On Wednesday I wrote to families updating them on the  latest progress on our application to join The GORSE Academies Trust. The letter includes links to important correspondence from Lord Agnew and our MP Alec Shelbrooke.

All of our Governors met yesterday with Cllrs Lamb, Procter and Wilkinson. Governors shared their journey to the decision to convert to an academy with TGAT and councillors provided clarity on their role and position as well as their thoughts on the next steps. You can be assured that Governors remain absolutely resolute.

Our Chair of Governors also welcomed the opportunity to attend both Boston Spa and Clifford Parish Council meetings this week to provide updates and answer any questions.





Year 9 students Nia Hopkins and Scarlett Walker earned the right to go on a government funded school visit to the World War One Battlefields by writing the best side of A4 explaining how Boston Spa was affected by the First World War. Here they describe their trip:

“We spent the first night in London looking at artefacts from the First World War and researching George Robinson and George Wrigglesworth – two soldiers from Boston Spa and Bramham who were both killed in the Battle of the Somme. It was really interesting to find out about soldiers from our area – it made it feel very real.

On the second day we went to Belgium and visited Ypres and the Meningate memorial. There were over 70,000 soldiers in unmarked graves which was harrowing. We saw the ceremony of the Last Post which has been done every night since 1927, and got to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers of the First World War.

Our last day was spent in France, visiting the battle site of the Somme and walking through No Man’s Land. To fully understand what it was like there we did a role-play where we had to pretend to be marching soldiers and go over the top. We also went to Newfoundland Park and walked through the preserved trenches which was really interesting.

It was a really interesting experience that helped history really come to life and we are really grateful for the opportunity to represent our school.”


I am grateful to Mr McKeogh who gave up time, with other teachers from Leeds to accompany the group.




Seldom has there been as much laughter during Hot Choc Friday! I very much enjoyed the company of Kayley Bennett-Whitmore and Joe Jefferies.




Mrs Westerman challenged Year 7 pupils to read at least one book during half term. Dozens of pupils took part with many reading several books. They have all received Vice Principal stamps for their efforts. While everyone taking part did an incredibly impressive amount of reading, three pupils went the extra mile. Harvey Marshall must have spent his whole half term reading because he read 18 books! Maya Stephens produced a review of all her reading, and particularly enjoyed The Diary of Anne Frank. Maddie Burns produced two brilliant posters reviewing her choices which included The Hunger Games. They will receive book tokens as a reward. Well done to everyone involved.





Wednesday was International Mother Language day. In Bangladesh it is a really important national day, remembering the young men who died in the 1971 war of independence, who fought for the right to retain Bengali as their national language. It is sometimes called Shohid Dibosh or Martyr’s Day.

At the Narayanganj Government Girls’ School students showed their respects by the laying of flowers. There was a special assembly which would have been barefoot out of respect for the martyrs. The school organised a cultural programme and families will have organised social gatherings and events honouring their language and culture with literary competitions, celebrations in works of art and paintings, festive food and music.





Congratulations to all of the following who I met in PD Hour this week, Alex Coggins, Nia Hopkins, Maya Schottler, Ciaran Connell, Callum O’Rourke, Corey Franks, Chloe Ireland, Caitlin Radcliffe, Lily Gill, Melody Simpson, William McDonald, Tyler Cox Walker, Eliana Harrison Bould, Jack Rogers, Jacob Nicholson, Alizee Joly, Lucy Foster, Ruby Bowden, Joe Barclay, Luke Jessey, Emily Hessey, Maddie Burns, Zain Haq, Scarlett Walker, Eleanor Greaves, Lucy Lunn, Abbie Hedley, Katie-Mae Wright, Joe Kendall, Allix McGrath, Sarah Mohamadi,  Emma Richardson, Seb Gray, Mille Heffernan, Selina Foster, Fermanagh Gibbins Noble, Isabel Gildon, Heath Brough, Kirtan Roth, Ava Williams, Tilly Brown, Jess Parkin, Sam Courtman and Ben Rogers.





I was pleased to present new Bronze Awards this week. Well done to Megan Proctor, Bobby Riddell, Alix Mosley, Millie Dayson, Tom Burrows, Jake Carrara, Max Sleight, Kai Ballard, Daniel Knight, Dillan Bahia, Javae Allen, Ben Wilson, Tyler Moon, Lubomir Strnisko, Lewis Middleton-Jessop, Max Hewitson, Tyler Hunter, Daniel Myers, Adrian Kalinowski, Cameron Holmes, Harvey Marshall, Charles Oliveira and Rebecca Speight.




It was a joy to present so many new Silver Awards. It is very good to see the impact of PD demonstrated with so many so early in the year. Well done to Liberty Wallis, Scarlett Walker, Isabel Laurie, Maya Schottler, Terisha Ndebele , Tyrese Vuyo Ndebele, Lily Dunlop, Kaitlin Lazenby, Sherise Findlay-James, Sophie Skelton, Nia Hopkins, Lily Barton, Megan Reynolds, Ted Heffernan, George Duncan, Jake Rogers, OliverThomas, Harry Meaden, Ava Williams, Evie Wood, Grace Miller, Hannah Liesener, Isabelle Harding, Daniel Garlick, Lily Oakley-O’Brien, Eve Kavanagh, Sama Rafinia, David Mawson, Jada Marshall, Dulcie Parish, Megan Beesley, Ellie Garbutt, Isabel Couldwell, Holly Waite, Talan Haji, Amy Gray, Freya Smith, Charlotte Lambe, Millie Heffernan, Grace Taylor, Neveah James-Geddes, Emily Hessey, Rhianna Nelson, Jake Thompson, Alfie Naylor, Phoebe Goodwin, Jessica Taylor and Jessica Tucker.





Christabelle Day and Freya Hopkins tell the story of the 2018 ski trip.

“We enjoyed going to Prato Nevoso in Italy with Years 11, 12 and 13. We skied at Artesina and Frabosa which were local resorts around the main slopes of Prato Nevoso. Over the week we all had 25 hours of instructed ski lessons in which we all improved hugely, seeing people who have never skied before ending the week on black runs.



The ski instructors were great fun and took us on some fun and challenging runs! All the groups had a great time at the snow park, trying new jumps and skills. Some getting the hang of the jumps better than others who had some impressive falls, which were rewarded with fall of the day t-shirt which they had to wear skiing the next day! Après-ski we enjoyed activities each night such as sledging, tubing, shopping, a quiz and a film night!



The whole group had a great time and the teachers made the trip an amazing experience for all the students. They contributed exceptionally to the trip in making it a funny, happy and safe environment.”




It was a great credit to the young people that our staff described leading this trip as ‘effortless’. What a group of stars! Again, I wish to express my thanks to Mr Potter, Mr McKernan, Miss Morgan, Mrs Potter and Mr Norton.




There are more photographs in this album.



On Wednesday our Year 7 boys’ football team hosted Garforth in an excellent match. Both teams played very well and showed excellent levels of skill, character, teamwork and determination. We finished the game with a 2-1 victory, with goals from Bobby Isbell and Max Lenighan. Oliver Thomas was player of the match for an outstanding display in defence.

On Thursday we hosted the primary school Sports Hall Athletics plate competition semi-finals. The schools competing were Primrose Lane, Collingham, Whitkirk, St. Nicholas, Swarcliffe, Swillington, St. Benedicts and Great Preston. The top 2 teams from each semi-final were St. Benedicts and Primrose Lane from semi-final 1 and St. Nicholas, Collingham and Whitkirk (due to a tie) and they progress to the city final. Which will be held here on Thursday 1st March.

Yet again our sports leaders were fantastic and received tremendous feedback from the primary school teachers and spectating parents. Thank you to all of the following who made it possible: Grant, Mary Latham, Holly Mason-Briggs, Bolton Whittle, Luke Neary, Billie Hedley, Christian Boden, Sam Courtman, Ben Fasey, Daniel Tinkler, Florence Hills, Lara McCune, Joseph Young, Saskia Benjamin, Eva Jenkins and Joseph Kendall

The Year 7 girls’ football team competed in a 7-a-side tournament at Ralph Thorsby School. The girls competed in 5, 10 minute games against Horsforth, Allerton High, Cardinal Heenan, Ralph Thorsby and Morley Academy. They started with a steady 0-0 draw against Horsforth, then faced a strong Allerton High who won 1-0. The girls went confidently to face Cardinal Heenan in a 0-0 draw, and against hosts Ralph Thorsby where we won 1-0. The final game was against our toughest rivals, Morley Academy where we lost 1-3. Our player of the tournament was our super captain Lily Barton.


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