We have made good progress this week on a number of fronts and have had a particularly positive meeting with the DfE. We continue to work towards formal conversion taking place on 1st September 2018.


We were treated to a feast of wonderful music in the summer concert on Tuesday evening.  It was a joyous event and I was so impressed by all the performers; it was an evening of great pride. Well done to Joe Rudge, Ava Williams, Alex Williams, Abbie Summerfield, Emily Meehan, Aidan Harris, James Tucker, Charlotte Hemsley, Emily Hooks, Lucy Morgan, Daniel Garlick, Jessica Tucker, Maya Stephens, Lucy Foster, Maddie Burns, Evie Burns, Lily Hilton-Brooke, Megan Reynolds, Lily Barton, Ciaran Connell, Seb Gray, Thea Sharpe, and Eva Lindley.


Year 10 Geographers travelled to Hornsea and Mappleton as part of their GCSE fieldwork. The students were monitoring and measuring coastal processes such as erosion and deposition. An enjoyable yet busy day was had by all with fish and chips for lunch.  The highlight, or low light, (depending on your point of view) was watching Mr McKeogh get his new boots wet retrieving the high tech monitoring equipment (OK, they were oranges) from the sea!

On Thursday our Year 12 students attended the UCAS Convention at Sheffield where they had the opportunity to engage with over 160 Universities, representatives from the armed services and National Apprenticeship services.  It was a great opportunity to begin planning the next steps!

Today our Year 12 Geographers are also on a field trip, and Year 10 Media students are at a conference at Leeds University. We will have reports on these in next week’s blog.


I really enjoyed my Hot Choc Friday with Emelia Thomson and Alfie Allanach today. They were really impressive with positive, mature and ambitious reflections on school, and they are managing a full life outside of school too with Northern Ballet and Kirk Deighton FC respectively.


Well done to all of the following who I met in PD Hour this week to give praise for their great work in school: Sophie Skelton, Olivia Sutherland, McKenzie Bilicki, Megan Reynolds, Ed Heffernan, Isabelle Gildon, Eleanor Aitken, Joe Barclay, Dion Clements-Smith, Tyrese Ndebele, Harry Meaden, Isabelle Harding, Emily Day, Oliver Thomas, Emily Hooks, Katie-Mae Wright, Molly Bailey-Hague, Lucy Foster, Sam Dobronics, Ben Smith, Freya Smith, Chelsea Varley, Nia Hopkins, Oliver Steel, Ellieann Lee, Harvey Williams and Ciaran Connell.


We have very much valued having trainee teachers with us this year from The GORSE SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training). It has brought a richness to our classrooms, and enabled us to recruit some excellent specialists for September in English, Maths and Languages.

The SCITT trains both primary and secondary, and is the only such provider in the north to be graded as ‘Outstanding’ in every category of Ofsted inspection. The SCITT will have over 130 postgraduate students next year, but there are a few places still left. If you know of a graduate thinking of training as a teacher please direct them to The GORSE SCITT website.



The Year 7 cricket team travelled to Roundhay this week. We batted first and achieved 106 for 5 with Jake Rogers and Kyle Brennan both excelling with the bat (Kyle striking two sixes). In the field, Brooklyn Atherton bowled two and took two wickets for just 6 runs. Ed Heffernan was exceptional in the field so we kept Roundhay down to 67 for 4, winning the game by 39 runs. Our player of the match was ‘captain fantastic’ Jake Rogers.


We are closed on Thursday as it is a joint Training Day for TGAT with staff from all the TGAT academies meeting at the Royal Armouries.

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