News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:46:05 +0100 en <![CDATA[Black Diamonds are champions of lunchtime football league finals]]> 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. 

As you can see, their celebration was quite something!

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:46:05 +0100
<![CDATA[Year 11 tolerance workshop with The Sophie Lancaster Foundation]]> 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 highlight tolerance, acceptance and discrimination. Mrs Kaur's Year 11 sociology class had been discussing these issues in class.

Using flashcards of different people, the students were asked to pick three people they would want to spend time with and why. They were then asked to pick three people they wouldn't want to spend time with. 

The aim of the activity was to get the students thinking about how they judge people just from what they can see. The facilitator Dena explained that whilst first impressions are important, but they aren't always right. She picked some of the cards students had chosen not to spend time with and gave the class some facts about their life. 

Some students were surprised to find that the person they had labelled an 'emo' was actually a mechanic that liked football and computer games. Likewise, many were shocked to find that Sophie, the girl they had said seemed 'weird' or 'unapproachable' was in fact looking forward to university and volunteering at a community centre when her life was cut short for just being different. 

The aim of the session was to get the students to think twice about what they were saying and how they were judging people that they didn't even know. At the Academy we believe in Equality and Equity, and by working with other organisations that share these values we are helping break down barriers and stop more things like the murder of Sophie from happening. 

Thank you very much to Dena and Adam from The Sophie Lancaster Foundation for running this valuable and moving session in the Academy. 

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:27:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Senior boys football team warm up for the season]]> Our Year 10 and 11 boys football team have been warming up ready for the season ahead. 

With matches planned against other local schools in the coming weeks, the boys have been coming to football practice every week to prepare themselves. 

Under the new coaching leadership of Ms Driscoll, Mr Blair and Year 10 Ricardo, we're more confident than ever that they will do us proud! 

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:30:36 +0100
<![CDATA[Year 11 careers event with Ahead Partnership]]> Working with the Ahead Partnership, we held a careers event in the main hall for our Year 11 students. 

Students got the chance to speak to representatives from a variety of fields, from professionals and employers to educators. 

It was a great chance for our Year 11s to explore their post-16 options. The Year 11s got to meet people from the police and army, to Leeds' museums and galleries. 

Click here for more photos.

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:15:01 +0100
<![CDATA[Staff fund raise with 'Sleeping with Simon']]>  
The Stephen Lawrence committee want to say a big thank you to everyone who joined in with sleeping with Simon, and donated money to their cause.
We understand that it must have been a difficult morning after for all the members of staff who still had to come into school the following day! No students took part in the sleep out, due to health and safety. 
We would also like to thank any members of the committee who visited the staff during the evening, well done for taking the time out of your day to do something that you could have chosen not to make an appearance at.
Once again, thank you and we hope you all had a great experience and do it again next year!
Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:00:22 +0100
<![CDATA[A Midsummer Night's Dream rehearsal]]> Miss Beanland has been working with some budding thespians to rehearse Shakespeares 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. 

The group has been rehearsing for a few weeks now and have got to grips with their lines. This week they focused on making sure their expressions were at least an 8 out of 10! 

Click here for more photos.

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 10:45:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Year 11 information evening]]> We are running an information evening for the Year 11s on Thursday 5th October.

There will be a short presentation in the library, and in the main hall all subjects will have a stall.

Subjects will be able to give information about their own subjects and changes to their GCSEs.

It's the perfect opportunity for students, parents and carers to speak to subject teachers and get a better understanding of what to expect during this important time.

We really encourage all Year 11s and their parent or carers to attend.

The evening runs from 3.30pm to 5.45pm, Thursday 5th October. Refreshments will be available.

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:06:12 +0100
<![CDATA[Chocolates and Praise Slips]]> Mr Buckley has been giving out chocolates to students for their great behaviour and attitudes around the Academy. 

Staff have been busy filling in praise slips for students they feel have gone the extra mile with their behaviour, attitude and commitment to learning. 

Mr Buckley and his team will be giving out these rewards every week to congratulate students for being the best they can be! 

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:56:15 +0100
<![CDATA[Attendance rewards trip to Flamingo Land]]> Last week some of our top stamp earners and students with 100% attendance spent the day at Flamingo land! 

Students who came to school every day last year amd earnt their stamps, got to have a day full of rollercoasters, fun and excitement as a well done for their hard work. 

The students pretty much had the park to themselves, which meant they could go on the rollercoasters as many times as they liked! It was a great day celebrating the achievements of our students. 

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:54:20 +0100
<![CDATA[Year 8 get a visit from Gemma the Giraffe]]> Our Year 8's have decided to support St Gemma's Hospice again, as their charity of choice for the Archbishop of York Youth Trust Award. 

So as a thank you, Gemma the Giraffe came in to the Academy to meet them! Gemma and Faye talked to the students about why their fundraising is so important in helping St Gemma's Hospice do the work they do. 

Last year students held bake sales, helped pack fundraising envelopes, held a football tournament and sold knitted Easter chicks! We're looking forward to seeing what this year's Year 8s come up with. 

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:52:00 +0100
<![CDATA[All aboard the Betty Bus!]]> Betty Bus is an interactive and immersive session designed to help girls to explore how periods can affect their emotions and what they can do to combat them.

The aim is to show girls and boys that periods are a completely natural and normal thing, encouraging open and honest conversation about the subject. 

On board the Betty Bus, the girls took part in interative activities to get them thinking about periods, what they know and what they don't. 

Then they spent time with the Betty Bus experts who helped answer any questions they had, from how to deal with cramps to when it's normal to start your period. 

Don't worry, the boys weren't forgotten about! They spent the session with Ben and Other Ben learning about empathy and how they can be more understanding about periods. 

Through these sessions, the Betty Bus programme hopes to create a generation of girls and boys who fully understand and are comfortable with periods. 

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:24:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Mrs Shaw's Year 9 perform Emile Sande]]> Mrs Shaw's Year 9 option group have been working together on a cover of Emile Sande's Next to Me. 

Today they performed it together, taking it in turns to play each instrument and sing. 

Some of the students had never played the instruments before this year, so it was great to see them trying new things and being brave enough to play in front of others. 

Next week they're learning a new song of their choice. 

Click here for more photos 

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:08:32 +0100
<![CDATA[Check out our new banners!]]> You may have noticed some new banners around the Academy!

The banners are part of our #AttendanceMatters initiative, reminding us all that being coming to school every day is so important. 

Mrs Foster also had some special 'Being Co-op' ones made, showing the ways that we can make sure our Co-op values are at the centre of everything we do. 

We think they look great, what do you think?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:08:48 +0100
<![CDATA[Sixth Form go to Herd Farm]]> This week Sixth Form students attended a day in the countryside at Herd Farm to kick start the new school year.

It was an excellent opportunity for new and returning students to meet one another and work as a team on various activities, including rock climbing, mountain boarding, zip wire and an obstacle course.

Click here to see lots more photos 

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:48:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Mr Mitchell meets Home Secretary, Amber Rudd]]> During the summer holidays Mr Mitchell met with Jasvinder Sanghera CBE and Home Secretary Amber Rudd to discuss the important work that Karma Nirvana do to support victims of forced marriage and honour based abuse. 

Mr Mitchell has been a great support for our work in the Academy with Karma Nirvana, speaking alongside Mrs Kaur at this year's Day of Memory. 

Karma Nirvana work to stop honour based abuse and forced marriage, and have recently started working with us in the Academy to educate students about the issue. 

We hope to become an example of best practice for other schools, leading the fight for safety and equality for all. 

You can read more about the visit here.

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:29:26 +0100
<![CDATA[Open Events 2017]]> It's that time of year when Year 6s start thinking about where to go to secondary school. It can be a daunting idea, but we want to make it as easy as possible.

We would like to invite you into our Academy to look around, ask questions and discover why we are the right choice for your family. 

We're running two morning sessions on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th September from 9:00am till 11:30am. There will also be an evening session Thursday 28th September from 3:30pm till 5:30pm. 

You don't have to book an appointment, please feel free to just turn up within the times and we will be happy to welcome you into the Academy. 

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:12:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Ni Hao! Year 7s are learning Mandarin]]> This year our Year 7s are learning something a little bit different...Mandarin! 

Today was their first lesson, where they started to learn about the 2,000 characters that make up the Chinese language. 

Over the term they will learn how the characters are formed, how to pronounce them and even how to write them. China is famed for its amazing calligraphy skills, so the students will have a lot of practicing on their hands. 

Mandarin is the official language of China, with over 70 percent of the population speaking it. It is also a tonal language, meaning the same word said in two different ways can mean totally different things. 

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:24:21 +0100
<![CDATA[Come and join the Harehills 5-a-side football tournament]]> Working with CATCH and Leeds City Council we will be hosting weeky five-a-side football tournaments.

Every Thursday during term time there will be junior and senior sessions, open to all young people in the east Leeds area. 

Junior tournament- 6pm to 7:15pm, open to boys and girls between ages 8-13.

Senior tournament- 7:30pm to 9pm, open to boys and girls between ages 14-18.

It's a great way to stay active, make friends and have fun. For more information contact Jason Minott on 0113 214 3483 or 07891 279223, or email 

No studs or blades are allowed, shin pads are recommended. 

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:16:00 +0100
<![CDATA[Year 10 trip to York]]> Last term Miss Vince took her Year 10 EL2 class to York for a day of learning and sightseeing. 

The students got the train from Leeds station and travelled to York, where they walked along the city wall whilst enjoying a lovely view of the city. 

The first stop on the tour of York was a visit to Clifford's Tower, where the students climbed all the way to the top. 

Afterwards they explored the city centre, looking at all of the historic architecture in the city. 

The final stop was a visit to the Railway Museum where students got to learn all about the history of the railways. Some even got to go inside some of the trains on display. 

It was a long day, but the students really enjoyed visiting the historic city and seeing a different side of what Yorkshire has to offer. 

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:21:00 +0100
<![CDATA[GCSE Results Day]]> Here are some smiling faces from our GCSE students who collected their results last Thursday.

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:05:00 +0100