#ThisWeekatSAW – 3rd March 2023

[03 Mar 2023]

Message from the Head of School:

I am incredibly proud of how our students have conducted themselves this week after much disruption has been seen across the country with the latest TikTok protest trends. Our students have chosen to respect their education and to not involve themselves with dangerous behaviours. A big well done to all our students and thank you to all our parents and carers for their continued support.

The students have been celebrating World Book Day in the academy this week with lots of competitions and activities taking place. Book tokens have been sent home for all students, please continue to encourage your child to read for pleasure.

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. A big well done to the Year 11 rugby team who played this week.

Kind regards,

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)


RESPECT for Community- General Academy news


Year 9 Parents / Carers and Options Evening

Thursday 9th March sees this evening take place for all Year 9 students. Parents / carers will have the opportunity to discuss current progress and gain all required knowledge of the Options process including new subjects which students will not have studied before.


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].

All students will also have the chance to win £50 of vouchers on Tuesday 7 March. All lessons will be linked to careers and students must record the different jobs that are available in each subject.

Competition Cards can then be left at Student Services at the end of the day to enter the prize draw for the vouchers. Good luck!


University Challenge

The inaugural SAW v SAN University Challenge, was held this week! Year 11 students were competing to answers GCSE questions in English, Maths, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Although a shaky start from Team West, with Team North taking the lead, this didn’t deter Team West from making an outstanding comeback!

It was a really close call against Team North, however Team West had the edge and won the Revision Challenge trophy! Both teams were brilliant and did themselves proud. Final scores were: West 200- North 175.

It was great to see students engage with their education, and display their knowledge.

SAW team: Leona M, Chelsea R, Abbie W, Mason B, Cerys L, Jamie Lee K, Ruby T and Alan P.

Term 2 – Department Challenges

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

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

Thank you to the parents and carers that attended our History KS3 Showcase Lesson this week.

We are always delighted to invite you in and are proud to showcase the quality of provision available at the academy.

Highlights of the session will soon be available as a video link.

The second session this term will be next week. Art. Wednesday 8 March.

Students, parents and carers, can sign up using the link below.

Additional questions can be sent to [email protected].

Rugby information for next week

Tuesday 7th March – Year 7 Girls Training after school to prepare them for their Yorkshire Tournament on 14th March.

Wednesday 8th March – Year 7 Boys Hull Schools Cup Semi Final away at Malet Lambert, 4pm KO – students to leave lessons at 2:50pm to get changed into their playing kit and on the bus for 3:10pm.

Thursday 9th March – Year 10 Girls Yorkshire Tournament at Castleford, 12:15pm KO. Students to leave lessons at 10:30am to get changed into their playing kit and on the bus for 10:45am.

Thursday 9th March – Year 9 Boys Training with Hull FC after school (Talent Transfer).

Friday 10th March – Year 8 Boys National Cup Round 1 Match at home v Westcliff (Essex), 2pm KO, students to leave lessons at 1:10pm.


Sporting successes this week

The Year 8 Football boys followed their fantastic win last week with a 2-0 win over Kelvin Hall which saw them clinch the Hull Schools Premier League title. On top of this achievement the boys also qualify for the Hull Schools Cup Final! Goals from James and Hartley saw them home however Man of the Match went to goalkeeper, Jake Fletcher who was immense throughout!

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 Winston Churchill as a part of our focus on British Values week. Students explored the impact that Churchill had on the country throughout WW2.

Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only)


This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Could UK supermarkets do more to prevent food wastage?’.


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 began focusing on their new module of effective note-taking. Students focused on what effective memory looks like and why it is important we can re-call information.

Year 8, 9 and 10 students began focusing on their new module content on self-management and efficiency systems. Students focused on why self-management is important both inside and outside of school.

Year 11 students were focused on turning negative situations involving stress into potential opportunities and positive situations.

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


Ryan W
(Year 8)
Ryan works very hard and quietly gets on with tasks.  Always very diligent and willing to have a go at something new.
English Billy S
(Year 8)

Recent addition to the group.  Has hit the ground running and is a wonderful addition to the set.  Works hard, gives everything a go, and has brilliant contributions.

English Kejsi M
(Year 7)
Incredible work ethic and contributions to the group.  Has a quiet confidence and doesn’t let herself get drawn into any distraction or deviating behaviour.  Works her hardest every lesson without complaint.
English Skye A
(Year 10)

Excellent attitude to learning, working really hard to achieve her MEG.


Harvey F
(Year 9)
Persevering with developing his independent work despite how difficult he finds it.
Science Jenson J
(Year 11)

Made massive progress gains between the November Biology mock and the recent March Biology mock- going up 2 full grades

GCSE Animal Care

Lucy D
(Year 10)
For working independently to produce an outstanding set of research notes for her coursework.
Geography Leona M
Kaseymae S
Charlie H
Mason B
Declan H-J
Halle B
Bethany W
Samantha W

Geography 80’s club challenge, scored 80% or above.


Hanna S
(Year 10)
Great work in GCSE geography. Positive attitude and some really good work produced.
Geography Danny E
(Year 7)

Always enthusiastic about completing his work in Geography.


Rose W
(Year 8)
Continues to work hard in Geography week after week.


Rosana F
(Year 9)

Excellent work in geography. Continued great attitude.

History Emma L
(Year 7)

Outstanding effort this week in both History and Geography lessons, with excellent class reading of key information in both lessons.

Health and Social Care

Libby G
(Year 10)
For her contributions to lessons and her continued high standard of work.
Business Enterprise Keenan M
Leona M
(Year 11)

Have shown outstanding effort, combined with a fantastic positive attitude and have fully completed their BTEC Enterprise course!

Travel and Tourism

Kieren R
Regan B
Halle B
Gabija M
Louie G
Ruby R
Lexie S
Darcey C
Evie G
(Year 11)
Have shown outstanding effort, combined with a fantastic positive attitude and have fully completed their BTEC Travel & Tourism coursework!
Travel and Tourism Arnas L
Mia S
Lauren C
Charlie S
(Year 10)

Have shown outstanding effort and commitment in attending additional support sessions in 344 to complete their coursework and are making outstanding progress.

Lesson 1

Ben M
(Year 9)
Always providing constructive advice and feedback in lesson.
Lesson 1 Kelsie B
(Year 7)

Always first to offer an answer or opinion, takes part in every discussion and puts a lot of thought into her answers.

Lesson 1 Mason H
(Year 10)

Continued effort and achievement in PSHE.

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












Year 8












Year 9






Legislature ​


Privileged ​




Final thought

“Never stop doing your best just because someone didn’t give you credit”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 10th March 2023; enjoy the week ahead!

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

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