After their Science exam this morning our hard working Year 11 gathered for a day of celebration. There were tears, reminiscences, and awards. There was sadness, but also pride at a job well done and a journey completed. The day included some special presentations, the traditional shirt signings and the distribution of the all-important leavers’ hoodies.

They have worked hard and stayed in the classroom longer than many students from other schools. We are confident that they will have some spectacular outcomes to celebrate in August, and we very much look forward to opening those envelopes. But before then we meet up again at the Prom on Friday 21st June.


Our football scholarship students are currently in Valencia. In addition to enjoying cultural events and being hosted by Valencia FC at the historic Mestalla stadium, they have received Spanish language lessons, experienced some Spanish football coaching and played against a local Spanish team.

As a part of their work experience commitment, they have undertaken a number of voluntary roles in the community. These have included delivering a Sports Day for over 100 primary school pupils, coaching both football academy students and the Valencia CF Disability team and supporting the La Liga Disability football festival.


Well done to Lucy Skipper, Megan Reynolds, William Monsey, Emma Dodsworth, Isaac Joly, Ted Hefferman, Ben Keachie, Bradley Kirk, Millie Page, Alexander Carter, Alfred Naylor, Elisha Anderson, Sian Robinson, Ava Harper, Leland Kirkbride, Lois Smith, Bolton Whittle and Annaliese Irwin who were all celebrated in PD Hour this week.


Our Academy Soul Band was pleased to have been invited to perform at Scholes Gala on Saturday afternoon. We played three sets of music to an appreciative audience, despite the rain. In addition to playing our usual repertoire of soul and funk classics, we also premiered our arrangements of Locomotion by Little Eva and High Hopes by Panic at the Disco. Thank you to Lily Hilton-Brooke, Seb Gray, Emily Hooks-Sellers, Daniel Hemsley, Aidan Harris, Ava Williams, Alex Williams, and Charlotte Hemsley.


Congratulations to Ava Harper (Year 7) who was awarded the prized Judges Award at the “Ripon’s Got Talent Final” last Friday for her singing. An excellent achievement.


The ‘great’ British summer prevented our planned fixtures in tennis, rounders and cricket from taking place this week. It didn’t, however, stop Lucy Skipper and Paige Briggs from representing Boston Spa Academy in The GORSE Academies Trust Karate event.

Both girls won 6 out of their 7 fights and were tied for first place with a pupil from The Ruth Gorse Academy; on aggregate points Lucy was awarded first place and Paige third. The girls competed fantastically well and demonstrated excellent levels of skill, control and determination. Overall, we finished in second place in the event.

Karate is a new sport for Boston Spa Academy, introduced as a part of our conversion to join The GORSE Academies Trust, and we are delighted to be competing in this way.