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HWA Blog - 3.5.24


During assembly on Monday morning, Mrs Needham celebrated the remarkable progress achieved across the school by all students towards their EHCP step targets. Classes that demonstrated the most significant progress were rewarded with prizes as a token of recognition for their hard work and dedication. 

Congratulations are in order for the following classes who received prizes: 

  •       Mrs Lerigo's Class 
  •       Mrs Davis's Class 
  •       Mrs Tootill's Class 
  •       Inspiration Hub 
  •       Mrs Mayer's Class 
  •       Mrs Daniel's Class 
  •       Mrs Datta's Class 

Furthermore, certificates were also distributed to students who displayed exceptional commitment and ambition by achieving 100% engagement in all subjects throughout the spring term reports. These certificates showcase the students' diligence and enthusiasm towards their learning journey. 

The assembly was a celebration of excellence and continuous improvement that we strive to foster within our school community. Well done to everyone for their outstanding efforts. 


On Wednesday morning, I attended the MAT Reverse Employability Event at New Bridge school with Mrs Jones and some of our year 11 and alumni students – it was amazing to listen to some of our alumni students, who are now 19 years old, some are driving and working, while others are at university. All loving life and they looked so grown up and well.  

The event invited local partners and businesses, within the area, the opportunity to meet students from across the New Bridge MAT. This was an amazing opportunity for our external visitors to engage with students and share insights from their profession, industry and personal experience.  

This was a fantastic event that supported our students at Hollinwood Academy and the wider MAT students. 

You can read about it here:


Let’s see what some of the classes have been doing starting with Miss Lerigo’s reception class… 


"Our amazing Reception Children and their Pirate Adventures… 

Our reception children have truly shone this week as we have delved into the exciting world of pirates. We have painted and crafted intricate treasure chests and made treasure maps in readiness to draw directions next week so we can hide our treasure.  The children’s enthusiasm and creativity have been a joy to witness.  

We have also dived further into the realm of writing, where the children have impressively conjured up their very own pirate names using a special code. The children had to choose their favourite colour and their favourite animal to determine their Pirate name. We had a Captain Blackbeard, Matey McBoatface and many more. This supported the children getting into character for their adventurous journeys on the high seas.  

Our Talk for Writing books have been all about pirates. We have been looking at the story ‘On a Pirate Ship’ this week. We have mapped out the story as a group on an S Plan, and next week we will be creating our unique S Plan’s to represent our own understanding of the story.  

In phonics we have been recapping sounds and introduced two new sounds. The sound of the 'ea' and 'e.' We have had tea parties and created sentences using the ‘e’ sound using words like ‘me’, ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘we’ and ‘be’. We also practiced saying the sounds into a microphone to make our voices really loud. 

In maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and investigating which shapes roll and which stack. We answered questions like “How do we know that?” “Why do we think that?” and made predictions. We also made some 3D shapes from a net. One of the shapes we made was a cone. We made party hats and decorated them so that we can wear them at parties.  

In cooking we made Pirate biscuits, we rolled out icing and added features of an eye patch and a spotty pirate bandana. 

The dedication and effort displayed by our children this week have truly made it a memorable and enriching experience for all. Here's to another fantastic week of learning and discovery next week! Let's make the most of this final term!"

Miss Emma

ELO - 3.5.24


Now to Miss Gordon’s form… 


"This week, 8AGN have made the most of the little sunshine we’ve had by heading out to Wythenshawe Park to cycle on a huge bike track. The students greatly enjoyed cycling in the sun, on a range of bikes. A few students demonstrated persistence and faced their fears by trying to ride a two-wheeler bike and others enjoyed riding together on two-seater bikes. The students demonstrated Hollinwood Academy’s Trust and caring values by cheering each other on.  

In English, our students have headed back in time to the Shakespearean era by studying William Shakespeare’s very famous play, Romeo and Juliet. We learnt about Shakespeare’s personal life, including how talented and successful he was. 

In RSE we have been exploring the different careers and jobs there are. We discovered that there are over 12,000 types of jobs, so there is something for everyone! 

In science, we have travelled to space to learn about the solar system. We learnt about the different planets in our solar system, including our home, the Earth. We also learnt about the moon and how it orbits the Earth and is the Earth’s natural satellite. 

In Geography we have been looking at glaciers and the impact of glaciers melting on wildlife. We got to enjoy watching penguins, seals and blue whales in their natural habitat.  

In ICT the students have started to design and create their own websites. Some of their ideas include squishmallows, cars, big cats, and dog breeds. We are so excited to see how these turn out."


Now to Miss Harris’ form… 


"The start of the summer term has been very exciting over in 9KHS, we have been getting up to lots of interesting activities, doing some great work and improving our relationships. 

In English, we have been studying some British literary classics, including Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist and The Ballad of Charlotte Dymond. The students have been engaged, eager to learn and producing some beautiful work. We have put our detective and journalist hats on to write police reports and news articles.  

In maths, we are honing our multiplication skills to improve our problem-solving skills and help us to tackle more complex maths going forward - we are becoming experts with the times table grids. Whilst over in science, we have been delving into the fascinating world of energy and its various forms. Year 9 have been learning how different energy types are used in our everyday lives. 

In history, we have been studying the Early Life of Henry the Eighth. It has been very interesting for year 9 to learn about Tudor life, the part about eating buttered spiders as cough medicine was particularly gross! 

In music, we have been learning some challenging tunes and playing them on the guitars and keyboards. There has been some beautiful bonding in these lessons as the students have been helping each other to find that perfect pitch! In PE we have been playing badminton, improving our hand-eye coordination, teamwork and fitness all in one. We have also visited Mahdlo Youth Zone and got involved with some great activities. 

We are constantly striving towards our EHCP targets by developing our social skills, academic attainment, life skills, teamwork, peer and adult interaction, self-regulation.... the list goes on. We are smashing these targets every single day and the development can clearly be seen in our thriving students.  

Hollinwood's holistic approach to each and every student shines through in their everyday learning, targets and development. Our students are growing in confidence and pushing themselves constantly. Well done 9KHS, you are smashing it! 

'The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you' - B.B King "

KHS - 3.5.24


Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and HWA Passionate STARs...


Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Lee for being amazing in maths counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s. Just brilliant!  

Mrs Lerigo’s HWA Passionate STAR is AbuBakr for being so enthusiastic about what is happening next on the timetable and reading it out loud to everyone! 

Miss Pietraszewska’s STAR of the week is Teddy for being very interested in our English stories and listening to them very passionately. 

Miss Pietraszewska’s HWA Passionate STAR is Harrison for his amazing handwriting! 

Miss Oakley’s STARs of the week are the whole class for amazing participation with the balance bikes. You all have tried so hard! 

Miss Bailey’s STAR of the week is Jack for great work in our communication sessions. 

Miss Bailey’s HWA Passionate STAR is Maja for participating in all of our activities this week with enthusiasm and for her beautiful singing. 

Mrs Quinn’s STAR of the week is William for some fantastic creative work during his maths and phonics lessons this week. 

Mrs Quinn’s HWA Passionate STAR is Kai for his increased verbal communication during lesson time. 

Mr Corrigan’s STAR of the week is Simisola for taking a caring interest in her friends. 

Mr Corrigan’s HWA Passionate star is Lewis for great engagement and creativity in his Phonics lessons this week. 

Mr Corrigan’s WOW moments go to Louis and Maya. Well done! 

Miss Boothroyd and Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is Shane for always being passionate in his lessons and doing amazing work.  

Miss Boothroyd and Miss McDonald’s HWA Passionate STAR is Blaire for having a great week and impressing all her teachers.  

Miss Boothroyd and Miss McDonald’s Dojo winner is ... Well done! 

Miss Hulme’s STAR of the week is Freya for having fantastic behaviour all week and trying her best in all lessons.  

Miss Hulme’s HWA Passionate STAR is Oscar for amazing Maths work all week. 

Mrs Davies’ STAR of the week is Ethan for being a caring friend this week 

Mrs Davies’ HWA Passionate STAR is Ijaaz for asking his friends for a high five. 

Miss Gittins’ STAR of the week is Mia for engaging well in Maths this week. 

Miss Gittins’ HWA Passionate STAR is Lewis for always being kind and considerate towards others. 

Miss Gittins’ Super Spellers this week are Caitlin, Joshua, Nabiha, Zakariya and Hadley. Well done!  

Miss Matthew’s STAR of the week is Corey for looking after his friends throughout the week when upset or uncomfortable. Well done Corey! 

Miss Matthew’s HWA Passionate STAR is Eli for encouraging his friend to go to school when he was having a bad morning. Well done Eli! 

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Connor for working hard and independently.  

Miss Tootill’s HWA Passionate STAR is Fatima for being passionate during Talk for Writing and remembering all the words and actions. 

Miss Pietraszewska’s also awarded Caitlin Scientist of the Week for excellent contributions in Science.  


STARS of the Week (3.5.24)


As I mentioned in my blog last week, our GCSE exams start on the morning of Friday 10th May with biology. Please ensure your child takes some time to rest, relax and revise over the Bank Holiday weekend on 6th May. This will allow them to recharge their batteries and approach next week with a refreshed and focused mindset. 

School will be closed on Monday 6th May for the Bank Holiday weekend and we will reopen on Tuesday 7th May. 


Have a lovely, long bank holiday weekend and I hope to see the sun shining. 

Mrs Millard