#ThisWeekatSAW – 18th November 2022

[18 Nov 2022]

Message from the Head of School:


Our Year 11s started their mock examinations this week and have shown great effort and resilience. Well done to those students involved in these important assessments. The mock examination series does continue next week also, please continue to encourage your child to engage with revision material in preparation.

It’s been a pleasure to visit some lesson one classes this week to observe the students engaging with our World Cup competition, well done to all involved.

The Academy continues to be successful with our sports teams with some fantastic wins for the football and rugby teams. I’m looking forward to watching the Year 11 boy’s rugby match this coming Tuesday. Please check our Facebook and Twitter socials for an up to date view of all Academy events and visits.

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.

Kind regards,

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)


RESPECT for Community- General Academy news

England World Cup Match- Monday 21st November

On Monday afternoon we will be arranging for students who wish to view the England Football World Cup match to do so in the Academy. Students who do not wish to view the match will have appropriate activities led by staff.

We will be completing work with all students on the publicised issues surrounding the World Cup including human rights and LGBTQ+ laws within the host country.


Maths Week – Daily Challenges

Thank you to all the students, parents and carers, staff and Primary School pupils that engaged in our daily Maths Week challenges this week.

Over 500 submitting entries.

Winners will be announced next week.

The five puzzles are below if you still want to have a go!

World Cup Competition – Lesson One Groups

The World Cup is coming!

To embrace the tournament all Lesson One groups in the academy will be attached to a country that are competing.

Students will then be rewarded based on the contribution to the tasks in Lesson One.

Last year we had National Anthems, Russian ballet dancing, Italian drone footage, Swiss pickles and Finnish baking.

The draw was in assembly last week.

The best Lesson One groups will win the chance to participate in some Inflatable Football during one of their lessons.

Highlights from Canada, Japan and Poland are below!

Personal Development – Term 1 Challenges

As part of our Personal Development offer we are delighted to provide students with the opportunity to participate in some subject-themed challenges!

Students in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 can win their place on a trip by providing evidence of completion. These include Christmas tours to York and trips to Rock City.

The challenges below are specific to each Year Group.

Year 7 – Create a Castle or Volcano *Deadline Monday 28 November*​

Year 8 – Design a Bridge *Deadline Wednesday 30 November*

Year 9 – Participate in an Outdoor Adventurous Activity *Deadline Wednesday 30 November*

We’ve had some incredible examples already. Well done!

Science – Primary School Visit

Thank you to Mr Byrne and his Year 8 and Year 9 leaders for supporting with a visit from Adelaide Primary School this week.

Their first chance to work in a Science Lab!

Pupils were investigating light as part of their current topic.

The leaders were incredible and did a brilliant job supporting the pupils complete different experiments.

Enrichment timetable for half-term 2

Please see below the Enrichment timetable for half-term 2. Additional sporting opportunities in Rugby, Football and Netball are based around fixtures.

Rugby information for next week

Tuesday 22nd November– Year 11 boys at home v Temple Moor- 2pm KO – all students to be over at the sports hall for 1pm.

Wednesday 23rd November– Year 7 and 8 girls rugby training after school.

Thursday 24th November- Year 10 boys away at Carleton Academy (Pontefract), 2 30pm KO – all students to be over at the sports hall for 12 30pm.


Sporting successes this week

Well done to our Year 8 Rugby boys who secured tehri 2dn win of the Yorkshire Cup stages with a 50-0 win in Halifax over Ryburn Valley High. Jake Fletcher leading the way with 3 tries.

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 the students looked at Ed Sheeran. This link as made to tie in with our National Anti-Bullying Week events, as Sheeran has shared in the past his experience of bullying whilst in school. He has since gone onto become one of the best-selling artists of all-time.


Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only)

This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Do fandoms encourage bullying?’


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 communication. They continued to explore the ‘conversation map’ and how it can be used to speak and ask questions of parents / carers. Please discuss with students.

Year 8, 9 and 10 students have begun their module on ‘creative thinking’. Their lesson this week was focused on creating ideas in their small group for one of three problems which they were presented linked to the school and how they would solve from a student perspective.

Year 11 students have this week focused on the ‘Laws of Exaggeration and Small Chunks’. These laws are focused helping students revise.

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




Amelia Marshall

(Year 7)

Excellent work and effort in Maths whilst working on some challenging topics. Well done Amelia!



Kelsie Hatton

(Year 9)


Always working hard in Geography and completing work to a high standard.






Lucy Dwyer

(Year 10)


Fantastic score on her first GCSE assessment.




Finley Mainprize

(Year 11)



For a mature attitude towards his mocks and an expert attitude to his history work.




Oscar Wright

(Year 7)


Excellent entry into the castle competition and an expert attitude to his history work.





Scarlet O Hara

(Year 9)


Such amazing commitment shown to achieving the best possible grades in Science by going above and beyond.




Leah Storey

Jaycee Goodhand

(Year 8)


Continually having an amazing attitude in science, always showing all respect values.




Alicia Harding

(Year 9)



Always being helpful and having a positive attitude in lessons.





Ryan Tozer

(Year 8)


Big improvement in behaviour and attitude in science lesson on Wednesday, keep up the excellent work!



Scarlett O’Hara

Logan Kilgour

Jay White

Amy Leek

Rusne Marcauskaite

Jake Moore

Maja Doroszko

Gift Okoije


(All Year 9)



Created a program that asked the end-users to enter details. Excellent programming skills.






Poppy Leigh Nicklin

Oil Beaumont

Jessica Leng


(All Year 7)


Researched what an operating system is and how it is used by the computer to interact with the hardware.






Lincoln McGahey

(Year 9)



Amazing translation work under pressure.




Olivia Green

(Year 8)


Consistent effort and RESPECT for education in Spanish lessons.





Kai Foster

(Year 7)


Excellent effort and progress in Spanish.

Year 11 Focus Groups


Maicee Meikleham

(Year 11)

Attending multiple intervention sessions each week. 100% attendance and completing all homework set. Really trying hard to be the best she can be.


Final thought

“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 25th November 2022; enjoy the week ahead!

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

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