TFA News Mon, 29 May 2017 19:57:16 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb The Great GORSE Spelling Bee- The Final Result

For the last four weeks, both secondary and primary academies across the Trust have been a hive of spelling activity in preparation for the Great GORSE Spelling Bee final.

Students from Year 5 to Year 10 have been involved in the competition which afforded them the opportunity to enhance and develop their own spelling knowledge and ability. The competition united students from across the Trust, ignited a sense of healthy rivalry and empowered students with the confidence to succeed. The main principle of the Great GORSE Spelling Bee was, however, to enable students to make progress with their literacy; both through their spelling and public speaking skills.

In our primary academies all students in Year 5 and Year 6 were put through their paces; after sitting a twenty-word spelling test, each class identified their top three spellers. These individuals were then prepped and supported by their peers ahead of a spelling competition in front of a whole school assembly. Within this assembly, a Year 5 and Year 6 winner emerged ready to progress to the live final and represent their respective academy.

Secondary academies also ensured wide-spread participation: in week one, every student sat a twenty-five-word spelling test with the top five spellers in each form progressing to the following week. In week two, the top five students in each form completed a sudden death competition until there was one winner representing each form group. In week three, the winners of each form then competed in a year group quarter final, which was live streamed to each form room, until each academy had a representative for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Which lead us to week four...

On Thursday 23rd March, the live final commenced. Held at The Ruth Gorse Academy, all students across the Trust came face to face, ready to compete for the coveted KS2, KS3 and KS4 Spelling Bee title. Each Academy brought with them their own audience members with many having made banners in support of their academy's participants. The atmosphere was electric in anticipation of the event that was to unfold.

The competition began with the Semi Final rounds for all year groups, starting with Year 10 and ending with Year 5. Students were challenged to spell complex words such as 'quadrilateral', 'parallelogram' and 'patriarchal' to name a few examples. Despite such difficult words, students rose to the occasion with several rounds lasting up to twenty minutes of intensity!

After a short break, students were back to compete in their respective finals. Despite being the youngest competitors on the night, the primary participants were perhaps the most focused and prepared. After the success of both the Year 5 and Year 6 quarter finals, Morley Newlands Academy were guaranteed to bring home the silverware with Nabeel (Y5) and Dermott (Y6) both progressing to the Key Stage Two final. In the end, Dermott was announced the worthy winner of the KS2 trophy.

The KS3 final saw two competitors from The Farnley Academy go head to head representing both Year 7 and Year 8. Again, after a fiercely competitive round, there could only be one winner: Owen (Y8) was victorious. The audience went wild in celebration of his success.

It was then time for the KS4 final in which Bruntcliffe Academy went face to face with The Farnley Academy. After a few rounds, Ellyssia (representing Bruntcliffe Academy) rose to success to secure the trophy. Her performance won rapturous applause from the audience who celebrated every moment of her victory with her.

To close the event, Mark Randall (Director of Primary Academies) presented all Finalists with a certificate and a medal to acknowledge their huge achievements. We are exceptionally proud of all of our students' achievements and we look forward to making The Great GORSE Spelling Bee an annual event.

Miss H. Dixon-Connor.


Literacy and Communications Coordinator- The GORSE Academies Trust.



]]> (Administrator) TFA News Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Y10 Parents' Evening - Change of date

Please note that the date of the next Year 10 Parents' Evening has been moved forward from Tuesday 16 May to Tuesday 9 May.

This is to allow students to have an opportunity to better prepare for their GCSE English exam the following week.

]]> (Administrator) TFA News Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:23:34 +0000
Who Will Bee Victorious? The Great GORSE Spelling Bee

The Great GORSE Spelling Bee competitiSpelling-Bee-Logo-01on has officially started across all Academies within The GORSE Academies' Trust. As part of our ongoing commitment and passion for improving the standard of our students' literacy, all students from Year 5 (within our Primary Academies) to Year 10 (within our Secondary Academies) have been partaking in the competition.

It is our hope that the Spelling Bee will help to generate healthy rivalries across the Trust with students becoming passionate about their Academy winning the coveted Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 trophy. Furthermore, it is our aim to promote and enhance students' enthusiasm for literacy and to improve their overall attainment as a result.

The competition is running for a four week period, with each week representing a new tier in the competition's structure, leading to a live grand finale. All students within Years 7-10 have had the opportunity to represent their Academy.

The competition runs as follows:

Week One - the week commencing Monday 27th February: All forms (in Years 7-10) compete in a 25-word spelling test. The five students with top marks from each form go through to Week Two.

Week Two- the week commencing Monday 6th March: All top five spellers take a 20-word spelling test as part of a sudden-death format. The top speller from each form goes through to Week Three.

Week Three- the week commencing Monday 13th March: All form finalists compete until there is one person representing each year group. The quarter finals are live streamed into classrooms across the Academy to build support and further enthusiasm.

Week Four- the Live Final, Thursday 23rd March: to be held at The Ruth Gorse Academy from 4.00pm until 6.30pm. Year group finalists will battle it out for the title of top speller against their peers from across the Trust.

We hope that you will share our enthusiasm for the competition and would love it if you could represent your Academy at the Live Final Event. If you would like to enquire about tickets, please contact your Academy's Spelling Bee Coordinator for more information.

Bruntcliffe Academy- Miss. H. Dixon-Connor or Mrs. R. Hall.

The Farnley Academy- Mr. E. Flood.

The Morley Academy- Miss. V. Spencer.

The Ruth Gorse Academy- Miss A. Cruddace.

Good luck to all of our student spellers.

Miss H. Dixon-Connor.


Literacy and Communications Coordinator- The GORSE Academies Trust.



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Christmas Concert 2015


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Friday 23 October is NOT a Training Day

Please note Friday 23 October is NOT a Training Day

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Changes to this website


We would like to make you aware of new features on this website which will help you stay up to date with the goings on at our Academy. The 'Latest' tab on the menu across the top of the website is where you can find everything currently happening with frequent new content added.

*NEW* - Our Weekly Bulletin - Your guide to keep handy with events for the coming week. New issues weekly!

*NEW* - Our Newsletter - Newsletter covering a range of topics impacting the school. New issues every 2 weeks!

*NEW* - Our Letter Home - An online archive of letters sent home with students, including letters from the principal and school trip letters. 

Alongside this is our regular content:

Our Gallery - Picture galleries for the Academy featuring photos from school trips and events

Our Events - Upcoming events in the school calendar and will also appear on the homepage

Our News - Announcements, the most urgent news will appear here and will also appear on the homepage.

TIP: Did you know you can click 'Latest' on the menu at the top of the site to get everything in one feed, OR you can hover over 'Latest' and select from the dropdown menu to specify what you want to see?

We hope you use the new areas to stay up to date and not miss out on anything happening at our Academy.

All the best.

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Return to school

The Farnley Academy opens for students on Wednesday 9th September 2015. Below are the start times for each year group.

Year 7 8:30 AM Year 8 9:45 AM Year 9 10:15 AM Year 10 11:10 AM Year 11 11:40 AM
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Our outstanding GCSE examination results

The hard work has paid off! The Farnley Academy has once again secured outstanding GCSE examination results with 70% of young people achieving 5 A*-C including English and mathematics. Over 80% made or exceeded expected progress. We are delighted to report that students are already looking forward to the next stage in their educational journey, with many moving onto Elliott Hudson College. We wish you all the very best in the future and feel reassured that you will continue to benefit from being a part of The GORSE Academies Trust. Many congratulations to both students and professionals on such a fantastic achievement!

The GCSE results for Year 10 (Year 11 September 2015) are also excellent and leave students well placed to perform brilliantly in the summer of 2016. Here's to next year's results!

]]> (Website Admin) TFA News Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:55:26 +0100
Uniform Standards letter to parents

Can all parents and carers please read the uniform letter before students return to the Academy on Wednesday, 9th September. The letter can be found under Parents & Carers / Letters. Thank you.

]]> (Website Admin) TFA News Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:34:19 +0100
Purchasing school uniform during the school holidays

Parents / carers wishing to purchase school uniform can do so during school hours up until Friday, 17 July 2015. After this date you can purchase school uniform during the school holidays on the following dates and times:

Wednesday 05 August 10:00-12:00
Thursday 13 August 13:00-15:00
Tuesday 18 August 10:00-12:00
Wednesday 26 August 13:00-15:00
Wednesday 02 September 10:00-12:00





Many thanks for your co-operation.

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