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Leeds College of Art workshop

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On Friday Leeds College of Art came in to help our Year 10s (literally) get their hands on some new art techniques.  The workshop gave students the chance to work in mediums they hadn't before, including wire and clay.  Some students took inspiration from their sketchbooks, developing ideas and sketches they…

Teens and Toddlers award celebration

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Just before half-term some of our Year 8 and 9 girls completed their Teens and Toddlers placement. As a celebration of their achievement we invited the girls' families and course co-ordinators Tracey and Marcus to the academy.  It was quite the celebration, with the girls creating scrapbooks for Marcus and Tracey…

THRIVE mini lessons

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We had mini-lessons across the Academy today as part of our new THRIVE initiative, introducing the first letter of the acronym 'Thinking Positively' .  It was wonderful to see THRIVE being put into action and hear the discussion created around it. The lessons opened up conversation about what this attitude to…

Blind date...with a book

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The Library is getting ready for Valentine's Day with Blind Date with a Book.  The idea is simple: you pick a wrapped book, based on the cryptic description on the wrapper, borrow it and give it a go. You might find yourself reading something you love, but would never have normally…

Year 8 trip to Beamish Museum

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On Wednesday Miss Young's Year 8 History class went back in time... Beamish Museum is an open-air museum in the North-East. It was created as a way to preserve the industrial heritage of the area. Its founder Dr Frank Atkinson wanted to use the museum to show the lives of the…

Phoenix Dance Theatre trip to West Yorkshire Playhouse

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Our Year 10 GCSE Dance students were invited to the full dress rehearsal of Phoenix Dance Theatre's Mixed Programme 2017 showcase at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The programme consisted of three seperate perfomance pieces: Calyx, Beast, and Nightlife at the Flamingo which ran for three nights at the Playhouse.  Phoenix Dance…

'My Former Life' Foundation for Peace workshop

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The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace was set up following a 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington that killed three-year-old Johnathan and 12-year-old Tim Parry. The incident shocked the nation and gained worldwide publicity.  Tim Parry's parents, with the support of the Balls, formed a charitable trust with many of…

Be the change! Safer Internet Day 2017

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Tuesday 7th February was Safer Internet Day 2017. This year the motto was "Be The Change: unite for a better internet". The day is celebrated globally to promote safe and positive uses of the internet.  The day gave us a chance to chance to highlight the positive uses of technology and…

Pizza party!

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Throughout the week we've been rewarding students for good behaviour. The top 5 stamp earners from each year group have been invited to pizza parties! Each student is allowed to bring a friend to enjoy the pizza and drinks. Although we are a 'Healthy School', every now and again it's good…

Year 8 Reggae band

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Last week Mrs Shaw's Year 8 class performed the musical stylings of Bob Marley.  Working in pairs the talented lot played the chords on the keyboard and sang a rendition of Three Little Birds.  And whilst some were more than ready to be the star of the show, it was great…

Make The Grade with #GirlTechLCR

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These girls can! As part of our STEM for Girls programme some of our Year 8 girls attended #GirlTechLCR yesterday; an event for young women across the Leeds City Region that brings businesses together to raise aspirations and challenge gender stereotypes in the digital sector.  The event took place at the…

Co-operative Fairtrade Conference

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On Tuesday some of our Year 7s made the trip down to Manchester for a Fairtrade Conference at Angel Square, the Co-operative Headquarters.  The Conference was attended by pupils from all of the academies in the trust, this included schools from Leeds, Manchester and Stoke-on-trent.  As all of the students walked…

Meet our Stephen Lawrence Committee

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Say hello to our Stephen Lawrence Committee! The group and Ms Driscoll meet every Wednesday first break, where they discuss issues such as tolerance and acceptance.  Today they led an assembly for Seacole, the group explained who Stephen Lawrence was and how his legacy had inspired them to make a…

Spelling Bee 2017 finals

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On Monday we had our first ever Spelling Bee!  After preliminary rounds, 23 of our Year 7s made it to the final of our innagural Spelling Bee. They gathered in the hall after school to battle it out for the 'Golden Wasp's Nest'.  The first round was made up of previously…

Around the world in... about 45 minutes

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Yesterday the Google Expeditions team took our students on a trip around the world, and they never even left their seats. The team arrived with armfuls of goggles, ready to take students on an virtual trip to places unknown.  Through virtual reality goggles students visited destinations around the world as part…

ESH Building My Skills: CVs and cover letters

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As part of the ESH Building My Skills sessions we had Amy and Vicky from Yorkshire Water in today. They spoke to our Year 9s about how imporant a good CV and cover letter can be.  Our students were asked to think about their goals and what they wanted to accomplish…

Year 11 HSC: Learning to lend a hand

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This morning some of our Year 11s had fallen down the stairs, were refusing food and needed help putting their socks on...but don't worry they're all fine! It was all part of a learning workshop from Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and Ahead Partnership, using role play to show the Health and…

Are you ready to THRIVE?

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You may have noticed some new posters around the school, asking the question...are you ready to THRIVE? THRIVE is a new iniatiave which has been developed by the Teaching and Learning team at the Academy. Each letter of the words stands for something important. Following the last school inspection our Vice-Principal…

A celebration of 'Project Positivity'

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Yesterday evening we showcased work created by our students in collaboration with local art collective East Street Arts. It was a celebration of Project Positivity, centered around the idea of turning negative/unsafe spaces into positive/safe ones.  The name Project Positivity was decided after a discussion with students, giving them ownership of…

Girls That Code: Year 9 digital media workshop

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Yesterday Gemma, Becky and Danielle from the Co-operative digital media team came in to school to talk to some of our Year 9 girls. The session was part of our STEM for Girls project, our way of showing girls how they can be involved in industries that have traditionally been male…