#ThisWeekatSAW – 21st October 2022

[21 Oct 2022]

Message from the Head of School:


We have celebrated more sporting success this week with our students representing the Academy in Cross Country as well as Year 10 footballers and Year 11 Rugby girls winning their games. Congratulations to all involved.

Over 300 of our Year 7 and 8 students with 100% attendance enjoyed the Sirius Academy disco last night, please see our Twitter page for some excellent pictures of the students enjoying their reward.

The Academy is open next week and many KS4 students have been invited to attend revision and intervention sessions, please encourage your child to attend if they have been invited.

Homework reminder – all students in the Academy receive weekly homework. Please support the Academy and the academic progress of your child by ensuring this is completed every week and on time and please encourage your child to continue their reading at home.

As we approach the end of a very busy term, I would like to thank all parents and carers for their continued support in helping to maintain the high uniform expectations of students. As an Academy we will work hard to maintain this high standard and I thank you for your on-going support with this.

We hope the students enjoy the half term break, and we’re looking forward to welcoming them back on Monday 31st October.

Kind regards,

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)


RESPECT for Community- General Academy news

Dropping off and picking up

Can we remind parents / carers that no vehicles should be coming onto the Academy site before and after school unless agreed with a specific staff member for accessibility arrangements? We have over 1500 students leaving site in a short space of time as well as Ganton School leaving too. Having reduced traffic inside the grounds makes it safer for our students to leave site.

Year 10 Careers Trip

Year 10 students were able to meet with key employers, colleges and training providers at the Foundations Live 2022 Event, held at Bishop Burton College

Students had the opportunity to explore and interact with trade professionals and think about their future career opportunities in the construction and engineering industries.

Year 11 Science Revision

All Year 11 Combined Science students will receive a revision booklet for them to use over half term. This is to help them to prepare for their official mock in November. There are able to write in the booklet and return to the Academy on the first week back. There are prizes for completed revision booklets. Please encourage your child to use this revision opportunity to help them be successful in their mock exam.

Department Challenges- Half-Term 1

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 have the option of creating their own Castle or Volcano based on knowledge from their current lessons.

Students are encouraged to complete these at home and submit their entries before November’s deadline. Half-Term might provide the perfect time to get this done!

All entries need to go to the Deep Learning Zone on Monday 28 November.

Students can receive additional support to complete on Wednesday 2 November and Wednesday 23 November at 3.05pm.

Students will be selected based on their commitment and enthusiasm, and quality of their entry, to go on a trip to York on Monday 12 December.

Please ask your Geography or History teacher for more details.

These challenges will run every term. There will be a different one set in January 2023.

Good luck!

Sporting successes this week

Well done to the Year 10/11 Rugby Girls who finished 2nd in the Hull Schools Championships and made it through to the Yorkshire Cup rounds.

The girls beat St Marys and South Hunsley before losing out to a strong Archbishop Sentamu side.

Well done to the Year 10 Football boys who recorded an impressive 7-4 win over Malet Lambert to move into the next round of the ESFA National Cup.

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:

Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only)

This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Is it time that the BBC was switched off?’.

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:

All students have had time to complete their goal-setting grids and WOW planners in their student planners. Please view pages 16-21 in the student planner.

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

English Bosco Masengesho
(Year 8)

Wonderful first half term in English! Has improved massively since Year 7 and is always focused and eager to engage with the lesson.


Grace Sharp
(Year 11)
For showing resilience and determination when learning Le Chateilier’s Principle to ensure that she masters this challenging concept.
MFL Connie Williamson
(Year 9)

Excellent effort and participation in lessons, always completing tasks to a high level and attempting extensions.

ICT John-James Rowland
Destiny Clark-Wood
Lucas Pickering
George Tuplin
Harry Stewart
Joshua Taylor
Albey Musk
Corey Cummins
Kiara Weaver
Cole Boulton
Lillie Houston
Sienna Miller
Keira Wainman
Ashton Drewery
Isabel Ruby
Thomas Corlyon
Norris Swain
Ella-Grace Millington
Summer Sanders
Libby Winter
(All Year 7)

Outstanding performance in their ICT assessment – all hitting 90% plus.

Health and Social Care

Keeley Harrison
(Year 11)
Excellent effort in her Health and Social Care Coursework.
Technology Mason Jameson
(Year 9)

Amazing practical skills in engineering, the first to complete a working scissor lift.


Scarlett O’Hara
Evie Page
(Year 9)

For their detailed answers during the assessment lesson.


Conner Kipling
Jay White
Isaac Woods
Scarlett O’Hara
Cody Lowes
Gift Okojie
Jamie-Lee Peach
Logan Kilgour
Maddy Kitching
Freya Nicklin
Morgan Lloyd
David Mowthorpe
Hollie Young
(All Year 9)

The class went through the tick list at the back of the topic and I asked each student to explain if we have achieved each one, with examples. There was no hesitation from any of these students when answering showing fabulous knowledge and ideas. Great contributions and really showed they had engaged with the topic.

KS3 Spellings

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. Adventure​
  2. Tranquil​
  3. Disorderly​
  4. Desolate​
  5. Pathetic fallacy

Year 8:

  1. Fatigue​
  2. Sacrifice​
  3. Casualties​
  4. Mourn ​
  5. Stanza

Year 9:

  1. Haggle​
  2. Ominous​
  3. Futile​
  4. Flounder​
  5. Haggard

Final thought

“If you get tired, learn to rest not to quit”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 4th November 2022; enjoy the half-term break.

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

Test link

Test link