Star of the Week 11

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Hollie is an outstanding pupil and clearly has the respect of every member of staff who have met or taught her. She is an independent, hardworking, conscientious and courteous young lady. Her work ethic and drive to succeed is superb and she actively seeks out opportunities to learn. A shining example to all her peers.


Hollie has always worked incredibly hard and due to her continued diligence and resilience, she has made three grades progress in her second PPE for Sociology. I am really thrilled for Hollie as she is such a delightful young lady to work with and is very much deserving of this success.”
— Miss Rule

Hollie has a great work ethic, regularly attends P6 and did fantastic in her recent PPEs. - Mr Nassau

Doing lots of revision which is paying off! Gained an overall grade 8 in her history PPEs. - Mrs Morgan

Hollie has worked hard all year. - Mr Gent

A really focused and dedicated pupil. - Mr Cawthraw

Hollie making strides in Spanish looking to move up to higher tier – regular lesson 6 attendee – lots of commitment. - Mr Horsley

Star of the Week 10

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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.

Star of the Week 9

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Isobel Is an outstanding, high achieving representative of the Academy: she is a diligent, driven and charming young lady. Several staff have continually nominated her for Star of the Week - demonstrating that she continually, and meticulously, applies herself to her studies. I have no doubt that Isobel will achieve outstanding results in all her GCSEs.


Fantastic pupil who attends P7 (4-5pm) every week – got a 9 on her last PPE in history and is simply a pleasure to teach!
— Mr Nassau

Isobel embodies everything that Winifred Holtby Academy wants from our pupils – she is industrious, conscientious, flexible and receptive to feedback. In English she has made outstanding progress this year and is now regularly achieving grade 9s because of her work ethic and determination. In spite of the obligatory school pressures, she always manages to have a smile on her face and tackles every task and piece of work with enthusiasm and aplomb. - Miss Kermeen

Star of the Week 8

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Alex is clearly a resilient, hardworking young man who has the determination to overcome challenges and ensure that he achieves his aims. His 100% attendance shows that he wants to ensure that he is here every day to use every opportunity to learn – he is clearly using lesson 6 opportunities to revisit topics and strengthen his knowledge – this will ensure that Alex achieves the best grades possible both his PPEs and the summer final exams. Congratulations Alex.


Alex has been making a determined effort to master the maths skills required for success at GCSE – particularly during tutor time and L6 activities.

He has tried to be positive about any hurdles he might face and is prepared to spend time working on specific weaknesses.”
— Mr Curran

I would like to nominate Alex, some of the topics we are covering in Computer Science are not easy and require a level of independence and logic. Alex always tries hard. - Mrs Dearing

Star of the Week 7

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Jack is an unassuming, mature and dependable pupil who has been nominated most weeks since the start of term. Once again he is proof that attendance matters: he has a 100% record across the 5 years he has been here. Furthermore, he has achieved a tremendous amount of achievement points for his House team (Wawne) and has a spotless behaviour record. He thoroughly deserves this recognition.


Jack fully engages with learning, puts maximum effort in, takes part in class discussions and supports other pupils. “
— Miss Rule

Mrs Ash nominated Jack for continually working hard, focusing and completing additional work in English. and Mr Styles nominated Jack for increased awareness of speaking test requirements.

Well done Jack.

Star of the Week 6

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William is an outstanding young man who fully deserves to be recognised for his achievements at the Academy. His attendance for all 5 years has been 100% and he also has a 5 year blemish free record for his attitude and behaviour: he is an impeccable example to his peers.


Working hard and quietly getting on with it. “
— Mr Brown

Will is a fantastic pupil, he just gets on with it, he is working ahead of other pupils by accessing the next unit of work and watching you tube clips: effectively and independently teach himself. - Mr Dorsett

Will is a hard and resilient worker. - Miss Faulkner

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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Star of the Week 5

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A resilient and charming young person Sharice is a polite, unassuming, hardworking individual. She is tenacious in her studies and perseveres – even when she finds the work challenging.


Sharice gives 100% all of the time. She is resilient and self-motivated.”
— Miss Faulkner

Mrs Sharp said “Sharice is trying really hard in Maths even though she finds it hard.” She was also nominated by Miss Rule who said “Sharice works so hard and shows real resilience.”


Hedoncrofte are really proud of her – she’s just lovely.”
— Mrs Dusher

Going for Gold Launched

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We are delighted to launch our new reward scheme for year 11: ‘Going for Gold’. This new initiative will reward, and recognise, those pupils who have strived for success over their five years at the Academy. It is based solely around progress and encourages all pupils to achieve their full potential. Already, 22 fantastic year 11s have exceeded their targets – they will receive their badges and level 1 rewards later this week.

We have a comprehensive lesson 6 and revision programme in place to support all pupils and ensure they reach, or indeed exceed, their targets – by accessing these all pupils can aim to achieve the Gold standard.

Level 2 rewards will be given to all Gold members after the next round of PPEs in March. The final Gold and Platinum rewards will be given after the GCSE results at a celebration assembly in September. We look forward to sharing and celebrating the pride and success of our pupils with you.

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Star of the Week 4

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Ellie is a positive and influential role model to her peers: 100% attendance and a mature, positive and independent attitude to her studies.


Ellie is continuing to impress me with her knowledge of higher level words and desire to learn more about how the language works and nearly obtained full marks on a foundation listening paper. “
— Mr Styles

Mr Gent nominated Ellie and said "Great attitude, focussed and committed student who, even more importantly, has a positive effect by bringing other pupils back to lesson 6’S who otherwise wouldn’t attend."

Star of the Week 3

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Ellie has all the attributes of an outstanding student. She is independent and self-motivated: committed to learning beyond the classroom. I have no doubt that Ellie will achieve all she is striving for. - Mrs Roberts


Ellie has worked so hard to catch up work and push for her target level of D*. She emails work home and is constantly striving to succeed. She is a delightful pupil.
— Mrs Aspinall

Sefholme are extremely proud of her. Also, she comes early and leaves late most evenings to do extra work in the Year 11 revision area. - Miss Stephenson (Assistant Head of House)

Star of the Week 2

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Mia is an independent, hardworking pupil who has a strong level of determination and resilience: she strives to be the best she can be. A superb example to her peers. Several staff nominated Mia demonstrating that Mia is a consistently hardworking pupil.


Mia puts in 110% efforts in every lesson and comes back to lesson 6 in order to improve her exam technique which has paid off in recent assessments.”
— Mr Heaton

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.

Star of the Week 1

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Caitlin is top of our leader board for achievement in year 11 and has made outstanding progress since year 7. She is driven to succeed, ensures that she is here 100% of the time and puts in maximum effort – making her an exemplary pupil. Her positive attitude to learning, both in lessons and independently, has seen her results climb; this will see her exceed her targets now and in her future studies.


Caitlin works extremely hard in all Spanish lessons and is committed to making the most comprehensive notes I have ever seen and if she is unsure of anything, she always asks for clarification, so that she has got all of the information she needs to revise from. “
— Mr Styles

Year 11 Guidance Evening

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Thursday 11th October 2018

This event is open from 5.00pm – 7.00pm, please arrive promptly for Theatre Presentations as follows:

W Band - 5.00pm - H Band - 6.00pm

As you are aware, Year 11 will be the most important year of your child’s life so far. The vast majority of pupils in the year group seem focused, on task and understand that they have to put in 100% effort over the coming months. At Winifred Holtby Academy we believe that it is very beneficial for parents and carers to have a good understanding of what is expected during Year 11. We believe that with support and guidance at home, as well as in the Academy, each pupil will reach their maximum potential. With this in mind, I would like to invite you and your child to attend the Winifred Holtby Academy – Year 11 Guidance Evening.

The purpose of the event is to directly increase parental involvement in revision, study and learning, giving parents and carers a better understanding of what will happen during Year 11. This will ensure parents and carers are able to support revision at home, so that all Year 11 pupils can succeed.

The evening will consist of the following:

  • Welcome in The Theatre by Mr Brown, Principal – Say yes to success for your child

  • Practical Tips – Supporting revision at home

  • Post 16 Options

  • Year 11 Information

  • A wide range of Post 16 providers will be present with information stands

  • A range of Study Guides will be available to purchase

A crèche will be available on the evening should you require a place for younger siblings.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday 11th October.

Mrs Roberts

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!

Class of 2018 Prom

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A huge thank you to Miss Dolan, Miss Marshall and Mrs Smithson for your hard work in making the Class of 2018 Prom a totally amazing one.

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

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Thank you to our amazing pupils, you are an eclectic mix of people: sportsmen and sportswomen, artists, dancers, scientists, singers, musicians, academics, a variety of gym addicts and many comedians.

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It has been an emotional journey for all of us. If there is one thing that comes to mind when we think about this year group it is the mature and sophisticated way that many of you have handled one of the most stressful times you will ever experience in your life. The large amount of friendly, caring and supportive people that make up Year 11.

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So what happens next is up to you! Hopefully all of your hard work has paid off and you can reap the rewards in August on results day.

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Your future can be whatever you want it to be as long as you believe in yourself and are proud of your achievements.

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Make sure you order your Yearbook for £10 on ParentPay. Thank you to the Class of 2018!