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Headteacher’s Blog 20 - Friday 9th February 2018

“Excellent Attitudes to Learning!”

On Tuesday I was delighted to welcome Mr Swallow (our Academy Improvement Partner) and Mrs Broome (Ossett Academy’s Associate Principal) into Horbury.  Mr Swallow and Mrs Broome visited a range of lessons and undertook break and lunch duties. Their feedback was extremely positive. They stated that staff and students were “welcoming and polite.”  In lessons they felt that students were “ready for learning and keen to demonstrate and apply their knowledge.” Both visitors were struck by the way students managed their behaviour in their free time describing their behaviour around school as evidence of a clear understanding of our rules “we have a mind to be kind, we are safe, we show respect.” 

Thank you to everyone who welcomed our visitors into your classrooms and for your excellent behaviour during break and lunchtime.


World Book Day - Thursday 1st March 2018

With World Book Day fast approaching, we’re working on turning our Restaurant into Harry Potter’s Great Hall and getting our costumes sorted for our 'Guess Who' competition in the LRC!

World Book Day is set to take place on Thursday 1st March and students can come to school dressed as their favourite book character….just bring a copy of the book cover with you on the day to be in with a chance of winning our competition!

There’s no charge for the day - just lots of activities, including; guess the teacher, find the character, Scratch Club animated games and a photo booth …to name just a few.

Be sure to visit our Great Hall to sample one of the following from our Great Feat menu….Ministry of Magic Pasta, Gillyweed Soup with Golden Snitch Rolls, or a Butterbeer Acid Pop, all washed down with some Hogsmeade Fizz! 

We’ll also be launching Usbourne’s Sponsored Read, which will run until the end of March with a prize for the person who has read the most books. Money raised will secure some free books for the LRC so we’ll be asking students for their recommendations!         


Ready to hit the slopes!

Over forty of our intrepid students from Years 10 and 11 will be heading to Sansicario this time next week, for an action packed week of skiing and winter sport activities on the slopes of the Milky Way in Northern Italy! 

I’ve heard there are more complete beginners this year than ever before so I hope they all have a fantastic week, honing their skills and in some cases perhaps developing a lifetime passion for snowy holidays! 

Whilst we’re on the subject of trips…..We’ll shortly be sending out invitation letters for October’s Berlin trip to our current Year 10 students. To secure a place, a deposit of £150 will be required by 1st March - full details about the trip will be sent out next week. 


Say cheeeeese!!!

Next Tuesday our Year 11’s will have their final Academy photos taken!....Doesn’t time fly!! 

I have no doubt that you’ll want to look your best, so remember your full Academy uniform (blazers and shoes) and your lovely smiles! Hopefully, proofs will be available on the day so you can get your orders in quickly! 


Year 8 Options Evening

A little reminder that our Options Evening for Year 8 parents, carers and students is to take place next Thursday from 5.00pm until 7.00pm. Find out more here


Fancy becoming a parent governor?

There’s still time to submit your nominations for our parent governor vacancy on the Local Governing Body (LGB). 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 and return it to the Academy by Wednesday 28th February 2018. We look forward to hearing from you! 


Cineworld update...

Thank you to those who have helped by returning slips and payments early as this is a big help in the administration of the visit. 

For those still to action could I please remind you that the deadline for returning Cineworld slips and payments is Wednesday 14th February. 



Wakefield College’s Open Events

Wakefield College are hosting three school leaver open events as below: 

  • Tuesday 27th February at Wakefield City Campus from 5pm – 7pm
  • Wednesday 20th June at Castleford Campus from 5pm – 7pm
  • Saturday 23rd June at Wakefield City Campus 10am to 1pm 

If you’re interested, you can find out more at 


Children’s Mental Health Week

This week it’s Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week, and the theme ‘Being Ourselves’ invites everyone to come together and celebrate their uniqueness. The week is typically aimed at primary schools but I think their message is important for us all..... 

It can sometimes feel difficult to think of positive things about ourselves and to know what it is exactly that makes us who we are - this is something children and young people can often struggle with too. Understanding that we are all unique, with our own strengths, qualities and interests is very important for our wellbeing. Through having a positive view of ourselves, we can feel better equipped to cope with life’s challenges and make better connections with others. As parents and carers, you play a very important role in helping your children to understand that they are unique. 

Here are a few simple ways you can encourage your children to understand the importance of ‘Being Ourselves’. 

  • Point out your children’s positive qualities: determination, courage, kindness – help them to notice what makes them unique. 
  • Have a chat about the strengths, qualities and interests within your family over dinner, in the car or when you are playing together… it can be fun to notice how we are all different from each other! 
  • Celebrate your efforts with your children. Whether you go for a run, get promoted at work or cook a great meal, sharing your achievements, no matter how big or small, will help your children to recognise their own.

Remember, if you’re worried about your child, you can always talk to us or your GP. 


Mouth-watering menus!

It’s pancake day next Tuesday and as such, we’ll have pancakes on offer at Break for 80p, with one of the following toppings!…

  • syrup and lemon
  • yoghurt and berries, or
  • chocolate and banana.

Then on Wednesday it’s Valentine’s Day when we’ll be serving beef or vegetable cheese burgers in a bun with curly fries, beans, corn or coleslaw, plus a heart muffin, heart biscuit or fruit pot, and water or a cuplet for £1.90!

You’ll also be able to buy a gingerbread heart for £1 or a shortbread heart for 70p….… romantic and delicious!

Remember there are only two days left to collect stamps to get 50p off your Valentine’s meal deal! 



And finally…

Check out this fabulous homework produced by Miss Craig’s and Miss Cheng’s Year 8 Maths Group. They were tasked with researching and presenting Pythagoras’ Theorem and the results speak for themselves!... They had everything from cake, to face paint, to poems! Just look at this by Harry Hibbins!...


Pythagoras’ Theorhyme!

It was a long time ago – over 2,000 years

When a bright Greek guy

Reached new frontiers


This man’s brain was in a tangle

He began to focus on the right angle


When it was part of a three-sided shape

Pythagoras made no mistake…

The side straight opposite – I don’t mean to confuse…

He called this the hypotenuse


You square its length – remember that figure

Pythags’ theorum’s about to get bigger


What about those other two sides?

Hey, don’t panic – here’s Pythag’s guide

Square the lengths of their sides too

Stick them together with mathematical glue


The sum you get – you don’t need any clues…

Is the same as the square of the hypotenuse!


This little theorem ain’t no fake

And just to prove it, I baked a cake!




Our LRC is holding a creative writing competition in honour of World Book Day! Just use your imagination and be as creative as you can! You could even illustrate your stories… or turn them into a comic strip!

There’ll be loads of prizes on offer and we’ve lined up an expert panel of judges, namely…

  • Mr Walmsley
  • Miss Midgley
  • Mrs Tyrell (Academy Reading Volunteer)
  • Leo Jones (Year 7)

Just submit your entries to Mrs Fisher in the LRC by Thursday 1st March and, most importantly, have fun! We’re looking forward to reading your stories!



It was national Safer Internet Day this week, focusing on the relationships that children and young people form online, and exploring ways to ensure that these relationships remain healthy, positive and fulfilling.

Check out this online safety quiz to find out how the internet affects you (and your family’s) day to day life and your friendships online.