You may have seen coverage in the press of the 2019 examination results in Leeds. This data is different to that which I shared in last week’s blog, where I focussed on the progress data whereas the Yorkshire Evening Post chose to present attainment data. We think the progress that children make is the more important measure, but are still pleased for the media to publish attainment data as this still places Boston Spa Academy as the fourth highest achieving school in the city.


Very early this morning we waved off our 49 Geographers for their field trip to Iceland. You will be able to follow their adventures on Twitter using the hashtag #BostonInIceland


We had another fantastic week of Craft Club with Miss Rawlings, Miss Baker, Miss Speck and Mrs Lown. Students have created their final floral piece for their mural and were experimenting with the technique of sgraffito this week. To ensure all students complete their craft project we are extending Craft Club by an extra week, with an extra session on Wednesday 4th November.


We had another excellent rehearsal this week. We next gather on Tuesday 5th November.  We are still looking to welcome new voices, especially males, so please consider yourself welcome; rehearsals start at 7.30pm.


Year 9 and 10 GCSE Design Technology Textiles students had the opportunity to work with local embroidery artist, Jessica Grady on Wednesday. They used recycled items such as plastic straws, buttons, washers and elastic bands to produce a piece of creative embroidery. Students also got to use a die cutter and cut their own sequins to add to their designs. Jessica was really impressed with their creativity and took some of her own photographs for her social media.


Congratulations to all of the following whose work I was able to celebrate during PD Hour this week: Oliver Thomas, Eloise Holroyd, Bella Coppock, Tyler Hunter, Ayisha Mirza, Daniel Tinkler, Jess Nelson, Tyler Cox Walker, Janie Ivers, Ruhmaan Ruhmaan, Lucy Foster, Richard Pajor-Mazur, Aaron Hirst, Annabelle Shepherd, Chauncey Mitchell, Luke Ibbitson, Lewis Tomlinson, Will Nickson, Elliot Davies, Maddie Williamson, Jacob Priestley, Harlie-Mai Batley, Peggie Cook, Omar Natarajan, Harry Dyson, Ellie Jordan, Freya Broughton-Grey, Lucy Harper, Megan Kurring, Kadie Egan Sharp, Macauley Mullaney-Cameron and Isaiah Raihan.


We remain committed to promoting healthy lifestyles through the ‘Gorse Gets Healthy‘  initiative. We are pleased to have appointed our first Gorse Gets Healthy student representatives Nora Stark, Megan Sykes, Georgie Smith, Oliver Kilby, Nathan Burton and Ava Williams who will be working with staff to continue to drive this initiative forward.


Congratulations to Paige Briggs and Lucy Skipper who had major success in the West Yorkshire Karate Championships, winning trophies at both first and third. We are delighted that students who have only been participating in Karate for just over a year are doing so well.


We have updated the curriculum pages of our web site which dovetail with the recent letter from Miss Mir and Mrs Westerman which shared details of the 2019-20 assessment system for all the 11-16 academies in The GORSE Academies Trust. We hope you find these helpful.


On Wednesday Olivia Cope, Katie Mitchell, Matthew Broadbent and Ed Gaunt competed in the TGAT trials to be part of the Trust team in The British Indoor Rowing Championships in London, which take place in December. Unfortunately none of the students made the final team, but our students performed exceptionally well and their training is showing great results as each achieved new personal bests during the trial.

On Thursday afternoon the Year 9 footballers travelled to Roundhay School to play a league fixture. The boys played very well and we were unfortunate to end the first half 2-0 down in a very balanced game. We were on fire at the start of the second half and in under ten minutes we had scored two great goals, both started with a cool head in defence then a couple of short passes before beautifully weighted passes to put Tyler Johnson in 1 on 1 with the keeper. We defended with strength and courage but Roundhay scored two deflected goals against which our keeper Jack Rogers stood no chance. The boys battled to the end with Leighton Wager scoring a great individual goal making the final score 4-3 to Roundhay. Our player of the game was Oliver Thomas.