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Headteacher’s Blog 38 – Friday 13th July 2018

PiXL Edge Celebration

We had a fabulous afternoon on Monday, hosting the PiXL Edge Celebration Event, the aim of which was to bring schools together to celebrate the collective success of students in our region.

It was an opportunity to watch some fantastic students receive their limited edition PiXL awards; to listen to some inspirational speakers including our previous Head Boy, Kieran Audsley; and to take in some exceptional musical performances, as you can see below!...




A taste of Horbury Academy

This week, we’ve welcomed students from Years 5 and 6 from our primary feeder schools for their Taster Days and it’s been lovely to see so many new (and smiley!) faces! Students were able to sample a variety of lessons and get a feel for our Academy.

Year 5 students also took part in a maths roadshow where they were tasked with completing 12 activities over a period of five minutes, before moving on to the next. The activities centred around problem solving and the abstract use of maths to solve problems including; Towers of Hanoi, Pentominoes, the Die Hard measures of water problem and Tangrams, to name a few! Here’s what else they got up to….



And now for a snapshot of Year 6’s day!.... 




Year 7’s busy week!...

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 Yorkshire Sculpture Park!

Whilst in Ypres, students 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…where, as you can imagine, they had a fabulous time! 



…Not to mention Year 10’s!...

Year 10 haven’t had a quiet week either!... They spent Thursday at Accord Sixth Form and Friday at Pontefract New College having a taste of options post-16! 



Accord Careers Week

As I explained in my last blog, this week we’ve hosted our Accord Multi Academy Trust Careers Week. Students from both Horbury and Ossett Academy have been looking at different careers and their progression routes from the subjects they study. 


A message from our Enterprise students…

Written by Lucy Squires, Hollie Bradbury and Morvyn Gardiner-Mackie

We have been working extremely hard towards the charity Bike-a-thon event for the past year. It has been a very exciting process with lots of different steps in order to make it work. It has been eye opening to the amount of work and dedication needed to make events like this happen. However, to know we have worked so hard to help others is an amazing feeling to have. To know that this money will be making a difference makes all the hard work worthwhile. We hope we have made a positive impact on some of the patients’ lives.

Raffle tickets will be available to buy next week with proceeds going to Wakefield Hospice – some of the prizes are listed below…. 

  • Domino’s voucher
  • Gym membership passes
  • Laser Quest passes
  • £10 nail voucher
  • A free photoshoot
  • Chocolate hamper
  • £10 Tesco voucher
  • £10 Kaye Arms voucher
  • Swimming and skating vouchers
  • Go Ape passes
  • Books

….and much more!!

This will be taking place alongside the bike-a-thon and a bake sale on Thursday 19th July. Make sure you remember your sponsorship forms! 


West Yorkshire Police School Cyber Competition

The West Yorkshire Police School Cyber Competition 2018/19 is now live and is open to all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 across West Yorkshire.

Students are required to work as a team to produce some on-line safety advice using whatever media/means they choose….this could be a website, app, leaflet, rap, song, dance, spoken message, or a combination!

Finalists will be invited to the West Yorkshire Police Training and Development Centre in Wakefield for a prestigious final on February 14th, where teams will present their project to the panel and other finalists from across West Yorkshire.

First prize winners will receive a trophy, certificates and a tour of West Yorkshire Police’s Specialist Operations site which includes horses, helicopter and indoor training arena. Runners up will receive a trophy and certificates.

For more information chat to Ms Vaughan in ICT2 as she’ll be running a club from September for students who are interested in taking part. 


Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who have received Bronze Awards this week; Daniel Scott and Isobel Rodgers.



Stunning Silver!

This week I also got to present Silver Awards to; Daisy Kay Brook, Nicole Phenix, Ruby Pert, Seren Palmer, Christel Benson, Louisa Wood, Rachel Stevens, Max Taylor, Max Pimblett, Samuel Rayner, Layla Walton, Evie Wright, Joseph    Bray, Junaid Kayani, Autumn Hanson, Oliver Brown, Adam Favager, Aaron  Allott-Ratcliffe, Sophie Wilson and Arbaaz Khan.



Glorious Gold!!

I was very pleased to present another Gold Award this week! Congratulations; Daisy Richford, Theo Robinson, Ruby Lyman, Olivia Adair, Ella Hodson, Usman  Khan, Jane Chambers, Alexandra Campbell, Lily Gilbert, Safina Akhtar, Jacob Bates, Courteney Robinson and Matilda Smith.



Headteacher’s Award!!

I also had the pleasure of presenting a Headteacher’s Award to Ashleigh Jones, Archie Milner and Zaid Zia.



PiXL Perfect!

Well done to; Seren Palmer, Molly Brown, George Yelland, Taylor Morris, Matthew Cooper, Ausaaf Khan, Caitlin McGrath, James Smith, Daisy Kay Brook and Nicole Phenix. 


Marvellous Mathematicians!

Congratulations to the following who also received their Intermediate Mathematical Challenge certificates this week; Courteney Robinson, Matilda Smith, Arbaaz Khan, Leonna Tipping, Mitchell Kattenberg, William Gascoigne, Sophie Clucas, Ally Shaw and James Churchill.



Mouth-watering menus!

Next Tuesday our wonderful Catering Team are offering a £2.10 curry meal deal…you’ll be able to choose from Chicken Tikka or Quorn Rogan Josh, with turmeric rice, coriander flat bread, winter salad, pineapple raita and mint pickle, followed by a cooling mango sorbet or vanilla ice cream, with water or a juice cuplet. 

On Wednesday for £2.10 you can get a ‘café deal’, consisting of a cornish pasty or cheese and onion quiche, with chips and baked beans or peas, plus chocolate sponge and chocolate sauce and water or a juice cuplet. 

On Thursday for £2.10 you’ll be able to choose from chicken breast bites or halloumi kebabs, with curly fries, corn cobs and coleslaw pots, plus toffee muffins and water or a juice cuplet. 

Finally, to end the term we’re having an International Bonanza on Friday, where the following will be on offer for 50p; pain au chocolate, pepperoni bagel, ice cream tubs, strawberry and marshmallow krispies, hot chocolate and smoothie fizz! 


End of term arrangements…

Here’s a final reminder of what’s going on from now until the end of term….

  • Tuesday 17th July: Year 10’s “Step Up to Year 11” assembly, followed by their ‘Step Up to Year 11’ party at The Space in the evening
  • Thursday 19th July: Year 9 London visit
  • Thursday 19th July: Charity bike-a-thon eventNon-uniform day - students to wear suitable clothing for biking, including trainers.
  • Friday 20th July: Non-uniform day. Students will enjoy an International Celebration and final assemblies. The day will end at 12.15 p.m. 


Dates for your diary from the next academic year…

Autumn Term 2018

  • Monday 3rd September: Inset day, closed to students
  • Tuesday 4th September: Open for Year 7 and Year 11 only
  • Wednesday 5th September: Open for all year groups
  • Wednesday 26th September: Open Evening – the Academy will close to students at 12.30pm
  • Academy closes (half-term) Friday 26th October at 2.45pm
  • Academy opens Monday 5th November
  • Academy closes (Christmas) Thursday 20th December at 12.10pm
  • Friday 21st December: Inset day, closed to students


Spring Term 2019

  • Academy opens Monday 7th January
  • Academy closes for students (half-term) Thursday 14th February
  • Friday 15th February: Inset day, closed to students
  • Academy opens Monday 25th February
  • Academy closes for students (Easter) Friday 5th April


Summer Term 2019

  • Academy opens Tuesday 23rd April
  • Academy closed (May Day) Monday 6th May
  • Academy closes (half-term) Friday 24th May
  • Academy opens Monday 3rd June
  • Academy closes (Summer) Friday 19th July at 12.10pm
  • Monday 22ndJuly: Inset day, closed to students
  • Tuesday 23rdJuly: Inset day, closed to students


Exam dates 2018/19 

  • PPE1 - Y10 Options and English plus Year 11 all subjects:w/c 26th November and w/c 3rd December
  • PPE2 - Y10 Options and English plus Year 11 all subjects: w/c 25thFebruary and w/c 4th March
  • GCSE exams (provisional dates and includes Year 10 GCSE English Language exam window): 13th May through to 21st June
  • PPEs - Years 9 and 10:w/c 24th June and w/c 1st July


Other important dates for your diary…

  • Year 7 Meet the Form Tutor: 20th September
  • Open Evening: 26th September
  • Year 7 Welcome Evening: 17th October
  • Year 11 Parents Evening: 15th November
  • Ex-Y11 Certificate Evening: 28th November
  • Year 9 Parents Evening: 17th January
  • Year 8 and 10 Options: Evening 31st January
  • Year 8 Parents Evening: 7th March
  • Year 10 Parents Evening: 21st March


And finally…

Good luck to our very own Charlotte Bottomley who will be taking her Intermediate Modern dance exam next week!



Check out our new LRC page on the Academy website featuring a student information area, what’s on in the LRC, information for parents and much more! 



To coincide with the launch of the computer game ‘Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 5’, the National Online Safety Team have produced a free guide for parents and carers, their aim being to achieve a safer online world for children.