We have some exceptional portrait work being done in our Sixth Form Art groups. They are a mixture of self-portraits, family portraits and portraits of friends in acrylic paint, watercolour paint, mixed media and charcoal on canvas and paper.


Well done to Ben Boulton, Hannah Kleist, Jack Murray, Lydia Fletcher, Mia-Jade Lorryman, Millie Fletcher and Niala Crampton.






We celebrated two Edge firsts this week, with Olivia Hessey (Year 9) becoming the school’s first Graduate Award, and Joel Sergeant becoming the first of our current Year 7 to earn his Apprentice Award.





On Wednesday Year 8 students took part in a STEM day run by ‘Solutions for the Planet’. The focus was ‘sustainability’ and they had to work in teams to come up with innovative solutions aimed at helping society solve its social, environmental and economic problems leading to the one ‘big idea’ that they wanted to solve. They presented initial ideas and faced questions from the audience that helped them to hone their thinking. The next steps will involve developing their solution into a business plan to be submitted into a regional competition. Excellent work from Year 8 and Miss Tapp.  



One of the highlights of our World Book Day has to be author Martyn Bedford visiting us and spending time with Year 7 and 8 students. He read from his most recent novel, ‘Twenty Questions for Gloria’, and gave us an insight into how a book is inspired, how it’s written and some of the pitfalls and highlights of being a working writer.



He also led workshops using lost objects as the stimulus for stories, guiding each group through the stages of planning a story, and encouraging the students to consider setting, character, voice, opening scene and structure. We’re looking forward to reading the stories.



Wetherby Library visited us with their BookFace Project, and lots of students (and some staff!) had their photos taken with books for faces and there was a competition to identify the staff behind a book. The English Department excelled themselves once again by dressing up as evil queens, wizards and monsters. Miss Welsh tested the staff with her annual day-long World Book Day Quiz by email.  If you would like to test yourself here are her questions, and the answers.



Good schools are always underpinned by unsung heroes, and one of ours is Shirley Courtman who is a faithful and reliable member of our premises team, who celebrated her 80th birthday last week. She is a highly respected member of our staff and we were pleased to celebrate with her.




I was pleased to present Silver Awards to Freya Salt Smith and Maya Schottler (Bucktrout) and Isabella Wade (Thompson).





Thea Beesley, Laird Ferguson and Evan Bentley (Bucktrout); Joe Ogden, Joe Rudge, Emily Warbrick, Ellie Driscoll and Amy Jones (Cooper); Davey I’Anson, Hayley Kerr, Ryan Liesener, Lee Wharmby, Rebecca Crossland, Elise Wade, Max Brown, Frazer Rollings and Kian Willatt (Donaldson) and Quinn Garrity and Rachel Wilson (Thompson) all received their Bronze Awards. Well done to them all.



Congratulations to Joe Rudge (Cooper) and Hugo Natarajan (Bucktrout) who shared the Roper Cup and also to Maya Schottler (Bucktrout); Frazer Rollings, Luke Jessey, and Joshua Duffy (Donaldson) and Isabella Wade, Julia Cole and Amreeta Sehmi (Thompson) who also excelled last week.




I was pleased to spend break today with Rebecca Hobson and Jack Curtis, two students who get it right all the time.





On Tuesday evening the U16 girls’ football team hosted Allerton High School in the Leeds Schools Cup semi- final. We took an early lead through two goals by Cerys Bevan. Our centre backs Abbie Dunwell and Emily Mitchell restricted the opposition to shooting from distance and Stella Jaquiss made some great saves in goal. Cerys Bevan scored her third goal of the game and Evie Smalley also scored in our 4-0 win. The next step is the final against Pudsey Grangefield.


The Year 10 boys’ football team travelled to Allerton Grange for a league fixture, which ended 3-3. It was a fantastic game and a draw was a fair result with our goals from Tom March, Mark Burke and Sam Green. Tom March and Charlie Brooke were our players of the match.


Our Year 8 boys’ football team travelled to Roundhay in the area league and were unlucky to find themselves 2-0 down. George Winn scored to make it 2-1, and despite our pressure that remained the final score. Quinn Garritty was player of the match for an excellent performance.


Our Year 7 boys’ football team played at John Smeaton. Taylor Simpson and Tom Williamson scored in our 4-2 victory.


On Thursday the Year 10 boys hosted Roundhay, but due to illness we only had 9 players. The boys held the game at 1-1 until the final 10 minutes, but by this time they were understandably spent and conceded 3 goals which led to a 4-1 defeat. Our player of the match was Owen Hindley for a heroic display in midfield.


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