News Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:37:28 +0100 en <![CDATA[Kia and Cody perform at the Burmantofts Gala]]> This weekend, two of our talented singers performed at the Burmantofts Gala, a celebration of our local community. 

Kia from Year 7 and Cody from Year 9 both did amazingly well performing in front of the whole community, sharing the stage with other talented performers from the area. 

Well done Kia and Cody for representing the Academy and showing off your talents! 

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:37:28 +0100
<![CDATA[Year 10 mock interviews]]> Last week year 10 students took part in a series of mock interviews at the Thackracy Medical Museum.

Eleven different businesses, took part, giving valuable interview experience to the students. The interviews took on the format of a real recruitment process, allowing the students to experience what it would be like in an actual interview situation. 

This is a valuable life-skill, as the students will be better prepared and have more confidence when they are faced with a real interview for employment or further education in the future.
The day went extremely well with the students coming out of the process with a renewed sense of confidence. Well done to all the students who took part and thank you to our partners for coming and working with us
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:41:00 +0100
<![CDATA['On Your Marks' cooking challenge with Chartwells]]> 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 diet is so important.  Then there was an ‘On Your Marks’ competition between the Green and Red student teams to make the best cauliflower and chickpea curry, with the rest of the students cheering them on.
to hold their 'On Your Marks' cooking competition. Years 7 and 9 cheered on the Red or the Green team as they raced to make the best cauliflower and chickpea curry with spiced cous cous, all packed with tasty vegetables and spices. The two teams had 15 minutes to follow the recipe and produce a delicious plate of food.
While the teams were cooking, Chef Fay invited students from the audience to check out the vairedcooking styles, asking their predictions of who would win the challenge. 
Despite having the same ingredients, the teams food looked and tasted completely different, showing how easy it is to make a healthy and varied meal with just a few ingredients. 
The challenge was great fun and all the teams worked hard to create a meal that not only looked great but tasted it too! 

Check out more photos here

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:54:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Meet Mr Acott!]]> 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 in group sessions, one-to-one mentoring, trips to experience higher education providers as well as inviting colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers into the college for student advice and to raise aspirations.
Mr Acott will be focusing on working with students in year 9 to 6th form. If students have any questions regarding their future higher education options or feel they would benefit from in school support, they are more than welcome to pay him a visit. At the moment he is located in Mrs Johnson's room.
As you can see from the photos, Mr Acott is already getting stuck into Academy life! 
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:31:16 +0100
<![CDATA['We Never Talk About It']]> 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 from 'We Never Talk About It' came to the Academy to talk to Mrs Kaur's PSHE class about the growing risks of pornography. Neil has worked in schools for over 20 years, but this was the first time he had delivered his talk in a schoolenvironment. The talk covered the social, mental, physical and emotional effects that pornography can have on an individual.
These sessions are a great opportunity to help our students with their emotional health and wellbeing, providing specialist advice in a safe and controlled environment. We emphasise the importance of allowing teenagers to have informed discussions around relationships and sex, including usually taboo subjects such as pornography.
Thank you Neil for taking the time to speak to our students about this sensitive but important topic. 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:37:00 +0100
<![CDATA[The importance of never giving up, with Danielle Bailey]]> 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 to climb stairs using pieces on chocolate on each step as an incentive.
After some encouragement, Danielle tried a swimming class in secondary school and it seemed she was a natural and started intensive training almost immediately. Since then Danielle has competed in countless competitions, regularly placing on the podium and beating national records and her own personal bests. 
In 2011 Danielle won a Pride of Britain award, recognising her amazing efforts and attitude towards life. In 2012, she was asked to carry the Olympic Flame for the London Olympics’ torch relay, but despite all this Danielle still feels like a regular Yorkshire lass. 
Danielle spoke to several classes in the Academy, sharing her story and answering questions from the students. Together they talked about the importance of never giving up, what it's like to be the Pride of Britain and the difficulties of make-up!
The students then created posters for a motivational display in the Humanities corridor,  inspired by Danielle's inspirational talk.
It was wonderful to have such a strong young woman in the Academy and we just loved her personal mantra, one she has tattooed on her arm, is 'the bigger the fight, the bigger the victory', something which everyone would benefit from remembering. 
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:18:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Business in Focus with PWC and IntoUniversity]]> 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 teams and given the challenge brief; to plan a host bid for the 'Global Games'. 

One team was given the city of Madrid and the other Chicago, both teams were then given the same information about the two cities. In their teams the students had to allocate roles to each member, these ranged from CEO to finance manager to merchandising designer.

In their brief it explained what each role was responsible for, who they had to work with and which meeting they had to attend. These tasks earned them 'rings', the currency of the game, and the team with the most 'rings' at the end of the challenge would be the winner. 

PWC consultants Ross, Richard, Daniel and Matthew were on hand to offer expert advice on how to form the proposals and build their business plans. The teams had to request sponsorship deals, pay rent and staff costs whilst also completing tasks to earn rings'.  

The teams had to form a three-point argument about why their city should host the Global Games over the other, using facts included in the brief and their own research. They then had the chance the challenge the other team on their points to try and gain more 'rings'.

Throughout the game the students had to work on a marketing strategy, include a social media plan and design and make merchandise prototypes. The teams then presented these to the Global Games Committee in a Marketing and Creative Strategies meeting. The judges were blown away by the breadth of merchandise made, from hats, to t-shirts, branded cookies and water bottles! 

The final challenge was a group showcase where the students had to present their business and marketing plans, show off their merchandise and perform a team song. Both teams worked extremely hard all day, putting all their effort in to every challenge. 

After the judges totted up the final total of 'rings' for each team, they announced Team Chicago as the winners of the challenge. But both teams were highly commended for their effort, determination and excellent teamwork. 

Thank you very much to IntoUniversity for running the session, and to PWC and Ross, Richard, Daniel and Matthew for volunteering their time to help the students. 

You can see more photos from the day here.

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:34:09 +0100
<![CDATA[Walk for Water at Temple Newsam]]> 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 to walk with them. 

This is part of their ongoing charity work through the WE Movement, raising money for their Free the Children's WE Villages. The villages are based around a five-pillar model of education, water, health, food and opportunity.  Children, especially girls, can only attend school if they have access to clean water. These villages free girls from the daily task of collecting water for their families, and prevents waterborne illnesses that make children unwell and unable to go to school. WE work with communities to provide sustainable clean water solutions like wells and hand pumps. 
The day started off very sunny, but quickly turned into a very real 'water walk' as it started to rain and rain and then rain some more! Just as everyone thought it couldn't get any worse, the giant hailstones started. Well done to all the students and staff for finishing the walk even though everyone was soaking wet and thanks to all the students and staff for taking part in the walk on the first day of the holidays  including those who were fasting for Ramadan! 
The total money raised is still being collected but we will post the total as soon as it’s finalised. 
To see lots more photos from the event, click here.
Wed, 31 May 2017 15:14:05 +0100
<![CDATA[Problem solving and 'Magic Vs' at maths CPD session]]> 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 to create a mathmatically rich environment where the students can manipulate blocks, puzzles or something else to help them figure out and solve the problem at hand. By applying this technique students learn through planned and everyday activities using their natural curiosity and reasoning. 
The session was a great success and we look forward to our next one on 22nd of June.
Fri, 26 May 2017 11:30:00 +0100
<![CDATA[First Aid at Work course]]> 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 open to anyone, so please contact for more information. 

Disclaimer- no members of staff were harmed in the process.

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:23:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Year 9 Leadership in Focus with IntoUniversity]]> 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 well as forward planning. The teams were rewarded F's (money) for each task they completed but were also fined when they failed to meet expectations. 
The final challenge required them to perform a skills showcase with audience participation, come up with a team chant and prove they could manage their finances.  The team with the most money at the end of the challenges was crowned the winner. Whilst both teams worked very hard, Team Merits just beat Team All Stars by 10Fs!  Well done to all who participated and congratulations to Team Merits.
Thu, 25 May 2017 14:32:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Maths problem solving with Harehills Primary]]> 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 can be! 

The students used practical methods to solve theoretical questions, helping them (pardon the pun) really get to grips with the techniques. 

The sessions have proved very popular in all of the primary schools and it's been wonderful to work with our fellow schools in the area. 

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:09:18 +0100
<![CDATA[Stephen Lawrence Committee shine at the Co-op AGM]]>  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 to attend the AGM in Manchester as he was keen to show everyone the amazing work being done in our academies. 
Our Stephen Lawrence Committee attended along with The Co-operative Academy of Stoke's Young Leaders, MCMA's Fairtrade Committee and Manchester's swing band.
The students had the opportunity to chat to the stallholders in the exhibition hall, meeting some of the charities that had received funding from the local community fund. 
Our fearless Stephen Lawrence Committee also made sure to talk to as many Co-op executives as they could about the work they do in the school and local community. The students also met well known author and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay, who has just become the Co-op's first member pioneer ambassador, who gave words of encouragement to the committee. 
Mike Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation also spoke to the students about their community spirit and hard work. The students also got to take part in a SortedFood cooking workshop as part of the Co-op's work to teach the nation how to cook. 
We are very proud of how maturely the students from all of the academies carried themselves, and you can see more photos from the AGM here
Tue, 23 May 2017 13:02:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Powering transformation with Dell and Transformation Trust]]> 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. 
The day started with a tour of the University before the students settled down for a short talk focusing on the IT industry. The students were then split into groups and given a problem solving exercise - to identify a local social issue and then propose a technological solution to that issue.
Using the Dell equipment provided, students were tasked with researching, planning and recording an interesting and engaging video and presentation, outlining the issue or problem, why it matters to them and proposing and developing a technological solution to it.
The teams exhibited their presentations at the end of the session, with the Dell and Transformation staff picking a winner. The winning group will now go on to pitch their ideas against those of other schools, with the chance of winning lots of Dell goodies like tablets and laptops.
Fri, 19 May 2017 15:12:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Woodwork at Leeds College of Building]]> 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 finished just after half term. Last term they made a small wooden table, and in the last photo you can see Vilium's finished project.
The students are loving the chance learn new skills, and have made great progress on the course. 
Fri, 19 May 2017 12:43:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Leeds Book Awards 2017]]> 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 and influence over the books they enjoy reading. The Award is now a fantastic opportunity for pupils aged 9-16 to take part and vote for the books published in the last year.
On Thursday 18th May some of our students were invited to the 2017 Leeds Book Awards ceremony at Pudsey Civic Centre, to see which of the six shortlisted books had won. The students had all read the shortlisted books and submitted their own votes, so were very excited to find out what the results would be. 
After a panel from all the authors, the winners were announced; Tamsyn Murray's 'Instructions for a second-hand heart' won the 11-14 category, and L.A Weatherly's 'Broken Sky' won the 14-16 category. 
After the ceremony, the students got to spend time with all the shortlisted authors; asking lots of questions and getting their books signed. It was a great event and showed just how great engaging in literature can be.
Well done to all the authors shortlisted, and thank you to Leeds School Library Service and Leeds Public Libraries for putting on such a great event. 
Fri, 19 May 2017 11:02:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Dementia workshop with the Alzheimer's Society]]> 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 students understand how they can also be a Dementia Friend and change the stigma surrounding the disease. 

The session started off with a quick matching exercise that helped the students understand what it means to have dementia. There were statements like "having dementia is not just part of growing old" and "dementia is not just about memory-loss". Laura discussed each statement with the students, explaining that a lot of people have misconceptions about the disease.

Next, 6 students were chosen to take part in a 'role-play' exercise, and were given a piece of paper with a character on. Laura asked them to put themselves in that person's shoes and imagine what their life was like. She then asked them a series of questions like "I can make a cup of tea unaided" or "I can get to the shop and back safely" and asked them to step forward if they thought the statement was true. 

As each question was asked the students stepped forwards and back, often having a different answer to the others. Laura then asked them why they had made their decisions, revealing that every student had the same information and ‘character’.  This showed the students that it’s not only having dementia but also how others treat someone with the illness that varies significantly.

At the end of the session the students discussed how they would treat a person with dementia now they had learnt more about the disease. They thought about ways that they could be more 'dementia friendly how their awareness can have a positive influence on their community. 

Thank you very much to Laura for coming in and running the session.

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:24:05 +0100
<![CDATA[Level 3 Award success with Teens and Toddlers]]> 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 girls have now completed all of their classroom and mentor sessions plus a personal portfolio of work, achieving an accredited NCFE (QCF) Entry Level 3 Award in Personal and Social Development. 
We are so proud of the girls for their hard work and commitment throughout the programme. 
Tue, 16 May 2017 12:51:58 +0100
<![CDATA[Welding workshop at Leeds City College]]> 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. Thank you to Leeds City College for holding the workshop. 

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:24:22 +0100
<![CDATA[Green fingers with Year 8 at Ark]]>
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, Toast Love Coffee community cafe and a sports field.
They are busy creating a community garden behind the centre and have recently planted some trees. Our students were tasked with painting benches, treating logs and planting.
The students also had mini-gardening lessons where they learnt how to 'mulch' a tree - by putting cardboard and wood chips around the bottom of the trees it stops weeds growing and helps make sure the tree gets enough water. 
Ash Razzaq, who founded CATCH and ARK, spoke to the students about the importance of volunteering, which benefits the volunteer as well as the organisation.  He also stressed that the work CATCH does would not be possible without people volunteering their time, be it a few hours, whole days or as a ‘one-off’. 
Ash explained that many of our students regularly volunteer at the centre with some gaining paid positions
Year 8 had such a great time that they didn't want to leave. Thank you very much to CATCH and ARK for having us, and we can't wait to see how the garden once completed. 
This volunteering session was a continuation of the work Year 8 have been doing for the Archbishop of York's Youth Trust Award. 

To see more photos from the day, click Here

Thu, 11 May 2017 11:09:00 +0100