We were overwhelmed by the community support for our Open Evening; the huge attendance took us all by surprise.
It was a lovely opportunity to share with so many all that has occurred at Boston Spa since our conversation to become part of The GORSE Academies Trust, and to highlight the exciting plans and opportunities for the future. The full presentation from the evening is here.
TRANSFORMING THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Open Evening was the first opportunity families have had to see the impact of the work done by Jenny Makin, the TGAT artist, in transforming various areas of school.
In the lower diner she has turned each alcove into small gallery spaces for us to showcase students’ work. In English her work is promoting reading as well as challenging issues on gender equality. While in the maths block she is promoting the role maths in a variety of careers. The most extensive and complex work is in humanities where the walls now celebrate the diversity of continents of the world, including their geography, history and belief systems.
It is fantastic work of which we are really proud. It has made such a difference to these parts of our campus.
With the last of the university places secured we are delighted with the final destinations of Year 13. Of the whole cohort, 80% applied to University, 98% of these gained a place at a university of their choice, and with 45% taking places at Russell Group institutions. This does not happen by luck, it is a combination of great work by the students in achieving their examination results and also good pastoral care and guidance through the tricky UCAS process.
This week Mr Brennan held an important information event for Year 13 families, setting out the routines for the next few weeks as students prepare for their 2020 UCAS applications.
At the heart of PD is reward recognition and praise, so it was a delight to send nearly 600 students to Lightwater Valley today to celebrate their great engagement with school during last year. It was a huge effort by staff, particularly Mrs Bastow, the Heads of Year and Mrs Ryder, but all of the students deserved the opportunity, we are very proud of them and pleased to create the opportunity.
I was very pleased to meet all of the following this week to praise them for the work in school during last week. Well done to Joel Sergeant, Harvey Marshall, Allix McGrath, Hama Othman, Evie Burns, Emily Adair, Mary Latham, Annaliese Irwin, George Duncan, Mirabelle Hindle Marsh, Yasmin Suttle, Daniel Paton, Salsa Hasan, Farzan Mohammadi, Dion Clements Smith, Laura Moyo, Maya Litwin and Alfie Armitage.
It is a key part of our Performing Arts strategy to see the new opportunities for the arts to be at the heart of our communities as well as at school; so can I take this opportunity to remind you that the Community Choir starts this Tuesday at 7.30pm in the main hall?
It is aimed at all who wish to sing for pleasure, no particular musical expertise is required. It will be led by Mr James Rodgers, an experienced musician, teacher and former pupil of Boston Spa.
Once the community choir is established they will determine their own repertoire, but it will begin with a combination of musical theatre, light classical music and popular songs. Rehearsals will be alternate Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm and the cost is just £1 per rehearsal. There is no need to book in advance; we will be pleased to welcome all on the first evening.