The development of skills and personal qualities is very important to us, so it was a joy to present two new Edge certificates this week. Alex Williams has achieved his Graduate, and is now set on the journey to Master, while Saskia Benjamin becomes the second Year 7 to earn her Apprentice certificate. Each has demonstrated over time skills in leadership, organisation, initiative, resilience and communication.
Whole Education is a national partnership of schools committed to seeing that all children receive an engaging and rounded education that supports academic achievement, but also develops the skills, knowledge and qualities needed to flourish in life, learning and work.
As a part of our membership of Whole Education we undertook a peer review this week led by Peter Rubery (Principal of Fallibroome Academy), his Deputy Claire Burstow and Iggy Rhodes (from Whole Education). It was a valuable day with a focus on school leadership, our curriculum, teaching and learning and the experience of the disadvantaged student. They met with the senior leadership team, four focus groups of students, three focus groups of staff, and also visited lessons.
We have received really positive and constructive feedback that will further inform school improvement planning. Particularly pleasing in the feedback was their praise for our students and staff, for the quality of relationships in school and the recognition from our young people that our staff ‘go the extra mile’ in helping them to achieve.
SIXTH FORM NEWS
On Monday we were proud to welcome back alumnus Jess Fennell to our Sixth Form. Jess achieved an A* in A Level Psychology in 2015 and is currently in her second year at York University, studying Psychology. Jess spoke to Year 12 and 13 students about studying Psychology at university, about university life and was on hand to give tips for writing personal statements. The students were clearly impressed and inspired with what they heard. Freya Hopkins said, “Jess was great. She is so passionate about Psychology and clearly loves uni.”
On the same day students in Year 12 and 13 went to the First Direct Arena to attend the Leeds Apprenticeship Fair. Although busy the students found the fair informative and learnt a lot about the various apprenticeships and careers on offer. Erin Lees said, “It was really good, I met a lot of companies and got a lot of ideas for my future.”
Well done to Amelia Edwards (Cooper); Terisha Ndebele (Donaldson); Kiran Hussain and Aaliyah Toor-Keita (Thompson) who achieved their Silver Awards this week.
Well done to Jake Rogers, Louis Fletcher, Nadia Schottler, Alistair Thompson, Amelia Wiltshire and Lucy Lunn (Bucktrout); Kian Brammer, Amelia Dayson and Mack Garrity (Cooper); Lia Balmer, Jack Jenkins, Hollie Haigh, Amy Smith, Alix Mosley, Maryam Kotia, Emily Stephenson, Angel-Marie Cook and Emma StJohn (Donaldson); and Abigail Bentley, Kerri Smith, Victoria Farmer, Shayan Gohil, Louise Evans and Paige Horsfall (Thompson) who all received their Bronze Awards.
Well done to Freya Salt-Smith (Bucktrout) who won the Roper Cup last week, and to Christian Boden, Will Blackmore (Cooper); Alayna Westerman, Lauren Ball, Rachael Haigh and Kyle Mallory (Donaldson) and Lizzie Coates (Thompson) who all had excellent weeks.
HOT CHOCOLATE FRIDAY
I was please to spend break today with Jade Blackburn and Rachel Crosby. They are both working really hard, and have the regard of their teachers. It was good to hear how much they appreciate our staff and how confident they are about their progress. We are very proud of them,
On Wednesday of this week, 89 Young Leaders and 16 members of staff from 7 of our partner primary schools attended the Sport Leaders UK Play Makers Award course in the Indoor Tennis Centre. The course is for pupils in Years 5 and 6 and helps them to develop the confidence and skills required to deliver fun active lunch and break time activities.
The Young Leaders explored what makes a good team and a good team leader along with developing quality communication skills, as well as organisational and motivational skills to get everybody active during break times. I am grateful to Mr Lynskey, Mr Mulhern and Miss Crossley for their contribution to this event.
Congratulations to Hugo Burns-Danforth who has achieved his brown double stripe belt in karate; black belt is his next objective.
On Tuesday our Year 7 boys’ football team hosted a very strong Temple Moor side who beat us 4-3 in October. The visitors took the lead despite great goalkeeping from Jude Howes. Three goals from Taylor Simpson and another from Bradley Wood saw us secure a 4-2 win, with Luke Neary our player of the match for a solid display at the heart of defence.
On Thursday the Year 8 boys’ football team travelled to Garforth for what Mr Potter describes as ‘a cracker’. We took the lead early through Arthur Marshall, our opponents hit back and then took the lead, 2-1 at half time. The second half response was an excellent performance from our boys with Harry Douglas and Declan Tasker both scoring to give us the lead. Garforth replied with an equaliser before Noah Thompson scored the winner with only seconds left on the clock. Our player of the match was Ravi Natarajan for an excellent display in midfield in a 4-3 win.
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