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Take part in our Parent/Carer Survey 2018

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As a parent/carer with our Academy, your feedback is very important to help us understand how we are doing, and where we need to improve. We would therefore be grateful if you could take a few minutes to give us your views. Please go to the following website to complete the…

Christmas community lunch

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We held our annual Community Christmas Lunch last week, where student members of the The Prince’s Trust group served an early Christmas dinner to local senior residents. They also sang carols, played bingo and presented each attendee with a hamper of delicious food. Some of which was kindly donated by our…

Student Voice: staying safe in the dark

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As the darkness sweeps over the country in the early evening, car lights and streetlights come to life.  Students and workers make their way home as the sun sets on the horizon. The workers head home for the night, whereas the nightcrawlers are getting ready to come out and play. For…

Making Christmas cards for our Community Lunch

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Mrs Thura's PSHCE group are working on their Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award today and supporting the Prince's Trust Christmas meal by making Christmas cards for the hampers.    They've been working hard gluing and sticking festive cards to brighten up the days of the local residents invited to the…

Understanding sexual consent with Victim Support Yorkshire

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Shannon from West Yorkshire Victim Support unit visited the Academy to speak to Year 10 students about relationships, social media, young people, consent and the law. Understanding the importance of these issues is vital to maintaining healthy relationships. Shannon gave the students examples of how two people can see the same situation…

Ronaldo Vieira goes back to school...

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Co-operative Academy royalty Ronaldo Vieira came to visit last week, speaking to Year 10 and 11 boys about his journey from Academy student to professional footballer.  Ronaldo now plays for Leeds United and has played for England's U20 squad, but he attended our Academy with his twin Romario, who is also…

Designing Co-op christmas crackers with Hallmark

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Some of our most talented artists were invited to Hallmark Cards in Bradford to help design next year's Co-op Christmas crackers!  They got a tour of the building, spoke to the designers and artists and got to see where all the Hallmark magic happens. Hallmark have a room that is just…

Student Voice: The effects of bullying on mental health.

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Did you know, 1 in 4 people are effected by a mental health problem every year? What if that was your friend, or your family member. Now, what if you were the cause?  Mental health and bullying can be linked in many ways. For example, they both can make people feel…

Ada.Ada.Ada, the woman that time almost forgot.

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Ms Frost's textile class took a trip to Leeds Central Library to watch Ada.Ada.Ada, a play about Ada Lovelace. Ada Lovelace wrote the first complex algorithm in 1843, but was then almost written out of history. Written, directed and designed by Zoe Philpott, the show has Ada Lovelace telling her story using…

Year 10 meet their Ahead Partnership Business Mentors

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Today some of our most able Year 10s had their first session with their Ahead Partnership Business Mentor. Throughout the year they will meet with their individual Business Mentors to help them gather valuable careers experience and advice.  The programme focuses on bringing ideas and inspiration through real-life, hands-on experiences. Working…

A visit from Oakwood Year 6 teacher, Mr Giddings

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Mr Giddings, is a year 6 teacher from our sister Academy, Oakwood. Some of his students last year are now Years 7s here at the Academy.    He came to visit his ex-students and discussed how they were settling in. The students were very excited to see Mr Giddings again and tell…

Healthcare Futures Programme with DuPuy Sythes

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Some year 10 and 11 students visited DePuy Synthes, part of the Johnson and Johnson group, to take part in their Healthcare Futures Programme delivered in partnership with MyKindaFuture. The programme aims to inspire young people to consider careers in healthcare and life sciences and to educate them on the range…

Meet Richy, our Year 7 Ambassador

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Richy is our Year 7 student ambassador. As part of his role, he prepared a speech about his first days at The Co-operative Academy of Leeds and visited his old primary school, Hovingham Primary yesterday to talk to Y6 pupils about his experiences here.   It was a great event, with Richy…

You can now get your free school meal after school

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If your child is eligible for free school meals they can now collect it after school.  Students must order their meal during first break at student reception and then collect it after school from DG2 (behind main reception). 

Henry Barran Centre go to Angel Square

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Students from our Henry Barran Centre have been focusing on attendance this year, and they've been doing great! Every week their attendance has been getting better and better, with some days being 100%.  As a well done, our Trust Director Frank Norris invited Mrs Horler, her team and students to visit…

Our scientists visit The National Graphene Institute

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Last term, three of our budding scientists travelled to The National Graphene Institute in Manchester to meet Nobel Prize Laureate Sir Konstantin Novoselov.  They were joined by students and science teachers from our sister academies for a day learning all about the fascinating material, Graphene. They were also joined by Trust…

Tackling religious homophobia with the Naz and Matt Foundation

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The Naz and Matt Foundation was set up in 2014 after the tragic death of Matt's fiancé, Naz, who took his own life just days after his deeply religious family confronted him about his sexuality.  In Naz's honour, and to prevent something like this happening again, Matt decided to campaign for…

Black History Month

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As you all know, this month is UK Black History month, when we celebrate and take pride in the past and present black people, all around the world. Our world has grown, from being segregated and sexist, to being more open and welcoming, where people have the opportunity to feel comfortable…

Black Diamonds are champions of lunchtime football league finals

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This term Mr Blair and Mr Gregor have been running a football tournament at lunchtime. Students have competed in short 7-a-side games, with teams have battlling it out over the last couple of weeks. But today was the decider.... with Black Diamonds beating No Name FC 1-0 to be crowned champions. …

Year 11 tolerance workshop with The Sophie Lancaster Foundation

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The family of Sophie Lancaster set up the Sophie Lancaster Foundation after she was brutally murdered just for being different. Her family wanted to ensure a lasting legacy, and to help make sure that this tragedy would never happen again.  The Foundation works with young people to deliver educational workshops that…