#ThisWeekatSAW – 14th December 2022

[14 Dec 2022]

Message from the Head of School:


September seems like a distant memory – it has been a long and busy Autumn Term! We are all looking forward to Christmas and our whole staff team would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

This term has been packed with activities, visitors into school, and educational visits outside of school and of course there have been many sporting achievements to celebrate. We have had an extremely successful half term with the majority of students focused on learning and doing their absolute best every single day.

The Academy closes for the Christmas break at 1:00pm on Thursday 15 December 2022 and reopens on Tuesday 3 January 2023. Please also note that our Year 11 Parents evening date has changed to the first week back.  This will take place on Thursday 5 January 2023.  We will look forward to meeting students, parents and carers to further support & prepare our Year 11 students in their run up to the examination period.

I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable Christmas break and we look forward to welcoming students back refreshed and ready to work hard over the next half term into the New Year.

Merry Christmas!

Kind regards,

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)


RESPECT for Community- General Academy news

Reward Events- End of Term

This week we have had lots of celebration events happening both in and out of the Academy for students who have met expectations, engaged in activities or shown positive attendance. As always our message is clear:

Attend, show a positive attitude, meet RESPECT values and students will receive recognition throughout their time with us.

Events have included:

  • Inflatable football related events for the winners of the Lesson 1- World Cup competition
  • Indoor laser tag for Year 9-11 students who reached 150 RESPECT stamps
  • An external company delivering the ‘Robin Hood’ pantomime for Year 7 and 8 students who reached 150 RESPECT stamps
  • Cinema events both in and out of the Academy to reward attitude to learning and attendance consistency
  • Trips to York, Rock City and the City Centre as a reward for students engaging in the Personal Development Pathway challenges
  • Trips to the theatre for Year 11 students to view the ‘Christmas Carol’ production

Term 1- Department Challenges

 Congratulations to the students that participated in our KS3 challenges this term. We have had the opportunity to reward some of those students this week.

Our Year 8 students that built their own bridge where given the chance to explore the construction of the new bridge in the town centre.

Our Year 9 students that provided evidence of the different ways that they exercise outside of the academy visited Rock City.

The Year 7 students that completed the Castle or Volcano challenge went on a trip to York this week.

Remember, there will be new challenges from Science, IT and English that will be launched in January. Trips available for those that continue to complete.

Hair and Beauty – Year 8 and Year 9 Mince Pies and Manicures

Thank you to our Year 10 Hair and Beauty students for sharing their expertise with our KS3 students.

The students provided manicures and other beauty treatments for students in Year 8 and Year 9 as part of their current course.

A festive treat for students in Year 8 and Year 9 that were identified by Year Teams based on their attitude and conduct in the academy this term.

Well done!

Personal Development Pathway and Pledges

Over the past week all students have had the opportunity to add to their Pledges as part of their Personal Development Pathway.

These can be found in your child’s individual planner. Pages 231-244.

These provide students with the chance to reflect on the different opportunities they’ve had at the academy this year. Trips, visits, clubs, fixtures… Lots!

Remember, students can receive additional support at the Showcase Shed on a Wednesday lunch time.

At the end of the year, all students that record 5 or more pledges will receive accreditation for these, and one student from each Year Group will be chosen to receive a £100 Family Voucher.

Good luck!

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

Each Curriculum Area will nominate a student each week who has shown through their lessons that they have met the RESPECT values of the Academy. The reason for the selection is highlighted below:

Curriculum Area

Student Name Reason for Nomination
Science Maja Wojnar
(Year 10)

An amazing response to some feedback last week. What followed was a week of the highest of standards, work rate and application of our respect values.


Oliver Heard
(Year 11)
Showing respect for education by attending intervention sessions and working hard in lessons.
Creative Media Rhys Credland
Emma Swanepoel
Hannah Szot
Josh Watts
Issac Gwinnell
(All Year 10)

These students have made excellent progress with creative ideas and development of media products. Their behaviour and ATL is exceptional!

Creative Media

Emmanuel Uzoigbe
(Year 10)

Has worked tirelessly in his own time to create animations in various formats and can explain the process fluently.

BTEC Sport

Alfie Welton
(Year 10)

Superb work in BTEC Sport. Excellent work ethic and he has worked really hard on his demonstrate tasks over the past few weeks.


Liam Wilson
(Year 9)
Has been exceptional this term with maximum effort and excellent progress in his Python programming.
ICT Jay White
(Year 9)

Has demonstrated excellent skills in coding with Python and shown advanced critical thinking skills when solving coding errors.


Logan Kilgour
(Year 9)
Has developed programming skills in Python and critical thinking skills when finding errors in written code.
ICT Sonny Cass
(Year 8)

Always demonstrates the SAW Respect values and is motivated to not only meet his targets but improve upon them.


Ava-Mae Sullivan
(Year 7)
Has shown an excellent attitude to learning and always has practical ideas how to format her work so it looks interesting, readable and accurate.
ICT Megan Bulman
Summer Sandars
(Year 7)

Both students achieved 100% on their ICT assessment in half-term 2.


Sienna Best
(Year 7)
Has made good progress this term and put in a consistent effort.
ICT Ruby Wade
(Year 7)

Has developed her computing skills with motivation and effort.


Connie Dewberry
(Year 7)
Has made good progress with identifying malicious software and how to avoid.
Lesson 1 Nomination Yousef Altarawneh
(Year 9)

For leading the world cup lesson this week and teaching the whole tutor group how to write a poem in Arabic.

Final thought

“Anything is possible when you have the right people to support you”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 6th January 2023; enjoy Christmas and the New Year!

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

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