Congratulations to Ewan Connell who has been made an offer by Sommerville College Oxford to read History following a really tough selection process covering three days of interviews. This is such a well-deserved recognition of an exceptional student; we are all delighted for him.




Year 11 have been doing some interesting work on ecology, investigating the distribution of species in two different environments using quadrats, discovering that the variation of usage of different areas of the fields dramatically affects the spread of our clover population.




Miss Hayes’s Year 8 History class has wowed with their work illustrating the variety of causes of the First World War in 1914.   Students came up with a variety of ways in which to demonstrate this complex topic; they devised posters, games, diagrams and extended writing tasks in order to assess and evaluate the significance of the alliance system, the arms race, imperialism and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.




The final wave of Geography 3D models has come through, with fantastic efforts by Ava Williams, Sukhvinder Roth and Will Harrison. Mr Billington was hugely impressed by the creativity and care that went into them all.



The GCSE geographers completed their human fieldwork this week, travelling to Chapeltown, Chapel Allerton and Shadwell to study contrasting socio-economic characteristics. Despite some horrendous weather the students worked really well, aided no doubt by a warming Greggs stop midway through the trip!




I was so impressed by the work in Mr Lee’s Year 13 Art class, including that done by Ben Boulton, Niala Crampton, Lydia Fletcher, Millie Fletcher, Hannah Kleist, Mia-Jade Lorryman, Jack Murray and Marcus Rogers.  Mr Lee is really excited about the quality of this work.




Congratulations to our latest group of students to have passed their ABRSM Practical Music grades.  These are: Katie-Mae Wright Grade 5 Flute, Freya Salt-Smith Grade 3 Piano, Charlotte Hemsley Grade 4 Clarinet passed with Merit, Joe Rudge Grade 7 Violin passed with Distinction, Jessica Tucker Grade 3 Flute, Ellie Day Grade 2 Recorder passed with Merit, Lauren Day Grade 5 Piano, Joanie Groves Grade 2 Flue passed with Merit.


Year 7 Music lessons took on a continental feel this week with presentations and performances of music from around the world. Evie Burns amazed her class with a performance given on a homemade Mbira (thumb piano) made from a broom handle and forks.





We are extremely lucky to be working in partnership with Dr Ellie Willard from Leeds Beckett University in providing a group of Year 12 Psychology students with a programme of research-based work experience.  The students have chosen from a range of research streams which include the use of emoticons in communication and the appropriateness of silence in the school environment, and they will complete a report by the Easter holidays.  The students involved are Emily Hawkins, Deanna Smith, Shannon Wiltshire, Cara Johnson and Megan Harland.   We are extremely grateful to Dr Willard for providing this opportunity for our students.



Due to my commitments in Bangladesh Hot Choc Friday was moved to Wednesday this week, when I enjoyed celebrating the work of Thalia Macey and Mariana Ruddock. They have both achieved really well in their recent exams and there was so much to admire in their approaches to school.



Thank you all for your support for this event which comes at a really significant time for Year 9.  If you have any option questions please contact our Vice Principal Mrs Westerman.




The Year 7, 8 & 9 girls bravely faced the GORSE schools in the official GORSE Games football competition on Monday, in freezing conditions. Over half of our students played for their year group.  The girls worked hard and every year group came away with goals scored.

Year 9 girls were runners up overall, with one loss against Morley (1-0) which was the only goal they conceded. They drew 0-0 with The Ruth Gorse Academy and beat Farnley (1-0) and Bruntcliffe (6-0). Players of the tournament were Billie Hedley and Eva Jenkins.

Year 8 girls were also runners up overall, going behind to the Ruth Gorse Academy early on, but then  fighting back to win their final two games against Farnley (2-0) and Morley (1-0). Player of the tournament was Lucy Foster.

Year 7 girls finished fourth overall with a difficult evening. They drew their first game with TRGA (0-0), followed by a comfortable 3-0 win over Bruntcliffe and losses to Farnley (1-0) and Morley (3-1). Players of the tournament were Grace Miller and Lily Barton.

Overall we finished runners up and are in a strong position for the other events coming up later in the year. All of our girls were a credit to themselves, the academy and the trust. Well done!


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