M's story

"I came to Cedars in as a pupil in Year 2. I found it hard to socialise with my peers and didn't like my teachers. I always had an interest in sport and started to attend Gateshead Kestrel Clubs, first as a participant and then as a young leader. I was given the opportunity to take part in national competitions and nationally-recognised leadership programmes. Doing this helped me to mature, gain confidence in myself, feel comfortable when talking to different groups of people, and have a more positive attitude and outlook.

I am now an apprentice teaching assistant within the PE Department at Cedars Academy. I have a number of roles including swimming assessment across all key stages, equipment manager and I assist in various subjects across the curriculum. I also volunteer at Kestrel Clubs 5 nights per week and attend regional and national competitions as support staff. I am a proud member of the KITEs and take a lead role in planning different events and excursions for the group to attend and I currently captain Gateshead Kestrels FC.

Cedars has played a huge role in my personal development and I take great satisfaction in being able to pass on my experience to the students of today.”

L’s story

My Cedars Adventure:

"I started attending Cedars Academy when I was two and a half years old. Throughout the years, Cedars have helped me improve my confidence, motivation and ambition to achieve my goals.

There was a time when I hated school, and I wouldn’t listen to the advice that the teachers gave me. I wouldn’t let them impart their wisdom or knowledge, as I chose to disregard their work and effort. 

Those times have changed and all because of the inspirational advice from many of my teachers. Cedars has had a significant impact on my life and transformed me into a mature man.  Cedars School helped me realise my full potential.

In the last couple of years I have studied and worked hard; and can proudly say I have done my best. In Year 11 I received my GCSE Results which I was delighted with. I received a grade A in Physics and Mathematics, grade B in Physical Education and Combined Science, a grade C in Religious Studies and Art & Design and a grade D in English. As well as my GCSEs I also gained 3 passes in Level 2 qualifications.

I wouldn’t have achieved these if it wasn’t for the support from the teaching staff. I would like to thank each member of the staff, especially Mr Flowers who supported me through both, my Physics and Mathematics course. He was always there for me if I needed support, and I am grateful for that.

My Current Career Adventure:

I’m currently at Newcastle Sixth Form College studying A Level Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

My ambition is to receive A and B grades in my A Levels and then move onto a degree in Theoretical or Astrophysics at one of the leading Russell Group Universities.

After that my plan is to go into research or teaching in Physics – or maybe one day work for NASA’s research department."

S's Story

I started Cedars around the age of 4. From growing up, I just remember having zero confidence in myself and always crying at the little of things, even when teachers used to say my name I would cry my eyes out. I remember getting into sports with Kestrels when I was 10 years old and really have not looked back since! Going to compete at the Mini Games and doing all sorts of sports and loving every single second of it. Thanks to Mrs Neale who encouraged me back then! And now 9 years later I am an international athlete!

After leaving Cedars three and a half years ago, I went to Gateshead College Academy for Sport to study BTEC Sport. I started at Level 2 and received a Distinction before going on to do the Level 3 diploma where I left with overall Distinction Merit and with 200 UCAS Points! 

I am now an Apprentice TA at Cedars Academy, learning lots and helping other young children develop and progress. Fantastic!