One of the important factors in the step change in our outcomes has been the introduction of Purple Zone. This is the point in the lesson, usually lasting 10 to 15 minutes, where students meet the most difficult and challenging tasks. Students work on their own, building resilience and independence. Because it is hard, Purple Zone is not always the students’ favourite part of the lesson! Purple Zone in each subject is carefully planned across sequences of lessons to ensure progress is made over time.

For the first month Year 7 have not experienced Purple Zone, while they settle in; this allowed our teachers time to focus upon getting to know our children well and to make sure that lessons were appropriately personalised. Over the next few weeks Year 7 will find Purple Zone arrive in all their classes.



It was a joy to congratulate all of the following on their work this week. Well done to Amelia Whittingham, Pippa Linden Howes, Paige Smith, Charlotte Lambe, Keira Cash, Ruby Alderson, Freya Salt Smith, Owen Laurie, Paige Briggs, Archie Taylor, Amelia Edwards, Tyler Fellows-Linley, Natalie Moore, Sam Kilby, Luke Neary, Matthew Towns, Salsa Hasan, Bobby Isbell, Jessica Scott, Roya Ikhlasi, Katie Roberts, Ben Keachie, Maddie Thompson, Leyla Ergul, Liberty Wallis, Eloise Lambe, Thomas Gilding, Emily Stephenson and Chloe Jarvis.



I was pleased to have Mr McKeogh draw my attention to the work of Cameron Scott, Seb Gray, Beth Lloyd, and Daniel Garlick. They were set the task of creating an educational video on a GCSE topic. They produced a great rap with an original score and lyrics on the Taiga Biome, a habitat of needle leaf forest that stretches over Eurasia and North America.



In the week of World Poetry Day Year 7 have been writing poems introducing themselves. The work of Luke Brooks and Jessica Scott caught my attention.


The Year 9 boys’ football team hosted Brigshaw and stormed into an early lead with Tom Williamson finishing a fine passing move. Our opponents struck back quickly and took the lead on the stroke of half time after some very good play. In the second half we pushed for an equaliser, but were undone twice on the counter attack. The final score was a 4-1 defeat. Sam Courtman was player of the match for excellent distribution in midfield.

The Year 10 boys’ football team travelled to Wetherby and dominated their game. However, the score didn’t reflect this as the hosts managed to hold us to a 2-2 draw. The goals came from Ravi Natarajan and player of the match Tom Burrows.

The Under 14 girls’ football team travelled to Ralph Thoresby for a tournament in which they excelled, beating Carr Manor 2-0, Cardinal Heenan 1-0, Priesthorpe 4-1 and drawing with Ruth Gorse 1-1. The goals all came from the players of the tournament Billie Hedley and Eva Jenkins. However, all of the girls played fantastically well in all four matches.

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