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Headteacher’s Blog 37 – Friday 14th July 2017

A week of work experience for Year 10

All of our Year 10 students have been out on work experience this week, participating in a wide variety of placements organised by students and the Work Experience Team.

This year, job sectors included; legal, education, hospitality and catering, child care, finance, engineering, administration, sport and leisure, animal care, travel and tourism and local retailers.

We’ve received some wonderful feedback from employers regarding students’ work ethic, commitment and general attitude to learning. Well done Year 10 – you’ve been a credit to yourselves and Horbury Academy!


Year 7’s busy week!

Our Year 7 students have had a very busy week this week – travelling to Ypres in Belgium, then to the Deep in Hull, as well as the National Coal Mining Museum in Overton!

Luckily for me, I got to accompany them to Ypres where we visited the recently refurbished “In Flanders Field” Museum which presents the historical story of the First World War in the West Flanders front region, as well as the town’s famous Belgian Chocolate shop! We all had a fabulous time!


Taster Days for new students

This week, we’ve welcomed Year 5 and Year 6 students from our primary feeder schools for their Taster Days and it’s been lovely to see so many new (and smiley!) faces!

We’ve had some great feedback including…

  • “I love Horbury Academy. It’s the best school ever!!!”
  • “AMAZING! I can’t wait to try the different meals and snacks”
  • “The year 9 helpers were really helpful and welcomed us very well. I was very worried but they were so kind that I wasn’t nervous.”

When asked which lesson they enjoyed the most, responses included…

  • “ICT because we got to learn how to make games and write things and connect them to a micro-bit”
  • “Geography because it shows us what other countries have to suffer. As we were Italy it was easy to make money but it was harder for countries such as Uganda.”
  • “Art because I really enjoy art and I found it really fun to draw such beautiful, different patterns”
  • “Science because we got to experiment and learnt how to use a bunsen burner”

We also got to meet parents and carers of Year 6 students at our Welcome Evening on Tuesday. Thanks to everyone who came - we’re already looking forward to welcoming you properly in September!



Record breakers final!

Forty students from our Multi Academy Trust schools came together today in attempt to break four Guinness World Record attempts!

We’re pleased to announce that the students who were closest to beating a world record include:

  • Bum shuffle (fastest time over 20m): Tyler and Patrick (Ossett and Horbury) - 25 seconds
  • Marshmallow eating (most in one minute): Ash (Ossett) - 17 marshmallows
  • Teddy catching (most in one minute): Georgia and Lilly (Horbury) - 16 teddies
  • Water balloon throwing (furthest distance thrown): Patrick and Lewis (Horbury) - 30m

All students showed tremendous resilience and determination in beating these records and they certainly had had a lot of fun!


Nicole is set for success!

You’ll remember I told you about Year 8’s Nicole Hirst who has invented a head support and cushion for Narcolepsy sufferers to help prevent injury when they fall asleep in a car… Well we’re very excited to let you know that Nicole is now working with Iva Hauptmannova, Head of the Research and Innovation Centre of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in London. 

Iva is going to introduce Nicole to the CEO of the British Design Fund who offer funding and support to entrepreneurs to develop new products and ideas. Nicole will also put together a business plan over the school holidays, together with the British Design Fund who apparently don't usually work with young people so this will be a first for our young entrepreneur!

Hopefully this will give her the platform and funding she needs to be able to produce a prototype in line with British Car Safety Standards and go on to make her invention a reality… which is good news seen as Nicole already has a list of people waiting to buy it! Very well done Nicole, we’re so excited for you!



Congratulations Team Skyline!

At the end of last month I told you about our ‘Team Skyline’ coming second in the INNOV8 regional heats – well here they are today with their trophy, presented by Kirklees College. Well done Isabelle Lindley, Bradley Ball, Brook Slater, Maisie Clay and Joshua Proctor. To come second out of 156 students from 16 schools across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield is a fantastic achievement!



 LRC donation to Wakefield Hospice

Our LRC has donated over 500 books to charity this week to make room for new resources arriving in September. 

Mrs Fisher and students in the LRC have been busy boxing up and labelling the books and have chosen Wakefield Hospice for the donation. Wakefield Hospice collected the books this afternoon and wanted to say a huge thank you to students for choosing their charity!


Big screen Saturday in Ossett…

I’ve heard there’s some free fun for all the family in Ossett tomorrow with five feature films (see below) to be shown on a big screen in the town precinct, as well as seating for 200 people, food and drink, a craft fair and fairground rides. You can find out more here.

The schedule for the day is…

  • 10:15am - Moana (2016)
  • 12:15pm - The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
  • 2:15pm - Back to the Future (1985)
  • 4:30pm - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  • 7:00pm - Grease Sing-a-Long (1978)


Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who have received Bronze Awards this week; James Smith, Joshua Beckett, Cameron Hardwick, Joshua Thompson, Ben Roberts, Matthew Ridge-Wyett, Alex Stearne, Connor Bowes-Place, Nathan Jackson, Abigail Auty, Edward Kendall. Jason Benson, Cameron Goodes, Molly Bedford and Joseph Hussein.


Stunning Silver!

This week I also got to present Silver Awards to; William Milner, Leah Pearman, Francesca Horsfield, Estella Hornsby, Emily Kemshell, Bethany Olsen, Ella Boote, Jack Fozard, Lucy Blezzard-Smith, Gemma Marshall, Catherine Chambers, Harry Carbutt, Charles Exley, Casey Scotland, Hateam Zulfqar, Gagandeep Gill, Aiesha Sheard, Katherine Armstrong, Oliver Kenworthy, Tigan Dickens, Cameron Craig, Kian Newton, Elanor Ineson, Helen Butler, Holly Auty, Faye Gelder, Jamie-Louise Daniels, Lucy Squires, Connor Riley and Caitlan Wigglesworth.



Glorious Gold!!

I was very pleased to present some more Gold Awards this week! Congratulations Rachael Kellett, Sophie Mulley, Elizabeth Harris and Jessica Campagna.



PiXL Perfect!

I also had the pleasure of presenting PiXL Edge Awards to the following students this week; Amy Armitage, Isabel Batchelor, Sonnie Beaumont, Lucy Blezzard-Smith, Jasmine Bowden, Daniel Bray, Oliver Coates and Joseph Hoyland.



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 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.

This is a non-uniform day in return for a donation of £1 which we will transfer to the Peer Support Yorkshire charity who we have been working with in recent weeks to support students and staff affected by the Manchester terror attacks. Their aim is to raise £2,000 to provide free trauma recovery therapy for victims of the MEN arena attack. Find out more here.

Friday 21st July: is also a non-uniform day. Students should be mindful that their choice of clothing for these two non-uniform days will need to be appropriate for a wide range of activities - it is advisable to wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes or trainers.

Students will enjoy an International Celebration and final assemblies and the day will end at 12.15pm.


Dates for your diary from the next academic year…

Autumn term 2017

  • Monday 4th September: Inset day, closed to students
  • Tuesday 5th September: Open for a normal day for Year 7 and Year 11 only
  • Wednesday 6th September: Open for all year groups
  • Wednesday 20th September: Open Evening - the Academy will close to students at 12.30pm
  • Academy closes (half-term) Friday 20th October 2017 at 2.45pm
  • Academy opens Monday 30th October 2017
  • Academy closes (Christmas) Thursday 21st December 2017 at 12.10pm
  • Friday 22nd December: Inset day, closed to students


Spring term 2018

  • Academy opens Monday 8th January 2018
  • Academy closes for students (half-term) Thursday 15th February 2018 at 2.45pm
  • Friday 16th February 2018: Inset day, closed to students
  • Academy opens Monday 26th February 2018
  • Academy closes for students (Easter) Thursday 29th March 2018 at 2.45pm


Summer term 2018

  • Academy opens Monday 16th April 2018
  • Academy closed (May Day) Monday 7th May 2018
  • Academy closes (half-term) Friday 25th May 2018 at 2.45pm
  • Academy opens Monday 4th June 2018
  • Academy closes (Summer) Friday 20th July 2018 at 12.10pm
  • Monday 23rd July 2018: Inset day, closed to students
  • Tuesday 24th July 2018: Inset day, closed to students


Exam dates 2017/18 

  • PPE1 - Year 10 English Language plus Year 11 all subjects: w/c 27th November and w/c 4th December 2017
  • Hospitality NEA: w/c 15th January and w/c 22nd January 2018
  • Y11 speaking test: w/c 5th February 2018
  • PPE2 - Year 10 English Language plus Year 11 all subjects: w/c 5th March and w/c 12th March 2018
  • GCSE exams (provisional dates and includes Year 10 GCSE English Language exam window): 14th May through to 22nd June 2018
  • PPEs - Years 9 and 10: w/c 25th June and w/c 2nd July 2018


 And finally…

A huge well done to Dan Rigby who has been chosen to play for the England Under 15’s Powerchair Football Team! Dan will be taking part in a tournament in the summer holidays against Scotland, Ireland and Wales and he’s over the moon to have been chosen. Good luck Dan, we’re proud of you!