Happy New Year!

I would like to wish you all a very happy new year and I hope 2019 is a good year for you and your families.

At the end of last term, we celebrated the achievements of our many wonderful students through Rewards Assemblies. It was an absolute joy to share in the successes of both individuals and year group collectives. I guess what I am most pleased about is that we have almost 50% of our students wearing Bronze lapel pins and 10% with Silver. Those pins represent a total commitment to school in terms of learning, contribution and attendance and I know there will be many more to give out by the time Easter is upon us.

In that week we also had our BUHs Got Talent show. It was a production run entirely by our Yr11 BTEC Music group and they did an incredible job. I absolutely loved it and it is remarkable just how far we have come as a school in terms of the Arts. Miss. Dickson was, once again, front and centre with the various musical performers and she, alongside her Peri staff, have invested so much time into providing opportunities for our students that is leading to stunning levels of progress, enjoyment and confidence.

On January 4th, we returned to work and attended the 2nd Beckfoot Trust conference at Beckfoot School in Bingley. Almost 1000 staff from across the 10 Trust schools attended the day which was dedicated to learning more about Generation Z! This refers to the generation of learners in our schools currently, what their interests are, how they best learn and the learning methods they prefer to engage with. They day was fascinating and incredibly thought provoking. We need to be more in touch with our young people and begin to think more about their learning needs if we are to truly prepare them for life beyond our school. More to follow!

This week we have been involved in two new initiatives. Firstly, we welcomed a group of trainee teachers from Leeds University to school on Wednesday. They had a look around our building, met some staff and students and had the opportunity to enquire about working for the Beckfoot Trust. I loved having them here and it felt right to support them as they look to begin their careers hopefully in Bradford.

We have also had a range of speakers into school this week mainly from the world of business. We are totally committed to ensuring our students are aware of the opportunities that are available to them both in Bradford and the surrounding areas in terms of the world of work. We welcomed speakers from CCS Media, Asda, Giving a Little Something Back (a Prison Service charity) and the Waterman Group. In doing so we are exposing our students to people who genuinely care about the city and its youth. It is brilliant to see how they engage with and inspire our boys and girls to understand that anything is possible for them if they are willing to work hard, be proactive and believe in themselves.

Lastly, we met Suniel Makh yesterday. He is a very impressive young man from Bradford who is now working as a motivational speaker and life coach. He spoke to our Year 10 and 11 students about his life, his ups and downs and how he has used every life experience to build a better life for himself. He spoke about limiting factors, about seizing opportunities and learning from mistakes and about aiming high and believing that you have talent and a truly important contribution to make to society. He was enthralling and you could hear a pin drop in the hall as he spoke. We have plans to have him back in school such was the impression he made here yesterday.

Simon

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