• Headteacher's Blog

    • 10 June 2015

      Welcome to the Headteacher's blog.  I know how hard Year 10, 11 and Post-16 students are working as they prepare for their examinations.  I want to wish every student who has an examination ‘good luck’ and also thank staff who have been working hard to ensure each student feels prepared, confident and clear about what they need to do.  We look forward to celebrating at our Results Days in August.

      Looking back, it was amazing to see the range of activities and events that took place recently and the achievements that staff and students made working together.  Here are a few snapshots and I look forward to sharing with you shortly the news and events of this busy summer term.

      Business Leaders of the Future James Slater and Megan Carson, Year 12, have been recognised for the second year running at an awards event. Their magazine, The Local Leader was highly recommended for the Business in Schools category at the Bradford Telegraph & Argus School Awards.

      STEM Year 7 STEM Leaders took part in a project aimed at raising awareness of International Climate Week. The students produced some outstanding visual displays and built their own solar powered models to show what the houses and cars of the future might look like.  Their work was showcased at the Run on Sun Fun Day at Baildon Methodist Church.

      Engineer in the Making Emily Nar, Year 11, has received media attention after winning Talent 2030, a national engineering competition for girls.  She designed a pop-up isolation unit which could be used in the fight against Ebola. Emily is also progressing well in her quest to gain the Arkright Scholarship, an engineering scholarship which attracted over 1500 applicants. The future looks bright for our STEM star!

      Young Dancers Nine students from KS3, 4 and 5 have been formally selected to audition for the Yorkshire Young Dancers scheme. There are only 30 places available for Yorkshire so we are immensely proud. If successful, they will be able to train with Northern Ballet and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

      Howzat!  Well done to Year 7s Will Kelly and Matthew Swallow who have been selected to represent Bradford Schools in cricket after attending the open trials held by the Bradford Schools Cricket Association.

      World Book Week School was alive with book themed events to engage students and staff in our reading culture. Our new student Literacy Leaders presented World Book Day assemblies with our Patron of Reading Emma Pass putting in a special appearance. Emma went on to host a dystopian-world event “Poetopia” for Year 7 students.  Three fun competitions were offered: match the teacher to their book “shelfie”, our annual writing competition and an opportunity for students to design a story-teller’s chair. In the spirit of the theme, Reading Together, Reading Aloud, members of staff uploaded excerpts of them reading their favourite books to our YouTube channel and staff also embraced the chance to dress up as their favourite characters from books. Well done to all, especially Anwen Rooks our Literacy Leader.

      Badminton Beth Speechley, Abbie Speechley, Lydia Williams and Amy Illingworth are celebrating after bringing home a Badminton tournament trophy which sees them now progressing to the NorthEast round of the competition; just one round away from the finals in Nottingham. Our boys’ team narrowly missed out but played well.



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