We enjoyed a brilliant Prize Presentation Evening on Wednesday. We celebrated over 180 exceptional students for a combination of their effort, achievement or attendance over the whole of last year.

The evening began with outstanding recitals from Lily Hilton-Brooke and Joe Rudge. They were remarkable. The other stars of the evening were the students whose achievements were celebrated.

The final awards of the evening were the Principal’s Award for Student of the Year, and the Governors’ student of the year. Congratulations to Lily Wilkinson and Elizabeth Lloyd to whom these were presented.


The Prize Presentation Evening celebrated last academic year, so it encompassed Years 8 to 12. I am delighted to see so many Year 7s already on track for next year’s event with Laura Moyo, Ellis Gilfillan, Krystal-Hewitt Thackray and Jude Taylor earning the first Silver awards of the year.


We are very pleased to invite families from across our locality to the Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa Open Evening on Thursday 28 November. There will be an opportunity to see the new facilities, to hear from Mr Brennan and Mr Holtham about future plans as well as to immerse yourself in the various subject rubrics. The event starts at 6.00pm and you will all be very welcome.


Can I commend our Christmas Concert to you all? In addition to a Woodwind ensemble and the Soul Band, there will be debut performances from the school vocal group, the Samba band and the Community Choir. There will be performances from the LAMDA Speech and Drama students, excerpts from Fool’s Gold, our KS3 musical, as well as solo musical performances. It will be a great night. Families of students participating will be prioritised for tickets, but if you also wish to attend please contact Reception. .


I did not meet with many students in PD Hour this week, but nevertheless I was delighted to celebrate with Milly Miles-Shenton, Emily Bell, Archie Robinson, Nicole Willie, India Rose Habergham-Porter, Anna Dodsworth, Michael Dewhurst and Charlotte Lambe.


Prize Presentation Evening saw the first public use of our new logo. After commissioning a number of designs this one was the choice of focus groups of the Student Voice and that of the Governors. Over the next few months we will replace the signage at the front of school and on the letter heads; there will also be a new website. Over time these colours will be used throughout the academy buildings. Any change to blazer logos would only happen at the start of a new term, and only when parents have exhausted the blazers you already own. No one should be buying a new blazer at this stage of the year just because of the change of our logo.


On Tuesday we competed in a karate sparring fixture at the Ruth Gorse Academy against Bruntcliffe Academy. Our representatives were Poppy Burton, Nora Stark, Lucy Skipper and Paige Briggs. Each student had three fights against the same person (matched on ability) scoring points for punches and kicks.

Nora v Bruntcliffe

Round 1 9-1

Round 2 2-0

Round 3 3-0

Paige v Lucy

Round 1 7-3

Round 2 8-2

Round 3 5-3

Poppy v Bruntcliffe

Round 1 3-1

Round 2 4-5

Round 3 2-5

Students worked extremely hard and deserved their points’ victory. A huge well done to them all. Poppy Burton was Player of the Tournament for competing in her first competition after only two training sessions.

On Wednesday our Year 10 boys’ football team hosted a very strong Wetherby side and were doing very well to stay in the game 1-0 down at half time. However, the second half was a different story as our opponents brought on an outstanding powerful centre forward who our defence struggled to deal with. The final score was 6-0; player of the match was our stand in goalkeeper Harry Dyson.

On Thursday we introduced our recreational rowing club which is open to all students in all years. This runs alongside our various team specific sessions that are on various nights through the week. We had 33 students who developed their rowing and completed strength, conditioning and mobility exercises. If your son or daughter would like to join this group, please ask them to speak to any member of the PE department.

The Year 9 boys’ football team hosted Allerton High. In the first ten minutes we were under real pressure but against the run of play we opened the scoring with a well worked goal from the right hand side. We continued to be patient and confident on the ball but Allerton scored two just before half time. We came out in the second half with belief and passion and with ten minutes of the game remaining we had put our nose ahead again leading 3-2. Allerton finish very strongly stealing a draw with a great piece of individual play to score the equaliser. We demonstrated great teamwork and spirit on a cold November evening. Our player of the game was Leighton Wager.