Pop

Year 10 have been creating beautiful prints inspired by 1960s Pop Art promoting the importance of animal welfare. They will go onto develop their designs into a series of advert campaigns for a science museum responding to a design brief.
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Experiencing Blood Brothers

A selection of our Year 9 and 10 students attended a wonderful performance of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, at the Sunderland Empire. Pupils study the play as part of the Heritage, Culture and Identity topic in English and some of our Year 10 students will go on to study...
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A Special Guest for Breakfast

We were delighted to be joined by Bridget Phillipson (Labour MP for Houghton and Sunderland South), Shadow Secretary of State for Education. After hearing about our new family breakfast provision she was eager to see first hand some of the amazing things we are doing to support...
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Academy Open Evening 2022

This year’s open evening was once again a fantastic affair, as parents joined us to find out about our continuingly improving school.  Feedback from parents was incredibly positive, especially when it came to the passion of our staff and students and the care and support we...
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School Garden Still on the Grow

The return to school has brought excitement for many to see what changes have happened over the summer holidays. The school garden is no different, there is a plethora of vegetables ready for harvesting including tomatoes, onions, carrots, cabbages and potatoes! These vegetables...
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Year 7 Music Morning

As part of The Sunderland Music Hub’s Music Week, our Year 7’s have taken part in a very exciting music morning! Joined in the theatre by our very own music teachers and special guest Mrs. Ord, Sandhill View Academy was able to offer students the chance to have a...
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Introducing Family Breakfast

Keystage 3 students at Sandhill View Academy had their first taste last week of what we are calling ‘Family Breakfast.’ This new initiative is designed to foster the relationship between school and its pupils. Every day, as part of our new extended tutor time, pupils from...
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Building Improvements

Our amazing site staff and contractors have been very busy over the summer break to continue to improve our school building. We’ve not only added in new flooring and more coats of paint to freshen up the building and our outdoor furniture...
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Sizzling Summer School Fun

Over the summer we had a great time hosting our incoming year 7 students for our annual Summer School. This year we had all sorts of amazing activities including inflatable obstacle fun, creative workshops, cooking/baking classes, multi sports activities and much more! Our...
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Hello Year 7

We are once again very happy to welcome our latest cohort of Year 7 students into Sandhill View Academy. Our new pupils joined us on the first week back looking impeccably smart, with plenty of smiles as they lined up in their new form classes in the lovely...
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Welcome Back!

Despite sad circumstances with the death of Her Majesty, it has been a delight to welcome back our students to the new academic year at Sandhill. Pupils returned from their summer break looking refreshed and happy to see their peers and teachers again, ready for an full and...
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The 2022 Sandhill Games

We saw the return of our Sandhill Games, where our students fight it out in earning glory for their house group. Pupils went head-to-head over a series of events including physical and mental challenges that really showed off the friendly competitive spirit that exists between...
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Welcome to Our Summer Fair

We welcomed in Year 7 & 8 parents and carers to our Academy to enjoy an afternoon with their children at our very first Summer Fair. This was a fantastic chance to enjoy some fun events in a relaxed atmosphere and a chance to win some great prizes from the fun stalls our...
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Activities Days 2022

As usual, our last week of term was jam-packed full of exciting activities for our students to enjoy before the end of the school year. Pupils had the chance to take part in sports events, watch a movie together in our theatre, play video games in our IT suites, challenge their...
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Year 10 Summer School at the Sixth Form

Year 10 students jumped at the chance to visit The Sixth Form at Southmoor for our Year 10 Summer School. Students experienced a breadth of reputable A-level subjects including Art, Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Engineering, Photography, Health & Social...
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Awards Season Comes to a Close

We closed out Awards season with Year 9 and 10. Parents and carers were delighted to see their children reap the rewards of a successful year at school, with certificates of achievement for every student as well as special form tutor awards for those who have had the best...
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Matilda Rehearsals Intensify As Show Draws Near

As our latest school musical production approaches we are intensifying rehearsals to perfect the show. Our pupils are working hard both on stage and behind the scenes to bring this all-singing, all dancing production of hit musical Matila to life and make it our best one yet. The...
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Primary School Commonwealth Games

We hosted a ‘Commonwealth Games’ sports day for our local feeder primary schools. Each of our feeder primaries had ten students representing them, competing in a variety of track and field events. Much fun was had by all as friendly local rivalries led to some exciting...
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SMSC Poster Competition Winners

Congratulations to the Keystage 3 students who were selected as winners for our first SMSC poster competition. The standard was really high across the board but these six pupils created, we thought, the most effective designs. They will now have an opportunity to make the posters...
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Bright Sparks Return

Sandhill View’s mathematicians attended their final Bright Sparks event where they tackled advanced logic and network mapping problems. These included the famous Konigsberg bridge problem and used ideas from Euler to determine the outcome. Well done to all our future...
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Transition Evening 2022

Sandhill View would like to extend our gratitude to what was a highly successful event for Year 6 students and their parents. It was excellent to see so many of our future students excited about joining us at the Academy, meeting their form teachers, completing enrolment...
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Artist Workshop With Year 10

Year 10 artists were lucky enough to work with contemporary artist, Paul Raymond creating drawings and sculptures inspired by Nostalgia. They even created moving artwork they could race at the end of the session. Students showed incredible resilience, creativity and impeccable...
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Goodbye Year 11

We said goodbye to Year 11 students after weeks of incredibly hard work in revision sessions and completing their GCSE examinations. We release them for study leave for their final few exams and to enjoy their prom. We await their all-important results in August and look forward...
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Year 10 Work Experience

  Our Year 10 students who have secured work placements were out at work across the area learning about the essential skills needed in the jobs they have chosen to try their hand at. Over 100 students were out on placement at various places including primary...
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Geography Trip

Students from our GCSE Geography course were out and about conducting field work, collecting data and information for their geographical survey coursework. Pupils studied the effects of longshore drift as well as the effects of erosion evident on the beaches at Seaham in...
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Sandhill View Wembley Take Over

History was made as Sunderland AFC enjoyed their first playoff final victory in front of 47,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium. The 2-0 victory means Sunderland will be playing Championship football for the first time in four years. It was an occasion which will live long in the...
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Sandhill Ski Returns!

We are delighted to announce that we are launching our ski trip after the half term. Students will be offered the chance to go skiing in Andorra March 2023. Mrs Barnes and Miss Malloy will be launching the ski trip during assembly. If your child is interested in the trip please...
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Outdoor Skills with the Prince’s Trust

Currently two groups of students from KS3 are completing a Prince’s Trust project focusing on teamwork. As part of the course, they visited a forest in Teesdale and learnt to build campfires and how to safely cook outside.  The students all took a role in...
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Class Glass

Year 8 & 9 students who were involved in the DesignLab Nation project visited the National Glass Centre as a celebration of the amazing work they produced during the project. The students were presented with a certificate and were able to see their work displayed in the...
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Published Publicity

You may remember Sandhill View’s own aspiring student author Darcie Peters and her first novel being published online. Darcie has recently enjoyed some publicity for her writing efforts with an article about her story in the Sunderland Echo. Darcie is extremely passionate about...
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Why Queue with the Riot Act

All Year 7 students attended a special interactive theatre-style presentation, delivered by a visiting group called “The Riot Act”. The presentation encouraged students to think carefully about safe and sustainable travel options and it raised the awareness of the range of...
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Sing Like a Star Workshop

Our Drama students were lucky enough to have visit from a professional Musical Theatre performer! The workshop covered some key themes which reflect our current society, such as body shaming, bullying and discrimination creating some thought provoking performances...
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One Last Derby

To celebrate the end of the sporting year, our Year 11 students hosted a Trust derby against their counterparts from our sister school, Southmoor Academy. This was the last time many of our team members will pull on the Sandhill jersey to represent their school in competition...
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Matilda Getting Set for the Stage

The cast of our upcoming school musical ‘Matilda’ were in rehearsals, hard at work practising their blocking, choreography and signing read for what proves to be an exciting show at the end of the school year. This is one of our largest casts in recent years and it’s fantastic to...
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Discussing Determination

Mrs Southwick spoke to students about having determination. Pupils were encouraged to think about the adversity they are experiencing in their life right now, the difficult or unpleasant situations they are facing. They were then encouraged to think about such...
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Setting the SMSC Standard

We are delighted to announce that Sandhill View has been awarded Gold level of the National SMSC Quality Mark.  The external verifier was extremely impressed with the community spirit of Sandhill View and how our core values of  Aspire, Achieve and Enjoy...
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Sandhill Scholars Explore Newcastle University

Year 10 students on our ‘Scholars’ programme attended an exclusive visit to Newcastle University with their counterparts from Southmoor Academy. They spent the day with dedicated student ambassadors and took part in a range of activities including university...
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Celebrating Success

We celebrated our top praise points and attendance stars with certificates for the entirety of our Spring Term handed out in assembly each day. We are glad to report that many of our students earned themselves a certificate for their hard work, punctuality and commitment to...
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Careers in the NHS

Our Year 8 students were given a live performance entitled ‘Why Care?’. The show was a high impact, exciting educational theatre performance that raises awareness of the rewarding world of healthcare in a fun 40-minute interactive experience. As well as, challenge...
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Insight into Design

Mark Rogerson, who is a lecturer at Sunderland University, visited our Graphics classes. Mark is a senior lecturer in Graphic Design and has worked with companies such as Yeo Valley, McDonald’s and Carlsberg. Mark spoke to Year 10 Graphic students all...
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Responsible Recycling for our Eco Drive

Our Eco Team and students from The Bridge Provision were joined by Diane Farrer who represents the ‘Crisp Packet Project’ and has been working with students to turn unwanted crisp packets into insulation blankets. Our students have been working hard to collect the...
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Pupils on the Pitch at The SoL

An amazing opportunity arose for six Sandhill View students to be flag bearers for Sunderland AFC against Rotherham. The lucky six students were chosen because of their outstanding behaviour in school and having over 97% attendance this academic year.   Matthew, Mia, Jaxon,...
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Learning About Alcohol Abuse

Our Year 7 students enjoyed a live performance of the school show ‘Smashed’. The performance and interactive workshop helps pupils understand the facts, causes, and consequences surrounding alcohol misuse and the risks of underage drinking. ‘Smashed’...
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Mental Health Awareness with the NHS

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in demand and need for support for young people. However, there is currently a shortage in provision across the UK – with only one in three children and young people with a diagnosable mental health condition receiving NHS care or...
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Value & Self Worth

We were joined by a representative from Wearside Youth for Christ who spoke to our students about the importance of having self-worth and the value you have as a human being to make positive contributions to the world around you. Having high self-esteem is key to...
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Sportsability

  A small group of Year 7 pupils took part in a ‘Sportsability’ school trip at Silksworth Sports Complex. Students took part in five activities including: skittles, dodgeball, handball, cricket and tennis with each sport engaging them with mini games to test...
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Easter Eggstravaganza 

Well done to all those students who had 100% attendance last week and thus were entered into our weekly attendance competition. The first set of winners of the Easter Eggstravaganza are: James Rollins, Abigail Buck, Katie Belford, Ewan MacDonald, Lacey...
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