Year 11

A polite, unassuming and conscientious young man

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Harvey is a polite, unassuming and conscientious young man who is making the most of additional learning opportunities offered to him. He has been nominated, and seconded, by several members of staff; he consistently goes over and above what is asked of him and he is independently seeking ways to improve his grades. His exceptional attendance and behaviour record show he is mature and ready for the next stage in his academic career.


I nominated Harvey because he is always in the Computer Science/Maths department after school, looking for ways to improve his grades.

If you ask Harvey to do something he will and will often do more and put more effort in than you have asked for.

He is revising independently as well as making the most of L6 and other intervention sessions often being the first there and the last to leave. “
— Mrs Dearing

Harvey always puts his full effort in to everything - Mr Macklin

He’s back in maths all the time and works really hard consistently - Miss Kirk

Year 11 PPE Results, Parents’ Consultation Evening

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Thursday 21st March 2019 (4.00pm – 7.00pm)

The Year 11 pupils have now completed their final set of Pre-Public Examinations and there is a relatively short time left before they take their vital GCSEs. Your child will have applied for their college courses or apprenticeship and entry will of course depend on the outcome of their Summer exams.

This Parents’ consultation evening allows us to share information and discuss essential preparation for GCSEs to ensure that our young people are as successful as they can be.

All appointments will take place in either the main Forum area or in the Theatre/Activity Studio and we ask that you enter the Academy by the Main Entrance.

On arrival in the Academy you will be able to collect your child’s current levels of progress and attendance.

In addition to this, the results of the Pre-Public Examinations will be issued so you will have a clear idea of how well your child is progressing towards those final GCSE’s.

There will also be representatives from the local colleges and other organisations in the Orangery who will clarify any remaining questions that you may have regarding Post 16 progression.

Your child has been asked to arrange appointments with their subject teachers at times that are convenient. Please check to ensure they have done so as it will enable this important evening to run smoothly.

Please note revision guides will be available to purchase on the night by cash sale if you have not already done so; these can also be purchased via ParentPay. If you purchase these via ParentPay they will be ready to collect from the Revision Guides table located on the way into the Orangery.

Celebrating Success

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We celebrated the personal success of our year 11 pupils. They each received bronze, silver and gold certificates as part of our new ‘Going for Gold’ rewards scheme. Those with Gold certificates were also rewarded with cinema vouchers. All the pupils rewarded are either close to, at or above their end of year 11 targets with 6 months to go. We are certain that - with their continued high attendance, high effort and a comprehensive revision programme - they will achieve superb results in the summer. The next round of rewards are in March (after the next PPEs) and we look forward to seeing more pupils joining the ‘Going for Gold’ group.

Pictured in the photo are some of the 70+ pupils who celebrated their success today.

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Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening

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Wednesday 12th December 2018 (4.00pm – 7.00pm)

This is the most important parents evening of your child’s time in Secondary education as it is now only a few short months before our Year 11 pupils take their final examinations and move on to the next phase of their lives.

This Parents’ consultation evening allows us to share information and plan the remainder of Year 11 together to ensure that our young people are as successful as they can be. I am sure that I do not need to stress the importance of meeting with subject teachers at this point in the academic year.

All appointments will take place in either the main Forum area or in the Theatre/Activity Studio and we ask that you enter the Academy by the Main Entrance.

On arrival in the Academy you will be able to collect your child’s current levels of progress and attendance.

In addition to this, the much anticipated results of the Pre-Public Examinations will be issued so you will have a clear idea of how well your child is progressing towards those final GCSE’s.

There will also be representatives from the local colleges and other organisations in the Orangery who will be glad to answer any questions that you may have regarding Post 16 progression.

If these representatives are able to see the PPE results they will be able to provide sound advice on the best future pathways for your child.

Your child has been asked to arrange appointments with their subject teachers at times that are convenient. Please check to ensure they have done so as it will enable this important evening to run smoothly.

Please note revision guides will be available to purchase on the night if you have not already done so; these can also be purchased via ParentPay, if you purchase these via ParentPay they will be ready to collect on the night from the ‘pre ordered’ table located on the way into the Orangery.

Our best ever results!

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Our 2018 results are the best ever recorded at the Academy and clearly demonstrate significant and secure improvements across all subjects. This year our pupils sat the new, more challenging and rigorous GCSEs but still achieved higher grades than ever before. We are immensely proud of their achievements which are testament to their own hard work, the expertise and dedication of our staff and the support of their families.

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Over 60% of Year 11 pupils secured at least a Standard Pass (Grade 4+) in English and mathematics, with 40% achieving at least a Strong Pass (Grade 5+). Over 60% of pupils also secured a Standard Pass in science. Alongside these great outcomes, pupils performed well across the full range of other GCSE and BTEC qualifications.

Over the last few years we have worked tirelessly to raise expectations and aspirations as well as improving the quality of teaching at the Academy. It is clear to see that all of this work is having a positive impact on the outcomes that our young people achieve, opening doors for a much brighter future once they leave Winifred Holtby. However, we are not complacent and remain determined to make further improvements in future years.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Mr Anderson wrote on Team CPA Facebook page - Huge congratulations to all of the Year 11s in Team CPA who have rounded off a fantastic year for the Faculty with a fantastic set of results- the best results the Faculty has seen! We are all so proud of you! Massive well done to all of the pupils on your fantastic achievements, and particularly to all of the 38 pupils who achieved the top grades of Distinction/Distinction*s! Well done to all!

Also, well done to all of the hardworking and dedicated staff in the Faculty who work tirelessly to support the pupils to achieve such a great set of results! And finally, thank you to all of the parents for supporting the work of the Faculty throughout this year. Together we are a team about aspiration, inspiration and hard work! Onwards and upwards- Bring on 2019!

Mr Moore wrote - Dedicated and talented staff + hard working and determined pupils = SUCCESS!

A fantastic day of celebration today - Team English posted its best ever results!

Grade 4+: 76%
Grade 5+: 60%
Grade 7+: 25%
…and x12 Grade 9s!

Well done everyone!

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An incredibly hardworking pupil

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Well done to the 4th Year 11 Star of the Week. This fantastic pupil was nominated by three teachers.

Mrs Farmer wrote, “An incredibly hardworking pupil with a determination to succeed. She produces homework of a high level that has been well thought out and she has but in maximum effort. She is always trying to better herself in lessons, if she struggles with a concept she will not give up and leave it she will work on it until she has a secure understanding of it. It’s clear she is working outside of the Academy as she comes in with a range of questions about particular topics she has been reviewing. With the grit and determination to success that she has displayed already she will achieve amazing outcomes at the end of year 11.”

Mr Moore wrote, “What a kid! When we get into teaching, as staff we have the idea of what the ‘perfect’ student looks like. In her, we have a young lady who is dedicated to her trade and helping people achieve their best. She doesn’t just complete a piece of work once, she completes it again, and again, until it’s the very best that she can achieve. She doesn’t take an answer as the absolute truth; instead, she probes, questions and looks for alternate truths. With her immaculate behaviour and completely endearing personality, she epitomises the Conor McGregor quote that I have in my class: ‘we are all equal’, but she will ‘reach the top’ as she is ‘obsessed’. I am proud to not only be her tutor, but her teacher!”


She stays back; she works hard; she represents the best about this Academy. She most certainly is a star - that is down to her hard work and commitment to improvement. These qualities, mixed with her lovely attitude, make her a must for this award.”
— Mr Stallard

Well done to this week’s winner. It’s been a great start to the PPEs. Keep trying hard and maybe this time next week you could be Star of the Week!

Best results ever recorded at the Academy

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Our 2017 results are the best results ever recorded at the Academy and demonstrate significant and secure improvements across the curriculum. Over two thirds of our pupils achieved a secure pass in English or Mathematics with nearly half achieving the strong Grade 5 pass in each case. A fifth of our pupils achieved the full EBacc qualification, demonstrating high quality GCSE outcomes in a range of subjects.

Our headline figures at a glance:

  • English: Grade 4+ = 69%, Grade 5+ = 50%  
  • Mathematics: Grade 4+ = 66%, Grade 5+ = 47%   
  • The Basics (English & Mathematics): Grade 4+ = 55%, Grade 5+ = 37%   
  • EBacc: with Grade 4+ En & Ma = 20%   with Grade 5+ En & Ma = 18%
  • Attainment 8: 46

These improvements have come about through a relentless focus on providing the best quality teaching and raising the expectations and aspirations of our pupils to be the best they can be. However, we are not complacent and remain determined to improve on these results in future years.

Mr M Brown