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Headteacher’s Blog 35 – Friday 30th June 2017

Nicole’s entrepreneurial success!

On Monday, Mrs Brooks accompanied Year 8’s Nicole Hirst to the Teen Tech Award Finals at the Royal Society in London with her invention to help Narcolepsy sufferers.

Nicole has invented a head support and cushion to help prevent injury when Narcolepsy sufferers fall asleep in the car. She presented her prototype and accompanying research to the judges, which included Evan Davies from Dragons’ Den, Professor Brian Cox and Dr Christian Jessen, among others.  

I’ve heard it was an amazing day, with Nicole proving to everyone what an inspirational young lady she is – as well as being a champion for Narcolepsy. Although she didn’t win her category prize, she certainly won the hearts of judges, students and teachers alike and has since been offered an opportunity from one of the judges to take her project further and make it a reality! She also features in this week’s Narcolepsy UK blog! Well done Nicole, can't wait for the next chapter in this story!  



Oh I do like to be beside the seaside...

On Monday and Tuesday this week our Year 10 geography students spent the day at Withernsea, on the East Coast. The purpose of the trip was to complete the field work element for their GCSE, in a natural environment. Students collected data on Withernsea beach and examined coastal processes and features at Spurn Point. They were a credit to the Academy and invaluable data was collected. 


Pyramid Music Day

Yesterday we had a lovely day, working with students and staff from some of our primary feeder schools to create a musical performance inspired by the stories of Roald Dahl, presented to parents during the afternoon! Well done to everyone who played a part in what was a spectacular performance!



Under 16 PhotoCards – half fare travel….

West Yorkshire Metro have asked us to let you know about their under 16 PhotoCard which is free of charge and is available to West Yorkshire residents aged 11 to 16 - a parent/carer must apply for the card holder.

PhotoCards guarantee half fare travel on buses and trains throughout West Yorkshire and can be ordered online here.


Hockey champions!

As they’d been training together throughout the academic year, Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy decided to have an end of year match this week….

Both teams were made up of staff and students, our team being; Owen Bland, Josh Swallow, James Armitage, Abigail Collins, Mollie Gilbert, Chris Gascoigne, Will Gascoigne, ex pupil Alice Gascoigne (and parent Dave Gascoigne), Miss Tyrrell, Mr Hunt, Miss Young and Miss Rudge.

Mr Hunt made his debut on the left wing and Owen Bland managed and organised the team to a 2-1 success! Well done team Horbury…..not that we’re competitive at all!  



 Let’s INNOV8…

Congratulations to the following students who came 2nd in the INNOV8 regional heats; Isabelle Lindley, Bradley Ball, Brooke Slater, Masie Clay and Joshua Proctor – also known as Team Skyline. Kirklees College have described you as a credit to our Academy – we’re proud of you! 


Guidelines on reporting snapchat stories…

Did you know Snapchat has introduced a new safety feature on the app that allows users to report within Snapchat Stories?

So now if you see something within a Snapchat Story that you feel needs reporting you can do so as you’re watching the story by:

  1. pressing and holding the screen as the Snap is showing
  2. pressing the flag in the bottom left hand corner
  3. clicking on the option that best describes the content you are trying to report.

Reporting on Snapchat is a great first step, but if you feel the Snap shows that a crime has been committed you should contact your local police. More information.


Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who have received Bronze Awards this week; James Lister, Makenzie Riley, Alex Ward, Millie Hale, Catherine Chambers, Lena Davison, Luke Bennett, Clarissa Heaton, Alistair Brook, William Speirs, Ellis Parkin, Max Taylor, Ben Day, Alfie Fozard, Ryan Hemingway, Aaron Lightfoot, Timothy Berry, Louis Shaw, Jamie Stringer, Elliot Brierley, Edith Selby and Luca Wilkinson.



Stunning Silver!

This week I also got to present Silver Awards to; Lucy Rushforth, Darcie Clarke, Autumn Hanson, James Churchill, Thomas Carbutt, David Ross, Scarlett Karch, Olivia Verity, Rhys Kirby, Lily Waller, Oliver Proctor, Tabitha Bramald, Jake Green, Mitchell Kattenberg, Kitty Brear, Annice Harrison, Samuel Alderson, Sophie Mulley, Sophie Wilson, Esther Greenwood, Grace Robertson, Rebecca Riley, Kobe Jobson, Sam Spiers, Charlotte O’Carroll, Louis Hargreaves, Abigail Pitman, Mary Nell Murphy, Saskia Moore, Aaron Brooke, Amber Ball, Edward Joyce, Ben Fishman and Christopher Colley.


 Glorious Gold!!

I was very pleased to present some more Gold Awards this week! Congratulations

Lily Gilbert, Matilda Smith, Giuseppe Campagna, Elizabeth Harris, Bethan Elsworth and Austin Jones.


Get fit this summer…

Wakefield’s Sun Lane Leisure is offering instructor-led classes for children aged 11 to 16 years during the school holidays. To book, visit


Sunflower project in the LRC

Our LRC Craft Group, who meet on a Friday after school, have been busy planting sunflower seeds and decorating their plant pots…They’ve been visiting the LRC to watch their progress and now they have grown enough to go home with the students to be planted in their gardens for the summer!


Break time delights…

Why not try our Quesedia’s, available at break next week. Choose from…. 

  • Cheese @ 80p
  • Cheese and pepperoni @90p
  • Spicy chicken @ 90p


End of term arrangements….

As always at Horbury Academy, the end of term is a busy one! Please check the following information carefully so that you are clear about what’s going on….

Monday 10th July: Year 10 Work Experience begins and the first Ypres Trip departs.

Lessons as normal for all other year groups.

Tuesday 11th July: New Intake Day and Year 7 visit to National Coal Mining Museum. Lessons as normal for years 8 and 9. Year 6 welcome evening at 6.30pm.

Wednesday 12th July: First Ypres trip returns and second Ypres trip departs.

Thursday 13th July: Year 5 Taster Day and Year 7 visit to National Coal Mining Museum. Lessons as normal for years 8 and 9.

Friday 14th July: Last day for Year 10 Work Experience. Second Ypres trip returns. Record Breakers final (at Middlestown Academy) and Year 9 performance of “Teechers”.

Monday 17th July: Lessons as normal.

Tuesday 18th July: Year 7 Pizza Party. Year 8 Reward Trip to Xscape. Year 10 Graduation and Reward party (invite only).

Wednesday 19th July: Sports Day.

Please note, this year Sports Day will be held at Horbury Academy. Due to the decrease in space available for spectators, I am sorry but parents/carers will be unable to attend. If the weather is inclement then Sports Day will be cancelled and lessons will take place as normal. Students will be expected to wear their Horbury Academy PE kit for the full day. All students will be required to have a packed lunch on this day. Packed lunches will be available for all free school meal students and any other student wishing to order a grab bag will be able to do so in advance.

Thursday 20th July: International/STEM day and Year 9 London trip.

Thursday 20th July is our International and STEM day which brings with it a different structure to the Academy Day. The Academy will come to life with an array of cultural activities including art, craft, and dance and sport workshops from around the world.

Whilst this is a non-uniform day, students should be mindful that their choice of clothing will need to be appropriate for a wide range of activities included in the day. It is advisable to wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes or trainers.

This year we have also introduced a science roadshow in the Main Hall.

Friday 21st July: is also a non-uniform day. Students will enjoy an International Celebration and final assemblies. The day will end at 12.15 p.m.


And finally…

On Tuesday we got together to bid farewell to our Year 11 students at their Leavers’ Assembly….but we couldn’t let them go without reminding them of their fresh faced selves as Year 7 – in case you missed it, here’s a reminder!

Goodbye Year 11, good luck in everything you do from here and thank you for being like Cliff!!




Look for next week’s blog when some pictures from last night’s Year 11 Prom will be on here – without giving anything away, they looked stunning and made us feel very proud (and old!).