You will have received a letter from me this week seeking consent to hold biometric data in advance of the introduction of a cashless academy on Monday 3rd June. By far the simplest way to do this is with our Parent App. The screenshots above should assist you in giving the necessary consent. If you are new to the App I commend it you, and guidance on downloading and using it can be found on our website under the ‘Parents’ tab.

If you wish to give paper consent please print out the form we have emailed to you and ask your child to hand it into Student Services.

We will start collecting biometric data in the week beginning 13th May, so Friday 10th May is the deadline for consent to be given. Thank you for your support with this.

Every student left the academy today with a second letter giving parents the necessary username and password to set up their ParentPay account. This will need to be done by 3rd June. If a student was absent today the letter has been put in the post.


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Plans for the redevelopment of our current Sixth Form building in readiness for the opening of Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa are progressing well. The support from The GORSE Academies Trust on all aspects of this development has been exceptional.


We very much valued the support of parents and carers at last night’s subject consultation evening. We achieve what we do as an academy in partnership with home, and we appreciate the priority that families give to events such as this.


We are all immensely proud this week to learn that our Year 12 student Rachel Slater made her debut for Yorkshire CCC Women’s Team against Nottinghamshire. Playing at Methley CC, Rachel put in a performance to be proud of, taking 2 for 8 in 6 overs with her left arm pace bowling. As usual, Rachel was modest about her achievements and she is looking forward to the rest of the season and the opportunities it may bring.

This week a group of Year 12 and 13 students achieved an ‘Emergency First Aid’ qualification after a day of intensive training with Helen Underwood from Underwood Training. The course, part of the Sixth Form Enrichment program, covered a wide range of life-saving procedures such as CPR and defibrillator use, injuries and treatments, and anaphylaxis. The students were exhausted by the end but Helen was full of praise for their hard work throughout the day.



Congratulations to Libby McGrath, Luke Ibbitson, Erin Jacznik, Madison Bolton, George Duncan, Ben Kurring, Macauley Mullaney Cameron, Archie Robinson, Charmaine Moss, Jessica Nelson, Hollie Sheldon, Salsa Hasan, Phoebe Goodwin, Amelia Dayson, Anna Dodsworth, Natalie Moore, Katelyn Turton, Lily Wilkinson and Maddie Roberts whose work I was pleased to celebrate during PD Hour this week.


We have upgraded our fleet of minibuses, with three new vehicles. I am pleased that we are retaining both the safety and the comfort of our young people when they are out of school. I am most appreciative of the work of Mr Carlyle in this respect.


As a trust we have recognised the lack of mobility and flexibility in many of our young students. These two factors play an often understated role in general health. By improving these, our young people will be able to move more freely allowing joints to move through the full range of motion and help to prevent problems in later life.

To that end, we will be introducing an initiative called the ‘Flow’. This is a stretching programme that we will deliver as the warm up in our Key Stage 3 fitness lessons. We will be encouraging pupils to also complete it at home up to 3-4 times a week. Please do feel free to get involved and join in with your son or daughter!


Our Football Scholarship team ran out 3-2 winners against a tough Woodkirk side in the final of the U19 Flitman Cup at John Charles Stadium. Danny Wort headed in from a corner for our first, but the lead only lasted a couple of minutes as a mistake in our defensive line let them in. Within the first minute of the restart, Jack Gibson coolly slotted the ball home from an acute angle and the lead was extended to 3-1 when Danny Wort floated in a direct free kick. Woodkirk’s hopes were lifted as they scored with 10 minutes to go but we managed the end of the game well. Mr Swales proclaimed how proud he was of the team saying, ‘They have worked hard to improve all season and had some tough times. This is just rewarding for all their efforts. The Flitman cup is a beautiful trophy, and we are delighted to have won it for a second time.’

I was very pleased to attend the Bradley Cup semi-final last Thursday where our Year 7 boys’ football team faced Farnley Academy. We had the perfect start with an early goal from Jake Miller inside 5 minutes. However, our opponents struck back quickly and then took the lead in a spell of excellent play before half time. We battled hard in the second half against very strong and tenacious opponents and created chances to equalise. Our desire to score, however, allowed Farnley to score 2 further goals in the last few minutes of the game. Final score 4-1 with Noah Whittingham player of the match for an excellent display in defence. I was very proud of them.

Both the Year 7 boys’ football team and the Year 7 girls’ football team have qualified for the merit league play off finals. These are both due to be played on Wetherby Ings on Thursday 9th May with a 16:00 kick off. All support will be most welcome.

On Wednesday our Year 7, 8 and 9 Volleyball teams travelled to The Ruth Gorse Academy for the Gorse Games, our pupils were fantastic from start to finish showing excellent skill levels and tactical knowledge. We finished as champions of the event! The details of each team are below.

Year 7 resultsYear 8 resultsYear 9 results
V Farnley - lost 14-15V Farnley - won 16-14V Farnley - won 19-15
V Bruntcliffe - won 24-8V Bruntcliffe - won 24-12V Bruntcliffe - won 21-11
V Morley - won 19-13V Morley - won 14-12V Morley - won 19-17
V Ruth Gorse - won 19-13
1st Overall (Tournament champs)
V Ruth Gorse - won 19-16
1st Overall (Tournament champs)
V Ruth Gorse - lost 14-15
2nd place (by one point)

The Year 8 boys’ rugby team travelled to Morley for the ‘Sky 9’ tournament. We were placed in a very difficult group with Farnley, Morley and Garforth. The boys performed very well in all 3 games showing great character and skill level both with and without the ball. We lost 4-1 to Farnley, drew 2-2 with Morley and were very unlucky to lose 5-4 to Garforth. Noah Whittingham, Ollie Thomas, Cameron Holmes and player of the tournament, Matthew Broadbent, scored our tries.