Thank you to all of you who have raised your concerns about the local authority plan with Alec Shelbrooke. Boston Spa has only ever had a positive and constructive working relationship with our local MP. His personal support for academisation was relayed to me when we met in the House of Commons last year. We look forward to continuing that positive working relationship as offered by Mr Shelbrooke today. The supplementary papers discussed with Mr Shelbrooke on 14th November 2017 was in response to a question from the Regional Schools Commissioner and not the plan of the Governing Body of Boston Spa School. The only plan of Boston Spa Governing Body remains to convert to academy status in partnership with The Gorse Academies Trust.

I was delighted with the way that our students Abbie Jones, Ewan Connell and Christabelle Day came across on Look North (7.26); I was so proud of them. I was, however, disappointed with a number of comments made by Steve Walker, the Director of Children’s Services for Leeds. I have raised these with him this morning, while at the same time reassuring him that the door remains open for a dialogue between our school and the local authority.

Thank you again for your support this week, it has been a huge encouragement to all our staff. We value this very much.



I always enjoy PD Hour.  This week it was a joy to celebrate with the following: Harry Meaden, Zofia Bociek, Lily Slater, Anna Little, Olivia Hessey, Sarah Mohamadi, Abbie Dunwell, Laura Bennett, Arabella Williams, Zain Haq, Jake Thompson, Thomas Gilding, Emily Meehan, Freya Foster, Selina Foster, Stella Jaquiss, Taylor Wise, Millie Edwards, Maisie Trutch, Owen Wright, Oliver Thomas, Laila Holroyd, Daniel Myers, Harry Botterill, Lili Barker, Vanshika Singh, Hollie Coulthard, Allix McGrath, Elisia Wharmby, Evie Wood, Edith Richardson, Maya Schottler, Lily Rose Barker, Ellie Garbutt, Luke Neary, Isobel Couldwell, Amelia Dayson, and Holly Waite.




We were extremely proud this week to continue our hard work in providing opportunities for our students in higher education and work experience.

To this end we were delighted to host Jess Lister from Downing College, Cambridge University. Jess spoke to our aspirational Year 11 and 12 students about pathways into highly selective universities, with close attention to Oxford and Cambridge. We hope the talk inspired our students to follow in the footsteps of Boston Spa alumni who have graduated to a place at an Oxbridge or Russell Group provider. In 2017, four students achieved places at Oxford or Cambridge and over half our university applicants took up a place at a Russell Group university, significantly above the local and national average.

As regards work experience, our Year 12 students were fortunate to be able to speak to Glenda Hyslop from Ernst Young. Glenda spoke about the EY Foundation ‘Smart Futures’ work experience scheme. The work experience scheme is a fabulous opportunity for Sixth Form students to get an insight into the international workplace.




Six of our gifted pianists had the opportunity to attend a piano masterclass given by professional pianist, Richard Meyrick at Brigshaw Academy today. They were given valuable advice on posture, counting beats, score text and the best copies of music to buy. Alex Williams and Aidan Harris performed pieces for his feedback.




Zain Haq and Rowan Claughton were our guests today. I really enjoyed the opportunity to talk with them; once again I end break in real admiration for our young people.



Year 11 had an important presentation from Mrs Westerman this week, looking back at the last PPE results and building to the next set.  You can see it here, please do not hesitate to get on touch with Mr Cooke if you would like advice on how to support your daughter or son at this time.



Thank you for your support on Thursday night with Year 8 options. We value your partnership very much. It was lovely to talk to families and hear the pride in the comments of our teachers. Mrs Westerman’s presentation can be seen here. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Brennan if you have any questions.




Sadly we were not able to stay an extra day to see the sports’ festival at the Narayanganj Government Girls’ High School, but I am very pleased to have been sent the photos.


I have been contacted by Carol Symon from the Police Safeguarding team, Leeds  requesting that I share with you their advice on what to do if your daughter or son is staying overnight at a friend’s house.



On Tuesday our Year 7 and 8 football teams travelled to Bruntcliffe Academy to play in the Gorse Games. They did very well just to manage the awful weather conditions alone. All three teams played some excellent football and only lost one game each, with at least one win each as well.   We await the final league results with anticipation. The players of the tournament were Oliver Thomas, Bradley Wood and Ravi Natarajan.

On Wednesday the Year 7 girls’ football team travelled to Priesthorpe Academy to play in the cup.  The girls played fantastically well in freezing cold blizzard like conditions.  We were unlucky to concede just before half time, following good efforts from Bella Coppock and Elisha Anderson.  In the second half we were on the front foot pushing for an equaliser when our opponents scored again with just 3 minutes to go, and with it took a 2-0 victory.  Player of the match was Katie Mitchell.

The Under 14 boys’ basketball team travelled to The Vale of York School for the basketball plate final involving the hosts and Millthorpe School.  We got off to a great start beating Millthorpe 18-4 with a great team display. We were not so fortunate in ours second game losing 24-18 to the Vale of York. The boys were excellent in both games and unfortunate not to win the competition. Player of the tournament was Joe Rudge.

On Thursday the Year 10 boys’ football team hosted Brigshaw in a fantastic encounter. Both teams showed excellent levels of skill coupled with huge desire to win. The game was thrilling with end to end stuff before Elliott Brooke reacted fastest to a deflected shot to coolly finish into the corner. This fired up our opponents who pushed on and won, then missed a penalty on the stroke of half time. The second half continued to be as exciting as the first with both teams going close. The final score was 1-0 with Oakley Waters player of the match for a string of ‘worldie’ saves.

Congratulations to Samuel Carrara and Harry Mason (Year 10) who play for Wetherby Bulldogs Rugby League at under 15 level. Last Saturday they played Lock Lane, winning 20-8, to become Yorkshire Champions.


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