Academy

Introduction of Biometrics

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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

Sports Day 2018

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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

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Year 8 Champions - Team Hedoncrofte

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Year 9 Champions - Team Sefholme

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Year 10 Champions - Team Sefholme

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Spirit of Sports Day - Team Sudtone

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A huge thanks to Team PE - brilliantly organised and something for everyone to have a go at. Bring on Sports Day 2019!

Sports Day 2018

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Sports Day 2018 - The format will be the same as last year with pupils competing in their year groups for their Houses in a variety of events and there will also be a number of try it events  on offer for staff and pupils to take part in subject to availability (Agility wall, speed gun challenge, Inflatable Assault course, Wheel chair basketball and Climbing wall).

On the day PE staff will be responsible for coordinating fixtures and results and officiating events. They will not be responsible for any team issues or ensuring pupils are at their events at the correct time or running the try it events. Please ensure that consent forms for the Try it activities have been completed in advance as pupils will not be issued a band and therefore be ineligible to take part without one.  

There is also a possibility of a second instalment of the staff relay race on the inflatable at the end of the day. Which House will win?

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KS3 Morning session 9am-11.45am

  • Year 7 Netball - Max 10 players
  • Year 7 Athletics - Max 8 competitors
  • Year 7 Swimming - 4 Competitors
  • Year 7 Football - Max 10 players
  • Year 8 Netball - Max 10 players
  • Year 8 Athletics - Max 8 competitors
  • Year 8 Swimming - 4 Competitors
  • Year 8 Football - Max 10 players

KS4 Morning session 9am-11.45am

  • Year 9 Rounders - Unlimited players
  • Year 9 Badminton - 2 competitors
  • Year 9 Fitness Challenge 4 Competitors
  • Year 9 Dodgeball - 10 Players
  • Year 9 Swimming - 2 Competitors
  • Year 10 Rounders - Unlimited players
  • Year 10 Badminton - 2 competitors
  • Year 10 Fitness Challenge 4 Competitors
  • Year 10 Dodgeball - 10 Players
  • Year 10 Swimming - 2 Competitors

KS3 Afternoon session 12pm-2.20pm

  • Year 7 Rounders - Unlimited players
  • Year 7 Badminton - 2 competitors
  • Year 7 Fitness Challenge 4 Competitors
  • Year 7 Dodgeball - 10 Players
  • Year 8 Rounders - Unlimited players
  • Year 8 Badminton - 2 competitors
  • Year 8 Fitness Challenge 4 Competitors
  • Year 8 Dodgeball - 10 Players

KS4 Afternoon session 12pm-2.20pm

  • Year 9 Netball - Max 10 players
  • Year 9 Athletics - Max 8 competitors
  • Year 9 Football - Max 10 players
  • Year 10 Netball - Max 10 players
  • Year 10 Athletics - Max 8 competitors
  • Year 10 Football - Max 10 Players

Prison Me No Way

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On Tuesday, 26th June, we had the pleasure of once again welcoming the Prison Me No Way team to Winifred Holtby Academy.

Year 8 had been briefed on the day by tutors and were full of anticipation for the event!

The day began with everyone gathering in the Theatre to meet the PMNW team.  Strict instructions were given to pupils: demonstrating what it is like inside prison without a phone and with having to follow orders to the letter.  We were then shown information on the use of mobile phones while driving.  This was made all the more sobering with real life accounts from victims and families of those injured or killed through using a phone while driving.

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Once we were dismissed from the Theatre, each tutor group went to their first activity.  We had a whole host of different workshops from Victim Support to Fire and Rail Safety and from role playing anti-social behaviour and examining the consequences to learning what happens in a Magistrates' Court.  Two of the most popular events were Life Sentence - with pupils learning about the perils of dangerous driving and the impacts of this on family and friends of victims, as well as on the emergency services; and Choices - where pupils learnt about what life inside prison is really like from four inmates who are all currently serving sentences for a range of crimes.  Both of these events had a visible impact on several pupils who found the experiences 'moving' and spoke about how listening to these stories had really made them think about the consequences of crime.  Pupils also got to experience what it is like to be locked inside a prison cell, in cramped conditions, often with a cell mate.  They talked about the lack of privacy and how they would find this particularly difficult.

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The day culminated in a celebration of the day's events and the excellent participation of pupils who were selected from each tutor group.  We had a thoroughly enjoyable, and informative, day and look forward to next year's Prison Me No Way event!

Introducing your new Head Boy and Girl...

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Congratulations to Harvey and Amy on becoming our Head Boy and Girl 2018/19.


A massive well done to all the Head Boy and Head Girl candidates that were up for election today. We now have a super team that will lead the Prefects and Academy Council. They’ll all be fantastic in their new roles and I look forward to working with them all over the coming year.”
— Mrs Hoy

Head Boy/Girl elections

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We have 6 pupils campaigning to be Head Boy and Head Girl (Samuel, Katie, Connor, Amy, Harvey and Olivia) – they all had successful interviews before half-term. The candidates will start their election campaign this week and will be speaking in assemblies all week.

On Monday 11th June elections will take place during tutor time.

Good luck everyone! 

Who will you be voting for?

2018 World Book Day

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Just a quick ‘save the date’ ! The most fantastic day of the year is fast approaching; we are very much looking forward to seeing all Academy staff and pupils dressed as book characters and authors on Thursday 1st March – please get planning your costumes and antics in your faculties !

There will be prizes for the best dressed individuals and the most fantastic faculty.


2017 Results...

Best House Winners = Team Hedoncrofte

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Best Faculty Winners = Team PE

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Best Individual Winner = Mr Burnham

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Most Original Costume Winner = Mr Moore

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House Christmas Box Challenge

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Well we’re only the first week in and we have 3 full Christmas boxes – well done Sudtone and Wawne and a big thank you to Miss Mennell’s tutor group for being the first tutor group to fill their Christmas boxes for the elderly.

I know other tutor groups are well on the way to filling their boxes, which is brilliant.

I have been told that one tutor group are going to be doing something special - so watch this space.

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Sending our love and best wishes

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We are delighted to hear that Mr Bunn is doing well after his double lung transplant last week.

Sending our love and best wishes to one of our own and his family. 

Stay strong Mr Bunn we are all behind you and can't wait to see you when you are back on your feet, maybe as a surgeon on Team PE annual Christmas Fancy Dress Night Out?

Please support the amazing work the NHS do and register as an Organ Donor.

Macmillan coffee morning

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ITS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!

For those of you who are new to the Academy this year. Macmillan Coffee Morning is our biggest fundraising event of the year!

Last year we raised a whopping £1472.31. We not only raise money for a fantastic cause - but this is also our first whole Academy House competition – so we have huge bragging rights at stake!

Whether you bake it or fake it - please get on board and help your House secure 1st place!

Last year Sudtone stole the show with a total of £300 raised over the course of the day… can anyone beat them this year?!

The countdown is on....14 days to go!!! 

House staff relay challenge

Well done to Team Wawne who won the inaugural House staff inflatable assault course relay challenge. 

Our photographers were on hand to capture this battle from start to finish, inside and outside of the inflatable.

Give your staff a massive round of applause on Monday, that was tough going.

Best wishes also to Miss Marshall who suffered a nasty fall from the top of the inflatable. She's a tough warrior!

Sports Day 2017

A massive thanks to all pupils and staff that contributed to making Sports Day 2017 so successful. A huge thanks to Team PE for the best sports day yet. Brilliantly organised and something for everyone to have a go at. Bring on Sports Day 2018!

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Year group results:

  • Year 7: Sudtone (27) 
  • Year 8: Sefholme (27)
  • Year 9: Riseholme (31) 
  • Year 10: Hedoncrofte (26) 

Overall results:

  • 1st: Sefholme (106)
  • 2nd: Riseholme (102)
  • 3rd: Sudtone (97)
  • 4th: Wawne (83)
  • 5th: Hedoncrofte (76)
  • Spirit of Sports Day Award: Sudtone

We have hundreds of photographs posted on Team PE Facebook page but we have grabbed a few below for you to see. Special thanks to Mrs Morris, Miss Marshall and Mr Heaton for helping out Mr Nicholson with the photographs.

House Staff Inflatable Relay Challenge

1 more sleep till Sports Day 2017!

New to this years programme is the House staff inflatable assault course relay! 
Hours of preparation in terms of training and strict diet regimes have been followed to ensure we are peak physical condition! 


Who will claim the bragging rights though? 
Be there at 2.15pm to get behind your House and cheer your staff on.

Sports Day 2017 Launch

Mr Pindar will be leading assemblies this week to officially launch Sports Day 2017.

Pupils will be competing in their year groups for their Houses in a variety of events (see below) and there will also be a number of try it events on offer for staff and pupils to take part in subject to availability (Archery, speed gun challenge, Inflatable Assault course, Wheel chair basketball, Climbing wall).

Below (subject to change) is an itinerary of the day.

8.40am - Pupils to meet and register in their tutor rooms. Tutors to reiterate expectations and remind pupils of their activities.

8.50am - Pupils accompanied by the member/s of staff responsible for the team to go to their morning events.

KS3 Morning session 9am-11.45am

  • Year 7 Netball - Max 10 players
  • Year 7 Athletics - Max 8 competitors
  • Year 7 Swimming - 4 Competitors
  • Year 7 Football - Max 10 players 
  • Year 8 Netball - Max 10 players
  • Year 8 Athletics - Max 8 competitors
  • Year 8 Swimming - 4 Competitors
  • Year 8 Football - Max 10 players

KS4 Morning session 9am-11.45am

  • Year 9 Rounders - Unlimited players
  • Year 9 Badminton - 2 competitors
  • Year 9 Fitness Challenge 4 Competitors
  • Year 9 Dodgeball - 10 Players
  • Year 9 Swimming - 2 Competitors
  • Year 10 Rounders - Unlimited players
  • Year 10 Badminton - 2 competitors
  • Year 10 Fitness Challenge 4 Competitors
  • Year 10 Dodgeball - 10 Players
  • Year 10 Swimming - 2 Competitors

11.45am-12pm – Pupils to meet in tutor groups (House teams) on the tennis courts for afternoon registration.

KS3 Afternoon session 12pm-3pm

  • Year 7 Rounders - Unlimited players
  • Year 7 Badminton - 2 competitors
  • Year 7 Fitness Challenge 4 Competitors
  • Year 7 Dodgeball - 10 Players
  • Year 8 Rounders - Unlimited players
  • Year 8 Badminton - 2 competitors
  • Year 8 Fitness Challenge 4 Competitors
  • Year 8 Dodgeball - 10 Players

KS4 Afternoon session 12pm-3pm

  • Year 9 Netball - Max 10 players
  • Year 9 Athletics - Max 8 competitors
  • Year 9 Football - Max 10 players
  • Year 10 Netball - Max 10 players
  • Year 10 Athletics - Max 8 competitors
  • Year 10 Football - Max 10 Players

*Athletics will involve 8 disciplines (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, Shot Putt, Javelin, Long Jump, Triple Jump) plus a4x100m relay.

Each pupil will be limited to 1 track and 1 field event plus the relay.

More information coming soon and letters been sent home. Sports Day is on Friday 7th July.

Meet the Tutor Evening

We are pleased to invite you to our Year 6 Admissions Evening on Thursday 22nd June 2017.  This is a very important evening because it provides you with an opportunity to meet your child’s tutor and 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: 

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.

You should have received 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.  Please be aware seating in the Theatre is limited. If you have other siblings which you need to bring with you, a Crèche will be available during the event, please contact Anita Hoy on Ext 6032 to book a place. We would respectfully ask that you do not bring babies and toddlers into the Theatre presentation.

Please note that your son/daughter will be required to wear full Winifred Holtby Academy uniform during the transition week commencing Monday 17th July 2017.  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 ‘Meet the Tutor’ event.


5.00pm

  • Bellfield Primary School
  • Biggin Primary School
  • Buckigham Primary School
  • Bude Primary School
  • Cavendish Primary School
  • Spring Cottage Primary School
  • St James Primary School
  • St Mary's Queen of Martyrs Primary School
  • Stoneferry Primary School
  • Wansbeck Primary School

6.00pm

  • Cleeve Primary School
  • Clifton Primary School
  • Dorchester Primary School
  • Griffin Primary School
  • Highlands Primary School
  • Inmans Primary School
  • Kingswood Parks Primary School
  • Neasden Primary School
  • Oldfleet Primary School
  • Parkstone Primary School
  • Soutcoates Primary School
  • St Andrew's Primary School
  • Sutton Park Primary

The final results are in...

Hi everyone

Thank you for getting involved in this year’s head boy/girl elections – the results kept swinging one way then another and kept us in suspense the whole count.

The final results from today’s head boy and girl elections are as follows:

  • Head Boy – Charlie 
  • Deputy Head Boy – Elliot 
  • Head Girl – Megan 
  • Deputy Head Girl – Emily
  • Chair of Academy Council – Tim

Please congratulate pupils when you see them.

Mrs Hoy

Who wins? You decide!

Who wins? You decide! Tomorrow in tutor you will vote for your New Head Boy and Girl 2017/18. Each pupils video will be aired in tutor on Monday and elections will take place immediately after.

Head Boy/Girl elections

Hi everyone

This week the head boy and girl election campaign has begun with the actual elections taking place on Monday 12th June - here is the schedule:

  • 5th June – each tutor to receive 5 envelopes with names of candidates
  • 5th June - campaigning begins in assemblies, screens, campaign posters to go on House Team boards
  • Each pupils video to be aired in tutor on Monday 12th June and elections to take place immediately after – each tutor to place completed slips in correct candidates wallet – candidates will receive results on the Monday evening as soon as the counting has taken place
  • Results to go on web-site Monday night
  • Results to be given to the rest of Academy on Tuesday 13th June

Mrs Hoy

Ofsted Report

The Academy was inspected by Ofsted on 28th and 29th March 2017. The inspection team recognised many strengths and improvements made since the last inspection but overall they judged the academy to Require Improvement.

We were pleased that inspectors have recognised that pupils are now making much better progress than has been the case up to and including 2016 and that we are prioritising the progress of younger pupils and not just those in Year 11. The quality of teaching in English, history, geography and PE has improved significantly and is now judged to be good, resulting in pupils making good progress. The report clearly states that the climate for learning at the academy is a strength and that this, along with raised expectations, shows that we have the capacity to improve the academy further. Other key strengths reported by the inspectors were the work that we do to develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and that our pupils are well cared for and know how to keep themselves safe. The provision and support for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities has been judged to be good and inspectors praised the high quality support that is provided by our highly committed professionals.

At the time of the last inspection, the development of pupils’ literacy skills and the work of our middle leaders (Heads of Faculty etc.) were identified as key areas for improvement. The latest report clearly states that the teaching of literacy across the curriculum is much improvedand that this is now starting to pay-off. Equally, middle leadership is now judged to be much more effective in its impact on teaching and achievement and that these leaders bring an exciting energy to school improvement and have a growing capacity to ensure that we continue to improve further.

The inspection report clearly identifies further areas now that we need to improve upon and we have already set about tackling these key areas of our work. Whilst we constantly strive to improve the quality and consistency of our teaching, we will be placing a renewed emphasis on the challenge that we provide for our most able pupils so that they are appropriately challenged to achieve well. We also recognise that there is more to do to ensure that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve good outcomes.  We know that absence from school is a significant barrier to pupils’ progress and will be working hard with families to ensure that attendance continues to improve.

A full copy of the report is available by clicking the below button. 

Hard copies are available from the Academy reception.

Finally, I would like to thank all parents and carers for your continued support of the academy. The partnership between the academy and home cannot be underestimated and you can support us in our continued improvement drive by making sure that your child attends school every day on time, properly equipped and prepared for learning. We have very high expectations of pupils’ behaviour and work rate and we know that this is most effective when it is supported from the home. I can assure you that the dedicated team here at the academy will do everything that they can to ensure your child’s success and look forward to working in partnership with you over the next year.

Best wishes

Mr Brown                                                                                                           Principal