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  • COMIC RELIEF 24th MARCH

    21st March 2017

    This Friday, 24th March, is Red Nose Day raising money for Comic Relief.

    The Grove Academy will be running a non-uniform day for all students and staff, with a contribution of £1 to the Red Nose Day fund.

    The main event of the day is The Great TGA Bake Off, organised by our resident Bake Off genius, Mrs Hamilton.

     Older pupils will lead teams of the younger ones in baking and decorating biscuits. There will be judging following this by an elite team of biscuit experts, with awards and presentations in assembly

  • First five years of conservation

    14th February 2017

    5 years on from  the start of our successful partnership with The Bilton Conservation Group , The Grove Academy  continues to train the  conservationists of the future.

    Year 11 Land-based Studies students ,Josh and Tom, have been busy at the Willow Wood crossroads building a motorcycle barrier, following a  spate of intrusions onto Bilton Fields, in Nidd Gorge, by off- road motorbikes.

    The lads have been getting to grips with barrows, spits, pickaxes , mallets and the fine art of the spirit level, to produce

  • Students restoring the Japanese Garden

    3rd February 2017

    Students enrolled on our Horticulture courses have taken a central role in the newly launched project to restore the Japanese Garden in the famous Valley Gardens. This is  a long term project that will benefit the community of Harrogate, and staff and students are very proud to be involved.

  • Chinese New Year 2017 - Year of the Rooster

    3rd February 2017

    As part of their multi-cultural/SMSC education studies, KS3 students celebrated Chinese New Year on 06.02.17.  The students had a taster of four different activities- 

     

    • They studied thought provoking Chinese Maths led by Mr Town. 
    • All the students created a surface using willow and tissue paper and then learnt how to write their horoscopes in Chinese.  
    • Mr Turner and Mr Trower taught the students how to make Chinese badges using ideas from their horoscopes. 
    • Mrs Hamilton and Miss Collis taught the students how
  • Felt and Mosaic Workshops at Fountains Abbey

    1st December 2016

    Two very successful Felt Workshops were held at Fountains Abbey, led by Emma Manners, in November.  Despite it being very cold with poor light the KS4 students were able to work on site, in the Abbey.  They produced interesting work for their GCSE portfolios.  The group then used these studies to create exciting, individual felts.  Both students said how much they enjoyed the day.

     

    KS3 students also enjoyed this privilege of working at Swanley Grange, in the National Trust grounds and each made a large, felt

  • KS3 Night in the Woods

    22nd November 2016

    As the first  challenge in The Grove Academy’s new Personal Development Programme, the KS3 students were challenged to spend a night in the woods, sleeping in self–built shelters.

    Designed to improve the students’ personal resilience and self-confidence, the challenge involved:  route planning; use of public transport; map reading;  teamwork; leadership; shelter building and campfire cooking. As much as possible, the  students were given control and independence with the activities and the decision making.

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  • Children in Need

    18th November 2016

    Children In Need was as always, an important day for everyone at The Grove Academy.  All week we had been bringing in our loose change to place around Pudsey Bear on the library table.    

    Most of the pupils had been working on some art work, with the rather wild idea of holding an auction and making money for Children In Need.  We had created some fabulous work on 11.11.16 for Remembrance Day, during the Friday Challenge.  There was an explosion of poppies, some created on the pupils individually prepared p

  • Fire Safety Talk

    20th October 2016

    On Friday 30th September, Fire Safety Officer Craig Haswell from the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service led a special assembly for the whole school on the dangers of fire. He focussed on risky behaviour, but also discussed fire accidents in the home. His presentation was hard hitting and students left with a better understanding of the dangers of fire setting and the consequences when things go wrong.

  • Anti Radicalisation Drama

    17th October 2016

    As part of the work The Grove Academy does around the Prevent Agenda, on Friday 13th of October the Saltmine Theatre Company visited us and built a stage and set downstairs in our recreation area.

    The whole school watched the production, which was about the dangers of radicalisation and how it destroys friendships and lives. It was an extremely thought provoking experience, especially as the play focussed on two friends whose lives were torn apart by them both being drawn to extremism - one to Islamic extrem

  • SMSC Day at The Grove Academy

    6th July 2016

    On the 4th of July all the pupils at The Grove Academy had a special timetable, with the theme of “Looking After.”  Dirty Maths, run by Mr Webster and Mr Hughes, looked at the awful graphs and statistics showing the number of tigers left in the world.  Pupils were thoroughly engaged but saddened.  They all came out of the lesson with thought provoking facts and figures.  SMSC Hydroponic, Science with Miss McLellan and Mrs Wilkinson looked at the varying nutrients that were needed to grow radish shoots in pe

  • Somme performance

    5th July 2016

    On the 100th anniversary of the Somme students put on a fantastic play highlighting how recruits from our area ended up in the battle.

    You can now watch the performance in full.

     

     

  • Recycling at the Grove Academy

    4th July 2016

    The Grove Academy did more than it's bit for recycling on Friday 24th June. Students spent a long time sorting through years worth paper, card, palstic etc. The students' did a grand job and were amazed at how much reusable items they could reclaim from the mountain of 'rubbish' they had started off with.

  • Fantastic Somme Play Performance.

    1st July 2016

    Students were an absolute credit to themselves commemorating the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme. Students, led by Mr Kitson, rehearsed and performed a moving short play about the recruitment of the Leeds Lads, many of whom were cut down at the Somme.

     

  • GCSE Art Exhibition 2016

    29th June 2016

    On Tuesday 28 June 2016, The Grove Academy held their annul Art Exhibition.  This was to celebrate the GSCE art work.  Despite the downpour, students, friends, families and staff all enjoyed the celebration and being able to talk to the students about their work.  It does look fabulous.

    Mrs Hamilton and a Food Technology student prepared a delicious buffet.  The whole exhibition was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

    Well done everyone.

     

    Mrs Kate Kersey

    Art Teacher

  • Art Exhibition

    8th June 2016

    There will be an exhibition of our GCSE students' wonderful Art work taking place on Tuesday 28th June. Please come and peruse!

  • Link to our Virtual Learning Platform

    10th May 2016

    For access to our Virtual Learning Platform please click on the link below;  

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  • Canoeing

    28th April 2016

    Last week a group of our Year 11 students went on an introductory kayaking session at Glasshouses Dam. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day that  started off dry but became progressively wetter as the students became more confident and insisted upon splashing the teachers at every opportunity!

  • Sport Relief Row-athon

    11th April 2016

    Staff and students celebrated the recent Sports Relief day, and raised money for the good causes by rowing the Channel!

    For a whole host of reasons this didn't take place on water but rather in the safety of the Gym. Students and staff took turns to complete the channel distance on the rowing machine during the morning. It was a smooth crossing and the boat cruised into Calais just before home time.

  • Music at The Grove Academy

    4th March 2016

    On Friday 4th March students thoroughly enjoyed playing a variety of percussion instruments. This was as part of an initial session provided by Live Music Now who visit schools to provide an introduction to music. Students were introduced to the concept of Rhythm, Harmony and Melody, and were amazed at the quality of the ensemble piece that they were able to perform by the end of their first short session.

     

  • Chinese New Year 2016 - Year of the Monkey-SM

    10th February 2016

    On Monday 8th of February, KS3 had a special timetable.  Chinese Maths, run by Mrs Morris and Mr Sancho, taught the pupils how the Chinese can calculate huge numbers.  Instead of multiplying they simply lay the numbers out in a certain manner and then add them together.

    Pupils also experienced the process of creating badges with Mr Hamilton and Mr Turner. They researched their own Chinese horoscope images from the internet, and then used the special equipment to make them.

    The Chinese create wonderful art thr