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Headteacher's Blog 25 - Friday 8th April

Bright Stars

Congratulations to our Bright Stars students who completed their Literacy Intervention just before Easter.  Their rates of progress are astounding!  Some students’ reading ages improved by a whole year in less than half a term, a fantastic achievement!

As a reward for their hard work students are taken to Rickaro’s Book Shop in Horbury where a lot of fun is had by all choosing and selecting a book to read and keep at home. 

Our Bright Stars reading programme could not take place without the support of our Reading Volunteers.  Their encouragement and commitment to our students is something that we do not take for granted.  If you are interested in training to become a reading volunteer please do not hesitate to contact our SENCO, Mrs Martin.





Sporting Success

Part One: Netball Glory

Prior to the Easter holiday the year 7 netball team went to the annual tournament for Wakefield Schools held at Minsthorpe Academy. 

Whilst Mrs Beaumont had every confidence in the team, they set off already missing their captain (Lucy Walker) due to a broken finger.  They were in a tough group which included Silcoates, Outwood, St Wilfrids and City Academy.

Despite injuries and stern challenge from the other teams, Horbury Academy finished as the winners from their group and made it through to the quarter finals; where we played St Thomas A Beckets, beating them 4 – 2.  A victorious but nervous team went into the semi finals against Wakefield Girls’ High School.

Sadly we lost in the semi final but we are delighted to have been placed 4th out of 20 schools.  “An excellent afternoon of netball again!” said Mrs Beaumont.

Part Two: Fantasy Football Update

The Horbury fantasy football league enters the last 6 weeks with Callum Killian in the lead. He has a 5 point advantage over Tom Lindley as we go into this week’s matches. These two are now over 50 points clear of the rest of the field with previous leader Mr Whiteley dropping off the pace!

Part Three: World Domination - ...Well, Domination Yorkshire Style!

I am always so proud of the achievements of our students both in and outside of the classroom and this week I learnt of two students whose sporting talents have led to their selection for trials with Yorkshire. 

Isabelle Lindley was selected for trials for a county team and I am delighted to say that her trial was successful and she will be representing Yorkshire in June.  Meanwhile we wish Charles Kendall the very best of luck in his trials for Yorkshire County Cricket which take place next week!


Extra-Curricular Activities – New Opportunities

Two new clubs start next week.  The first is Cricket Club which will be on Tuesdays for any boys or girls, in years 7, 8 and 9. 

The second club is Recycled Clothing Club, with arts and crafts as an additional option. Students need to bring in their old jeans and clothing and any fabric they have lying around at home to create a new summer wardrobe!  If parents/carers have any old jeans or fabric they don’t want, please can you contact Mrs Fawcett-Gibson who would love them for art club! 

Headteacher’s Awards

Congratulations to Casey Taylor, Chantel Goddard, Morgan Gilberthorpe, Talia Robinson, Faye Ambler, Charlotte West, Joshua Senior. Emily Kemshall, Daniel Menzer, Katie Wilson and Anam Hussain who all earnt their Headteacher’s Certificates this week.  It was an absolute pleasure to enjoy muffins and juice with such a lovely group of students!



Congratulations to our Hospitality Students!

This week has seen more successful hospitality events, where students as part of their GCSE coursework have had to plan and prepare a three course meal for an event.  I am sure you will agree with me that the students look professional and the food looks delicious!



The Final Countdown

On Wednesday we held our final Pre Public Examination Results Assembly.  This time year 11 spent some time reflecting on the journey that they are on.  We considered the mountain that they have to climb in order to reach the results of their dreams.  Mr Brook reminded us of Cliff Young and Eddie the Eagle – both unlikely sporting heroes.  

Students were also asked to share with us their concerns through an exercise entitled “I wish my teachers knew...” Their answers were a mixture of hilarious jokes and real concerns about how to revise and the stress and pressure that they currently feel they are under.  In response we are devising a special revision programme for students that they will follow in period one sessions.  We have also invited all parents and carers of year 11 students to a meeting on Wednesday 13th April at 6 p.m.  I do hope that you will be able to join us.

We were also reminded of the words of Maro Itoje which I believe are particularly relevant to some of our students -

There comes a time

When a boy becomes a man

When fear turns to bravery

When thoughts must turn to belief

When this belief must turn to action

There comes a time when the time must be taken

There are so few weeks, days and lessons until students face their final exams with us.  In light of this there is no better time for “fear to turn to bravery, thoughts to belief and belief to action