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!

Star of the Week 15

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Congratulations to the 15th winner of Year 11 Star of the Week. This outstanding pupil was nominated by Mr Styles for all of the revision she completed towards her 2nd PPEs and the outstanding results she achieved because of this.

Mr Stallard nominated her as, "She attends breakfast revision sessions every Monday and Friday. This shows her determination not to settle for her target, which she has more than met, but to push herself beyond this."


She is fab. A very hardworking pupil and her PPE results have reflected this!”
— Mrs Farmer

Miss Kermeen nominated her for all of the hard work she has put into English. 

Well done! Another fantastic example of a perfect Year 11 pupil. Keep up the hard work....only 6 school weeks left to go! Make sure every lesson counts.

Star of the Week 14

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Congratulations to the 14th winner of Year 11 Star of the Week. This outstanding pupil was voted for by Mr O'Mara and Miss Kermeen.


I am voting for her for once again charging ahead of the year group with coursework – making sure that she has already multiple starting points for her exam!”
— Mr O'Mara

Miss Kermeen nominated her as, "She is a quiet, industrious and conscientious student who always produces outstanding work because of her exemplary work ethic and determination to achieve the best she can. She tackles every aspect of English with aplomb and readily acts on feedback – and as a result is being incredibly successful in both English Language and Literature."

Fantastic work! Well done! Keep up the hard work Year 11 and maybe next week, SOTW could be you!

Star of the Week 13

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Congratulations to our 13th winner of Year 11 Star of the Week. This amazing pupil is determined to succeed. He was voted by Mrs Dearing, Mr MacMillan and Miss Wilkie.

Mrs Dearing nominated him for, “His continuing commitment to his studies, despite difficult circumstances”


I’d like to second this nomination as Harry’s Tutor. He has had a particularly tough time but he still wants to carry on working hard!”
— Mr Macmillan

Miss Wilkie wrote” I absolutely second, third, etc. this. Despite further instances of illness and ongoing new difficulties. He attends school when he can, displaying unbelievable resilience in extremely challenging circumstances.”

A well deserved winner. Keep up the great work Year 11 and next week you too could be Star of the Week!

Star of the Week 12

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Congratulations to the 12th winner of Year 11 Star of the Week. This outstanding pupil was nominated by Miss Kermeen.


He is an incredibly intelligent and perceptive student in not just English but all areas of the curriculum. His writing is sophisticated, exploratory and insightful - all essential elements of grade 9 work. Most recently, he has achieved top marks in his poetry assessment - demonstrating critical understanding.”
— Miss Kermeen

His work ethic is exemplary - and although a cliche, he is absolutely a pleasure to teach and one of our shining stars. Well done!!

Keep up the great work Year 11. Next week you could be Star of the Week!