#ThisWeekatSAW – 28th April 2023

[28 Apr 2023]

Message from the Head of School:

The academy continues to be successful with our sports teams this week starting with a great win for our Year 7 rugby team beating a Dewsbury side 20-14 to gain a place in the Yorkshire plate semi-finals. A big well done to all involved. Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter socials for an up to date view of all Academy events and visits and sporting fixtures.

Despite the interruptions to normal learning this week with the teacher strikes, the students have shown great determination and RESPECT for their education by ensuring work is completed. Well done to those students in KS3 and Year 10 for working from home on Thursday this week and a big well done to our Year 11 and KS5 students who attended the academy as normal for our Festival of Learning event.  It’s always difficult when usual routines and structures are changed, however the students have shown great maturity and resilience. Thank you to all our parents are carers for their continued support.

Friday this week has started our Coronation celebrations with our wear Red, White or Blue day and the students and staff looked fantastic. Any money raised from Friday’s celebration is of course being added to our charity total for the CHSF, a charity close to the academy’s heart. Well done and thank you to all involved in our recent fundraising events. Our total now stands at over £2,500.

The GCSE examinations begin next week with Art and Photography. Please support your child’s next steps in education by ensuring they attend and try their very best in every examination between now and the end of the academic year. The Academy will be open on Saturday mornings starting this week, students are welcome to come into the academy and use our facilities for independent revision and preparation.

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 direct correlation between the grades achieved by students in Year 11 and their attendance throughout their five year high school journey.

Thank you again for your continued support, I hope you all enjoy the bank holiday weekend.

Kind regards,

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)


RESPECT for Community- General Academy news

Year 8 Parents / Carers Evening

The Year 8 Parents / Carers Evening will be held on Thursday 4th May. Letters with appointment slips should be at home by now however if you have not received one, please advise your child to speak with the Year Team and one will be printed in school. Students should begin collecting appointments from staff ASAP.


Operational Change in the Academy

To ensure that our students have access to a safe, calm environment at all points during the Academy day, we have relocated our CCTV positions to cover spaces which are often not covered with staff presence. This includes the open floor of the toilet spaces to ensure students are using these spaces appropriately, for an appropriate amount of time. This decision was made on the back of our half-termly parental engagement session and meeting with the student voice representatives in the Academy.

MFL Information

Thursday May 4th – Home language speaking examinations. Polish speaking times are displayed on the door of room 335.

W/C May 8th Year 11 language students will be completing their GCSE speaking examination. Your support with this would be greatly appreciated.

KS3 – Homework set weekly on Language Gym – students set up their own account using their school email and a class code available from their teacher.

Y8 Challenge this half term – Students to create a fact file of a Francophone or Hispanic country.  Help available Wednesdays after school in 363 with Mrs Hepworth


Sporting Successes

Well done to the Year 7 Rugby boys who travelled to Dewsbury to face Manor Croft School. They came back with a 20-14 win after a superb 1st half showing led by the outstanding Charlie C.


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

To ensure students are aware of the upcoming Royal Coronation, this week student’s focus was on the life of King Charles III. They explored his military background alongside his charity work, specifically with The Princes Trust.

Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only)

This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Does the Coronation reflect the views of modern Britain?’

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 have continued to ensure that their goal-setting grids and WOW planners are complete ready for the summer term. Please ensure that you check these with your child to motivate them.

Year 8 to 10 students have begun their module focused on positive self-talk. This week the students looked at the concept of paradoxes and how they encounter these in real-life situations.


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

Business Enterprise

Tamzin L
Millie H
Lola H
Tori T
(Year 10)
All showing a fantastic attitude to getting their coursework done, giving up time after school and working hard in lessons. Well done!
PE and Sport Charlie P
Freddie F
Sam I
(All Year 7)

These boys helped the Year 10 BTEC Sport students to film their Leadership module by participating in their drills.

Their behaviour and respect was impeccable, real ambassadors for our Academy.


Michael A
(Year 10)
Continual effort and progress in German.
Technology Emma R
(Year 9)

For being the first to complete her project and add the extension task, while helping other pupils with their work too.


India-Rose M
(Year 7)
Excellent work and research for Earth Day 2023.
ICT Alisha-Mae M
(Year 7)

Investigated how plastics destroy the oceans.


Jack F
(Year 9)
Interesting work produced for Earth Day 2023.
ICT Scarlet O
(Year 9)

Summarised how animations are created to suggest movement.


Thomas C
(Year 9)
Created an excellent narrated video of cycling across the Humber Bridge and shared this with the class.
Creative Media Angela A
Daniella Adjei
(Year 10)

Analysing how genre, narrative and target audience are linked to create meaning in films.

Health and Social Care

Emilija K
(Year 10)
For her continued effort and progress in Health and Social Care.
Food Technology The whole of 8X-Te1

For outstanding progress in Technology using 2D design to create their lampshade design, excellent skills shown through the whole class.

Lesson 1

Lenny F
(Year 7)
For recalling factors that help with sleep and for his discussion around oral health.
Lesson 1 Ruby P
(Year 9)

Excellent work in PHSE, her work is well thought out and professionally presented.

Lesson 1

Bartosz C
(Year 9)
Very mature attitude throughout all topics.
Lesson 1 Phoebe M
(Year 7)

Positive attitude to learning, doing a beautiful mind map on the board while we recapped Impacts of sleep and began exploration of impacts of oral health on our holistic self.

KS3 Spellings- RESPECT for Education

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. Ghostly
  2. Uncanny​
  3. Haunted
  4. Persecuted​
  5. Hereditary
  6. Monstrous​
  7. Maniacs
  8. Malicious​
  9. Dubious
  10. Aristocratic

Year 8

  1. Industrialisation
  2. Accomplishments​
  3. Demeanour
  4. Charitable​
  5. Marginalisation
  6. Vulnerability​
  7. Colonialization
  8. Prejudice​
  9. Scurrilous
  10. Curtsey

Year 9

  1. Passionate
  2. Arrogance​
  3. Flirtatious
  4. Industrialisation​
  5. Innocence
  6. Threatening​
  7. Jealousy
  8. Overwhelming​
  9. Patriarchal
  10. Contemptuous

Final thought

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 5th May 2023; enjoy the week ahead!

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

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