#ThisWeekatSAW – 30th September 2022

[30 Sep 2022]

Message from the Head of School:


This week we have had many events, trips and visits taking place at the Academy.

Well done to Year 8 students that supported the Primary Active Travel Festival with students from Rokeby Park for road safety, scooter and cycle challenges.  It was great to see our older students supporting with younger students within our Trust.  A huge well done to them all.

We have also have had many sporting fixtures taking place this week.  These included Year 7’s winning their first game 3-1 in the Schools Football National Cup, Year 8’s winning 38-12 in their Hull Active School Super League and our Year 9 rugby boys – they had an incredible match and showed great resilience and attitude in their game.  Well done to all teams!

Wellbeing week took place this week which included a tie-dye workshop – this was incredibly popular and enjoyed by all.  In addition, the Showcase Shed is now up and running which is also proving very popular.

It has been noticeable this week that attitudes to learning and uniform has been of a very high standard.  Thank you for your support with this – the students look incredibly smart and standards are being maintained.

Students are enjoying reading every day and students can use the library before and after school if they wish to do so.

Homework in KS3 and revision for KS4 are up and running – please encourage your child to attend. Homework is expected to be completed weekly by all students.

Finally, I would like to remind you the importance of attendance. Students are expected to attend every day and engage in every lesson. Missed days is missed learning. There are only 3 more weeks until the half term break. Please look out for information regarding the Year 7 & 8 Disco reward for 100% attenders.

Kind regards,

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)


RESPECT for Community- General Academy news

Maths Homework Support

We will be starting a homework club (primarily for maths) on a Thursday after school from 3-4pm upstairs in the IT suite outside 322-329.

This will be ran weekly and staffed by a member of the Maths team with the aim of providing support to students completing their Sparx Maths homework.

Year 6 Open Night

A reminder to all of our parents and carers of pupils in Year 6. We are delighted to host our annual Open Night on Thursday 6th October (4.30pm-7.00pm). One week to go!

The theme for the evening is Movie Night. Pupils will have the opportunity to visit Movie-inspired activities in different Departments throughout the night for the chance to win some Family Cinema Passes!

The evening will enable pupils, and parents and carers, to familiarise themselves with the academy before September 2023.

Support will be available to help parents and carers with the admissions process so that they don’t miss the October deadline. This will include information regarding our Sporting Aptitude criteria. A chance to jump the queue before everyone else!

For more information, please contact [email protected].

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Sporting success this week

Our Year 11 Rugby boys crowned a fantastic season by winning the delayed Yorkshire Plate Final from their Year 10 season. They recorded an 18-16 win over Farsley (Leeds).

Squad: Eligh Wilkinson, Jack Gray, Oliver Shallcross, Jay Dawson, Ellis Shipley, Kieran Cleminshaw, Matty Grant, Sam Howe, Harry Fletcher, Alan Pawlowicz, Ben Grant, Kian Goodhand, Mason Walker, Jarrod Jones, Cohen Cass, Declan Hunter Jewitt, Finlay Mainprize, Kai Mula and Kieran Redfern

Well done to our Year 9 Netball team who recorded two fantastic victories in their Hull Schools Championship matches this week- 4-0 against Winifred Holtby and 8-3 against Kelvin Hall.

Squad: Ella Bisby, Libby Clark, Maddie Coulson, Sonia Plaszczynska, Emily Milano, Lynette Agyapong, Gift Okojie, Marykate Drury, Queen Amakiri, Lily Hammond (Year 8), Favor Uzoigbe (Year 8)

Well done to the Year 7 Football boys who recorded their 1st victory this week with a 3-1 win over Goole Academy in the ESFA National Cup.

Squad: Adom Nhyira, Bailey Gibbs, Dawson Radmore, Cameron Stephenson, Ashton Drewery, Charlie Collins, Freddie Fletcher, Leo King, Mason Tommins, Ryan Coulson, Lennon Wilcock, Sam Izadpanah, Jack Stewart

Our Year 8 Rugby boys gained another win this week in the Hull Schools Super League after a 38-12 win over Malet Lambert.

Squad:- Clinton Turner, Ethan Laud, Rueben Potter, Cole Obridge, Ollie Brooks, Harrison Mcilwraith, Jacob Last, Micah Smith, Isaac Last, Jake Fletcher, Malachy O’Dell, Ashdon Owst, Ronnie Hanchett, Bosco Masengesho, Corey Wilsher, Danelius Tamosiunas, Kalub Parker and Harry Sanderson.

Our Year 9 Rugby boys travelled to Malet Lambert and despite a brave effort from the 13 players, fell to a 32-12 defeat. Excellent attitudes shown by all students.

Squad: Jake Stewart, George Gommersall, Tom Cooper, Riley Bayles, Freddie Daddy Pindar, Archie Gommersall, Owen Healey, Lewis Smithson, Mason Jameson, Archie Humphrey, Charlie Kennedy, Marley Creighton, Kieran Small

Rugby fixtures for next week

Monday 3rd October- Year 9 Boys at home v Kelvin Hall (Yorkshire Cup Qualifier) 4pm KO.

Thursday 6th October- Year 8 Boys away at Archbishop Sentamu (Yorkshire Cup Qualifier) 4pm KO.

Friday 7th October- Year 7 Boys away at Kelvin Hall (Yorkshire Cup Qualifier) 3pm KO – Boys to leave lessons at 2pm.

Year 7 and Year 8 Attendance – Disco

The Attendance Disco is back!

An incredible response to this last year. Nearly 200 students attending.

The next one is booked in for Thursday 20 October 2022. 4-6pm.

Students can secure their tickets by recording 100% attendance for the three weeks prior to this. Friday 30 September – Thursday 20 October.

15 academy days. All you have to do is be here every day. Easy!

Entry will include access to the disco, DJ, photobooth, lights and smoke machines, glow sticks and glitter, and food and drinks.

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Showcase Shed

Thank you to those students that continue to engage with the Showcase Shed at lunch. Plenty of Personal Development opportunities for our students.

Highlights this week have included students completing Pledges, signing up for the Combined Cadet Force, guessing the previous careers of celebrities, showing off their excellent work from lessons, and competing to complete Sudokus in the fastest time.

The free chocolate available for all students that get involved has helped to make it very busy on its first full week of business!

Year 10 BTEC Sport – Rock City Visit

More incredible opportunities for our students. Our Year 10 BTEC Sport cohort visited Rock City this week as part of their new course.

Students need to understand the different types of provision available. This includes the public, private and voluntary sector.

Thank you to everyone at Rock City for being accommodating and letting our students participate in an afternoon of bouldering.


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 focused on Elon Musk. This culture task tied in with our assembly theme of ‘Inclusion Week’ with Musk achieving his success after his diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome. Musk has played a pivotal role in the success of companies such as Telsa and SpaceX and at times has gained the status as the richest person in the world.

Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only)

This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Are fashion brands damaging the environment?’.

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 have looked at setting inspiring goals and what could motivate young people to strive towards achieving them.

Year 8, 9 and 10 students focused their lesson on their two first categories of goals which are fun and adventure / physical health. Students began completing their goal-setting grids in their student planners. We encourage parents / carers to view these on Page 16 to look at the goals that students are setting.

Year 11 students focused on their goal-setting grid and began to look at setting their goals for the coming year in the different categories. We encourage parents / carers to view these on Page 16 to look at the goals that students are setting.

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
Science Jordan Shaw

(Year 10)

For being very enthusiastic and engaged in his Science lessons and demonstrating good knowledge on osmosis.


Caiden Welburn

(Year 8)

Brilliant work when writing about the atom, showing not only perfect presentation but a great understanding of a complex topic.
Science Year 13


Great start to the exam year, really focussed and came back over summer with a clear dedication to succeed.


Charlie Wadsworth

(Year 10)

Fantastic attitude to KS4 Maths lessons. Well done for getting stuck in to all the tasks and always pushing for the most challenging ones.


Mason Tommins

(Year 7)

Excellent effort and participation in Maths lessons.
ICT Libby Clarke​

Maddie Coulson

Archie Humphery

Connor Harrison

Elise Dunbobbin

(All Year 9)

Very impressed by the mature attitude demonstrated by these students. On a difficult subject matter of ‘the Impact of sending inappropriate content’. The students were able to inform others in the group by reading out their work and sharing what advice they would give to a peer in need of help and advice.


Bethnay Sorren

(Year 8)

Discovered ways to minimize her digital footprint and save energy and resources. Used her ICT skills to type up her findings.
ICT Darius Birsan

(Year 8)

Identified how people’s digital footprint will stay with them and cannot be erased on the WWW.  Great example of the SAW RESPECT values.


Owen Anderson

(Year 8)

Helped his learning partner to solve a computer problem. Demonstrated how websites store information and archive content.


Olivia Green

(Year 8)

Was very mature when identifying her digital footprint and how it can affect her future dreams and goals.
Technology Ellie McWatt

(Year 11)

Starting Yr11 with an excellent attitude and work ethic. Completing coursework before the deadline.

Drama Lexi- Mai Flatley

(Year 9)

For a brilliant piece of work in Drama that taught young people how to challenge homophobia. Well done, Lexi!


Cohen Cass

Will Gaze

Reece Griffin

(Year 10)

Fantastic attitude and skill shown on the BTEC Sport trip to Rock City.


Aaron Leighton

Lewis Leaming

Charlie Wadsworth

Oliver Morgan

Matthew Hillaby

Henry Empson

Rhys Waddingham

(Year 10)

Making excellent progress and following all expectations in Engineering.




Brilliant start to the term, with excellent effort shown continuously as well as being eager for extension tasks and challenges.


Katie Dean

Emilija Smukleryte

(Year 10)

For a super positive start to GCSE French and excellent engagement in online homework tasks.


Freya Nicklin

(Year 9)

For the discussion points raised in the lesson about mental health.
PSHE Charlie Backhouse

(Year 8)

Very impressed with Charlie who read the PSHE lesson to the class and showed good literacy skills when talking about the content to help his peers.


Final thought

“The best project you’ll ever work on is you”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 7th October 2022; enjoy the weekend.

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

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