At the heart of Positive Discipline is praise, and it was a joy this week to hold our celebration assemblies. Is was a brilliant opportunity to applaud all the young people who are making such great progress in gaining their PD certificates. Particular recognition is due to Lily Wilkinson who gained the first Gold Award of the academic year. Those who attend also achieve, so we also held hot chocolate celebrations for the highest attending tutor groups.   A list of all the students receiving their Bronze, Silver or Gold awards can be found here.


Across four weeks in March we will be participating in a TGAT-wide Spelling Bee. It starts on 4th March with round one, in which every child from Years 7 to 10 will participate during PD hour.  With two further rounds, we will find the Boston Spa Academy spelling champions, who will go through to the live final at The Farnley Academy on the afternoon of 28th March, in front of an audience of parents and student supporters.  It is a great event, and I am excited at this being our first opportunity to participate. Our creative writers have set the bar high for TGAT competitions in English, so there’s much pride at stake!


This week in sixth form we continued our ‘Life Skills’ programme with a visit from the National Citizenship Service (NCS), who also spoke to Year 11 last week. NCS is a programme that brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them to develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility while they learn how to contribute to the development of their local community.

The NCS team delivered an interactive workshop on employability which tied in perfectly with our upcoming focus on finding a perfect work experience placement. The session emphasised the key skills young people need for seeking, applying for and gaining employment, such as communication, teamwork and how to remain composed in a job interview. We enjoyed once again welcoming one of our alumni, David Joyce, back into the academy to work with our students.


Our Year 9 GCSE Musicians enjoyed a visit to Dewsbury Town Hall on Wednesday to attend a lunchtime recital from Chris Bradley, the Principal Percussionist for Opera North, accompanied by some of his former students from The University of Huddersfield. The programme centred on Steve Reich’s ‘Six Marimbas’ and included ‘Music for pieces of wood’ as well as that by Rosales, Ketelby, Elgar and Dvorak.


Our Year 11 GCSE Statistics class needed practice for ‘planning an investigation’ ready for their mock exams next week so they prepared with an investigation into jelly babies.  They peer assessed the plans and then carried out the experiment. Activities included finding out which colour jelly baby bounced the highest and whether you can identify the colour of a jelly baby whilst tasting it wearing a blindfold.


Congratulations to the following students whose work in school was celebrated in PD hour this week: Louis Johnson, Sarah Mohamadi, Olivia Hessey, Emily Stephenson, Isaac Joly, Miguel Costa, Hugo Burns Danfroth, Spencer Smith, Chelsea Varley, Lois Smith, Alicia Howitt, Libby McGrath, Charley Stirk, Holly Chandler, Charlotte Lambe, Mia Bevons, Harvey Marshall, Fynnlay Wilthsire, Georgie Smith,


We have a vacancy for a Receptionist. With this type of post, it is always our preference to recruit from our own community, so if you know anyone who may be interested please draw their attention to our advertisement.


We had a small fall of snow in Boston Spa today.  It is always our default position to keep the academy open, although on occasions of extreme weather that would present a risk to the health, safety or wellbeing of our community we have, on rare occasions, closed for a day.

We try to make these decisions before any child has left home, and usually by 7.15am. We would communicate notice of any closure via our phone app, by text message, on our website and on Twitter. In the absence of any of these notifications you should assume the academy is open. If we are closed we also notify Leeds City Council who publish a list of closed schools, which is then read out on local radio. We have not always found this to be reliable, so please only rely upon messages directly sent out from the academy.

Congratulations to Miss Hew and her husband Scott, whose daughter Stevie Elizabeth was born last Thursday morning weighing 6lbs, 13oz. All are doing well.


In September we introduced Karate to our extracurricular timetable, and this Tuesday our pupils competed in their first competition at The Ruth Gorse Academy. The pupils were a real credit to us. The instructors were blown away by the development of the pupils, particularly in the way they had learnt to use an opponent’s body weight against them.  In just four months this is a fantastic achievement. Despite mixed results, all pupils really enjoyed themselves. Congratulations to Daniel Garlick, Lucy Skipper, Paige Briggs, Nora Stark and (performer of the tournament) Amy Skelton.

Thursday evening saw the Year 7 and Year 8/9 girls’ netball teams take a trip to Sherburn High School for a friendly fixture. Year 8/9 girls started the evening with a well-balanced game, settling in to face a confident opposition. Although the game was even in the centre court area, Sherburn were just able to work the ball around the D more effectively taking the lead in the first half 12-6.  In the second half, after some positional changes, the girls really fought hard to keep possession and intercepted extremely well on numerous occasions, keeping the opposition’s scoring down to 5.  The final score was Sherburn 17 Boston Spa 8.  Player of the match was Erin Smith.

The Year 7 girls took to the court and started well. The girls continued to find each other, moving into space and working the ball down the court as a strong unit. The team continued their hard work in the second half and took a 5-1 victory to finish the evening. Player of the match was Juliz Paho Tchouankwe.

On a very cold Wednesday evening the Year 9 boys’ football team travelled to Garforth for a league fixture.  We spurned numerous early chances to take the lead and were punished for this on the stroke of half time, falling behind to a counter attack. We came out strongly in the second half and a great strike from all of 25 yards by Jamie Kirkby leveled the scores. Unfortunately, we conceded 2 in the last five minutes to lose 3-1. Player of the match was Aaron Hirst for a fantastic battling display in midfield.

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