Year 8

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!


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)

Princes Trust Mosaic Programme


Y8 pupils have been participating in the Mosaic mentoring programme this year. The programme involves a small group of pupils working with volunteer mentors from a range of businesses in Hull such as Smith & Nephews and Cargill.

The aim of the programme is to give pupils the opportunity to learn about the various career paths available to them in the local area. Pupils also have the opportunity to discuss any issues about their future with the mentors which they may be hesitant to do with teaching staff.

Pupils have been involved in small group work focusing on some of the key aspects required to be successful in business such as confidence; leadership; communication and interview skills. Pupils were also given the opportunity to visit one of their mentors workplace (Smith & Nephews). All pupils stated how brilliant the experience was for them and they all commented on how the programme has helped raise their awareness of the skills and attributes required to be successful after Winifred Holtby.

The programme was concluded with an inspirational talk from Andrew Horncastle who shared his personal, inspiring story with the pupils and gave them advice on how to be successful in the future. Overall, pupils and the mentors have learnt a lot from one another and have really benefited from the Prince's Trust Mosaic programme and has increased their knowledge on employability. The programme will run again in the next academic year.

Options Evening


Thursday 17th May 2018, 4.00pm – 7.00pm

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 Philosophy and Ethics. There are different course options within these core subjects and we need to ensure that your child has a curriculum that is best suited to them.

A range of other subjects can be chosen that make up a full package of GCSE or Level 2 outcomes.

For many pupils some of these choices will fall into certain subject areas because Colleges and Universities will often ask for qualifications which include a Humanities subject and a Modern Foreign Language.

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 17th May might mean pupils are not given 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. 

Dearne Valley Visit


This week saw the long awaited Year 8 Dearne Valley trip take place. With 122 pupils and 10 staff on board - we embarked on our trip to Doncaster. Once there, the pupils took part in a huge range of activities such as abseiling; high ropes; fencing; laser and archery to name a few. We even learnt how to build and start our own campfires -which included hot chocolate and marshmallows of course! 

In total the pupils took part in 8 activities throughout the course of their two days away - which might explain the tired eyes back in the Academy today - and that is just the staff!! 

The pupils were a credit to Winifred Holtby and fully embraced the challenges they were faced with throughout their few days away. 

We hope you all enjoyed your time with us and can spot yourselves in some of the photos taken! 

Sky Try RL 9's tournament

Sky Try RL 9's tournament at Hull Kingston Rovers

A Fantastic afternoon in which we won 4, drew 1 and lost 1 resulting in us finishing joint top on points but second overall on tries scored.

Man of the match Tournament: F Yeaman. Consistent throughout and scorer of five tries.
The whole team was fantastic and a real credit to our Academy. Thank you to Hull Kingston Rovers for a great day out.

Year 8 Parent/Carer Evening

Year 8 Parent Consultation Evening – Tuesday 13th June 2017, 4.00 – 7.00pm.

We would like to invite you to your child’s Parental Consultation Evening. This evening is an opportunity for you to discuss in detail your child’s current attainment, attendance, attitude and progress in the different subject areas.

This is the first time this year you have had the opportunity to talk to individual teachers and it is important that you attend the event, particularly as your child has now made their Options selection. Success in Year 8 will underpin future academic success for your child at Winifred Holtby Academy.

As you may be aware from the recent Option’s evening National Curriculum levels have been replaced with Progress measures that will show how well the children are performing in relation to the new GCSE levels. This evening will allow you to receive current attainment data and an update on your child’s progress through the year.

On the evening you will be provided with a ‘Pupil’s Progress Report’. An attendance certificate will also be issued.  If there are any ‘N’s recorded (no reason for absence) you should see a member of the House Team on the evening to clear up any unexplained absences.

Your child has been given an appointment sheet – please check that they are arranging appointments with their subject teachers, however, staff will make every effort to see you with or without appointments.

On arrival at the Academy please enter through the main entrance where you will be supplied with the ‘Pupil Progress report’.  Academy prefects will be on hand throughout the evening to guide you.

If you require child care for younger siblings, a crèche will be available on the night, this will be staffed by our External Learning Co-ordinator.

As always, we look forward to meeting you on the evening.

Mrs Stanforth

We are in another final!

Year 8 football Hull Schools Plate Semi Final

Winifred Holtby 6 Boulevard  3

Well done lads, not the prettiest of games played in appalling conditions but we've got a final to look forward to. 4 quick fire goals in a 10 minute second half spell proved to be the difference against a spirited Boulevard side.

Goal scorers for Winifred Holtby

  • R Kehoe - bullet header
  • T Taylor - 1st for WHA
  • S Mcaiver - direct from a corner (of course he meant it!!!!)
  • W Jennison - x2 (it didn't cross the line Cav)

Man of the Match - J Owsten the Duracell bunny! 
Special mention to H Cawthorn who deputised in goal and pulled off some great saves despite being frozen!

Year 7 rugby league Hull Schools Cup semi final

Winifred Holtby 20 ASA 36 

Try scorers for Winifred Holtby: T Markham (2), H Horne, F Cochran

Man of the Match - full team for playing in most horrendous conditions.

So close yet so far!

Yorkshire Plate Semi Final

Marvell 24 Winifred Holtby 10

Unfortunately the wet conditions hindered the flow of the game and defensively we didn't perform to our capabilities. 
Heads never dropped though and the lads showed great commitment and determination to keep fighting till the end.

Excellent progress has been made this year and we still have the Hull Schools Cup Semi final to come. Heads up lads we go again!

Try scorers: O Maul, W Gardiner

Kicks: A Cavanaugh

Man of the match: O Maul (2 in a week!!)

Impressive displays...

Yorkshire Plate Quarter Final

Ossett Academy 0 Winifred Holtby 44

The lads produced their best attacking display of the season today with some lovely interchanges between the hooker and halves and hitting the ball at speed.

Most impressive however was the desire in defence to want to work and hussle for each other.
Great result, bring on the semi's!

Try scorers: J Owston, A Cavanaugh, C Danville x2, L Armitage, K Gregg, H Reynolds, J Adams, R lapping

Kicks: A Cavanaugh x2, K Gregg x2  Man of the Match: F Yeaman

U13 Girls Football

A nervous opening 10 minutes saw a strong St Mary's side take advantage. However the girls recovered from this and played an excellent game in which they showed great team spirit, commitment and determination. Although the end result was a loss of 5-1 this does not reflect how well the game was played. Well done to all who played "you're so amazing"! 
Woman of the match goes to K. Winter, outstanding!!! 

Last minute try...

Hull and East Riding Schools Cup

Malet Lambert 22 - Winifred Holtby 26

Great team performance against our neighbours culminating in a R. Love try in the last minute to win the game!

Unfortunately Mr Bean was too excited to keep a note of the scorers but well done to the following who crossed the whitewash.

Please let us know if he is correct!!

  • R. Love 
  • L. Armitage
  • F. Yeaman
  • D. Shimells