Winifred Holtby Academy is a popular, oversubscribed school which serves the community of Bransholme. We accommodate 1350 students in a state of the art building, opened in September 2011. Winifred Holtby Academy is unique, in that it is co-located in one building with Tweendykes Special School.
We are part of the Bransholme Umbrella Trust of Academies which consists of 5 primaries, 1 referral unit and 1 special school. The Academies Trust sits within the larger Bransholme and District Partnership that also incorporates a further 4 primary schools, 1 secondary school and a VI form college.
Our aim is to equip all our students for the world of work and irrespective of their ability on entry we want them all to leave us as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society.
This is brought about within an environment that fosters mutual respect.
Our students aspirations are further enhanced through numerous extra-curricular activities.
Winifred Holtby Academy is twinned with the Albert Academy, Freetown, Sierra Leone and No 10 Middle School, Bejing, China as part of the schools Global partnership. These partnerships encourage visits, sharing good practice and developing students understanding and appreciation of other cultures and religions. We offer a broad and varied curriculum ensuring that we cater for the needs of each individual student. Our mission statement is; ì21st Century Learning in a 21st Century environment, achieving excellence for all by working in partnership.îCareers Convention for Year 10 Students
Working closely with employers is important for Winifred Holtby Academy and we do this in a variety of different ways such as:
- Work Experience
- Education Business Partnership links (EBP)
- University of Hull Business School students working within Business lessons and being involved in the work experience process
- Extensive Information, Advice and Guidance programme incorporating many varied visitors from business aiming to presenting a diverse look at life and progression routes school. Talks are delivered from industries on employability skills and how important they are
- Links with the University of Hull Careers Service
- STEM Ambassadors involved in curriculum project planning and activities for the STEM Club
- Barclays Bank providing support for a school bank and working within Information, Advice and Guidance lessons on areas such as financial planning and debt management
- Tigers Trust competitions
- Above and Beyond project (Links as part of this project: Claughtonís, Kingston Communications, Smile Foundation, Spectrum, St Stephens, Wedge Wellies, Xing Smoothie Co)
- Academy participates in the Business Class initiative
For many people today, a career for life is no longer an option. Most people expect to hold jobs with a variety of employers and move across different employment sectors through their working life. We all need to be flexible in our working patterns and be prepared to change jobs and/or sectors if we believe there are better opportunities elsewhere. In order to be flexible we need a set of transferable skills ñ skills that are not specific to one particular career path but are generic across all employment sectors. We believe that our students should leave Winifred Holtby Academy with this set of skills which will contribute to an individual’s overall employability by enhancing their capacity to adapt, learn and work independently. These skills are required not only to gain employment but also to progress within an organisation. We aim to prepare our students appropriately so they are equipped with these employability skills which are necessary for getting, keeping and being successful in a job. They are the skills and attitudes that enable employees to get along with their colleagues, to make critical decisions, solve problems, develop respect and ultimately become strong ambassadors for the organisation. We hope that by doing so we are creating a successful generation for the future.