We are continuing to move forwards!

Just prior to half term we were visited by a team from the Beckfoot Trust as part of an annual review process. We wanted the team to focus on our planning for progress initiative and also to look at our school in terms of the Ofsted framework.

It was a really great few days. We learned loads about the good aspects of our work but also things to think about to keep moving forwards towards our goal of becoming an outstanding school. The most wonderful thing about the process though were our students. They were magnificent and represented our school with astonishing confidence, charisma and pride.

This week has been yet another busy one. We had a group of Year 9 students visit the Science and Media Museum in Bradford yesterday as part of a STEM programme and had a wonderful day. My thanks to Mr. Drimer and his team for their organisation and also for their continued desire to provide enriching experiences for our students.

As I write, our Year 10 students are going to Bradford Cathedral to take part in an event being run by INSPIRE - an organisation who aim to create a movement of change for peace. Using this year’s centenary of the end of WW1 they want to call young people across the UK and Ireland to remember for peace. The event will involve students from across Bradford Schools and is a series of simultaneous peace making events that are being held throughout the UK. My thanks go to Ms. Siggins and her team for ensuring our students are part of this special event.

Also today we welcomed Mr. Edward Kemp who is the national director of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) to our school. Mr. Kemp is part of the Speakers for Schools charity. Founded by Robert Peston, the charity helps state schools access the influential leaders of today, for engaging talks and eye-opening opportunities that level the playing field for young people of all backgrounds. He delivered an inspiring assembly to our students and then worked with Year 9 to run a theatre workshop.

Finally, our Year 11 mocks begin next week and will run for 10 days (2 weeks). It is vital that our students prepare fully for these exams and throw themselves totally into the process. If they do so they will learn much from their results and have a better understanding of where their strengths and areas for improvement are. I wish them every success and hope they continue to know how much we care about them and their futures.

Simon

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