#ThisWeekatSAW – 24th February 2023

[24 Feb 2023]

Message from the Head of School:


The students have been welcomed back into the Academy this week after their half term break. Thank you to all those students who attended the academy during half term to prepare for their summer examinations. Attendance to these sessions were some of the highest we have ever had during a February half term. Thank you to all parents and carers for supporting.

We have had a busy start to the term. The celebration assemblies have awarded our Expert Learners from half term 3 and our Sporting Experts have had their Superstars reward which included a ‘meet and greet’ session with the sporting first team starts from Hull City Ladies and Hull FC. Well done to all those students involved with representing the Academy in sports and maintaining their Expert Learner status.

Please continue to encourage your child, regardless of their year group to respect their education by working hard, completing their homework and extended learning and by attending any revision or additional sessions they are invited to.

Attendance remains a significant priority for the Academy. Please continue to ensure your child is attending the Academy every day to ensure no learning is missed. There is a significant correlation between academic success and attendance.

The Academy continues to be successful with our sports teams and events, please check our Facebook and Twitter socials for an up to date view of all Academy events and visits.

Kind regards,

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)


RESPECT for Community- General Academy news

National Careers Week- Careers Fair

We are delighted to provide our students, and their parents and carers, the opportunity to visit the academy for our annual Careers Fair. Students will have the opportunity to receive advice and support regarding future destinations and careers. The Careers Fair will be held in our Main Hall on Tuesday 7 March (3.15-5.00pm) and we will be joined by numerous colleges, trainee and apprenticeship providers, and employers.

Please complete the form below to express an interest in attending.


Any additional questions can be sent to [email protected].

Super Stars Reward Event

This week we hosted the academy’s inaugural Sirius Academy West Super Stars rewards event.

Selection of students was based on those that have represented a sports team, attended a sports club or done some sports leadership this academic year, and were Expert Learners in Half-Term 3.

We were keen to acknowledge student’s dedication and commitment shown towards sport at the academy, and their continued adherence to our RESPECT values.

Students had the opportunity to meet current Hull FC and Hull City Ladies players, and compete against them in a series of different challenges.

Winners of the four challenges are below. All students beating our illustrious guests!

Basketball Free Throw – Maisie D

Football No Bounce Challenge – Jacob L

Golf Putting – Archie G

Golf Chipping – Grace G


Term 2 – Department Challenges

Reminder for our KS3 students of the challenges this term. Deadline for submission is soon!

Incredible visits to the National Space Centre, York Dungeons and the National Video Game Museum are available.

All students need to do is show enthusiasm and commitment to completing the tasks below.

Year 7 – Science – Create a 3D or 2D model of the Solar System.

Year 8 – English – Create a set design from your favourite film or book.

Year 9 – Computing – Create a fun and interactive Mobile Phone App.

More information can be available from the Science, English and Computing Departments.

KS3 Showcase Lessons

In December we were delighted to host two KS3 Showcase Lessons for parents and carers of our students. Feedback from the Science and English lessons were incredibly positive. Thank you!

As a result, we are inviting students, and their parents and carers, to return for two additional lessons this Half-Term. Humanities (History/Geography) and Art.

To express an interest in attending, please complete the short form. https://forms.office.com/e/hzCk5Gfy67.

Additional questions can be sent to [email protected].

Rugby information for next week

Wednesday 1st March – Year 10 Boys away at Archbishop Sentamu in Hull Schools Cup Semi Final, 3:30pm KO, students to leave lessons at 2:20pm – letters out on MyEd
Thursday 2nd March – Year 9 Boys Rugby Training after school (Talent Transfer Programme)
Friday 3rd March – Year 7 Boys Rugby Training after school to prepare them for the Hull Schools Cup Semi Final on Thursday 9th March

Sporting successes this week

An outstanding performance from our Year 8 Football boys saw them cruise to an 8-0 win over Kingswood in the Hull Schools League. J Last led the way with four goals in the game.

Squad- Fletcher, Laud, Cook, I.Last, Parker, Omak, Hunter, Morrill (Captain), Turner, Taylor, J.Last, Petherbridge, Watts, Brooks.

The Year 10 Rugby girls produced some outstanding Rugby to complete an undefeated Hull Schools Championships, winning 5 games from 5. They came up against some tough opposition, in particular the Archbishop Sentamu team that reached the National Semi-Final last year. Charlotte S led the way, scoring an amazing 17 tries across the 5 games!

Squad: Charlotte S, Emily L, Amy L, Lauren C, Kacey-Jayde O, Kacey-Leigh M, Ruby W, Macie K, Charley H and Lola M.


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 Andy Warhol. This focus formed part of our LGBT History Month work and recognised the impact that Warhol had on the Arts during his life-time.

Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only)

This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Should LGBTQ+ people write LGBTQ+ story lines?’. This was a part of our recognition of LGBT History Month.

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 completed a re-cap of the conversation map from their 1st half-term as they look forward to their new module on effective note-taking.

Year 8, 9 and 10 students completed a re-cap of the growth mind-set work from last year as they prepare for their new module on self-regulation and efficiency systems.

Year 11 students were introduced to their new module named the ‘Inner, Winner’ which focused on reducing stress levels over the coming months.

All students have completed their half-termly Character Education workshops with Kevin Mincher this week. Students focused on research-based strategies to support their modules for this half-term.

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
Humanities Halle B
(Year 11)

 Improvement in attitude to learning since mock results and attending intervention weekly to improve her grades.


Leona M and Olivia G
(Year 11)
Dedication to breakfast intervention for GCSE Geography.
Geography Jake F
(Year 8)

Always has an outstanding attitude to learning, asking insightful questions and completing work to a high standard.



Evie M
(Year 8)
Brilliant attitude and effort in French.
Technology Maddie C
Mary-Kate D
Lola M
(Year 9)

For their excellent contribution to a Year 5 transition event.

Health and Social Care

Summer M
Amber C
(Year 10)
For their excellent mock exam results in Health and Social care.
Lesson 1 Josie R
(Year 7)

Excellent knowledge retention and question answering in Character Education.


Lesson 1

Charlie B
(Year 8)
Reading to the class, sharing his ideas and answers. Very engaged in the lesson and motivated to explore the topic of Healthy Me.
Lesson 1 Morgan L
(Year 9)

For really engaging with the Xello lessons last half term. Enjoying learning about careers and completing all the activities.


Lesson 1

Archie L
(Year 7)

Very proactive in checking what he needs to do, conscientious and thoughtful, and clearly has strong motivation to get the most out of his time at school.


Final thought

“Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 3rd March 2023; enjoy the week ahead!

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

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