#ThisWeekatSAW – 4th November

[07 Nov 2022]

Message from the Head of School:


It’s been great to welcome the students back into the Academy this week after the October half term break. The students have settled back into their routines well. Thank you to all those parents who supported their child attending the Academy over the half term break, we had a record number of students showing RESPECT for their education and futures by engaging in half term revision and intervention sessions.

This week has been very special; all students have participated in our Celebration Assemblies and our Expert Learners have been rewarded with their pin badges. It’s excellent to see students wearing their Expert pins with pride in and around the Academy.

Thank you to all parents and carers who attended the Year 11 Meet your Mentor evening this week, it was fantastic to hear students, staff and parents engaging in educational conversations to support our Year 11s in their final year of study and next steps.

Please continue to encourage your child to attend the Academy every day and please remember to regularly check the Academy’s Facebook and Twitter social platforms to remain fully up to date with Academy events and celebrations.

Kind regards,

Gemma Ransom (Head of School)


RESPECT for Community- General Academy news

Key dates

Please see the link to our key dates section of the Academy website. This includes all dates for Parents / Carers Evenings for the year. Attendance at these evenings is crucial as you will get the opportunity to discuss with all class teachers, the progress made and areas for future development.

Key Dates

National Anti-Bullying Week- 14th-18th November

Throughout this week we will be raising the profile of our anti-bullying work as well as running events for the Academy community.

Two events which we would like to promote are:

Monday 14th November is ‘Odd Socks Day’. We are inviting all students and staff to wear odd socks on this day to recognise differences within our Academy community and promote RESPECT for all.

Wednesday 16th November will be our charity bake-sale led by our anti-bullying ambassadors. We are inviting students to bring donations in for the bake sale which will run at KS3 and KS4 break and lunch. Items will be priced between 20-50p and can be bought with money, not through the Parent Pay system. Any donations should be brought in on the morning of Wednesday 16th November and taken to the Year Team on the entrance doors.

Supporting students’ mental health and well-being

As an Academy we are committed to supporting our students to ensure that they are in the best possible mindset to develop both socially and academically.

We have continued to develop our online signposting content so that parents / carers can also be proactive and seek advice, information and support if any issues.

As always, if you feel your child needs any form of support, contact the Year Team in the first instance.

Supporting Mental Health

Year 7 and Year 8 Attendance – Disco

Thank you to all those students that attended the Year 7 and Year 8 Attendance Disco before Half-Term.

An incredible atmosphere and brilliant opportunity to celebrate the end of the first term.

Attendance at the academy continues to be really strong.

Thank you for all your support.

World Cup – Lesson One Competition

The World Cup is coming!

To embrace the tournament all Lesson One groups will be attached to a country that are competing.

Students will then be rewarded based on the performance of their country and the contribution to the tasks in Lesson One.

The draw is in assembly next week. Fingers crossed for Brazil!

The best Lesson One groups will win the chance to participate in some Zorb Football at the academy during one of their lessons.

Good luck!

Personal Development – Term 1 Challenges

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, Year 8 and Year 9 can win their place on a trip by providing evidence of completion. These include Christmas tours to York and trips to Rock City.

The challenges below are specific to each Year Group.

Year 7 – Create a Castle or Volcano *Deadline Monday 28 November*​

Year 8 – Design a Bridge *Deadline Wednesday 30 November*

Year 9 – Participate in an Outdoor Adventurous Activity *Deadline Wednesday 30 November*

Each poster will provide more information about the method of submission, deadline for submission and how students can access more support.

Please ask your History, Geography, Technology or PE Teacher for more information.

Good luck!

Combined Cadet Force

Recruiting now – Our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) meets weekly after school on a Tuesday from 3pm to 4.10pm. Please speak to Ms Faulkner for more information on the CCF and how to apply

Rugby Information for next week

Tuesday- Year 8 boys at home v Airedale, 3pm KO – students to leave lessons at 2pm

Wednesday– Year 7 girl’s rugby trials after school

Thursday- Year 10 boys training after school to prepare them for their 3 upcoming Yorkshire cup matches

Friday- Year 7 Boys Rugby training after school

Sporting successes this week

Our KS3 Girls Football team went to the EFL Cup to compete against the best teams in the region. Both teams performed with a tremendous attitude and skill and were a credit to the Academy.

Team A recorded 1 win from their group with goals scored by Grace Gorog, Ruby Frankish and Phoebe Moore.

Team B recorded 5 wins and 1 loss from their group stages before losing to eventual winners South Hunsley in the Quarter-Finals. Goal scorers included; Ella Foxley (4), Mollie Morrison (2), Susan Dean, Ashanti Bentley (2).

Player of the tournament went to Alishia Medlam for her outstanding defensive performances.


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 focused their final task of Black History Month on Michelle Obama. An influential figure as the first African American First Lady, Obama has supported many national and international initiatives including tackling childhood obesity, educational rights for underprivileged and reengaging service people in society after conflicts.

Votes for Schools Topic (Key Stage 3 students only)

This week the students discussed the topic of ‘Should we be concerned about vaping?’.

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 begun their module on communication. They were introduced to the ‘conversation map’ in their half-termly workshop with Kevin Mincher and we will explore this more over the coming weeks.

Year 8, 9 and 10 students have begun their module on ‘creative thinking’. Their lesson this week was focused on recapping the note-taking module which we covered last year. The also had their half-termly workshop with Kevin Mincher on why creativity is important to them.

Year 11 students have moved onto look at how to get the grades they want. Their half-termly workshop was focused on the laws of success, and we will explore these more over the coming weeks.


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
Maths Kye Dennett
(Year 10)
Always works well in Maths. Always takes part in class discussions. Produces excellent work.
Maths Lillie Pollard
(Year 11)
Positive attitude leading to a lot of progress in standard form.
Maths Danny Clark
(Year 10)
Always gives 100% focus, engagement and asking excellent questions during the lesson. Also consistently completes his Sparx homework.
Science 8Y-6
(Whole class)
Brilliant effort and determination shown when working out efficiency.
Science Grace Sharp
(Year 11)
For a really positive panel meeting and already acting on those discussions by attending her Science intervention.
MFL Gabija Marcauskaite,
Bethany Winter
Aneta Jamieson
Joseph Naylor
Luca Atkinson
Nico Atkinson
Oliver Heard
Amalia Mircea
(All Year 11)
For attending Spanish intervention sessions with a fantastic attitude.
Geography Grace McGrath
(Year 7)
Excellent effort on her first geography assessment.
Geography Halle Bowler
(Year 11)
Attending geography intervention and working hard in lessons.
History Riley Cooper
Ollie Beaumont
Jessica Hedges
(All Year 7)
A positive and engaged start to our new Medieval topic.
Excellent early entry to the castle competition.
Follows our respect values every lesson and always willing to help others
History Dylan Wood

(Year 8)

Completes his work to the best of ability and has been engaged in our new Civil Rights topic.
History Wiktor Srodek

(Year 9)

A positive and engaged start to our new WW2 battle topic.
History Skye Watt

(Year 9)

Excellent attitude to learning every lesson.
History Adam Lamb

(Year 10)

Continual hard work in all GCSE History lessons.
History Charlie Wilde
Skye Brindley
Ruby Pearson
Maisie Williams
Tyler Staves
(All Year 11)

Attending Humanities revision, putting 100% effort into his work and an excellent effort in his Norman assessment.
For always attending History revision and with a positive attitude to the start of Year 11 since September.
For always attending History revision and with a positive attitude to the start of Year 11 since September.
For an excellent effort in her Norman assessment.
For an excellent effort in his Norman assessment.

PE Mollie Morrison
(Year 7)
For her excellent leadership in PE. Potential to be a PE teacher!
Computer Science Sam Winter
Alan Pawlowicz
Ellis Chapman
Oliver Sargerson
James Carroll
(All Year 11)
For attending and working like absolute champions over the half term. getting themselves in to the school on Tuesday and covering the laws and legislations which have impacted the realms of computer science.
Business Enterprise Leona Mulgeci
Amelie Noble
Summer Walton
Tirej Zeido
(All Year 11)
Outstanding effort in class and attending weekly coursework intervention sessions. Well done!
Travel and Tourism Katie Culliney
Darcey Crieghton
Evie Greenfield
Ellie Cooke
Patricija Najaute
Gabija Marcauskaite
(All Year 11)
Absolutely outstanding effort in class and attending additional coursework intervention sessions on almost a daily basis! Well done!
Art Chelsea Rowson
Chloe King
(Year 11)
For making a great start with their final piece experiments – keep up the good work girls!
Art Maria Kurmoiarova
(Year 10)
For her unbelievable artistic talent which is was above my own! Keep it up Maria!
Art Alice Zhong
Fiona Chen
(Year 8)
For producing excellent work in their art lessons, as well as during ks3 art club.
Art Ruby O Hara
(Year 7)
For some excellent creative poems produced linking to the work set in ks3 art club.
Art Amanda Kordaszewska
Emily Leek
Scarlett O’Hara
Lydia Wimalarasa
(All Year 9)
For attending ks3 club every week and producing some outstanding artworks.
Photography Alfie Phillips
Lucas Forlow
Adam Lamb
(Year 10)
For making a really mature start to the photography course and working hard on photoshoots and when doing the written sections.
Engineering Jay Riley
(Year 9)
For finishing his project first and being able to demonstrate to other pupils some of the processes he has learnt.


Ruby Prior
(Year 8)
For her positive attitude and engagement in PSHE lessons.
PSHE Hollie Young
(Year 9)

For her ideas in the discussion about discrimination.


Isaac Wood
Scarlet O Hara
(Year 9)
For their consistent effort and concentration in PSHE lessons.
PSHE Mason Hilton
(Year 10)

For his positive attitude and participation in lessons.


Millie Dixon
(Year 7)
For a mature attitude in all PSHE lessons.
PSHE Phoebe Moore
(Year 7)

Talked (confidently) to the group about how her participation in sports for the Academy has improved her wellbeing and confidence.


Destiny Clark-Wood
(Year 7)
Taking part in a class debate, offering well thought out arguments and giving justified opinions.
Character Education Tyler James
(Year 7)

Took lead in the lesson this morning and he helped ask questions.


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. Exposition​
  2. Chronological​
  3. Marooned​
  4. Inhabitants​
  5. Picturesque

Year 8:

  1. Solemn​
  2. Remembrance​
  3. Compassion​
  4. Authority​
  5. Valour

Year 9:

  1. Irreverent​
  2. Deluge​
  3. Preoccupation​
  4. Intersperse​
  5. Callous

Final thought

“If you want to succeed, focus on changing yourself, not others”

The next parental bulletin will go live on Friday 11th November 2022; enjoy the week ahead!

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

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