Outstanding levels of motivation


Well done to Rebecca and Abigail (Year 11 HUB pupils) who were crowned Champions in Mr Pindar’s PE lesson. Both received their trophy last week, well done girls, Mr Pindar is very proud of you.

The girls were working on their passing technique in football using ‘coconut shy’ targets. They showed outstanding levels of motivation, effort and resilience to move from the bottom league to the top league and remained undefeated all lesson!

Committed to learning beyond the classroom


Ellie has all the attributes of an outstanding pupil. She is independent and self-motivated: committed to learning beyond the classroom. I have no doubt that Ellie will achieve all she is striving for. - Mrs Roberts

Ellie has worked so hard to catch up work and push for her target level of D*. She emails work home and is constantly striving to succeed. She is a delightful pupil.
— Mrs Aspinall

Sefholme are extremely proud of her. Also, she comes early and leaves late most evenings to do extra work in the Year 11 revision area. - Miss Stephenson (Assistant Head of House)

Forensic Scientists!


Pulse CSI came into Winifred Holtby Academy to deliver a session on forensic science to our Y9/Y10 Excellence Academy pupils. Pupils were engaged with hands on practical’s activities on how forensic investigators use the technology of science to narrow suspects lists and eventually how they convict criminals in homicide cases.


Pupils donned their white Hazmat crime scene suits and learnt skills in fibre analysis, carbon finger printing and footprint analysis and then after Lunch used their skills to resolve a murder case. 12/14 participating groups managed to successfully solve the case; a record number from all schools who have participated in this activity by Pulse CSI.

A fun, inquisitive day of learning had by all!

Strong level of determination


Mia is an independent, hardworking pupil who has a strong level of determination and resilience: she strives to be the best she can be. A superb example to her peers. Several staff nominated Mia demonstrating that Mia is a consistently hardworking pupil.

Mia puts in 110% efforts in every lesson and comes back to lesson 6 in order to improve her exam technique which has paid off in recent assessments.”
— Mr Heaton

Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening

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Wednesday 12th December 2018 (4.00pm – 7.00pm)

This is the most important parents evening of your child’s time in Secondary education as it is now only a few short months before our Year 11 pupils take their final examinations and move on to the next phase of their lives.

This Parents’ consultation evening allows us to share information and plan the remainder of Year 11 together to ensure that our young people are as successful as they can be. I am sure that I do not need to stress the importance of meeting with subject teachers at this point in the academic year.

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 much anticipated 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 be glad to answer any questions that you may have regarding Post 16 progression.

If these representatives are able to see the PPE results they will be able to provide sound advice on the best future pathways for your child.

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 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 on the night from the ‘pre ordered’ table located on the way into the Orangery.

Tigers Trust Enterprise programme


Y8 pupils have been participating in the Tigers Trust Enterprise programme this half term. The programme sees them develop key employability skills such as leadership; communication; resilience and financial management and even included a visit to the KC stadium to speak to staff on how it runs as a business.


Pupils have been working in small groups each week completing a series of tasks related to how Hull City is ran as a business enterprise. Pupils even had to pitch a new fast food product to be sold at the ground in a Dragons Den style format and present to others. Pupils came up with some incredibly unique and desirable products.

Pupils have shown an excellent attitude and have learnt a lot of key skills that they will require in the future and the students have found the programme extremely relevant and useful. All pupils on the programme have gained an entry level ASDN qualification which can be used on their future CV’s. Pupils also won prizes for their contributions including a signed Hull FC football and match day tickets!

The programme will run again in January with a new cohort of Y8 pupils.

Restart a heart day


On Wednesday 28th November a number of pupils took part in ‘RESTART a HEART day’… As an Academy we feel that even a basic knowledge of CPR is extremely important for our pupils to gain an experience in!


A huge thank you to Garry from Achieve Potentials for coming in and delivering such a great day. As you can see from the photos our pupils had a great time whilst also learning some vital life skills!

Year 10 Parent/Carer Consultation Evening


Your child is now almost half way through their GCSE and BTEC examination courses at Winifred Holtby Academy and it is vital that subject teachers have the opportunity to discuss their current progress and attainment.

The consultation meetings will give you the opportunity to discuss such issues as coursework completion deadlines, class work, homework tasks, extra-curricular opportunities, attitudes to learning and how you as a parent/carer can assist your child in making progress.

On the evening you will be provided with a ‘report’ indicating the progress your child has made. An attendance certificate will also be issued; if there are any unauthorised absences you should see a member of your child’s House Team on the evening to clear up the attendance record as this information can be requested for references to employers and post 16 providers at the end of year 11.

On arrival at the Academy please enter through the main entrance where you will be supplied with the pupil progress report, attendance information and details of where teachers can be found. Academy prefects will be on hand throughout the evening to guide you.

A number of colleges and employers will be attending the event to discuss future opportunities for your child. Please take the time to speak to them between teacher appointments.

As with most Parents Evenings, it is our intention to offer child care facility, this will be located in the Library.

We look forward to seeing you on the evening.

A successful Careers Fair


On Wednesday 24th October we held our first Careers Fair – we had over 30 businesses, educational and training providers in attendance – over 1,000 of our pupils had the chance to attend the event and speak to the organisations/providers and learn about the opportunities available to them post 16.

We would like to thank the involved for making the event a huge success and look forward to working with you in the future.

An exemplary pupil


Caitlin is top of our leader board for achievement in year 11 and has made outstanding progress since year 7. She is driven to succeed, ensures that she is here 100% of the time and puts in maximum effort – making her an exemplary pupil. Her positive attitude to learning, both in lessons and independently, has seen her results climb; this will see her exceed her targets now and in her future studies.

Caitlin works extremely hard in all Spanish lessons and is committed to making the most comprehensive notes I have ever seen and if she is unsure of anything, she always asks for clarification, so that she has got all of the information she needs to revise from.”
— Mr Styles

…and the results are in!!


A massive thank you to everyone who helped raise £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Research.


Congratulations to Team Sudtone who are yet again undefeated champions of this House competition!

  • 5th: Riseholme – 100 House points

  • 4th: Wawne – 200 House points

  • 3rd: Hedoncrofte – 300 House points

  • 2nd: Sefholme – 400 House points

  • 1st: Sudtone – 500 House points


A huge thank you to Miss Katrina Whincup (her daughter use to attend WHA) who donated this fabulous cake to raise money for Macmillan. The lucky winner was Miss Kermeen!!

Break time seemed to have a real buzz about it once again! Enjoy a selection of photographs below.


Year 11 Guidance Evening


Thursday 11th October 2018

This event is open from 5.00pm – 7.00pm, please arrive promptly for Theatre Presentations as follows:

W Band - 5.00pm - H Band - 6.00pm

As you are aware, Year 11 will be the most important year of your child’s life so far. The vast majority of pupils in the year group seem focused, on task and understand that they have to put in 100% effort over the coming months. At Winifred Holtby Academy we believe that it is very beneficial for parents and carers to have a good understanding of what is expected during Year 11. We believe that with support and guidance at home, as well as in the Academy, each pupil will reach their maximum potential. With this in mind, I would like to invite you and your child to attend the Winifred Holtby Academy – Year 11 Guidance Evening.

The purpose of the event is to directly increase parental involvement in revision, study and learning, giving parents and carers a better understanding of what will happen during Year 11. This will ensure parents and carers are able to support revision at home, so that all Year 11 pupils can succeed.

The evening will consist of the following:

  • Welcome in The Theatre by Mr Brown, Principal – Say yes to success for your child

  • Practical Tips – Supporting revision at home

  • Post 16 Options

  • Year 11 Information

  • A wide range of Post 16 providers will be present with information stands

  • A range of Study Guides will be available to purchase

A crèche will be available on the evening should you require a place for younger siblings.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday 11th October.

Mrs Roberts

Year 7 Pastoral Evening (Tutors)


Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 4.00 – 7.00pm.

We would like to invite you to your child’s Pastoral Evening. The evening will be an opportunity to meet your child’s tutor and discuss their transition to Winifred Holtby Academy. Tutors will be able to discuss your child’s start at Secondary School, their attendance and achievement as well as any concerns that you may have following your child’s first few weeks with us. Your child’s House team will also be available to speak to. This is a great opportunity to start to build effective and positive relationships to help support your child through their time at Winifred Holtby Academy.

To book your tutor appointment please complete the reply slip and ask your child to return it to their Tutor. If you indicate which hour of the event you would prefer your appointment to be made within, we will make every effort to accommodate you at that time, however appointments will be given on a first come first served basis. Tutors will give your child the appointment time to take home.

If you have younger children and require a place in the crèche, please indicate this on the reply slip and return it to the academy as soon as possible.

Study guides will be available to purchase for your child via ParentPay, further information regarding this will follow.

We look forward to meeting you on the evening.

World Champion


We received some excellent news a few months ago; one of our Stars of the Future Millie competed in the IGC World Championships staged in the United States Florida.

We are pleased to announce Millie is the World Vault Champion for her age and skill category!!!

There were 39 girls in Millie's category from 6 other countries and she was placed 12th on the Beam, 1st for the Vault and overall 4th in the World for the highest aggregate score.

Millie trains at the SVG Gymnastics club in Sutton Village and along with 9 others from the club qualified to compete in the World Championships.

From everyone at Winifred Holtby, congratulations Millie, we are very proud of your wonderful achievements.

Introduction of Biometrics


Biometrics (fingerprint technology) are now considered to be ‘the norm’ in secondary schools. It is estimated that over 2500 secondary schools in the UK are now using biometrics; this is more than half of the secondary schools in the UK. We have decided to introduce this system to Winifred Holtby Academy to replace the current card system which our pupils use to purchase food and drink, print and copy management and for loaning items from the Academy Library.

Biometric recognition can seem to be a much scarier prospect than it really is. We hope the information we have provided previously has alleviated any concerns you may have had, however, if you would like further information about Biometrics please do not hesitate to contact us on the Academy main reception number.

Biometric systems have very positive benefits; parents will no longer have to buy replacement cards; queues, at both break and lunchtime, will be greatly reduced because the process of identification of pupils is much quicker.

Biometric Fingerprint recognition system.

How to register your child:

  • Download the form here or collect a form from the Academy reception
  • Complete and sign the form
  • Return the form to the Academy with your child

Our best ever results!


Our 2018 results are the best ever recorded at the Academy and clearly demonstrate significant and secure improvements across all subjects. This year our pupils sat the new, more challenging and rigorous GCSEs but still achieved higher grades than ever before. We are immensely proud of their achievements which are testament to their own hard work, the expertise and dedication of our staff and the support of their families.


Over 60% of Year 11 pupils secured at least a Standard Pass (Grade 4+) in English and mathematics, with 40% achieving at least a Strong Pass (Grade 5+). Over 60% of pupils also secured a Standard Pass in science. Alongside these great outcomes, pupils performed well across the full range of other GCSE and BTEC qualifications.

Over the last few years we have worked tirelessly to raise expectations and aspirations as well as improving the quality of teaching at the Academy. It is clear to see that all of this work is having a positive impact on the outcomes that our young people achieve, opening doors for a much brighter future once they leave Winifred Holtby. However, we are not complacent and remain determined to make further improvements in future years.



Mr Anderson wrote on Team CPA Facebook page - Huge congratulations to all of the Year 11s in Team CPA who have rounded off a fantastic year for the Faculty with a fantastic set of results- the best results the Faculty has seen! We are all so proud of you! Massive well done to all of the pupils on your fantastic achievements, and particularly to all of the 38 pupils who achieved the top grades of Distinction/Distinction*s! Well done to all!

Also, well done to all of the hardworking and dedicated staff in the Faculty who work tirelessly to support the pupils to achieve such a great set of results! And finally, thank you to all of the parents for supporting the work of the Faculty throughout this year. Together we are a team about aspiration, inspiration and hard work! Onwards and upwards- Bring on 2019!

Mr Moore wrote - Dedicated and talented staff + hard working and determined pupils = SUCCESS!

A fantastic day of celebration today - Team English posted its best ever results!

Grade 4+: 76%
Grade 5+: 60%
Grade 7+: 25%
…and x12 Grade 9s!

Well done everyone!


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