La fheile Padraig sona dhuibh!



It is with great sadness that I share news of the passing of Gillian Glew, who taught Food Technology and Health and Social Care at our school from 1997 to 2010. She was just 58 years old and had been battling cancer for some years.


She was a real presence around school, always carrying herself with dignity and poise. She had a quiet authority but was never distant, because it was coupled with understanding, thoughtfulness and wisdom. She was a really good teacher, respected by all, she had exceptional pastoral skills and her students loved her. She held herself to the highest professional standards and was determined that all the students in her care would thrive. We respected her independent mind and admired her strength as a team player. Nothing phased Gillian, she was always reliable, thorough and organised. Most of all she was kind, and we liked her.


Our thoughts are with her husband and two children.




Well done to Abbie Hedley, who is our latest Edge Apprentice, after demonstrating skills in leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication.




I was very pleased to present Benjamin Smith, James Tucker and Madeleine Tue (Bucktrout); Isabel Laurie (Cooper); Florence Hills (Donaldson) and Bradley Wood, and Sophie Skelton (Thompson) with their Silver Awards.



Well done to Thomas Berry, Harry Lemon, Alfie Johnson, Viviana Duarte Dong, Sherise Findlay-James, Nelly Forba and Freya Rowe (Bucktrout); Nacy Atkinson, Eleanor Aitken, Isabel Couldwell, Tommy Gale and George Winn (Cooper); Heather Hames, Ethan Hodgson, Mason Taylor, Abbie Foley, Isabelle Ward, Alfie Barrs-Griffiths and Jake Levine (Donaldson) and Edith Richardson, Isabelle Ward, Hermime Pryce and Sam Fielden (Thompson) who were all presented with their Bronze Awards this week.




Well done to Lia Balmer (Donaldson) and Emma Dodsworth (Cooper) who shared the Roper Cup this week, and to Aimee Wiltshire and Thomas Williams (Bucktrout) and Louise Evans, Megan Collins and Victoria Farmer (Thompson) who also had a great week.




I enjoyed time with Harry Baker and Luke Adams this week. They had good praise for our staff and described how they were being supported to make progress in each of their subjects. Mrs Westerman and I were impressed by Harry’s self discipline and the good humour that Luke brought into the room.





Year 12 Biology students have been studying the heart and this week they completed a dissection exercise as one of their 12 required practical tasks. When all 12 are done to the expected standard, this earns them their Practical Endorsement which shows that they have successfully completed a set of tasks that cover different skills and use different apparatus. Many of this group are planning to study science into higher education.



Today a group of highly aspirational Year 12s, Hannah Waite, Ewan Connell, Freddy Howden, Beth Adamson, Haydn Kay, Chris Oakes, Megan Law, Katie Midgley. Mohammed Hasan and Chelsea Atkinson, went to an Oxbridge introductory day led by Selwyn College, Cambridge. The students got the chance to learn about the application process for the various Oxbridge colleges and courses and to meet the all-important admissions tutors.




In the first few days of next week we will bid farewell to this web site and welcome a brand new one. As well as an improved blog page the new site has a range of additional information. Recognising that more and more people are now using mobile devices and tablets to access the internet our new site is also mobile friendly.


Your link to access ePortal will be found at the foot of the home page in the ‘Useful Links’ section. If you have any problems accessing or using the new website, please email our Database Administrator, Mr Magee; we will welcome your feedback.



Last Friday, eight of our students from year 7 to 11 competed in the first ‘RowLeeds’ indoor rowing championships. It was a fantastic event where we competed against nine other Leeds schools. Our students were superb and produced some unbelievable performances, most notably, Emma Cameron and Josh Duffy who both won their respective races and Christian Boden who came 3rd in his race. Overall school finished 4th. The rowing coaches at the event were very impressed with our performance and are keen to host similar events in the future. Well done to Christina Boden, Florence Hills, Quinn Garrity, Holly BurnsDanforth, Luke Sowden, Lauren Day, Joshua Duffy and Emma Cameron



On Tuesday our U12 and U16 girls’ football teams faced Horsforth in the semi- finals of the Leeds Merit League.


The U12’s started the match well but at half time it was 1-0. Early in the second half Eva Jenkins scored to make it 1-1. Not long after Lucy Foster gave us our second goal, heading into the last 5 minutes with a 2-1 lead. Horsforth equalised, leaving the full time score at 2-2. This meant penalties, it was the first time that our students have been in this situation, but our girls held their nerve and we won 2-1 on penalties. Players of the match were Eva Jenkins and Florence Hills.


Our U16 girls were up against the same team who defeated them last year in the same cup, unfortunately it was Horsforth’s day again, they took the lead after 10 minutes of play and at half time the score was 2-0. The final result was 5-0 which is unfortunate for our girls but making the semi-finals was a great achievement. The player of the match was Abbie Dunwell. Our next match is in the Leeds Schools Cup Final against Pudsey Grangefield.


The Year 11 boys’ football team travelled to Garforth. After a very physical first half battling with not just the opposition, but the strong winds, low sun and playing up a hill, we were grateful to go in at 0-0. In the second half we were great, with Freddie Duggan, Usaama Yate and Ciaran Ward scoring the goals in a 3-0 win. Player of the match was Joe Clark for a solid game in defence.


On Wednesday the Y10 boys’ football team hosted Temple Moor in the league. We dominated the opening stages of the game and took the lead through Dan Stannard after great work by Sam Green. After the break our opponents grew into the game and scored a very good equaliser with 15 minutes to play. The game could have been won by either team, with the final score being a very fair 1-1 draw. Ali Thompson was our player of the match for a formidable display in midfield.


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