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Headteacher’s Blog 39 – Friday 20th July 2018

One last time…

I would like to begin this week’s Blog with a thank you – thank you to the wonderful students who have made being Headteacher of Horbury Academy an absolute privilege.  Thank you to the parents and carers who have supported me and the Academy as it has gone from strength to strength.  And thank you to the wonderful staff, who have worked tirelessly to support our students.  It has been such a difficult decision to leave Horbury, and I know a part of it will remain in my heart forever.

I’ll move on before it gets too emotional!....Now in keeping with the water works theme!… 


Water safety assemblies

Wakefield Youth Work Team, the Neighbourhood Policing Team and the Royal Life Saving Society visited us on Monday to deliver assemblies to highlight dangers and raise awareness of water safety. This message is so important and relevant to our students and their families so thank you very much for taking the time to visit us! You can find out more at



Masterchef Final

On Monday, our Masterchef finalists got together to compete on behalf of their Houses in the Masterchef Final! Congratulations to the winning House, Africa, and in particular to its talented representatives, Kelsey Peaks-Woods and Libby Grayson who were both crowned Masterchef winners!! Look at these delicious dishes!...




Step Up to Year 11

On Tuesday our current Year 10 students and their parents and carers got together for a Step Up to Year 11 assembly to celebrate their entry into their final year at the Academy. It was also an opportunity to announce our Prefects!….

Kayanat Ahmed, Jessica Campagna, Olivia Farnhill, Morgan Gilberthorpe, Gagandeep Gill, Holly Punton, William Asbery, Tigan   Dickens, Naomi Frankland, Tiya Harewood, Alyssa Hodson, Khalid Khan, Isabelle Lindley, Matilda Littlewood, Emma Sykes, Cloe Tomlinson, Holly Auty, Lily Barnsley, Helen Butler, Evan Dennis, Andrew Denton, Cate Dewin, Elanor Ineson, Sophie Kershaw, Yasamin Nasimi, Lucy Parry, Joshua Perkis, Joshua Proctor, Adam Thurlow, Abbiegail Barrett, Jamie-Louise Daniels, Benjamin Moorhouse, Adedoyin Olaleru, Sophia Sharp, Sophie Smith, Francesca Wainwright, Samantha Whitworth, Ruby Wilson, Hollie Bradbury, Maisie Clay, Alex Copley, James Emeny, Morvyn Gardiner-Mackie, Megan Hale, Harvey Leveridge, Mary Nell Murphy, Madison Riley, Michael Sharrock, Lucy Squires, Mustafa Arshad, Luke Bennett, Emily Kershaw, Jodie Lucas, Lucy Tait, Rye Ward, Caitlan Wigglesworth, Jemima Wilson, Usman Ali, Finlay Bartholomew, Lois Hall, Kacey-Marie Harrison, Anam Hussain, Callum Jaques, Calysta Lockwood, Hamza Mirza, Viktoria Norman, Aliyah Ahmed, Faye Ambler, Emily Crookes, Kamil Jurczyk, Sebastian Polowianiuk, Talia Robinson and Katherine Armstrong.


Then in the evening, we hosted a Step Up to Year 11 party at The Space in Wakefield and you can see from these photos what fun was had!...




Science VIPs

On Tuesday, Croda visited Year 10 in their science lesson where they challenged students to design a circuit and water pump system to increase the speed at which water is cooled! Afterwards, they got to see their pump in action to find out if it worked, then heard about careers in the engineering industry. Thank you for taking the time to visit us! 



Stay safe this summer

Wakefield Council’s Public Health Team would like me to share their advice on how to stay safe this summer….

Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm, use factor 15+ sunscreen, wear a hat and remember to drink plenty of water even if you aren’t thirsty. You should also be on the lookout for signs of heat related illness such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

During the hot weather, don’t be tempted to cool off in ponds, lakes and flooded quarries as this is very dangerous. Water that looks inviting on the surface may have hidden dangers underneath, such as rubbish and tangled weeds.

Finally, get up to date with your vaccinations…If you’re planning on traveling outside the UK, check with your GP that your family are up to date with their vaccinations, especially the free Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination, as you may come into contact with infections like measles while traveling this summer.

For more summer advice, visit


Daniel Gaskell Foundation student grants…

The Daniel Gaskell Foundation is offering grants to ex-students now in higher education. Find out more and download an application form here. 


School bus fares increase from September

We’ve been informed that, from Monday 3 September, there will be an inflation-linked fares increase on school bus services contracted by the Combined Authority, including Mybus (yellow bus) services. This is a decision taken by the bus service providers and is outside of the control of Horbury Academy. Find out more here. 


Snapchat Guide for Parents

The National Online Safety Team have produced a Snapchat guide for parents since it was ranked the 4th most negative app in terms of having an impact on young people’s health and wellbeing. Find it here. 


Around the world on a stationary bike!

The whole Academy had a fabulous (and very hot and sweaty!) day yesterday raising funds for Wakefield Hospice in our enterprise students’ bike-a-thon event, which I’m told was the biggest ever cycling event in a school in England!!...And I've just been told we raised a massive £2358.44!!! 

Using 60 static bikes, students took turns to cycle 15 minutes each in relay, with the aim of cycling around the world in one day. 

Alongside the Bike-a-thon, students organised a raffle and cake sale to add to the money raised. 

Director of Fundraising at Wakefield Hospice, Helen Knowles, said “We were so grateful to the students for working so hard to organise the bike-a-thon, which was a great event.  It has been wonderful to work with the students and see their idea develop into a fundraising event to raise funds for patient care at the hospice.”

Enterprise students, Lucy Squires, Hollie Bradbury and Morvyn Gardiner-Mackie said “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.”

Thank you to everyone who made this the huge success that it was!



International bonanza!

Yesterday was also our International Day, so when students weren’t cycling, they had the opportunity to try out various activities including; dance, photography, chess, Zumba, tie dye, plastics recycling, web design and much more!! In fact the web design group, made up of Joshua Barrett, Jacob Bennett, Lucy Rushforth, Charlotte Moffat, Aaden Greave and Farden Nasimi produced a fabulous snapshot of the day which you can find here.

Thank you to everyone who made the day possible! Here’s a little look at what we got up to - the ‘caring hands’ design below will soon be turned into cards, to be sold by the hospice!...




Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who have received Bronze Awards this week; Alexander Butts, Maddison Rhodes, Louise Featherstone, Natasha McIntosh, Sian Spence, Connor Haw, Connor Emmerson, Holly Hicks, Ben Scott-Walshaw, Charlotte Lindley, Connor Riley, Daniel Flooks, Jake Siddle, Robyn Fisher, Luke Williams, Lewis Kattenberg, Archie       Newton, Cameron Goodes, Benjamin Mace, Joseph Hussein, Jimmy Bagnall, Isabella Morrow, Joseph Cusworth, Paige Ramsden, Desteney Flower, Jack Stead, Chloe Siddle, Braiden Brook, Isaac Butler, Miya Hutcheon, Owen Jaques, Ashton Woolley, Eloise Paull, L’Tye Lashington, Bradley Goodes, Mason Rigby, Aaron Hunter, Majandra Kohlhepp, Joe Eyre, Lucy Burnett, Laura Sansom, Connor Dunford, Millie Scargill, Elliot Haigh, Aaden Greaves, Dominykas Zobakas, Kyle Gallagher, Taylor Carter, Zak Shaw and Mustafa Arshad. 


Stunning Silver!

This week I also got to present Silver Awards to; Gagandeep Gill, Kayanat Ahmed, Olivia Farnhill, Cloe Tomlinson, Tigan Dickens, William Asbery, Alyssa Hodson, Naomi Frankland, Holly Auty, Joshua Perkis, Joshua Proctor, Elanor Ineson, Evan Dennis, Lily Barnsley, Adam Thurlow, Sophie Kershaw, Jamie-Louise Daniels, Ruby Wilson, Abbiegail Barrett, Sophia Sharp, Benjamin Moorhouse, Adedoyin Olaleru, Harvey Leveridge, Madison Riley, Michael Sharrock, Morvyn Gardiner-Mackie, James Emeny, Maisie Clay, Megan Hale, Rye Ward, Bradley Hayes, Levi Brockless, Jemima Wilson, Jodie Lucas, Luke Bennett, Lucy Tait, Callum Jaques, Lois Hall, Finlay Bartholomew, Calysta Lockwood, Usman Ali, Anam Hussain, Aliyah Ahmed, Kamil Jurczyk, Emily Crookes, Milosz Smykowski, Joseph Brown, Owen Colligan, Bailey Nicholls, Jamie Higgins, Dylan Guy, Andrew Glover, William Gibson, Connor Waring, Ruby Kelly, Ellie Birks, Reuben Robinson, Toby Ashton, Jacob Riley, Hope Leighton, Finley Hodson, Benjamin Lindop, Finlay Milnes, Charlotte Moffatt, Robert Peaks-Woods, Callum Stockhill, Chloe Lee, Seth Wilson, Bradley Wilmott, Oliver Proctor, Charlie-Ann Goodridge, Abigail Tate, Rebecca Riley, William Milner, Nahum Laryea, Charles Wilson, Caitlin McGrath, Francesca Horsfield, Abigail Lammiman, Gabriella Mitchell, Kieran Lawn, William Buntin, Ella Boote, Bethan Elsworth, Sam Spiers, Eleksyra Urbonaite, Eva Teal, Evie Brooke, Samuel Armitage, Ellie Tomlinson, Annice Harrison, Alicia Denton, Charles Kendall, Amy Armitage, Emma Hudders and Mustafa Arshad. 


Glorious Gold!!

I was very pleased to present another Gold Award this week! Congratulations; Sophie Smith, Georgina Slade, Caitlin Jaques, Erin Lindsay, William Ogden, Oliver Mills, Martha Firth, Ella Baker, Benjamin Astill, Ellie Broadhead, Luke Swallow, Isabella Spiers, Paris Condon, Nancy Whitehead, Maja Jakubek, Abigail Saynor, Willow Tunstall, Samuel Horler, Emma Coss, Luke Conyers, Nyah Staples, Eliza Stone, Jackson Dennis, Celia Brook, Summer Auty, Oliver Neild, Dan Lowther, Iris Rodriguez, Leon Gibson, Jess Fisher, Phoebe Coss, Daniel Finegan, Josef Summerscales, James Genty, Phoebe Wilson, Ellie Swift, Tabitha Bramald, Lucy Rushforth, Oliver Wilby, Jacob Brunt, Mckye Moore, Emma Cheverton, Zachary Scholefield, Marina Nasir, Leah Philip, Megan Clinch, Matthew Loynes and Sophie Clucas.


Headteacher’s Award!!

I also had the pleasure of presenting a Headteacher’s Award to Samuel Royston. 


Governor’s Award!!

Well done to Samuel Royston who received his Governor’s Award at a special breakfast celebration!  


PiXL Perfect!

Well done to Zak Haigh, Taiba Azhar, Joshua Sheen, Ben Harrison and Troy Ramsden.  



Mouth-watering menus!

Our Catering Team are preparing some exciting new three-week menus for next academic year - set to feature some old favourites; sausage and mash, meat feast pizzas and lasagne.  

You’ll also be able to try one of their new noodle boxes, some mac and cheese or beef rending curry with their new cauliflower rice…all from the comfort of our new additional Atrium café with a colourful, calm seating area!  


Dates for your diary…

You can find the term dates for the next academic year on our website here.


And finally…

Well done to Leon Bradshaw, Callum Fawcett, Dylan Grayston, Natan Kujawinski and Oliver Wilby for the fabulous blogs you produced with Miss Ellis on Tuesday! Take a look at their blogs here.  



The Accord Sixth Form would like some feedback following their Year 10 Taster Day last week. We would really appreciate it if students would take the time to complete this evaluation about the day.  



I wish you and Horbury Academy’s students of the future well in all you do – remember, fly high but not solo, together we can achieve!