Well done to Millie Thomson who earned her Graduate Edge certificate by demonstrating leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication over time; congratulations are also due to Lauren Ball who earned her Edge Apprentice certificate, and now begins Graduate.





Well done to all of the following, who excelled last week: Caitlin Ratcliffe, Melody Simpson, Eliana Harrison Bould, Zak Gale,  Charlie Osgerby, Daniel Garlick, Alex Williams, Sophia Towns, Millie Thomson, Freya Smith, Chelsea Varley, Charlotte Lamb, Daniella Atkinson, Dan Stannard,  Callum McNamara, Toby Dunwell, Jaideep Matharu, Georja O’Neill, Ghanim Abdullah, Scarlett Walker, Jack Clements Smith, Lily Thompson, Natalie Moore, Jessica Speight, Matthew Broadbent, Roman Brown, Marshall Kirk, Evie Wilkinson, Max Cervonnih, Billy Gale, Julia Cole, Katy Geraghty, Josh Duffy, Kacey Read, Mollie Jones, Harry Botterill, Sam Green, Pippa Linden Howes, Nadia Schottler and Abbie Hedley





The TGAT Leadership Board meets monthly and hosting duties are rotated around each academy. It is chaired by Sir John Townsley and is made up of Principals (primary, secondary and Sixth Form) and the TGAT Directors. The common first item on each agenda is a presentation from the host academy.

This week it was our opportunity to host and I used our presentation to introduce the group to Boston Spa Academy. The best advertisement for our academy are our young people, so I set aside half my allotted time for a random group of students, who all shared surnames beginning with the letter S, to take part in a ‘student voice’ activity.



It was an important demonstration of our openness and trust in the partnership. Students talked about their whole range of experience with us, including the quality of teaching and the introduction of Purple Zone and Positive Discipline.

Thank you to Vanshika Singh, Ben Skelton, Jan Sokolowski, Marija Soroka, Thea Sharpe, Anna Stanbow, Timothy Sergeant, Jai Singh, Lucy Stanton, Freya Salt-Smith, Maya Schottler, Cameron Scott, Sophie Skelton, Max Sleight, Jackson Smalley, Spencer Smith, Chardonnay Stewart-Savery, Yasmin Suttle, Lydia Smith, Paige Smith, Oliver Steel, William Sharpe, Amreeta Sehmi, Adam Stowe, Jack Stephenson and Rosie Southworth




I enjoyed time with Selina Foster and Will Naylor at break today. The relief with the end in sight of PPEs was obvious, as was the diligence both have brought to their work.  I am very proud of them.




We were pleased to welcome PCs Karen Kear and Shelley Buxton from West Yorkshire Police today to lead an important assembly to all Year 7 students. It is part of a city wide campaign through partnership with Leeds City Council to keep young people safe. It included guidance on internet safety and safer behaviour online, while also addressing issues of healthy relationships and responsibilities. These topics will be followed up in our teaching as a part of our next ‘Be Smart’ day in the spring.

Year 7 have been told that if they want to talk further about any matter raised they should talk to our Child Protection Officer, Mrs Spink. If parents and carers wish to follow up the assembly with her she can be contacted through Reception. If, at any time, students or families are worried about something they can confidentially contact senior staff through the ‘Tell Us’ button on the website.





We were proud to welcome back a number of our former Year 13 students who were visiting us after their first term at university. It was lovely to see that Molly Lockwood, (Spanish at Oxford University) and Helen Essell, (Geography at Cambridge University) have both enjoyed a very successful first term.

We also welcomed back Rebecca Burton, (Nursing at Leeds University) who  took the time to speak to Miss Mani’s Year 13 Health and Social Care class about her course and experience of university so far.





We close for Christmas on next Friday, 15th December. There will be much to celebrate from the week, which will all be in the blog. It will include:


Monday 11th:                                

  • Key Stage 4 York University visit

Tuesday 12th:

  • Fish and Chip lunches
  • Christmas Concert from 7.00pm in the main hall.

Wednesday 13th:  

  • Key Stage 3 Technology visit to Warner Brothers Studios
  • Christmas lunches

Thursday 14th:  

  • Celebration Assemblies for Years 7, 10 and 11
  • Christmas lunches
  • Year 12 and 13 Subject Consultation evenings

Friday 15th:

  • Christmas Jumper Day for all who wish to participate
  • Celebration Assemblies for Years 9 and 8
  • 12.30 Bus departure.




Our girls’ U12 and U14 football teams played Morley Academy. For the younger girls it was a steady performance but a difficult game resulting in a 7-4 loss, with goals coming from Grace Taylor and Bella Coppock (our player of the match). Our U14 team had a strong start, leading 3-0 at half time, winning 8-4. Huge praise is due to year 7 Molly Reynolds, who stepped up and played in goal for the girls in the second half. The goals were scored by Eva Jenkins, Billie Hedley and Lucy Foster.

Our boys’ U13 Basketball team played Milthorpe Academy away. It was a great game, with fast breaks, and some excellent man to man defence. The final score was 48-11, with Sam Courtman our Player of the Match.



If you have missed our guidance on how we manage winter weather it was in the blog for 24th November 2017. We will increasingly use the new school app to communicate with home in these circumstances, so if you have not already downloaded it the details are here and our ‘handy guide’ is here.


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