SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS TO AND FROM THE ACADEMY

We were very fortunate this week that one of our students was only slightly injured after being hit by a car on his way to school. He is recovering well and attended the academy yesterday. We are all clearly very relieved that no substantial injuries occurred. I know that secondary aged students really don’t want the road safety talk from their parents, but I would ask that you take this opportunity to remind your daughters and sons about the important basics of when, where and how they step into the road.

We are always attentive to improving safety, and to this end we have re-marked the front of school to create a designated student drop off point as you enter our campus. If you bring your child to the academy by car please use this bay and then leave by going around the mini roundabout.  Please do not drive behind the parked buses as this presents additional risk of an accident taking place.

If you are collecting students at the end of the day from Winnow Lane or Clifford Moor Road, can I ask that you are attentive to the air quality of our campus and the homes around us, and wait with your engines turned off?  Thank you for your support with this.

DFE DATA CHECKING SITE

This week we saw the first release of the Department for Education analysis of our 2019 examinations results. This is the ‘checking site’ prior to the data being published as the schools’ performance league tables in January. It is restricted data, and as yet we are not able to put this information in the public domain, but we are very excited about the position of Boston Spa Academy in both GCSE and A Level.

ELLIOTT HUDSON COLLEGE BOSTON SPA

Our results are not down to luck; it is because what we do, we do with integrity, while our students respond with maturity and develop an exceptional work ethic.  The video above gives a clear example of this, showing Abbie Dunwell revising for her Government and Politics A Level.

The Open Evening for the 2010 intake is Thursday 28 November.

PARENTAL PARTNERSHIP

Our results would not be what they are without the partnership with home, and we do not take this for granted. It was therefore lovely to welcome so many Year 7 families into the Academy for our ‘Settling In’ evening. These events are important for us, and I would ask that you prioritise the following as they apply to your home:

Year 7            Subject Consultations:                        Wednesday 6 May

Year 8            Options and Subject Consultations:  Thursday 6 February

Year 9            Subject Consultations:                        Wednesday 22 January

Year 10          Subject Consultations:                        Wednesday 26 February

Year 11          Subject Consultations:                        Wednesday 4 December

Year 12 +13 Subject Consultations:                        Thursday 9th January

PERFORMING ARTS

It has been another exciting week in the Performing Arts.

It is very exciting to have welcomed Mrs Ruse as our LAMDA tutor, enabling us to bring the LAMDA Speech and Drama examinations into our curriculum. Attendance at extra-curricular has been very strong from girls, but less so with boys, so Mrs Forryan held an important assembly with all the boys in Years 7, 8 and 9 promoting the arts and encouraging them to audition for the Key Stage 3 summer musical, ‘Fools Gold’.

We were greatly encouraged by the attendance at our community choir this week, and the feedback was excellent. We are looking to grow this; it is important that the development of opportunity in the performing arts has an outward facing element, as well as that within the academy. The choir meets again on Tuesday 8 October, please consider yourselves all welcome.

CRAFT CLUB

On Wednesday Miss Rawlings and Miss Baker launch our Craft Club after school, where students will undertake  projects over a four week period, mixing art and textile activities. Students will need to sign up in Art 5.

PD HOUR

It is always a joy to take an hour in the week to praise our students. Congratulations to all of the following who were recognised for their great work: Emily Maskill, Ayaan El-Sayed, Kian Brammer, Alex Kay, Sophie Wilkinson, Charley Stirk, Megan Hatherley Ben Rogers, Curtis Mewse, Katie Locker, Kaitlin Pockett, Olivia Harrison, Katelyn Turton, Heivin Mohsen, Dougie Darley, Ben Thornton, Natalie Moore, Maks Cervonnihs, Amelia Wiltshire, Lilly Meehan, Leo Krajnik, Harry Million, Meg Beesley and Charlie Osgerby.

SCHOOL CENTRED ITNITIAL TEACHER TRAINING

We are very pleased to welcome our new graduate trainees from The GORSE Academies Trust SCITT this week.

Just as the best hospital are designated ‘Teaching Hospitals’, so the best schools are awarded ‘Teaching School’ status, and we are richly blessed to be part of the TGAT SCITT. The SCITT has over 200 graduate teacher trainees starting this September, with graduation in July.

One of the hardest parts of a Principal’s role is to recruit teachers that inspire, that provide moments of awe and wonder and that hold a compelling moral purpose for our children. The TGAT SCITT has proved to be a powerful aorta of talent in this respect, and Boston Spa Academy’s teacher recruitment for 2020 was transformed by TGAT SCITT graduates.

The TGAT SCITT is the only one in Yorkshire and Humber region graded ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted, and they are recruiting now for 2021. Please forward their contact details to any of your friends and family thinking of becoming teachers.

SPORTS NEWS

The PE extracurricular programme is now well underway with fantastic numbers attending all clubs. The dodgeball, table tennis and fitness clubs have been particularly popular. Sophie Ferguson, Year 10, said, “I’m really enjoying fitness this year, I feel better and I feel more confident”, while Alyssa Legault commented, “I have learnt so many new fitness exercises and this has motivated me to work harder.”

Our exciting rowing programme is currently being rolled out with the Trust’s specialist coach, Mrs Finch. She is working with all students, and selecting a crew for water based training from Years 8 and 9 based on their performance in the gym.

Football and basketball fixtures against other schools will start from next week; we hope to have just as much success as we’ve enjoyed in previous years.

Congratulations to all who are participating.

The autumn extra-curricular offer is here: