The bringing together of the Boston Spa Sixth Form with the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Elliott Hudson College is such an important initiative for the north east of the city. It will transform post 16 education for our locality.

This week we launched the new Elliott Hudson at Boston Spa web site which also publishes our new curriculum offer with the addition of Film Studies, Sociology, Textiles and Law (all at A Level) and Medical Science (at BTEC Level 3).

We were delighted to welcome Mr Holtham, Principal of Elliott Hudson College in the south of the city, to our academy on Monday to begin their transition from year 11 into Elliott Hudson at Boston Spa.

There will be some publicity over the next few weeks building up to our open event on Wednesday 28th November, such as this which you may have seen in the local press.


We were pleased today to enjoy a non-uniform day as part of the BBC Children In Need appeal. My assemblies this week have focussed on the need for this type of kindness and consideration for others not to be limited to a single event or special occasions like today, but to be a constant theme through our lives together.


Congratulations to Millie Page, Annaliese Irwin, Grace Taylor, Millie Walton, Adam Cass, David Mawson, Megan Hatherley, Josh Child, Emily Hessey, Amy Skelton, Theo Ward, Jakub McMillan, Rhoda Mensah, Georgie Smith, Maddie Thompson, Tia Milne, Rebecca Speight, Jude Clynes-Smith, Joe Young, Callum Preston, Natalie Moore, Daniel Garlick, Terisha Ndebele, Jessica Speight, Trinity Smith-Brooking, Bolton Whittle, Daniel Hemsley and Edward Gaunt who all received recognition for their exceptional week.


On ‘Be Smart Day’ Miss Brierley challenged students to design a resource to help keep people safe online.   This was a Yorkshire-wide competition with the winners receiving a trophy, a tour of West Yorkshire Police’s specialist operations site and a trip to Asda’s Head Office in Leeds to go behind the scenes.

This is our entry which Mia Bevons, Isabella Elliott and Molly Grimes have produced. It is a board game which teaches lessons on cyber safety. You roll the dice and select a card; depending on the colour you land on, you will either make positive or negative online choices. This will cause them to move forward or backward depending on the level of risk in their choice, with the winner being the first person to reach the escape key.


We are pleased to welcome Miss Castleden to our staff this week to bring Drama into the KS3 curriculum.


I wrote last week of our plans for the development of rowing in the academy. These plans are progressing well and we were pleased this week to welcome Mr Watson who, once the usual DBS forms have been completed, will be offering extra-curricular rowing on a Tuesday.

Congratulations to two of our ‘early adopters’ for rowing, Christian Bowden and Connie Edwards who have been selected to participate in the British Indoor Rowing Championships at the Olympic Park in London next month.

One of the first students to embrace the rowing opportunities is Ellie Boam, who   holds the Year 10 Girls’ Row Leeds Record at 1294m; and there is a lovely interview with her on the RowLeeds website


The Year 7 boys’ football team hosted a strong Allerton Grange side on Wednesday evening. Our opposition raced into a 3-0 lead and were 5-1 up at half time. The second half was a very different story; our boys worked incredibly hard to get back in the game and replied with 2 quick goals, before Allerton scored another late on to bring the final score to 6-3. Luke Brooks and Jake Miller shared the goals. Noah Whittingham was our player of the match.

The Year 10 boys’ football team travelled to a very big and strong Brigshaw team on Wednesday night.  Brigshaw were very physical therefore we struggled to get a hold on the game and we finished the first half 0-2 down. In the second half the boys competed for the ball with real gusto and played some great football but were denied by three or four great saves. Unfortunately we ran out of steam towards the end of the game, finishing 5-1. Josh Thompson scored a late penalty and was our player of the match.

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