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Headteacher's Blog 10 - Friday 17th November 2017

All in the name of charity!...

We’ve had a fun-filled day at the Academy today, all in aid of Children in Need, for which we’ve raised £1145!!…. well done everyone and thank you!!

Numerous activities have taken place during break and lunch (designed to entertain students and humiliate staff!!) including; a male staff leg wax, blind make-up application, wet sponges, a competition to design a Pudsey Minecraft, a Rubik’s Cube challenge, tug of war and a Pudsey ball rolling competition to name just a few!

Today was also a non-uniform day with a voluntary contribution of £1 going towards Children in Need, and students also had the opportunity to buy cupcakes and Pudsey bear biscuits with profits going to Children in Need.

Here are some photos of the day’s activities!


This girl can…and did!

Congratulations to Mrs McGrath who has completed a skydive for the Breast Cancer Haven in Leeds, raising over £1200! We’re proud of you!



Go Team Horbury!

This week our Year 11 netball team played in the Wakefield schools’ tournament and came second! I’ve heard our team were brilliant, as you can see by the following results!... 

  • Horbury Academy 9 - Outwood Grange Academy 8
  • Horbury Academy 11 - City Academy 3
  • Horbury Academy 13 - Ossett Academy 1
  • Horbury Academy 10 - Kings School 3
  • Horbury Academy 13 – Kettlethorpe High School 1
  • Horbury Academy 3 - Wakefield Girls’ High School 8

Well done Samantha Whitworth, Mollie Gilbert, Abigail Collins, Nida Nasir, Tiya Harewood, Isabelle Lindley and Madeleine Dickinson-Brown. 


One slimy update!…

Thank you to Year 7 form groups for entering the LRC’s ‘name the snail’ competition. The winning names, submitted by Holly Brook, were Ant and Dec! Well done Holly Brook…you snailed it (!) and have won your form a big box of biscuits!!



Spooktacular start to our journalism project

Our journalism project has got off to a spook-tacular start with our budding reporters visiting some of Horbury’s most haunted locations!

Students taking part in the BBC School Report scheme decided to investigate the town’s ghostly goings-on as part of a debut video feature called ‘Haunted Horbury,’ and they soon discovered there could be some truth in the terrifying tales of beastly boggarts and ghastly ghouls.

Take a look at their video on our news page here ……if you dare!



Next week, go large at no extra cost!...

Next week, why not try one of our main meal deals and add a large drink at no extra cost?!

For £2.10 you can choose a large milkshake, juice carton or water, along with a tray bake, dessert or fruit and one of the following main meals….


  • Chicken tikka, pea rice, chapatti and broccoli, or
  • Cheese and potato pasty with herb potatoes and sweetcorn


  • Sausage and mash or Quorn sausage and mash with onion gravy, carrots and peas


  • Roast ham and pineapple or vegetable pie with baby potatoes and cauliflower cheese


  • Asian rice box with sticky chicken or vegetable nuggets and either honey and chilli sauce or hoi sin vegetable sauce


  • Battered cod, chunky chips, peas or beans, with bread and butter, or
  • Butterbean and roasted vegetable pasta with mixed salad.


From aspiration to inspiration: our STEM Club journey

Take a look at Mrs Brooks’ news article about our STEM Club, featured on STEM Learning’s website. STEM Learning are hoping our success will inspire other schools to set up a STEM Club of their own - well done Mrs Brooks!



And finally…

Look at these wonderful model cells produced by some of our Year 7 students in Mrs Horner’s science lesson!




You may remember I told you about Lucas Waite winning a competition to spend a morning of tennis coaching with tennis ace, Jamie Murray?! Well I’ve heard Lucas had a fantastic time and did the Academy proud in how he performed on the day - here’s how he got on!