Breakfast Week


Today at Winifred Holtby we celebrated ‘breakfast’. We all know that eating a good breakfast is important and helps pupils achieve success in the classroom, but how many of us do so? Breakfast time today at Winifred Holtby saw pupils sampling various food and drink with the aim of raising the importance of eating breakfast and also creating a buzz around the Academy.

Healthy Lifestyles Project

Winifred Holtby Academy welcomed Anna Ashbee (Headstart Intelligence) and Juliet O’Sullivan (Life and Fork Yorkshire) to work with our pupils on a leading Healthy Lifestyles Project. Pupils discussed a range of issues surrounding Health and Fitness and how simple tips in their daily routines can influence the Wellbeing of themselves, and the pupils in our Academy.

The activities were engaging and pupils interacted brilliantly with the tasks set. This helped them develop a deeper understanding of how their physical and mental attitude in lessons and everyday life, can be dictated by the foods we eat.

Thanks again to Anna and Juliet

Smoothie Bike Challenge

Our aim today was to promote a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and a lifestyle rich in activity. 
It is also ‘Healthy Eating Week’ which ties in with our Academy Food Technology curriculum allowing pupils to develop their own ideas surrounding Healthy Living. 
The bikes allowed our pupils to take healthy control over their bodies through pedal powering their own drink. The smoothie bike activities will hopefully help give our pupils ideas to improve their diets and get their bodies moving in the right direction.

In total we served 290 pupils and staff. Great effort in 4 hours!! 

A School Diners event with celebrity chef Mark Lloyd

Pupils from Winifred Holtby Academy hosted a School Diners event with celebrity chef Mark Lloyd - the event took place in the Academy's Forum on Saturday 27th May 2017.

Pupils had been given the opportunity to work under Mark’s guidance to plan, prepare, cook and run a one-day “pop up restaurant” at the Academy. Pupils cooked for parents, teachers, governors and the Lord Mayor after  eating guests paid what they felt the meal was worth with the profits made going on a reward for the group or given to a charity of their choice.

Pupils arrived at the Academy at 10am ready for a long day. preparing and cooking the food and also ensuring the dining room was decorated and tables set. Mark gave the pupils the itinerary for the day, then split them into three groups - each group had responsibility for a section of the meal - Mark showed pupils how to use the equipment and prepare the food and then they were off - they worked extremely hard and well in their groups and by the evening had succeeded in cooking a fantastic 3 course meal - the menu for the evening was 'super-food salad, roast pork with roast potatoes, vegetables with a cider sauce and chocolate brownie with ice-cream for dessert.

At 5.15pm Mark talked them through their roles and responsibilities for the evening which included front of house, plating up and washing. Pupils changed into their evening attire (bow ties included) ready to meet and greet their guests - Pupils served over 35 guests in the evening all before clearing up and cleaning down - their day finished at 9pm. Although it had been a long day it had been very rewarding. Guests were extremely complimentary about their meals and the way in which the pupils had waited on them.

Mr Dorsett and Mrs Hoy who had worked with the pupils throughout the day said:  

This has been a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to learn the skills of catering, and the joy and satisfaction of achieving success gained from teamwork and effort. We are extremely proud of the pupils involved who gave up so much of their weekend for this charity event.”
— Mr Dorsett and Mrs Hoy

Farm to Fork

Pupils went on a Farm to Fork visit to see how supermarkets apply Healthy Living in every day life. Pupils got to try a variety of foods and how Tesco’s use and sell them in the store.



Year 11 pupils are offered the opportunity to partake in Yoga Sessions within their core PE time. Pupils complete 6 weeks of relaxing sessions in the build up to their exams. Mindful Yoga also helps to decrease the anxiety and self-consciousness that comes with this age group.  

Data evoked very positive results within a pupil survey, therefore will be a full time feature in our PE curriculum.

Breakfast Club

The Breakfast club has evolved into two cooking lessons a week with the theme of improving pupils understanding of Breakfast dishes and how to get the most from their morning. Teachers cook with the pupils on a Thursday and Friday morning. Once the meals are cooked, pupils sit down together and eat the new dishes. Pupils are currently working on 50 Breakfasts from around the world.

Mental Wellbeing

At WHA we promote mental wellbeing, which includes both how people feel – their emotions and life satisfaction – and their life circumstances. Meaningful relationships with staff and peers improve our pupils’ personal control over decisions which affect themselves on their journey through Academy life.

We have councillors and dedicated support teams such as the Link who work with our pupils on a daily basis evoking positive relationships. In addition, our teachers are dedicated to giving pupils the best guidance and mentoring possible, enhancing a positive classroom atmosphere to improve pupils’ everyday wellbeing and increase resilience.


Healthy Living Ambassadors

Pupils that are high achievers within PE lessons were given Healthy Living t-shirts. The pupils help run extra-curricular clubs and work with shy or low ability pupils to improve their fitness and skills in specific sports. Recently the HLA pupils were taken to Foot Golf and worked with lower ability pupils promoting different ways to get Healthy and Active.

Master Chef

Pupils and staff competed to win the Healthy Breakfast Crown. This was a set meal selection with all staff and pupils coming up with an array of dishes. Team work from pupil and staff teams was exemplary, with all trying their best to win the MasterChef title.

Highest attending pupil event so far in a non-sporting context.”
— Mr Dorsett

Healthy Eating Week

Year 7 and 8 Pupils were all given time to interact and ask questions about the animals and the farming industry. Once back in the classroom, they were given quizzes to complete presenting the information they had learnt. Pupils were very positive about the day and the animals. All year 7 tutor feedback gave positive responses, with pupils asking for it to be back again next year.


Winifred Holtby Academy welcomed Anna Ashbee (Headstart Intelligence) and Juliet O’Sullivan (Life and Fork) to work with our junior athletes, discussing the importance of nutrition and mental focus when preparing for sporting events. 

Anna Ashbee works with many schools and companies, helping pupils, staff and athletes understand how the way they act and behave prepares them to make better life choices. Anna also provides techniques and insight to how small changes to lifestyle can improve mental focus on tasks and goals people desire. 

Juliet works with professional actors and athletes engaging them in training regimes and diet programmes, improving body shape and fitness for the productions they are working on. She is currently working on Star Wars and many other productions. Juliet worked with the pupils, linking food directly to physical and mental performance.

The session was carefully designed to teach the pupils how to get the most out their day from the minute they wake up. Direct links were discussed between the stomach, the brain and food we eat, and how this dictates how our day and performance is affected. Juliet also cooked with the pupils and showed them a super food which provides key fats, proteins and carbohydrates, to fuel the pupils in their sporting events. The recipe was very simple, however it had the desired effect, as all the athletes came back for a second serving!

The day was important for us all, as it showed us how to make quick easy meals that can improve our performance. It stops us eating poorly before sports.”
— Harry