On Tuesday we were delighted to welcome our prospective Year 12s for the first Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa ‘Taster Day’.

Students were given a flavour of the post-16 experience at Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa, including a glimpse of the £1 million investment in facilities and a chance to experience A Level lessons in a range of subjects. The day was a huge success. Not only did the students make a big impact in their taster sessions, but also the students were impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the staff.

Highlights included Mr Dixon’s Physics practical and an in depth discussion on representation and gender politics, with Aidan Harris, Ben Baker and Elyse Craig impressing with their contributions. The day reiterated how excited we are with the opening of Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa in September.


We have been lucky enough to have a Scholastic book fair running all week this week in the English department at break and lunch time. Our students were so keen to buy books that we had even sold out some of the titles by Tuesday! We have had as many as ten students at a time per bookcase, all browsing, reserving and buying fantastic books at half of the normal retail price. Thank you so much to the English department for putting on such a fantastic event to help to foster a love of reading in our young people.


We are very excited about the launch of Forensic Reading at Boston Spa Academy. The GORSE Academies Trust believes that the promotion of reading, a love of finding out new ideas and experiencing new worlds is central to the development of our young people and their future success in life. With this in mind, Trust has developed its own, unique set of reading materials, under the generic title of ‘Forensic Reading’ for Years 5-13 respectively; in essence, this means putting language under the microscope to arrive at a deeper understanding of it.

These materials will be gifted to every student in these year groups from September 2019, in the form of a series of anthologies which will include the texts to be studied, thought-provoking questions on those texts and beautiful illustrations created by the Trust’s in-house artist, Jenny Makin.

The texts have been chosen by a range of specialists across the Trust with only the highest quality materials being selected. The language, tone and structure of each piece – fiction, non-fiction and poetry – is set to challenge, inspire and engage all students and our wider community.

It all begins in September and is another powerful demonstration of the impact of our conversation to join TGAT.


I extend a warm invitation to you all for our Art exhibition next week. It is on Thursday 18th July, starting at 6.00pm. It is an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular work of our students.


Congratulations to Joe Rudge who has passed his Grade 8 violin exam with merit.  This is an astonishing level of achievement for a Year 9 student. We are very proud of him.


This week we have celebrated Careers Week. Throughout the week, teachers have set aside curriculum time to provide interesting and varied opportunities for students to learn about careers.

Students have enjoyed varied activities from engineering challenges in Maths, to Foley Engineering in Media, English Heritage jobs in History to having a Q+A session with a diabetes nurse in Science. DJ school worked with Year 7 Monday and Friday.

The highlight of the week was our Be Smart Day, where students engaged in sessions on Career Pathways, Employability Skills, The Power of Words, a practical skills-based session hosted by Network Rail and a Careers Fair which featured over 15 Universities, Colleges, Employers and Apprenticeship providers. Many of our parents and carers joined us after school with their children to take part in the careers fair.

In addition, Year 10 had an assembly with Kirsty Brobyn, an Enterprise Coordinator for the Local Enterprise Partnership based in Leeds on their Future Goals and local market information. Year 9 enjoyed an assembly with Mary Hair from Askham Bryan College, located between Boston Spa and York.  Askham Bryan is a specialist land-based college that offers a wide range of courses at many levels. Year 8 and Year 7 worked with Janet Clark a Schools Adviser for the JobcentrePlus. She spoke to them about the soft skills and qualities employers are looking for, and what you can do to ensure you are employable. The week has been a fantastic success and we hope to host another in the future.


One of the strengths of The GORSE Academies Trust is its approach to the professional development of staff. In particular their support for newly and recently qualified teachers is exceptional, enabling us to recruit and retain the best.

Colleagues across the trust who are approaching the end of their first year of teaching were celebrated at The Ruth Gorse Academy on Wednesday evening with each making a short presentation on their learning through the year. I very much enjoyed the event. It was characterised by professionalism, high standards and ambition, and Boston Spa Academy staff certainly distinguished themselves.


I have on previous blogs highlighted the importance of The GORSE School Centred Teacher Training (the SCITT). It has transformed our recruitment.

On Thursday evening I was very pleased to be a guest at the 2019 SCITT Graduation, with particular pride in applauding the trainees who have been through Boston Spa Academy, and especially those who will be joining us in September.

Details of the post graduate recruitment for 2019 and 2020 to our SCITT, the only one in Yorkshire graded ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted, can be found on this website.


I enjoyed meeting all of the following during PD Hour to celebrate their excellent week: Nora Stark, Harrison Bailey, Rajvir Panesar, Ted Heffernan, Emily Warbrick, Kaitlin Lazenby, Spencer Smith, Alex Abdullah, Izabell Bostock, Ruby Alderson, Isabelle Harding, Ella Thomas, Kian Ducey, Ava Williams, Joe Young, Lily Slater, Rebecca Watson, Katie Roberts, Mary Latham, and Harry Lemon.


A number of our Karate students, ranging from Years 7 to 10, took a trip to The Stephen Longfellow Academy yesterday for their grading assessment. Students joined those from other academies and took part in an intense 45 minute set. Our students behaved impeccably and all passed, each receiving their next belt.

Additionally, awards were presented to celebrate the whole season with Lucy Skipper in Year 7 receiving the ‘Most Improved Fighter’ for the entire trust, which is a fantastic achievement.

Well done to all of the following who were graded: Charmaine Moss (white to red); Megan Hatherley (red to yellow); Isabella Elliott (red to yellow); Danielle Des Forges (red to yellow); Paige Briggs (yellow to orange); Lucy Skipper (yellow to orange); Nora Stark (yellow to orange) and Daniel Garlick (yellow to orange).

While England were trouncing Australia in the World Cup our Year 7 and 8 cricket team made the journey to Roundhay on Thursday. We won the toss and elected to bat first to try and put on a big total for the hosts to chase. After a slow start, we eventually got into gear with a fantastic contribution from Luke Brooks which helped us to a very respectable 86 for 6. Roundhay openers made a fantastic start that put us under real pressure, however with a show of great character and resilience we came out victorious, bowling Roundhay out for 58 with one over remaining.

Not quite the dominance of England, but a really good team performance, where Luke Brooks was our player of the match with 15 not out and 2 wicket for 6 runs in 2 overs.