CONSULTATION ON ACADEMY CONVERSION
In what is being seen as a development of great significance within the educational community, governors have begun a consultation process with a view to joining the high performing GORSE Academies Trust which is seen as the strongest academy group in the region.
The trust currently oversees the Morley and Farnley Academies, both of which have been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted and have also achieved World Class Schools status. The trust came to national attention more recently when its first primary school, Hillcrest Academy, went from Inadequate to Outstanding status in only three years.
We have been a ‘Good’ school for many years and we are now determined to become ‘Outstanding’. We have looked very carefully at all the options available to us and we believe that this is the best way to deliver our ambitious plans for the future.
The Executive Principal of The GORSE Academies Trust, Sir John Townsley, also views the potential partnership as being of great significance. “After many weeks of discussion between us we have become more and more convinced about our shared values and our common determination to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to attend brilliant schools. Boston Spa School has so many strengths and is now poised to become a true giant within Leeds”.
Our ‘Good’ judgements from Ofsted entitle us to the freedom to make a strategically informed decision, on our own terms, to choose to consult on becoming part of The GORSE Academies Trust, something which we believe represents a significant strategic shift in secondary provision in our locality. This is a very different process to a sponsored academy where an underperforming school is allocated to a multi academy trust.
Part of our statutory duty when looking to convert to an academy is to consult formally with our parents. During this timeframe, we will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have and this will help to provide the governors with a clear picture of the school community’s views about this potential change. Our website includes further information, including my letter to parents, a timetable of events, some Frequently Asked Questions and an email address for you to use when contributing to the consultation. The consultation closes on Tuesday 23rd May 2017.
SIXTH FORM NEWS
We were proud to see Chloe Jackson in Year 13 volunteering at Primrose Lane Primary School to teach French to Year 3 and 4 students. Chloe taught the students names of French foods and drinks and how to order from a restaurant menu. Chloe’s visit culminated in her hosting a French breakfast café to which students and parents of Primrose Lane were invited. Year 3 teacher Mrs Crawford described Chloe as “a great ambassador for Boston Spa School. She has been invaluable in helping the children gather and master the necessary vocabulary and we have all very much enjoyed having her in the class.”
Congratulations to Alex Williams (Thompson) who won the Roper Cup for the most CC points last week, and also to Omar Natarajan and Molly Bailey-Hague (Bucktrout); Cerys Bevan and Tom Chapman (Cooper); Sophia Towns, Ebony Hartley, Alfie Barrs-Griffiths and Rachael Haigh (Donaldson) and Chloe Ireland and Millie Thomson (Thompson) who all also excelled.
HOT CHOC FRIDAY
It was a delight to spend break with Emily Hanson and Cameron Ferguson and an opportunity to recognise two students working hard.
With the exam deadlines looming, it is great to see our Year 9 Textile students utilising all the available space for their course work!
NEWS FROM BANGLADESH
We are delighted that our friends at the IET Government High School have been awarded the International Schools Award by the British Council, with the presentations made by the Minister of Education. This is thoroughly well deserved and we are so proud of the work undertaken by the school. It is especially good that Mr Kabir, who leads in the partnership work in Bangladesh, was also presented with the best teacher award for 2017. Everyone here who has worked with him will recognise that this is also a thoroughly well-deserved recognition.
Congratulations to Aidan Harris for passing his ABRSM Music theory exam and to Jude Howes who passed his Grade 1 guitar.
SKEGNESS FESTIVAL OF FOOTBALL
Over the bank holiday weekend Mr Potter, Mr Lynskey, Mr McKernan, Mrs Hessey and Mrs Blackley took Years 7 and 8 boys’ football teams to Skegness to compete in the Easter & Spring Festival of Football. It was our 14th consecutive year at the tournament. The group were fantastic both on and off the pitch. Sam Courtman, Luke Neary and Ravi Natarajan tell their stories.
“Year 7’s first game was against Hessle Sporting but sadly, we lost 3-0. However, we hadn’t woken up yet. In our next game we lost but we played much better, the score was 3-1. The sun now was beaming down on us when we kicked off for our 3rd game, the score was 4-1 to Boston Spa and by now we were playing like Barcelona. We took that confidence into our 4th game and we drew 1-1. On Sunday we played our second group matches, and stared with a 3-1 defeat, which meant we missed out on the semi-finals, but ended the tournament on a high with a 2-0 win.”
“Skegness was brilliant! Year 8 started off poorly losing our first two games, but we worked hard and fought back to win the 3rd game of the day. On the Sunday we lost our first but earned a draw in the second game. We didn’t qualify for the next stage, but played some good football. We had a great time at Butlin’s though, going on all of the rides and meeting players from other teams. Eating all of the food was good too. Thank you to the staff who took us.”
OTHER SPORTS NEWS
Congratulations to Rachel Slater whose cricket season has got off to a tremendous start. She is captain of Yorkshire at 15 and vice-captain at U17, and last week she scored 105 no in a national T20 tournament on Sunday, and 61 no v Derbyshire on Tuesday; brilliant!
On Wednesday afternoon a group of Year 7 Sports Leaders helped run a Primary School Cricket festival. Over 70 pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 from Collingham, Deighton Gates and Scholes took part in bowling, batting and fielding activities and then friendly matches led by our leaders. The Sports leaders did a fantastic job and the staff of the visiting schools were full of praise for them. Thank you to Sam Courtman, Ben Fasey, Billie Hedley, Eva Jenkins, Luke Neary, Joe Rudge & Joe Young.
On Wednesday the Year 10 boys’ football team faced Pudsey Grangefield in the semi-final of the city wide merit league play-off. The game was a thriller, with both teams showing excellent levels of skill, athleticism and determination. We were very unlucky to lose the game 4-3 having been ahead twice in the game. Our goals came from Tom March and player of the match Sam Green.
On Thursday our U16 & U12 girls’ football teams were playing in the city finals. The U16s faced Pudsey Grangefield and got off to a good start against very strong opposition with Maddie Wood and Cerys Bevan giving us a 2-0 lead. However, we couldn’t keep up the intensity and the final score was 6-2 with Abbie Dunwell as player of the match.
The U12s faced a very strong Roundhay side; despite working very hard, showing great character and good sportsmanship we suffered a heavy defeat. The final score was 7-0, player of the match was Lara McCune.
Tonight our Year 10 boys’ football team will host Corpus Christi in the semi-final of the Champions cup, the winner will go on to play in the final at South Leeds Stadium on Monday night. Our Year 11 boys’ football team are already in the final and will be kicking off at 19:30 at the same event. The U12 and U14 girls’ football teams are also playing in cup finals at Wetherby Ings, kicking off at 16:00 and 17:00 against Ralph Thoresby and Horsforth respectively. We wish them all well.
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