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Headteacher’s Blog 14 - Friday 15th December 2017

Never mind Rudolph….

It’s students that have been taking over the reins this week (!), with a group from each year delivering their own assemblies! Topics were varied, ranging from mental health and anti-bullying to charity fundraising and enterprise! Each assembly was delivered confidently and professionally - well done to everyone who took part!



Relationships and sexual health

Thank you to Spectrum Community Health who visited the Academy today to talk to our Year 10 students about relationships and sexual health.

The session was both informing and engaging and got students to think about relationships, risk, contraception, sexual behaviour, sexual health and substance misuse.

Further information can be found on their website at


Head of Year 7 - message from Miss Gibbs

As the Christmas break and the end of the first full term quickly draws nearer, I wanted to share how pleased I have been with how the vast majority of Year 7 students have settled in well to their new routines here at Horbury Academy.

So many students have engaged in activities, displayed excellent attitudes towards learning in the classroom and been wonderful members of Team Year 7. As Acting Head of Year I have been ever so proud to see students receiving their Bronze and Silver certificates and badges, accompany students on trips and visits and see students raise money for charities, deliver assemblies and fully embrace everything Horbury has to offer.

The time has now come for me to pass on the privileged role of Head of Year 7 to Mrs Gough, who will be in post when we return on Monday 8th January 2018. Many of you as parents and carers will already have met Mrs Gough at one or more of the Year 7 events or spoken with her on the phone. I will still be involved with the year group and intend to join them all on their trip to Ypres in July, which record numbers of the year group are on.

I wish you all a merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.


Books make prizes!

Our LRC is challenging students to read a series of 12 books, after which they can collect a stamp and a prize. Year 7’s Lily Tate was the first to complete the challenge, receiving her stamp and a £5 book voucher and she’s now on with the next challenge – well done Lily!


First Lego League

Ten of our STEM Club students competed in the regional heats for the First Lego League this week for which they had built, programmed and tested a robot to complete missions with Lego pieces! Despite not returning to the Academy with any prizes in tow, a fun day was had by all…in fact, they're already looking forward to the competition next year, thinking about how they can improve and bring back some trophies! Well done Team STEM, I’ve heard you showed great team spirit and resilience!



Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who have received Bronze Awards this week; Rohaan Khan, Kyan Denton, Tobias Murphy, Ella Hodson, Amelia Miller, Isabelle Cameron-Edwards, Tyler Alder, Emma Hudders, Austin Jones, Rebekah Hicking, Iris Rodriguez, Kyra Derrick, Georgia Field, Usman Khan, Callum Stockill, Declan Costello, Madison Hall, Hollie Bradbury, Caitlin Stanley and Madison Riley.



Getting into the Christmas spirit!

There’s still time to reserve your seat for Horbury’s Got Christmas Talent which takes place next Tuesday if you fancy joining us and getting into the Christmas spirit!

Families are welcome to join us from 6.30pm for a hot drink and a homemade mince pie or Christmas gingerbread, in advance of the show, which begins at 7pm.

Seats are available for students to reserve at Student Support. Entry is free, however, there will be a charity collection during the evening and the money raised will be donated to Wakefield Hospice. 

We hope to see you there!



Nicole’s through to the national finals!...

You may remember the success of Nicole Hirst, now in Year 9, who reached the Teen Tech finals in London with her STEM project to help Narcolepsy sufferers stay safe in the car. Well, we’ve just been informed that she has been shortlisted for the Big Bang Final’s UK Young Engineer of the Year 2018 Award! The final is set to take place at the NEC in Birmingham next March!

Nicole will present her project over three days to VIPs, celebrities, royalty, companies, schools and the public and will be up against similar STEM and Engineering projects from other schools! This is an amazing achievement for both Nicole and the Academy and shows what a role model she truly is. We’re extremely proud of you, Nicole! I’m looking forward to finding out what the future holds for you and your wonderful invention!



On a serious note…

West Yorkshire Police have made us aware of an explicit video involving a child, which has been distributed via social media. This is currently under investigation by Hampshire Constabulary and has been in the news in recent weeks.

If your child has received this explicit video on Snapchat, Instagram or by any other means you must delete it immediately.

If you show this video to someone else or forward it on to other people you could be committing a criminal offence, which the police may investigate.

The people in the video have been identified and specialist police officers are supporting them to ensure their safety.

If you have any concerns about the safety of your children online or would like to know more, support and advice for children and parents available at


Staying safe this Christmas

West Yorkshire Police will be sharing messages around child sexual exploitation over Christmas, aimed at young people and parents. These messages will offer advice on staying safe online and at parties over the festive period. To find out more, follow them on Facebook and Twitter


Dates for your diary

Here are some upcoming dates for your diary…

Tuesday 19th December – Rewards trip to Meadowhall for eligible Year 11 students

Tuesday 19th December – Horbury’s Got Christmas Talent

Wednesday 20th December – Whole Academy Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day! On Wednesday 20th December, if students make a donation of £1.00 they can attend the Academy in a Christmas Jumper (and jeans, trainers or other suitable attire).  Please do not panic if your child does not have a Christmas Jumper, there is no need to spend this weekend scouring the shops looking for one!  Students will be allowed to wear red/green clothing or a Christmas themed accessory instead.  However, they will need their 5-A-Day as usual!

Thursday 21st December – Students need to attend in full Academy uniform. Academy closes to students at 12.10pm. Students who receive a free school meal will be able to purchase their meal at break time. Unfortunately, there will be no school buses at 12.10pm

Friday 22nd December – Inset Day: Academy closed to students

Monday 8th January – All students, in all year groups, are expected to return to the Academy as usual.  Please remember, full uniform will be required – this includes NO facial piercings or extreme hair styles or colouring.  Students not adhering to our uniform expectations will be asked to change into our supply of uniform or placed in Isolation.


Lunchtime offerings next week…

Here’s our delicious lunch menu for next week!...


  • Southern crispy chicken or veggie crisp bakes in a bun with seasoned fries for £1.90, or £2.10 with the addition of a fruit juice cuplet or water and donut or fruit.


Come along to Santa’s Café at lunchtime for a choice of…

  • Sausage, beans and mash
  • Beef burger in a bun
  • Quorn sausage and onion baguette
  • Hot turkey bun
  • Veggie chilli taco and shredded salad

All for £1.90, or £2.10 with the addition of a fruit juice cuplet or water, rice pudding and chocolate biscuit, fruit or a tray bake.


Remember it’s the whole Academy Christmas lunch on Wednesday! Students who wish to order a Christmas dinner should let their form tutor know, if they haven’t already done so. The cost is £2.10 and this will be deducted from the accounts of those who have opted for a dinner as they go through the till on the day – this means if they haven’t ordered a Christmas dinner in advance, they can still decide to have one on the day. Students eligible for free school meals will receive their Christmas meal as normal, at no cost.


And finally…

Mr Barnes’ science class received a tasty treat yesterday after Matthew Loynes successfully completed a challenge set by Mitchell Kattenburg’s dad to learn and perform the Periodic Table of Elements Song by Tom Lehrer! Mitchell’s dad stuck to his word and provided Krispy Kreme donuts for the whole class!




It seems we have a badminton superstar in our midst as Year 9’s Lucy Walker defeated her opponents once again at the Under 16’s Yorkshire Championships in York at the weekend! Lucy won in the singles, doubles and mixed categories, making her the best under 16 badminton player in Yorkshire in each category! We’re very proud of you Lucy!



Take a look at this fractal Christmas tree produced by Miss Tyrrell’s Year 7 maths class! The three bases were made out of 22 cubes each, with the tree being made from triangular based pyramids - 256 in total! Great work everyone… I’ve heard you even found time to design a pool for Kim and Kanye, investigating the prices in relation to volume and surface area and to look at some GCSE level problems in lesson!