Pupil Achievements

Our Designated Specialist Provision (DSP) Christmas Fair was once again a great success. Organised by our DSP staff and pupils this event is always one of the most popular on the school calendar at Christmas time.

With treats galore, yummy cakes, amazing handicrafts, all made by our DSP pupils, tombolas and raffles, there was certainly plenty to keep everyone entertained. Throngs of pupils, parents, visitors from Temple Moore School and Bradford Forster Academy filled the Hall.

Solutions not Sides, is an organisation that visits schools to look at the Palestinian, Israeli conflict which includes a talk and question and answer session with an Israeli and Palestinian living and born in the current conflict.

Pupils and staff members of the newly formed group, the Eco club, are working towards a Bronze Eco Schools Award. The club run by Mr Trusselle and Mr Doughty once a week, have already planted over 200 trees in the school grounds, in an effort to save the habitat of woodland creatures. Other projects, including looking into usage of plastics within school and how this can be reduced, improving recycling signs and litter picking around school are also on the horizon.

Liam Hutchinson, Year 9 is ranked as third in the UK after getting a Bronze medal at the UK Karate National Championships held in Sheffield.

Liam, who competes in the 12-13 age category; attends Go-Kan-Ryu (GRK) Karate in Saltaire. Training since the age of six, Liam has achieved his black belt. He loves the sport and has made great friends at the club.

Last week Ms Bennett took a group of Year 7 and 8 pupils to Madni Jamia mosque in Thornbury. The mosque had an open day as part of National Interfaith Week, which is all about promoting community cohesion, tolerance and respect between people of different faiths.

Sixth Form learners will be showcasing their computing and engineering skills at the Premier Farnell Technology Challenge, a Yorkshire-wide competition organised by Leeds-based global electronics distributor Premier Farnell.

Year 13 learner Holly Buchan is to travel as a volunteer to South Africa with Project Trust to help those less fortunate than herself. Following a long application process, Holly was invited to attend a gruelling selection course involving tough tasks, challenges and team-building activities. She was very pleased when she was informed that she had been successful in her application.

Every year when Year 6 pupils join us for Transition Day we invite them to take part in our Summer Reading Challenge and every year we are dazzled by their dedication and enthusiasm to the challenge.

Year 11 pupil Matthew Alred sailed in this year’s Topper World Championships in France. Sailing in the five day event, Matthew got off to a great start thanks to an exciting opening ceremony in Brittany. Matthew began racing five years ago and to achieve the right to sail with the Bronze fleet after such a short length of time is an amazing accomplishment. Matthew competed in three races per day, the majority going well, he made some great progress. One race didn’t quite go to plan when his mainsheet came undone; this meant Matthew was whiskied out of that particular race but he remained confident and carried on working hard to recover.

The STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths continues to grow in popularity at TSS and with this in mind STEM Leader, Stuart Green gave our Year 8 pupils a task to create a new logo to represent the four subjects now they are inter-linked. Stuart Green said: “STEM is key to raising both standards and ambitions by bringing together a range of skills, disciplines and learning. Many of our pupils pursue STEM at University, Further Education or through work including apprenticeships. Our commitment to STEM helps our pupils prepare for their next steps and I wanted to give STEM a new look and identity within the school community.”

Matthew Wilson, Year 13, Rhea Southcottt, Year 12 and Matty Wilson, Year 11 all competed in the recent School Games in Loughborough.

Matthew and his team brought home Bronze in the hockey finals; Rhea achieved Gold in the shot putt, gaining the furthest distance ever thrown at the School Games; Matty’s team achieved Gold in wheelchair basketball.

King Felipe VI, accompanied by Queen Letizia of Spain, has accepted an invitation from The Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom on 12 July. Year 8 pupils have produced a video welcoming the King and Queen in their native language with help from Sixth Form Media pupils, Ellie Weedon and Jacob Lawrence who filmed the video.

Dragons, boats, cannons and bikes are this year’s themes on the graffiti wall in Roberts Park. This year, pupils in Years 8 and 9 took part, designing with the Dragon Boat Festival, and the Tour de Yorkshire in mind. Their designs came to life with the help of Si Mitchell, a professional street artist, who guided them through the techniques behind street art.

We are delighted to announce the launch of our anthology produced in collaboration with First Story; a national charity dedicated to empowering young writers through writer-in-residence opportunities. We are one of 18 secondary schools in the region that have undertaken this programme.

Over the last year, pupils have been working with acclaimed writer Andy Craven-Griffiths to develop all of the pieces in this book and we are launching it to parents cand carers on 10 July 2017.

Jade Buxton, Danyaal Hanif and Yakshina Mistry have beaten off stiff competition to take part in a prestigious four day STEM placement at the University College London. The UCL Year 11 Summer School will include a range of lectures and workshops in a variety of STEM subjects to introduce them to the different teaching and learning methods used at university and will conclude with a celebration ceremony on the final day.