Summer School 2017

30 pupils came back to the Academy for the first week of the summer holidays as they had enrolled on the Summer School programme which is now in its 6th year. Pupils took part in science, maths, English, languages and DT sessions in the morning with the aim of increasing  their literacy and numeracy levels whilst the afternoon sessions were devoted to Sports and swimming sessions with the focus on team building and instilling healthy competition through sport.

The summer school also gave pupils the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the Academy and staff. On the whole primary schools are much smaller than secondary schools and pupils are often intimidated by the thought of navigating new buildings. By exploring the Academy at the summer school, with less time restraints and without the rest of the Academy community, pupils were able to familiarise themselves with the building and build positive relationships with staff.

Both staff and pupils had a fab week learning together and making some great memories – Hope to see some of you at the sports session on Wednesday 12pm – 2pm – the rest of you I’ll see in September.

Competition Winners


The girls successfully entered the competition to win a trip to the First World War Battlefields, they created a very detailed presentation on ‘Why the First World War is known as the Great War?’. We will be visiting the worldwide known battlefield of the Somme on our 4 day trip. The Somme saw the British and allied forces lose many men and has gained the name as the Bloodiest Battle in history. We will also be attending a Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate, this will be hugely significant as we will be over in Belgium on Remembrance weekend. 

Swimming Achievement

Well done to Year 7 pupil Addiaziz who collected his 'Swimming Achievement' award and Team PE badge from Mrs Morris last week.

Addiaziz was given this special award for his commitment, dedication and success in learning to swim. When he first started attended Mrs Morris’s Extra-curricular swimming club on a Thursday he could not swim but his hard work and commitment each week has paid off.

Mrs Morris was extremely proud and said

Addiaziz is a super star and a pleasure to teach, he really has enjoyed learning to swim and each week turns up with a smile on his face.”
— Mrs Morris

Dylan was also given an extra special award for helping assist others whilst they learn to swim. Congratulations to you both.

STEM event

Science pupils were involved in a STEM event run by the Smallpiece trust today.

The focus of the event was on Engineering and how it impacts our daily lives. The pupils were informed about all of the different types of engineering and all of the different applications of it in the world around us.

The activities the pupils did were: 

Make a prototype wind turbine: Each team would then test their designs and see how much energy they could generate when a wind source was used. They were then allowed to amend their designs accordingly.

Build a solar powered car: Each team would construct their solar powered cars, charge them to the right voltage and release them to try and get them into the target zone.

The pupils had great fun and were really well behaved. They said that they learned a lot about engineering too.

Aunt Bessie Challenge

Excellent achievement by these pupils who made it through to the Aunt Bessie Challenge. They achieved this by developing creative potato based dishes that included vegetables, could be made in an hour and filled a gap in the market. They produced a wide range of excellent dishes that looked appetising, interesting and innovative. Some examples as follows, Hasselback potatoes, Sweet potato topped cottage pie, Potato cakes with chorizo and vegetables. Spiced potato cakes, encased in Puff pastry.

Teachers judged the dishes and the winners were as follows.

  • 1st prize: Bobby and Joe (Sweet potato cottage pie)
  • 2nd prize: Sophie (Spicey potato croquettes)
  • 3rd prize: Emily, Phoebe and Grace (Spiced potato cakes, encased in Puff pastry.)

Everyone commented that all of the dishes looked amazing and that the standard was incredibly high. Well done to all pupils who took part.

Top 20 Word Count

Mollie 9LMi, Riseholme, is this year’s new “Top 20 Word Count in the Academy” winner, having read over a million words and beating last year’s winner Paris, 9MSY Sudtone, who has taken 2nd place.

Well done to everyone who contributed to Sudtone. They read a very impressive   10,860,045 words, from September, achieved by scoring 70% of the book quiz correct.

Well done to everyone.

Greenpower Formula 24 competition at the KCOM stadium

Our team of Year 9’s did brilliantly this weekend racing against 36 other schools and colleges in the Greenpower Formula 24 competition at the KCOM stadium.

We were 14th after Race One. Race 2 was going even better when we were caught up in a multiple car crash and had to retire.

The team won the Best Portfolio award - largely to the weekly blog that Amy and Emily had been working on - and special mention has to go to all our drivers Amy, Dylan, Will, Paul  and Courtney.

A trip to London

On Friday we took 32 pupils to London for a residential stay and to explore the Art exhibitions in the country’s finest galleries. Whilst in London we visited The Tower of London, Hard Rock Café, The National Portrait gallery, Covent Gardens, Piccadilly Circus, Tate Britain and London’s west end to watch The Woman in Black. 

The pupils were perfectly behaved, sensible, hard working with the tasks given and a credit to the Academy whilst on the trip. There were some very comical moments, some really good artwork produced in the galleries, some brilliant questions asked and a perfect balance between fun and learning.

Everyone enjoyed it so much that I feel this may be an annual trip with the year tens and each year we will get more and more on board. 

Mr O'Mara