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A warm welcome to Yewlands Academy, a member of the outstanding Wakefield City Academies Trust.  I am proud and privileged to be Principal of this academy.  We enjoy lovely grounds, a state-of-the-art building, highly qualified and committed teachers and enthusiastic students .  Our high expectations for our students is matched by the support and resources necessary for them to achieve those aspirations.  Parents are valued partners in our work and are welcome to visit school by appointment, usually available on the same day. 

Susan Cousin

Click here for Mrs Cousin’s statement.

Congratulations to our Executive Headteacher, Alan Yellup on the award of an OBE for services to education.  Click here for Mr Yellup’s track record for school improvement.​

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​Winning photos from Art Eye Homework

eye1.jpgCongratulations to Aiden who has won the 'Eye Spy' homework competition in Art.

The semi finalists were Ebonie and Keaton who also did superb pictures.

Art Master Class at Longley Park Sixth Form​

l2.jpgA group of our students attended an Art Master Class at Longley Park Sixth Form. The students were busy at work, enjoying learning how to use various materials and techniques, such as mono printing, transparency sketching, creating professional and trendy collages. The students worked hard, tried their best and produced some fantastic works of art to use in their GCSE art portfolios. The behaviour of our students was exemplary and everyone enjoyed the day! We look forward to more opportunities to work with Longley in the new year.

​Attendance​ - w/c 8 December 2014

Congratulations to 10GN, who won tutor group of the week for gaining 99.7% attendance. Congratulations also go to 10GN who were the Key Stage 3 tutor group of the week with 99.7% attendance.

Whole school attendance for this year now stands at 93.02%

​Gifted and Talented

At Yewlands we offer a wide range of support for able, gifted and talented students.  In the summer the number of students achieving A and A* at GCSE doubled and we expect this number to be even higher next year.  In many curriculum subjects our most able follow programmes of study specifically designed for them to challenge and enthuse them in their learning.  Our staff are also trained and kept up to date in providing personalised learning for all students within their lessons, including high achievers, and those talented in a particular subject.

Our most able students at Yewlands are also encouraged to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities, including 'Aim Higher' events and visits to local and national universities; the Cutlers' Ambassador Award to encourage budding scientists and engineers, subject master classes and (new this year) the bar mock trial, giving students a taste of what a career in law could be like.  Our staff have a range of high flying contacts, including a link with Cambridge University, and have arranged successful work placements and opportunities for students with specific careers in mind.  We also have a Higher Ability Co-ordinator whose role is to ensure the needs of able, gifted and talented students are being met and that they are provided with the opportunities to reach their full potential.

Upcoming opportunities for our higher ability students:

Year 10 Visit to Cambridge University – March 2015

Year 9/10 University talks/career advice with Sheffield Hallam University – January 2015 onwards

Year 9 Yew Futures Project – ongoing

Year 9 Discover Us in partnership with the University of Sheffield – ongoing

Year 8 Spanish mentoring with Year 6 students – ongoing

Year 8 'Teen Tech' visit to Doncaster Racecourse – March 2015

Year 6-7 Transition – Summer 2015

Bar Mock Trial

photo.jpgOver the past few months I have had the pleasure of leading a group of students in their preparations for the Bar Mock Trial Competition. This competition entails preparing prosecution and defence for two cases to compete against teams from other schools.  Students gain experience in how the legal system works, how to work as an efficient team, how to meet deadlines, and how to perform under pressure. 

On Saturday 29 November we went to the regional heat in Leeds.  We competed against sixth forms from around the north of England and were judged by actual judges and barristers in a real courtroom.  Our team walked away with two wins and one loss.  We did not make it to the national final, but we put in a great performance and we are incredibly proud of our students. 

"I found the day extremely insightful and interesting; it helped me decide whether or not I wanted to pursue a career in the legal profession. I would definitely take part in it again!" Caitlin, Year 11. 

"It was a great and interesting experience to get to see the inside of a real courtroom and to be a part of it." Harry, Year 10

"The Bar Mock Trial was a great experience, where I learned new skills and witnessed a court case. It also inspired me to think about doing a career in law in the future!"  Hannah, Year 10

We will begin recruiting for next year soon, so if you have an interest in a career in law, debating, or enjoy drama, please make sure to express your interest.  We are looking for 15 Year 10s and Year 11s for the Bar Mock Trial and we will be looking to expand to another team of 12-14 year olds for a Magistrates' Court Competition. 


End of Term

The academy will close for the Christmas holidays on Thursday 18 December at 12.25pm.  Any student eligible for free school meals can remain on site to eat their lunch.

The academy will reopen on Monday 5 January 2015.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

calendar.png School calendar

Thu 18 DecMon 5 JanChristmas holidays, school finishes at 12.25pm on 18 December 2014
Thu 25 DecThu 25 DecChristmas Day (Bank Holiday)
Fri 26 DecFri 26 DecBoxing Day (Bank Holiday)
Thu 1 JanThu 1 JanNew Year's Day (Bank Holiday)
Thu 8 JanThu 8 JanSEN Parental Drop In
Tue 13 JanTue 13 JanY7 Parents Evening
Thu 15 JanThu 15 JanSEN Parental Drop In
Thu 22 JanThu 22 JanSEN Parental Drop In
Thu 29 JanThu 29 JanSEN Parental Drop In
Thu 5 FebThu 5 FebSEN Parental Drop In

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