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Headteacher’s Blog 9 - Friday 10th November 2017

Lest we forget

The Academy stood still today in honour of those who bravely sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. Thank you to Mr Gillard for hosting a wonderful remembrance service and to the whole Academy for the respect shown….lest we forget.   



All different, all equal

National anti-bullying week is set to take place from Monday, the aim being to promote difference and equality in schools. In honour of the week, we’ll be holding anti-bullying assemblies for Key Stage 3 students, as well as a series of activities to be completed in form time, looking at situations students could be faced with and how to tackle them. Here are some anti-bullying top tips for parents, carers and young people.


Introducing our new House Co-ordinators!

I’m pleased to introduce our new House-Co-ordinators; Miss Bell (Africa), Mr Barnes (Americas) and Mr Walmsley (Asia), who will join Mrs Lindop (Europe) in their new roles.

They’ve hit the ground running this week, organising events for next Friday’s Children in Need!…Whilst we’re on the topic, there are numerous activities that will be taking place next Friday including; a completion to design a Pudsey Minecraft, a Rubik’s Cube challenge, tug of war, a Pudsey ball rolling competition, wet sponges, staff (male!) leg wax, blind make-up application and much more!

Next Friday will also be a non-uniform day, the theme being wear it spotty or yellow! Students are asked to make a voluntary contribution of £1 to Children in Need, to be collected at the student entrance on the morning. We’re also keen to find as many ‘Round Pounds’ as possible so feel free to send those in as part of “Pudsey’s Round Pound Countdown!”

Students will also have the opportunity to buy cupcakes and Pudsey bear biscuits for £1, of which 40p will go to Children in Need.

….Be sure to check out next week’s blog for a glimpse of the day’s activities, hard as some of them may be to look at!!!


Striving for success…

Our thanks go to Greenhead College for running an A-Level mathematics session with 60 of our mathematicians, all aiming for a grade 7 or above!


Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who have received Bronze Awards this week; Leo Jones, William Fisher, Katie Armitage, Olivia Adair, Olivia Oldroyd, Joshua McIntosh, Paige Watson, Jasmine Hampshire, Taiba Azhar, Owen Ackroyd, Ariana Cossins, Lily Gilbert, Mia Speight, Leah Philip, Alana Elsbury, Archie Milner, Natalie Rainford, Mitchell Kattenberg, Megan Clinch, Samuel Lyons, Ronaldas Urbonas, Olivia Hargrave, Courteney Robinson, Ashleigh Jones, David Ross, Chloe Kaye, Rishie Patel, Sarah Kirby, James Genty, Amy Lou Roberts, Madeleine Wilkinson, Oliver Neild, Isabel Sandom, Freya Fairbrother, Lucy Davies, Lucie Leonard, Gabriella Mitchell and Zaid Zia.


PiXL Perfect!

I also had the pleasure of presenting PiXL Edge Awards this week to; Kieran Lawn, Molly Watson and Chloe Kaye.


Super Silver Crest Awards!

A big well done to the following Year 9 students who received Silver Crest Award certificates this week in recognition of their work for the Teen Tech Awards in STEM Club. It’s a real achievement since Silver is usually achieved in Year 10 or 11! Congratulations; Bethan Elsworth, Thomas Rylett, Yahyah Keita, Daniel Menzer, Matthew Duncan, Sam Spiers, Nicole Hirst, Oliver Hamilton, Charlotte Farrar, Ruby Newbould, Ben Harrod-Edwards, Joe Ellis, Nathan Byford, Josh Sykes and Reece Sykes.


Homework Club

We’ll be relaunching Homework Club from Monday with Miss Morrow as the new Homework Club Co-ordinator. It’s set to take place every Monday in ICT2 from 8.00am to 8.30am and from 2.45pm to 3.45pm.


Slimy visitors in the LRC!

When Mrs Fisher said she wanted some new pets for the LRC I wasn’t expecting snails!...Anyway, I was pleased to hear our new pets are settling into their lovely new habitat very well.

Students will be monitoring the snails, looking at growth and making a note of any changes that may occur. A log will be kept for students to record their findings, starting with what is used for their habitat and what they like to eat.

Year 7 form groups will also be competing next week to name the snails…I’m thinking Speedy or Turbo!


Calling all budding bakers!

We’ve been asked to let you know that applications are open for the ninth series of The Great British Bake Off.

If you or someone you know thinks they have what it takes to bake in the tent, visit  or email for more information.


Break time delights…

We’ve got some scrumptious delights available at break next week, all priced at 70p.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, try our pancake toppers with peanut butter and banana, berry yoghurt, or syrup and lemon oats.

On Tuesday and Thursday we’re offering an ‘eggy wedge’ topped with cheese and beans or bacon and cheese.


And finally…

Congratulations to Iris Rodriguez who designed a stained glass window which has been made into a memorial and unveiled this morning in a ceremony at Middlestown Primary Academy!

Iris designed the window in January as part of a competition run by her then school, Middlestown Primary Academy, in partnership with the Parish at War project to mark 100 years since the start of World War One.

As Iris is now at Horbury Academy, I was lucky enough to be invited to the grand unveiling! Here is Iris with her incredible design, along with the stained glass creator, Adam Goodyear…



Look at these wonderful displays in the LRC, well done to our Year 7 students who produced this fabulous work.