Rewards Day 2014

Once again we will be holding our annual Rewards Day on Friday, 5th September 2014 to celebrate the hard work and commitment of our students over the last academic year.  Students in Years 8-11 and Year 13 will be spending the day participating in various trips/activities at:
• Alton Towers
• Flamingo Land
• The Works
• Cycling at Dalby Forest
• Leeds City Golf
• Hollywood Bowl/Pizza Hut

In addition, activity days running in school, for those who prefer this, will include:
• Music
• Art
• Sports

This is a very popular day with both staff and students and we hope that the weather stays kind to us!

Athletics Success

At last nights Leeds Schools Yr7 Athletics meet our Girls team came 1stand the Boys came 3rd which put us in 2ndplace position overall!

This is out of every high school in Leeds so it is a fantastic achievement.

A well deserved pat on the back for the following brilliant Yr7 Benton athletes:

  • Catherine Balshaw
  • Izzy Pawson
  • Louise Willoughby
  • Sophie Walsh
  • Marcia Girt
  • Amy Maloney
  • Emma Exner
  • Theo Rhodes
  • Lewis Forey
  • Daniel Ellis
  • Josh Whitcombe
  • Robert Winterburn
  • Jamie Donnelly
  • Callum Wilkinson
  • Jo Clancy
Another amazing success for the Benton Park climbing team

Another amazing success for the Benton Park climbing team, retaining 2nd place in the Leeds Wall inter-school climbing completion. The event consisted of all 16 of our pupils completing various bouldering and belay routes. The atmosphere was vibrant with pupils from all schools helping each other to achieve their full potential. Katie Williams narrowly missed out on 1st place fir the female U15's category but was pleased with second place, the level of skill did not stop their Issy Mercer gained a firm 2nd position. Alex Smith relieved 1st place for his speed climb and the success didn't stop their. Aiden valve came 3rd and tom Noel-Flint achieved joint second place. Everybody involved with the competition worked hard, challenged them selves and achieved their personal best.

Well we did it again #superbenton

Well we did it again #superbenton

On Tuesday 25th March Benton Park entered 8 KS3 pupils into the Leeds South and Central trampolining competition. Team 1 consisting of Jodie Cook, Izabella Summerscales, Chloe Hamer and Chloe Thompson all performed outstandingly with a combined score of 152 points, placing them in 1st position with a clear 12 point lead. On an individual basis Izabella achieved 40points and a 2nd place. If that wasn't enough Jodie had an amazing routine consisting of both a front and back summersault giving her 48 points and a well deserved 1st place. The competition was a roaring success and all schools and pupils involved had a really positive and fun experience.

Cambridge University's ARTiculation Prize

Ella Weeks, Year 11, featured on last Monday's BBC2's Culture Show documentary about Cambridge University's ARTiculation Prize. The ARTiculation Prize is an annual event designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of art. Students are invited to deliver a ten minute presentation to an audience about a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice. Nine heats took place across eight venues and Ella reached the final on 1stMarch.

The auditorium held around 200 dons, lecturers, teachers, other students and artists, not to mention the three BBC film units capturing the proceedings. Ella's speech was delivered confidently, and was received very well by the audience and by the adjudicator, Edmund de Waal. The sheer brilliance of the other competitors showed the level of excellence to which Ella aspired to, she can be very proud of her achievement.

Written by Miss Robertshaw   


What is Vinspired Schools?

·         Vinspired schools is a simple way for you to get recognised for volunteering and find opportunities available within school and the local community.

Whats in it for you?

•       Discover your talent

•       Build your confidence

•       Gain the skills that employers crave

•       Build your CV

•       Build your hours to get the awards

•       Get recognition for the work you do

•       Feel good factor

What can you expect

•       Variety of opportunities that are easy to sign up to and get involved in

•       Opportunity to be a Student Ambassador and help us shape how our school takes part

•       Staff to support you and ensure you get the most out of it

•       Certificates to recognise your achievements

•       Opportunities to develop your skills and CV

How to sign up

Go to the  student website

Click on the link and sign up

If you have any problems see Miss Robertshaw in the Y10/11 Office every Thursday or ask your teacher.

Bun Sale
Written by Theo Mirfin   
Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:48

We Raised £286.32 for teenage cancer trust through the above Bun Sales.

Sports Awards 2013
Friday, 25 October 2013 16:30

On Friday 18th October those students who have excelled in their sporting field over the last year were celebrated. The evening, organised by Miss Metcalfe, was a huge success and those students performing and receiving awards were extremely well supported by family and friends.  A huge thank you must go to Steve Bailey (Radio Yorkshire Presenter) and Chev Walker (Bradford Bulls and former Leeds Rhinos Rugby Player) for presenting the awards, not forgetting Mr Furniss as the perfect host.  

As well as the sporting awards, we also were treated to performances from both Benton Park Cheer (choreographed by Miss French) and Mollie Land.

Congratulations to everyone involved and thanks to all those who came along to off their support.

October Half Term
Monday, 14 October 2013 15:00

Below are three fantastic courses to try out this October half-term.  Anybody interested should make direct contact with Katherine Robertshaw rather than through school.

Benton Athletes

Some of Benton Athletes enjoyed a golden sporting moment when they posed with an Olympic torch after representing Leeds in a prestigious event at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Carnegie Athletics facility.

The students had competed against all other Leeds high schools in a series of athletics competitions over the last term and had qualified to go on to the games by finishing in the top three.

Mr Furniss, said: “Our students have worked fantastically hard to make sure we were running faster, jumping longer/higher and throwing further. It is a real team achievement with nearly 30 students being part of the team who brought us this success.”

The students posed with the torch which was brought to the event by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds Tom and Edna Murray.


A group of students who have been working towards their CREST Awards all year presented their projects for the regional heats of the National Science and Engineering Competition.  This was held at part of the Big Bang Roadshow at the Yorkshire Air Museum.

The projects included an investigation on how to prevent crying when chopping onions (Grace), finding the best artificial lava for a film set (Elisei), designing a new fire alarm and detection system suitable for electrical fires (Michael, Ethan, Joseph, Matthew, Tom and Charlie) and an investigation into what types and how much bacteria is growing around the school and which cleaning products are best for stopping the growth (Beth and Rebecca).  James came along as a 6th Form helper as he regularly helps on a Thursday night when the groups are working on their projects.  

The students did the school proud and dealt with the grilling from the judges extremely well.  The event was also open to other schools and members of the public who showed a high level of interest in each of the projects.  The students were very mature and spoke confidently about their work and although we didn't walk away with a prize, all these students will receive their Bronze or Silver CREST Awards once their projects are fully completed and written up.  

Well done to all involved.  Dr Painter

Students involved were:
Grace Stephenson (Yr 9), Bethany Wilson (Yr 9), Rebecca Richardson, (Yr 9), Elisei Ulrich-Oltean (Yr 8), Michael Holmes (Yr 9), Thomas Willoughby (Yr 9), Joseph Jones (Yr 9), Charlie Scanlan (Yr 9), Ethan Higgott (Yr 9), Matthew Walsh (Yr 9), James Rendall (Yr 12).

To view the pictures from the event please click 'read more' below.

KIVA Micro Financing

Pictured are two groups of Year 10 students who have been using the KIVA micro financing website to make small loans to people setting up or running a business in some of the poorest countries in the world.

They started the project in Year 9 and initially raised enough to make one £25 loan, but through fund raising and reinvesting loan repayments, they have now made over 30 loans to people in 22 different countries. That amounts to loans totalling approx. £500. Typically loans are to buy seeds, livestock or materials.

The students recently made a presentation to the school Governors about their project, and now want to expand the project to get more people interested in launching a new group.

L to R - Mrs S Dawes (KIVA Co-ordinator), Samraj Bhullar, Holly Hinckley, Amrit Bhullar, Laura Hulley, Grace Shannon, Charlotte Edwards, Syx Horridge, Martin Eglin and Isobel Barber.

Leeds Wall Inter-School Climbing Competition

In the Leeds Wall Inter-School Climbing competition recently, Benton Park pupils put up a superb effort and came away with some individuals medals and a whole school trophy for second place.

The team consisted of:
Tom Noel-Flint
Ben Storey
Kate Williams - 1st place in the Over-14's Female Section
James Lee
Grace Shannon - 3rd place in the Over-14's Female Section
Alex Smith
Georgia McGee
Miles Jordan

Congratulations to everyone involved. 

Swimming Success

Congratulations goes to Izzy Bunn (Year 8) who in March was part of the Leeds City Swimming Team who won the Yorkshire Relay event and Izzy was also victorious in her individual event. 

Dance Workshop

In a recent Dance Workshop in April where 23 students took part, 10 of these were "talent spotted" and received an invitation to attend the next round of auditions for Yorkshire Young dancers. Helen Holmes who supported the students said "everyone who participated worked really hard and were a credit to the school".

Congratulations to everyone who took part, you are all fantastic dancers and Good Luck for the next round goes to:

Beth Coburn
Hazel Woolnough
Milly English
Emma Swearman
Natasha Lax
Laura Kitching
Bethany Town
Georgina Oakley
Eleanor Weeks
Mollie Land

Red Nose Day

To see more Red Nose Day Images Click the Read More button below.

Science CREST Award
Written by Dr Painter   

Science CREST Award

What is CREST? - CREST is Britain's largest national award scheme for project work in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

What is it all about? - It is all about enjoying working on something new.Young people get to discover or invent something that is of interest to them, without the restrictions of what they need to know for exams!
They work on projects (usually in groups) using methodology of real Scientists, making their own decisions and presenting their work to an appropriate audience upon completion. Provided all the criteria are fulfilled, pupils get a Bronze, Silver or Gold CREST award at the end of their projects.

 There is also the opportunity to attend the Big Bang Road show in July to showcase projects and compete with young people from across the Yorkshire and Humber region for a place at the National Science and Engineering Competition.

Click on the links to follow each team, see what the projects are about and get updates on progress or any new discoveries! If we end up on Dragon's Den or winning a Nobel Prize, you can say you saw it here first!

Use the link in the main menu to visit the CREST Awards area of the website or click here!


CREST Award Groups Here At Benton (Click on the name to go to the page!)


Artifical Lava Project


Chris & Sons

Eco Freaks

Fizzy Drinks


Cheesegrater Challenge


Tutti Frutti

Thermals For Appendages


Leeds Schools Cross Country Team

The following students have all recently qualified to represent the Leeds Schools Cross Country Team:

Amy Francis, Leah Forey (Year 8) - Junior Girls
Matthew Walsh (Year 9) - Junior Boys
Will Tomlin (Year 11) - Intermediate Boys
Andrew Smith (Year 12) - Senior Boys

This is a fantastic achievement, recognising them as some of the best distance runners in the city. They will go on to compete against top athletes from other Authority areas in West Yorkshire.

11th February ~ Wheelchair Basketball

On Monday, 11th February our Sports Co-ordinator, Claire Needham, arranged for ex-Paralympian Steve Greatorex to visit school and talk to students about the sport of Wheelchair Basketball.

Students from Westfield Junior School were then treated to an opportunity to try the sport, along with pupils in 7ER as a reward for being the tutor group with the highest number of VIVO awards, selected Year 8 pupils who all received 95%+ Grade 1 Attitude to Learning on their report and AS/A Level PE students. Everyone involved had a fantastic time. Steve and Claire then invited members of staff to 'have a go' after school.... harder than they thought!!

Elizabeth Wright
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 13:00

On Monday 4th February Elizabeth Wright visited Benton to talk 4 year groups about her past as a Paralympic Swimmer and to talk to students about motivation.

Elizabeth focused on her goal to swim in front of a home crowd at the 2000 Paralympic Games. After years of training and sacrifice, Elizabeth made the team to swim in the Paralympics and swam in front of family and friends on the biggest world stage for an elite athlete. Elizabeth came away from these games with a silver medal in the 400m Freestyle for the S6 Class and a bronze medal in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay for classes S1-S6. These games were to be her last, as at the ripe old age of 21 she retired from swimming to move onto the next phase of her life.

Elizabeth combined work and travel for the next few years before she decided to attend University where she gained a 1st Class degree in Fine Art. With these fantastic results, Elizabeth was offered a place in the Master of Philosophy program at Newcastle Uni with full scholarship. Elizabeth completed her Masters degree (having research the visual interpretation of disability with a particular focus on photography) in 2009.

At the end of 2009 Elizabeth moved to the UK to pursue a career. A natural speaker, Elizabeth is passionate about her work and about reaching as many students, business people, and laymen in the UK (and around the world) as she can. A firm believer in positive thinking, hardwork, and self belief, Elizabeth wants to help unlock the potential of all people; just as she has and can achieve in her own life, she knows she can help people achieve in theirs.

Benton Park Eco-Council

Benton Park Eco-Council have this year been awarded the Bronze Eco School Award for their hard work and commitment to making the school a more eco-friendly environment. Council members are been regularly checking that staff are turning lights off in classrooms and offices when not in use (even leaving them a polite reminder if lights are left on or receiving a prize if turned off!), planting a new tree and hedge within the school grounds, promoting information/updates on the 'Eco-Wall' and having an article published in a local newspaper (Wharfedale Observer Thursday, 24th May 2012).

This year the Council will be looking to improve the Award to Silver by involving more students in the scheme, particularly around Student Voice, creating a school 'Gardening Club', introducing a Comment Box and tackling issues around litter in school. The Council have already put a proposal forward to the Senior Leadership Team and Year 7 have completed a litter audit - with some quite shocking results! In addition the project around lights will continue and be extended to include projectors in classrooms.

As a way of obtaining alternative funding, the Council are participating in the Morrisons 'Lets Grow' project.

Massive congratulations and Good Luck this year goes to students:
Chris Coultas (Yr 11)
Josh Fryer (Yr 11)
Charlotte Hall (Yr 10)
Oliver Simpson (Yr 11)
Amy Armitage (Yr 12)
Georgina Lilley (Yr 12)
Amy Lightowler (Yr 12)
Emily Buchanan (Yr 12)

Keep checking the website for the latest updates throughout the year.

School & Litter
Written by Hannah Varey   

Litter around school can be a problem, teachers get you to pick it up and bin it if they see you throwing it on the floor; so save your self the time of having the same old lecture and just bin it first time around. Also look on the positive side of there been no litter on the floor, when doing PE or walking around you wont have to be either ankle deep in it or have to take a detour around the litter! Binning your litter will also keep the seagulls away and that can only be good news, as all you need is seagulls starting to leave you presents!


Be A Reporter
Written by Site Administrator   

Do you want to be a reporter for the students website?

We are currently looking for some reporters for the students website, Reporters can write about what happens in school such as: trips, sports, clubs, awards, fund raising and achievements, reporters can also keep their own year groups page up to date with the latest news for other students and any visitors to the site to see.

When writing articles for the site you can include many different kinds of media including pictures, films and PowerPoint’s and animations.

In return for every article that you write, you will receive a reward for your time and effort, and you will be able to come out of extended form to work on the website, and come to our website club which is on once a week at lunchtime.

So do you want to be a website reporter for the student’s site? If so then please use the contact us page on the website or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your details.

Benton is set to become an Eco School

Benton is set to become an Eco School thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of students.

The eco council members are – Charlotte Hall, Josh Fryer, Chris Coultas, Oliver Simpson, Amy Armitage, Georgina Lilley, Amy Lightowler, Emily Buchanan, Adam Fryer and Matthew Wallis. Ten students from both the main school and the sixth form have led the way in encouraging staff and pupils to cut energy consumption and increase bio-diversity. Now the school is set to receive a bronze Eco Schools Award in recognition of its achievements. Speaking on behalf of the group Josh said their first task to qualify for the award had been to carry out a survey of the school’s energy consumption and ‘eco-friendliness.’ They then decided on ways of reducing energy loss and improving the local area – encouraging pupils and teachers to switch lights off and planting trees around the school grounds. They then carried out energy audits – followed by assemblies with fellow pupils and staff briefings with teachers to stress the importance of saving energy. Since the eco council has been set up in school there has been a massive reduction in the number of lights left on at lunchtime – with the figure dropping from 62 per cent to just 20 per cent. One of the leaders of the eco-council Mrs. Lindsay praised the work of the students. She said: “The eco council has been a huge success at Benton; Students from a variety of year groups have been keen to promote sustainability within the school."


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