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Headteacher's Blog 19 - Friday 2nd February 2018

Assemblies with a difference…

We’ve had some interesting assemblies this week, as you’ll see from the below…. 

  • Years 7 and 9 had a Careers Information Advice and Guidance assembly, looking at post-16 pathways, as well as where to go for support and advice, within and outside of the Academy. 
  • The Direct Marketing Challenge was launched to Year 8 in an assembly this week. This is a regional enterprise competition between Wakefield schools, culminating in a final to take place at the National Coal Mining Museum in the Spring Term. Over the next two months, students will engage in enterprise lessons and budding entrepreneurs will be chosen to represent the Academy at the final! 
  • Years 10 and 11 had a visit from the National Citizen Service, who discussed opportunities to enrich experience and skills on leaving the Academy after their GCSEs. 
  • The National Apprenticeship Service also introduced Year 11 to apprenticeships, explaining what they involve, how to apply and what types of opportunities are available.


Exams are on the horizon…

With only a month to go until the Pre-Public Exams, we’ve released the exam timetable which can be found here. These exams are for Year 11 students, with the exception of English Language, which is for all Year 10 students, plus any Year 11 students resitting this exam.

The timetable for all GCSE exams, taking place in the Summer Term, is also available here, and a personalised timetable will be handed to students in March. Those studying French or Spanish will also have a Speaking exam during week commencing 30th April – we’ll confirm these dates with you shortly.

Year 11 parents will also be receiving an invitation to a meeting, taking place on Wednesday 14th March, to launch the countdown to the GCSEs…so keep an eye out for further information!

In the meantime, here are some useful tips on how to help your child to cope with exam stress.


Cineworld update...

We’ve already had a fantastic response to last week’s invitations, with over 400 students already signed up to join us at Cineworld on the morning of Friday 16th March!

As mentioned last week, our preferred method of payment is via the online system. We would also appreciate your ongoing support in ensuring that the reply slips are returned after online payments have been made as these confirm parental consent and provide contact and medical information, which are important to ensure student safety.

To help remind students to return consents promptly, Mr Lloyd has organised a “Chocolate Challenge” with the first form returning all of their completed reply slips set to win a feast of chocolate to share!! (n.b. alternatives treats will be provided for students with special dietary needs)!



Fancy becoming a parent governor?

Next week, students will be bringing home letters about a parent governor vacancy on the Local Governing Body (LGB) of the Academy. No special qualifications are needed - the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the Academy and be prepared to play an active part in the LGB’s work.

If you’re interested, you can nominate yourself or, with their permission, another parent with a child at the Academy.... Simply complete the nomination form, once you’ve received it, and return it to the Academy by Wednesday 28th February 2018. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!


Year 10’s sit national Intermediate Maths Challenge!

Yesterday, 65 of Year 10’s mathematicians sat the Intermediate Maths Challenge, organised by the UK Maths Trust. This national maths test is designed to stimulate an interest in maths in large numbers of students. 

The test, which is taken nationwide on the same day, is assessed by the Maths Trust who provide participants with a gold, silver or bronze certificate. The most successful students are then invited to enter the follow-on rounds at a later date….good luck with your results everyone!


Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who have received Bronze Awards this week; Sophie Mulley, Lewis Richardson, Martha Firth, Jake Johnson, Julia Wierzbicka, Charlie Hilton, Jacob Riley, Corey Fawcett, Holly Ambler, Jacob Pitchforth, Zachary Scholefield, Ella Boote, Sophie Mulley, Holly Punton, Kayanat Ahmed, Alyssa Hodson, Lucy Tait, Caitlan Wigglesworth, Talia Robinson, Bethany Walker, Rebecca Lister, Amber Roberts, Mary Gibson, Connor Noble, Melissa Bragan, Kobe Poching, Lucas Waite, Chloe Bosah, Luke McGrath, Casey Taylor, Melissa Lawson, Shamus Harrison, Samantha Kirk, Nicole Stones, Aaron Daley, Leah Firth, Connor Rigby, Grace Crowther, Nida Nasir, Safa Khan and Stephanie Najafov.



Stunning Silver!

This week I also got to present Silver Awards to Eden-Billi Leveridge, Olivia Adair and Amy Lou Roberts.             



Glorious Gold!

Congratulations to Olivia Oldroyd who received her Gold Award this week!



Valentine’s Day lunch offer…

On Monday you’ll be able to pick up a Valentine’s Day stamp card from our Restaurant and each time you buy a main meal, you’ll receive a stamp….collect seven stamps (one per meal deal) and you’ll get 50p off your meal deal on Valentine’s Day!



And finally…

Well done to Lucy Walker who was part of the Under 18 Yorkshire Team that finished second in an eight county tournament held in York recently!

The Railway Institute Octagonal (RIO) Tournament is seen as a warm up to the highlight of the junior badminton season, when all counties in England take part in the Inter County Tournament (ICT), which is held over four days in April. It’s a great opportunity for all junior county players to participate against the best in the country and Lucy has been selected to take part in this prestigious event! I’m already looking forward to hearing how you get on, Lucy!




Well done to our Year 7 and 8 netball teams for their astonishing victories over Wakefield City Academy this week! Year 7 won 13 – 0 and Year 8 won 22 – 0! Congratulations to both players of the match; Georgina Slade and Alice Waters!