#ThisWeekatSAW – 13th October 2023

[13 Oct 2023]

Message from the Head of School:


Lots of excitement in the academy this week with the arrival of Hull Fair. Students have enjoyed sharing their experiences of the fair with friends and staff have enjoyed the event.

It is important to continue to support the academy with student attendance as a priority. Students should be attending every day until we break up for October half term at the end of the day Thursday 26th October 2023.

Lots of sporting fixtures this week have seen our students represent the academy in many different sports. Please check our socials to keep up to date with the successes and team photographs. Well done to all involved and thank you to those parents who support.

Please encourage your child to continue working on their homework each week and remind them of the facilities available in our Learning Resource Centre: before school, breaks, lunch times and after school to support them in completing this. Data shows students who completed weekly homework, on average, achieved 2 grades higher in each subject in their GCSE examinations.

It has also been great to see lots of our KS4 students working hard after school in our period 7 sessions. If your child is in Year 11, please encourage their attendance to these sessions designed to work on the gaps in knowledge personalised for each student’s needs.

Thank you again for your continued support,

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)



RESPECT for Community- General Academy news


Year 7 Pastoral Evening

We will be holding a Year 7 Pastoral Evening on Tuesday 24th October 2023. Letters will be sent via MyEd on Monday however to allow parents / carers to organise their availability- Y population students will be invited in at 4:15pm until 5:30pm and X population students will be invited between 5:30pm until 7pm.


Year 7 Spelling-Bee

The annual Year 7 Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday 18th October after-school from 3:10pm-4:10pm in the Deep Learning Zone. Entries must be registered with Miss Longton in 308 or by emailing her, by no later than 3pm on Monday 16th October.

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Cross-Country Winners- KS3

This week we have held our annual Cross-Country runs to select the five boys and five girls who will go on and represent the Academy in the Hull Schools Cross-Country Championships over the coming weeks. The effort of students was fantastic with the names below going onto the next stage:


Year 7 Boys

  1. Jensen B
  2. Jack S
  3. Tyler C
  4. Divine A
  5. Billy D

Year 7 Girls

  1. India B
  2. Eda S
  3. Izzy B
  4. Zuzanna S
  5. Ava W

Year 8 Boys

  1. Ryan C
  2. Charlie P
  3. Ashton D
  4. Fraizer T
  5. Charlie C

Year 8 Girls

  1. Grace M
  2. Ella F
  3. Phoebe M
  4. Sophia J
  5. Mollie M

Year 9 Boys

  1. Issac L
  2. Billy S
  3. Connor M
  4. Jacob L
  5. Clinton T

Year 9 Girls 

  1. Grace F
  2. Lily H
  3. Emily P
  4. Miley B
  5. Macey A



Reminder of homework completion check days for each year group. Students must have completed all set SPARX and SENECA in Year 7, 8 and 9 as well as GCSE Pod and any Option subject homework in Years 10 and 11.

Year 7- Thursday

Year 8- Monday

Year 9- Tuesday

Year 10- Wednesday

Year 11- Friday


Please ensure you try to support your child in setting effective routines in when to complete homework. ICT access is available before, during and after school in the Learning Resource Centre. There is a space at the front of the student planner for students to write usernames for log-in.


Rugby Information for the upcoming week

Monday 16th October- Year 7 Boys away at Kelvin Hall, 4pm KO

Wednesday 18th October- Year 8 Boys rugby training after school

Thursday 19th October- Year 9 Boys at home v Archbishop Sentamu, 4pm KO


Year 10 Rugby Boys Success

The Year 10 boys made it two wins from two with a comprehensive 52-0 win over Kingswood in the Hull Schools Championships. Some brilliant individual performances amongst a strong team effort with Bartosz C proving a highlight with a 70 metre try on debut with his 1st touch of the ball.



RESPECT FOR Education- Lesson 1 Content


This week the students have completed the following tasks in their Lesson 1 lessons. Please discuss with them as we continue to develop the knowledge of our students:


Culture Task

This week students looked at the career of Ursula Burns as part of our Black History Month work. Burns is a hugely influential figure, recognised in the Forbes ‘Top 100 most influential women’ list. Burns worked up to become the first ever black, female CEO of a Fortune 500 company (The 500 largest companies in the US based on revenue).


Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only- This is a debate topic with pre-prepared materials)

This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Should the UK open new oil fields?’.


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.

Students in all year groups have begun to spend the final three weeks of the terms, setting goals and actions to achieve. These can be found in their student planners.


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


Curriculum Area Student Name Reason for Nomination




Frankie W

(Year 7)



For his fantastic answers in English lessons.





Edward M

(Year 7)



For his reading skills when reading ‘Dracula’ in English lessons.





Dax B

(Year 9)



For astonishing improvements in handwriting and presentation in English lessons.





Nicole F

(Year 10)



Puts 100% into her work and goes above to catch-up on what she has missed when absent.



BTEC Sport



Talitha D
Alfie Wi

(Year 11)



Working hard in their BTEC Sport coursework this week.





Jordan S

(Year 11)



Jordan has been attending Tues and Thurs am Art intervention for a number of weeks. He arrived super early this morning. We have been working one to one on his GCSE Art coursework and as a thank you he bought me a Halloween cup and chocolates. I really appreciate the lovely gesture. Could this maybe be mentioned in assembly?






Charlie W

(Year 11)



For contribution of such astute and thoughtful observations about developing narrative through movement sequences.






Chloe M

(Year 10)



2-year streak on DuoLingo and excellent effort and progress in Spanish.





Evie P

Dani A

(Year 10)



Attended a full Hull Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsal to further help their understanding about instruments and score reading. 7.30-10pm and had the opportunity to spend the time sitting IN amongst the players also. Excellent behaviour and representation of the academy.






Elise T

(Year 7)



Brilliant attitude in music, brought her clarinet in to show the group how reeds work as part of the demonstrate task.






Sophia Ab

(Year 11)


Had her careers interview this week and was so positive about it saying it had helped her a lot and now has a better idea of what courses to apply for in the PSHE lessons. Her attitude is great, and she is really engaging in the process.



Lesson 1



Sahara-Mae W

(Year 10)



Helping team teach within the Lesson 1 programme and having a positive impact on the class.



Character Education



Eda S

(Year 7)



Excellent contributions in our character education lesson this week.


RESPECT Nominations from Class Teachers


  Rylee S Year  7 7-G Without being asked, Rylee took up on himself to help a new student with the work. JDR
  Maisie C Year  8 8-C Great effort in science AMK
  Bailey G Year  8 8-A Science – great work AMK
  Frazier T Year  8 8-B Fantastic effort in Cross-Country. Really pushed himself to achieve his best and a deserved winner of his race. AKA
  Miley B Year  9 9-H For being a cross country superstar! GBA
  Grace F Year  9 9-E For being a cross country superstar! GBA
  Lily H Year  9 9-A For being a cross country superstar! GBA
  Malachy O Year  9 9-J Excellent effort in Science AMK
  Emily P Year  9 9-H Excellent effort in Science AMK
   Clinton T Year  9 9-K Excellent effort in Science AMK
  Yessamin E Year 10 10-L Fantastic work in maths. Always gives 100% effort PBR
  Charlie K Year 10 10-F Helped out with the Year 11 Rugby team by putting and taking the post pads down, bringing water on to the team and filling them back up at halftime, taking the kicking tee on and off. A massive help for me and the Year 11 team. RGA
  Tobias M Year 10 10-A Fantastic work in maths. He always gives 100% effort. PBR
  Elliott R Year 10 10-K Excellent written work in Science AMK
  Robyn T Year 10 10-L Excellent written work in Science AMK
  Robert W Year 10 10-A Helped out with the Year 11 Rugby team by putting and taking the post pads down, bringing water on to the team and filling them back up at halftime, taking the kicking tee on and off. A massive help for me and the Year 11 team. RGA
  David A Year 11 11-L Fantastic work in maths. He always gives 100% effort and has been attending revision after school each week PBR
  Oscar C Year 11 11-D Fantastic work in maths. He always gives 100% effort and keeps attending revision weekly. Well done PBR
  Rhys C Year 11 11-E Fantastic work in maths. He always gives 100% effort and has been attending revision after school each week PBR
  Vittorio G Year 11 11-J Turned up to watch the Year 11 rugby match, noticed we only had 12 players and offered to make the numbers up, showing fantastic teamwork and character. RGA
  Libby S Year 11 11-L Top scorer in Y11 French on Duolingo with 7153XP last week.  Also for attending every P7 intervention so far this term. JHP
  Charlie T Year 11 11-H Excellent effort in Science AMK
  Esma T Year 11 11-I Good effort in Science practical AMK


Final thought

“The goal is not always to be the best, but to always give your best”

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


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