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

been recognised.

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.

Martin Blacoe



Children in Need


‘Light’s, Camera,


Leeds United

Foundation - Road

to Wembley

Sports Hall Athletics

Y11 Trial Exams

GCSE & A-Level

certificates 2016


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

Partnership groups.

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.

100% Attendance!

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

qualifying rounds.

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

the competition.

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

their events!!!

They will now go on to represent the school against all of the champions from across Leeds.

Good Luck!

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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