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Headteacher's Blog 11 - Friday 25th November

Spot Light on Design and Technology 

Year 8 have been designing and making cushions on the theme of a culture of their choice. Students made printing blocks based on iconic images from their chosen culture, learning about pattern and different decorative techniques which they have applied to their patches. Part of the project was to learn how to use a sewing machine; this allowed them to put the cushion together in a professional way. The standard of products was exceptionally high. All students have been really proud of their work and excited to take the cushions home. A huge well done to year 8 it has been a fantastic project, thank you.



Sporting Success – Netball and beyond!

As always our netball teams continue to excel under the superb coaching of Mrs Beaumont. I am proud to share with you the following results – Against Freeston on the 17th November our year 8 team won 11 – 8. Both our Year 7 teams also secured victory against Freeston with scores of 5-1 and 3 -1.

This week we took on Cathedral Academy and triumphed! Year 8 achieved an unbelievable score of 21-nil, and again both our Year 7 teams won with scores of 10 – 1 and 4 – 0. Well done to all, and look out for next week’s blog when I shall post some pictures of the netball teams in action! 

What about our football teams?! 

Last week seven, Year 7 boys went to Minsthorpe to take part in an outdoor 5-a-side competition. Unfortunately they didn’t progress past the group stage but were up in a very tough group with two other sides who both made the semi-finals.

Their coach, Mr Barnes told me “It was the first time the seven had played in a team together but you couldn’t tell as they communicated well and passed the ball around nicely. They didn’t criticise when somebody made a mistake and encouraged each other throughout.  Hopefully they will use this experience to build on future successes.”

This week our Year 9 football team took part in the Year 9 Boys’ Wakefield Schools’ 5-A-Side Competition.

The year 9 boys’ squad of Dan Flooks, Cameron Goode, Brad Ball, Brooke Slater, Josh Cameron-Edwards, Seb Polowianuk and Josh Perkis competed against 19 other teams in the 5-A-Side competition which took place at Minsthorpe Academy.

Drawn in a group which contained teams from Kings, Castleford, Hemsworth and Kettlethorpe, the boys emerged with two wins, a draw and a defeat to secure a quarter final against Crofton. Despite going a goal behind early on, goals from Josh Perkis and Cameron Goode looked to have secured a semi-final slot but a last second equaliser took the game to sudden death penalities. Brad Ball slotted home in response to Crofton’s first penalty and then a save by Brooke Slater gave Seb Polowianuk the chance to put Horbury through which he duly took, sending the keeper the wrong way.

Their coach Mr Walton reported to me, “A semi-final against Minsthorpe was comfortably won 2-0, with Dan Flooks and Brad Ball scoring to set up a final against a very strong St Wilfred’s side. An excellent breakaway goal was the only score in the final and the boys had to be satisfied with runners-up medals… but on a seriously chilly day it was an excellent evening’s work!”

Congratulations to all our students who participate in our varied sporting activities – you make us very proud! 

Silver Award for STEM Club!

Congratulations also go (again!) to our STEM club who received the exciting news that we are now accredited with a Silver Award from the TeenTech Centre of Excellence. This is to recognise and celebrate “schools who we believe go the extra mile in encouraging their students to develop valuable skills which may not be formally recognised by Ofsted but which are of very real value. We are awarding Silver or Gold status to schools that operate in this way. They will become TeenTech Centres of Innovation and Creativity” 

Term Dates 2017-18 

You may have noticed that we have finally published Wakefield’s school calendar for next year. The delay in publicising this is due to the fact that this year Wakefield Council has consulted with stakeholders about which dates to adopt for half terms, Christmas and Easter. The approved calendar, which we will be adopting, is accessed on the Wakefield Council website and via our main Academy website.

Please consult the calendar when planning your holidays. It is different to the Leeds’ school holiday calendar and other neighbouring authorities’ calendars. 

What would you like in your “Year Book”?

Was the question Year 7 were asked last week by the Yew Tree Theatre Company. Students watched a thought provoking performance and took part in a workshop which was designed to encourage them to challenge negative peer pressure. Miss Booth, Head of Year, told me “It made the students think about the impact negative choices like drinking or smoking can have on a person, not only in the short term but also in the long term.”



Anti-Bullying Week

As well as focussing on raising money for Children in Need last week launched our annual Anti-Bullying Week. Mrs Jones shared a highly emotive assembly and during period one students have been designing anti-bullying campaigns which will be developed by our Student Leadership Group at our MAT Student Leadership Conference.

Please – if you are worried about your child or their friend report it. The Academy will do what we can to support you. Our updated Anti-Bullying Policy can be found via our main web



And finally …

A big thank you to every parent, carer, student and member of staff who gave so generously last week as we raised money for Children in Need. I am delighted to share with you that we raised £1,416.79 beating last year’s total of £1090.67! Interestingly aside from wearing non-uniform our most popular fund raisers were the tombola and bottle flipping!