Pupil Achievements

Article from the Bradford Telegraph & Argus published 29.2.16

A NEW report shows that a Baildon School has improved in the two years since inspectors concluded it 'required improvement'.

Ofsted inspectors visited Titus Salt School last month, and have now released a report describing the school as 'good' in every category.

Climbing club took a team of twelve climbers to the Bradford Schools Climbing competition at Appleton Academy last Friday and ran out winners.  The team was made up of students from Year 7 and 8.  Climbing on a wall that was brand new to them, the climbers had to complete as many routes as possible in the allotted time, being scored on each climb.  The points for the whole team were then added together so everyone played their part.  It was a great day and a fantastic opportunity for the students to show their climbing and belaying skills.     

This week is the first ever TSS Philosophy Week. Members of SPI (Salts Philosophical Institute), who meet in Ms Bennett’s room in HU07 on Tuesday lunchtimes, are presenting this week’s assembly to inform our students about what Philosophy is and why it is important to think deeply and critically about life, reality and meaning. Some of our students have received cryptic letters inspired by the bestselling philosophy based novel Sophie’s World inviting them to attend SPI’s next session. We also have a treasure hunt style philosophy quiz which all students in Year 7 to 11 may enter for a chance to win prizes.

You all know the story, the rags-to-riches journey of 11-year-old orphan Annie, one which takes her to the top with her sugar-sweet, positive outlook on life. After months of rehearsals February 9th saw our first performance and wow, what a show!

Jenny Browne, Year 7, was terrific in the title role. She was on stage practically the whole show, striking the right balance between tough orphan, bruised by the hard knocks of her young life, and a sweet, loving little girl.

Dylan Thornton, Owen Winter and Matthew De Garis, Year 7; Dylan Ball, Year 8; Summer McAllister, Year 10 and Hayden Peers, Year 11 all qualified to represent their home city after qualifying at the Bradford Schools Cross Country Championship.

Conditions were tough, continual rain had made the course a mud bath but our students weren’t put off; remaining focused and full of determination to put on a valiant show.

Raza Hussain, Year 8, entered the Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poster Competition and was chosen as one of the winners for Key Stage 3.

Raza said: “I’d finished my Spanish work ahead of some so I was asked by Miss Milnes if I wanted to design a poster for the Mother Tongue Other Tongue Competition. I’m so happy I took part; winning is great and my prize was brilliant. I’m going to enjoy using my art set in particular”

Students are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.

In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

Year 9 RE students travelled to Manchester on Thursday for the ‘Religion, Crime and Punishment’ trip. In RE lessons Year 9 students have been learning about the influence that religion has had on law and the criminal justice system, including attitudes towards the death penalty. Students spent the morning in Manchester Police Museum learning about different examples of crime including forgery, murder and grievous bodily harm.

When TSS student Josh Capper heard about the horrific floods which hit the area on Boxing Day his immediate reaction was to help in whatever way he could.

Joining other members of the community at Baildon and Shipley Flood Relief Group, based at Shipley Salvation Army, Josh undertook an array of duties, including accepting donations, preparing food parcels and distributing them to people in need, being part of the clean-up team at the Half Moon Café and cricket pavilion.

A party to celebrate the final issue of the Local Leader magazine run by TSS students was held at the new Broadway Centre in Bradford on Thursday 3rd December. The farewell gathering was very well attended with key speakers, Catherine Riley, Manager of The Kirkgate Shopping Centre, Matthew Halliday, Director and Founder of Bradford Brewery and of course our very own James Slater, Editor of The Local Leader.

Rhea represented England at the England Schools Athletics Indoor Combined Events International in Glasgow on Saturday 12 December. We are absolutely thrilled to report that Rhea and the England team won Gold, yes Gold for England in the Pentathlon, beating teams from Scotland and Ireland.

Sam Turner overcame understandable nerves to mark her first ever fencing competition with a Bronze medal. Sam performed well, losing in her semi-final to the eventual winner of the girls Under-16 Foil event at the Yorkshire Youth League finals in November.

Jordan Garcia was also outstanding and won the Bronze medal is the Under-16 boys category. Both students played well and displayed outstanding skills which clinched Titus Salt School’s first double-medal.

A number of staff and students put on their running shoes last weekend and took part in the Reindeer Stampede in Saltaire in aid of EpilepsyAction.  With some great running and tremendous finishing results, Mr McDonald came in second, followed by Mr Trusselle, third and then fourth place to Mr Stewart.

Procurement Officer, Mr Stewart said: “It was a great atmosphere and a real fun day, maybe next year Team TSS will get first place!”

During our recent Personal Development Day, we invited Prison Me No Way to deliver a crime and safety awareness programme to our Year 10 students.

“The students and staff were indeed a credit to your school, please convey our greatest thanks and appreciation.” said Malc Parkes, Crime Day Co-Ordinator.

Our Patron of Reading, Emma Pass, spent a day holding Alice in Wonderland literacy sessions, based around the 150th anniversary of the Lewis Carroll classic, to inspire students to read for pleasure; a skill needed to improve levels of literacy.

The author of Acid and Fearless said: “I was really pleased to become the school’s Patron of Reading for the second year running. I always enjoy my time here and I love the fact that I can share my love of books with all the students.”