News Mon, 07 Aug 2017 10:01:11 +0100 en <![CDATA[Meet the Coach day]]> Working closely with families is a priority for the Academy. So all parents/carers must attend a 'Meet the Coach' appointment before students start back at the Academy in September. 

At this appointment, you will be talked through various Academy policies and you will be asked to sign to agree them/or give permissions. It is essential that this documentation is completed prior to your child coming back to school and beginning lessons. 

It is very important that you attend this event so that we can ensure that we can work together to ensure your child's success. 

Below are the time schedules for when you can come and 'Meet the Coach'. 

How do I know which coach to meet?

Unless your child is new to the Academy, they will know which coaching group they are in. Tables will be clearly labelled when you get there. However, there will be a full list of coaching groups displayed as a reminder when you get here. 

I have more than one child. Does this mean I have to have a 'Meet the Coach' appointment for each child?

No. If you have more than one child please visit one of their coaches and complete only one 'Meet the Coach' appointment. You will sign paperwork for all of your children at the same time. If one of your children is in Year 7, please try and see their coach. 

I have two children with different surnames and fall into different time slots. What time should I come in?

Please choose the most convenient time for you and only attend one 'Meet the Coach' appointment. You will sign paperwork for all of your children at the same time. If one of your children is starting in Year 7 this year, please try to see their coach. 

I can't make the date that you've specified. Can I rearrange the appointment?

If you are unable to attend this appointment, please contact 0113 380 7940 to arrange a different time. However we would encourage you to attend when requested as alternative time slots are very limited and your child cannot start school on Wednesday 6th September unless the documents have been completed. 

When will my child recieve their new timetable?

We will issue new planners and timetables at the 'Meet the Coach' appointments

What if I have further questions?

We hope that we have provided you with enough information to prepare for the September start. However, if there is anything further you wish to know, your child's coach be happy to answer any questions at your appointment. If it is something urgent, you can email us at or contact us by telephone on 0113 380 7940 but please bear in mind we have limited staff available to anser questions in the holidays. 

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 10:01:11 +0100
<![CDATA[Swap your old uniform for vouchers]]> Don't forget you can bring in your old uniform to swap for Love To Shop vouchers!

Blazer, tie, jumper, PE shirt and PE hoody (all 5 items) = £10.00 voucher

Blazer plus 2 other uniforms items = £5.00 voucher

Only uniform in good, clean, wearable condition will be exchanged for vouchers. However, if you would like to donate to the uniform shop it would be gratefully appreciated.

Come to main reception during the holidays (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm) and we will swap your clothing.

You can also bring them in on A Level and GCSE Results day!

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:12:13 +0100
<![CDATA[Roma Festival]]> This week we held our first Roma Festival, a celebration of the Roma GRT community we have in the Academy. 

All of our Roma GRT parents and carers were welcomed in to the Academy for an afternoon of delicious Czech food from Coffee Bar Prague and musical performances and dances from our students. 

The students performed a mix of traditional songs, new pop hits and some fan favourites, which all got the audience clapping and singing along! 

Vanessa's parents even joined her for a family performance, her father on guitar whilst her mother sang a duet.

It was a great afternoon and it was so lovely to welcome the parents and carers into our Academy. 

Well done to Mrs Shaw, Mr Gregor, Mrs Vince and all of the students involved. 


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:50:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Sports Day 2017]]> It's been a busy end of term here at the Academy. A few weeks back when the sun was shining we had our Sports Day.

All the students and staff spent the day at the John Charles Centre for Sport, watching and competing in track and field events. 

Students competing in events from high jump, to javellin and a relay. We were so impressed with the effort they all showed to every event. 

We were equally as impressed with the support the rest of the Academy showed for their Guild competitors, bringing along banners and flags and even painting their faces in their guild colours. 

And for the first time in Academy history there was a three-way tie for first place...between Da Vince, Luther King and Seacole. 

But based on the amount of first places in a guild the honour of Sports Day 2017 champions went to....DA VINCI.

Well done to all the competitors and to the rest of the Academy for showing amazing school spirit in supporting their Guild. 


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:25:00 +0100
<![CDATA[End of year awards celebration assembly]]> Yesterday was the last day of the year and we celebrated by inviting the whole school down to Bridge Community Church. 

The guilds came down two at a time, (Seacole and Luther King and then Da Vinci and Tomlinson) to celebrate what they've accomplished throughout the year.

They started off by congratulating those students whose attendence was over 95%, including many students who haven't missed a single day of school this year. These students won a range of prizes, from a bike to a trip to flamingo land. 

We also said a big well done to all of our students who completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition and award. 

Throughout the assembly Mrs Shaw's students took to the stage showing off their musical talents. We were also treated to another peformance by staff band 'CAL and The Gang'. 

Da Vinci and Tomlinson also had a surprise for their guilds; every coach joined Mr Stanley and Ms Riches on stage to perform a rendition of 'Summer Nights' from the musical Grease. 

It was a brilliant way to end the year, we hope everyone enjoys their summer and we look forward to seeing you all back in the Academy in six weeks time.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:02:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Nearly £600 raised for St Gemma's Hospice]]> Tise and Wardat handed over a giant cheque of almost £600 to St Gemma's Hospice today. 

The money was raised through fundraising activities like bake sales, a football tournament and selling knitted Easter chicks. 

Well done to all the students involved who helped raise the money and donated their time! 

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:18:46 +0100
<![CDATA[BTEC Dance perform at Phoenix Dance's Summer Platform]]> Our BTEC Dance group work with local company Phoenix Dance, and as part of their course they were invited to perform at their Summer Platform. The Summer Platform showcases local dance talent and is a sell out every year. 

The students performed an interpretative dance based on a story about guards and prisoners, to the instrumental of 'Lean Back' by Terror Squad. They spent the day rehearsing at Phoenix Dance's studio, perfecting the routine. 

See more pictures here 

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:24:00 +0100
<![CDATA[#AttendanceMatters football tournament]]> As part of our #AttendanceMatters incentive students with 100% attendance in July were invited to take part in a football tournament. 

Students picked their own teams and competed in the first round of the tournament on Friday afternoon. 

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:43:25 +0100
<![CDATA[#AttendanceMatters scavenger hunt]]> Coming to school every day is very important, it helps make sure that you are getting the most out of your learning experience. You are more likely to succeed in your work if you attend 100%, giving you the best chance of success in the future.

Yesterday staff around the Academy were wearing t-shirts with four different slogans on. These t-shirts were part of a #AttendanceMatters scavenger hunt, where students had to find two members of staff in each t-shirt. The first 100 students that handed their entries in got a #AttendanceMatters badge and were entered into a draw to win a bluetooth speaker.

Some keen scavenger hunters even got their entries in before first lesson had even started!

It was great fun, and a brilliant way to introduce our new #AttendanceMatters initiative before the new academic year begins.

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:37:48 +0100
<![CDATA[Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition]]> Last week some of our students completed their final Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award expedition. 

They walked for two days, camping overnight through the (almost) wilderness of Saltaire and Addingham. They used the skills they have been learning after school in sessions run by our staff. 

Well done to everyone who took part, and thank you to Miss Stewart for organising the award this year. 

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:30:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Day of Memory with Karma Nirvana]]> Karma Nirvana is an award-winning British human rights charity, that champions the rights of those affected by honour based abuse and forced marriages. 

They offer a national helpline for those in need, and offer support for victims and victims' families. They also provide training for the Police, NHS, Social Services and other professionals. They also lobby government on important issues and after ten years of campaigning, the charity successfully helped forced marriage become a criminal offence in 2014. 

This year was their third annual Day of Memory, a day assigned to remembering those who have died of honour based abuse. This year the event was held at Leeds Civic Hall, and Mr Mitchell, Mrs Kaur and some of our students were invited to speak. 

Mr Mitchell opened the event with a talk about how he first heard about Karma Nirvana through Mrs Kaur and founder Jasvinder Sanghera CBE. 

Mrs Kaur has been working closely with Karma Nirvana, bringing their teaching and advice into the Academy. There is no legal requirement to teach students about this important issue, but we feel that it is something that is vital to the wellbeing and development of our students. 

Three of Mrs Kaur's students, Zina, Sabrina and Hasan read out victim statements and poems they had created in memory of some of those who lost their lives. 

Mrs Kaur also talked with host Bobby Friction about why it is so important to bring the work of Karma Nirvana into schools, "as educators, we have a responsibility to empower children with the knowledge and ability to make a difference; to their own lives and to the lives of others."

Other speakers at the day were survivors of honour based abuse, and family members of those who have sadly died. Including Matt, whose fiancee Naz committed suicide after being confronted about his sexuality by his family.

Another speaker was the the brother of Sobhia Khan, who was murdered by her husband in May, after he and his family lied about his identity after being put on the sex offenders register after assaulting his ex-wife. Their stories were both heartbreaking, but full of hope that change can happen and things can get better. 

We look forward to working closely with Karma Nirvana and becoming a beacon school for their work with young people in education. 

If you, or anyone you know is a victim of honour based abuse or forced marriage you can contact Karma Nirvana for confidential advice on their UK helpline 0800 5999 247. 

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:03:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Brownhill students meet our Stephen Lawrence Committee]]> Mr Hough from our sister Academy, Brownhill Co-operative Academy brought eight students to meet our Stephen Lawrence Committee.

As most people will know the group are named after Stephen Lawrence, a teenager killed in 1993 because of the colour of his skin. The group meet every week to discuss how they can help make sure something like this does not happen again. 

The Stephen Lawrence Committee hold regular fundraisers for local charities, and collect items for local foodbanks. The work with the WE Movement, who work tirelessly to make the world a better place. Through them the Stephen Lawrence Committee sponsor a village in Africa, raising money to help the people their get an education and access to clean water. 

Mr Hough loves what the Stephen Lawrence Committee do, and really wants to start something similar at Brownhill. So he brought his best eight students to come and find out all they could. 

The students got chance to listen to a presentation about the work that they do, and then ask questions. The students thought of some amazing questions like, "why did you join?", "what inspires you to be a better person?" and "how could we do the same thing at Brownhill?". 

All of the Stephen Lawrence Committee were very impressed with how mature and interested the students from Brownhill were. We wish them the best of luck with their own group, and can't wait to see all the amazing ideas they come up with. 

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:57:00 +0100
<![CDATA[A 'fantabulous' visit from The Archbishop of York]]> Last week the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu visited the  Academy to celebrate the work of 166 students, as part of their work with the Archbishop of York's Youth Trust. 

The students have been volunteering throughout the year in the local community, embodying the Trust's ethos of 'being the change they want to see'. The students have taken part in a tea dance and Easter bonnet parade with Burmantofts Senior Action, Councillor Khan, and Lord Mayor Gerry Harper. They also helped renovate Ark in Harehills, working with CATCH to redo their community garden. 
The students had adopted St Gemma's Hospice as their chosen charity, raising money throughout the year with bake sales, a charity football match and selling knitted chicks at Easter, among other things. They also volunteered their time to put together charity leaflets and fundraising packs to be sent out in the post. 
The Archbishop was invited to the Academy by Mrs Kaur, who heads the Young Leader's Award in the Academy. 
The Archbishop spent the day at the Academy, where he received a tour and visited students in lessons. He then took part in a Q&A with students, where he spoke about why the work that The Archbishop of York's Youth Trust does is so important, "I strongly believe that every person is created with such amazing gifts and possibilities... there is no one like you in the world. So when you don't play your part, everyone is missing out.".
Head Boy and Girl, Ahmed and Renad along with Tanveer and Nohan acted as his guides throughout the day, showing him everything our Academy has to offer. Nohan even gifted the Archbishop a 'nice to be nice badge' from the Stephen Lawrence Committee. They were joined by Frank Norris, Director of the Trust and Councillor Khan, who is also one of our governors. 
Finally the Archbishop addressed KS3 students with a inspiring speech about everyone's inner potential, leading a chant of "I am gorgeous, I am a genius, I am fantabulous". The Most Reverend and Right Honourable John Sentamu then presented certificates of achievement to representatives from each class that took part in the Young Leader's Award. 
CLICK HERE to see lots more photos from the visit.
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:04:00 +0100
<![CDATA[The Archbishop of York visits the Academy]]> The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu is visiting the Academy tomorrow to celebrate our Young Leaders as part of his work with The Archbishop of York Youth Trust. 

He will present 166 awards to our fantastic students for all their hard work in Academy and the local community.

Mr Mitchell says "We are very much looking forward to welcoming The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu to the Co-operative Academy of Leeds.We firmly believe that all young people have within them the potential to change our world for the better, and it is an absolute honour to welcome to our Academy a man who has championed this vision through his Youth Trust and throughout his life. Several of our students are currently taking part in the Young Leader Award, and they have found this experience both rewarding and enlightening. We are convinced the Archbishop will be extremely impressed with what our stunning young people have achieved."

Elizabeth Howat, Strategic Lead for Secondary Awards at the Archbishop of York Youth Trust said: “I am really excited to hear more about how these young people have ‘been the change they want to see’ in their communities and who, or what, has inspired them to be Young Leaders, to take action and make a difference. The Archbishop was really impressed by the evidence of students’ collaboration with local charity CATCH Leeds, where they worked to transform a local community space, Ark, painting benches, treating logs and planting new shrubs and is looking forward to celebrating all their achievements.”

The day will be a wonderful celebration of what we can achieve when we work together.

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:56:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Celebrating our amazing students at our awards evening 2017]]> The Co-operative Academy of Leeds annual Awards Evening was held last week at Bridge Community Church, a beautiful new church a stone’s throw from school. Mr Mitchell started off the proceedings by introducing the guest speaker The Investigator who reminded everyone that we all had an inner genius and education will give us the opportunity to succeed.
There were awards presented for 100% Attendance and No Late Marks, Excellent Overall Effort and Behaviour, subject awards, Community Contribution and Being a Good Friend. These were presented by Governors and Staff. The Community Contribution awards were presented by Mr Hammill, a local neighbour.
The awards were interspersed by some incredibly talented students including Vo-CAL school choir performing a beautiful medley of songs. A highlight of the evening was Samariteanca, Cristina and Estera singing ‘Hallelulja’ in Romanian. During the interval, the audience were treated to a lively performance by our steel pan band and there was a surprise appearance by ‘CAL and the Gang’ – the staff band which had been secretly rehearsing. Other performers were Fabian and Catarina with their rendition of ‘Treat You Better’, some talented acoustic guitar playing by Sixth Former Thomas with ‘Castle on the Hill’ and Ladislav playing ‘Be Alright’ Cody sang ‘Footprints in the Sand’, Franklyna with ‘Love on the Brain’ and Leeds Got Talent runner up Kia with ‘Thinking Out Loud’.
The evening finished with Mr Mitchell announcing the school’s ‘Outstanding Student – someone who has shown an amazing attitude to all aspects of school life – learning, behaviour, kindness and commitment – always with a winning smile. The award this year was presented to Queensta Bonsu.
The night was an incredible showcase of the talent we have at the Academy, from students at the top of their class to those who help others both within school and the community, to some incredibly talented performers.
Thanks go to Mrs Shaw who has tirelessly nurtured and encouraged the performers and to Mrs Northam for organising the evening. Next year’s planning is already underway.


Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:32:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Communications Youth Group]]> Last week our Communications Youth Group celebrated their last session of the year with a party. 

Since March the students have been meeting once a week after school to discuss different issues that we all face here at the Academy and in our wider lives. 

The sessions varied from how to deal with bullying, to positive thinking and mindfulness. The group have used the opportunity to support each other and build on their friendships. 

They plan on running even more sessions next year and there is lots of space for more students to join! If you are interested you can speak to one of the students or find Mr Ayub or Mrs Hussain. 

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:31:53 +0100
<![CDATA[Kathryn Hibbert explains hate crimes]]> Today Kathryn Hibbert from West Yorkshire Police came to the Academy to host an assembly on hate crimes. 

Kathryn told the students how there are five sectors of hate crimes in West Yorkshire, but that those relating to race or faith and beliefs are the most common. 

She encouraged the students to stay alert and be vigil when it comes to hate incidents and crimes. Reminding them of the ways that they can be reported to the police. 

West Yorkshire Police say a hate incident or crime takes place when the victim perceives the act to have occurred because of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. It's up to the victim, or someone whom the act offends to report it. 

If you feel like you have been subject to a hate crime or incident you can phone 101, contact your local police station or fill in this form.

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:29:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Music performances at Year 5 Inspire evening]]> Last week gifted and talented Year 5's from local primary schools came to the Academy for our first Inspire evening. 

Inspire is our most-able learner programme, which aims to challenge and inspire those students who are gifted and talented in Maths, Science and English. 

As part of the evening, Mrs Shaw's music students peformed various musical arrangements for the parents and visitors. The students were incredible and recieved a huge applause from the audience. 

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 12:28:50 +0100
<![CDATA[Academy Closed 30th June and 3rd July]]> Please remember that the Academy is closed to students Friday June 30th and Monday 3rd July for a staff training day. 

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:42:10 +0100
<![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