The public exams start next week, affecting Years 9 to 13. We wish them all well, and if you need advice on supporting your daughter or son at home please do not hesitate to call school.
CONSULTATION ON ACADEMY CONVERSION
We are now in our second week of consultation about going into partnership with the high performing GORSE Academies Trust.
Unlike a situation in an underperforming school, our consecutive ‘Good’ Ofsted judgements entitle us to the freedom to make a strategically informed decision about converting to an academy, and we believe this proposal represents a significant strategic shift in secondary provision in our locality.
The consultation has been featured in the Yorkshire Post and on Stray FM. 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. Please take this opportunity to respond as our governors are keen to know your views.
Next week we have a parents’ consultation evening on Tuesday 16th May at 6.00pm and a consultation for families with children in our primary schools on Thursday 18th May at 6.00pm. We look forward to welcoming you at either of these events. The consultation closes on Tuesday 23rd May 2017.
Our Sixth Form held the first hustings of the campaign with our four candidates, David Nagle (Labour), Alec Shelbrook (Conservative),Dylan Brown (Green) and Stuart Golton (Liberal Democrat) attending. Questions arose on housing, immigration, the state of the Labour Party, electoral reform, their plans for the constituency, the trident nuclear deterrent and equal rights. None would commit to predicting the outcome either locally or nationally, but all encouraged young people to register to vote and then to use it.
SIXTH FORM NEWS
It was the final week of Mr James’s legendary Sixth Form Quiz this week, with “The Eddheads” deservedly coming out winners. Team captain Ed Chapman said “this is a proud day for us. It was a team effort and one we will all remember”. They may not have known Leicester City once played at Filbert Street but they knew pretty much everything else. A big thank you to Mr James for running the weekly events.
I was really pleased to congratulate those in Year 9 with the highest effort scores. Well done to Alfred Allanach, Molly Bailey-Hague, Ben Baker, Evan Bentley, Thomas Berry, Harry Botterill, Harry Boulton, Ciaran Connell, Finlay Dunlop, Rachael Haigh, Abbie Hedley, Eve Hedley, Saskia Irwin, Luke Jessey, Ben Lagan, Millie Law, Pippa Linden-Howes, Jaideep Matharu, Kayleigh Morrell, Georja O’Neill, Millie Thomson, Orla Toolan, Madeleine Tue, Jacob Ward, Oakley Waters, Alex Williams, Harvey Williams and Rachel Wilson
I was delighted to present Cerys Bevan (Cooper) with her Gold Award this week. What an achievement!
Well done to Lewis Bailey-Hague, Omar Natarajan, Saskia Benjamin and Allix McGrath (Bucktrout); Ella Hulbert (Cooper) and James Ball, Lily Slater, Anna Stanbow and Sophie Towns (Donaldson) who have earned their Silver Awards.
Well done to Laila Holroyd, Harry Boulton, Abbie Hedley, Eve Hedley and Jacob Naylor (Bucktrout); Thomas Burrows, Millie Morrell, Mariana Ruddock, Megan Evans and Tom Chapman (Cooper); Ruby Bowden, Lydia Smith, Ibti Hasan, Joe Clark and Morgan Stokes (Donaldson) and Diego Naylor and Kullen Gondo-Dennis (Thompson) who all have received their Bronze Awards.
Well done to Sam Courtman (Cooper) who won the Roper Cup by earning the most CC points in the week, and congratulations also to Jake Carrara and Joshua Thompson (Bucktrout); Thomas Burrows (Cooper); Kayleigh Morrell, Lydia Smith and Jack Brown (Donaldson) and Joshua McGregor, Julia Cole and Jack Curtis (Thompson) who all also had a great week.
HOT CHOC FRIDAY
I was pleased to spend break today with Karla Fern and Usaama Yate; both well focussed for the coming exam season.
SHOWCASING YEAR 8
Miss Rawlings’ Textiles group are designing creature toys aimed at 3-7 year olds and there is some great working being done by Adam Poulter, Declan Tasker, Sherise Findlay-James and Viviana Duarte-Dong.
On Wednesday eight students attended a semi-final event at Leeds University Business School with the company ‘Solutions for the Planet’.
The two groups had to present their big idea to a panel of judges and a large audience. Our first group, ‘Sealife Watch’, had a great idea about tackling the problem of plastic in our oceans. Dion Clements Smith, Jess Speight, Beth Lloyd and Ella Hulbert delivered a fun and engaging presentation and walked away runners up with a special commendation.
Our second group, ‘Defoggers’ also had a fantastic idea – collecting fats and oils from pipes in our homes and converting them to a biofuel for use with heating or as fuel in cars. Isabel Laurie, Isabel Couldwell, Chelsea Varley and Amy Gray had also created a really well thought out business plan and tackled tricky questions from the judges panel with great confidence.
We are really proud of their efforts, and their professionalism and enthusiasm were highly praised.
We are delighted for Mr and Mrs Potter whose son Jackson Theo was born this week, weighing in at 7lb 12oz.
Congratulation to Year 11 who beat St Mary’s Menston 2-1 in the Cup Final at South Leeds Stadium on Monday night with goals from Liam Swift and Usaama Yate. This is a team who have stayed together since Year 7 and have improved each year, reaching quarter finals and semi-finals, so it is brilliant that they win their first final as a team in their last match together!
Well done to our U12 girls who won their Cup Final against Ralph Thoresby, 1-0 in extra time with Billie Hedley scoring the goal. Lucy Foster was our player of the match.
Our U14 girls did a great job in their final, however they lost 2-0 against Horsforth. Emily Mitchell was our player of the match.
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