2019 is already a really busy year for everyone at BUH and given the contents of my last few Blogs I am sure you will agree. Indeed, it is amazing to think that six weeks have flown by since we attended the second annual Beckfoot Trust conference on Friday 4th January.
When we return to school on Monday 25th February, we will begin two weeks of mock GCSE examinations. These exams are critical to both staff and students understanding current strengths and areas for development in each subject. The information gleaned from these mock exams will support our planning and teaching over the last few weeks and also the bespoke intervention needed for each student. Half term, next week, is an ideal opportunity for our Year 11 students to get some work done in preparation for these exams and I would encourage parents and carers to ensure that sufficient time (a couple of hours per day) is being devoted daily to ensure students are in a position to do their very best.
We have a programme of revision study over the half term holiday with staff leading sessions for students in Music, Art and History and the timetable for that Year 11 support has already been shared via Mr. McAteer. Attendance is compulsory please.
Monday of this week saw us host yet another coffee morning for many of our parents whose children are having reading intervention. It was a joy to sit with students and their mums and dads to chat about progress, the school but more so to listen to the young people read to their parents and feel hugely supported by their presence. I love the fact that so many of you are hugely interested in your child’s progress and future. We cannot achieve anything without a strong relationship with our parents and carers and I remain incredibly grateful for your daily support.
On that note, over 93% of parents and carers attended our Year 9 parental consultation event last Thursday. The buzz in our main hall was incredible and the bulk of feedback from everyone that attended was hugely positive. Of course we still have lots to improve upon and the time taken by so many of you to talk to us and share thoughts about the school is very much appreciated. We are looking forward to welcoming parents and carers into school tonight for our Year 10 parental consultation. I also want to express a sincere thanks to everyone who has completed a school survey for us the results of which will be shared in due course.
As many of you will know our Beckfoot Upper Heaton Student Leadership Group (BUHSL) for 2018 completed their year in post last month. They have been incredible. Over the past few weeks we have had thirty applicants to become part of the new group for 2019 and those that applied were all interviewed. I love the fact that so many of our students want to work to make their school even better and, in doing so, are willing to step out of their comfort zone to get involved. Following the interviews, we chose 10 students to go through to hustings where they led campaigns and spoke to every student in school via assembly. They stood up for what they believe in and had the courage to communicate their vision for BUHSL something I would never have done as a young person. On Friday last week we held our election in the LRC using polling booths under the supervision of Ms. Regan and Ms. Armitage. Our six elected representatives will now be trained and begin work on securing further improvement for our school over the next twelve months. They will be great and I am so looking forward to what they will achieve in their time in post.
Finally, now that Mrs. Duthie has returned to school, we are re-engaged with the Anne Frank Trust. This has been a major feature of our school in recent years and I love the lessons it provides for our community. The Trust was in school on Monday and Tuesday this week working with a group of Y8 students in the LRC. The focus of the group was to create a film that would challenge prejudice and bullying. I had a leading role (!!!) to play and felt my performance was a little flat on reflection. Regardless, the students involved further represent the type of young people we are aiming to develop at BUH. Selfless, caring, tolerant, respectful leaders that want the world to be a better pace for all. Humbling. Thanks to Mrs. Duthie for her leadership of this area of our work and also to Ms. Ragan for her support once again.
We break up for a week tomorrow and return at the normal time on Monday 25th February. Have a great half term. Be safe and get some rest!