Northern Final of Rock Challenge

Morning all,

As you know, on Friday we competed in the Northern Final of Rock Challenge, against the very best schools in the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland this year. There were 11 schools competing and we came an amazing 3rd place; made even more amazing by the fact that we qualified for the competition as the highest scoring second-place wildcard from our heats!

The Awards the pupils won were:

  • Northern National Final Excellence Award for Concept
  • Northern National Final Excellence Award for Drama Skills
  • Northern National Final Excellence Award for Entertainment
  • Northern National Final Excellence Award for Stage Crew
  • Northern National Final Excellence Award for Lighting Design
  • Northern National Final Excellence Award for Video Performance


Overall 3rd place 3rd place in the Northern Final!

Life is also about small victories, and here are just a few:

  • Last year we didn’t place (and were probably at the lower end of the table) but this year the pupils fought back to gain 3rd place
  • The pupils beat four Sixth Forms (which bearing in mind that over 50% of our team were Year 7s made it even more impressive; 11 year olds competing against 18 year olds!)

But, more importantly,

This means that this year we were the highest ranked school from Hull in this year’s whole Rock Challenge Competition- Winifred Holtby Academy, the best in Hull!

This year was even more special than any other year because this year it was completely pupil led! I wasn’t going to enter us this year yet the pupils signed a petition which included over 80 names for us to re-instate Rock Challenge, so we did; the Academy simply wouldn’t have achieved this result if it wasn’t for the pupils- they are just incredible and deserve all of the credit, so if you see them today please take time to congratulate them on an absolutely incredible effort which increases the reputation of the Academy for us all!

Finally, thanks must also go to K. Senior (an ex-pupil who came back to choreograph the dance), Mrs Crees, Mr Freeman, Ms Stark, G. Osler (Ms Stark’s daughter who made our pupils look amazing with their hair and make-up) and Mrs Hoy. Without this small group of staff dedicating many unpaid hours of their time to the pupils, the pupils wouldn’t have been able to achieve their ambitions- thank you for all the support that you have given to the pupils to make Friday so special!

Kind regards,

One very proud Liaison Teacher!

Mr Anderson