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Headteacher’s Blog 27 – Friday 28th April 2017

Netball champions of Wakefield schools!...

Our Year 7 and 8 netball teams played at the Wakefield Schools Netball Finals on Tuesday night - in the hail and rain I might add! They went as winners of the Wakefield league and had to play against the second and first from the Pontefract and Castleford League. Here comes the exciting bit (if the title didn’t give it away!?!)…

Year 7 played Castleford and won 5 – 2, then played St Wilfrids in the final and won 4 – 3!

Year 8 played Kings and won 7 – 4, then played Castleford in the final and won 9 – 3!

This means both teams are champions of Wakefield Schools! Also, our Year 8 team has been selected to represent Wakefield Netball at the West Yorkshire Schools Tournament in September!

Thank you to Nida Nasir who was a brilliant coach/umpire on the night and a huge well done to our team members who should all feel very proud of themselves!

Year 7 team - Alice Waters, Sophie Clucas, Ruby Pert, Georgia Field, Leona Tipping, Emily Hall, Jane Chambers, Marina Nasir, Emma Cheverton, Bella Haigh and Beth Critchitt.

Year 8 team - Cathy Chambers. Caitlin McGrath, Ella Craven, Charlotte Woodhouse, Ella Cove Mullins, Leah Pearman and Ashleigh Jones!

Last night our Year 10 netball team also played in the finals. They played Kings and won 10 - 1, and met Outwood in the final. The game was cut short due to heavy rain and they lost 5 - 8, but finished as runners up! What a great week for our netball teams to finish the season!


Exams are on the horizon…

Students have now received their individual GCSE exams timetable and the full version is available here.

We all know exams can be a challenging part of school life so here’s some advice on how to help your loved ones (or yourself!) to manage exam stress.

We’ve also put some advice on nutrition for exam days in Year 11 form folders this week and I’ve delivered a series of assemblies around health and wellbeing which have been well received.

Speaking of mental health, we’ve also signed up to the national Heads Together campaign which aims to eliminate stigma and change the conversation on mental health so that more people can get the help they need. If you’re interested, here’s how you can get involved.


Year 10 Pontefract New College Taster Day

Students and staff alike had a great day at Pontefract New College at the end of last term.

The idea behind the day was that students considering New College as a post-16 option (or those wanting to know more about a sixth form college) could experience the college first hand before making their important choices early in Year 11.

Students took part in four subject sessions and had the opportunity to consider different career options available and the steps to take to achieve them.

The day was a big success and has hopefully helped students to start to form ideas about where they want to be when they leave Horbury Academy.

 PiXL English and Maths Conferences

Our Year 11 English and Maths students were lucky enough to attend the PiXL English and Maths conferences in Harrogate this week.

In total over 4,000 students from schools across Yorkshire gathered together to look at key skills and some particularly tricky questions from the forthcoming Maths and English 9-1 examinations.

The motivational speaker, David McQueen, was really enthusiastic and the pupils were left motivated and eager to achieve their potential – there was a real buzz in the air….

As ever our students were impeccably behaved, positive and participated with real enthusiasm. Good luck to all of our students sitting their examinations in a few weeks’ time!



Unfortunately, in recent weeks, late arrivals have increased dramatically.

Could I gently remind you that the Academy day begins at 8.30am and all students are expected to not just be onsite at this time, but in period one. Any student arriving after 8.30am will be given an “L” code, meaning they have arrived late but before the registers have closed. Two “L” codes in a week will result in a C4 – a 45 minute after school detention. Furthermore, students arriving after 9.00am will be marked as absent.

I’m sure you’ll appreciate that lack of punctuality affects learning and behaviour and it doesn’t just affect those who are late. Please continue to support us in making sure your child arrives on time – thank you!

More detail can be found in our Attendance Policy here.


 Anna’s Extravaganza!

Well done to Anna Hall who, being part of the elite acrobatic gymnastics squad at Wakefield Gym Club, has been selected to take part in a production at Wakefield’s Theatre Royal! ‘Extravaganza’ is a family entertainment based show where elite gymnasts get the chance to showcase their talent and promote their sport.

Anna’s head coach said “All the squad gymnasts are very hard working, dedicated and determined young people who have worked extremely hard and are very excited to have received this opportunity. These gymnasts always represent themselves and their club in such a highly respectable manner.” Well done Anna!


Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who have received Bronze Awards this week; Aiesha Sheard, Marshall Wright, Milanas Kalinauskas, Cloe Tomlinson, Natasha McIntosh, Morgan Gilberthorpe, Tyler Townend, Marcus Hill, Talia Robinson, Bradley Ball, Sebastian Polowianiuk, Kamil Jurczyk, Kacey-Marie Harrison, Harvey Li, Francesca Wainwright, Willian Asbery, Louise Featherstone, Jake Siddle, Alex Copley, Maisie Clay, Megan Sykes, Aliyah Ahmed, Emma Sykes, Gagandeep Gill, Sophie Kershaw, Luisa Siddle, Chloe Kay, Joshua Colley, Jack Scales, Jake Balmforth, Callum Fawcett, Oliver Burroughs, Joseph Bray, Kacper Bartczak, William Gascoigne, Ben Harrison, Caitlin Heywood, Cameron Leake, Benjamin Terrell, Cody Bullough, Madelyn Hughes, Harley Javens, Caitlin Hewitt, Courtney Woods, Jamie-Lee Turner, Lucy Walker, Gina-Marie Walker, Elliot Haigh, Kendall Harrison, Eva Teal, Chantelle Mountain, Elizabeth Harris, Lewis Ashcroft, Jacob O'Connell, Thomas Danson, Callum Wilkinson, Joseph Esmond, Rebekah Hicking, Chandler Smith and Savannah Hazel.


Stunning Silver!

This week I also got to present Silver Awards to; Andrew Denton, Emily Kershaw, Elizabeth Harris, Ellie Kendall, Lucy Davies, Katie-Jo Genty and Nikita Conolly. 


Break time delights

If your stomach isn’t already rumbling it will be in a minute as next week’s break time delights are set to be…

Tuesday - tortilla breakfast boats (egg, cheese and beans) @ £1.60

Wednesday - mozzarella and pepperoni paninis @ £1.80

Thursday - omelettes filled with cheese and beans @ 80p

Friday - chicken korma hot wraps @ £1.80


 And finally…

Our very own Ms Parker is being interviewed by the BBC today in recognition of the voluntary work she does for Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes.

Ms Parker received a record nine call-outs to transport urgent blood samples between Sheffield hospitals during her night shift from 7pm until 7am during the Easter break. She said “Normally we have two routinely scheduled transportation runs between hospitals in the area on any standard shift – but one night in particular was the busiest we’ve ever been. Clearly in this case we were dealing with repeat requests to carry urgent blood samples of a very unwell child who was receiving care throughout the night.”

Ms Parker’s efforts don’t end there as she has also signed up to run the Huddersfield Marathon in aid of the charity! To find out more, watch her video here. Well done Ms Parker!