Category Archives: Head’s Blog

Welcome Back

Welcome back to Beckfoot Upper Heaton as we begin our fourth year; it’s incredible just how quickly time passes. Looking back, I am incredibly proud of what we have collectively achieved in such a short space of time and the impact we have had on young people’s lives and the community. 2018 has been a…
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Nearing The End of Term

As we near the end of this term I wanted to share with you some of the fantastic work that has been going on since my last Blog. Indeed, the school feels alive every day with new and exciting ventures happening most of which are designed to continue to broaden horizons for our students. In…
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Good luck to all our students taking exams

The school is in the midst of exam season. Our Year 11 students are almost half way through their GCSE exams and Years 9 and 10 are sitting internal end of year exams. Our GCSE students have been wonderfully positive about the levels of support and care they have received from all staff and I…
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Looking To The Future!

We have entered the exam season and we are all very aware of the importance of the next few weeks in terms of changing lives. I want to wish all our students the very best of luck and I sincerely hope they do great things. On Friday we took Year 11 to Flamingo Land which…
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We Did It!

By now you all should have received a copy of our first Ofsted report following our Section 5 inspection in March. I can’t tell you how proud I am of what we have managed to achieve here in such a short space of time; it’s incredible! The report is wonderful and represents the work of…
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Things are changing!

By now you will be aware that we had a visit last week from Ofsted and although I cannot say too much at this stage, I can tell you that we are thrilled. I spoke with students on Monday to share some of the things said about them and they walked out of the hall…
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Snow!

I absolutely detest this weather! One of the most difficult decisions a Headteacher takes is the one to close their school.  Thankfully this is a rare occurrence. At the beginning of the week I was happy and optimistic that the snow would miss us. On Tuesday and Wednesday we had managed to clear the site and…
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Creating Outstanding Young People!

Welcome back to school following the half term break. I hope you managed to enjoy the week and get some rest from the normal school based routine? In recent weeks we have sought to deliver on our collective ambition to allow our students access to remarkable learning opportunities whilst at the same time continue to…
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Preparing for 2018/19 and the Weather!

I cannot write without mentioning the weather. Snow is beautiful when you are on holiday, or have nowhere to go particularly, but when you are trying to run a school it’s a nightmare! We have been really tested these past few weeks and I am thrilled, that on each occasion a decision had to be…
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Happy New Year to all

I sincerely hope that 2018 is a very special year for you and your families. I was delighted to welcome back our staff and students last week following the Christmas break. I have to admit that it was a bit of a shock to the system on Tuesday morning but the whole school came alive…
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