The purdah from the general election has delayed the final decision from Vicky Beer, the Regional Schools Commissioner, on our proposal to partner with The GORSE Academies Trust; however our planning continues at a pace. This week we were pleased to welcome Mrs Ryder to our Senior Leadership Team. She joins us from Leeds West Academy and will be leading on personal development, behaviour and welfare.







On Thursday, fourteen of our highly aspirational Year 12 students travelled to Oxford University for a day of taster lectures, student talks and college tours. We were met by Boston Spa alumni Izzy Howden (2nd year History) and Liam Langshaw (3rd year Physics). Izzy treated the group to a tour and lunch in the Balliol College dining room, a college whose alumni include three Prime Ministers and countless other titans of academia such as Adam Smith and Aldous Huxley. Liam was proud to show us round Queens College whose alumni include Tim Berners-Lee, Rowan Atkinson and Jeremy Bentham. The trip was a real inspiration for our students as they begin their UCAS applications.





Congratulations to Tilly Brown and Ethan Able who are our latest Edge Apprentices, evidencing achievements in leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication.





Mrs Westerman, Mrs Ryder and I enjoyed the company of Charlotte Mason and Alistair Thompson, two students who get it right all of the time. It was a privilege to hear them describe their attitude to work, their approach to their GCSE exams this summer and their proposed career paths.






Gold Awards are rare, so it was a delight to present three in one week. Well done to Lily Oakley-O’Brien (Bucktrout); Sam Courtman (Cooper) and Florence Hills (Donaldson).




I was very pleased to present Silver Awards to Joanie Groves, Emma Richardson and Ajay Whitmore, (Bucktrout), Lucy Foster and Lily-Rose Barker (Donaldson) and Adam Cass, Jaideep Matharu and Elyse Craig (Thompson).




Well-deserved Bronze Awards were presented to Rachel Slater (Bucktrout), Callum McNamara (Cooper), Sam Halliday, Archie Harrison and Josh Esmera (Donaldson), and Ellie Boam (Thompson).




Cerys Bevan (Cooper) and Lily-Rose Barker (Donaldson) shared the Roper Cup for earning the most CC points in the week, while Saskia Benjamin (Bucktrout), Mollie Jones and Billy Gale (Cooper), Joshua Esmera (Donaldson) and Elyse Craig (Thompson) also all had a great week.






On Tuesday the Y8 & 10 Athletics team competed in the city wide games at South Leeds Stadium and performed well across all disciplines. The highlights of the evening were Frank Lawrence running a personal best in the 400m, Jack Jenkins finishing second in the 200m, Cerys Bevan coming runner up in the shot put and Ali Thompson, running a great tactical race, to finish second in the 800m.




Our Year 8 and 10 Tennis teams played in the GSAL tournament and both finished third in their groups following fixtures against the hosts, Temple Moor and Wetherby. The players did extremely well and had a great time. Players of the tournament were Jackson Smalley and Maya Schottler. The Year 10 boys also finished third, with our players of the tournament being Tom March, Ali Thompson and Josh Thompson (who was playing two years ahead of his age).


On Thursday the Y8 sports leaders helped run Thorp Arch Primary School’s Sports Day; the leaders did a fantastic job and the day ran very smoothly, only just finishing before the rain arrived. Thank you to Lewis Bailey Hague, Megan Beesley, Holly Burns-Danforth, Annabelle Chapman, Emma Dodsworth, Lily Dunlop, Mollie Jones, Georgia O’Brien, Holly Waite and Liberty Wallis.





Details of the popular EPOSS summer activity programme for 2017 have been released today. There are opportunities for both Years 7 and 8, but places fill up very quickly.  More information and booking facilities can both be found on the EPOSS web page.


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