We can never take our online safety for granted, so the week of the Safer Internet Day is always a significant one for us. This year it was on Tuesday with the theme ‘Together for a better internet’.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations commit to promote to help the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Our assemblies this week have focussed on internet safety in support of this initiative, following the key message of ‘Understanding consent in a digital world’. The choices we make online can have far reaching consequences and students have been encouraged to think about all of their online activities, and to see them as being as important as their face-to-face conversations.

We have also discussed the impact of collecting data through different search engines and use of apps to build an awareness of how data is stored through the use of online resources.

Students have been reminded that all members of staff will support and advise them in any circumstance if they are unhappy or concerned about online interactions.

For more information about Safer Internet Day 2019 you can visit the website by clicking here. The Thinkuknow  website provides lots of useful information and advice for students and parents about online safety.

If you want advice or support on this matter please contact our Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Spink, via Reception.


In the same week as Safer Internet Day there was an interesting report jointly published by UK’s four chief medical officers on the limits to screen time for young people. Their headline advice, which hit the newspapers, included:

  • not using phones and mobile devices at the dinner table – talking as a family is very important for development
  • keeping screens out of the bedroom at bedtime
  • talking as a family about keeping safe online and about cyber-bulling and what children should do if they are worried
  • not using phones when crossing a road or doing any other activity that requires a person’s full attention
  • making sure children take a break from screens every two hours by getting up and being active
  • policing their own use too – parents should give their children proper attention and quality family time and never assume they are happy for pictures to be shared

If you are interested in reading the full report, it is here.


Thank you for your support at the Year Eight Parents’ Evening this week.  It is a very important one, with GCSE option choices just around the corner. Mrs Westerman was pleased to present information about options to parents; if you wish to refer back to her presentation it is here.


PD Hour is always a joy for me, and this week I was pleased to congratulate Farzan Mohamadi, Thomas Gilding, Freya Smith, Jasleen Osahan, Bolton Whittle, Millie Bosomworth, Ebony Hartley, Shiwain Ashmal, Ava Bagshaw, Ahmad Alredhan, Callum Parkinson, Aidan Heald, Ayva Bernard, Maddie Thompson, Grace Sykes, and Jacob Priestley.


Today we met the lucky students heading to New York over February half term. The 21 students in Years 11, 12 and 13 were briefed for the final time about the trip, including weather forecasts and itinerary and given their much anticipated ‘New York Rangers’ trip bobble hats. The highlights of the itinerary include a tour of the UN, a trip to Madison Square Garden for an NHL game, a journey to Broadway to see ‘Mean Girls: The Musical’, Central Park and much much more. Not long to go now!


As a part of the ‘GORSE Gets Healthy’ initiative we are very excited to be able to present an offer to the whole GORSE community. Every Monday we will be holding open Karate sessions at The Stephen Longfellow Academy (Global Avenue LS11 8PG) for parents/carers, students and staff. Everyone is welcome regardless of ability or fitness level. The sessions will be significantly discounted at a cost of £1 per child and £2 per adult.


On Monday, we travelled to The Ruth Gorse Academy for the Rowing instalment of the Gorse Games. We took a team from Years 7, 8 and 9. All of the pupils competed exceptionally well, racing against the other academies. We finished in 3rd place overall with standout performances from Harrison McGann,McKenzie Bilicki and Joanie Groves.

The Year 9 boys’ football team hosted Bishop Young in a league fixture and got off to the worst possible start, conceding two goals in the first 5 minutes. The boys showed outstanding character and battled back well with goals from Bradley Wood and Callum Parkinson levelling the game at 2-2 before half time. In the second half, we came out strongly and battled hard against very good opposition. With ten minutes to go, Bradley Wood fired us into the lead. We continued to battle and survived wave after wave of attack to win the game 3-2. The performance was an excellent display of character, teamwork and belief from our boys, personified by player of the match Aaron Hirst.

The Year 10 boys’ football team hosted Wetherby in a game dictated by the wind. Our opponents took the lead playing into the wind, before we struck back with one of a number of chances to level the score at 1-1 at the end of the first half. In the second half our opponents used the wind much better and played very well, going on to win the game 5-1. Player of the match was Josh Thompson for an excellent display in defence and midfield.

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