Well done to everyone who was sent to me this week for recognition and praise: Holly Waite, Kayleigh-Louise Sadd, Will Harrison, Elizabeth Lloyd, Larina Sabah, Oakley Waters, Jack Akers, Hamody Taiy, Amrit Digpal, Elisia Wharmby, Josh Woods, Izabell Bostock, Joe Barclay, Jackson Smalley, Sam Ritchie, Amelia Bell, James Ball, Erin Smith, Talan Haji, Shanelle Macfarlane, Jake Hart, Mary Latham, Rebecca Watson and Angel Marie Cook.


This week we have had some Art and Language oral exams. The exams start in full on Monday.  We will have a Year 11 subject consultation evening on Thursday 6th December. This is strategically placed so that we can agree on what work each student will need to complete during the Christmas holidays, ready for the next set of trial examinations in February 2019.


The Executive Principal of Elliot Hudson College, Mr Holtham, will be leading an important assembly for Year 11 on Monday, in anticipation of our Open Evening on Wednesday 28th November. Boston Spa Academy and Elliott Hudson College both have exceptional performance data; bringing the two together will form a formidable provision and we are very excited.



It was brilliant this week to meet with Ben Cox from RowUK and Cheryl Rhodes from TGAT to plan the Boston Spa Academy participation in a groundbreaking rowing programme for 2019. As a part of this we will shortly be welcoming Mike Watson to Boston Spa Academy as our rowing coach.

While we have exciting work already happening in lower school (see below), there will be two talent identification sessions 12th December and 10th January 2019 for Year 11s with a view to competing as a part of rowing at Elliot Hudson at Boston Spa.


While it is exciting to be bringing new sports to the academy, it is always a thrill to see excellence in our established sports. I so enjoyed talking with Grace Miller, Grace Sykes and Megan Sykes about their selection for Leeds United Girls. There was so much spirit and confidence; it was a joy.


Our partnership work in Bangladesh was mentioned in the national press in The Independent newspaper, and also in London’s Evening Standard over the half term.

In Dhaka the British Council have launched the fourth phase of the Connecting Classrooms project. We are delighted that students from our partner schools, the IET Government High School and the Narayanganj Government Girls’ School, were chosen to promote the initiative, which they did by presenting the full range of our partnership work at the conference.


On Thursday we took the rowing team to Ruth Gorse Academy to compete in the trials to represent the Gorse Rowing Club at the British Indoor Rowing Championships in London next month. All of our students performed fantastically well, competing against pupils from other academies with much more rowing experience.  Exceptional performance came from Harvey Collinson who won his event, and Pheobe Goodwin and Connie Edwards who finished as runner up in their races.

On Wednesday the Year 8 boys’ football team travelled to Brigshaw for what turned out to be a very tough evening.  Playing with only 10 men on a full size pitch we struggled to match our more powerful opponents. We fell behind to two goals in the first half. Despite starting the second half very well, we were left to rue a few missed chances and ultimately ran out of steam, with further goals conceded in the second half. The player of the match was Finn Brooks for an excellent performance from start to finish.

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