The Votes are in!

I am delighted to be able to introduce you to our new Pupil Leadership Team:

  • Megan - Head Girl
  • Charlie - Head Boy
  • Emily – Deputy Head Girl
  • Elliot – Deputy Head Boy
  • Tim – Chair of the Pupil Council

All candidates were required to submit a letter of application, clearly outlining their vision for the Academy and how, in their role, they would help to ensure that their vision could become a reality. They were then interviewed by myself and Mr Fernie before going through to the pupil vote. In addition, all candidates prepared their own campaign which included talking to pupils in assemblies. All in all, the process has been fully democratic, highly rigorous and each of the candidates has shown true leadership qualities throughout. I am confident that they possess the skills required to lead a really effective team of prefects and the ability to listen to the voice of the pupils at the academy. I am really excited at the prospect of working with the Pupil Leadership Team over the course of the next academic year and I know that they will play their part in helping the Academy to achieve great things.

Welcome Back

I would like to wish you a warm welcome back to the Academy for the Summer Term.

As always, the Summer Term is a very busy one, not least due to the start of the GCSE examination season for our Year 11 pupils. We know that they have worked very hard so far and we will continue to provide our support in the run-up to the final examinations. If parents or carers have any additional support requests or needs, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Spencer or Mrs Madeley here at the Academy. Revision sessions have been well-attended over the Easter break and additional opportunities will be available during weekends and the May Half Term break – please check the Year 11 area of the website for further details or contact Mrs Madeley for more information.

On Tuesday 25th April, we are holding our Options Evening for parents, carers and pupils in Years 8 and 9. This is a really important evening, so please make sure that you attend to find out more about the courses available. It is also your chance to talk to teachers about the content and assessment process for each course. There are significant and important changes to GCSE programmes and grades this year and staff will be on hand to explain these to you and provide any additional information.

I look forward to working with you this term. Best Wishes – Mr Brown 

Farewell Mr Bunn

As many of you will now be aware, Mr Bunn made the decision to retire at the end of the Spring Term. His teaching career has spanned an incredible 39 years, the last 29 of which have been here at Winifred Holtby. During his time here, Mr Bunn has taught PE and held a wide range of additional leadership roles including Assistant Headteacher, Head of House and Designated Safeguarding Lead and Child Protection Officer. As well as being a highly valued and respected member of the team here at Winifred Holtby, Mr Bunn has gained recognition for his work locally and regionally. In addition to his track record as an outstanding teacher of PE, he has coached and developed a wide range of staff during his time with us helping them to also become great teachers. We are really going to miss having him around the Academy but we wish him well and sincerely hope he enjoys his well-earned retirement.

Six weeks away

We are now less than six weeks away from the first GCSE examination. Our Year 11 pupils have a huge range of support materials available to them such as GCSE Pod and the PiXL apps. The lesson 13 timetable has been up and running for some time now and all of our Year 11 pupils should be accessing these sessions after school to get extra support from our staff. A copy of the Lesson 13 timetable is available on our website and can be emailed to parents if needed. A wide range of weekend and holiday revision sessions are being provided by our staff and the programme is available from Mr Spencer or Mrs Madeley. We all know that good revision is vital in the run-up to the GCSE examinations but it is also really important to build in some good quality recreation and relaxation time. To help with this, our Revision Wall Planners are available to all of our Year 11 pupils from Mrs Madeley. If any of our parents wish to collect copies of these, please let Mrs Madeley know and they will be left at reception for you to pick up. Finally, if any of our Year 11 pupils or their parents or carers require any additional support or advice in the run up to the GCSE examinations, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Spencer or Mrs Madeley here at the Academy. 

Celebration Evening

This evening we hosted our annual Celebration of Achievement awards ceremony, opened by Millie and Jack, our Head Boy and Head Girl and hosted by Mrs Stanforth and Mr Richardson. We were joined by many parents, carers and other family members as well as distinguished guests and governors. The event was a great success and I was immensely proud to see so many of our amazing pupils receiving recognition of their aspiration and achievements. As well as the Faculty Awards and House Awards, pupils received recognition for their 100% career attendance, community involvement and promotion of our academy ethos. There was also a governors’ special award, presented to Aaron. It was an honour for me to present this year’s Principal’s Award to Eve, a truly remarkable young lady who has excelled against the odds. Well done to every pupil who received an award! 

The Duke of Edinburgh Award

I’m really pleased to announce that today we received our Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme licence. Emma Asquith presented myself, Miss Mennell and Mrs Hoy with the certificate and plaque which will be proudly displayed at the front of the academy. This is a really important achievement for us because the DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24 year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be. Over the coming years, we can expect to see our pupils engaging in Bronze and Silver Award levels, with the hope that they carry on to achieve their Gold Award once they have left the academy. Activities include a volunteering section, a physical section, a skills section and an expedition. We already have many pupils and staff who are keen to be involved in the scheme and I look forward to bringing you news of their achievements over coming months and years! Huge thanks to Miss Mennell and Mrs Hoy for getting the scheme off the ground at Winifred Holtby Academy.

World Book Day 2017

As most of you will be aware, World Book Day has become an important date in the calendar here at the Academy. It is a day on which members of staff come to work dressed as a well-known characters from popular books reinforcing our drive to foster a love of reading amongst our pupils. Year on year, Faculty and House Teams have become more and more competitive and adventurous with their character costumes.

This year we saw the science faculty transformed into “Weird Science”, modern foreign languages into Mordor and “The Lord of the Rings” and the PE staff making a grand entrance as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”, to name but a few.

Listening to feedback from parents, carers and pupils last year, we also gave pupils the opportunity to come to the Academy dressed as characters from their favourite books. The vast majority of staff took part, as did a good number of pupils. Please take a look at the pictures to see the great lengths that our staff and pupils went to in order to make this a really successful day.

Impeccable attitude and behaviour...

The following 5 pupils received the Principal’s Commendation for impeccable attitude and behaviour so far this year in their year group, in addition each pupil has the highest number of achievement points in their year group.

Year 7: Tom

Year 8: Amber

Year 9: Emily

Year 10: Morgan

Year 11: Marc

Congratulations to you all, keep up the good work.”
— Mr Brown

Excellent Year 11 Parents’ Information Evening Attendance!

There are now only 14 weeks left before the start of the Year 11 GCSE examinations. On 19th January, we were delighted that over 90% of our Year 11 parents and carers attended our Parents’ Information Evening. As well as collecting their PPE results, pupils met with subject teachers and tutors setting important short, medium and long term targets in each subject to help them to plan their revision over the final few months. The revision planner wall charts that we provided were really popular. If you would like more copies, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Madeley or Mr Spencer who will only be too happy to provide you with some more. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that attended because we place high value on the support and encouragement from home. If you were unable to attend, but would like to speak to your child’s teachers or tutors, please give Mrs Madeley a call and she will organise an appointment or a phone call for you.

Best wishes,
Mr Brown

Christmas boxes...

I was delighted to receive a letter from Rev. Matt at St John’s Church, Bransholme. In his letter he wrote:

Thank you very much for the Christmas Boxes kindly donated by the Tutor Groups and House Teams of Winifred Holtby Academy.

We were very grateful for this generous donation, as were our clients. The boxes were distributed in time for Christmas and were very well received.

As you may be aware the food bank is being used more and more by the local community and is totally reliant on voluntary contributions and donations. So, once again, thank you for considering our cause, it is very much appreciated.
— Rev. Matt at St John’s Church

I am always proud of our pupils and their strong sense of community. Our Christmas Parcels initiative is always very well supported by pupils, their parents and carers and is now a very competitive House Team activity around Christmas time. This year, we filled over 40 Christmas Parcels, with Sefholme House being the clear winners. I would personally like to say thank you to everyone who contributed to this important local community project.

Welcome to our new website!

Our team has been working hard to create a new website which is engaging, informative and easy to navigate.

We will be updating our website regularly with news and information as well as celebrating our pupils’ many successes with you. So, to keep up to date with everything that is going on at Winifred Holtby Academy, please visit the site regularly. Pupils, parents and carers will find links to useful resources and websites that will support learning outside the academy, in addition to more general information.