Immensely proud


Once again, we are immensely proud of our Year 11 pupils’ achievements this year. There have been some outstanding individual achievements across the full ability range, with many pupils making much better progress than expected. This year’s results are a reflection of the hard work and commitment of the pupils and the staff. However, we must also thank all of the Parents and Carers who have provided their full support and encouragement throughout the five years.


This year’s many success stories clearly illustrate that hard work, high aspirations and excellent attendance along with positive and successful partnerships between home and the Academy help to maximise GCSE outcomes at the end of Year 11.


In addition to our continual drive to raise standards for all pupils, we have been working hard to ensure that the most able pupils are appropriately stretched and challenged at Winifred Holtby Academy. As a result of this work, we are delighted that 20% of all grades awarded this year were at Grade 7-9. In addition, for the first time ever, 5 of our pupils achieved 5 or more GCSEs at Grade 9, placing them comfortably in the top 5% of pupils across the country. This is something we are all really proud of.

Many subject areas also recorded outstanding success this year. In English, 23% of pupils recorded at least Grade 7 and in triple science, 30% of all grades awarded were Grade 9. More subjects than ever recorded 100% pass rate at Grade 4, or equivalent, these included biology, physics, business studies, performing arts, sport, childcare, statistics, food and nutrition and graphics.


However, we are not complacent and, as always, we remain determined to build upon our successes and remain ambitious for the future. We are committed to providing the very best for every pupil and look forward to celebrating improvements year on year.

We wish all of our pupils the very best for the next stage of their education, training or employment and look forward to hearing about their future successes.

Enjoy our gallery below


Hull Children's Book Awards


The votes are in for the 2019 KS3 James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award.

This year we have TWO winning authors as chosen by the children of Hull. Congratulations to Ali Sparkes and Tom Palmer.

The Hull Children’s Book awards 2019 was a pleasure to experience. The theme of the Big Top tent was so magical and exciting. I am looking forward to reading the nominated books, and attending next year. I can’t believe my vote really mattered, and I’m so happy that Ali Sparkes won.”
— Jack Bowers


The Hull Children’s Book Awards was amazing. I liked reading the five books, as they were all different genres. The Big Top tent in East Park was exciting and a magical place. My favourite part was listening to the authors talk about the books and then discussing the books with other students. I wanted “Nevermore” or “Night Speakers” to win and “Night Speakers” came joint first with “Armistice Runner.”
— Sophie Shield

“The Hull Children’s Book Award was something I really enjoyed taking part in. Reading the nominated books means you read something that you may never have picked up. Inside the circus tent, it was magical atmosphere. Meeting the authors and learning about their inspiration for their stories and characters was another amazing part of this unforgettable experience. I will definitely take part again next year!” - Ava Brinkley

“It was interesting hearing what the different authors did before they started writing books. My favourite book was “Don’t Stop Thinking about Tomorrow, by Siobhan Curham. The voting day was fun, and I will definitely go again next year!”- Henry Sigsworth

”The Hull Children’s Book Awards were intriguing and enjoyable for all ages. Hence, it was a magical experience, and held the real elements of what reading and debating books is all about in its true form. I hope I can take part in these book awards again.” - Danni Hall

Prison Me No Way


On Thursday 27th June, we had the pleasure of welcoming the brilliant Prison Me No Way Trust team back to Winifred Holtby Academy to work with our Year 8 pupils. The PMNW Trust works to raise awareness amongst young people about the causes, consequences, penalties and impact of crime and risky behaviour.


The day was filled with engaging and informative activities: from Magistrates and mock trials to a presentation from the Fire Service and Network Rail on safety; and from a talk by an ex-offender to a workshop on anti-social behaviour. Our pupils had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed what the PMNW team had to offer. Their level of engagement and the quality of the questions they asked was superb. It was also great to see our older pupils recall their PMNW way event from previous years – something that stands in testament to the powerful impact that the PMNW team have.


We had lots of positive feedback from pupils, staff and from our visitors and very much look forward to welcoming the Prison Me No Way team back next year!


Class of 2019 Prom


A huge thank you to Mrs Roberts and her helpers for making the Class of 2019 Prom a totally amazing one.


A big day at the KCOM Stadium on Friday as Grant McCann completed a deal to become the new Head Coach for Hull City A.F.C. However someone else stole his limelight as Winifred Holtby held their Prom with a very special guest in attendance.


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 2019!

Click on the photographs below to view.

Meet the Tutor Evening


Thursday 20th June 2019 - 5.00pm

We are pleased to invite you to our Year 6 Admissions Evening on Thursday 20th June 2019. This is a very important evening because it provides you with an opportunity to meet your child’s tutor and House team. If you have another child already attending the Academy, please notify us either by email or by telephone on 01482 826207 ext. 6074. This will allow us to allocate your child the correct 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.

Your allocated presentation will commence promptly at: 5:00pm

Please endeavour to arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to this time to allow the safe seating of all pupils and parents/carers attending this session.

It is important that we keep to these times in order to avoid congestion.

I have enclosed the Academy Admission Document which should be completed and returned to us on the evening. It is vital that we receive this completed document because children cannot be legally admitted onto the Academy role without it. It is important that you include email details on the admission document because we are sending an increasing amount of information to families using electronic mail.

If you are unable to attend at the above time please contact Mrs A Hoy to arrange an alternative time on Ext. 6032. For health and safety reasons babies and toddlers are not permitted in the Theatre presentations but a Crèche is available and is run by professional staff. Please be aware seating in the Theatre is limited.

Please note that your son/daughter is able to wear their primary school uniform during the two-day transition on Wednesday 17th July and Thursday 18th July 2019. All uniform can be purchased from our supplier, Rawcliffes and you should have already received details of our uniform requirements, please let us know during the meeting if you are having any problems at all with your uniform order. Your child’s first tie will be included in the pupil pack that you will receive during the Year 6 Admissions evening.

We look forward to meeting you and your child on the evening.

Matrix Challenge 2019


On Wednesday 15th May, some of our Yr. 7 and Yr. 9 pupils took part in Matrix Challenge 2019 - Through playing the game, pupils are more aware of the law and e-safety techniques and had their technical digital skills tested. There is an opportunity for the top performers from the North Yorkshire area to join youngsters from other parts of the region at a grand final in July, which will be held at York Racecourse. Finalists will take part in a number of activities provided by cyber security professionals before the winners are announced.

Dearne Valley Kingswood November 2019


Please see below information for Year 7 pupils who are interested in taking part in the Dearne Valley residential.


provisional itinerary

Day one: Wednesday 13th November

  • 08.35: Arrive in school

  • 09.00: Store bags

  • 09.15: Assembly resilience

  • 09.45: Team work sessions

  • 11.15: Assembly expectations

  • 12.00: Lunch

  • 12.30: Meet the coaches and set off

  • 14.00: Arrival at Dearne Valley, Doncaster

  • 14.30: Site tour

  • 16.00: Afternoon activities

  • 17.45: Dinner

  • 19.00: Campfire

  • 22.00: Bedtime

Day two: Thursday 14th November

  • 07.30: Breakfast

  • 09.00: Morning activities

  • 10.45: Refreshment break

  • 11.00: Mid-morning activities

  • 12.30: Lunch

  • 14.30: Afternoon activities

  • 16.00: Refreshment break

  • 16.15: Late afternoon activities

  • 18.00: Dinner

  • 19.30: Night time activities

  • 22.00: Bedtime

Day three: Friday 15th November

  • 07.30: Breakfast

  • 09.15: Morning activities

  • 10.45: Refreshment break

  • 11.00: Mid-morning activities

  • 12.30: Depart Dearne Valley

  • 15.00: Arrive back at Winifred Holtby Academy

Electronic Devices:

  • We ask that no mobile phones are taken on the residential

  • In case of emergency – teachers phones will be used to contact parents

Kit List:

  • Toiletries etc (please note deodorants must be roll-on, no aerosols)

  • Clothes, shoes and underwear. For many activity sessions, trainers, long-sleeved t-shirts and trousers are required (these are required for nearly all sessions, so bring plenty.) We recommend wearing old clothes for activity sessions

  • Waterproof clothing (jacket, trousers and wellingtons)

  • Large plastic bag for dirty clothes

  • A bath towel

  • Gloves, hat and scarf in winter

  • Pyjamas and slippers

  • A named water bottle (essential in summer)

Jess will achieve great things in her future


Jess epitomises everything that Winifred Holtby Academy wants from our pupils: she is diligent, motivated, conscientious and independent. In several subjects she has made outstanding progress this year; I am confident - due to her excellent work ethic and determination - she will achieve an outstanding set of results in August. I have no doubt that Jess will achieve great things in her future.

Jess has finished Business Studies to a top grade. Ahead of time, worked very independently. A real star. “
— Mrs Aspinall

Excellent work in her History PPEs maintaining high standards and a clear focus - Mrs Morgan

Her continued hard work, effort and attending all lesson 6 sessions in English - Mrs Ash

Year 9 Parents’ Consultation Evening


Wednesday 1st May 2019 4:00pm – 7:00pm.

This important evening is an opportunity for you to discuss in detail your child’s current attainment, attendance, attitude and progress. As they are now studying GCSE, NCFE and BTEC qualifications it is imperative that you attend this event to have an understanding of how your child is coping with the demands of the qualification and find out if there is anything additional that they need to do to be successful in their final outcomes.

You will also be provided with a ‘Pupil’s Progress Report’ which will indicate how much progress your child has made in each subject. Your child’s attendance will be included in the progress report. If you have any concerns about the recorded attendance figure you should see a member of your child’s House Team on the evening.

On arrival at the Academy please enter through the main entrance where you will be greeted by a prefect and handed your child’s Consultation Evening Package. Academy prefects will be on hand throughout the evening to guide you.

Child care facilities for younger members of your family will be available with a fully staffed crèche located in the LRC.

Your son/daughter will be given an appointment booking sheet in tutor lesson, it would be in their best interest to complete the booking sheet as soon as possible by visiting each of their subject teachers, so please do check that the appointments being made suit your schedule.

We look forward to seeing you on the evening.

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.