Following our application to join The GORSE Academies Trust, Leeds City Council launched their own consultation this week. We recognise that LCC are entitled to hold their consultation but have grave concerns about the quality of the survey, and the accuracy, selectivity and balance of the data that they have shared. These are concerns that we have already formally raised with them. You can find my response here. My letter to parents is here and the comments of Alec Shelbrooke MP are here.
Your initial response to the Leeds City Council plan last month was phenomenal and has done much to create a critical mass of support for our school, but we will need one last push to achieve our goal, so please make sure you complete the survey. Please note that when doing so you do not have to answer question 1 if you choose not to. We are very grateful for your support.
Governors led a full, open and legal consultation in the outer north east of Leeds on the future of our school, with a focus on how we would move from being a ‘good’ school to becoming an ‘outstanding’ one. The focus of their considerations was always the wellbeing, welfare and achievement of our young people. It is a perverse reward for being a twice Ofsted-rated ‘good’ school and publishing a strategy to become an ‘outstanding’ one that the local authority seeks to sell the land from beneath you to build facilities elsewhere.
In contrast to the due diligence undertaken by Governors, the Leeds City Council plan omits all mention of how their proposed provision will achieve outstanding outcomes. They have overseen many expensive new school builds that have promised much to the community, but have not met expectations as regards standards of achievement. Governors are not prepared to allow our school to become the next chapter in that particular story.
It is however fundamentally important that all out community responds.
The irony is not lost on us that the Leeds City Council lead for Children’s Services, Cllr Lisa Mulheran, on the day after Leeds City Council launched their consultation to close our school, is explaining to the community the enormous challenge facing the city for secondary school places!
Thank you again for your support this week. What was the right decision at 6.00am on Wednesday, was evidently wrong by 8.30am. I apologise for this. It was a clear cut decision about Thursday and although it was really cold and windy on Friday, it was the right decision to open. These are always difficult decisions to make, but I am grateful for your support with them.
WORLD BOOK DAY
On Tuesday we hosted the award-winning author, Martyn Bedford, to our school. His wry wit soon won over the Year 7s invited to his talk, and they enjoyed listening to extracts from his novels, Never Ending and Twenty Questions for Gloria, and enjoyed some of the twenty questions he has been asked at various school visits over the years.
During the workshops, Martyn led small groups through a series of writing prompts to encourage students to focus on characters and developing realistic and engaging detailed descriptions. All our students took advantage of this opportunity, approaching each guided task with focused purpose and they were eager to share their efforts with Martyn and their peers.
To celebrate World Book Day some staff dressed in character. Miss Viglianisi came as Banquo’s Ghost; Miss Bauman-Milner, Prospero; Mr Hayes, Atticus Finch; Miss Forster, Hermione Grainger; Miss Kirkham, Wally. I came as Mr Quelch from the Billy Bunter books, while Miss Brierley, Miss Smith and Miss Holmes came as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Congratulations to Mrs Porteus-Ford who has had her baby! The family are delighted to have welcomed little Kirby George!
Well done to all of the following who have earned their Bronze Awards: Ellie Turner, Hana Wrigglesworth, Tyler Fellows-Linley, Amy Jones, Josh Butterworth, Charlie Bennett-Whitmore, Harri Walton, Ellie Driscoll, Sam Carrara, Sam Lupton , Maisie Orange, Louise Douglas, Ben Lagan, Imogen Jones, Akanni Jaji, Emily Stephenson, Abbie Foley, Orla Toolan, Paige Smith, James Bock, Mikey Erodotou.
I was pleased to present Silver Awards to: Alex Williams, Aidan Harris, Millie Thomson, Megan Dykes, Harry Botterill, Ellie Boam, Alfie Allanach, Ciaran Connell, Rachel Wilson, Maddie Roberts, Eve Hedley, Edith Richardson, Jaideep Matharu, Pippa Linden Howes.
It was a joy to welcome our new School centred Initial Teacher Trainees this week, Richa Aryan (History), Sibusisiwe Svovah (Computer Science), Rebecca Coleman (English), Mohammed Malik (Science), Nilofer Zafar (Maths) and Stephen Barnard (Maths).
If you are thinking of training as a teacher the GORSE SCITT is the only one in Yorkshire to be graded ‘Outstanding’ in all four areas, and although places are going every week, they are still recruiting for September 2018.
It was my pleasure to welcome Oliver Hills and Jack Jenkins into my office this week for HotChoc Friday. I really enjoyed listening to their views on Year 11 so far.
Congratulations to all of the following who I enjoyed meeting during PD Hour: Vaishali Patel, Ella Ritchie, Bella Coppock, Zak Gale, Brooklyn Atherton, Eva Lindley, Harvey Williams, Hannah Liesener, Jake Rogers, Harry Botterill, Jamie Bright, Molly Bailey Hague, Millie Thomson and Megan Collins.
Last Friday we took six students to Leeds University for the 3rd Leeds City Rowleeds (Indoor Rowing) Championships. Out of the 7 races that we competed in (6 individual, 1 team) we had 2 firsts (Ellie and Christian) and three fourth positions. Students competed against nine other schools from across Leeds. The winners will get the opportunity to enjoy some free coaching on the water at one of the outdoor centres in Leeds. Well done to Katie Mitchell (Y7) Josh Wise (Y7), Christian Boden (Y8), Ellie Boam (Y10), Cerys Bevan (Y11) and Tom March (Y11).
On Monday the Year 9 boys’ basketball team competed against Brigshaw in the partnership competition. Our boys played some excellent basketball in both offence and defence. The majority of the team were made up of Year 8 players who did exceptionally well to win the game 35-32. The player of the match was Christian Boden.
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