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  • River of Hope

    Published 28/11/23

    A group of our Year 8 and 9 students have taken part in the River of Hope Project this year with some other schools in Leeds as part of Leeds 2023 events.

    Their flags, created as part of the project using their artwork, are currently being displayed by the river near the Armories, so it'd be great if you are in the area if you could pop by & see them. 

    A video of the project containing some of them and the poem they created will be coming soon which they are very excited about!

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  • LEAP Business Project

    Published 14/11/23

    Our Year 11 Business students are taking part in an enterprise project in collaboration with LEAP.

    Their company 'Scented Dreams' are selling reed diffusers.

    All proceeds will go to Yorkshire Children's Charity.

    50ml diffuser £10

    100ml diffuser £15

    To order DM @ScentedDreams.CAL on Instagram or complete the order form here

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  • Recognition Awards Evening

    Published 09/11/23

    This annual event was held at Royal Armouries in Leeds this year. A fabulous evening that celebrates staff achievements and showcases the wonderful musicians from some of our academies within the trust. This year our academy rose to the occasion. Our Music students Daniel Kwateng, Lilia Tariket, Thomas Shewaye and Emily Flynn took centre stage to perform songs by Alicia Keys and Billie EIlish, what a show they put on! They did the school, staff, our community and most importantly themselves proud and clearly enjoyed themselves along the way. All the hard work paid off, well done guys! 

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  • October Newsletter

    Published 27/10/23


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  • Leeds Year of Culture Partner School

    Published 26/10/23

    Excited to share we’re a Leeds Year of Culture partner school.  Thanks to the British Council and
    Institut français, our students will work together with a partner school in France on a joint online project.

    Leeds has been twinned with Lille for more than 50 years, and during that time the two cities have worked closely on a range of arts, education and business projects. As part of the Year of Culture, British Council, LEEDS 2023 and the Institut Français are linking schools in Leeds and Lille to work together on an international project.

    Thursday November 2023

    Busy day at Co-op Academy Leeds! We are delighted to have received some of our French partners from Lille-Leeds cultural exchange! 

    We discussed project opportunities for our students to gain cultural capital and learn more about French society! Our students and staff impressed the French and the British Council consultant with their enthusiasm and passion for the school!

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  • Work Experience, Malta

    Published 12/10/23

    16 students have gone to Gozo, Malta for two weeks. They are on work experience at the Sacred Heart Seminary school.

    They have been delivering English workshops, sessions on life in Leeds, British history and made some scones and Victoria sponge cakes.

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  • Saluting Our Sisters

    Published 10/10/23

    Miss Jones’ Black History Month Competition

    Open to students across the Co-op Academies:

    • Take a photo or share a photo of a woman of colour who inspires you. 

    • They can be famous, a family member, somebody in school, somebody in the community. They just have to be inspirational to you!

    • Submit 100 words explaining why they inspire you.

    There will be a prize for Co-op Academy Leeds winner and we will be making a big display of them in the library. The trust will also share a selection of them on our website and social media, so everyone can read the tributes of women that inspire us!

    Email Miss Jones if you are interested!

    Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou | Academy of Achievement

    Miss Jones

    The world would be a darker place without the iconic Maya Angelou. Her words and her wisdom are profound and far-reaching. 

    Angelou was an American writer and civil-rights activist who published seven autobiographies,countless poems and three books of essays. Angelou published her first autobiography,  I know why the Caged Bird Sings, in 1969 and her poem Still I Rise is outstanding. 

    Still I Rise

    You may write me down in history

    With your bitter, twisted lies,

    You may trod me in the very dirt

    But still, like dust, I'll rise.


    Does my sassiness upset you?

    Why are you beset with gloom?

    ’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells

    Pumping in my living room.


    Just like moons and like suns,

    With the certainty of tides,

    Just like hopes springing high,

    Still I'll rise.


    Did you want to see me broken?

    Bowed head and lowered eyes?

    Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

    Weakened by my soulful cries?


    Does my haughtiness offend you?

    Don't you take it awful hard

    ’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines

    Diggin’ in my own backyard.


    You may shoot me with your words,

    You may cut me with your eyes,

    You may kill me with your hatefulness,

    But still, like air, I’ll rise.


    Does my sexiness upset you?

    Does it come as a surprise

    That I dance like I've got diamonds

    At the meeting of my thighs?


    Out of the huts of history’s shame

    I rise

    Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

    I rise

    I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,

    Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.


    Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

    I rise

    Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

    I rise

    Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

    I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

    I rise

    I rise

    I rise.

    Read more about Maya Angelou here:

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  • Firework Safety and Legal Responsibilities

    Published 10/10/23

    Dear Parent/Guardian

    RE: Firework Safety and Legal Responsibilities

    I hope this letter finds you in good health. I am a Chief Inspector working for West Yorkshire Police and I am the Strategic Partnership Lead for the Leeds area. A lot of my work involves working with schools and young people to keep them and the wider community safe.

    As we approach the Bonfire season, I want to take a moment to discuss an important matter that concerns the safety and well-being of your children. Fireworks, although thrilling, can pose serious risks when handled irresponsibly or without proper supervision. It is crucial for you, as parents and guardians, to ensure your children's safety and prevent them from misusing fireworks.

    The use of fireworks is regulated by various laws and regulations to minimise the risks associated with them. The primary legislation governing fireworks is the Fireworks Regulations Act 2004, which restricts the sale, possession, and use of fireworks, especially among individuals under the age of 18. It is essential that you familiarise yourselves with these laws and regulations to uphold your responsibilities as parents and guardians.

    Here are some key points to consider:

    1. Age Restrictions: Under UK law, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess category 2 and 3 fireworks in public places. Retailers are also prohibited from selling category 2 and 3 fireworks to individuals under this age limit.

    2. Responsible Supervision: If your child is under 18 and wishes to enjoy fireworks, please ensure that they are always under the supervision of a responsible adult. Fireworks should never be left in the hands of children or teenagers.

    3. Noise and Nuisance: Fireworks should not be used in a manner that causes distress to others or constitutes a nuisance. Misuse can lead to noise complaints and potential legal consequences.

    4. Legal Consequences: The police take firework-related offences seriously. Robust action will be taken against anyone found committing offences such as underage possession, antisocial behaviour, or misuse of fireworks.

    This Bonfire season let's work together to ensure children enjoy fireworks safely and responsibly. By doing so, we can help prevent accidents, protect our communities from unnecessary disturbances, and avoid any legal repercussions.

    If you have any questions or concerns about firework safety or UK legislation, please visit the West Yorkshire Police website -

    Wishing you and your family a safe and enjoyable Bonfire season.


    Lucy Leadbeater

    Chief Inspector

    Leeds Partnerships

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  • Y7 to use Beckett St gate from Monday

    Published 03/10/23

    Please can Year 7 use the back gate on Beckett Street from Monday 9 October. Thank you.

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  • 'Contains Strong Language' Festival

    Published 28/09/23


    The First Story group had the opportunity to work with BBC Radio's 'Contains Strong Language' festival. They visited BBC Radio Leeds in June and presented their poetry at a showcase last Saturday at Leeds Central Library. They are very talented, brave and brilliant!


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  • Year 7 Settling In Evening

    Published 27/09/23
    Dear Parent/Guardian, Year 7 Settling In Evening Thursday 5th October 2:30pm-6pm We would like to invite you to attend our year 7 settling in evening to allow you an opportunity to visit your child’s teachers, in their subject areas, to d
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  • An invitation to our Open Evening on Thursday 5th October, 2:30pm - 6pm

    Published 22/09/23

    The next few months are an important time for your child’s school career, as you will need to apply for a secondary school place before the end of October.

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