Academy Achievements

Silverware for the tenth year in succession.

HACA have supported the Pontefract Music Festival by entering the choir and have had success over the past decade or more. 

March 2017 posed to be even more successful than usual with the choir scooping up 3 trophies. They truly did impress the judges as the choir were awarded Distinctions for everyone of their songs! 

Well done to the choir, Mrs Scott & Mrs Cox for their assistance in helping the choir to reach such heights of vocal excellence. 

Accreditation as England RL Player Development School
Over the past couple of months Wakefield Trinity community department have been working closely with Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy’s PE department, delivering the SkyTry and award winning Embed the Pathway development programmes with pupils and staff in the school.

The Academy’s Head of PE, Iain Booker commented, “We have really enjoyed working with Wakefield Trinity closely and in particular James Stephenson and Gareth Spedding over the last term on the ETP. It has seen a real development of rugby league within the academy, in particular for the girls who are now competing regularly against other schools in the area.

Silver School Games Mark Award

Congratulation to our PE Department who have been awarded the Silver School Games Mark Award for their commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport in 2015/16. Supberb! A very well done team! 

United Kingdom Mathematics Trust- Maths Challenge

Congratulations to all those students that participated in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge in February 2016. Top set mathematicians in year 9, 10 and 11 participated in this event which encourages pupils to think for themselves and develop critical reasoning.

We feel that these events are extremely beneficial to our students as the importance of teaching mathematical reasoning and problem-solving are becoming heavily emphasised in recent curriculum changes. We believe that the maths challenge allows pupils to do exactly that. The maths challenge helps to inspire and develop an interest in mathematics amongst our pupils.

Our results from this challenge have being both motivating and inspiring. Overall we achieved 27 Bronze Awards and 6 Silver Awards. These are impressive and remarkable results for both Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy and all of the pupils involved. A big well done to our pupils, we look forward to expanding the number of students involved in the maths challenge in the near future. 

HACA Choir Win Pontefract Music Festival

The Academy choir and senior vocal group "Harmonix" recently performed at the Pontefract music festival. The students entered 4 different categories including part singing, Show Songs, popular music medleys and sacred songs. The choir performed to an outstanding level and were awarded 3 distinctions and a merit winning the 1st place trophies for each category. The adjudicators feedback included comments such as

"really funky and clever arrangements with well held secure lines”

If you would like to see the choir in action they will be performing at the Hepworth for their 5th Anniversary Picnic along with other local Arts groups on Sunday 22nd May from 11am-1pm. Entry is free to this event and open to the public. 


Year 10 Girls Rugby Team invited to play at Wetherby Rugby Union Tournament
Congratulations to our year 10 girls rugby team who were invited to participate at the Wetherby Rugby Union Tournament. The girls played really well and their coach, Mr Bradley, was very proud of them all. The girls played against Wales High School ( won ), Bedale High School ( drew ) and Sirius Academy ( lost ). Well done girls, this was a big achievement. Fantastic. 

Yorkshire Primary PE and Sport Premium Award
Many congratulations to our PE teacher, Miss Southam, who submitted an application for the Yorkshire Primary PE and Sport Premium Award, a joint initiative from the four Yorkshire County Sport Partnerships and Sheffield Hallam University, funded by Sport England and was chosen as the winner amongst a high number of very impressive nominations from across the county. A camera crew will be visiting the Academy shortly to produce a short film based on Miss Southam's nomination which will be shown at the Yorkshire awards ceremony. How exciting! Well done Miss Southam. 

Skating for Gold with Team GB

Our year 10 student Ellie-May Slater is a professional iceskater and was carefully selected to join Team GB. During the Easter holidays Ellie May and Team GB travelled to Begium to compete against other teams from Holland, Germany, Estonia, Belarus, Spain, France and Italy.
On the first day of competing Ellie won a gold medal followed by a bronze medal with her ice-skating partner.
On her return, Ellie May undertook her Level 6 NISA exam and passed with flying colours. We would like to wish Ellie May the very best of luck at the numerous competitions she has coming up. Keep your eye on this one, she will go far! Ellie is pictured 6th from the right. Superstar! 

Sport Relief March 2016
During the 14 – 18 March 2016, both students and staff were busy getting involved in various activities including a bake off, tug of war and Sport Relief Mile Run, to raise money for Sport Relief. The total amount raised was £1994.65. A huge thank you to everyone for your support and donations. Also well done to Year 8 students who raised a total of £255.38 for Cancer Research. 

Charlotte Anderson's got the Golden Ticket
Congratulations to our Year 9 student, Charlotte Anderson, who found the Golden Ticket.
As part of the re-launch of the Rewards System in September 2015, students are now given scratchcards as a reward for their good behaviour and can win various prizes. This week a Golden Ticket was released and the lucky person who claimed it, Charlotte, bagged herself a Kindle Fire. Well done Charlotte! 

Year 9 Student Raises £1160.32 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance
On Monday 10th August 2015, three generations of the Wharton family, Kafi(13yrs old), Paul(44yrs young) and David(70yrs younger) walked the historic Hadrian's Wall in the North of England in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).
They walked the full length of the wall, 84 miles in six days. The trek started at Bowness-On-Solway and finished in Wallsend on Saturday 15th August 2015. They have raised £1160.32 and would like to say a big thank you to everybody who has supported them.

Academy awarded Arts Mark Gold for 5th Time Running

We are pleased to inform you that HACA have been awarded, for the 5th time running, Arts Mark Gold. This is fantastic news for the Academy. 
Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.
Artsmark is nationally recognised as demonstrating excellence in arts and cultural provision.
Holding Artsmark status demonstrates that our Academy values the arts and culture.
Artsmark promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.