Message from Mr Blacoe
A very warm welcome to our second Newsletter of the academic
year, as we come to the end of another busy first term.
As ever, there have been many highlights. Our Performing Arts team
coordinated the recent ‘Lights, Camera, Christmas!’ production.
The Main Hall was full to capacity for the event. It was, once again,
fantastic to see so many Southroyd Primary School students taking
part in the show; a great example of how our partnership with
the school, through the ‘Co-operative’ movement, has continued
to flourish. A number of our Post 16 students also supported
Southroyd on their recent Children in Need fundraising event.
Our Year 11 students will have just finished sitting their Trial Exams
when you read this newsletter; a key staging post in advance
of their summer GCSE examinations. It is vital that parents and
students are aware of how quickly the exam season will be upon
us. There are 16 school weeks until the first papers will take place
in May. We must all work closely together, both within and beyond
school, to ensure that our students are fully prepared for the
challenges ahead over the next four months. Full attendance is a
key ingredient in maximising success. It is telling at the moment
that our Key Stage 3 students in Years 7 to 9 have an attendance
level above the national average, whereas in Year 11 the figure
is almost 3% below; an additional 6 days of learning per year.
Please encourage your children to be as resilient as possible when
considering a day’s absence.
On a final note, can I please draw your attention to some
commentary from a recent external review of the school that was
undertaken this term. The review report commented that:
“The behaviour of pupils is good. Their conduct around the school
and their attitudes toward learning are well developed. They are
confident, well-mannered and happy to talk to visitors.”
We are delighted that our students’ personal development,
both in terms of their work and their social interactions have
I hope you all enjoy the holiday over the festive period. As ever,
whilst most within our community will celebrate with family and
friends, it is important that we offer thoughts and support, where
possible, for those people whose situations present significant
challenges for them.
Thank you, as ever, for your continued support.
Children in Need
Foundation - Road
Sports Hall Athletics
Y11 Trial Exams
GCSE & A-Level
Children in Need 2016
Wow! Our final total is £1157.09.
A massive Well Done to all our students and staff
who helped raise this fabulous amount.
Activities included bake sales, a FIFA competition
and many sponsored silences.
Our non-uniform day was a huge success
with most of the school taking part.
A fantastic total, Pudsey Bear will be very pleased!
Blah Blah Blah!
Miss Morley and the drama department
welcomed theatre company Blah Blah
Blah earlier this term.
They presented ‘Hide and Seek’, the story
of the Gunpowder Plot, to our Y10 GCSE
drama group, along with Y9, 10 and 11
Hide and Seek is a dynamic participatory
performance, which explores issues of
extremism. By making connections between
historical and contemporary issues, the
theatre sessions open up numerous topics
for debate and discussion.
Our students really enjoyed the session.
Over 300 of our Y7, Y8 and Y9 students
were rewarded with a chocolate fountain by
the Attendance Team earlier this term.
The students have all achieved 100 per cent
attendance during Term 1.
Turnout to the break-time treat was fantastic
and all really enjoyed their well-earned prize.
A big well done to the Attendance Team too, who
spent all morning preparing the fruit and chocolate,
which for 300 – plus students is a big job!
Our Post 16 students visit
Southroyd Primary School
Our Post 16 students recently made a trip
to Southroyd Primary School. They hosted
a variety of activities to help raise money
for Children In Need. On offer was face painting,
temporary tattoos and a nail bar.
Our students also helped the children bake buns for their
afternoon tea party. Later in the day they supported the
children with reading and library activities.
Everyone enjoyed the fun filled day and our students
represented Priesthorpe extremely well.
‘Light’s, Camera, Christmas!’
Our Christmas performance was an enormous success.
All students were excellent and put on a fantastic show!
We believe the statement from Ms Gibbens
- Head of Drama, sums up the event perfectly.
‘Many thanks to everyone who supported the Y7 spectacular
last night. The hall was absolutely packed and, as always, it
was an outstanding evening. A massive thank-you to Mrs
Brant and Mr Berry who have been in Christmas mode since September for masterminding
another precision artistic extravaganza! Also to everyone who contributed to the success of
the concert. Whether you supervised at the rehearsal, provided a raffle prize, got up a ladder
to sort out lights, were part of the front of house and refreshment team or came along to
enjoy the show, thank-you so much for your help. An event like this can only work through
team effort and we appreciate all the help and support which makes it possible. A particular
thank-you to all the Associate staff involved, especially those who have contributed to the
whole process, from lesson support through to the final performance. Your commitment to
the students and your practical help is invaluable. We couldn’t do it without you
all. Happy Christmas, one and all!’
A special mention to Southroyd Primary, Westroyd Primary and Farsley
Springbank Primary School, who made special guest appearances at
our production. The support from the Primary Schools was fantastic.
Leeds United Foundation - Road to Wembley
On Thursday 24th November, Priesthorpe
School hosted the Road to Wembley
Many local Primary Schools once again visited
Priesthorpe to compete. The Kids Cup - Road to
Wembley competition, presents a once in a lifetime
opportunity for participants to play in front of
thousands of fans at Wembley Stadium.
This will happen ahead of the three Football
League Play-Off Finals in May 2017.
The competition encourages youngsters to
be active, healthy and develop a keen sense
of teamwork. The event also allows The Leeds
United Foundation to engage with local
schools and children, and help promote their
work within the local community.
A big thank you to Leeds United Foundation
who organised this event in partnership with
Active Schools. All schools performed well, the
2 top teams, Farsley Farfield and Greenside
Primary have progressed onto the next stage of
We will keep you updated with the progress of
both schools and wish them lots of luck!
Sports Hall Athletics Challenge
Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th of November
saw 20 local Primary Schools participate in the
Sports Hall Athletics challenge.
Events included, long, triple and standing jump, javelin and
chest push along with a variety of running/relay events.
The winners have qualified for the West Leeds Cup Final.
A big well done to Farsley Springbank, Pudsey Bolton Royd,
Summerfield and Farsley Farfield Primary Schools
for all making the finals.
The final is to be held at Priesthorpe during December.
Once known we will post the results on our website.
Y11 Trial Exams
Y11 are sitting their Trial Exams this week.
The exams are set in realistic conditions and
aim to prepare the students for the actual
examinations in summer.
Our History team recently held a Walking Talking
Mock exam for our Y11 students. This gave 85 GCSE
candidates the chance to experience an exam in
realistic conditions but with help and advice available
throughout. The pupils were ‘talked and walked’
through all the skills required to get a good grade in
their final exam.
It is a new development for the team and they have
high hopes that it will lead to better outcomes with
pupils final grades next summer.
Feedback from the Y11 students has been really
positive with most finding the process useful.
If you or your child have any questions or queries
regarding the Trial Exams please contact the school
office or Miss Boden – Examinations Officer.
Sports Hall Athletic Champs!
The Sports Hall Athletics season is upon
us in the West Leeds area. Last week
the Year 7s competed at Grangefield
against 4 other local schools.
They performed exceptionally well
with the boys finishing 3rd and the
girls coming a very close second.
Overall Priesthorpe School finished
2nd in the competition.
Well done to all competitors.
The Y8 team competed this week in the same competition - this time against 5 other
schools. Their performance was exceptional, with both boys and girls teams WINNING
They will now go on to represent the school against all of the champions from across Leeds.
In other news...
GCSE & A-Level Certificates 2016
GCSE and A-Level certificates are now available. Please contact the main school
reception on 0113 257 4115 to arrange collection.
Meet your Coach Day - Thursday 5th January 2017
Please don’t forget to book your appointment for Meet your Coach Day.
This is an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress. You can also
discuss grades, exams and any other issues or concerns you may have.
If you have any issues booking your appointment please just call our reception
and we will assist you with your query.
0113 257 4115
Friday 16th December 2016 School Closes at 12.30pm
Tuesday 3rd January 2017 School Opens at 8am
Thursday 5th January Meet your Coach Day (Yrs 7-13)
Monday 9th January Post 16 Trial Exams begin
Tuesday 10th January Y11 Trial Exam Results Day
Friday 13th January
Post 16 Trial Exams finish
Wednesday 25th January Personal Development Day 2
Wednesday 1st February Y12 Cranedale Centre Trip
– Geography Department (1st-3rd)
Tuesday 7th February Y11 Parents’ Evening
Thursday 9th February
Friday 10th February
House Competitions 3 2.30pm-3.30pm
Monday 20th February School Opens 8am
Tuesday 21st February
School Closes at 3pm for Spring mid-term
Y12 Parents’ Evening
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