It has been a very quiet week. I suspect that the requirements of purdah prior to the local elections have caused a pause in activity across the offices of the Regional Schools Commissioner. Consequently I do not expect to hear any more news until after the local elections on 3rd May, which will mark one whole year since we began our consultation with our families. Theodore Roosevelt observed, ‘there is no more important component of character than steadfast resolution’; We hold fast to our strategic plan.



The whole of Year 12 have been involved in a team enterprise challenge organised in conjunction with the Ahead Partnership. The ten randomly selected teams had to plan a live music event under intense time conditions. Each team was led by a project manager and included other roles including a negotiator to bargain by phone with outside agencies to procure facilities and artists for their event.

Each team had to present their proposal to one of three external expert judges – who all generously gave up their afternoon from their work schedules. The three finalists then had to pitch directly to the three judges with the rest of Year 12 watching on. The teams performed admirably in such pressurised conditions and the winning bid came from ‘Bux-fest’ who impressed the judges with its family/eco-friendly theme. The winning team comprised of Alicia Batley, Lily Booth, Chido Mututapasi, Joe Clarke and Harry Wells.

Ahead Partnership were impressed with the attitude and initiative of our students, particularly many of the girls who they said were “natural project managers”.


Stella Jaquiss describes the event for us below:

‘On Thursday, we took part in the RSC broadcast to schools of their current production of Macbeth – starring Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack. It was the largest broadcast of its kind in history.

In this interpretation, the director created a modern, contemporary, ‘streamlined’ twist on the play. The adaptation focused on the relationships between the characters and how this can influence their moral natures. Rather than using a stage and props relevant to the script or setting, the director purposefully opted to form a sense that the lives of the main characters revolve around a waiting room – with a timer counting down to Macbeth’s death taking centre stage.

 This thriller-like production certainly drew greater tension – which could be seen in the shocked eyes of Year 11 on Thursday – especially with the witches being portrayed as children.’


Good news! A certificate celebrating 10,000 pods downloaded from Boston Spa Academy; well done to all our GCSE students.


Nadine Kershaw and Kacey Holme were my HotChocFriday guests this week. It was a valuable opportunity to affirm their approach to school and I enjoyed hearing their feedback.


Congratulations to all of the following who I met up with for praise during PD Hour: Jake Thompson, Millie Walton, Maddie Wood, Phoebe Goodwin, Millie Thomson, McKenzie Bilicki, Koebi Thorpe, Taylor Wise, Thea Beesley, Miguel da Costa, Freya Smith, James Ball, Emily Meehan, Lily Mae Farrar, Fermanagh Gibbins Noble, Cerys Bevan, Selina Foster, Jessica Speight, Sophie Skelton, Lauren Day, Stella Jaquiss, Harvey Marshall, Heather Hames, Megan Collins, Jack Hammill, Ciaran Connell, Harry Botterill, Billie Hedley, Adam Cass, Caitlin Ewart, William Lee, Mollie Jones, Isabel Couldwell, Tilly Brown, Emily Warbrick, Maya Schottler, Joshua Thompson and David Mawson.


Congratulations to our latest group of students to have passed practical music exams. Lucy Morgan has passed ABRSM Grade 4 in clarinet, Allix McGrath passed ABRSM Grade 3 trumpet, Daniel Tinkler and Sebastian Gray passed Trinity College Grade 1 drums, while Tom Berry and Joe Rudge passed at Grade 2. Well done to them all; fabulous achievements reflecting hundreds of hours of commitment.


It has been another week of great extra-curricular commitment from our PE team including rugby, rowing and football.

On Monday the Year 7 boys’ rugby team travelled to Abbey Grange to play in the Leeds Rhinos’ city wide 9-a-side event. In this round we had three fixtures the first of which was against Carr Manor which despite a shaky start we went on to win 2-0 with tries from Oliver Thomas and Sammy Harper. We followed this up with an unfortunate draw against Royds; we led twice through Matthew Broadbent and Oliver Thomas, but were pegged back in the second half. Our final game saw us up against the hosts in a game that we dominated and convincingly won 3-1 with tries from Alex Kay and  player of the tournament Oliver Thomas.

On Tuesday we travelled to The Ruth Gorse Academy to compete in the Rowing instalment of the Gorse games. The format is quite simple, two boys and two girls from each year (7-9) row for a set time and their distances are added together. The total distance of each team determines their final place overall. Each of the pupils did themselves and our school very proud. They were all exhausted at the end of their races and couldn’t have given any more to the event. Christian Boden was the star performer of the event, winning his race.

We took 3rd place in the rowing, which means that we edge past Farnley Academy into 3rd overall.

The Year 7 boys’ football team played back-to-back semi-finals on Wednesday and Thursday this week, firstly hosting a very big and powerful Abbey Grange side in a game in which both teams displayed some exceptional levels of skill befitting of the latter stages of any competition. We took the lead early through player of the match Marley Wilson following an excellent passage of pass and move football. However after switching ends at half time and losing the benefit of the strong wind we conceded two quick goals and with it lost the game 2-1.

On Thursday we travelled to Bruntcliffe. We got off to a bad start and conceded an early goal from a long ball through the middle and then conceded again just before half time. We came out much stronger in the second half and created a number of very good chances to get back into the game. However, our need to score was our undoing as we were caught twice on the counter and lost 4-0. Players of the match were Bobby Isbell and Oliver Thomas for incredible attitude and effort throughout the entire game.

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