Category Archives: Head’s Blog

What An Incredible Few Weeks!

This term is flying by and we are well and truly in the midst of winter as I look outside. Regardless, these past few weeks have been unbelievably busy and also very special. We have had a Science Roadshow, a visit to see the shuttle that astronaut Tim Peake used in space, lots of explosions…
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I need to share of couple of special things with you!

Firstly, I wanted to say thank you to our new Year 7 students and parents who came to school just recently to chat with my senior team and I about how they are settling in to life at Beckfoot Upper Heaton. We had an overwhelming response from our families and students who came to school…
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What a wonderful term it has been!

Since I last wrote we have had some wonderful news about our GCSE results from the summer. Our Basics (English and Maths) score was 25.4% which puts us well into the top 10% of similar schools nationally in terms of that measure. We still have a long way to go but attainment figures like that…
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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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