#ThisWeekatSAW – 13th January 2023

[13 Jan 2023]

Message from the Head of School:


This week started positively with a number of opportunities for our students to learn outside the Academy DRAX power station was visited by our Engineering students and Manchester Airport was visited by our Travel and Tourism students. I have also had the pleasure of observing a number of lessons and seeing our students engage positively with their subjects.  It is a pleasure to continue to lead and work with students and staff who value their education.

The Academy hosts a range of extracurricular and enrichment opportunities every day for every year group, please encourage your child to participate and try something new. A big well done to all our sports teams and students who represent the academy each week.

Homework remains a priority for the Academy for all students. Please support your child’s academic progress by encouraging them to complete their homework each week. There is always a clear correlation between the grades achieved by those students who practice at home as well as at school. This is the same also for attendance, please continue to ensure your child is attending the Academy every day to ensure no learning is missed.

Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter socials for an up to date view of all Academy events and visits.

Kind regards,

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)


RESPECT for Community- General Academy news

Enrichment timetable for half-term 3

Please see below the Enrichment timetable for half-term 3. Additional sporting opportunities in Rugby, Football and Netball are based around fixtures.

(Click image to enlarge)

Term 2 – Department Challenges

Congratulations to the students that participated in our KS3 challenges last term.

Students that completed challenges in Humanities, Technology and/or PE were rewarded with trips to York, Hull City Centre and Rock City.

Well worth it!

New challenges, and new opportunities, for students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 this term.

Incredible visits to the National Space Centre, York Dungeons and the National Video Game Museum are available.

All students need to do is show enthusiasm and commitment to completing the tasks below.

Year 7 – Science – Create a 3D or 2D model of the Solar System.

Year 8 – English – Create a set design from your favourite film or book.

Year 9 – Computing – Create a fun and interactive Mobile Phone App.

More information can be available from the Science, English and Computing Departments.

(Click image to enlarge)

8I Steps Challenge

Lesson 1 group, 8I have set themselves a challenge of achieving 1 million combined steps by 9th February. This links in with the goal-setting challenges within Character Education. Good luck!

(Click image to enlarge)

KS4- HETA Visit

Really positive sessions this week from our Shed lunchtime careers focus for KS3 and 4 students. HETA were really pleased with the responses- especially how mature and focused Year 11 students were. Lots of positive conversations and plans made for future actions.

Personal Development and Enrichment – Winners

Congratulations to those students that will have received letters this week to celebrate their continued involvement in our multiple extra-curricular and enrichment activities.

The Top 50 students in the academy were sent a letter and a voucher to use in the Parkway Restaurant.

The Top 15 students are listed below.

Incredible work showing RESPECT for yourself.

Well done!

  1. Alisha-Mae Medlam
  2. Grace Fuller
  3. Phoebe Moore
  4. Lily Flay
  5. Susan Dean
  6. Lily Hammond
  7. Ella Foxley
  8. Josie Ritchie
  9. Freddie Fletcher
  10. Emily Guest
  11. Emma Rogers
  12. Oliver Smith
  13. Jack Stewart
  14. Liam Braem
  15. Grace McGrath


Rugby information for next week

Tuesday 17th January – Year 7 Boys AWAY at Brigshaw High (Castleford) in the Yorkshire League 2:15pm KO – Students to be over at the Sports Hall for 12:30pm – letters out on MyEd.

Wednesday 18th January – Year 8 Girls Yorkshire Qualifying Tournament at St Marys, 4:15pm KO – letters out on MyEd.

Thursday 19th January – Year 9 Boys Rugby Training after school (unless a ¼ final game is arranged for Year 10 or 11).

Friday 20th January – Year 8 Boys at HOME v Outwood Freeston (Castleford), 2pm KO in ¼ Final of Yorkshire Cup.

Sporting successes this week

Huge well done to our Year 7 and Year 8 Cricket Team for qualifying for the next round of the Yorkshire Cricket competition. The boys will now represent Hull against other schools from the region later this term.

Highlights from the first round included some mean death bowling from captain, Bosco M, an unbeaten innings from Rhys H and an incredible catch off his own bowling from Jacob M.

Special mention to Riley B too. Our only representative from Year 7 to feature in the team.

Reminder that our Cricket Club and the Wicketz initiative, hosted by Yorkshire Country Cricket Club, runs every Tuesday in the Sports Hall at 3.05pm and is available for all students.

Our Year 11 Rugby boys continued their fantastic, final season as a team with a 22-0 win in their final Yorkshire Cup group stage match against St Wilfred’s (Wakefield). The now move onto the Yorkshire Cup Quarter-Final and need one more win to reach the National Cup stages.

Our Year 7 girls had their first taste of competitive rugby this week in the Hull Schools Championships. The girls acquitted themselves superbly well against two established teams containing bigger, stronger individuals. The girls showed tremendous grit and determination, never giving in with Keisha K and Merci J recording tries in two defeats.

After their exploits in the National Cup competitions, our Year 8 Football returned to Hull League action this week. Led by Man of the Match, Clinton T, the boys recorded a 3-2 win over Malet Lambert with goals for Jacob L, Enes O and Rhys H.


RESPECT for Education – Lesson 1 Content

Culture Task

This week the students looked at superstar singer, songwriter and business owner, Beyonce Knowles.

As a singer and songwriter, Knowles has set many records in terms of her records sales and awards received. Furthermore, she has gone to create many successful businesses including perfume ranges and music companies.

Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only)

This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Could science solve some of the world’s problems?’

Character Education

Character Education is a time-tabled lesson within our Lesson 1 curriculum in which students focus on skills and traits which will allow them to be successful in not only their academic studies but also in other aspects of their life.

This week students have focused on:

Year 7 students have begun their module on mindset and personal growth. This session this week focused on growth v fixed mindset and how we encourage students to open their minds to learning new things both in and out of the Academy.

Year 8, 9 and 10 students have begun their module on confident communication. This started this week by recapping the conversation map which students looked at last year in their Character Education lessons.

Year 11 students have begun their module named ‘When the going gets tough’. This module is focused on supporting students in reducing stress levels as we head towards the exam period. Students looked at the journey to success and how we have different challenges along the way and how we cope with them.

RESPECT for Education- Curriculum Area ‘Students of the Week’

Curriculum Area

Student Name

Reason for Nomination


Mateusz Kaliszewski
(Year 10)
Continued hard work in Science and animal care. Always trying his hardest.
Geography Maisie Duffy
(Year 9)

Keen to know how she has done on her assessment so she can make improvements. Working hard in the new climate change topic.


Danni-Roe Hickingbotham
(Year 9)
Fantastic attitude towards completion of her work, often writing pages and pages each lesson.
Geography Robin Hall
(Year 10)

Shows a very keen interest in his geography lessons at GCSE level, and often gives great verbal answers.

Health and Social Care

Lucie Firth
(Year 11)
For her positive attitude and her attention to detail in her work.
Health and Social Care Amber Clark
(Year 10)

For excellent work carried out on her health and social care coursework preparation.


Jack Fearnley
Matthew Hillaby
Jude Holt
Louis Coultas
(All Year 10)
Excellent interaction with the staff at Drax Power station and answering and asking sensible questions.
Lesson 1 Leo King
(Year 7)

Participated well in PHSE and came up with same great ideas in changing our mind-set in Character Education

Lesson 1

Freya Nicklin
(Year 7)
Excellent contributions to class discussion.
Lesson 1 Mia Stewart
(Year 7)

Excellent effort in PSHE and Character Education.

Lesson 1

Seth Regan
(Year 11)
For being able to talk openly and honestly about health issues, concerns and opinions in our Year 11 ‘Healthy Me’ lessons.
Lesson 1 Billy Cross
(Year 7)

For always listening, contributing with his opinion and putting his effort in to his work across the week.

KS3 Spellings- RESPECT for Education

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be tested each week on a set of spellings. This is to improve their basic literacy skills. We encourage parents / carers to engage in this activity with your child to support their learning. This week’s spellings to be learnt are:

Year 7:

  1. Vulnerable​
  2. Relationship ​
  3. Despondent ​
  4. Dispirited​
  5. Devotion​
  6. Tenderness​
  7. Passionate ​
  8. Repel​
  9. Repulsive ​
  10. Rejection

Year 8:

  1. Unscrupulous
  2. Childbirth
  3. Immediately
  4. Religious
  5. Deceitful
  6. Consequence​
  7. Responsibility​
  8. Duplicity​
  9. Conniving​
  10. Submissive

Year 9:

  1. Wiry
  2. Terrifying​
  3. Mutton
  4. Corrugated​
  5. Vermilion
  6. Intelligence​
  7. Immense
  8. Perpetually​
  9. Moustache
  10. Exaltation


Final thought

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional”.

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 20th January 2023; enjoy the week ahead!

Mr A Kay (Assistant Head Teacher- Pastoral and Attitudes to Learning)

Test link

Test link