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'On Your Marks' cooking challenge with Chartwells

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All the healthy food in the school canteen is supplied by Chartwells,  but today it was up to the students to make it!     Well sort of...   Chartwells brought a chef in to the Academy and the fun started with Chef Fay discussing all the different food groups and why a  healthy and varied…

Meet Mr Acott!

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As of this week, Steve Acott will be working alongside our careers and enterprise as a Higher Education Progression Officer, part of the National Collaborative Outreach Project.   The aim of the project is to provide support and guidance for students to make informed choices regarding higher education. Mr Acott will be working with students…

'We Never Talk About It'

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In order to have healthy relationships and develop good self-esteem, empathy and emotional maturity it is important for young people to be well supported in their personal and social education.  Through teaching Relationships and Sex Education at school, students can discuss matters in a safe environment, supported by staff and experts.   Neil Stotts…

The importance of never giving up, with Danielle Bailey

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We had the inspirational Danielle Bailey in the Academy this week, sharing her story of bravery and perseverance.    As a toddler Danielle Bailey contracted meningitis and a blood infection, which meant that her legs and hands had to be amputated.Her mother made sure that nothing would stop Danielle, teaching her…

Business in Focus with PWC and IntoUniversity

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Continuing our partnership with IntoUniversity, our Year 10 group spent the day at the PWC offices in Leeds taking part in a Business in Focus session. The Business in Focus sessions are designed to build teamwork and leadership skills through a one-day challenge activity. The students were split in to two…

Walk for Water at Temple Newsam

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On Saturday our Stephen Lawrence Committee took part in a sponsored 5km walk around Temple Newsam to raise money for the WE Walk for Water. Millions of people around the world walk an average of 3.5 miles a day just to get clean water, which is why our students decided…

Problem solving and 'Magic Vs' at maths CPD session

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Last night our Maths department ran a CPD session in partnership with White Rose Maths Hub. The session focused on KS2/3 techniques for teaching reasoning and problem solving.  Over 75 primary teachers attended the event, where they used hands on approaches to solve reasoning and problem solving questions. This helps…

First Aid at Work course

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We will be running a one day 'Emergency First Aid at Work with AED' course on Friday 9th June. The price is £60 excluding VAT.  As you can see from the photos it is great opportunity to learn life saving skills that are invaluable in a school setting. The course is…

Year 9 Leadership in Focus with IntoUniversity

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Carrying on our work with IntoUniversity the Year 9 group took part in a two-day Leadership in Focus programme. The programme is designed to raise aspirations, self-esteem and motivation.    The students worked in groups on various challenges which were designed to test their teamwork, working independently and time management as…

Maths problem solving with Harehills Primary

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Our magic Maths team went to Harehills Primary yesterday to hold a problem solving workshop with some of their students.  The workshop is part of a project our Maths team have been running with local primaries, helping show what problem solving in maths looks like and how much fun it…

Stephen Lawrence Committee shine at the Co-op AGM

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 Our sponsor, The Co-op, held their  Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 20th May, where members were able to have a say about how the Co-op is run and take part in votes on key issues. This year, Steve Murrell (CEO, Co-op Group) invited representatives from each of the academies…

Powering transformation with Dell and Transformation Trust

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In partnership with Dell and The Transformation Trust, the Year 9 students took part in a 'Powering Transformation' workshop at Leeds University.   Powering Transformation is a fully funded, one day programme where students utilise the latest Dell technology in a collaborative problem-solving exercise with a focus on community activism.   …

Woodwork at Leeds College of Building

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Every Thursday some of our Year 10 construction students go out of the Academy for a day of vocational education. Yesterday they were at Leeds College of Building working hard to produce some fantastic pieces of woodwork.    They are currently making their own tool boxes, which they hope to have…

Leeds Book Awards 2017

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Leeds Book Awards started in 2009 and has evolved into a successful city wide initiative, run jointly between Leeds School Library Service and Leeds Public Libraries.   As a child friendly city, Leeds Libraries wanted to give children and young people their own Book Award, where they could have a voice…

Dementia workshop with the Alzheimer's Society

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The Year 10 Health and Social students took part in a dementia awareness workshop with Laura from the Alzheimer's Society.  Laura is a volunteer Dementia Friends Champion, encouraging others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. Through a series of activities Laura helped the…

Level 3 Award success with Teens and Toddlers

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Last term some of our students celebrated completing their placements with Teens and Toddlers, a charity that supports young people; building care, compassion and a sense of responsibility that underpins affirmative decision making. The 18-week programme offers work-experience, a national qualification and the opportunity to mentor children in nurseries.  The…

Welding workshop at Leeds City College

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Last week students from the Henry Barran Centre spent the day at Leeds City College learning how to weld.  The students were shown the basics of welding and taught how to stay safe around the powerful machinery. It was an insightful day where the students got to learn a new skill.…

Green fingers with Year 8 at Ark

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While the sun was shining over Harehills yesterday our Year 8 students showed off their green fingers at ARK Community Centre.    ARK is a community space based on Hovingham Avenue which was setup and is managed by a charity called CATCH Leeds. ARK includes a building with several meeting rooms,…

Ex-pupil Ronaldo Vieira wins Young Player of the Year at Leeds United

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We always enjoy hearing about ex-pupils so we were over the moon when we heard that Ronaldo Vieira has been awarded the Young Player of the Year Award from Leeds United.   Ronaldo joined the academy in 2013 fom Bruntcliffe. While at school Ronaldo enjoyed entertaining other with his dancing and…

Art workshop with Woodlands Primary Year 4 classes

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Over the last term we have held a series of art workshops for Year 4 students from our sister academy Woodlands Primary.    The group sessions were led by Miss Barrow, and the students were able to try out new art techniques.  The sessions started with a warm-up, with the students…