This week we have finalised plans for the academy to become cashless as from Monday 3rd June, using ‘Parent Pay’. The first impact will be seen in the dining halls, where it will speed up the serving of meals, and allow parents to track what their child is eating during the day. I will write to families over the next week with all the dates and necessary details, including how we will set up the system and how you will be able to access it.

Parent Pay will replace all cash transactions in school, including payments for trips and visits; we do not anticipate needing our students to use any cash in school after this date. I very much hope you find this development both positive and convenient.


At the heart of Positive Discipline is reward and recognition. This week we held celebration assemblies that particularly recognised all those who achieved their next badges. The full list of those rewarded is here. Of particular note are the achievements of Lily Wilkinson, Hussain Kiran and Daniel Myers who are the first students to reach their Principal’s award with 1000 credits.


Congratulations to all of the above who were celebrated for their work last week during today’s PD hour: Lucy Lunn, Joe Barclay, Megan Dykes, Theo Ward, Lucy Skipper, Connie Edwards, Finlay Dunlop, Alex Williams, Amelia Bell, James Hepworth, Charlie Bennet-Whitmore, Madeleine Tue, Mia Bevans, Lillie Robinson, Leon Quyn, Max Long, Ruby Alderson, Nikkia Romans-Sutton, Alice Firth, Leo Lockwood, Joe Kendall, Maddie Thompson, Ayva Bernard, Ethan Abel, Fraser Douglas, Roya Ikhlasi, Marley Wilson, Bobby Isbell, Sophie Ferguson, Amelia Edwards, Connor Winstanley, Izabell Bostock, and Charlie Walton.


To mark Science week our Key Stage 3 students completed an investigation into the impact of washing clothes on the environment. They filtered water which had had fleece ‘washed’ in it and compared this to filter paper used to filter water which hadn’t had fleece in it. There were visible amounts of micro plastics on the filter paper when fleece had been washed in the water. Using the results from the investigation and research sheets pupils are creating an information poster to be submitted in the Science Week competition. I am grateful to Miss Yellow for her leadership of this.


Today was the next round of our internal competition to find The Boston Spa Academy representatives for The Great Gorse Spelling Bee live final at The Ruth Gorse Academy on Thursday 28th March.

Well done to all those going through to the next Boston Spa Academy round: Ava Harper, Larina Sabah, Harry Brattley, Tejha Smith, Sophie Dennis, Ben Taylor, Jess Tucker, Pheobe Goodwin, Joe Barclay, Ruby Alderson, Edward Heffernan, Lily Hilton-Brooke, James Tucker, Kiran Hussain, Sarah Mohamadi, Joe Rudge, Zhou Lowton, Ayisha Mirza, Louis Winn, Adam Cass, Daniel Garlick and Charlotte Lambe.


In our Sixth Form we are constantly working to provide students with opportunities when they leave us, including places in academia, employment and on apprenticeships.

On Thursday we were extremely fortunate to be invited to the Unilever plant on Coal Road in Seacroft to look at their apprenticeship programme.  Our Year 13 students got a first-hand look at the wide range of roles and responsibilities on an Engineering or Manufacturing apprenticeship. We began the day in the Conference Suite where we got an insight from apprentices Tom and Nick about the Unilever brand, their site and their apprenticeship programmes. We had a full safety briefing, put on a lab coat, safety glasses and ear plugs and swapped our shoes for safety boots.

During our tour we walked the the factory floor and saw the state-of-the-art machinery and logistics systems that, amongst other staggering statistics, produced and distributed 845 million deodorant cans to the UK and beyond last year.

Perhaps most impressively we also met the Research & Design team who showed us the precision checks and constant innovation that sit behind the successful manufacturing process. The tour was interesting and informative and gave our students a much greater appreciation of Unilever, their site and their apprenticeships. We must again thank Mark Craig at Unilever for organising this event and for hosting us.


Next Tuesday is our second Be Smart Day of the year. Miss Brierley has put together a great programme which includes the following:

  • A Stonewall Role Model will be speaking to all year groups about their rights and responsibilities around their sexuality
  • The THINK! Campaign, learning how to stay safe as a pedestrian, cyclist or passenger
  • Gender stereotypes, why they exist and how they can be damaging
  • Activities to reduce hate crime towards people with learning disabilities and autism
  • Year 9 will be learning about sexual consent
  • Years 7 to 10 will be involved in ‘Gorse Gets Healthy’
  • Democracy, how we gained the right to vote and its importance
  • Years 10 and 11 will examine different scenarios in which a woman might find herself pregnant and consider her options in each case.’
  • Year 11 will take part in personalised intervention in preparation for their exams.

We are very much looking forward to the day.


On Wednesday, the Year 7 boys’ football team hosted Brigshaw and fell 2-0 down in the opening minutes. We hit back through some excellent play only to concede on the stroke of half time. We started brightly in the second half and responded with two quick fire goals. The game seemed destined for a draw, until Noah Whittingham popped up to slot home a winner from close range in the final minute of the game securing a 4-3 win. The other goals were scored by Jake Miller and Euan Howes. Player of the match was Cameron Santer for a battling display in centre midfield.

The Year 9 girls faced a tough challenge as they played Pudsey Grangefield in the 2nd round of the Merit Cup on Wednesday evening, in gale force winds. Despite this the girls kept focus and kept the game to a very even 0-0 draw at half time. In the second half, the girls were against the wind and managed to have several shots on target but still no goals were scored, taking the game into extra time. With the wind keeping the game even and some great saves being made from both goal keepers, the game went to penalties. Five players from each team went up to take penalties alternately and all scored which meant the tame was then taken into sudden death. Unfortunately, we had our 8th player’s penalty saved by the post to give the win to Pudsey. The girls worked exceptionally hard in a difficult game and were clearly disappointed with such a close game throughout. Players of the match: Natalie Moore and Molly Reynolds.

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