We were pleased to welcome guests to the Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa Open Evening last night. Mr Brennan spoke of the standards of achievement, while Mr Holtham talked about the values of Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa and how these underpin and enable all that is achieved. As ever at these events the best advertisement for what happens here were the student ambassadors. The presentation can be found here.


I was delighted to receive letters from Somerville College Oxford celebrating the achievements of two Boston Spa alumni.

Ewan Connell was recognised for the excellence of his first year studying History with a prize and a scholarship.

Joel Summerfield was awarded the Shaw Lefevre Scholarship for his performance in the second year of his degree in Mathematics.

It was a privilege to have both these students at Boston Spa, and it is brilliant to see their potential continue to be developed.


Four of the five candidates for the Elmet and Rothwell constituency attended Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa on Thursday morning for election hustings. We welcomed David Nagle (Labour) Alec Shelbrooke (Conservative) Penny Stables (Green) and Stewart Golton (Lib Dems).

Year 13’s Nadia Schottler reflected that  they were ‘very respectful of each other, and presented their party coherently while answering questions on Brexit, immigration, HS2, education and the environment.’

Notable moments included Alec Shelbrooke saying that Jacob Rees-Mogg’s comments about Grenfell Tower were ‘stupid’ and David Nagle stating that Jeremy Corbyn should apologise for anti-Semitism in the labour party. There was also a strong exchange of views on electoral reform between Alec Shelbrooke and Stewart Golton.

Nadia explained that she thought it was ‘an influential event, because while Alec Shelbrooke was the most eloquent, students were able to hear first-hand the different party policies to inform their vote’.


Congratulations to all of the following with whom I met during PD hour this week: Holly Burns-Danforth, Millie Page, Jake O’Toole, Ben Thornton, Harlie-Mai Batley, Leland Kilbride, Erin Jacznik, Eden Semuwemba, Ethan Kleist, Tasha Haigh, Eva Lindley, Eva Botterill, Lily Dunlop, Thomas Gilding, Alex Kay, Grace Taylor, Lily Hilton Brooke, Mason Kirkland, Tyrese Ndebele, Jack Akers, Harry Douglas, Izzy Bostock, Harry Million, and Isla Sutcliffe.


We had soggy Monday evening fixture for the Year 7 girls, facing a strong Cardinal Heenan side. The girls struggled to get on top of the opposition in the first half, conceding 5 goals through some miscommunication and excellent strength from the opposition. However, the girls came out in the second half with a much more positive approach, defending well and working as a team to protect their goal. The girls then got through on goal and a strong strike from Izzy Cleary got the goal that the girls wanted.

Final score 6-1 to Cardinal. Players of the match; Edie and Rhiannon Kelsey. Well played to all the girls, a tough first round match.

On Tuesday our Year 7 Athletics team competed in the indoor athletics event for the Gorse Games. The students competed brilliantly showing determination and resilience alongside some outstanding ability. Caera Cox won the 2 lap race, Zak Reisman and Alfie Armitage won the 8 lap paarlauf* and Jasmine Fosso-Sisihu-Haines won the standing long jump with a huge leap. The results will be available after the Year 8 and 9 events over the next two weeks.

On Wednesday the Year 8 boys’ football team hosted Allerton High School. Despite the wet and blustery conditions they boys played some excellent football and thoroughly deserved the 11-0 win. Player of the match Stevie Evans scored 4, with Lucas Parish and Oliver Kilby securing a brace each while Cameron Santer, Harvey Collinson and Harry Smith scored the rest.

*Paarlauf is a “pair run”, a relay which can be done with two or more people, comprising of one of the team running whilst the others rest, before the first gets to go again