One of the joys of going into partnership with The GORSE Academies Trust is becoming a part of their Teaching School. Just as the best hospitals are able to become teaching hospitals and train the next generation of practitioners, so too the best schools are able to become part of teaching school alliances. We were pleased to welcome our first teacher trainees last month. If you, or anyone else you know, is a graduate and is interested in becoming a teacher (either primary or secondary) for September 2018 further information is available here.




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The final GCSE/A Level groups headed to Hornsea to collect data and practise geographical techniques.  Mr Billington noted ‘they all put in a great effort in windy conditions, tracking down lots of locals for questionnaires and observing features of the numerous defences. Particular credit to the Year 13s who were completing work for their independently devised fieldwork project. Many students enjoyed some fish and chips before we all headed to Mapleton to see a cliff crumbling faster than the Leeds United defence against Sheffield Wednesday!




On Wednesday our Year 12 3D Design A Level students visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of their investigations of other artists for their first project. Students are studying various 3D artists and the purpose of the visit was to see the work of Tony Craggs and to witness first-hand the sheer scale of his ideas and the work that goes into creating his sculptures. The students came away with some great sketches, photographs and first hand notes to support their research. They are now ready to begin developing their own ideas based on natural forms.






While doing my usual morning duty at the front of school I was proud to see David Hemsley bringing into the Academy an intricate model of nerve cell that he has made for homework in Science. What a great start!





Today the Sixth Form team took a group of students to the UK University and Apprenticeship Fair at Elland Road stadium.  This is a giant higher education market place which has representatives from all the UK universities, HE providers and Apprenticeship organisations.  It gave students the chance to attend presentations, and talk to admission tutors and apprenticeship training providers.




Over the past month Abbie Jones and Freya Hopkins have pioneered a charity scheme throughout Sixth Form called the ‘Period Project’. They were inspired by a movement in the USA dedicated to helping homeless women by collecting sanitary products and redistributing them to homeless women. With an estimated 50,000 homeless women in the UK, Abbie and Freya were determined to help, so they led a Sixth form assembly and have had great success in raising awareness and crucially donations of products. Well done girls.






It was a privilege to spend break with Joshua Collier and Lily Gill today. These are two students demonstrating a maturity beyond their years in the approach to their work. Not only was I really impressed by the diligence and discipline they were bringing to their GCSEs, but also by the fact that they are two really great young people.











During PD hour I was delighted to recognise and celebrate all of the following who had excellent an excellent week last week.  Well done to Oliver Thomas, Vanshika Singh, Aaron Payne Searston, Saskia Benjamin, Timothy Sergeant, Caitlin Simpson, Eve Hedley, Pippa Linden Howes, Thomas March, Fermanagh Gibbins-Noble, Imogen Jones, Isabelle Ward, Ghanim Abdullah, Taylor Wise, Thomas  Gilding, Hollie Coulthard, Tashna Hamilton, Ben Baker, Max Brown, Tyrese Ndebele, Sophie Skelton, Abdul Halim Bakari, Edith Richardson, Kaitlin Lazenby, Tommy Gale, Molly Reynolds, Alfie Allanach, Jacob Nicholson and Bella Coppock.





Our Year 7 Girls’ football team played their first fixtures of the year, and they did us proud. Eleven students represented Boston Spa Academy fantastically in four competitive games, coming home with a win, two draws and a defeat. Our staff had big praise for the way the girls conducted themselves, with Grace Miller leading the girls in a very professional pre-tournament warm up. Our player of the tournament was Grace Miller, she showed great effort and determination, communicated well with her team mates and was a very positive role model. 



Our Boys’ Scholarship team travelled to Rotherham Utd for a league game and took control of the game; leading 6-0 at half time, the boys went on to finish the game with a 14-0 win. In the West Yorkshire Cup they travelled to Minsthorpe for a tough game, which ended 1-1. Although we were the better team through extra time, it went to penalties. In our first experience of the new ABBA rules, we eventually came out 4-3 winners.  Following a good game at home to Huddersfield last week, where we lost 0-2, we travel to Barnsley today with a much changed side following strong performances from the reserves mid-week.



Normally Mr Swales can be found at Headingley cheering on the Rhinos, but our Football Scholarship Manager will be in a very different position at tomorrow’s Rugby League Grand Final, finding himself in the opposition’s dressing room and dug out. For two years Mr Swales has worked as part of the back room staff at Castleford Tigers, and his role tomorrow is to prepare the players for the biggest match in the club’s history by applying sports massage. During the game he will be supporting the physio with injuries and ensuring the players are properly rehydrated and ready to go again.

Working within elite sport alongside the medical, conditioning and coaching teams gives Mr Swales fantastic insights and great opportunities to develop his knowledge which he can then apply to his teaching of our students. Tomorrow gives him an experience in the sport’s biggest game, whichever side of the fence he is on!

He promises that he’ll, ‘give you all a wave ont’ telly’


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