WEEK 28 - Friday 29 April 2022
A few weeks ago, I reported on the success of some of our sports teams and I am delighted to tell you that this winning streak has continued across a number of sports and year groups. Yesterday afternoon, our Year 8 Boys’ Football team were victorious in the East Yorkshire Cup Final against South Hunsley school. I know that Head of Year, Mrs Taylor - not normally a football fan! - has followed their run to the final with interest and she was as delighted as anyone when they returned to school with their medals and trophy. Congratulations to the boys and to their coaching staff, Mr Griffiths, Mr Adams and Mr Read.
Also in Year 8, the Boys’ Rugby League team, led by Mr Compton, achieved a big win over Sirius Academy on Tuesday, winning by 40-16. This victory has earned them a place in the Cup Final which will take place in the coming weeks. Another great success which shows we have some real sporting talent in Year 8.
Elsewhere, in Year 9, another of our Boys’ Rugby League teams were also victorious, this time over the boys from Sirius Academy North, winning 44-12. They will now also play in the Cup final once their opponents are known.
In recent years, we have had great success in providing rugby league players for the professional game. Jez Litten (Hull KR) and Brad Fash and Jordan Lane (both Hull FC) all came through the school in recent years and it was great to see Jordan captaining the Hull FC team last weekend for the first time. I am sure these role models (and they were fantastic lads when they were at school) will continue to inspire the boys currently playing in Years 8 and 9 to achieve even greater success.
Another of our alumni has also been in the news lately. Lucy Beaumont is an ex-student who has achieved great success as a comedian and TV star. Her most recent project, Hullraisers, has recently been showing on Channel 4 and is earning some good reviews showing that it is possible for our students to find success in a wide and varied walks of life.
Of course, the future stars are still with us in school and I can report that we have had a very smooth return to school this week. Year 11 in particular have quickly adapted to the reality that their exams have already begun in some subjects whilst our other year groups are responding well to the expectation that the very best behaviours are expected of them in order that Year 11 (and Year 13) are not distracted in any possible way from the tasks that lay ahead for theme.
Thankfully also we have reported very very few positive Covid cases. Long may this continue and we sincerely hope that the examination period can therefore go ahead with no major disruption for the first time since 2019.
Finally, I am delighted to be able to announce that, from September, Hessle Academy will have an additional Deputy Headteacher. The growth of our school in recent years (approximately 25% increase in numbers on roll over the past four years) means that, not only have we needed more classroom teachers, but we also decided that additional senior leadership is required. The recruitment process took place before Easter and Ashley Chapman has been appointed. Ashley is currently an Assistant Headteacher at Archbishop Sentamu School and has worked in several other Hull schools. He lives in the local area and is firmly committed to continuing to drive up standards at Hessle Academy. I am sure you will get the opportunity to meet Ashley early in the new Academic year.
Tomorrow is an important day in the Groak household as my daughter, Ebony, will be going to her first ever Hull FC fixture. She has been relatively slow to acquire the bug but, at the age of seven, she has now declared herself ready to ‘go to rugby with daddy’. Sadly, this means that I will have to forsake my pre-match pint and visit the bouncy castles in West Park instead but it will be worth it to see another Groak in a black and white shirt!
Whatever you are doing over the Bank Holiday, enjoy it.