OUR FIRST WEEK AS BOSTON SPA ACADEMY
We celebrated the excellent 2017 results with mixed emotions, because while they were our best results, they were, after over 40 years, also our last as Boston Spa School.
Staff met together for a training day on Friday 1st Sepetmber in what was our first official day as Boston Spa Academy. We are delighted to have chosen to convert as an academy with The GORSE Academies Trust, and with great results on board, we enter the new year with confidence, ambition and optimism.
My letter home this week celebrated some great examination results from the summer.
In Sixth Form we achieved over 36 average points per entry, a figure not exceeded by any Leeds school. 10% of grades were awarded at A*, 27% at A* or A and (after a couple of remarks) 55% have now been awarded at A* to B.
We remain the highest achieving school in Leeds, outperforming outstanding providers such as Garforth, Roundhay and Horsforth, the colleges including Leeds City College and Notre Dame, and all the other Leeds schools.
The new GCSEs bring a new school performance measures too, replacing the familiar 5 A*to C with English and Maths with the harder measure of the number of students achieving a grade 5+ in English and Maths. In the new measure we achieved 50%, placing us above Roundhay School and just below Woodkirk Academy; it is a testament to the hard work of our staff and students that we ended the year with two outstanding schools either side of us! In the old measure of 5 A* to C with English and Maths we would have achieved 72%; our third year of rising results in a row.
There are so many outstanding achievements in our summer results, but Roya Ikhlasi deserves a special mention, passing GCSE Persian with a grade A in the summer of Year 7!
We approach 2017 to 2018 with confidence, and our commitment to build on these results, is absolute.
OPEN EVENING: CHANGE OF DATE
It has been necessary to alter the date of our Open Evening, and move it Tuesday 19th September. Lessons will end at 12.30 on this day, and the Open Evening will start at 6.00pm. Sir John Townsley and I will speak at 6.15pm and again at 7.00pm.
Please feel free to let families who may be interested in joining Boston Spa Academy know of our arrangements.
WELCOMING NEW STAFF
We are pleased to welcome Miss Burman into our Humanities Team to teach RE and Miss Forster to English; students will remember them both as they completed their initial teacher training with us last year. We also welcome Miss Lakin in Science, Miss Smith to Technology and Mr McGrath and Mr Shaw to English.
We will be recruiting a teaching assistant, receptionist and technicians in Science and Technology during September. If you know anyone who would be interested in these posts please make the opportunities known to them.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SITE
The roofers are working double time to replace all of the section from Art to Humanities. This has been a huge undertaking stripping out the old insulation, replacing the roof lights, insulating the classrooms and replacing the roof covering. They expect to complete in the next two weeks.
Nearly all of the single glazed windows in main school have been replaced with UPVC double glazed units. These have been transformational. The team will leave our site shortly, returning during the October half term to work on the Languages block.
Main school has been decorated, and in preparation for the launch of the National Grid for Reading later this term, ten huge new posters for each of the reading circles have been displayed on the walls.
THE START TO THE NEW YEAR
We have had a great start to the new year, and I am full of praise for the way students have embraced Positive Discipline. If you want to know more about how we are implementing the policy, my PD letter and Mrs Ryder’s PD booklet are still on our website.
Congratulations to Daniel Garlick who recently passed his grade 1 alto saxophone exam and Euan StJohn who passed his grade 5 clarinet exam.
There were some great achievements by some of our young sports’ stars this summer.
Joseph Tait won a place in the Junior European Golf Championship in Spain this winter, with a final round of 74 earning a second place at the qualifying tournament. He was introduced to golf by his Grandad, who will be going to Spain as his caddy.
Eve Jenkins played U13 cricket for Yorkshire, scoring 48 in the victory of Lancashire, before running herself out.
Rachel Slater captained Yorkshire U15 to second place in the National Championships, and was Vice Captain of the U17s. Rachel has also been selected for England trials this September.
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