‘The Big Debate’ Milton Keynes Youth Cabinet

Our UNICEF club and Current Affairs club attended the MKYCAB ‘Big Debate’ to discuss a number of topics which students across Milton Keynes voted on including Knife Crime, Votes at 16, climate change and young people and mental health.

Students worked in groups on their chosen topic, looking at a range of different argument. The Knife Crime group were joined by the Metropolitan Police to look at stop and search, whether it is currently used enough or whether it should be used more. The police officers were able to engage in a debate with the students and make them aware that some people feel they are stopped unnecessarily and there is still a need to allow law abiding people to move about freely.

We learnt from Mark Lancaster MP with the Votes at 16 debate that 97% of all data in the world has been published in the last three years and how society might deal with this. Discussion also revolved around the importance of social media groups being required to remove anything offensive from their site and how they need to be responsible about what they publish just as there is a responsibility on newspapers to report accurately.

Students asked whether it was possible to have more traffic lights and it was explained that MK is unique in being the only city where you can travel from one side to the other without traffic lights. It was confirmed that traffic lights slow down traffic so the argument was that roundabouts are more efficient for moving traffic effectively.

Well done to our Hazeley students making speeches with the microphone and getting their voice heard.


English Words of Wisdom

This year, our Year 7’s were gifted a copy of R.J Palacio’s amazing and uplifting novel ‘Wonder’ as a little treat to read over the Summer. 


It all started at Hazeleyfest, where we had a big read before bed (featuring hot chocolate and snacks) – and the students started to discuss what they thought Palacio’s message was. 


Then, during term one, we had lots of opportunities to comment on Auggie’s school experiences, talking about kindness, friendship and what it feels like to be ‘different’. The Year 7’s really impressed us with their mature understanding of disability and the way in which we treat each other. 


particular highlight for the English teachers has been the creation of ‘Precepts for life’, where we got to see the rules that our Year 7’s try their best to live by. Mrs Batson’s display in E4, and Miss Thornton’s display in E3 show just some of our wonderful words of wisdom. 



R.J Palacio’s message: ‘When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind’ has certainly resonated with us – and have meant our Year 7’s are off to a positive, caring start! 


By Mrs Stapleton

Milton Keynes Youth Cabinet and Student Voice

This term all Hazeley students and students across Milton Keynes were involved in a national vote on young peoples’ issues called Make your Mark.

The results showed what students thought were the most important issues to be tackled and which now will be taken up by the Youth Parliament.

Science Year 8 Lessons on Nutrition

This term Year 8 students have been studying food and nutrition in their science lessons.  We have discussed what nutrients our bodies need, which foods contain these nutrients and how they can be combined to form a balanced diet.  Students have looked at food packaging so that they know how to find out what the nutritional content of some of their favourite foods is.  We have also studied what happens when we do not eat a balanced diet, with some very recent news highlighting the consequences of long term malnutrition.


Summer Programme

The MK Youth Faculty and MKYCAB have put together a summer programme with lots of activities in and around MK.  There are some FREE activities and some have a charge.  All you need to do is complete the application form to reserve a space (for most of the activities). Please click here to access the programme

There is hopefully something for everyone to have fun with this summer!

The Milton Keynes Youth Cabinet have set up life skills workshops which includes first aid, make do and mend, personal safety and looking at culture.   There is a variety of courses to help young people learn skills to help them with life!

Any queries or questions please contact me at lmckenzie@thehazeleyacademy.com

Lesley McKenzie

Holistic Education


Year 10 Health and Social Care Trip to HealthTec @ Aylesbury College

Year 10 Health and Social Care Trip to HealthTec @ Aylesbury College

On Friday 21st June we visited HealthTec at Aylesbury Campus.  We began the day by discussing some of the 350 jobs which are available in the NHS and the different routes you can take to become qualified. It was then time for Sarah and Tia to get a taste of being an older adult by wearing a special suit and being assisted in a range of care home scenarios.  One of the most fun parts of the day was in the immersive learning room which was transformed into a nightclub – we had to act out “Dr ABC” until the emergency services (Irene and Hodo) arrived. We ended the day with the “Ward Experience” checking our vital statistics including our oxygen saturation and blood pressure.  Overall we thought it was an educational and fun day.

Year 9 Psychology


Year 9 Psychology students have recently been learning about morals and moral development. In our lessons, we discussed what the term ‘moral’ means and students reflected on their own morals.

We also discussed the ‘Trolley Problem’, which is a famous moral dilemma.

This link explains the ‘Trolley Problem’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOpf6KcWYyw

We were very impressed with the discussion students had in relation to this problem and the reasons behind their answers. Students then went on to learn how children develop morals and the different stages of moral development.


Volunteering at Westbury Arts Centre

Our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers spent another productive day at the Westbury Arts Centre preparing for the show at Camphill by practicing their dance and drama. They also did volunteering by painting the compost bins, planters and weeding the gardens. Well done to all involved.

Volunteering at Hazeley

Volunteering at Hazeley

A group of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers worked at the Westbury Arts Centre in Milton Keynes doing a range of activities to support the centre with their upcoming show. Students cleared weeds, painted fences and tidied areas around the gardens.

The students also had the opportunity to use the stage and to prepare their part in the play being held at Camphill. They began improvising scenes and developing a story line, learning songs and dances to go on the play.


Hazeley Volunteers

Hazeley Volunteers

Well done to our student volunteers for doing a litter pick at 8am! The Current Affairs club are working to improve the environment with a big focus on recycling at Hazeley. They have met with Cucina to look at ways to reduce one use plastics and they have developed a new bin recycling system to be introduced in the canteen September.




Year 7 Wellbeing Drop Down Day

The year 7’s had a wellbeing and life skills session with a range of different activities over the course of the day.  Mr Wright brought into school his rare breed sheep and explained to students about animal welfare. This was followed by educational resources from the RSPCA on animal welfare in farming. We were pleased to welcome Gary, Mike and Paul from the Art of Brilliance who taught our students about different approaches to life, a positive mindset and resilient approaches to the challenges of life ahead.


D-Day 6th June 1944 – 75th Anniversary

Hazeley students will be considering the D-Day commemorations at form time with the presentation in the link below. The presentation shows the key details about the events on 6 June 1944, the landing beaches and includes the question students often ask as to what the ‘D’ in D-Day stands for. Students will be given the opportunity to discuss the role and morality of war and why we remember significant events in history.


Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers

Some of our year 9 volunteers who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award, took part in a joint project with residents from Camphill who create a living and working community for adults with learning disabilities.

Our students and Camphill residents potted up herbs to sell to raise money for local charities. They worked together in the Hazeley polytunnel and created some beautiful displays.

World Autism Awareness Day

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured‘. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity. Autism is a spectrum condition and all autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilitiesmental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.

At Hazeley we arranged a number of events to celebrate and raise awareness of autism including a bake sale, fundraising selling hand-made ribbons (thank you to Jackie, Hazel and Sinead for organising this) and form time sessions for students to learn more about how to support the diversity of people in our society.


History Year 7 Castles Trip

History year 7 castles trip

In the first term year 7 students explore and investigate the medieval period including environmental factors that had an impact on daily lives. As part of this study our students visit Warwick Castle originally a wooden fort, built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. Following the visit students completed a homework project which results in an eclectic mix of work such as the building of impressive structures, the baking of impressive forts and the thoughtfulness of written pieces.

The department is always impressed by the hard work and determination which is shown by these students and it helps us to reflect upon the impact which this unit of learning has. The sense of togetherness and collective achievement shown in the students when they present their work is exceptional. The pride they show in their efforts is inspirational, and the commitment to their learning and development is refreshing to see.

The confidence which the students show in presenting their work shows that they do not only gain an understanding of how society was shaped in a previous time, but also an appreciation for the social skills required to demonstrate their work effectively. In presentation-based projects we often hear students talk about the cultural shifts in these historic environments, moving from defence-focus to one of greater luxury. Interestingly, this year students have broadened their scope by requesting to focus their research on non-British castles, including Eastern-European and Asian castles. The pride and effort shown by our students has been excellent to see, and it is wonderful to see them reflect our cultural values here at the Hazeley Academy.