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 our school community since becoming Beckfoot Upper Heaton in September 2015. We have, collectively, taken the school from the depths of special measures to ‘Good’ in all areas in just over two years. It is a remarkable achievement and is the direct result of the hard work of staff, students, parents/carers and, of course, The Beckfoot Trust over that time.

I want to thank you for your support and belief in our school and our journey. I am thrilled that your child/ward now attends a ‘Good’ school but also represents how committed we are to making this school a wonderful provider of comprehensive co-education in this part of Bradford.

I don’t want to ramble on about the contents of the report other than to say I hope you are as thrilled as we are when you read through it? I want you to also know that we remain fully committed to our journey to get to ‘Outstanding’ by the time we are next inspected. We have achieved so much together already and we are ambitious to do so much more.

In other news we also featured heavily in the Spring edition of the SSAT journal. They were very interested in our school improvement journey, so much so, that they invited us to share that journey with other schools across the country in the form of a four-page article. The SSAT (the schools, students and teachers network) is the largest & longest-standing network of secondary schools in England and is a national organisation that exists to help improve outcomes for all young people. As a membership organisation of schools and academies across the UK and internationally, they work with leaders, teachers and students to drive school improvement and innovation, and celebrate their successes. They believe in all the things we believe in and it is an honour to be a part of their work.

Lastly, Adam Ahmed, who left our sixth form last year to study Physiotherapy at Bradford University, came back to see us yesterday. He has just signed for Durham’s cricket academy in his quest to become a professional cricketer. He is also going to continue his studies alongside his sporting endeavours which is very admirable. He was and is a great lad, a role model and an inspiration to others. We are thrilled for him and wish him every success for his future.

Simon

Ofsted Report 2018

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