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 by 8am and all was well I felt.

We have made a good strong start to 2018 and the staff and students have settled into their routines for learning quickly with lessons being purposeful and engaging. Our students in Years 10 and 11 have been involved in exams this week in Music, ICT and Travel & Tourism. They have been great and their approach has been both determined and mature. I really hope they have done themselves justice this week; I’m sure they have.

Our students in Years 8 and 9 have been listening to Mr. Venables in assemblies this week about the forthcoming Options process. They are very excited about the opportunity to have some input into their education and are already considering their option choices. The information evenings for parents/carers are later this month and will be further supported by tutors and interviews with senior leaders. This is such an important time and decisions must be carefully thought through. We will support every student fully as they make their choices but I really want them to be excited about the process and also to be grown up about their role in making it a positive experience.

Talking about Year 8 students I wanted to let you know about two individuals who have amazed us this week with the quality of their homework in RE (see pictures below). They produced board games to support their learning in RE. Their efforts led to quite incredible pieces of work. Amelia Lad and Ayat Naveed are the two girls in question and we are so incredibly proud of them. They have wonderful approach to school and learning and they will achieve incredible success here in the years ahead.

We are launching Year 2 of our student leadership group (BUHSL) this week with Ms. Armitage. Our inaugural group have now come to the end of their term and we are actively seeking a new group to take on their work and shape new developments for the forthcoming year. I love that students get involved and want to make a difference both for our school but also for fellow students. We are inviting applications to me by January 29th, followed by interviews and then hustings in assemblies in February. Exciting stuff!

Change has always been a feature of our work and we have launched our new menus in the canteen. Student feedback thus far has been really positive and they love the new wraps, dinners, sandwiches and the healthy twist we’ve added. They understand that fuelling the body in the right way supports learning and progress and we are all looking forward to what’s to follow as long as the chicken burger and chips element remains on a Friday. I think we understand the message loud and clear!

Finally, last Thursday we all gathered at Beckfoot School for the very first Beckfoot Trust Conference. All staff from the 9 schools in the Trust descended upon Beckfoot and it was an amazing event. Staff from all schools led sessions designed to share best practice across our schools and David Horn (CEO) gave an overview of the Trust, what it stands for and the future for our schools and Bradford children. I loved the event as did our staff. We already knew why we decided to become part of the Trust but hearing the message delivered so passionately reminded us all why we get up every morning and come into our schools to make a difference to the lives of young people. I remain adamant that we have already achieved great things at BUH but we have so much still to do and being part of a Trust with real ‘soul’ is only going to further support our work, our staff, our students and our community.

Simon

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