Hull City Enterprise Academy One Year Anniversary


Set up and delivered by the Tigers Trust, the Hull City Enterprise Academy uses the power of football and Hull City as a business to engage and inspire young people to learn about enterprise and the world of work. The work undertaken by staff also aims to develop young people's confidence, self-esteem and teamwork amongst other skills. The programme has developed since its first delivery back in April 2018 to ensure it caters for the needs of students from a variety of schools who all have different social and personal reasons for taking part.

Over the course of the last year on delivery, the Trust has engaged with over 300 students on the programme, working with 15 different school establishments across Hull and the East Riding. One of the first schools on the programme with the Trust was Winifred Holtby Academy in East Hull. With this school alone, the Trust has worked with over 60 students as part of the Enterprise programme and Premier League Enterprise Challenge.

The Trust is also always keen to find out the views of its participants and students have fed back positively about their experiences. One student wrote “I love this part of Tuesday” whilst another said, “It was fun and I feel more confident in myself”.

One student had missed a whole week of school in the previous month to starting the programme with the Trust. Since commencing the programme, he attended every session and did not miss a single day of school in the following month. Like many other students who attended all 20 hours, he received the Entry Level 3 ASDAN qualification for Enterprise.

As a direct result of his engagement with the Trust, the student stated “I feel confident in my communication, team work and taking the lead in discussions. I loved every part of the programme”.

The Trust has seen similar success stories over the last year the programme has been running and will continue to support students across Hull and East Riding from April until the end of the programme in July.

Pictured - A group from The Hub at Winifred Holtby Academy celebrating completing the Enterprise Academy programme in March 2019 with Hull City ambassador, Dean Windass.

A rewarded brunch


Today, pupils in Hedoncrofte, Riseholme and Sefholme enjoyed their reward Brunch – Mr Ziebeck and the House teams provided pupils who had a 100% attendance and no more than 5 behaviour points this term, with bacon sandwiches (cooked by Mr Ziebeck and the House Teams), croissants, muffins and drinks. Well done to all those invited!


We will have more House Brunches next term for those pupils getting it right at the Academy.


A fantastic advert for youth rugby league


Year 10 Rugby League - Hull and East Riding Cup Final

WHA 26 St Mary's College 24

Despite finding themselves 18-0 down in the first half the lads showed great character and resilience to get themselves back into the game. An Owen Maul try just before half time after a typical marauding run gave the lads the confidence and belief to push on.

In the second half with better field possession and built on some outstanding defence (Huggins thinking he was back in net!) Finn Yeaman twice worked his magic by scooting and going in under the sticks to draw us level at 18-18.


We then conceded with 5 mins to go to find ourselves trailing by 6 but a great kick off from Keelan Gregg and an even better chase and pick up by Harvey Reynolds before bustling under the sticks again saw us draw level and force extra time after Cavanaugh added the extras.

With 5 mins each way we sealed the victory with 2 great drop goals by Cavanaugh and Fenn and showed fantastic game management to see it out.

A fantastic advert for youth rugby league and a game worthy of a cup final with both teams playing with sportsmanship and respect.


MOM - Alex Cavanaugh for keeping a cool head and keeping control.
Harry F and Finley Y for their running game which kept St Mary's honest.
Massive well done also to Year 9 pupils Harvey H and Tom M for stepping up to put in some solid defence and quality attack.
Well done though to all 16 players who each played their part in pulling off a victory in the face of a lot of adversity.

A massive thanks to Mr Bean (and his assistant Davie Vickers) who's hard work, effort and commitment are massively appreciated.

Overall an outstanding season: Hull Schools League winners, Hull Schools Cup winners and Yorkshire Plate quarter finalists.

Photo Credit: Grassroots Multi-Sport

A pleasant and engaging young man


Jay is an extremely pleasant and engaging young man; he clearly has an inner drive and determination to succeed. He has made positive contributions within lessons and within the wider school community. It is delightful to see him taking pride in his achievements and setting such a positive personal example to his peers. I have no doubt that Jay has all the qualities needed to succeed in his future academic studies and beyond.

Jay – Apart from being one of the nicest, most polite,  kids you could ever wish to meet, he is trying so hard to achieve the best result that he can in English.  He would be the first to admit that he finds the subject difficult, but regardless of this, this has not stopped him from attending Lesson 6s, taking work home to complete, and asking for extra pieces in order to help him. The progress he has made throughout the year is great – it is all down to him! He is a true Rob Moore favourite! “
— Mr Moore

“Jay played his socks off in a school final on Wednesday, he has played nearly every school match for me and it was his last school game.” - Mr Dorsett

“Jay consistently works hard and is polite and friendly.” - Miss Faulkner

“Jay always has his head down in Science, he is trying really hard and a genuinely nice boy.” - Mrs Wrightson

Hedoncrofte domination continues...AGAIN!!!


Congratulations to Mr Foster and his partner Ellis who just beat Mr Hannan and his partner Declan in the final to be crowned the KS3 House badminton champions this evening.


The victory means after a 1 year sabbatical the trophy returns to Hedoncrofte to make it 4 wins out of the last 5 years!

A massive thank you to all staff and pupils that either participated in or supported the KS3 House badminton tournament tonight.

It was another great competition played in the right spirit (we won't mention Mr Anderson trying to decapitate his opponent with his racket) or Mr Freeman's sledging with some outstanding skills on show.

Amazing resilience


Danny is a pupil that shows amazing resilience and perseverance thus ensuring he overcomes challenges and obstacles to achieve his goals. He has become an independent and hardworking pupil and has recently surpassed his target in his coursework subject. A very determined and diligent young man who is a great example to his peers.

I would like to nominate Danny for star of the week. Our reasons are that he puts in 100% effort 100% of the time; he remains focused cross curricular. “
— Mrs Smithson

Danny puts 100% effort into his Maths lessons and ignores all other distractions. He will ask for help only when he has attempted the work first and is always extremely polite and well mannered - Mrs Walker

Photography Masterclass


Year 9 pupils have taken part in a Photography Masterclass for 6 weeks at Hull College. This opportunity was designed to help pupils following the BTEC Art & Design course who couldn’t opt for Photography because of the curriculum time.

The project, named Action Shots, hoped it would give them an opportunity to broaden their skill set. The sessions were delivered by a local professional photographer with a wealth of experience in the industry and extremely creative approach to the art form.


All participants’ work was exhibited at Hull College and was open to a public vote and the ‘winning’ photographer Niamh received an Entry level SLR camera. All other participants received framed photos, as well as a further print for them to keep (unframed).


A wide selection of prints will be exhibited at the Academy for friends and family of the pupils to view. Please see Mrs Mitchell for further details.

Below is the winning photograph - well done Niamh.


Andorra Ski Trip


On the 16th of February, a group of 25 students and four members of staff embarked on the schools first ski trip in a number of years. The students arrived promptly in the early afternoon and after a few emotional goodbyes from the parents and we were soon on our way to the Pyrenees mountains in Andorra. Students and staff quickly settled into their new home for the next 30 hours and prepared for the long journey ahead as we made our way to Dover.


After a long 30 hour hike up the mountains, both students and staff arrived safely at the 4* Hotel Blanc Nord in Andorra. Having arrived late in the evening students quickly checked into their rooms and made their way to the evening meal. Each night students were able to help themselves to a buffet style meal which had plenty of options to suit everyone's needs and tastes.


Exhausted from the journey students spent the rest of the evening in their rooms. The following day students were awakened at 08.00 to make their way down to breakfast which again was continental buffet style ranging from hot food such as bacon sandwiches to croissants; yoghurts and fruit. We then made our way to the ski hire shop to pick up our ski equipment. This was some students the first experience of ski equipment such as skis and boots and students quickly began to see the trouble they may face in terms of fastening the ski boots up and the effect it would have on their feet later!


After picking up our ski gear we quickly made our way up the mountain to meet the students ski instructors. In order to make our evening activity students skied with their instructors for 3 hours on the first two days and four hours on the third. Students then made up for this lost time by having two five hour lessons on the last two days. This allowed students to progress from the infant slopes to the more difficult terrain and slopes with the maximum amount of time. In the beginning, students were only accessing the infant slops as they developed the technique of the snow plough and getting used to the balance and coordination required. Many students struggled in the beginning and were stating how difficult it was. It was excellent to see so many students show the determinations and resilience to keep trying time and time again no matter how many times they fell over! No student gave up and all students showed the resilience required to move onto the advanced slope. Students were able to access a buffet style lunch in the middle of their lessons to refuel ready for the afternoon session.


In the evening students came straight off the slopes and were straight on the bus to the evening's activity, bowling. Students choose their own teams and battled it out to get the highest score possible. Mr Smalley had a close battle with Eevi in Y11 but was narrowly beaten in the final frame! Students were also able to play arcade games and pool after the bowling had finished. After a long tiring first day skiing, it was back to the hotel for the evening meal and bed ready for day two on the slopes!

Day two arrived and students were up, fed and enthusiastically rushed into their respective ski lessons. Students were skiing for three hours in order to be in time for this evening activity. Students struggled on day two as practising a skill like skiing is incredibly difficult. It was pleasing to see so many students persevere in this difficulty and complete the sessions with confidence. Students were then taken sledging for the evening activity. All students participated and a lot of fun in the various sledges that were available including battles amongst the staff including Mr Smalley and Mr Foster.

On day three students had four hours on the Pyrenees slopes with their instructors. Many students by this point were beginning to show real confidence including one group of Y11 who were already progressing onto the larger slopes on day three! Many students were commenting on how these were some of the best days of their lives. Learning to ski in the mountains with temperatures rising on day three to 26 degrees!. In the evening students were again offered a buffet style tea with a range of options and were taken to the local Andorian ice rink. Again, the vast majority of students dived straight into this despite never being ice skating before. It was another new experience for the students to try. Some excellent skaters were observed including Adam, Riley and Alex!


Day four and five saw the pupil's gain five hours of ski lessons in order to make up for the previous sessions. This was beneficial to the students as it meant many of them had the basic skills and were able to progress to the more difficult slopes including red and blues and were given the maximum amount of time on these slopes. It was great to see all of the students make it up to the advanced slopes by the end of the week. A true reflection of their determination, resilience and ability to never give up! The evening provided possibly the greatest challenge. Despite the use of Google maps we were unable to locate the disco venue on Thursday evening (Despite two Geography teachers being present!) eventually, the Disco was found and students were able to relax and unwind with their friends. It was also great to see so many of the students interacting and socialising with other schools!


The last day marked the final five hours of ski lessons for the students. In the end, students received their certificates and posed for one last group shot on the sunrise in the Pyrenees before embarking on the dreaded 30-hour journey home.

Overall, both students and staff thoroughly enjoyed Winifred Holtby's first ski trip in a number of years. Many of the returning students are already discussing next years trip. Awards were handed to the boy and girl who had impressed staff most in terms of their attitude and effort. Well done to Riley and Evie!

The students were a true credit to both themselves and the academy and we as a staff were very impressed with the skills and attitude they showed in learning a difficult trip. All students commented on how much they enjoyed the trip and the skiing itself. The ski trip will run again next year and any interest must be declared to Mr Smalley ASAP.


Year 8 Options Evening


As we approach Year 9 your child has the opportunity to express a preference for courses that they wish to study towards important public examinations at the end of Key Stage 4.

Your child will have received Key Stage 4 Course Information Guide in Assembly. Please take the time to discuss with your child which courses they would prefer to study to GCSE level as it is now the time to make choices.

Some subjects are statutory. This means that every pupil will study Maths, English and Science to GCSE level and every pupil will continue to study PE and PSHCE.

A range of other subjects can be chosen that make up a full package of GCSE or equivalent outcomes.

All pupils must study either Geography or History in addition to the core curriculum. The Government expect the majority of pupils to study an EBacc Curriculum that includes a Modern Foreign Language and either History or Geography. We have made recommendations for pupils who we believe that this is the appropriate Curriculum for.

At the Options Evening presentation’s in the Theatre will run throughout the evening, explaining the different options available to pupils, the first commencing at 4.15pm. Presentation’s will then run at half hourly intervals; 4.45pm, 5.15pm, 5.45pm and 6.15pm. Option forms will be handed out to pupils on arrival through the main entrance. After this there will be an opportunity to visit each of the subject areas to meet staff. Ideally the completed option forms will be handed in before you leave Academy.

Option forms handed in after the 28th March may result in pupils not receiving their first choices if subjects are full.

If you are unable to make this time, please contact your child’s house team so that they can arrange an alternative presentation for you.

If you require child care for younger siblings, a crèche will be available in the LRC.

An outstanding pupil


Hollie is an outstanding pupil and clearly has the respect of every member of staff who have met or taught her. She is an independent, hardworking, conscientious and courteous young lady. Her work ethic and drive to succeed is superb and she actively seeks out opportunities to learn. A shining example to all her peers.

Hollie has always worked incredibly hard and due to her continued diligence and resilience, she has made three grades progress in her second PPE for Sociology. I am really thrilled for Hollie as she is such a delightful young lady to work with and is very much deserving of this success.”
— Miss Rule

Hollie has a great work ethic, regularly attends P6 and did fantastic in her recent PPEs. - Mr Nassau

Doing lots of revision which is paying off! Gained an overall grade 8 in her history PPEs. - Mrs Morgan

Hollie has worked hard all year. - Mr Gent

A really focused and dedicated pupil. - Mr Cawthraw

Hollie making strides in Spanish looking to move up to higher tier – regular lesson 6 attendee – lots of commitment. - Mr Horsley

A polite, unassuming and conscientious young man


Harvey is a polite, unassuming and conscientious young man who is making the most of additional learning opportunities offered to him. He has been nominated, and seconded, by several members of staff; he consistently goes over and above what is asked of him and he is independently seeking ways to improve his grades. His exceptional attendance and behaviour record show he is mature and ready for the next stage in his academic career.

I nominated Harvey because he is always in the Computer Science/Maths department after school, looking for ways to improve his grades.

If you ask Harvey to do something he will and will often do more and put more effort in than you have asked for.

He is revising independently as well as making the most of L6 and other intervention sessions often being the first there and the last to leave. “
— Mrs Dearing

Harvey always puts his full effort in to everything - Mr Macklin

He’s back in maths all the time and works really hard consistently - Miss Kirk

Year 11 PPE Results, Parents’ Consultation Evening


Thursday 21st March 2019 (4.00pm – 7.00pm)

The Year 11 pupils have now completed their final set of Pre-Public Examinations and there is a relatively short time left before they take their vital GCSEs. Your child will have applied for their college courses or apprenticeship and entry will of course depend on the outcome of their Summer exams.

This Parents’ consultation evening allows us to share information and discuss essential preparation for GCSEs to ensure that our young people are as successful as they can be.

All appointments will take place in either the main Forum area or in the Theatre/Activity Studio and we ask that you enter the Academy by the Main Entrance.

On arrival in the Academy you will be able to collect your child’s current levels of progress and attendance.

In addition to this, the results of the Pre-Public Examinations will be issued so you will have a clear idea of how well your child is progressing towards those final GCSE’s.

There will also be representatives from the local colleges and other organisations in the Orangery who will clarify any remaining questions that you may have regarding Post 16 progression.

Your child has been asked to arrange appointments with their subject teachers at times that are convenient. Please check to ensure they have done so as it will enable this important evening to run smoothly.

Please note revision guides will be available to purchase on the night by cash sale if you have not already done so; these can also be purchased via ParentPay. If you purchase these via ParentPay they will be ready to collect from the Revision Guides table located on the way into the Orangery.

Hedoncrofte domination continues


Congratulations to Mr Feasey and his partner Zoe who just beat Mr Wallis and his partner Spencer (13-10) in the final to be crowned the KS4 House badminton champions this evening.


The victory means the Hedoncrofte domination continues and the orange ribbons remain for a 5th consecutive year.


A massive thank you to the 12 teams who participated tonight, your support means a lot and is very much appreciated.

Thank you to all staff and pupils that either participated in or supported the KS4 House badminton tournament tonight, next week we do it all again in the KS3 House badminton tournament. 

An understanding of dementia


A group of Yr. 10 pupils took part in a session aimed at increasing young people’s understanding of dementia, which in turn will help to reduce stigma and social isolation and help people to live well with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s society is hoping to create a dementia friendly generation and has lots of information available to help people learn more about it.


'Be a Champion' health and well being programme


A great first week of the Year 7 'Be a Champion' health and well being programme in association with Jamie Peacock and the NHS CCG Hull.


The focus of this week was positive mindsets and challenging yourself which links closely with the resilience strand of the WHA learner profile.

Don't forget to fill your booklets in this week to earn your rewards.

Next weeks focus is sleep patterns and good habits.

Princes Trust Mosaic Programme


Y8 pupils have been participating in the Mosaic mentoring programme this year. The programme involves a small group of pupils working with volunteer mentors from a range of businesses in Hull such as Smith & Nephews and Cargill.

The aim of the programme is to give pupils the opportunity to learn about the various career paths available to them in the local area. Pupils also have the opportunity to discuss any issues about their future with the mentors which they may be hesitant to do with teaching staff.

Pupils have been involved in small group work focusing on some of the key aspects required to be successful in business such as confidence; leadership; communication and interview skills. Pupils were also given the opportunity to visit one of their mentors workplace (Smith & Nephews). All pupils stated how brilliant the experience was for them and they all commented on how the programme has helped raise their awareness of the skills and attributes required to be successful after Winifred Holtby.

The programme was concluded with an inspirational talk from Andrew Horncastle who shared his personal, inspiring story with the pupils and gave them advice on how to be successful in the future. Overall, pupils and the mentors have learnt a lot from one another and have really benefited from the Prince's Trust Mosaic programme and has increased their knowledge on employability. The programme will run again in the next academic year.

A diligent, driven and charming young lady


Isobel Is an outstanding, high achieving representative of the Academy: she is a diligent, driven and charming young lady. Several staff have continually nominated her for Star of the Week - demonstrating that she continually, and meticulously, applies herself to her studies. I have no doubt that Isobel will achieve outstanding results in all her GCSEs.

Fantastic pupil who attends P7 (4-5pm) every week – got a 9 on her last PPE in history and is simply a pleasure to teach!
— Mr Nassau

Isobel embodies everything that Winifred Holtby Academy wants from our pupils – she is industrious, conscientious, flexible and receptive to feedback. In English she has made outstanding progress this year and is now regularly achieving grade 9s because of her work ethic and determination. In spite of the obligatory school pressures, she always manages to have a smile on her face and tackles every task and piece of work with enthusiasm and aplomb. - Miss Kermeen

A resilient, hardworking young man


Alex is clearly a resilient, hardworking young man who has the determination to overcome challenges and ensure that he achieves his aims. His 100% attendance shows that he wants to ensure that he is here every day to use every opportunity to learn – he is clearly using lesson 6 opportunities to revisit topics and strengthen his knowledge – this will ensure that Alex achieves the best grades possible both his PPEs and the summer final exams. Congratulations Alex.

Alex has been making a determined effort to master the maths skills required for success at GCSE – particularly during tutor time and L6 activities.

He has tried to be positive about any hurdles he might face and is prepared to spend time working on specific weaknesses.”
— Mr Curran

I would like to nominate Alex, some of the topics we are covering in Computer Science are not easy and require a level of independence and logic. Alex always tries hard. - Mrs Dearing