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Headteacher's Blog 7 - Friday 20th October 2017

Building skills assembly

Year 10 students had the opportunity to listen to Russell Bowman from Curtins this week in one of a series of building skills assemblies.

Building skills is a careers program organised by a construction company with links to many employers around the country, focussing on developing students’ awareness of CVs, online appearance and interviews.

Thank you Russell for taking the time out to come and talk to us!



Year 11 Rome around Italy….

I’m a little envious of some of our Year 11 students this week as despite the collapse of Monarch Airlines, they managed to jet off to Italy’s capital on Wednesday morning, with the Berlin cohort departing the following day! I’ll be sure to share their photos in my next blog!

Whilst we’re on the topic of overseas residential visits, students in Years 7 to 9 have received a letter this week about residential visits available to them this academic year. Copies of these letters can be found at the links below...

Year 7 will have the opportunity to visit the Belgian town of Ypres to explore its connections with WW1. Travelling with P&O Ferries from Hull the trip is available to all students and has proved highly popular for a number of years.

Year 8 will have the chance to visit Paris, France's capital which is a major European city and a global centre for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Travelling outbound with P&0 from Dover, returning through Eurotunnel and staying for 3 nights in a hotel close to the centre of Paris. The trip has grown in popularity recently with over 80 students taking part each year.

Year 9 will be able to visit Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, which is known for its art and architecture. Travel is by air.


 Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who are the first to receive Bronze Awards this academic year; Samuel Lyons, Holly Brook, Lyla Hodson and Jake Grayston.        



Why is Cinderella so bad at netball?.....

…She has a pumpkin for a coach and she runs from the ball….Anyway (!), unlike Cinderella, we’ve got some netball news to be proud of!

Last week, the Wakefield Schools netball trials took place for under 13’s and under 15’s and three of our girls were selected! Well done Cathy Chambers, Emma Cheverton and Georgia Field.

As if that wasn’t enough, our Year 7 and 8 teams played netball against St Thomas a Beckett this week and the results were as follows:

  • Year 7 won 6 - 2
  • Year 8 A team drew 4 - 4
  • Year 8 B team won 8 - 0

Well done Abigail Bottomley, Bella Haigh and Emily Hall who were all voted player of the match!


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. 


Dates for your diary…

Here are some key dates for next half term.

  • Thursday 2nd November - Year 7 Meet the Form Tutor, 4pm to 7pm
  • Wednesday 8th November - Year 10 Information Evening, 6pm to 7pm
  • Thursday 16th November - Year 11 Parents Evening, 4pm to 7pm

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


Pre-Public Exams are on the horizon…

Our first set of Pre-Public Exams is scheduled to start from Monday 27th November. Year 11 students have received an information letter and their timetable, both of which are available here. Details for Year 10 will be issued after the half term holiday.


Progress Checks

Progress Checks for Years 8 to 11 have now been issued, with Year 7 set to receive theirs at the forthcoming Meet the Form Tutor event on Thursday 2nd November. Copies of the information letters for Years 8 to 11 can be found here.


Academy meal deals

We believe that lunch is an important part of the day for our students, providing energy and nutrients to keep the body and brain working efficiently through the afternoon. With that in mind, here’s a reminder from our catering team about the savings to be made on our meal deals…

£2.10 Meal Deals

  • Main + water + dessert - £1 saving
  • Sandwich + water + dessert - 60p saving
  • Pasta + cheese + cuplet - 60p saving
  • Pasta + tray bake + water - £1 saving
  • Wrap + water - 30p saving
  • Soup + sandwich + water - £1 saving
  • Jacket potato + beans + fruit + cuplet - 70p saving

£2.60 Go Large Deal

  • Wrap + tray bake + large drink (water, milkshake or juice) - 70p saving


Ghoulish delights…

In honour of Halloween, there’ll be some monstrous offerings on Tuesday 31st October…..

Morning break

  • Spider web pizza - 90p
  • Vampire blood smoothie - 70p


  • Bangers and monster mash - £1.90 (add fruit and water for £2.10)
  • Pumpkin soup and cheesy ghost bread - £1.40


Local cricket and football club accepting new players

New to cricket and want to find a friendly, local club? Denby Grange Cricket Club in Overton is setting up a junior cricket section in the new year and they’d love you to join them.

Age groups will be under 13’s, 15’s and 17’s and training will take place every Sunday from 4th February to 15th April, between 5.30pm and 6.30pm at Stumps Indoor Cricket Centre at a cost of £1 per child. For more information visit or call Andrew Walsh on 07739423276.

Any younger siblings may be interested in joining Denby Grange’s junior football club for under 8’s and 10’s who train weekly on a Monday from 6pm to 7pm. For more information visit


And finally…

Our very own Paul Woolley and Lucy Walker both excelled in their sports last weekend, with Paul winning the under 12’s Rugby League Leeds District Cup and Lucy winning the under 19’s bronze standard badminton competition! Well done - what fabulous achievements!



Check out these Lord of the Flies masks created by some of our Year 8 boys!...



We’ve received a lovely letter from STEM Learning thanking us for our commitment to increasing students’ awareness of the range of possibilities opened up by studying STEM subjects. They’ve awarded us with a certificate of recognition, for encouraging and inspiring young people in STEM subjects through the use of STEM Ambassadors. Well done Mrs Brooks - what a nice way to end the week!