Today we celebrated the great efforts made by Year 11 with our Celebration Day. It was a lovely day and an excellent way to affirm all the hard work and effort that has led up to it. It was inevitably an emotional day too, with it being the last time all these young people would be gathered together in this way.

In my final assembly with them I shared the hope I hold for every one of our young people that each one will, at some stage in their life, come to understand what the Psalmist meant when he wrote:


For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully

and wonderfully made.





I was pleased to present five new Apprentice Edge certificates on Thursday; well done to Sam Dobronics, Sam Kilby, Kian Willatt, Owen Wright and Megan Collins.




It is always a delight to present one of our rare Gold Awards; well done to Millie Edwards (Thompson). A great achievement.




Well done Aimee Wiltshire, Eve Kavanagh and Isobel Blakey (Bucktrout); Mary Latham, Paige Smith and Emily Meehan (Cooper); Maddie Roberts (Donaldson) and Laila Reed (Thompson) to whom I presented well deserved Silver Awards




I was pleased to present Bronze awards to Ayisha Mirza, Euan Slater and Megan Dykes (Bucktrout); Aaron Hirst, (Donaldson); and Oliver Steel (Thompson). Well done to them all.




Well done to Rachael Haigh who won the Roper Cup last week, and Paige Smith, Stella Jaquiss and Emily Meehan  (Cooper); Terisha Ndebele (Donaldson) and Lucy Stanton (Thompson) who all also excelled.




It was lovely to welcome our primary friends from the Wharfe Valley Learning partnership into school for an amazing Colourscape project. It was a huge undertaking  by our premises team, and by Mrs Wraighte from Harewood Primary, but the children loved it saying, ‘it’s like a rainbow but you get in and you can walk around. The colours go all different. The white light is in the grey room but it’s not really white it’s all colours!’

Our Key Stage 3 music classes also had the opportunity to visit the music pod on Thursday and Friday this week. They used sensors which detected body movement which was then converted into sound, allowing composition by movement. Each sensor was also connected to a variety of lights that controlled the pitch, enabling them to learn about both the applications of electronic music and theatre lighting.






We were very pleased to welcome contractors onto the site this week. They will be re-roofing the whole section from Design and Technology, to English. We will then replace all the windows in this section with UPVC double glazing, which will make a huge difference to the comfort in the rooms.  Afterwards, the main corridor and its classrooms will all be decorated. We’re expecting the work to be complete in time for September. Mr Harper has done a fantastic job in securing the funding for this work, and Mr Bringins is making the management of such a complex project look effortless, even though it is the largest scale piece of work undertaken since the building of the Science block and the Tennis Centre.



Year 12 have had a great day today at the UCAS convention in Sheffield. We have a spectacular success rate in attaining the university places of choice for our young people, and this continues with a UCAS preparation day on Friday next week.




On Tuesday our Year 8 and Year 10 athletics teams attended the city wide games at South Leeds Stadium. They were a credit to the school, displaying character and sportsmanship alongside some fantastic athletic ability.


There were some stand out performances: Cerys Bevan, first in shot put, James Ball, second in the discus, Jack Jenkins third in the 200m (with a personal best ), and Freya Salt Smith (1500m) and Frank Lawrence (400m) running very good tactical races despite not placing.


In tennis our Year 8 boys and girls travelled to the Grammar School to compete in an area competition against the hosts, Temple Moor and Wetherby. Both teams finished third, competing really well. The players of the tournament were Jackson Smalley and Lily Oakley O’Brien. On Thursday The Y10 Boys Tennis team also played in the GSAL tournament and finished fourth after playing against the hosts, Temple Moor & Allerton High. The players of the tournament were Tom March and Luke Jessey.


Again our Year 7 Sports Leaders have been brilliant, this time working at the primary school Drax Cup;  the winners were Thorpe Arch with Collingham finishing as runners up. Well done to Billie Hedley, Eva Jenkins, Luke Neary, Sam Courtman, Ben Fasey, Joe Young and Joe Rudge.


Have a lovely weekend.


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