In September 2016, Archbishop Sentamu Academy’s Spotlight Scholarship Programme joined forces with BAFTA-winning playwright, Jane Thornton, to write a play about one of Hull’s most hidden pieces of history. Ocho (which is Spanish for eight) discovers the true story of the eight brave men from Hull who voluntarily fought in the Spanish Civil War.
The play, which featured music written by The Beautiful South’s Dave Rotheray, toured over June and early July. There was 5 shows here at ASA, all of which sold out before the shows started! The cast, made up of Y10 – Y13 ASA Students, then toured around the East Riding and eventually went onto The Institute of the Arts, Barcelona.
This incredible experience was not only life-changing for the students but touched the hearts of hundreds who watched the show and also the relatives of the men who fought in Spain. We received hundreds of reviews from the audiences who enjoyed the show and even made it into The Yorkshire Post and The Socialist Party Newspaper. This also included well-wishes from Shadow Attorney General, Shami Chakrabarti and even a ‘like’ on Twitter from Jeremy Corbyn!
Our social media accounts were inundated with kind comments following the show, here’s a few from some of the relatives;
Julie Lynne Bentley – So proud to meet the cast thank you again for a fantastic night. Have a great time in Spain look forward to some pictures. Love to you all xxx
Helen Bones Bentley – Was a fantastic night very emotional and personal. Lovely to meet the kids and everyone involved. Will never ever forget it xx
Gill Walters – So much energy, passion and talent! Wishing everyone all the best for the remaining performances and especially the Barcelona tour.
Lesley Foster – She (Audrey Wardle) has talked about how wonderful and emotional the whole experience has been. Congratulations to all involved.
But it doesn’t stop there… there’s now plans for another year of Ocho shows due to demand around the UK and back in Spain! Watch this space…
Ocho photo gallery
Follow the link: https://goo.gl/photos/cvJbKWjzyAMtEatG6
Click for: Transition Booklet 2020
Click for: Y7/8 Electives Brochure
Click for: Y6 Tour of the Academy
Transition Week Videos
Click for: Uniform Information
Click for: ASA Facebook
- Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports Scholarship: email@example.com
Please take some time to look through our website for more general information about the academy.
“We are happy with his progress and his confidence has grown since starting”
“The open evening had the ‘wow’ factor. My son didn’t want
to leave; I’ve never seen him so enthusiastic about school.”
“We are happy with his progress and his confidence has grown since he started.”
“He is proud to attend this school and we are proud he is able to be part of Team Archie.”
“I have a Year 6 going up to Archie in September. We couldn’t be happier, she’s been to the school and I know pupils who go now and I have heard nothing but great reports.”
“The staff are very open and communicative. My son was even given extra tuition by a teacher in her own time after he had been off school ill.”
“All the 6th formers I know have done amazing and thanks to Archie they are well prepared for the next chapter of their lives”
“I would like to thank everyone at Archie; teaching and support staff for helping our daughter to achieve her very best”
“The teaching and support has been outstanding over the last 7 years and I’m glad we chose