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Headteacher's Blog 8 - Friday 6th November 

Update on Charity Work

In January 2015 I set students the challenge of raising £10,000 for charity within twelve months.  You can imagine my pride to see that we have already surpassed that and still have a few months left!

Not ones to rest on our laurels, students have once again been asked to think of others less fortunate than themselves as we celebrate “Children In Need” next Friday.  Students are asked to come in non-uniform for the price of £1.00 and wear items of yellow or spotty clothes.  In addition there will be some activities for them to join in with, raising even more money during lunch time.

Can I thank you in advance for supporting this very worthwhile cause.

Feedback from Education Trips and Visits

Year 9 Geography Field Trip:

“Year 9 students had an action packed two days at the coast. Waters were a little rocky on the Wednesday for the boat trip, but it didn't detract from the exciting geography being learnt. Students got up close and personal at Flamborough Head exploring hard rock cliff formations and associated features. Sea defences at Hornsea were analysed and evaluated as to their effectiveness and suitability for maintaining tourism in the town. Students even managed to squeeze in some chips and had some free time in the amusements arcade. Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable two days for both students and staff alike. Well done Year 9 and Mr. Chambers for organising it. “

Mrs Jones: Associate Assistant Headteacher


Berlin Residential

“The Berlin trip was crammed full of activities and I thoroughly enjoyed them all. On the day we landed, after we'd checked in, we went to the cinema and watched the Martian, which is a great film. Over the weekend we went to a few museums about what happened during Hitler's reign of terror which an eye was opening experiences that was necessary as there were many important things to learn about and I'm glad I did. We also went bowling one night. The bowling alley was so much fun and you got so many chips in one portion. I got a strike in my first bowl, just saying. On the final day we went shopping and the shopping street was so long we didn't even make it to the end. There was this adorable little Christmas shop with the cutest ornaments and decoration that, if you get the chance to, you should definitely go to. There was also Ample men merchandise everywhere, which was probably Mr. Care’s favourite part of the whole trip! We also went to the TV tower, parliament building, something else and saw parts of the Berlin Wall.  By the time we got home I had absolutely no money left, had eaten McDonald's every day and was ready to sleep for the rest of the holiday,  which clearly means I had a great time. If any future students get the chance to go on this trip, I would highly recommend taking it as you will never forget going.”


Rahisa Janmohamed – Year 11

Please look out for letters for next year’s Berlin trip that will be coming out next week!




 Netball Up, Downs and Fingers Crossed!

Two of our teams played against Kettlethorpe on Wednesday 4th Nov.  Our Year 10 lost 13 – 2 to a very strong team from Kettlethorpe.  Huge congratulations go to our player of the match Emma Barker!

Our Year 9 won 6 -2 and played a very good second half!  Huge congratulations go to our player of the match Mollie Gilbert

Please keep your fingers crossed for our Year 7 netball team who play Saint Thomas A Beckets next week.

Celebrating Success

I have had the pleasure of doing lots of assemblies this week and getting the opportunity to hand out Bronze and Silver Certificates.  I am delighted to say that I have barely touched the mountain of certificates that is in my office and look forward to handing out many more during the next few weeks.

We also ran a praise breakfast for Gold Certificate students and our first Platinum Certificate student – Shamus Harrison.

Well done to all our students whose hard work and superb Attitude to Learning is paying off!





Remembrance Day

The theme of my assemblies this week was to launch our Remembrance Day service next week.  As is our tradition, we will observe the two minutes silence with a reading from our Head of History and the playing of the Last Post.

In addition we are creating our own Poppy art installation.  This is in our main atrium and we have been encouraging students in art lessons, form time and our lunchtime activity clubs to be creative and design their own poppies for display.  It may not be quite as spectacular as ceramic poppies currently on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, but nevertheless it already serves as a poignant symbol of this important event.

Year 11 Pre Public Exams

73 students sat their iGCSE English Language exam on Wednesday.  Their attitude and determination was impressive and I have everything crossed that we will see some excellent results from them.

However, the hard work doesn’t stop there!

Monday 30th November sees the start of our Pre Public Examinations.  These are very important as they will give the first examined indication of the year as to what each student needs to do in each subject to achieve their target.


Everything possible is done to replicate the experience of the summer. The papers will then be diagnostically marked, with each individual subject producing a ‘Brook Proforma’ for each candidate, which will identify what needs to be done between now and the next PPEs in March.


Year 11 families have a Parents’ Evening next Thursday to discuss with teachers how best to support their child in relation to these forthcoming examinations. This is a really important event and I look forward to welcoming you to the Academy.


Keeping Safe

This time of year always worries me – it’s dark early, the lure of fireworks and the cold weather increasingly mean that students don’t take the care and attention they should on their journeys to and from school.  Just this week I received the following email which highlights the dangers that some students put themselves in:

“I know it must be a constant problem for you but could you please have a word with your pupils regarding road safety.

 This morning whilst driving up Benton Hill a boy (think a year 7) ran out from behind a van which was in the queue of traffic at the road work traffic lights.  Luckily my car has good brakes and I always drive below the speed limit as I am aware of the pupils - if not, this boy would have been on my bonnet! As it was I stopped an inch or so from him!  Fortunately there was not another vehicle behind me or I would have probably been hit from behind too. 

 I appreciate that you do educate your pupils regarding road safety but just felt I needed to bring this to your attention. Dark mornings, wet roads, damp leaves, fog etc. all could make the difference between a near accident and a nasty accident!”

 Please could all parents and carers join us in reminding students to Keep Safe!

 And finally – welcome back after half term and thank you for your continued support.