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Sixth formers serve up Christmas tea for local care homes

teaSTUDENTS have used an annual Christmas party for elderly neighbours of their Middlesbrough school to develop their business acumen.

Every year The King’s Academy welcomes residents of local care and residential homes for an afternoon of entertainment and a special tea.

Some of the academy’s top performers sing, act and dance in a programme put on specially for the guests.

The popular event also proved to be an educational experience this year for students taking double BTEC business, who took on the responsibility of sourcing party items, managing the catering and communicating with the care homes.

Jake Maclean, 16, said:

We have to do a real business project so we chose the Christmas party because a lot of work has to go into organising it.”

Zakar Hussain, 16, added:

It’s been fantastic. The guests seem to have had a good time and everything has gone smoothly.”

azeem-akhtarThe afternoon tea of mini savoury pastries, scones, cake, bitesize tarts, fairy cakes, mini mince pies and macaroons was produced by the academy kitchen, led by head of food Barbara Wilberforce.

Sixth form students also served tea, coffee and juices to the 90 guests from Stainton Way, The Gables, Normanby Court, Tollesby Hall, Dalby Court, Kirkley Lodge and Fountains Court, and their friends, family and staff.

The party was again hosted by head of drama Eddie Jones who introduced performances by the cast of Alice in Wonderland Jnr, a drama group, the academy choir, Year 12 musicians, contemporary and tap dancers, pianist Azeem Akhtar and solo singers Megan Wilson and Jack Duffield.

Guest Joe Nolan said:

I came last year and it was fantastic. The boys and girls work together marvellously and I really enjoy the music.”

Molly Thorpe, who was served by hearing impaired student Aisha Rasool, said:

This is the fourth time I’ve been. I come with my friend and we really enjoy it. Everything that happens here is lovely.”

Aisha, who at 15 is the youngest student to serve the guests and has to be accompanied by a signer, added:

I love helping people, it’s my passion. I like to get involved and it’s great how everyone comes together at Christmas.”

Cashless comes to King’s in 2018

From Monday 22 January 2018, The King’s Academy will become a cashless school.  This means:

  • ParentPay, the online payments system, will be the default method by which payments are made by parents to the academy, including for school meals, trips and educational resources. ParentPay is used by thousands of schools across the UK and is accessible twenty four hours a day seven days a week from your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
  • The finance office will no longer be able to receive cash payments, nor offer change to students.
  • The cash loading machines which students use to add value to their meals accounts will no longer be able to accept payments. Students will continue to be able to check balances.

All parents have been issued with activation details for their ParentPay account.  If you require these details to be sent to you again please contact Mrs Marley in the school office by telephone on 01642 577 577 or by e-mail to  Information on how to use ParentPay can be found in the Parents section of the website and at

We recognise that this change may be problematic for a very small number of our families and wish to ensure that they are supported through the change.  If this affects you and you have not yet contacted the finance office to discuss alternative options please do so as soon as possible (please select option 4 after dialling the main academy switchboard on 01642 577 577).  Parents and/ or carers who have already been in touch will be contacted early in the New Year with details of the agreed arrangements.