We are really pleased with the public and media response to the announcement of Elliott Hudson College at Boston Spa Academy. It is brilliant that the commitment of our community to our partnership with TGAT is rewarded so swiftly with such a significant development.
Throughout the last 18 months a central strand of the shared vision of Governors and the TGAT Board was to transform post 16 education and we are excited that so soon after the Minister’s decision we are able to demonstrate the impact of our academy conversion with this announcement.
The most recent government performance tables show that Elliott Hudson College (with an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement) have a Level 3 Value Added score of 0.29. At Boston Spa Academy we have a Value Added of 0.21, which places us in the top 15% of sixth forms in the country. Together we will present a formidable partnership.
The coming academic year will see the establishment of a transitional period within which all key values, expectations and operational procedures will be developed, and we will benefit from £350,000 capital investment in phase 1. This will be used to upgrade existing Sixth Form facilities this autumn, including remodelling learning spaces and transforming the ICT infrastructure. Larger sums will be released for phases 2 (in 2019) with phase 3 to follow.
Both Boston Spa Academy and Elliott Hudson College share the conviction that there are no shortcuts or easy fixes; we know that with hard work, a supportive culture and great teaching, all students can succeed. These are the foundations that will underpin our work and allow students to achieve qualifications that create great opportunities in world class universities and careers of choice and significance.
YEAR 6 INDUCTION
Our new Year 6 into Year 7 students were invited into school for two transition days this week, where in their form groups they participated in a range of lessons with a Crystal Maze theme.
Activities included learning about the Aztecs in History, participating in medieval sports and finally completing wonderful pieces of creative writing on the oceans in English. Along the way they battled to earn crystals, which were not easily won from the Boston Spa teachers!
Group 4 emerged victorious with 21 crystals, while there were exceptional contribution prizes awarded to Grace Sykes, Megan Sykes, Jessica Scott, Charlie Hunter, Sian Robinson, Connie Edwards and Holly Chandler. All the staff involved were blown away by the enthusiasm and behaviour of the students, who we are very excited about welcoming in September. Additional thanks go to the 30 buddies from Year 8 who helped the Year 6 students navigate their way around the academy and settle in so well.
BOSTON SPA FESTIVAL
This week is the Boston Spa Festival, and St. Mary’s Church are staging their Big Bible Project with art work depicting Bible Scenes. Mr Boulton and Mr Lee have done a great job with Year 8 whose work will form part of the exhibition.
I enjoyed meeting all of the following for well-deserved praise today: Ciaran Connell, Harry Botterill, Katie Mae Wright, Abbie Hedley, Megan Dykes, Megan Collins, Charlotte Jell, Jackson Smalley, Daniel Garlick, Maisie Trutch, Taylor Wise, Annaliese Irwin, Sam Dubronics, Ali Keyghobadi, Harry Meaden, Amy Gray, Bobby Isbell, Heath Brough, Meg Beesley, Adam Cass, Lily Wilkinson, Arabella Williams, Amelia Edwards, Mary Latham, Tilly Brown, Natasha Haigh, Lilly Meehan, Jai Singh, Joe Young, Luke Jessey and Maddie Roberts.
HOT CHOC FRIDAY
I enjoyed the company of Noemie Tchuendem and Charlie Bennett-Whitmore today. They talked with such enthusiasm about all the things they love in school. It was notable as the first Hot Choc Friday into which a bacon sandwich was smuggled!
FRENCH IMMERSION DAY
On Tuesday Year 10 students attended a French immersion day at The Ruth Gorse Academy. The purpose of this day was to give students the chance to improve and develop their French oral skills through a range of real-life interactive activities including ordering food and drink at a real life French market, returning clothes that are faulty to a shop and asking for things in a supermarket. This type of activity is excellent preparation for the role play section of the GCSE oral exam. The students involved participated with great enthusiasm and were a credit to the school.
SIXTH FORM NEWS
This week Year 12 have been completing a period of work experience with students involved in a range of placements including marketing, medicine, the NHS, law and education.
This week the Year 12 Politics students attended the Leeds Beckett University Summer School. There were a number of fascinating sessions and workshops on offer to the students including climate change, Brexit, political ideologies and international relations. Surprisingly, the organisers chose to steer clear of all things Trump and there wasn’t a crying baby balloon to be seen anywhere. The Summer School is another fabulous opportunity offered to our Sixth Form students by Leeds Beckett University and we are once again immensely grateful for their hospitality.
WELCOMING NEW STAFF
The continuing rise in student numbers means that we have had to add to our staff. We have recruited well, and have been really well supported by the TGAT SCITT, and today welcomed new staff into school for their induction. We look forward to working with Mr Barnard (Maths), Miss Coleman (English), and Mr McDermott (Languages) who all trained with us. We also look forward to working with Miss Yellow (Science), Miss McKenna (English), Mr Ayes (Media studies) and Miss Shepherd (Health and Social Care and Head of Year 10) who join us from other schools, and Mr Easton (History) who re-joins us after training here last year.
The Year 9 girls’ rounders team travelled to Garforth for a friendly fixture on Wednesday. We won the toss and put our opponents in to bat. They were very quick out of the blocks and due to a combination of very good batting and errors in the field they scored 9 rounders. We replied with some excellent batting of our own particularly from player of the match Lauren Ball who scored a rounder with every bat that she had. The excellent fielding of our opponents kept us down to 4 rounders though. In the second innings we were much sharper in the field with some excellent catches in both short and deep field, as well as a number of very good run-outs. Garforth added 5 more runs to set a total of 14. We responded exceptionally well and scored 5.5 in the second innings, but unfortunately lost the match 14-9.5. The girls’ attitude, effort and sportsmanship was exceptional.
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