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  • Battle of the Bands

    3rd March 2014


    On Saturday 15th February, the South Leeds Youth Hub hosted the music event of the month: Battle of the Bands. Competing against top talent from Garforth Academy, Bradford Grammar School and Allerton Grange, Academy band, Empire Down, wowed the crowd with their powerful metal tunes.  The band kicked off the event with a roar and a scream as they performed their first number, a cover of Bullet for My Valentine’s ‘Your Betrayal’.  Sadly, Empire Down was beaten to into second place by Bradford Grammar school’

  • Fairtrade at TSLA

    24th February 2014

    At the beginning of February, the art rooms at the academy were a flurry of activity as four of our More Able And Talented (MAAT) students, with the help of two dedicated members of staff, began handcrafting Fairtrade jewellery ready to sell for Fairtrade Fortnight. By creating their own beads, cut from Fairtrade paper, the girls produced some creative and inspiring designs ready to sell on their Fairtrade stall. The girls also decided to sell Fairtrade confectionary and baked goods, carefully calculating t

  • Valentine’s Day Stall

    17th February 2014


    To celebrate the most romantic day of the year, students at the academy decided to mark the event by selling handmade Valentine’s Cards and love-heart sweets. By combining the design talents of the Crafts Club and the entrepreneurial skills of our Year 11 girls, the team raised £60.90 in 30 minutes. All proceeds of the sale have been donated to the Dance Club, who will use the money to buy costumes for their much-anticipated production of ‘Cinderella’.

  • Service Above Self Awards

    4th February 2014

    The South Leeds Academy is proud to announce that two of our students Sanha Iqbal (Year 10) and Irum Mahmood (Year 11) have both received the prestigious Service Above Self Award from the Rotary Club of Leeds.

    Sanha and Irum were nominated for all the hard work and dedication they have put into raising funds for various charities whilst being members of the Academy’s Interact Club. The candidates nominated for the award were students who have shown outstanding conduct in service to others as the awards are i

  • Architecture Project

    13th January 2014

    Undergraduates from the University of Sheffield have been encouraging our students to develop their design and architectural skills through a series of practical workshops. Challenged with redesigning a study space, students were instructed to think critically about a given environment and tasked with devising ways to improve the space. The group was split into two teams and then given a kit of parts. Using the resources, some very interesting and very tall structures were created.

  • BMXing at The Works

    6th January 2014

    The generous staff at The Works Skatepark in Hunslet, donated several BMXing sessions to ten lucky students. The boys and girls made the most of the sessions by learning new tricks and daring to ride the ramps.


  • Students Impress at University Conference

    2nd January 2014

    Despite the blustery weather, three of our brightest and most determined students, braved the elements to participate in the annual ‘Leaders for Leeds’ Conference hosted at The University of Leeds. The conference was a great success, with leaders from many of the top institutions in the city, meeting to discuss leadership and formulate ideas that change and improve the lives of local people.  The girls were not daunted to be in such outstanding company and struck up engaging and informative conversations wi

  • TSLA Young Rotarians' Interact Club Event

    18th December 2013

    Last week saw The South Leeds Academy welcome the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, along with various Rotarians from Leeds Rotary Club to the student Interact Club’s official charter event. For those who aren’t familiar with Interact Clubs, they are youth clubs sponsored by individual Rotary Clubs, where students complete various projects within their local community and with their peers whilst raising funds for nominated charities.

    The South Leeds Academy Interact Club formed towards the back end of the last a

  • PSHE in Theatre

    17th December 2013

    Year 9 and 10 students have had the opportunity to watch I'm Not Falling by York based theatre company Invisible Man. The students were in rapture as they watched the performance which dealt with issues of domestic violence, risk taking behaviour, relationships and choices. The students then followed up this excellent performance with a workshop. The PSHE department strongly believes that this piece of theatre has created debate and discussion which can only help our young people make the right choices for

  • NACRO – Raising Your Game Project

    8th November 2013

     NACRO the crime reduction charity have been visiting the Academy since the start of term to work with different groups of students on the Raising Your Game Project. The project involves students learning about various things such as different types of crimes and the effects it can have on the victim and a community as a whole, and the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. During the last week of term, students took part in fundraising for their chosen charity, and raised £30 for Macmillan Cancer Suppo

  • Hope and Social Music Project

    11th October 2013

    Students at the Academy have been given the fantastic opportunity to work alongside Rich Huxley from the band Hope and Social whose many achievements include playing at Glastonbury and forming their very own fan funded record label. Alongside Rich, a dedicated group of students have been working hard to create their very own group and create their own music. The student group is currently working towards their own music recording and performing live at Garforth Arts Festival.



  • Year 11 Outstanding Achievement Award

    9th July 2013

    The South Leeds Academy is currently celebrating the success of six Year 11 students who have been awarded an “Outstanding Achievement” award. Cameron Atkinson, Caylum Carter, Melissa Sibanda, Enoch Kwofie, Frederick Cobbina and Kamil Jankowski have all achieved over 98% attendance over the past four consecutive years since the Academy was established in 2009. All six students were awarded a £20.00 voucher and certificate to recognise their achievement. The students are pictured with their Year Director, Mr

  • Financial Futures Project

    8th July 2013

    Friday 5th July 2013 a number of our Year 10 students were involved in a day organised by the NYBEP and Hitachi Finance. The students learnt about what expenditure a person has, money spent by themselves but also by the person who looks after them. The students were asked to consider luxury items versus essential items. At one point students had to create a budget to furnish their first home. For many of our students they began to realise the need for proper financial planning. The students discussed the ne

  • Beeston Festival

    2nd July 2013

    The Academy ran a stall at Beeston Festival selling flower planters to members of the public with the aim of raising funds for The Academy’s annual OAP Christmas Party. The weather was great for the day and all the planters sold out with a total of £91 being raised. Thank you to all the staff that helped with the setting up and running of the stall, and thanks to those members of staff and the public that came down on the day to buy the planters!  

  • MOSI

    1st July 2013

    The dedicated members of The Academy’s afterschool STEM Club visited the Manchester Museum of Science and Information during the holidays to explore further their passion for Science. The students thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the various exhibitions and developing their knowledge of Science and Industry and are hoping to implement some of the things they saw and learnt at the museum in their future STEM Club sessions.

  • Ofsted Inspection

    25th June 2013

    The South Leeds Academy have been given notification that we will be inspected by Ofsted on Wednesday 26th June and Thursday 27th June

  • PSHRE Year 9 News

    6th June 2013

    As part of the Healthy Lifestyles curriculum in PSHRE Year 9 students are currently being 'trained' in the dangers of Niche tobacco products including Shisha and other speciality products. Students have taken part in an informative session about the dangers and the availability of these products along with the legal implications. These sessions are being run by the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service and are designed to raise awareness and prevent harm to our young people. Many people believe that Shis

  • Grand Ambitions Project

    3rd June 2013

    As part of the Breeze Youth Festival the students who attend Grand Ambitions (delivered by Leeds to Success), which is one of the Aspirational Activities funded by the JESS Cluster, conducted the public tour around the Grand Theatre on Thursday 30th May 2013 during half term.

    The students were absolutely fantastic, they were very nervous but overcome their fears and all did their own individual speeches in their characters as part of the tour. There were roughly 30 members of the public in total and the stud

  • Volatile Substance Abuse Lessons at TLSA

    20th May 2013

    Within Year 9 PSHRE (Personal Social Health and Religious Education)  lessons students have had sessions delivered by the Chantelle Bleau Memorial Fund. The fund was created after Chantelle herself died after trying Volatile Substances for the first time. Our students were given an exciting and interesting session by Sophie from the charity. They learnt about Chantelle herself and the dangers involved with trying a drug like this for the first time. They learnt that the substances can cause death on the fir

  • Kyle Anderson Memorial

    2nd May 2013

    On the 30th April 2013 staff and students, both past and present were invited to attend a memorial evening in memory of Kyle Anderson, a pupil at South Leeds High School, who was tragically killed. Tuesday 30th April 2013 marks the 4th anniversary of Kyle’s passing. A bench with a plaque was bought from funds raised by Kyle’s fellow students.

    A cherry tree was donated by Mitie and Aire Valley Grounds. The evening was celebrated with singers, dancers, food and drink etc.