A special prize


Every week pupils with the highest achievement points from their respective Houses have been awarded Star of the Week.

Every term pupils who have won star of the week were entered into a prize draw to win cinema vouchers or love to shop vouchers to spend at a time of their choice. For the final term, we did a special prize draw for four lucky winners to win an ipod each.

Congratulations to Danni, Faith, Kahlen and Thomas who were presented with their ipod on the last day of term by Miss Mennell.

Well done to all winners of Stars of the Week, you are a credit to our Academy, keep up the excellent work and Star of the Week will return in September!

Sports Day 2018


A massive thank you to everybody that either participated in or assisted us in the running of Sports day 2018. The weather was gorgeous, everyone was having fun and the competitive rivalry we witnessed from the Houses was a joy to see.

Congratulations to overall Champions Sefholme who won the trophy for a third year running allowing Mrs Stanforth to sign off in style.

Year 7 Champions - Team Hedoncrofte


Year 8 Champions - Team Hedoncrofte


Year 9 Champions - Team Sefholme


Year 10 Champions - Team Sefholme


Spirit of Sports Day - Team Sudtone


A huge thanks to Team PE - brilliantly organised and something for everyone to have a go at. Bring on Sports Day 2019!

We are the Champions!!!


Throughout the year every pupil has been collecting Achievement points to contribute to their overall House totals.

After 39 weeks of hard work in lessons, competitive and determination in House Competitions, extra-curricular and homework/after school sessions, we can now confirm the final results on the House Leader Board.

Congratulations go to Team Sudtone who have been crowned the 2017/18 House Champions.

Mr Richardson could not hide the smile on his face, he said  “Our badminton success made us all believe that we have a very good chance, I’m very proud to of lead this fantastic team.”

I’m so proud of each and every one of our pupils who have helped contribute to our final total.”
— Mrs Smithson

Miss Coulson said “ What can I say that’s not already been said, we are the Champions!

Final House Leader Board Results:

  • Sudtone: 91720
  • Riseholme: 91604
  • Wawne: 90824
  • Sefholme: 89533
  • Hedoncrofte: 89201

Super Proud


Team Sudtone are super proud of Georgina for braving the shave in August, such a wonderful charity to support!  We look forward to seeing you in September, please offer Georgina your support by following the link below.

This is really important to me because my granddad had cancer and when I found out it really upset me, then when I found out that he had beat it I was over the moon however, it saddened me that some people only get the bad news and are still in wait for the good. Also I would be really excited to give somebody else my hair as a wig especially through their difficult times.”
— Georgina

Sports Day 2018


Sports Day 2018 - The format will be the same as last year with pupils competing in their year groups for their Houses in a variety of events and there will also be a number of try it events  on offer for staff and pupils to take part in subject to availability (Agility wall, speed gun challenge, Inflatable Assault course, Wheel chair basketball and Climbing wall).

On the day PE staff will be responsible for coordinating fixtures and results and officiating events. They will not be responsible for any team issues or ensuring pupils are at their events at the correct time or running the try it events. Please ensure that consent forms for the Try it activities have been completed in advance as pupils will not be issued a band and therefore be ineligible to take part without one.  

There is also a possibility of a second instalment of the staff relay race on the inflatable at the end of the day. Which House will win?


KS3 Morning session 9am-11.45am

  • Year 7 Netball - Max 10 players
  • Year 7 Athletics - Max 8 competitors
  • Year 7 Swimming - 4 Competitors
  • Year 7 Football - Max 10 players
  • Year 8 Netball - Max 10 players
  • Year 8 Athletics - Max 8 competitors
  • Year 8 Swimming - 4 Competitors
  • Year 8 Football - Max 10 players

KS4 Morning session 9am-11.45am

  • Year 9 Rounders - Unlimited players
  • Year 9 Badminton - 2 competitors
  • Year 9 Fitness Challenge 4 Competitors
  • Year 9 Dodgeball - 10 Players
  • Year 9 Swimming - 2 Competitors
  • Year 10 Rounders - Unlimited players
  • Year 10 Badminton - 2 competitors
  • Year 10 Fitness Challenge 4 Competitors
  • Year 10 Dodgeball - 10 Players
  • Year 10 Swimming - 2 Competitors

KS3 Afternoon session 12pm-2.20pm

  • Year 7 Rounders - Unlimited players
  • Year 7 Badminton - 2 competitors
  • Year 7 Fitness Challenge 4 Competitors
  • Year 7 Dodgeball - 10 Players
  • Year 8 Rounders - Unlimited players
  • Year 8 Badminton - 2 competitors
  • Year 8 Fitness Challenge 4 Competitors
  • Year 8 Dodgeball - 10 Players

KS4 Afternoon session 12pm-2.20pm

  • Year 9 Netball - Max 10 players
  • Year 9 Athletics - Max 8 competitors
  • Year 9 Football - Max 10 players
  • Year 10 Netball - Max 10 players
  • Year 10 Athletics - Max 8 competitors
  • Year 10 Football - Max 10 Players

Hull Schools Athletics Championships


A huge well done to all our pupils that represented the Academy at the Hull Schools Athletics Championships at Costello Stadium yesterday.

Some amazing individual results and great teamwork and camaraderie shown by all. You did yourselves and the Academy proud, please click on the button below for a full results breakdown and enjoy our photo gallery from our snapper Mrs Morris.

We are Premier League!


On Friday 29th June a group of 68 pupils represented the Academy in the Northern Final of Rock Challenge. I am proud to announce that they came 2nd place, which means that Winifred Holtby Academy are now an elite Premier Division team! This status is something that the pupils are very proud of, as this means that pupils from Winifred Holtby Academy are now amongst the best in the country!


It was another fantastic day which began at 6.00am in the morning as pupils arrived in time to leave the Academy at 7.00am. Pupils arrived at Grimsby Auditorium very excited about the day ahead- chanting and cheering. After a successful morning rehearsal, followed by watching the other schools rehearse and seeing their teachers dance on stage, it was time to get ready for the evening performance. The pupils put on their costumes, had their hair and make-up done and sat focused ready to perform. They were then called to the stage. After waiting in the corridor with a mixture of nerves and excitement the time came to perform. Every pupil on stage was focused on the goal and performed amazingly with lots of energy throughout the full performance. The judges commented very positively on the performance and then it was time to wait for fate to take its toll- what will be, will be!  


On the night the pupils won 10 Awards of Excellence:

  • Award of Excellence - Choreography
  • Award of Excellence - Concept
  • Award of Excellence - Performance Skill
  • Award of Excellence - Drama Skills
  • Award of Excellence - Sound Track
  • Award of Excellence - Stage Use
  • Award of Excellence - Visual Enhancement
  • Award of Excellence - Lighting
  • Award of Excellence - Video Performance
  • Award of Excellence - Entertainment

After the Awards of Excellence were announced it came down to who had placed in the top 5!

The results were as follows:

  • 5th Place- Cockburn School
  • 4th Place- The Priory Academy LSST
  • 3rd Place- Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College
  • 2nd Place- Winifred Holtby Academy
  • 1st Place- Sheffield Springs Academy

After the results the pupils were chanting, screaming, crying as they were so proud of what they had achieved- and rightly so! (Including tears from some members of staff, and not who you may think).


A huge thank you must go to the staff who supported on the day, and the days leading up to the event: Miss Selby, Mrs Crees, Mrs Stark (including Michelle’s daughter Gemma who did wonders with hair and make-up), Mr Freeman, Mrs Hoy, and last but not least Mr Ostler for helping us to construct our most ambitious set to date (even if you did doubt my crazy ideas!).


Final word must go to the pupils. I cannot begin to explain what an amazing group of young people they are- they are a shining example of some of the fantastic pupils we have at Winifred Holtby. Their conduct during the day was exemplary and to see how they have developed over the years was incredible; they were not overawed by the occasion or the fact that they were competing against schools with Sixth Form A-Level dancers, they had an inner belief and self-confidence that if they tried their hardest and gave it everything they had then they would be rewarded for their hard work- which they were!


The piece this year meant a lot to the pupils and staff involved, sending out a positive message that no matter what difficulties you face in life you must be resilient and always continue to pursue your dreams- which is what all of our pupils did and they were rightly rewarded with the status and prestige of being an elite Premier school after at least five years of trying! Can’t ask any more than that J

Mr Anderson

Pictures courtesy of Nick Scott Photography

Prison Me No Way


On Tuesday, 26th June, we had the pleasure of once again welcoming the Prison Me No Way team to Winifred Holtby Academy.

Year 8 had been briefed on the day by tutors and were full of anticipation for the event!

The day began with everyone gathering in the Theatre to meet the PMNW team.  Strict instructions were given to pupils: demonstrating what it is like inside prison without a phone and with having to follow orders to the letter.  We were then shown information on the use of mobile phones while driving.  This was made all the more sobering with real life accounts from victims and families of those injured or killed through using a phone while driving.


Once we were dismissed from the Theatre, each tutor group went to their first activity.  We had a whole host of different workshops from Victim Support to Fire and Rail Safety and from role playing anti-social behaviour and examining the consequences to learning what happens in a Magistrates' Court.  Two of the most popular events were Life Sentence - with pupils learning about the perils of dangerous driving and the impacts of this on family and friends of victims, as well as on the emergency services; and Choices - where pupils learnt about what life inside prison is really like from four inmates who are all currently serving sentences for a range of crimes.  Both of these events had a visible impact on several pupils who found the experiences 'moving' and spoke about how listening to these stories had really made them think about the consequences of crime.  Pupils also got to experience what it is like to be locked inside a prison cell, in cramped conditions, often with a cell mate.  They talked about the lack of privacy and how they would find this particularly difficult.


The day culminated in a celebration of the day's events and the excellent participation of pupils who were selected from each tutor group.  We had a thoroughly enjoyable, and informative, day and look forward to next year's Prison Me No Way event!

Remarkable Stars


Congratulations to the following pupils who have won Star of the Week last week.

  • Hedoncrofte: Kara - 93
  • Riseholme: Caitlin – 55
  • Sefholme: Freya – 61
  • Sudtone: Paris – 54
  • Wawne: Shona – 81

These pupils have had the most Achievement points in their House last week.


A special prize will take place on Wednesday 18th July for all Star of the Week winners to have a chance of winning an ipod. We have 4 of them to giveaway. The more times you have won, the more chances you have to win.

Class of 2018 Prom


A huge thank you to Miss Dolan, Miss Marshall and Mrs Smithson for your hard work in making the Class of 2018 Prom a totally amazing one.


The whole evening was just perfect from start to finish and you totally excelled in the Awesome Venue that is the KCOM Stadium. It was very grand and it was clear to see how much our amazing pupils loved every minute of it.


Thank you to our amazing pupils, you are an eclectic mix of people: sportsmen and sportswomen, artists, dancers, scientists, singers, musicians, academics, a variety of gym addicts and many comedians.


It has been an emotional journey for all of us. If there is one thing that comes to mind when we think about this year group it is the mature and sophisticated way that many of you have handled one of the most stressful times you will ever experience in your life. The large amount of friendly, caring and supportive people that make up Year 11.


So what happens next is up to you! Hopefully all of your hard work has paid off and you can reap the rewards in August on results day.


Your future can be whatever you want it to be as long as you believe in yourself and are proud of your achievements.


Make sure you order your Yearbook for £10 on ParentPay. Thank you to the Class of 2018!

Exceptional Stars


Stars of the Week have been announced, congratulations to the following pupils who have won their award this week.

  • Hedoncrofte: Asa - 36
  • Riseholme: Hayley – 23
  • Sefholme: Jaycee – 24
  • Sudtone: Harry – 32
  • Wawne: Rian – 37

These pupils have had the most Achievement points in their House last week.

A special prize will take place on Wednesday 18th July for all Star of the Week winners to have a chance of winning an ipod. We have 4 of them to giveaway. The more times you have won, the more chances you have to win.




Congratulations to the following pupils who have won Star of the Week:

  • Hedoncrofte: Kara - 70
  • Riseholme: Luice – 65
  • Sefholme: Jay – 122
  • Sudtone: Leia – 124
  • Wawne: Macy – 68

These pupils have had the most Achievement points in their House last week.

A special prize will take place on Wednesday 18th July for all Star of the Week winners to have a chance of winning an ipod. We have 4 of them to giveaway. The more times you have won, the more chances you have to win.


Introducing your new Head Boy and Girl...


Congratulations to Harvey and Amy on becoming our Head Boy and Girl 2018/19.

A massive well done to all the Head Boy and Head Girl candidates that were up for election today. We now have a super team that will lead the Prefects and Academy Council. They’ll all be fantastic in their new roles and I look forward to working with them all over the coming year.”
— Mrs Hoy

Meet the Tutor Evening


A  letter with the time of your presentation will be sent out by post week beginning 11th June 2018.

We are pleased to invite you to our Year 6 Admissions Evening on Wednesday 20th June 2018.  This is a very important evening because it provides you with an opportunity to meet your child’s tutor and House team.

The session will start with a short informative talk in the Theatre by Mr Brown the Principal, followed by the opportunity to meet your child’s tutor and tour the academy site accompanied by your House Team Prefects.

We will be sending out further details together with the Academy Admission Document which should be completed and returned to us on the evening. It is vital that we received this completed document because children cannot be legally admitted onto the Academy role without it.

Please note that your son/daughter is able to wear their primary school uniform during the two-day transition on Monday 16th July and Tuesday 17th July 2018

We look forward to seeing you on the evening

Easter Egg Appeal


Dove House Hospice has a total yearly running cost of 7.5M and is funded for the equivalent of just 37 days per year.  This year the hospice hopes the Easter Egg Appeal will raise in excess of £8,000.

Back in April the Hedoncrofte team raised £100 for the Easter Egg Appeal raffling off a 1 kg luxury chocolate egg which was won by Mrs Madeley. 


Team Hedoncrofte have their next event lined up...the World Cup Sweep Stake! Mrs Dusher has drawn out Australia whilst Mr Fernie has only gone and pulled out England. Mrs Dusher said "I doubt very much that I'll be lifting the cup, but the entertainment value has been priceless."


A true inspiration


A huge congratulations to Kara a year 7 pupil from Hedoncrofte House here at Winifred Holtby Academy.

Since the age of 8 Kara has wanted and planned to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Trust, a charity she is very passionate about, by shaving her head. On the Friday 25th May she finally made this a reality and not only did she raise £2,500 to date for Macmillan, she also donated 18cm of her hair to make a wig for a child to ‘Little Princess Trust’ charity.

I am so proud to be the tutor of a very brave young person who has been completely selfless in shaving her hair off for the sake of helping other people get through the most difficult of times. You epitomise everything that our tutor group is trying to be about which is to a kind, selfless human being who are considerate of other people, particularly in difficult circumstances, and I feel immensely proud and so should you! You set the example for everyone in the Academy to make their own mark on society in a really positive way! Finally, the amount of money you have raised by yourself through sheer confidence, drive and determination is outstanding! Well done- I really hope that you continue to make a positive impact on the Academy and society as a whole- I’m sure you will!

A very proud tutor!”
— Mr Anderson

Kara is an inspiration to us all and has now signed up to participate in the ‘Humber Bridge Run’ in fancy dress to raise money for the charity ‘Nice to be Nice’. She said “anyone can come along and walk, jog or run the event, which takes place on the 24th June 2018”.

Head Boy/Girl elections


We have 6 pupils campaigning to be Head Boy and Head Girl (Samuel, Katie, Connor, Amy, Harvey and Olivia) – they all had successful interviews before half-term. The candidates will start their election campaign this week and will be speaking in assemblies all week.

On Monday 11th June elections will take place during tutor time.

Good luck everyone! 

Who will you be voting for?

Visit to Barcelona and Toulouse


Our planning began back in April 2017 with a letter to any pupils interested in visiting Spain and France to use their knowledge of languages in the real world. Pupils from across Years 8-10 came forward by the coach load; two coachloads in fact as we had over 100 pupils interested, and the number eventually settled around 80! Inspired and enthused, we shared our ideas with the pupils on what we could do in each country and how pupils could help each other to survive in both countries.

Soon after the 2017 summer holidays we changed plans and informed parents that we would not be staying in Barcelona itself but in the quiet seaside town of Tossa de Mar just north of the capital of the autonomous region of Catalonia. We were ready to spend a couple of nights in a 3-star hotel with some traditional Spanish catering, but the only snag being that we had to spend over 24 hours on a coach to get there and the same back again! We then had to find a new tour operator to get us there as the previous one said they could not do it for the originally quoted price.

The pupils of Winifred Holtby were not only ready for the challenge, they were over the moon with the fact the journey would make them think about and embrace two cultures and they would not have the time to ask, “Are we there yet?” as we ventured across France and into the north of Spain.

In early 2018, we launched the final part of the planning: getting parents together at a meeting to ask questions and to find out the detail of the trip; the ideal chance to ask how it would all work taking 80 pupils abroad and keeping them safe and allow them to experience as much of the cultures of France and Spain as possible. Teachers planned a series of worksheets and booklets which would continually push pupils to ensure they were able to reflect on the foreign environment and ensure that our pupils had additional outstanding learning experiences while in France and Spain and even to make them aware of where they were travelling through in England before we arrived on the continent at Dunkirk. What was that river we crossed as we skirted around London? Some of them were in denial (in the Nile! – just one of the poor dad jokes the pupils had to put up with from Mr Horsley) about the facts and were considering which country the river Thames was actually in; one suggestion was Egypt.

At 5 a.m. on Sunday 27th May 2018 the wait was over, and a group of half-asleep but excited teachers, pupils and parents gathered at the Academy and were ready to travel over the full length of France to get to the north-east of Spain. Our main objective was to share our experience of life abroad with the pupils and the joy of being able to communicate in a foreign language in real-life situations. Throughout the time there we were warmly welcomed because our super pupils were eager to engage with the French and Spanish people we met and were truly immersed in their culture and society and represented our school in a much better light than most Brits abroad. One pupil on the trip had to celebrate her birthday by spending nearly the whole of it on a coach, so we did sing to her to mark the occasion of becoming a teenager and what better present than a dictionary and notebook to use on the trip! The trays of cakes and doughnuts carried expertly aboard the coach also helped the celebration.

Travelling to Spain for most people means jumping on an aeroplane, but we chose the scenic route and squeezed onto two coaches that travelled in convoy down to Dover, where one of our pupils was hoping to meet the Captain of the DFDS ferry and get an invitation to steer the ship! Unfortunately, health and safety prevented this, but he was eager to ask again on the return crossing. The rest of us were content with waving farewell to the white cliffs as our European adventure commenced.


Some pupils had already conveniently forgotten that we would be spending the evening, night, and early morning together on a coach with stops for meals and the all-important stretching of legs at the French services where getting confused about the drinks and snacks was to be expected, whether it was a milkshake or a yoghurt drink was only one mistake made! Another dilemma was whether the next stop would have a ‘MacDo’ or would pupils start to assimilate to the French culture and purchase a croissant or baguette or two? The answer was an increasingly comfortable mixture of the two as the trip progressed.

After catching just a few hours of sleep, we were greeted by a beautiful sunrise over the south of France; a stark contrast to the lightning of the night before. We soon learnt that the baby trees the pupils had been admiring were actually the vines that grow the grapes that make France famous for its wines! We also learned that the mountains we were going to cross to get across the Spanish border without being stopped were not the Rockies at all, but the Pyrenees! As pupils gasped at the marvellous scenery they had long forgotten their initial concerns about which coach had the USB charging points for their devices.


The beautiful descent into the seaside resort of Tossa de Mar was the final stage of our mammoth journey and meant that we would soon be able to check in at the hotel and find our allocated rooms to freshen up before walking to the seafront to find somewhere to eat in a welcome change of clothes. While two groups tasted the delights of ‘churros con chocolate’, the rest of us learned the terms for strike and turkey in Spanish and showed of our skills at ‘El Bar Bolera’.


We all swapped activities and added another one into the mix with a walk up to the castle overlooking the bay and where a statue of Ava Gardner, the American actress who filmed there in the 1950s, greeted us as we paused before the final ascent to the ruins at the top and an ideal spot to get a panoramic postcard shot of the peaceful seaside resort of Tossa de Mar in all of its glory with the deep blue Mediterranean in the forefront and luscious green trees on the mountain backdrop – Tossa was the first town in Spain to declare itself an anti-bullfighting town back in 1989, the year Mr Styles first visited Spain as a scruffy student with a backpack and an Inter-rail card!


Adjusting to Spanish eating times meant waiting until 8.30 p.m. to eat our evening meal and there were plenty of takers who were prepared to try the local cuisine, others resorted to the international delicacy of chips and nuggets while Mr Styles chomped on a large salad starter before tackling the ‘jefa’ of the hotel about what could be made vegan for him to eat; a few moments later a large platter arrived with rice, carrots, onions and chickpeas, much to his delight! Other staff tucked into the local seafood and appreciated the tasty specialities and locally grown olives, but the paella was missing! We were all left wondering if the rice dish would appear on the second evening!


Pupils hung on to every word during the trip as each of the French and Spanish-speaking teachers conversed with staff at the hotel, bowling alley, café, restaurant, and hypermarket as well as the lost and found desk at Port Aventura. The atmosphere changed as pupils started reporting back to us on how they had been using their language and managing to communicate what they wanted; those sheets of useful phrases did come in handy after all, especially for the teachers of other subjects who did a great job encouraging pupils to be brave and go for it in the target language without worrying about getting it slightly wrong.

Pupils were so eager to learn about our culture in France and Spain and were full of questions about what they could see around them, if only they had so many questions back in the classroom! Throughout the week I saw the pupils become more confident in a foreign environment and willing to appreciate how things can be done differently; pity they did not believe me that they had to swap sides of the coach as we drove off the ferry onto the other side of the road!


Our first visit of day 3 was the home of FC Barcelona where we had to compete with the Japanese tourists for photo shoots and we shared the magical space despite the language barrier and were very intrigued by each other’s poses! We had grabbed ‘un desayuno picnic’ to eat en route and left as early as possible to avoid the traffic – not quite as manic as the ‘Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris but the slow drive around Barcelona gave us time to admire the buildings!


The next stop on our packed day was to a church and the pupils asked why we were taking them to see a church, probably thinking I had forgotten that they were teenagers! Their faces when they took in the façade of the Sagrada Familia and realised why I had actually showed them a church was quite a picture; picking out the detail in the splendour of Gaudi’s continuing masterpiece, which we managed to walk around and had just enough time to absorb its unique design and watch as the builders continued work on it, when will it be finished? Barcelona is one of the most exciting and energizing cities in the world where the architecture is magnificent and has an almost fairy tale quality and the pupils had been enlightened! Must be the influence of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture that helped them on their way to enlightenment!

Pupils tracked our progress south of Barcelona on the maps we had provided as we headed to the coastal theme park of Port Aventura where a sunny afternoon was spent on fast rides and seeking suitable places to find some fast food too! We nearly all made it back to the coach at the right time, just as well we allowed for some who we thought might be a few minutes late. A few headcounts later and we hit the road past Barcelona back to our hotel for another traditional Spanish ‘cena’.

Each day at the hotel had seen Mr Styles and his team knocking on doors to get pupils up for 6 a.m. and where we had rooms on whole corridors we had the opportunity for a tuneful song to awaken the sleepy travellers. There were some who had a mad rush to get ready as the singing must have sent them back to sleep! On the whole the pupils were very good at keeping to time and being in the right place at the right time and the staff were not bad either!


Seeing all three of the year groups in action was wonderful and reassured us that we did the right thing taking such a big group ably supervised by such devoted staff. The only thing I would do differently is take a cameraman to film the whole adventure, so pupils could go through it repeatedly, but I am sure they have enough selfies and memories of their first European Tour to keep them talking for a while and Mr O’Mara did a super job of capturing the sights on camera.

A hearty breakfast set us up well for day 4 and a journey across the border to Toulouse and a hypermarket experience where there were no fast food restaurants and pupils tried lunch at ‘Flunch’ or ate with the local workers at a ‘Brasserie’ or ‘Pizzeria’ where we all tried to speak a little French as we dined preceded or followed by a spot of shopping in the huge shopping centre.


Lunch there was plan B as the weather did not look good enough for a picnic at the ‘Jardin de Plantes’ and meant we did not need to empty the ‘Carrefour hypermarché’ of ‘baguettes’, ‘brie’ and ‘escargots’, but the rain held off until the journey out of Toulouse later in the day.


We got on the coach and we spent a little time in the centre of the beautiful ‘Pink Town’ of Toulouse for a spot of last-minute gift buying, where we also saw the beautiful avenues and boulevards as well as rugby stadium number two of our trip, the other one being the home of the Catalan Dragons in Perpignan. One pupil had clearly caught an eye for architecture from seeing all the Gaudi designs in Barcelona and commented on how the ‘centre commercial’ was not even finished, d’oh! those lazy French builders taking such long lunch breaks.


The coach journey home was a little quieter as we had finally worn the pupils out and they needed to start to catch up on the lack of sleep over the previous few days. Some stayed awake to appreciate the beauty of the Dordogne. A stop at ‘Charles de Gaulle’ airport near Paris in the early hours meant farewell to our four drivers who had looked after us for most of the trip and we picked up two new drivers to get us home.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved in this trip and look forward to hearing more about pupils’ European adventures as they head out into the world of work and perhaps get the opportunity to spend longer in another country as students or in employment.

The pupils were a delight to travel with and represented the Academy brilliantly and our transport fanatic, Liam, managed to meet the DFDS Captain on the return crossing from Dunkirk to Dover on the Thursday morning after a gruelling alphabetical walk through French then English customs with all our luggage! A decent breakfast aboard was all we were looking forward to after another night on the coach! Then it would only be the traffic on the M25 that would stop us getting back to Hull in good time and unsurprisingly it did!


Did I forget to mention travel sickness? Well, too late to go into any detail now! There were, however, plenty of reminders about how to cope when travelling, when to apply sun cream, where to carry a wallet or a phone, what to wear, when to drink water, where to meet up, how to stick together and not get lost as well as how to cross a road; all the things that parents were not there to nag their children about, so we did it on their behalf!

Photographs by Joey O'Mara and article by Paul Styles

Thank you to the staff:  Mr Styles, Mr Horsley, Mrs Emms, Mrs Rowe, Mr Tornberg, Ms Rule, Miss Sykes, Mr O’Mara, Mr Foster, Mr Smalley & Miss Muir

Disneyland Paris Reward Trip


Excellence Academy pupils were awarded with their reward for this academic year...only a trip to Disneyland Paris!! 


These pupils have been completing tasks set by their subject teachers to help them achieve their high GCSE targets and have been routinely staying behind after school working on their academic studies. As a result they earnt themselves over 250 excellence academy points!

Amazing guys...hard work pays off.


Sunday 1st July

  • 19:00: Depart HOME East Yorkshire Motor Services (HOME is your postal address unless you advise otherwise.) We suggest you bring snacks and a packed lunch for the journey.

Monday 2nd July

  • 01:40: Check-in Channel Port Dover
  • 02:40: Channel Crossing DFDS Seaways
  • 05:10: Arrive Channel Port Calais
  • 10:00: Approx Theme Park Disneyland Paris
  • 19:00: Depart Disneyland Paris

Tuesday 3rd July

  • 00:05: Check-in Channel Port Calais
  • 01:05: Channel Crossing DFDS Seaways
  • 01:35: Arrive Channel Port Dover
  • 09:30: Approx Return HOME

Shining Stars


Congratulations to the following pupils who have won Star of the Week:

  • Hedoncrofte: William - 63
  • Riseholme: Lauren – 42
  • Sefholme: Adam – 37
  • Sudtone: Max – 72
  • Wawne: Dylan – 78

These pupils have had the most Achievement points in their House last week.

A special prize draw for all Star of the Week winners to have a chance of winning an ipod will be announced after half term. We have 4 of them to giveaway. More details coming soon.

Enjoy the half term, you all deserve the break.