It has been a joy to welcome our new Year 6 students for two days this week. They have made a great start with us. Our older ‘buddies’ have been fantastic in setting the right tone for the Year 6s, and the hall was packed for the parents’ information evening last night. It is exciting that our numbers continue to rise significantly in each year group.


A consequence of having a rising number on roll in every year group is that we have had to recruit more staff. We have had a busy recruitment season, and are thrilled with the quality of staff seeking to join Boston Spa Academy. We were pleased to welcome them today for the last part of their induction.

Mr Dixon (Science), Mr Casey (Science), Miss Bucknall (English) and Mr Owen (English) are all becoming permanent members of our staff, as are Mr Griffiths (History), Miss Panayiotti (Drama and Geography), Miss Brown (Maths) Miss Baker (Art), who have all completed their initial teacher training with us. In addition we are pleased to welcome Mr Leiper (Economics), Mr Hafekost (Science), Miss Bouhricha (English), Miss Boyle (Science), Miss Cheung (Maths), Mr Round (Maths), Mr Hafekost (Science) and Mr Davis (History) to our staff. Parents can be confident that we have recruited well and that Boston Spa Academy is all the stronger for the addition of these colleagues.


Today I was pleased to attend the induction event for the new trainee teachers within the Trust. The GORSE SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is hugely important for us. It is providing an aorta of talent that has enriched our staff both in 2018 and in 2019. Eight of the colleagues above are graduates of the GORSE SCITT, which is the only one in Yorkshire to be graded at ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for both primary and secondary. If you or members of your family are looking for a graduate entry into teaching there is an Open Evening on Wednesday 17th July, to book your place please visit the SCITT website.


We send every good wish to Miss Hayes who starts her maternity leave today, as we welcome back Mrs Ryder from hers. Mrs Rushton also returns to the MFL team from maternity leave next week. Mrs Brennan who has led on Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare during Mrs Ryder’s maternity leave is being seconded within the Trust to Bruntcliffe Academy to join their Senior Leadership Team. We are very pleased for Mrs Brennan, and it is excellent that her good work for us this year has been recognised with this opportunity. Mrs Potter will shortly return from maternity leave and will be Head of Year 7 with all the other Year Heads taking their respective groups into their next year.


We have a vacancy for an Operations and Site Manager. This is an important role for us leading Health and Safety, transport, site management and lettings. It is always our preference to recruit from within our community, so if you know any people who might be interested please point them to this advertisement. It is a great opportunity to join an excellent team in an outstanding Trust.


Of course, amongst all our planning for next year, the most exciting part is the development of Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa, a post 16 provision that will revolutionise the offer across the locality. The contractors are working well and remain on schedule to hand the building back to us the 3rd September. It is very exciting to see the transformation of the spaces.



I would like to invite our community to join us for our Art Exhibition on Wednesday 18th July from 6.00pm to celebrate the work of our students. I am always incredibly impressed by their work and I am delighted to offer the opportunity for a wider audience to enjoy their talent.


I was pleased to congratulate all of the following during PD Hour this week: Mirabelle Hindle-Marsh, Adam Poulter, Seb Gray, Evie Burns, Joe Rudge, Allix McGrath, Holly Waite, Tyler Hunter, Connie Edwards, Lucy Foster, Ed Thornton, Harry Smith, Chloe Wharton, Owen Creffield and Jack Wheelhouse.


Congratulations to Daniel Garlick on passing his Grade 2 Alto Saxophone exam last week.


On Monday, we took 11 Year 8 and 9 Sports Leaders to the West Yorkshire School Games at Leeds Beckett University in Headingley. The leaders umpired the Primary School Mini Tennis Finals. It was a great day, which began with an opening Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the pupils and schools across West Yorkshire. Winners from the different areas in West Yorkshire competed through the day in the Indoor Tennis Centre. The Sports Leaders have helped in a number of events throughout the year building up to this final event. They have been superb and a real credit to the school and the PE team.

Many thanks to Emily Hessey, Jess Tucker, Charlie Ball, Millie Edwards, Mary Latham, Lilly Meehan, Luke Neary, Lottie Parker, Lucy Stanton, Sophia Downs and Maisie Tritch.

Our Year 7 girls travelled to Ackworth on Wednesday afternoon for a friendly rounders fixture against a mixed Year 7 and 8 team. The girls played 2 innings, showing some strong batting and good teamwork in the field as they communicated well to stop several half rounders, with Boston Spa emerging the winners 19 and a half to 17 and a half. Mia Bevons was nominated our player of the match.

A joint Year 7 and 8 cricket team made the journey to Great Preston CC to play against Brigshaw High School on Wednesday evening. Boston Spa won the toss and put Brigshaw into bat first; we fielded with composure and precision and after 20 overs Brigshaw were 116 for 8. Jake Rogers bowled with power and accuracy and after his 3 overs he took 5 wickets for 5 runs. After great batting performances from Luke Brook, Harry Smith, Jake and Jack Rogers we reached 118 with 9 balls to spare. A great team performance showing strength in depth as everyone bowled and eight different batters helped us to victory with 118 for 4 (17.3 overs). Our player of the match was Jake Rogers.

On Thursday evening the year 9 cricket team headed to Roundhay School, Roundhay won the toss and opted to field. Boston pushed hard and scored 114 off the 16 overs. Luke Neary and Joe Young both batted with maturity beyond their years with Luke retiring on 26 and Joe retiring on 36. Eva Jenkins opened the bowling with a one wicket maiden, and this set the foundation for a great performance in the field. Seven different bowlers each took at least one wicket to help Boston to a comfortable victory. Roundhay scored 83 all out (14.5 overs) Player of the match was Joe Young for both his performance with the bat and the way he captained the team.