I would like to thank all parents, carers and pupils who attended our Year 11 Step Up to Success Evening on Tuesday. We had a fantastic turnout and those parents who responded to our questionnaire said they found the evening helpful and informative. If you were not able to attend but would still like some support or information at this crucial stage of Year 11, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Spencer at the Academy. Last year’s pupils who experienced great success at GCSE were committed to good revision planning and attended our Lesson 13 sessions to enhance their subject knowledge and crucial examination techniques. This year we have even more on offer to support our pupils in achieving great GCSE outcomes. So, Year 11, make the most of what is on offer!
As we reflect on our GCSE outcomes at the end of 2017, we are delighted to announce that the proportion of pupils that left the academy with the new Strong Pass (Grade 5+) in English and mathematics matched the national average pass rate. In addition, more pupils than ever left Winifred Holtby Academy with a Standard Pass (Grade 4+) in both English and Mathematics. This is a significant improvement on previous years, meaning that more pupils than ever before have gone on to secure places in further education establishments or other training routes.
Our Year 7 pupils continue to impress us with their fantastic work ethic as well as their high expectations and aspirations. They have joined us from Primary Schools with the skills and attitudes that will ensure that they will achieve great things here at the Academy. Year 8 pupils are getting excited about their residential outdoor pursuit trip, another first for the Academy. We have put this in place to ensure that our pupils have the chance to engage in challenging outdoor activities that they might not normally have the opportunity to take part in. I am sure they will gain a lot from the trip.
As you will have seen from our recent news articles, our staff and pupils have also been very busy raising money for charities, both locally and nationally. Our MacMillan Coffee Morning raised a staggering £1362 and there are further events in the calendar that will raise time for other charities. These include our Socktober charity event, raising awareness of issues facing homeless people, and the Chocolate Christmas Puddings in Wawne House, raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. I am always really proud of the work our pupils and staff do through the House Teams to support those who are less fortunate than us.
Thank you for your continued support of the Academy.