Park Lane Academy

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British Values & SMSC


Previous Events / Activities

Fairtrade – FairAchiever Award

Park Lane Academy has recently achieved the FairAchiever award from the Fairtrade Foundation. This award recognises the commitment of the school to this cause. To achieve the award the school and to demonstrate and provide evidence of promotion of Fairtrade, awareness of students and staff, the use of Fairtrade products and learning about Fairtrade as part of the curriculum.

The academy was able to provide evidence for all the different components. Below are a selection of images which represent some of the evidence which was submitted and the certificate awarded to school. Learning about Fairtrade helps students to widen their knowledge of different types of people and communities from across the World.

It also allows them to appreciate some of the challenges people in developing countries face and how Fairtrade can be one of the solutions to alleviate poverty and improve welfare and educational outcomes.

Aspire Challenge

The Aspire students chose their challenge, it was to work as a team with a limited budget and to make a profit. We decided on a sweet challenge, we worked in teams, we made and bought a variety of sweet cones.

The students also rang Nestle who very kindly donated Quality Street and after eight mints. The students then decided to do a raffle, they thought it would be nice to have a separate Staff and Student raffle.

Mr Ali kindly donated a 7” tablet for the raffle. We have raised £160.00. All profits going to The Forget Me Not Children's Hospice.

Mrs Schofield

Well done to all in Aspire!

Business Enterprise Challenge

On Monday 15th January, 42 year 9 students took part in the Business Enterprise Challenge organised by Business in the Community and Mosaic. This is a national competition where students from schools across the country work with business mentors to complete an on-line business simulation game.

Throughout the day students worked in teams and learnt about ethical business, profit & loss and making business decisions with support from their mentor. Each team competed with each other on the day to see who could make the most profit. All the teams ended up making millions with several making over £5,000,000 on the day!

If any of our teams are in the top five in Yorkshire we will compete in the regional final in Leeds, so fingers crossed!

Mrs Hogan

Entrepreneur Workshops

After school on a Tuesday, a group of students have been learning what it takes to be an entrepreneur and run your own business! They have had advice from Llloyds and the Federation of Small Businesses about writing a business plan, financial support and how to market your business.

The idea came from a Year 11 student, Miguel Sanchez who asked Mrs Hogan, Head of Careers, if she could organise some workshops for students interested in setting up their own business in the future. Mrs Hogan thought this was an excellent idea and something that we haven't offered before so thanks to Miguel for his suggestion! "Self-employment is a growing option for people and it is great to be able to give our students the tools for starting on this journey" said Mrs Hogan.

We look forward to hearing about our generation of Alan Sugars in the future!

Remembrance Day

On Sunday 12th November our Head Boy, Kaylib Y11 and Deputy Head Girl, Hannah Y11 attended the Remembrance Day Parade from the Town Hall in Halifax to The Halifax Minster.

They layed a wreath on behalf of the school and took part in the prayers at the cenotaph.

Kaylib and other Y11 prefects sold poppies on behalf of the British Legion to students and staff in school.

Macmillan Fund Raising

On Monday 25 September students and staff came together to provide a huge banquet of cakes, cookies and biscuits to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The response from students was amazing, so much so we had to extend the tables to accommodate all the cakes!

Students and staff could choose from squidgy carrot cake to chewy chocolate chip cookies as they contributed their pocket money.

There was also a cake auction for several creative cake wonders - including a Park Lane Academy Cake. Over two days the school raised an incredible £322. Well done! and thank you to everyone for your support.

Mr Wakefield