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Headteacher's Blog 24 - Friday 16th March 2018

Horbury Academy does Cineworld!

Cineworld was packed full of beaming faces this morning when we visited for our annual rewards trip!

Almost 90% of students were invited to Cineworld this year, with invitations awarded to those who have demonstrated a good Attitude to Learning in recent progress checks, together with exemplary behaviour this Academic year.

As you can see, a fabulous time was had by all!...



Year 11 Parents’ Information Evening

Thank you to all the Year 11 parents and carers who attended Wednesday’s Parents’ Information Evening. We appreciate not everyone was able to attend and have therefore uploaded the resources used on the evening to our website here.


Sports Relief – Friday 23rd March

Remember, we’ll be supporting Sports Relief next Friday with a series of competitions at lunchtime, testing strength, flexibility, power and co-ordination, at a cost of 50p per test, or £1 for all four.

We’ll also have a bake sale, dodgeball play offs during PE lessons, and we’ll be visited by two Castleford Tigers coaches who will be coaching girls’ rugby for the day!

Students are to attend in full Academy uniform, as usual.



Introducing our new Parent Governor

Following a ballot, we are pleased to welcome Helen Pidcock as our new Parent Governor on the Local Governing Body of the Academy. We’re glad to have you on board, Helen!


British Science Week

Students have had a blast celebrating British Science Week this week! Year 7 have been using forensics to solve a mysterious crime, Year 8 were debating plastics, as plastic straws could soon be banned, Year 9 were problem solving the cliff-hanger from the classic movie ‘The Italian Job’, and Years 10 and 11 were looking at some of the weird and wonderful careers that need a scientific background! Year 9’s solutions will be judged next week so keep your eyes on the blog where the winners will be announced! 

Go Higher West Yorkshire

Go Higher West Yorkshire have produced a guide for parents and carers to help young people to access and prepare for higher education. This booklet, which has gone to Years 9 and 10 this week, can be found here.


A busy week for our school reporters!

Yesterday, our BBC School Reporters attended a News Day event at Salford’s MediaCityUK where they discovered how to identify real news, use smartphones to make the news, and how to pursue a career in the media. They also enjoyed a tour of the studios where a range of programmes, including Newsround, are made!

The trip coincides with the publication of their new video news feature, for which they decided to investigate the issue of road safety on the school run, after it emerged that almost a classroom full of children are killed every week on the UK’s roads.

As if that wasn’t enough, a feature on the work the reporters have been doing since September has also been published in the Wakefield Express today!

Well done to our school reporters; Jemima Murray, Christian Conolly, Max Drew and Harvey Walker….fabulous work!



Rebranding Ossett Academy’s Sixth Form

Twelve of our Year 10 students visited Ossett Academy this week to discuss the rebranding of their Sixth Form. These students are now going to speak to their forms to discuss the ideas raised and will feedback to Jonathan Clarkson, Assistant Principal (Director of Sixth Form) at Ossett Academy, over the next few weeks. Jonathan emailed to say they were some of the most pleasant and well behaved students he had ever had the pleasure of dealing with and that they were a real credit to Horbury Academy! This fabulous feedback was directed towards Emily Crookes, Casey Osborne, Archie Mccort, Elanor Ineson, Helen Butler, Izzy Lindley, Will Asberry, Rachel Feather, Mary Murphy, Holly Punton, Samantha Whitworth and Ben Moorhouse…well done to you all!



UKMT Team Maths Challenge!

Four students visited Lawnswood School in Leeds with Mrs Kaur this week to take part in the UKMT Team Maths Challenge! Our team, which was made up of Millie Williamson, Matthew Duncan, Adam Favager and Oliver Hamilton, competed against 24 other schools and finished a very respectable 10th place! Well done!


National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.

This year’s National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day is set to take place on Sunday. It aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children. Find out more here.


Tickets on sale for High School Musical!

Tickets are still available for our production of High School Musical, to take place at 7pm on 27th, 28th and 29th March…find out how to get yours here! Hope to see you there!



Read an EGG-cellent book lately?...

…Then why not bring your favourite character to life by joining the LRC Decorate an Egg Competition?! Just hand your creations to Mrs Fisher by Monday 26th March to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

Whilst I’m on the subject of books, remember we’re running Usbourne’s Sponsored Read until the end of March, with a prize for the person who has read the most books! Just visit Mrs Fisher in the LRC for a sponsorship form. Money raised will secure some free books for the LRC so get thinking about your recommendations!

Oh and don’t forget, students in the LRC are still collecting used postage stamps for charity. If you have any to donate, you’ll find a collection box on the desk in the LRC. Once they’ve built up a collection, students will be passing them on to the local resident collecting them in Horbury Library to give to charity!



Young Engineer of the Year 2018

Nicole Hirst, Mrs Hirst and Mrs Brooks had an exciting few days this week at Birmingham’s NEC for the Big Bang Final where – wait for it…..Nicole picked up an award for Runner-up Young Engineer of the Year 2018!!!

As well as a trophy and certificate, Nicole was presented with £250, which she will put towards her branding and prototype! We’re immensely proud Nicole, well done!!



Success at the Leeds Sports Awards for Dan!

A huge well done to our very own Dan Rigby who achieved Highly Commended in the Young Disability Sportsperson category at the Leeds Sports Awards!


Our netball success continues!!

Another week, another victory for our netball teams who defeated Ossett Academy this week, with the following results!....Year 7 won 6 – 2, Year 8 won 18 – 5 and Year 9 won 16 – 2! Go Team Horbury!


Mouth-watering menus!

The Easter bunny has arrived early at Horbury Academy and it looks good enough to eat!....

Our Catering Team have been busy decorating Easter bunny cookies, which will be on sale over lunch time for the next two weeks, priced at 90p, with profits going to Sports Relief. They’ll also be offering the following treats as part of a meal deal next week….chocolate egg muffin, date and lemon nests, yoghurt and oat bunnies, raspberry Easter cake and flapjack chicks!


Dates for your diary

Here are a few upcoming dates for your diary….

  • Thursday 22nd March: Year 7 Parents’ Evening
  • Friday 23rd March: Sports Relief
  • Tuesday 27th March: Academy production of High School Musical
  • Wednesday 28th March: Academy production of High School Musical
  • Thursday 29th March: Academy production of High School Musical
  • Thursday 29th March: World Book Day
  • Friday 30th March: Bank Holiday


And finally…

Well done Matthew Duncan and Nathan Byford who have been learning how to do pewter casting in their Product Design lesson.  Miss Penny tells me you’ve both worked brilliantly at home and independently used your new skill to create a pewter casting (apparently quite a tricky task!) for your Mums for Mother’s Day! How wonderful!



Congratulations to Will Gascoigne who has been selected for the North East of England U13 Boys Hockey Squad to compete in the Just Sardinia UK U13 Boys’ Regional Championship in Nottingham, taking place from 15th to 17th June! Good luck Will!



Well done to Mauritius form who received their “chocolate feast” reward from Mr Lloyd yesterday for being the first form to return all their consents and payments for Cineworld….save some for me! :)