News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:05:55 +0100 en <![CDATA[Thinking about the future at our Careers Fair 2017]]> Here at the Academy we want to ensure that all students reach their maximum potential and are well equipped for their future in the real world. 
Post-16 options are a real concern for many of our students so it is important to help them realise what is on offer and how to approach new opportunities. We are very proud of the partnerships we have built with businesses and organisations through our careers and enterprise programmes. These partnerships are vital for giving our students the best chance at success at the end of their academy-life.
Once a year, alongside our continuing careers and enterprise programmes, we organise a Careers Fair where both local and national organisations come to talk to our students. This year we had stalls ranging from the Army to Lloyds Banking Group to Leeds Museums and Galleries.
The breadth of options on offer helps show our students that there are ways to get into almost any profession; not only through university but also through apprenticeships and work schemes. 
It was a great chance for students to talk to professionals and experts, gathering real world advice and information. We hope all our students came away feeling inspired and ready to tackle whatever the future may bring. 
Also a big thank you everyone who participated to make the event such a success. 
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:05:55 +0100
<![CDATA[Leeds Youth Voice Summit 2017]]> Leeds Youth Voice aim to give children and young people a voice; helping to make Leeds become a more child friendly city. They are involved in the Leeds Youth Council and the UK Youth Parliament. They share our values of Participation, Democracy and Citizenship.

Once a year they organise a Leeds Youth Voice Summit and invite secondary schools from all over Leeds to come and talk about the important issues young people face, both in Leeds and across the UK. Students from Year 8 and 9 went along to the event to have their say. 

This year the topic of choice was votes for 16 year olds. The organisers had invited a range of people to come and talk about their political experiences and journeys. 

The students heard from three members of Leeds Youth Council; the girls explained how they got involved with politics and how being a part of the programme had given them so many new opportunities. They urged the students to get involved and think about where political involvement could take them 

Minhaz Abedin is from Harehills, he is also an ex Leeds Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament member. Minhaz is now working as a UK Youth Delegate for the United Nations. He talked about how none of this would be possible had be not got involved when he was 13. 

The attendees then took part in a series of workshops where they talked about the importance of politics for young people, and the affect they can have when they get involved. The discussion ranged from votes at 16 to why old people get free bus passes. 

It was a great chance for our students to talk to other like-minded students from other schools around Leeds, and discuss the issues facing young people today. 

There was also the opportunity to talk to a panel of local Councillors about how Leeds City Council works. Unfortunately due to the upcoming general election and the Purdah period, the Councillors were not  able to talk about specific party politics, but were able to give some valuable insider information about how the council works. 

The day finished off with a tour of the Civic Hall, where the students were told all about the history of the building. It was a day full of enlightenment and mature conversation. We can't wait till next year! 

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:22:46 +0100
<![CDATA[Year 8 think about the future with IntoUniversity]]> IntoUniversity works with students throughout the Academy, seeing 30 students from each year group at least twice a year throughout their academy life. 
Year 8 students had their second session this week, focusing on how GCSEs can affect going to University. The students were shown different celebrities and were asked to guess what university course they did.
The exercise showed the students that sometimes people’s degrees had everything to do with the career path they are on, but sometimes it was harder to make the connection. This is important to remember when choosing GCSEs; for subjects like Medicine there are certain subjects that have to be taken, but for others like Media or Business there is more freedom.
The students were then given diagrams showing different jobs and a list of GCSE subjects, they were asked to add the subjects to the diagram where they thought necessary. The activity showed that subjects like Maths, English and ICT were needed in every job, but other subjects were more interchangeable. 
Finally the students discussed what it means to choose subjects you are really passionate about versus subjects you are really good at, and whether this makes a difference to how successful you can be. 
It was a really valuable session that got the students thinking about the not so distant future, and regardless of whether University is for them or not, it is still important for the students to know what their options are. 
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:26:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Spring Spelling Bee]]> Yesterday we had our Spring Spelling Bee, this time contestants from both Year 7 and 8 battled it out to be crowned Spring champion. 

As part of their weekly visit to the Academy Year 5 and 6 students from Oakwood, Brownhill, Woodlands and Shakespeare primaries were invited to attend. And to our delight, some of them decided they wanted to compete!

The rounds were a little bit different to last time, there were 3 rounds with the words getting harder and harder as the round progressed. 

If the contestants failed to say the word at the start and end of their go, spelt the word incorrectly OR repeated an incorrect spelling, then they were disqualified. 

The stakes were high, but Daanyal of Tomlinson narrowly beat Darren from Oakwood to the crown, taking home a chocolate trophy and winning the Spelling Bee for his guild. 

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:41:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Tea dance and Easter bonnet Parade with Burmantofts Senior Action]]> Continuing our work with Burmantofts Senior Action Group and The Archbishop of York Youth Trust some of our Year 8s attended a Tea Dance and Easter Bonnet Parade at St Agnes' Church Hall.

Also in attendance were the Lord and Lady Mayor of Leeds who, following a very impressive parade, judged the Easter Bonnet competition choosing first, second and third places. The Lord Mayor had forgotten his own bonnet but the generous attendees were more than happy to lend him theirs!
After the parade, professional dance teacher Tanya  was on hand to show our students and the other attendees how to waltz, jive and 'do the locomotion'. 
Councillor Khan for Burmantofts and Richmond Hill, who is also one of our Academy’s governors, stopped by to join in the fun and speak with the local residents. 
Our students then brought out the lovely sandwiches and cakes made by members of the Burmantofts Senior Action Group. The afternoon tea was followed by lots more dancing and laughs. 
Thank you very much to Burmantofts Senior Action for inviting us along, and we look forward to next time! 
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:35:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Tuck shop for St Gemma's Hospice]]> As part of their fundraising efforts for St Gemma's Hospice, Year 10 set up a tuck shop over first break. 
On offer were vegetable samosas with yogurt and tamarind dips and a selection of crisps and chocolate bars. 
The students are completing the ‘Archbishop of York Youth Trust Award’, and have chosen St Gemma's Hospice as their charity. Throughout the year they have been raising money and volunteering for the hospice.
Community is very important to us here at the Academy and it's wonderful to see our students getting involved and lending their time to some very important causes.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:27:00 +0100
<![CDATA[THRIVE egg raffle]]> Students have been earning stickers in their planners for demonstrating THRIVE attributes this half terms as part of the 'Think Positive' focus.
For every five stickers they earned, the students collected a raffle ticket for an Easter raffle. Congratulations to Mackenzie Harris and Ismael Ul-Haq for winning, and hope you enjoyed your Easter eggs! 
The new focus for thrive this term is 'honesty', with more stickers available for students embodying the THRIVE mentality. 
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:19:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Stephen Lawrence Committee food bank drive]]> Today, members of our Stephen Lawrence Committee donated items to a local food bank. 

You may remember our post about how Seacole Guild had been collecting pennies to buy baby products as part of our Stephen Lawrence Committee's food bank drive. 

Along with Seacole's contribution, other members of staff and students had donated non-perishable food stuffs and toiletries. This was then collected by the Stephen Lawrence Committee over the term.

The students took time out of their Easter break to come to the Academy, collect the items and then take them to the local food bank. It's brilliant to see the students show solidarity with each other and the local community. 

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:34:51 +0100
<![CDATA['Achievement for All' conference]]>
Here at the Academy we speak over 70 languages; our students come from all over the world and many speak English as second language. 
Three of our EAL students - Ahmed Zahedi, Fatima Doudai and Salima Drammeh - were invited to open the 'Achievement for All' conference being held at Elland Road in front of around 100 senior leaders from schools around Leeds.
The students each made a speech about how the Academy has helped them. They talked about the many opportunities the Academy has given them, including extra-curricular activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, setting up businesses through LEAP Enterprise, and being elected as head boy/girl.
The students spoke about how the academy has high expectations for them and has supported them to develop their English and achieve more highly, giving them confidence and helping them aim high in their future lives. 
After the conference each student received a personal letter of thanks from the organisers - Leeds for Learning - praising them for their contributions and maturity. We are very proud of Ahmed, Fatima and Salima for having the confidence to speak in front of so many people and for representing the Academy so well. We are even prouder of the progress they have each made since joining the Academy. 
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:44:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Easter egg making workshop]]> Before we broke up for the Easter holidays some of our Year 7s got to take part in an Easter egg making workshop. 

The top 15 stamp earners in Year 7 were invited to an Easter egg making workshop on the last day of term. The students made personalised eggs using chocolate, crisped rice cereal and chocolate mini eggs. 

It was good fun and a great way to reward our students for all of their hard work throughout the term. 

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 11:36:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Into University workshop]]> IntoUniversity was in the Academy running workshops with Year 9 and 10 students.  The workshops were part of our long-term partnership with IntoUniversity, which works with students from Year 7 until they leave.
Today's Year 9 workshop was a Dragon's Den style task where the students had to come up with an idea for a supermarket. The brief said to think outside of the box...and that's exactly what our Year 9s did! From products floating around on clouds to your shopping appearing before your very eyes, the students came up with all kinds of ideas. They not only had to come up with an initial idea but also developed a brand, a logo and a jingle. 
The Year 10 workshop was all about students being more confident and stepping out of their comfort zone. In groups, the students stepped in and out of a circle on the floor to represent whether they felt comfortable or not with a certain scenario. These scenarios ranged from eating an ice cream to going to university. The exercise helped the Year 10s to visualise what takes them out of their comfort zone and why.
The Year 10s then worked in the same groups to talk about what entrepreneurship and enterprise mean.  They looked at how making progress often means taking risks and stepping out of their comfort zone, helping the students realise that being more confident can help them become more successful. 
Thank you to IntoUniversity for coming in to run the workshops, and well done to all the students who took part. 
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:04:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Leeds Got Talent 2017: Kia and Danielle]]> Last night was Leeds Got Talent, the annual inter-school talent show organised by MAMG. 
Five local schools competed, each with two acts. There were singers, dancers, live bands and even some acrobatics! 
Our two contestants were Year 7 Kia and GCSE Music student Danielle. Kia performed a beautiful rendition of Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud and Danielle gave a dazzling piano recital of First Waltz by Durand. Both made us incredibly proud and represented the Academy and themselves brilliantly. 
Also there representing the Academy were some of our other students, proudly holding signs that said "GO CAL". It's fair to say we were definitely the best supported school there! 
After all the acts had performed our neighbour Shakespeare Primary wowed the audience with a dancing and singing group called DynaMix. 
There was a wonderful end to the night when our singer Kia made it in to the final, coming second out of all the other acts! We are so proud of Kia and Danielle for having the courage, confidence and talent to have even got up on stage. 
A big well done to Kia and Danielle, Mrs Shaw for helping them rehearse and finally all the students who turned up to support their fellow classmates. CAL has definitely got talent! 
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:18:00 +0100
<![CDATA[The Stephen Lawrence Committee go to WE Day]]> Our Stephen Lawrence students attended the WE DAY celebrations in London on 22nd March 2017. We turned the trip into a residential and stayed overnight in the Wembley International Hotel. 
We settled into our rooms and then set off to the centre of London on the underground. This took us to Westminster and the Houses of Parliament. The students then got to experience a river cruise where they sailed past historical landmarks of the capital.
We then headed to Gourmet Burger for dinner and had a feast! The next morning, we headed to the Wembley Arena and enjoyed a packed day of guest speakers, which was a powerful awareness raiser; stars such as Kate Winslet and Jessie J, Spencer West who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with no legs and The Vamps and Conor Maynard made the crowd go wild! The students were all fantastic and a credit to the academy.
WE DAY is the manifestation of the WE Movement. It fills stadiums around the globe. It’s live-streamed and broadcast worldwide. It brings together world-renowned speakers and award-winning performers with millions of young people and families to celebrate and inspire another year of incredible change. The tickets cannot be bought, they have to be earned through charitable acts and raising awareness on local, national and global issues. So far this year the Stephen Lawrence group have raised money for local and global charities and they are currently encouraging students and staff to donate goods for the local food bank. 
At the end of May, they are organising a ‘Water Walk’ at Temple Newsam to raise awareness around the lack of access to people around the world. Clean water isn’t a luxury, it’s a basic human right. But millions of people around the world don’t live near a reliable, clean water source, or have access to sanitary washing facilities, leaving them at risk of illness and deadly disease. Improving access to clean water is one of the quickest and most crucial ways to lift a community out of poverty. It reduces illness, allows girls to go to school (girls are generally tasked with retrieving the family’s water) and leads to better agriculture and access to food. 
The Stephen Lawrence group are committed to making changes that can improve the world they live in
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:38:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Year 10 GCSE Music group performances]]> Mrs Shaw's Year 10 GCSE Music class have been rehearsing their group pieces. They have been working as an ensemble with singers, piano, percussion and strings performing a song of their choice. 

Today Mrs Shaw recorded their perfomances, this footage will be used to track their progress as they go into Year 11. This is an important way for us to see how our students are growing and learning. 

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:21:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS careers day]]> When people think of the NHS they think of doctors and nurses, surgeons and consultants. But what about pharmacists? Have you heard of medical engineers or geneticists? These are just a handful of roles available in the NHS. 
Members of staff from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust came in to the Academy to teach our Year 9 students all about the professions across the NHS.
There were six different stands displaying information about the different roles. These ranged from technical and medical roles to organisational and estates and facilities management. It gave the students a unique insight to what really makes the NHS work. 
Students tried on scrubs and learned about different instruments used during surgery. They also learned that the people using these instruments might not be the ones they expect. There was a stand with information about DNA and how genes affect a person, from the shape of your ear to monogenetic diseases. 
Medical engineering apprentices were on hand to talk the students through how life-saving machines in hospitals work, and their job maintaining and repairing them. This was great to show that you don't necessarily need to go to university to get into medicine. 
All these jobs are vital for the NHS to work and require a variety of skills, many of which our students already possess. It was great for the students to meet medical professionals who provided a real-life insight in to a possible career path. 
Thank you to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust staff for giving up their valuable time to come and talk to our students and showcase careers within the NHS. 
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:03:24 +0000
<![CDATA[Super Seacoler's Penny Appeal]]> Students in the Seacole guild have been working on creating a sense of the Mary Seacole spirit, sharing the little things we have to help others in need.

They have been working over the past three weeks on saving spare pennies to contribute to the Stephen Lawerence committee's drive to support a local food bank.

The aim was to buy baby products to help those who need the extra help with the important things in life. On the latest count they had collected over £44, which they used to buy nappies, baby food, baby wipes and nappy cream to help the next generation. It is great work from the Super Seacolers!

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:16:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Sixth Form Showcase]]> Our Sixth Form is going from strength to strength and to show this off, Miss Anyiam, along with some of our sixth formers, organised a showcase event.
The main focus of the showcase was Science, as it took place during British Science Week, with a mix of presentations about STEM subjects and issues from fuel poverty to innovative engineering. We were also treated to three performances from our sixth formers, showcasing their wonderful musical talent.
After the presentations the students had set up a stall full of foods from the different cultures represented in our Sixth Form, from samosas to Bakewell tarts. There was also a display of extra-curricular activities and hobbies, such as drawing and make-up art.
The aim of this showcase was to encourage people to think about various approaches to STEM subjects. It was a unique look at what our Sixth Form and students have to offer outside of the traditional academic setting.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:40:00 +0000
<![CDATA[An audience with CAL Superstars]]> Leeds’ Got Talent is just around the corner and our finalists have been selected. But the talent in the Academy was so good it was hard to choose.
Mr Adair and Mrs Shaw decided to coach those students who did not go through to the final, and help them to put on a performance in front of academy staff. 
Singers, dancers and even a rapper performed after school on Wednesday. It was fantastic to see our students showing off their talents, and just as great to see staff supporting them. 
Thank you to the Music Department for making this happen. We can't wait for Leeds’ Got Talent on 29th March. 
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:56:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Skype chat with Shazia and Kainat of the Malala Fund]]>
Following a competition with Skype in the Classroom, Doc Academy and the Malala Fund, Mrs Kaur and some of our students got to the chance to speak to Shazia and Kainat.
Shazia and Kainat are high school students from Pakistan, and friends and campaigners with Malala Yousafzai. They were also shot during the Taliban attack on Malala in Mingora, Pakistan on October 12, 2012.
As they rode their school bus home that day, Taliban gunmen stopped the bus and asked "Who is Malala?" Malala was shot in the head, Shazia in the shoulder and hand, and Kainat in her arm. After Shazia and Kainat recovered from their wounds, UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown helped them obtain scholarships to attend a boarding school in the United Kingdom, UWC Atlantic College, where they are in their final year of their studies.
Both girls are passionate about education, have fought to access it themselves and actively encourage many girls around the world to do the same. Both girls are studying for their A Levels in the UK and want to become doctors and return to Pakistan after their schooling.
Malala, Shazia and Kainat remain friends, staying in touch via frequent video chats, and the girls were invited to join Malala in Norway for the Nobel Peace Prize events in December 2014 and at the UN General Assembly in September 2015.
To win the Skype session, our students had to explain in 100 words why they deserved to win, thinking about what they wanted to speak about and issues concerning young people all over the world.
The three winning schools listened to Shazia and Kainat tell their story. The students then had the opportunity to ask the girls some questions, like how had their lives changed since the shooting and whether they had any resentment and hatred towards the Taliban.
Shazia and Kainat explained that although the shooting was a terrible thing to happen, it helped them become the people they are today. They said that without it they may not be doing the things they are now or be helping others that are in the same position they were. When the girls spoke of the Taliban it was not with hatred, but with sadness. Shazia believes that the only way to stop this happening again is through education.
Shazia and Kainat also reminded the students how important their teachers are and that they should be very thankful for the work they do. A sentiment that we very much agree with.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:37:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Year 10 assembly with St Gemma's Hospice]]> This afternoon Emily from St Gemma's Hospice gave our Year 10s a lovely assembly about the work that they do.

As part of our work towards the Archbishop of York's Youth Trust Award our Year 10s have chosen to support St Gemma's Hospice as their chosen charity. Yesterday our students were packing letters, and today Emily came in to say thanks. 

As the largest hospice in Yorkshire, St Gemma's helps a lot of people in the community. Emily explained that what they do would not be possible without the help of people like us. 

She also explained that a lot of what people think they know about hospices aren't true. They can actually be happy, warm and safe places for people with life-threatening illnesses. Hospices also offer help and counselling to the families of those with illnesses. 

The students were shown a video about a girl called Abbie. After the death of her father, who suffered from bowel cancer, Abbie's mother was also diagnosed with terminal cancer. The staff at St Gemma's Hospice were there for Abbie and her family through her father's illness, are there now during her mother's and will be after her passing. Offering bereavement counselling, group sessions and sometimes just someone to talk to. But none of this would be happening without the donations and support of other people. 

We are over the moon to be working with St Gemma's Hospice, over the coming months our Year 10s will be fundraising and volunteering for them. Thank you Emily for coming in to the Academy and reminding us why we do what we do!

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:52:00 +0000