The Leeds City Council consultation window closes on 25 March 2018 and it is very important for everyone, staff, parents, students and community members to complete the survey. There is both background information and the online survey. If you have missed it, my letter to Leeds City Council reflecting on the quality of their survey is here.

We cannot understate how important it is that as many people as possible in school and in our wider community respond to the survey. You do not have to make a choice in question 1, nor is it limited to one survey per household; each member of your family is entitled to complete the survey and should be encouraged to do so.

All my previous correspondence on this matter can be found here. Thank you for your support, we believe this is the last hurdle to jump as part of securing our partnership with The GORSE Academies Trust, and preventing the sale of our land for development in Wetherby.



We marked International Women’s Day by celebrating all that the women in our community achieve for our school, including student leaders, parallel professionals, teachers and governors. We are very much blessed by the quality of the people with whom we all work.


The contrasts in the weather on Thursday were extreme. At 6.00am the roads were clear and we had a full bus service, but by 7.10am it was a very different picture, with heavy snowfall causing significant travel difficulties.  By lunchtime the roads were all clear again.  Thank you for your support.  The ‘Be Smart Day’ on the theme of ‘Respect and Tolerance’ which was due to take place on Thursday is very important and will be rescheduled when we have established the availability of our visiting speakers.



We said farewell to Mr Cooke this week, after nearly nine years’ service, as he takes up a post in a North Yorkshire residential school. We wish him every success. In the tradition of all Year 11 leavers, he was presented with a signed shirt.

I am very pleased that Mr Billington will be taking over the leadership of Year 11 as a temporary position. I know that all our families who have worked with Mr Billington will welcome this appointment. Likewise, I am pleased to have offered a temporary post to Mr McKeogh to lead Geography while Mr Billington is in his new post.


I have written previously of the great benefits of working with the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Gorse SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training).  We are delighted to host trainees, and excited by the three staff that we have recruited from them for September.

If there is a member of your family thinking of training as a teacher at either primary or secondary level there is an Open Evening on Wednesday 28th March at Morley Academy from 4.30 to 7pm. For more information you can email info@gorsescitt.org.uk


I enjoyed Hot Choc Friday with Lindsay Slater and Evie Wilkinson today, two excellent students of whom we are very proud.


I was joined by the following in PD Hour to celebrate their great week, well done to them all: Ruby Jordan, Bethany James, Joe Young, Florence Hills, Evie Burns, Charlie Mason, Megan Reynolds, Lee Wharmby, Chelsea Varley, Angel-Marie Cook, Kaitlyn Morrell, Maddie Roberts, Laila Holroyd, Jaideep Matharu, Laird Ferguson, Matt Ferguson, Omar Natarajan, Selina Foster, Katy Geraghty, Saskia Irwin, Ben Smith, Sam Ritchie, Megan Dykes, Maya Stephens, Eve Hedley, Hugo Burns-Danforth, Leyla Ergul, Katelyn Turton, Saskia Benjamin and Allix McGrath.


On Wednesday the Under 16 Basketball Team played Corpus Christi with a place in the city final at stake. We played some excellent basketball in both offence and defence, however our opponents were outstanding (and enormous). The boys showed excellent character and determination alongside some very good skills. The final score was 18-32 to Corpus. Player of the match was Jonas Ndombasi. Congratulations also to Christian Boden who has been selected to take part in a nine day basketball training camp in July with the Red Star Belgrade Basketball School in Serbia. It is a great opportunity that will immerse him in an elite performance environment for sport.

Our Year 7 athletes took part in the next stage of the Gorse Games this week, competing really well and coming second. Congratulations to Tiyamike Gadi, Bella Coppock, Grace Taylor, Teegan Lees, Olivia Cope, Maya Stephens, Emily Hessey, Lily Barton, Oliver Thomas, Joe Barclay, Heath Brough, Daniel Myers, Finn Brooks and Jack Rogers. The next event will see Year 8 indoor athletics competition on the 19th March.

The current standings in the Gorse Games are:


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