This Friday we bid farewell to our Year 13 students who go on study leave to continue their revision and preparation for exams.

As is tradition we mark this occasion with an awards and prize-giving ceremony. Awards are given in each subject for the ‘Top Student’, an ‘Outstanding Achiever’ and ‘Commendations’ to students worthy of a special mention.

Tom Hepworth stole the show, picking up five awards, including Top Student in four subjects (Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics) and the overall award for ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement’.   Harry Wells won Top Student awards for BTEC Business Studies and BTEC Science and as a result took home the award of Outstanding Achievement in Applied Subjects.

Other award winners included Rachel Mawson for ‘Outstanding All round Achievement’, Ben Walton and Baljit Roda for ‘Outstanding Effort’.   Emma Cameron, Josh Fielden, Amreeta Sehmi and Adam Stowe also picked up major awards.  We wish all our Year 12 and 13 students the best of luck for their exams and look forward to seeing their results in August.

They have been an exceptional year group and we are very proud of them. We look forward to celebrating their success in August.


We are very pleased with the way that Year 11 have embraced the start of their exams. Mrs Westerman has prepared a detailed ‘runway’ with a full programme of bespoke support making sure that we grasp every opportunity to support our young people. As a part of this support programme some of Year 11 were able to be part of a two hour session with Sir John Townsley this morning highlighting and developing those important forensic reading skills that enable candidates to claim those very top GCSE grades.


Well done to Daniel Bold, Callum Bonner, Paige Briggs, Molly Reynolds, Mason Taylor, James Welburn, Daniel Myers, Jacob Rayner, Moza Abdullah, George Duncan, McKenzie Bilicki, Eloise Holroyd, Noah Whittingham, Mary Latham, Charlotte Crisp and Owen Creffield who I was pleased to congratulate in PD Hour this week.


On Monday we change the food menus at first break and second break. We are also introducing new queuing arrangements in the dining halls. Coupled with our switch to cashless catering the purpose of all these changes is to improve the student experience; we have been very appreciative of all the support from our families. The changes were shared with students in this PowerPoint.


On Monday, after school, Year 10 students competed in the Academy’s first Tennis fixture of the year against Leeds Grammar School. There were some excellent rallies and very close games in both singles and doubles but unfortunately Leeds Grammar school were the overall winners.  The students who took part were Lily Oakley- O’Brien, Maddie Thompson, Freya Salt- Smith, Mollie Jones, Josh Thompson, David Mawson, and Alfie Johnson.

On Wednesday we hosted the other four secondary TGAT academies for the Table Tennis stage of the Gorse Games. This saw a tournament for both boys and girls from Years 7 to 9. We won two of the tournaments through Cameron Santer and Grace Sykes, whilst our other competitors, Ruby Alderson, Emily Warbrick and Sam Dobronics were all placed well. Overall we finished runner up to Ruth Gorse Academy.

All the pupils were fantastic throughout and the event was officiated brilliantly by our Leeds United Foundation students.

On Thursday the U13 and U15 girls played in a league tennis fixture at home to Ackworth.  Although the girls didn’t win any matches, there were some close games with some students playing long rallies to decide points.  The manners and behaviour of our girls were exemplary, as we have come to expect, with the matches being played in a friendly but competitive spirit.  Well done to Isabella Elliott, Molly Grimes, Izzy Tucker, Ella Ritchie, Erin Smith, Jess Parkin, Lily Oakley-O’Brien and Maddie Thompson.