OPEN EVENING 2018
We very much enjoyed welcoming so many to our Open Evening. It was humbling, yet again, to have such a level of interest in joining us that in both presentations, there was standing room only for some families.
It is a genuinely exciting time for Boston Spa Academy, with great GCSE results, A Level results and our conversion to The GORSE Academies Trust. We were pleased not only to be able to present great results to our visitors, but also to present a strategic plan for the future of our academy as a powerhouse at the heart of this locality. My full presentation is here.
Please accept our invitation to look round during the working day; we will be only too pleased to welcome you.
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE HOUR
This is always the highlight of my week, with praise, recognition and celebration being fundamental to the student’s life in school. This week I enjoyed congratulating all of the following for their efforts: Josh Hope, Arabella Williams, Terisha Ndebele, Quinesha Loney, Rajvir Panesar, Emily Hooks Sellers, Emily Mitchell, Harry Mason, Edward Gaunt, Farzan Mohamadi, Megan Beesley, Moza Abdullah, Kiran Hussain, Ella Ritchie, Lewis Bailey Hague, Alex Coggins, Maisy Seaton, Connie Edwards, Kian Willatt, Ruby Jordan, Ciaran Connell, Max Long, Joel Sergeant, Sophie Ferguson, Ben Smith, Amy Gray, Heera Saeed, and Ella Thomas.
THE GORSE SCITT
One of the joys of being part of TGAT is our participation in the School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). This is such a rich resource for us, enabling us to recruit the best of the next generation of teachers for Boston Spa Academy, not least because Ofsted has judged the Gorse SCITT ‘Outstanding’ in all areas.
This week we were pleased to welcome the following for their first placement: Daniel Harper (History), Laura Furniss and Hayley Bucknall (English), Olivia Kirk (Business Studies), Emily Mawn and Peter Ajibade (Maths), Suhail Asawat (Computer Science), Reece Clements (DT), Matt Parkinson (Physics), Ben Percival (History), Kate Harris (Geography), Christiana Amoah (Biology), Rebecca Smart (Art and Design), Tyson Williams (Chemistry) and Arron Smith (PE).
If you or members of your family are thinking of training to become a teacher, in primary or secondary, applications for 2019 are open here.
SIXTH FORM NEWS
This Thursday we were delighted to welcome back Molly Lockwood into our Sixth Form. Molly is about to start her second year studying French and Spanish at Worcester College, Oxford, but she generously gave up her day in order to help our Year 13 students complete their UCAS personal statements. Molly was full of excellent advice for our early entry Oxbridge, Medics and Languages students and has undoubtedly had a huge impact on their futures.
Today over 30 of our Year 12 and 13 students went to the National Apprenticeship Show in Harrogate. The annual event is vital for our students as they begin to make decisions about their post Sixth Form destinations. Present at the show were Amazon, Mercedes, the NHS and many more. All gave really useful advice about types of apprenticeships, grade requirements, how to apply and interview techniques.
Congratulations to our latest group of students to have passed their ABRSM practical music exams. Maya Stephens passed Grade 4 Piano with Distinction and Ciaran Connell passed Grade 4 flute with Distinction. This represents hours of dedication and skill. We are proud of their achievements.
DAMIEN POOLE THEATRE ARTS
We very much value all the community use made of our site, and are particularly pleased to welcome Damien Poole Theatre Arts. Damien has over 18 years teaching experience and 10 years of experience in London’s West End. Most recently he recorded the sound track for the new film ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and sang as one of Adele’s backing singers on her UK Tour.
He is fully DBS checked and First Aid trained, and all the details of the classes he offers, including acting, singing and dancing is available on his web site. His classes at Boston Spa Academy take place each Wednesday.
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