The final event...


The Final event for the Year 11 Unit 4 assessment took place in the Forum after school yesterday.

Pupils from 11CFO1, 11CFO2 & 11DFO1 planned and prepared a 2 course celebration meal for staff.


The pupils had 2 hours to prepare and present the 2 dishes. They worked really hard and produced some delicious dishes. The staff who attended enjoyed their meals and commented on the high standard of skills and presentation.

Star of the Week 8


Congratulations to the 8th winner of Year 11 Star of the Week. This week's winner was awarded the prize for making the most progress in Year 11 between Cad 1 and the PPEs. This outstanding pupil improved on average by 1 grade, in all of the subjects that he studies. He also has 100% attendance and zero negative behaviour points. He is an outstanding example of how working hard, makes a real difference to your results.

Well done, keep up the great work Year 11, remember it's PPE results/Parent's and Carer's evening on Tues - you can see how much progress you have made and what you have to do over the next few months to succeed.

A two course celebration meal


As part of the NCFE Food and Cookery course pupils are required to plan and prepare a meal to a set brief. 11F01 planned, prepared and cooked a two course celebration meal.  

The meal was served in the Forum yesterday afternoon and was very well received by all staff who attended.  All pupils worked brilliantly!  

They produced a range of outstanding dishes.  Staff commented on the quality of the presentation and the range of skills demonstrated.

Biggin Hill Primary Visit


As part of the NCFE Food and cookery course, unit 4, year 11 pupils are required to plan and prepare a meal to a set brief. The first assessment brief was to prepare at least 2 dishes for a children's (age 4-5) party.


30 pupils from Biggin Hill Primary Academy Foundation stage 2 class visited the Academy to enjoy a mini Christmas party with dancing, games and party food.As part of the NCFE Food and cookery course, unit 4, year 11 pupils are required to plan and prepare a meal to a set brief.

The first assessment brief was to prepare at least 2 dishes for a children's (age 4-5) party. 30 pupils from Biggin Hill Primary academy Foundation stage 2 class visited the Academy to enjoy a mini Christmas party with dancing, games and party food.

Star of the Week 7


Our 7th winner of Year 11 Star of the Week was nominated by 11 members of staff which is an Academy record! This outstanding pupil calmly ensured help arrived when another pupil was taken ill.

He was also nominated by Mr Cook as, "He always tries, comes back after school and completes extra work at home. His attitude to maths has turned round massively from year 10 and he has kept up that commitment to do well in maths."

Great work! Keep working hard Year 11 and maybe next week the Star of the Week could be you!

Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening & Pre-Public Exam Results

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

On arrival in the Academy you will be able to collect your child’s Pre-Public examination results which will give you a clear idea of how well your child is progressing towards those final GCSE’s and will be a similar experience to when they collect their examination results in August 2018.

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 son/daughter will be given an appointment booking sheet in tutor lesson, it would be in their best interest to complete the booking sheet as soon as possible by visiting each of their subject teachers.  This will then ensure that they get an appointment with each teacher and will help to avoid disappointment if the bookings fill up.

Thank you.

Mr Spencer

Star of the Week 6


Congratulations to the 6th winner of Year 11 Star of the Week. This week’s winner was nominated by Mrs Aspinall and Mr Graham.

Mrs Aspinall wrote, “He is working really hard to achieve a distinction rather than a merit. He takes work home on a USB drive, completes work to the deadlines, has grown so much in confidence and helps his peers. He is very focused and a great role model for the class.

He has a very positive attitude, high aspirations, he is self-reflective and holds high expectations of himself.”
— Mr Graham

This week’s winner is a Sports Captain, has 250 achievement points, 0 negative points and 100% attendance. He is a great example of a Year 11 who wants to succeed! Well done, keep up the good work Year 11 and next week Star of the Week could be you!

Star of the Week 5


Congratulations to the 5th winner of Year 11 Star of the Week. This amazing pupil was nominated by Miss Kermeen and Mr Stallard. She will receive a free prom ticket, rosette, SOTW pen and certificate.

Miss Kermeen wrote, "Since her arrival in Year 7, she has flourished in English and currently achieving grade 8 and 9 on a consistent basis. Her attitude and work ethic are exemplary – she is meticulous with classwork and homework, ensuring the best outcomes in all she does. she is a star pupil who never puts a foot wrong and is a delight to teach. She is a great English ambassador for the school."

She has shown her maturity with her ability to self-manage her time. On rare occasions she has to miss school due to her sporting commitments (superstar boxer [not as good as Mr Stallard though]) but she doesn’t allow this affect her work; she will often be found either in a lesson 6 or getting work from her teachers to catch up. A great example of a Winifred Holtby Year 11 pupil.”
— Mr Stallard

Well done! What an outstanding Star. Keep up the fantastic work Year 11 and maybe next week Star of the Week could be you!

Star of the Week 4


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!

Star of the Week 3


Congratulations to our 3rd winner of Year 11 Star of the Week. There were many nominations as usual and this week's winner has shown just how committed he is to his studies. He will receive a free prom ticket, rosette, pen and certificate.

Mr Wright nominated this week's star because, "He has had a great first half term, not just in Maths but across all subjects. His effort in lessons has been consistently outstanding, he has already made really good use of Lesson 6 and he has put a lot of effort into preparing well for assessments. In the two unit assessments in Maths this year, both at Higher tier, he has scored 85% and 91%.

He is on track to beat his target grade of 6 in Maths. He has just been moved up into Set 1 and is attending Lesson 6 sessions that are specifically targeting grade 8 and grade 9 topics. He conducts himself really well around school, is a pleasure to speak with and a very deserving winner of Star of the Week!"

His determination, resilience and independence are commendable. He has adapted to Year 11 English incredibly well. He tries hard in all he does and produces consistently high quality work on a daily basis. His attitude is relentlessly positive and this is reflected in his 100% attendance at lesson 6. Well done!”
— Miss Kermeen

Keep working hard Year 11, use the half term break to revise for the upcoming PPE. Continue trying your best and next time Star of the Week could be you!

Star of the Week 2


Well done to our 2nd winner of Year 11 Star of the Week! This outstanding Year 11 was nominated by 4 teachers! This week there were many nominations for excellent effort. Year 11 - you are starting to show just how serious you are about this coming year, with over 250 Lesson 6 sessions attended this week alone.

A truly motivated pupil who has set her sights high and is working hard to achieve her goals. A good attender at lesson 6, completes homework on time and to an exceptionally high standard. Gives her work in class her best attention and she is a great ambassador to the school.”
— Mrs Farmer

Mr Pickering wrote, "I would like to nominate her for Star of the Week. She is an exemplary student who gives her all in every aspect of her pupil life. She is a keen mathematician with the skill and tenacity to achieve at the highest level, it goes without saying she will be a star to remember."

Mr O'Mara wrote, "Since year seven she has been a high achieving pupil, expecting the best from herself and keeping her Art folder in the neatest possible condition. She is not only dedicated to her own learning, but she along with a handful of the year elevens have created a high achieving culture in Art. She has been seen up here since year seven, helping out students in the years below always with a smile on her face!"

Mr Styles wrote, "She is a star in French who goes above and beyond what is expected. She uses her French knowledge to have meaningful conversations; exploring the use of idiomatic phrases at the moment to enhance her written work in preparation for her speaking test."

Congratulations! Keep up the great work Year 11 and maybe next week the Star of the Week could be you! There's a free prom ticket for every Star!

Star of the Week 1


Congratulations to our first Year 11 Star of the Week. This fantastic pupil was nominated by two of her teachers.

Excellent attitude and outstanding work all year. I’ve never come across a student who is more determined in achieving than her. She created some revision cards for each topic in Geography without me instructing her to do so and always takes her book home to do extra work. Never missed an intervention or lesson 6. A model pupil by all accounts.”
— Mr Foster

Mr O'Mara wrote, "It has to go to her – she puts her heart and soul into her art folder and tries 110%!!"

Well done! Each star will receive a free prom ticket and other goodies! Keep working hard Year 11 and this time next week, the Star of the Week could be you.

Year 11 - Step Up to Success Evening


Dear Parent / Carer

I am writing to invite you and your child to an important Year 11 event titled: Year 11 - Step Up to Success Evening.

The evening will take place at Winifred Holtby Academy on Tuesday 10th October 2017. 

Please note that there will be two sessions at different times for each band (W band 6pm-7pm and H band 7pm - 8pm). 

The evening will consist of the following:

  • Important Information about the upcoming year - how as Parents / Carers you can support your child and make the most of after school additional tuition 
  • Revision skills - guidance and advice for Parents / Carers
  • Post 16 pathways – a range of post 16 providers are attending the event and will be able to offer valuable advice

Please note a letter will be sent in due course with further details.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 10th October 2017.

Best results ever recorded at the Academy


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.


  • 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

Class of 2017

A huge thank you to Mrs Madeley, Miss Marshall and Mrs Richardson for your hard work in making the Class of 2017 Prom a totally amazing one.

The whole evening was just perfect from start to finish and you totally excelled in the Awesome Venue. It was very Grand and it was clear to see how much our amazing pupils loved every minute of it.

Year 11 - a huge thanks for all of your hard work over not only the past year, but the entire 5 years at the Academy. An even bigger thanks goes to those of you that put the extra effort in by attending Lesson 13s or holiday revision sessions. In life, the more you put in, the more you get out!

Not only do we wish you good luck in your exam results, but whatever you choose to do in your lives – no matter how big or small - whether it be an astronaut or a teacher!

We look forward to celebrating with those of you on Result’s day.

Be kind to each other,
have a positive outlook on life,
and read books!

Take care guys!
— Mr Moore

Twentieth winner of Star of the Week

Congratulations to the 20th winner of Year 11 Star of the Week. This hard working, resilient pupil was nominated by four members of staff for the exceptional effort she demonstrates every day at the Academy.

Despite all the complex challenges she faces day to day her attendance has been excellent. She is the epitome of politeness, she works extremely hard in every lesson and never questions an instruction or request.”
— Mrs Roberts

Mrs Jennison nominated her for, "Her resilience and continual positive approach."

Mrs Wilson nominated her as, "She is always polite, well mannered, always puts others first, tries her hardest at all times and is just an absolute genuine asset to herself and Winifred Holtby."

Miss Dalby nominated her for the third time, "She shows tremendous resilience and is a pleasure to teach."

So well done! What an amazing star. Good luck for Monday Year 11. Believe in yourselves and step up to success.

Nineteenth winner of Star of the Week

Congratulations to the 19th winner of Year 11 Star of the Week. This amazing pupil was nominated by Mr Jackson and Miss Rule.

He has made great progress in his Sociology lessons and his work is always carefully planned out to make sure it meets and exceeds the required standard. He voluntarily attends weekly after-school revision sessions to ensure that he retains his knowledge in preparation for his exam and always shows a great determination to learn and a great passion for the subject.”
— Mr Jackson

Miss Rule nominated this week's winner because, "He attends after school sessions at every opportunity. He has been a real star in the first Sociology class we've run and has made real progress, both in his knowledge and his use of subject specific skills. His answering of GCSE questions has gone from strength to strength. This is down to his sheer hard work and perseverance. It's been a real pleasure seeing him develop into a quality sociologist!"

Well done! Keep working hard Year 11 only 5 school days to go!