Category Archives: Head’s Blog

Have we been back three weeks already?

Where has that time gone? So much has happened and it feels like it has been a fantastic, smooth start to the new school year. As you know we moved all of our students up a year in June and the benefits of that are so evident. We were able to get straight into our…
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We Are Making ‘Considerable Progress’

Have a great summer! We are finishing school today and it has been an amazing week. I can never quite believe that the holidays come around so quickly and every year I seem ill prepared! We have enjoyed our end of year Celebration Assemblies this week and it has been a privilege to present awards…
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We are making ‘considerable progress’!

What a couple of weeks! Last Wednesday and Thursday we had our Summer Beckfoot Trust review visit led by an external HMI inspector. The purpose of the inspection was to assess the progress we have made since the last review back in October, some 8 months ago. As much as you prepare for these things…
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I have so much to tell you!

It’s been a busy 10 days at school and I have so much to tell you about. The exam season is complete and it's time for a well-earned rest. I have to say that our students have been wonderful throughout and considering, for Year 11 especially, it has been a lot of stress given the new…
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Exams are in full swing

As I write our entire school is in full exam mode. Our Year 11 and Post 16 students are sitting their GCSE and A-Level exams respectively and all others are involved in sitting our internal end of year exams. Our school hall has been handed over to the exam team and each day I enter…
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Anything is possible!

I spend a lot of time looking at our Strategic Vision. I particularly like the Core Purpose statement which contains the words: “Beckfoot Upper Heaton learners believe anything is possible”. This week we have seen that first hand and I write this blog as a very proud Headteacher (even more so than normal!). Just before…
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Wonderful Opportunities

It’s been a really interesting week and I have lots to share. Two of our Year 11 students Awais Hassan and Zishan Ali represented our school community on the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme over the weekend. On Saturday they took part in the ceremony of the Last Post at Menin Gate Ypres,…
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Students Taking Control

Last week we had our second wider learning/student self-review day. In Years 7-9 students accessed a wide variety of activities designed to broaden their horizons and give them additional experiences that are incredibly important to their social and emotional development. Students engaged in sessions ranging from Sport & fitness to Alcohol & Drugs, Healthy Relationships,…
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Relationships Matter

This week, more than ever, I have been acutely aware of the fact that relationships matter if a school is to be truly great. I have had the privilege of taking many, many guests and parents around the building and in doing so it is clear that the culture we are trying to cultivate here…
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The building is coming alive!

What a week we’ve had. We survived the snow last Friday and I have to say that every member of staff made it in to work by early morning with many navigating their way through some very difficult conditions. I was less impressed by a small number of students who decided that the journey was…
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