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Headteacher's Blog 5 - Friday 6th October 2017

Heroes in a Horbury blazer…

Yesterday, Miss Booth had the pleasure of presenting gifts to two of our Year 8 students from a very happy local resident who contacted me with the following email…

“Today, some of your Horbury Academy pupils, headed up by James Churchill and Archie Ambler, helped save our 11 week old puppy from being knocked down on the road when she wriggled under our gate and went ‘walkabout’.

“We are very grateful to them as our family would have been devastated if anything had happened to her…. Please relay our sincerest thanks to all the boys involved”

What a fabulous demonstration of our Academy rules; live without harming, do acts of kindness and show respect!



A taste of A-Level Maths

Thank you to Neil Mumby from Pontefract New College for hosting an A-Level maths taster session this week to 65 able mathematicians, all aiming for 7+ in their Mathematics GCSEs. Well done, you all worked extremely hard and showed confidence and resilience on some very complex maths!



Bus Service 231 from Netherton to Horbury Academy

I am aware that students have been left unable to travel on the 231 bus service provided by the bus company, Yorkshire Tigers.  The bus company informed us that they would ensure that there would be a double decker running to enable all students to arrive at school on time; however this has not been the case.  It was on their advice that we put a message on our website to this effect.

Horbury Academy does not have any authority over the company, however, I have been in contact with them to voice yours and our concerns.  I will update parents, carers and students should I have an update from them and I have advised my attendance team to make adjustments for students who have been affected by this.


Dressing for Success

You will be aware that we have a proud history of students looking smart in their uniform.  Indeed their “business-like” appearance was commented upon by Ofsted in their most recent inspection.  Sadly, it has come to my attention that some students have begun to ignore our expectations; examples of this are stretchy, short black skirts and trousers which have rivets or are made from a soft denim material.

This year’s Student Planners and the uniform guidance on our website make our expectations clear.  Any student found in breach of our uniform expectations after half term will be issued with uniform from our stock.  Any student refusing to dress in the appropriate clothes will be dealt with through our Behaviour Policy. 

I really do hope that no student finds themselves missing out on rewards due to their uniform.  In order to support parents/carers I am flagging this up prior to half term so that you have an appropriate opportunity to rectify things.  Should any parent or carer feel anxious about the additional financial burden of replacing items, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of Year or our Business Manager, Mrs Stringer.  I would like to thank you in advance for your support. 


Presentation Evening reminder…

Just a little reminder to anyone who has received an invitation to next week’s Presentation Evening to contact us before 11th October to reserve your seats.


Congratulations and celebrations!

I wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge congratulations to Mr Chambers on the birth of his baby girl and to Miss Earnshaw, our admin apprentice, who has successfully completed her NVQ Level Two in Business and Administration and secured employment!


 Chester Zoo and Alton Towers

Fun was had by all at Chester Zoo and Alton Towers last week! Here are some photos as promised!



 Haycock hits 4 in 6-4 win at Cathedral

Match report written by Team Manager, Mr ‘Jose’ Lloyd!

Wednesday saw the Year 10 Boys come out on top against Cathedral in what was their first competitive fixture since Year 8.

Oliver Haycock provided some assured finishes with a hat trick in the first 15 minutes and went on to add a fourth in the second half.

The tireless Joshua Perkis earned his reward with a well taken goal at the end of the first half and Joshua Cameron Edwards mazy run and finish rounded off the Horbury tally.

Although two late goals from Cathedral narrowed the score-line, Horbury who were well organised by Seb Polowianiuk and Dan Flooks throughout, were on top for much of the game and well deserving of the win.

Brooke Slater pulled off a number of good saves and there were some solid defensive performances from Cameron Goodes, Will Aspbery, Spencer Turner and Callum Jacques.

Callum Medlock and Carter Auty shared the wing duties to good effect and Finlay Bartholomew was a constant menace to the Cathedral defence down the right hand side.

Kamil Jurczyk was on hand to support the team to victory in what will hopefully be the first of many.


Back by popular demand….

...It’s the news you’ve all been waiting for(!)...our Horbury Bear Chocolate porridge is back!

It will be available at breakfast club from 8.00am until 8.30am and at break time, priced at 60p.



Dates for your diary

Here are some upcoming dates for your diary….

  • School photos for Years 7 and 9 - Friday 13th October
  • Year 7 Meet the Form Tutor - Thursday 2nd November
  • Year 10 Academy Parents’ Association - Wednesday 8th November
  • Year 11 Parents Evening - Thursday 16th November

Remember, you can find our term dates here and our academy calendar here.


And finally…

I just had to showcase some of Year 7’s recent English homework! Students were tasked with creating an animal farm based on their knowledge of the novel ‘Animal Farm’ and the characters in it….. Well done everyone – you really went the extra mile!