The Emmaus Walk


A big group of staff have decided to set out on a challenge, we aim to complete The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge is a 39.2km circular walk starting in Horton-In-Ribblesdale.

 The challenge consists of climbing the summits of Pen-Y-Ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m) in less than 12 hours. We aim to complete this challenge on Saturday 7 July.


We are going to title this walk ‘The Emmaus Walk’ and our aim is to raise money for the new kitchen we would like to install in our Emmaus Support Centre.

The Emmaus Support Centre in school has been opened for just over a year now. It aims to support the students in school who are facing barriers in making progress in school. By assisting these students and enabling them to overcome whatever barriers there are to making progress, the Emmaus Support Centre is helping all students in school, because these are the students who can disrupt learning and teaching in the classroom.

The preparation of food and drink is a key part of the Emmaus Centre and clearly it is vital that any preparation of food must be done in a hygienic environment and thus the need for a kitchen in our support centre. This requires money and this then has led this group of staff to accept this challenge and set out to conquer these 3 peaks and to raise some vital money for our school.

We will let you know in due course how you could sponsor the ‘Emmaus Walk Team’ and we will let you know who the members of this team are in the coming weeks. If there is any way financially you can support the team in raising the money required please contact school.

Easter Revision Sessions for Year 11


As a school we have decided to run some additional revision sessions, during the Easter holidays, in order to further support your child with their revision and preparation for the Summer examinations.

HERE is a copy of the letter which students will have received today.  Could you please discuss this with them in detail and encourage their attendance to as many sessions as possible.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs D Smith
Progress and Attainment Leader for Years 10 and 11

Parent Survey 2018


We are seeking the views of ALL parents in our April 2018 Survey.  Your views are important and will play a crucial role in helping us to move our school forward.  On average the survey takes just over three and a half minutes to complete.

Many thanks in advance for your contributions.

Please CLICK HERE to to access the survey.

Mr Brogan
Deputy Headteacher

The Top 3 Revision Tips


If you’re determined to get the best grades possible when you open your GCSE results in August, you may be searching for better ways to revise for your exams to make sure you get there.  Nothing beats hard-work, especially when it comes to studying, but there are ways you can guide your brain to remember information easier which supports your ability to learn.


1. Create a Revision Timetable

Building a revision timetable can add structure to your revision and help you identify which GCSE subjects you need to prioritise to get better marks.  Creating a revision timetable is a great way to organise your study time, plus it also helps boost your motivation to revise for your exams.

Download a copy of a blank revision timetable HERE.


2. Take Regular Study Breaks

Do you feel stressed, tired and that no new information is entering your head?  There is no point forcing yourself to study for hours upon hours as this will not result in a positive outcome.  Taking regular study breaks and exercising is proven to engaging your brain in studying and improve your exam performance in the long-run.  So…… exercise in-between revising and especially before the exam.


3. Practice, Practice, Practice

One of the biggest recommendations that past GCSE students recommend is to do as many GCSE past papers as you can.  Practising past papers will help you get familiar with the exam format, question style, time pressure and overall improve your ability to retrieve information quicker.


Good Luck with your revision – Remember: Hard Work, works!

Mr Parr

Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy