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Headteacher's Blog 6 - Friday 13th October 2017

Presentation Evening

Last night I had the honour of presenting awards to some exceptional students at our annual Presentation Evening. There are far too many to mention but I am proud of each and every one. Here are a few snaps of the evening…



Our very own dancing queen!...

Congratulations to Kacey Harrison who spent last weekend competing in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing UK Grand Final!

Kacey competed in the highest dance level, making it to the quarterfinals in her solo section against 70 other dancers. She then went on to dance with her dance partner and former Horbury Academy student Jamie Young, making it to the finals and placing the duo 7th in the UK, despite only dancing together since February! Well done Kacey and Jamie, what a fabulous achievement!



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. 


STEM Plus Workshops at Wakefield College

Wakefield College have organised some STEM Plus workshops to take place during the half term break.

Students are able to attend for one day and complete an A-Level taster session of their choice. Student feedback has previously been very positive and it’s usually very popular. If you’re interested, please see Mrs Brooks for a registration form which will need parental consent. Forms will also be available at STEM club on Tuesday.


Forget Me Not Lantern Trail

Forget Me Not Children's Hospice has announced the date of their family-friendly Lantern Trail event at the National Coal Mining Museum as Saturday 28th October, from 5:30pm.

The Lantern Trail is an enchanted mile-long walk along the established nature trail at the National Coal Mining Museum, lit by miners’ lanterns. The trail leads to the memorial garden where you can place your lanterns and take a moment for reflection, before watching their firework display. Find out more here.


Year 10 v Outwood

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

After last week’s heroics against Cathedral the Year 10 boys were brought back to earth on Wednesday, losing out to a very strong Outwood team.

The early exchanges were well contested in the midfield with Sebastian Polowianiuk and Josh Cameron-Edwards battling hard to contain the opposition and it was 16 minutes into the half before Outwood broke the deadlock, although a second was soon to follow.

The next 11 minutes proved to be the turning point as the visitors somehow managed to survive a string of at least half a dozen good chances with Dan Flooks, Finlay Bartholomew, Oliver Haycock and Josh Perkis all going close, only to see Outwood break to add a third, which certainly didn’t reflect the game at that point.

The second half started brightly with Bradley Ball very much the driving force and Horbury were rewarded when an excellent free kick from Dan Flooks was nodded in at the far post by Josh Perkis.

However, this only spurred the visitors on and despite some valiant work in defence from Spencer Turner, Will Asbery, Cameron Goodes, Callum Jacques and keeper Brook Slater, Outwood dominated the remainder of the game despite a well taken consolation goal by Dan Flooks.

Kamil Jurczyk and Lewis Costello were on hand to support the team who despite this set back still provided some good individual performances to build on in the fixtures ahead.


Jacob’s Youth Council Journey

Well done to Jacob Parsons who featured in AFC Emley’s match day programme last weekend in recognition of the voluntary work he does for the club.

Last year the club nominated Jacob for a County FA scheme where he impressed so much, they invited him to join the FA Youth Council. Jacob’s work includes increasing traffic to the Future Football Leaders volunteer programme for which he is trying to source sponsorship. He has also been assigned a mentor to help him to achieve his objectives, help with future education decisions and even future employment opportunities. 

What an achievement Jacob, very impressive!


Haunted treats!!

Halloween is coming early at Horbury Academy as next week we’ll have pumpkin cookies on sale at morning break and lunchtimes priced at 90p.


And finally…

A big well done to Joe Hoyland who took on Mr Care’s optional homework to design an advert for a Victorian school and created a website for it! It’s very impressive Joe, well done! If you want to have a sneaky peak, here it is….




I just wanted to take this opportunity to showcase this impressive English homework from Year 8 students this week! Keep up the good work!....