I cannot pretend that this has been a normal few months; no previous term has begun with Leeds City Council (LCC) telling us of their intention to sell our land to rebuild somewhere else. Thank you for all your support; it has meant so much to us all.
We really value the time everybody took to complete the LCC survey. For all its faults it was important that the voice of Boston Spa was heard.
I have written to Lord Agnew this morning. The purpose of this letter was to ask that he grants our academy order without delay. I have reminded him of our many concerns about the integrity of both the survey and the accompanying data sets and I describe the LCC process as being, ‘catastrophically mishandled leading to a situation where few meaningful or evidential judgements will be able to be drawn’. LCC have taken two communities through a turbulent, fruitless and divisive month which has done significant damage to the reputation of their leadership; it was a missed opportunity.
Please be assured that governors remain confident of the way forward, knowing that the strategic plan presented in May 2017 has integrity and is absolutely the right one for Boston Spa; our commitment to our partnership plan with The GORSE Academies Trust (TGAT) is absolute.
Last week Alec Shelbrooke MP published a paper stating:
‘Boston Spa High School should be allowed to academise and given the chance to move the school towards an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement, which will in turn make the school an attractive option for prospective parents, thereby increasing pupil numbers.’
Today local ward councillors did the same concluding that:
‘We believe that Boston Spa should be allowed to join The GORSE Academies Trust without further delay.’
The decision to allow us to join TGAT still has to be made by Lord Agnew, but these are significant statements, removing all local political support from the LCC plan presented by Mr Walker and Mr Eastwood in January. This ground has been won as the direct result of the support our families have shown for our school. Every social media post, letter and email has counted, and we are enormously grateful.
Thank you, our school community goes into the holiday in good heart
YEAR 11 REVISION SESSIONS
I am very grateful to our staff for setting aside days in the holiday to support GCSE progress.
HOT CHOC FRIDAY
Well done to Joe Harris and Kalim Khawaja who were my #HotChocFriday guests this week.
It is always one of the highlights of my week to congratulate children who have worked hard, This week I was pleased to congratulate, Skye Griffin, Daniel Garlick, Seb Gray, Olivia Sutherland, Molly Reynolds, Tegan Mullaney-Cameron, Sarah Mohamadi, Lily Wilkinson, Alizee Jolie, Fermanagh Gibbins-Noble, Ciaran Connell, Selina Foster, Julia Cole, Sam Dyson, Emily Meehan, Zain Haq, Frank Lawrence, Thalia Macey, Charlotte Mason, Laurie Thomas, Nadia Schottler, Emily Hooks-Sellers, Jess Quyn, Daisy Spurr, Tashna Hamilton-Nelson, Shona Gartshore, Brooklyn Atherton, Dulcie Parish, Maisy Gregory, Natasha Haigh, Vanshika Singh, Mary Latham, Luke Neary, Lois Smith, Alex Williams, and Chloe Ireland.
Special recognition is due to our first Gold Award winners of the Year. Well done to Ella Ritchie, Florence Hills, Sarah Mohamadi, Anna Stanbow, and Maisie Trutch, Sherise Findlay-James and Sophie Skelton.
I was delighted to present new Silver Awards in assemblies today. Well done to all of the following:
Year 7: Elisha Anderson, Brooklyn Atherton, Daniella Atkinson, Joe Barclay, Lili Barker, McKenzie Bilicki, Zofia Bociek, Kyle Brennan, Matthew Broadbent, Finn Brooks, Nathan Burton, Keira Cash, Tyler Cox-Walker, Alfie Douglas, Leyla Ergul, Lilly-Mae Farrar, Zak Gale, Edward Gaunt, Callum George, Isabella Hanson, Samuel Harper, Keira Hayes, Alicia Howitt, Harri Johnson, Louis Johnson, Alexander Kay, Ali Keyghobadi, Ethan Kleist, Luisa Levine, Eva Lindley, Kaitlyn Morrell, Chloe Mpula, Tegan Mullaney-Cameron, Daniel Myers, Charlie Osgerby, Maya Phillott, Samuel Ritchie, Archie Robinson, Jack Rogers, Aaron Searston, Vanshika Singh, Benjamin Skelton, Jack Slinn, Amy Stewart, Grace Trueman, Emily Tucker, Leah Turner, Millie Walton, Elisia Wharmby and Finnlay Wiltshire
Year 8: Ethan Abel, Eleanor Aitken, Ava Bagshaw, Kieran Bennett-Whitmore, Abigail Bentley, Christian Boden, Ruby Bowden, Max Brown, Bailey Clayton, Ellie Cordingley, Owen Creffield, Miguel Da Costa, Michael Dewhurst, Fraser Douglas, Shona Gartshore, Kazie Grant, Heather Hames, Jake Hart, Aaron Hirst, Ethan Hodgson, Laila Holroyd, Olivia Jobes, Alizee Joly, Joseph Kendall, Sam Kilby, Alyssa Legault, Holly Mason-Briggs, Harrison McGann, Diego Naylor, Callum O’Rourke, Jake O’Toole, Callum Parkinson, Jake Rogers, Joseph Rudge, Timothy Sergeant, Lily Slater, Trinity Smith-Brooking, Lucy Stanton, Daniel Tinkler, Thomas Williamson, Millie Wilson and Joseph Young.
Year 9: James Ball, Alfie Barrs-Griffiths, Kian Brammer, Maksims Cervonnih, Dion Clements-Smith, Emma Dodsworth, Louise Evans, Nelly Forba, Tommy Gale, Quinn Garrity, Thomas Gilding, Sebastian Gray, Eleanor Greaves, Freddie Harrison-Bould, Megan Hodgson, Paige Horsfall, Rory Hughes, Alfie Johnson, Mollie Jones, Bailey Kitchen, James Latham, William Lee, Zack Leonard, Elizabeth Lloyd, Ayisha Mirza, Lucy Morgan, Hugo Natarajan, Omar Natarajan, Jessica Nelson, Daniel Paton, Lylamae Rennison, Halima Saleem, Cameron Scott, Zack Shevlin, Charlie Skelton, Jessica Speight, Chardonnay Stewart-Savery, Yasmin Suttle, Madeleine Thompson, Maya Turner-Singh, Chelsea Varley, Amelia Wiltshire and Louis Winn.
Year 10: Molly Bailey-Hague, Ben Baker, Evan Bentley, Thomas Berry, Harry Boulton, James Bright, Megan Collins, Oscar Douglas, Matthew Ferguson, Corey Franks, Rachael Haigh, Abbie Hedley, Olivia Hessey, Thea Hodgson, Emily Hooks-Sellers, Millie James, Bethan Law, Zoe Lee, Ryan Liesener, Emily Mitchell, Kayleigh Morrell, Georja O’Neill, Jessica Quyn, Kian Richardson, William Sharpe, Lydia Smith, Oliver Steel, Emma StJohn and Madeleine Tue.
Year 11: Ghanim Abdullah, Abdul-Halim Bakari, Madeleine Ball, Liberty Clayton, Joshua Collier, Isobel Day, Lily Dowson, Joshua Duffy, Jade Fletcher, Freya Foster, Selina Foster, Tashna Hamilton-Nelson, Ibtitham Hasan, Owen Hindley, Jack Hobbah, Nadine Kershaw, Kalim Khawaja, Marshall Kirk, Franck Lawrence, Thalia Macey, Charlotte Mason, Jacob Naylor, William Naylor, Hollie Robinson, Caitlin Simpson, Euan Slater and Lindsay Slater.
SIXTH FORM NEWS
Last Monday we were grateful to Edward Kemp who addressed Year 12 as part of the ‘Speakers for Schools’ initiative. Edward is a UK-based writer, theatre director, translator and dramatist who is Director of RADA. He spoke passionately about the essential skills our students will need to be competitive in the year 2030. The talk was challenging and enlightening and, as you might expect, humorous and expertly delivered.
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY CONSULTATION
Leeds City Council are holding (another?) consultation. This one is on the future timings of the Easter break. Since 2011, Leeds has fixed its school break to the first two weeks of April, regardless of when the Easter bank holiday weekend falls. Usually the bank holidays fall somewhere within this break, but once every few years they fall outside. They are now seeking public opinion in order to decide whether to continue with this arrangement or return to an Easter school holiday that moves according to the Easter bank holiday weekend.
We bid farewell to Miss Mani well on her retirement today. We wish her and her family every blessing. I am pleased that Miss Morgan will be switching from PE to take on Miss Mani’s timetable for Health and Social Care.
On Monday we travelled to Farnley for the Table Tennis event as part of the Gorse Games. Our pupils performed exceptionally well. Jess Tucker came 2nd in the Year 7 girls’ competition winning 3 games and only losing the one. Our boys won their section of the competition with Joe Barclay and Bailey Kitchen finishing second in their groups, whilst player of the tournament, Sam Dobronics, won every game and, with it, the tournament.
On Wednesday the U14 girls’ football team hosted Garforth in a series of friendly matches. The teams were mixed and matched throughout the evening leading to some crazy scores ranging from 5-3 wins and 9-1 losses to the more conventional 1-0 win and 2-1 defeat. Despite the changes to the teams throughout the different matches the girls played some fantastic football, showing excellent levels of skill, fitness and determination. But, most importantly, they had a great time. Players of the tournament were Billie Hedley and Grace Miller.
Our boys’ football teams have excelled again this year with the Year 7 team reaching the city wide cup quarter final and the city championship play offs. Both the Year 10 and Year 11 teams have qualified for the semi- finals of the city championships. All of these matches will be played in the first week back after Easter, our opponents are Cockburn, Temple Moor, Horsforth and Ralph Thoresby respectively.
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