Students from Years 8, 9 and 10 are in Paris right now, with a tour of the city planned, a visit to Christmas markets and also a day in Disneyland. We’ll have more in next week’s blog.



Thank you to everybody who contributed to the success of the Christmas Concert. It began with solos form Lucy Foster, Maya Stephens, Lily Hilton Brooke, Alex Williams and Ava Williams. Our vocal group Pitch Perfection sang songs from Christmas TV adverts and films, and led the audience in the singing of carols. Duets came from Jessica Tucker and Emily Hessey and Alex and Ava Williams. The Soul Band ended the evening with Christmas classics.

We are very proud of Aidan Harris, Ciaran Connell, Alex Williams, Emily Hooks-Sellers, Sebastian Gray, Charlotte Hemsley, Joe Rudge, Lucy Foster, Daniel Hemsley, Ava Williams, Jessica Tucker, Maya Stephens, Eva Lindley, Emily Hessey, Emily Maskill, Lily Barton, Megan Reynolds, Elisia Wharmby, Skye Barker, Isabelle Harding, Megan Hatherley, Millie Bosomworth, Izabella Bostock, Charis Varley, Sian Robinson, Annabelle Shepherd, Chloe Glover, Charlie Wade, Edward Thornton, Lily Hilton-Brooke and Thea Sharpe


I very much enjoyed watching Year 8’s first Drama production on the theme of joy riding. I am appreciative of the work Miss Castleton has been doing in this regard.



Well done to all the students I met in PD Hour this week: Luke Jessey, Ben Keachie, Ella Thomas, Ellie Boam, Laurie Thomas, Ewan Howes, Saskia Benjamin, Kaci Smith, Keira Hayes, Jacob Nicholson, Ava Harper, Kaci Smith, Aaliyah Toor-Keita, Rachel Mensah, Ethan Hodgson, Matt Doria, Tyler Cox-Walker, Eleanor Greaves, Louie Waite, Jake Beattie, Stevie Evans, Charlotte Hemsley, Emily Tucker, Emily Maskill, Nikkia Romans-Sutton and Priya Digwa.


The academy closes on Friday 21st December. The buses will arrive at 12.30. Young people entitled to a free school meal will be able to get one at break. We will on this day allow students to wear their Christmas jumpers, if they so wish, in return for a £1 donation for Save the Children, which will be collected in tutor time. There are no other changes to our uniform expectations; the jumper will be the only variation. This is not a compulsory event, and I would not want any family to feel they have to buy a jumper especially for this day.

There will be a Christmas lunch on Wednesday and Thursday next week and fish and chips will be on Tuesday’s menu.


Over the weekend Connie Edwards attended the British Indoor Rowing Championships at the Olympic Park in London. Connie qualified for the event after succeeding at the GORSE Rowing Club trials last month. Having never rowed before these events, Connie did exceptionally well by finishing in fourth place in her race, narrowly missing out on a medal. A fantastic achievement for someone so new to the sport.

On Tuesday our Karate Club members Paige Briggs, Lucy Skipper, Amy Skelton, Daniel Garlick and Nora Stark completed their first grading assessment. All students focused well and conquered their nerves to pass, and are now proud holders of red belts. They look forward to competing in the New Year against the other GORSE academies. We are very proud of them.

On Wednesday the U12 and U14 Netball teams travelled to Wetherby for a friendly fixture. The U14 girls faced a strong attack and struggled to hold off a fierce Wetherby GA. Final score 7-2. Player of the match was Ruby Alderson GD. The U12 girls faced their second friendly fixture of the season and started strong with lovely shooting from Juliz Paho Tchouankwe. In the second half we switched positions and scored more goals from Connie Edwards and Eve Ryder. Final score 14-0. Player of the match was Connie Edwards, playing 3 positions and scoring several goals.

This week the Year 8 boys’ football team hosted Temple Moor on Thursday night. Temple Moor were strong, quick and direct  and in the first half caused us lots of problems.  The boys played with real determination but we went in 3-0 down at half time. In the second half we attacked with purpose and scored an early goal which gave the boys confidence, we played the whole of the second half with pride and were unlucky to finish the game 4-3 down. Player of the game was Ed Heffernan who was always in the right place at the right time.

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