Wednesday 8th November is our Sixth Form Open Evening. It comes at an exciting time for us as the results from the ‘Class of 2017’ are exceptional, with 96% gaining places in the universities of their choice, and 65% of these at Russell Group universities. It is with real confidence that Year 11 will move into the Sixth Form knowing that they will achieve the highest outcomes.

Mr Brennan presented the Sixth Form to our Year 11 this week, and his assembly is here; we look forward to welcoming you all at 6pm.


As part of our enrichment focus on the development of public speaking we have asked staff to present a university-style lecture to Year 12 students on an area of expertise and interest. Last week Mr Lee fascinated us with his presentation on iconography in Renaissance art. This week Mr McKeogh delivered a stirring presentation on the history of Ireland. By the end of the term, all students will have delivered a short presentation to their tutor group modelling the staff presentations.







I am excited by the launch of our new Student Leadership Team, for which we had a huge number of applications. Each candidate had to provide a formal application and gain two written staff references. Senior and pastoral leaders then had the challenging task of shortlisting applications for each year group; each one was worthy of a place, so it presented some difficult deliberations. Thank you to all who applied.

Well done to the following, who are all standing for election this week: Abbie Dunwell, Aidan Harris, Alex Williams, Ali Thompson, Allix McGrath, Amelia Bell, Ben Nicholson, Bolton Whittle, Chloe Ireland, Ellie Day, Emily Hessey, Emma Dodsworth, Eva Lindley, Frank Lawrence, Isabelle Harding, Jack Hobbah, Jacob Nicholson, James Bright, Jess Tucker, Joe Jefferies, Kiran Hussain, Lily Barton, Maddie Wood, Nia Hopkins, Phoebe Goodwin, Saskia Benjamin, Stella Jaquiss, and Thomas March.

The online voting closed at 3pm today and results will be announced next week. I look forward to unveiling our new Student Leadership Team in next week’s blog and updating you with their work over the year.


I really enjoyed meeting students who excelled last week during PD hour. Well done to Vicky Farmer, Ella Ritchie, Maya Stephens, Alfie Naylor, Abdul Halim Bakari, Alex Williams, Amelia Edwards, Finlay Dunlop, Grant Ivers, Ellieann Lee, Jaideep Matharu, Mary Latham, Thea Beesley, Joannie Groves, Holly Waite, Isobel Tucker, Elisia Wharmby, Sienna Sharp, Ciaran Connell, Isobel Day, Ibti Hasan, Adam Cass, Millie James, Angel Marie Cook, Pippa Linden Howes, Joshua Duffy, Thomas Mosley, Maddie Roberts, Lily Thompson, Jack Hobbah, Ali Thompson and Eliana Harrison Bould. I am very proud of them all.


Our HotChoCFriday guests were Anna Keag and Hollie Robinson. It was a lovely opportunity to catch up with two excellent students. They shared with me their thoughts on the impact of ‘Purple Zone’, their A Level ambitions and their tip for the outcome of ‘Strictly’ 2017 (Alexandra Burke).



Freya Smith, Lily Oakley-O’Brien and Lauren Ball describe our Geography field trip to Iceland.





On the first day, we excitedly met everybody at school for a 2am departure. When we arrived at Manchester airport we checked in and went through security. We had time to get anything from the airport, then we said goodbye to England and were on our way on the plane to Iceland…

After a two and a half our flight we arrived in Iceland and were greeted by our tour guide called Orn who was so nice. After we arrived we went straight on a tour of Iceland seeing some amazing geographical features such as: Seltun geothermal area which was breath-taking, literally as it stank of sulphur, Lake Klifvartan-which was stunning, Gunnuhver hot spring areas and we visited where the Eurasian and North-American plate are drifting apart. It was amazing how we got to stand in the middle of them and all of us could fit, between the two.

That evening we arrived at the Hotel Cabin and had a few hours to unpack and rest before tea. After tea, we went on a walking sightseeing tour around Reykjavik.





Day 2: After breakfast we got on the coach and headed for Hellisheidi Power Station where we learnt how Iceland produces geothermal power. Next, we went to the Kerio crater, which is a mini volcano with a lake in the crater. We could walk around the crater and see the spectacular views of Iceland, although we nearly fell down it!! Then we visited the Gullfoss waterfall, Pingvellir National Park and the Great Geysir, which spouted water very high. We then headed off to the Blue Lagoon which was amazing.




Day 3: We woke up and headed to Solheimajokull, for a 3-hour glacier walk. We were petrified but we all had a great time and we took some amazing boomerangs for our instagrams. Then we visited Skogafoss waterfall, this was breath-taking and some of us got really wet-this was our favourite waterfall. Next, we visited the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, which had huge basalt columns, which we all climbed on. In the evening we had time to do some shopping in Reykjavik and soak up our last night in Iceland; we even managed to faintly see the Northern lights, which was sooooo incredible. Thank you to all the teachers that came on this trip, we all made so many magical memories that we will never forget.


We have for some years had strong support from our Parents’ Focus Group. Mrs Westerman is leading on this part of our work and is looking to re-fresh the membership. The group usually meet at the end of a school day and probably meet no more than half termly. A standing item on their agenda is improving communication between the academy and home. If you would like to be involved please email Mrs Westerman and she will contact you by telephone.


Our Year 7 Girls’ football team travelled to Horsforth to play in the Leeds Schools’ Merit Tournament. After starting well with a 0-0 draw against previous hosts Ralph Thoresby the girls went on to face a strong Horsforth side, who beat us 3-0. Following this the girls fought harder to keep a clean sheet but unfortunately let in 2 strong strikes from Allerton High. The team did not lose spirit and came out fighting in their final game of the evening. With 3 minutes to go a fantastic top corner goal from Jessica Tucker took the girls to their first victory of the evening, beating Cardinal Heenan 1-0. Player of the tournament was Bella Coppock.

The Year 8 Boys’ football team travelled to Abbey Grange in the cup and got off to a great start with goals from Taylor Simpson and Jaipeth Brandao giving us a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately we failed to take numerous chances to add a third, which would prove costly. Our opponents scored twice to level the game in the last 10 minutes of the match. The game went to penalties, with the result of these being 4-3 to our opponents. Player of the match was Bradley Wood for an excellent display in midfield.


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