All of the academy gathered at the front of school for an impeccable act of remembrance at 11 o’clock on Monday 11th November. I was really proud of the students; they were a very moving few minutes.


We were delighted to welcome the students from Elliott Hudson College to the academy this week for a performance of ‘The Odyssey’. They were immense; it was so professional and Year 8 threw themselves into the production. I was amazed by the maturity of the performance, but also the confidence and candour of the group as they hosted an impromptu question and answer session at the end.


Congratulations to all of the following with whom I met to celebrate their great work: Ahmad Alredhan, Ayaan El-Sayed, Laila Reed, Ruby Alderson, Nicole Willie, Ellis Gilfilllan, Ben Kurring, Bruce Mackie, Libby Henderson, Rajvir Panesar, Molly Reynolds, Janie Ivers, Charmaine Moss and Curtis Mewse.


Congratulations to all the students who earned an orange wristband for 100% attendance last half term. We are very proud of you. There will be a number of celebration events for those with the orange wristbands over the next few weeks, and it started on Thursday of this week with special 100% cupcakes in break.


We are excited about our first Prize Presentation Evening next week, congratulations to all who have earned an invitation and thank you to the many who have responded. There are so many young people to celebrate we are holding the event in the Sports Hall. We will have an address from David Holtham, the Executive Principal for Post-16 for The GORSE Academies Trust and two musical interludes, with performances from Joe Rudge and Lily Hilton-Brooke.


As part of our Post-16 Enrichment students have been given the opportunity to join the Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa Debating Society. This week two teams battled it out over the relevance of Remembrance. The hypothesis posed was that “Remembrance Day in its current form is outdated and needs to change”, with Mr Stothart watching on as adjudicator.

This week we were pleased to be invited to the John Smeaton Academy Year 11 Parents Evening to share the opportunities at Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa. We were really proud of our students who spoke about their experiences with the community.

Our Open Evening for Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa is on Thursday 28 November at 6.00pm. All are welcome.


I was pleased to watch some of the rehearsal for ‘Fool’s Gold’ this week. We have some exceptionally talented young people who are working incredibly hard. The production takes place at the end of next term.

If you cannot wait, the cast will be showcasing excerpts from the performance at our Christmas Concert on Wednesday 11 December. In addition there will be performances by our vocal group, the community choir, the Soul Band, the debut of our Samba Band, a woodwind ensemble and solo pieces. We also hope to have first performances from some of the students who have been undertaking the LAMDA Speech and Drama lessons. Please reserve the date in your diary!


The Craft Club members have finished their first project, with examples seen here displayed by Amy Skelton, Emma Garlick, Sophie Dennis and Annabelle Shepherd. Students have been working really hard to create a floral mural using the craft techniques of batik, appliqué, tissue paper painting and sgraffito in the first round of Craft Club.

Well done to all the students who have also signed up for the special Christmas Craft Club, which started this week.


It was really cold on Tuesday this week when our U14 girls’ football team competed in their first round of the Leeds Schools Merit Cup, playing Bishop Young Academy at home. The girls stormed the first half racing into a 3-0 lead with an own goal to start, followed by two goals from striker Connie Edwards. In the second half the girls kept the momentum going to score a further four goals, one from Izzy Srinivasa, two further goals for Connie and the final goal from Megan Sykes. The girls worked brilliantly as a strong team and attacked and defended together. Our player of the match was Grace Sykes who was solid in defence and made some great attacking play from her right back position. Well done to all.

On Wednesday the Year 10 Basketball team travelled to Manor School in York for their first game of the season. The boys were a little rusty at the start of the game finishing the first quarter 10-6 down. They really switched on at the start of the second quarter scoring an unanswered 10 points taking them into a 16-10 lead. At certain times they defended with real passion and pride with great interceptions from Bailey Clayton and one-to-one marking from Jude Howes. We attacked with vision and intent with good shooting from Joe Rudge and amazing individual play from Christian Boden. The final score was 42-40 to Manor School in a very competitive game played in an excellent spirit; our player of the game was Christian Boden.

Last week’s sport entry had an error, for which we apologise and we are pleased to rectify it here. George Carry scored the goal for the Year 7 football in their cup defeat.