Easter Revision Programme 2017

Exams are fast approaching for Year 11 students and we hope that all students will do their very best to achieve what they are truly capable of. Parents and students have been provided with information and revision guidance to help achieve this; please follow links below to download copies of useful documents already distributed:

Year 11 Progress Review Letter

The Halifax Academy Revision Guide

GCSEPod Quick Start Guide - along with websites like MathsWatch, BBC Bitesize, MyMaths etc, students also have access to GCSEPod. Why not watch a podcast and then create a mind map, or compare your current notes/mind map with what is on the podcast?


We ask that all students make the most of the time and support available to them. Revision sessions are taking place over the Easter break; follow links below for further details:

Easter 2017 Revision Timetable

Year 11 Pupil List - Week 1

Year 11 Pupil List - Week 2

Year 10 Pupil List

British Science Week at The Halifax Academy

The annual British Science Week was another fantastic success at The Halifax Academy and saw the students enthused by many exciting activities, such as lunchtime sessions exploring dissection, the Van de-Graaf generator and the Whizz-bang Chemistry lab.

Students in Year 8 and Year 9 enjoyed were inspired by a fantastic live and interactive physics demonstration delivered by Mick Rolley of the Institute of Physics. The ‘Ever Wondered Why?’ session covered many fascinating areas of physics including space, light and optical illusions, combustion, speed and the properties of different chemical elements, all illustrated by colourful and noisy real-life examples of physics in action which kept the students on the edge of their seats. The pupils were very keen to get involved, fighting to be picked by Mr Rolley.

The ‘Ever Wondered Why?’ roadshow is delivered by the Stimulating Physics Network and is designed to enthuse students about physics and the world around them.

There were also opportunities to win prizes by entering the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers poster competition and the science quiz.

World Book Day

Year on year, World Book Day is an event that is enjoyed by both students and staff alike at The Halifax Academy. Many members of staff relished the opportunity to dress up as their favourite literary characters.

Now in its 20th year, World Book Day aims to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading and provides them with an opportunity to have a book of their own. It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading which is marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

For our World Book Day competition, students were asked to describe their favourite character and write a speech to persuade their audience to love the character as much as they do.

The winning students were very excited to be selected as reading buddies to our Primary pupils. The students have already taken up their new roles and have been excellent role models to our younger children.

The winners:

Areeba Banaris 7Pm

Maryam Din 7Pc

Dhanik Ezaan 7Pc

Ifra Zanib Imran 7Ac

Zara Iqbal 7Pc

Usman Jamil 7Oc

Khadeeja Mahmood 7Oc

Zakia Mahmood 7Pm

Zeeshan Sadheer 7Om

Sami Ullah 7Am

Young business leaders of the future

Year 10 Business students have joined the Young Enterprise Company Programme; a year-long programme which enables participants to find out what it’s really like to set up and run a business.

Students make all the decisions about their company, from deciding on the company name and product to creating a business plan, managing the company finances, selling to the public at trade fairs to ultimately winding up the company and paying their taxes. All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise.

The programme enables the students to develop greater self-awareness and key employability skills, such as communication, confidence, financial capability, organisation, initiative, problem solving, resilience and teamwork. It equips students with real life examples of demonstrating vital skills that they can use when applying for jobs and university places.

Offering in-depth understanding of how companies are organised and structured, the different roles and career opportunities that exist and the skills needed to fulfil specific roles, the programme provides inspiration and raises aspirations through encounters with employers and employees.

The Company Programme culminates in the UK Final, in which the top teams will battle it out to be crowned UK Company of the Year. It is delivered by Young Enterprise, the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills.

Year 10 History students visit the National Holocaust Centre

A group of 40 Year 10 History students visited the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Newark.

The centre promotes understanding of the roots of discrimination and prejudice and the development of ethical values and respect for human rights, by providing a range of facilities which enable visitors of all ages to explore the history and implications of the Holocaust.

The students visited the exhibition and Memorial Gardens to discover and reflect upon the persecution of Jews by the Nazi regime. They were privileged to meet with Holocaust survivor Susi Bechhofer, who shared her experience as a Kindertransport evacuee and led a discussion on identity.

Staff accompanying the groups were extremely proud of the respectful behaviour and engagement of the students, whose excellent questioning enabled them to deepen their own understanding of the history and implications of the tragedy.

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