#ThisWeekatSAW – 19th January 2024

[19 Jan 2024]

Message from the Head of School:

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy 2024. It has been lovely welcoming all the students back into the academy after the Christmas break. The students look incredibly smart and have started this term positively with lots of enthusiasm. Students’ homework completion is outstanding and many Year 11 students spent time over the holidays completing past papers in preparation for the GCSE examinations. Completion of past papers will also qualify Year 11 students for their leavers Hoodies. Please encourage your child to complete these and attend Mock Exam Club if they would like a Year 11 Leavers Hoodie. The first batch of these will be distributed before February half term. Please continue to encourage your child to take advantage of everything we offer at the academy that’s designed to support their academic and personal development. An updated and reviewed enrichment programme has been advertised for this term for students to take advantage of.

Many of our sporting fixtures will begin next week and the academy wishes all students representing the academy the best of luck for their upcoming games.

The academy continues to provide many opportunities for students’ personal development and our personal development showcase board has recently been updated. Please encourage your child to have a look at this on the first floor of the academy to see if their achievements have been chosen to be displayed. I’m very proud of the additional offer we have here at Sirius Academy and would encourage all students to continue trying new things and engage with our wider curriculum, enrichment, and extracurricular opportunities. Please check our socials to keep up to date with news and events from the academy.

Attendance remains a priority for all students at the academy, please continue to support your child’s academic progress by ensuring they attend every day. There is a significant correlation between student outcomes and opportunities for next steps at college and university and attendance in school and in lessons.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)


RESPECT for Community – General Academy news

Reminder regarding school site:

Reminder for parents and carers that they should not be driving onto the school site unless we have an agreed medical reason for a drop off and pick-up. As we are a shared site with Ganton School, it is often busy at the start and end of days with other transport therefore drop-off and pick-ups should be done off site.

Furthermore from a safeguarding perspective, the back gates off the Pickering Road entrance are on swipe cards to only allow staff onto site.


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 for next week:

Monday 22nd January – Yr 7 and 8 Girls Training after school to prepare them for the Yr 8 Tournament on the Wednesday.

Tuesday 23rd January – Yr 8 Boys AWAY at South Holderness in the ¼ Final of the Yorkshire Cup, 2:15pm KO. Boys to be across at the sports hall for 1pm.

Wednesday 24th January – Yr 8 Girls Yorkshire Cup Qualifying Tournament at St Mary’s, 4pm – 6pm.

Thursday 25th January – Yr 9 Boys at HOME v Kingswood in the ¼ Final of the Yorkshire Cup, 2pm KO, boys to be across at the sports hall for 1:15pm.

Friday 26th January – Yr 10 Boys AWAY v St John Fisher in the ¼ Final of the Yorkshire Cup, 2pm KO, boys to be across at the sports hall for 12pm.


Rugby Success

The Yr 9 Girls (with six Yr 8 girls playing up an age group) played in the Yorkshire Cup Qualifying Tournament at St Mary’s. The girls were really up against it, as they took on National Champions Malet Lambert and also the big, strong experienced players from Archbishop Sentamu but they did not take a backwards step, showing great enthusiasm, toughness and character. In a four team tournament which also included Sirius North, the Sirius West team finished in third place.

Squad: Grace Fuller (Capt), Susan Dean (vice capt), Macey Allott, Lilly Hammond, Lena Kaczka, Hallie Gibson, Phoebe Moore (Year 8), Ruby Mae Frankish (Year 8), Oluwasewn Abidakun (Year 8), Mercii Jameson (Year 8), Grace McGrath (Year 8), Alishia Medlam (Year 8)




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 Lucy Beaumont, the actress, writer, and comedian from Hull. They explored she uses the city as a back-drop to her shows, bringing publicity to the area. We also highlighted the positive work she does for charities in the city.


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: ‘Do you feel comfortable having a conversation about mental health?’


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 Year 7 have explored what a ‘growth mind-set is’ and how it can apply to them.

Students in Year 8 have explored what the habits are of resilient people.

Students in Year 9 have finished their WOW planners to link with their goal-setting grids.


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

Curriculum Area Student Name  Reason for Nomination




Scarlet O Hara

(Year 10)



For constant hard work in lessons and an excellent commitment to her own learning.





Sophie Hall

(Year 9)



For excellent interpretations made based on the relationship between the characters of Pip and Miss Havisham.






Laila Grayburn

(Year 9)


Excellent effort and progress in History. Well done!






Paige Grabbe

(Year 7)


Enthusiastic in lessons and asks good questions about the topic, showing interest and understanding. Well done!






Mason-Lee Liddell

(Year 7)


Always tries his best in geography lessons and asks some thoughtful questions.






Matthew Hillaby

(Year 11)



Massive change in attitude and effort in GCSE Spanish.





Esme Nicholson

Chloe Pittock

Alicia Musat


(Year 7)



Continual effort and progress in Spanish.


Retail Business



Harriet Wallis

(Year 11)



Exceptional start and attitude towards controlled assessment.





Scarlett Darcy

(Year 11)


Improved attitude in the new year and attended after school intervention to catch up on missed work.


Final thought

“As much as talent counts. Effort counts twice”

Enjoy the week ahead. The next bulletin will go live on Friday 26th January 2024.

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

















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