We were delighted at the huge attendance at our Open Evening.   Such were the numbers visiting us that we had to close the doors 15 minutes early for the first speech with not event standing room available.  For the second speech the hall was so full that families had to sit on the floor and on the stairs. With just short of 800 adults in attendance it was a very public demonstration of the attraction our partnership with The GORSE Academies Trust (TGAT) is gaining amongst our local community.

Sir John Townsley and I presented on five areas:

  • Our values
  • The standard of outcomes
  • The standard of behaviour
  • The standard of teaching and learning
  • Our strategic plan for the future





In covering these headings we referred back to the recent judgements of Ofsted, demonstrating how the school had improved and progressed since our ‘Good’ judgements in both 2015 and 2012. We shared the strategies already in place that will secure our ambition to be judged ‘Outstanding’ at our next inspection; these include Positive Discipline, Purple Zone and the National Grid for Reading. Sir John ended his presentation by sharing his decision to move his family home and put his children into Bramham Primary, in order that they will be able to attend Boston Spa Academy.




I was pleased that Sir John could join us on the night.  It was a powerful reminder for me of a conversation at our academy parental consultation evening last summer, where a parent from Primrose Lane Primary School described Boston Spa securing the partnership with TGAT as ‘a coup for the community’.

To find our even more about Boston Spa Academy, there is our prospectusresults and the views of Year 7 students. If you wish to visit school please contact my PA Mrs Rushton.





Just as the best hospitals become ‘Teaching Hospitals’ so the best schools become ‘Teaching Schools’, and as a consequence of our partnership with The GORSE Academies Trust we have become part of a Teaching School.


This is a really exciting initiative because attracting the very best teachers to schools is a really competitive challenge, but this initiative will allow Boston Spa Academy to have first pick of the very best of the new entrants to the profession. This week we were pleased to welcome our first students: Miss Paul (English), Miss Mehnaz (Computer Science), Mr Schofield (Business Studies), Miss Bensley (Geography), Mr McDermot (Languages), Miss Kaur (Maths), Miss Gibbs (Science), Mr Cook (History) and Miss Teece (English).






I enjoyed break today with Julia Cole and Lauren Day for ‘Hot Choc Friday’. It was a great opportunity to affirm two exceptional students and to praise them for all they do in school. I was pleased to hear their praise of staff and interested in their reflections on the introduction of Positive Discipline (“no one wants an after school detention”) and Purple Zone (“it’s great for exam technique; you can’t ask for help so you test yourself”).










Dozens of children were recognised and praised in PD hour this week. I was particularly pleased to meet with those who had enjoyed an exceptional week. Well done to Jonas Ndombasi, Chloe Jarvis, Alfie Bars Griffiths, Holly Waite, Liberty Wallis, Toby Dunwell, Eva Jae Douthwaite, Aimee Wiltshire, Amelia Edwards, Lily Rose Barker, Joe Jeffries, Ben Fasey, Hugo Burns Danforth, Fermanagh Gibbins Noble, Lucy Cheetham, Nadine Kershaw, Sara Mohamadi, Saskia Benjamin, Jack Hobbah, Lily Dowson, Charlotte Martin, Thomas Mosley, David Mawson and Megan Dykes.






On Thursday a group of thirty Sixth Form students and our Leeds United Scholarship students visited the National Apprenticeship Show at the Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate. Students were able to talk to a range of employers and apprenticeship providers such as Mercedes Benz, Amazon, PGL, the NHS, Renault and many more. Evie Smalley said the show was “insightful” and Megan Foy was encouraged to find out the NHS was offering nursing apprenticeships from 2018. The photos show Britney Pease, Charlotte Gavaghan and Alexandra Waldron, Sam Jackson discussing what Mercedes Benz has to offer, Caitlyn Senior and Evie Smalley in an RAF helicopter and a victorious Haider Alam, after topping the table in the Army reaction challenge.



Elsewhere, Mr James’s weekly quiz was back this Thursday and unsurprisingly there was a full house in the Sixth Form work area. There was a tie in the quiz this week between ‘The Resitters’ and ‘Tom Zanetti’.  We need to do better on team names next week.



In GCSE Statistics, Year 10 have done some really interesting work investigating global statistics and finding innovative ways of presenting them.


They watched ‘If the World Were a Village’, where David J Smith and Shelagh Armstrong imagine the world as a village of 100 people and show various world statistics in terms of the number of villagers, ‘Stan’s Cafe Theatre Company’ video representing each person in the world as one grain of rice, and finally ‘The Time You Have’ illustrating all the time at our disposal with one jellybean representing one day.




The students then planned a full investigation into a global statistic of their choice, ranging from religious issues to the proportion of people who can roll their tongue! For homework they carried out their research and produced some similarly innovative visual graphs and diagrams. They did some impressive work, with these examples from Alfie Allanach (how many people can wiggle their ears?), Alex Williams (those who can swim and those who can’t) and Millie Thompson (world kcal and sugar consumption).



Well done to the PE team who have been successful as a school in achieving the Silver Games Mark Award. The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress. The award recognises the exceptional work of all involved in PE and sport in school.



We have two important evenings for families next week. The first is on Wednesday and is the Sixth Form Information Evening for Years 12 and 13. The second is the Year 7 Settling In Evening for Year 7 on Thursday. We value the partnership with home, and both represent important parts of our transition and support processes; thank you for your support with these.


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