Welcome Back

We are over half way through the academic year and the mornings and evenings are brighter already. Soon, I’m hoping, winter will be a dim and distant memory and we will have escaped the dreaded snow for this year at least!

It has been a while since I mentioned our amazing staff and so I wanted to tell you about our twilight training last week where we came together as a staff to focus on our teaching and those areas that will help us to continue to improve and keep moving forward as a school. We watched some inspirational clips about our craft and spoke at length in groups about the pedagogical areas of Modelling, Challenge, Questioning, Feedback and Explanation. These areas of focus will ensure we continue to deliver high quality teaching and learning experiences for all our students each day and, in doing so, help us to ensure our students have the very best opportunities to enjoy learning and achieve the success they deserve in life.

I also wanted to share with you some excellent work we have been doing through assembly on the dangers of carrying knives. As you know too many young people have fallen victim to this terrible issue across the country. We spoke to students about this and showed them, through a wonderful production, how easy it is to make wrong choices or get caught up in this without realising. The response of our students was wonderful. They got it. I have urged them to be careful, think about those people they surround themselves with and to remember the impact on family and friends.

Comic Relief was last week and, yet again, provided our school community with an opportunity to come together for the benefit of those less fortunate. We have sports events, music, bake sales and a contribution for the chance to wear non-uniform. We also sold red noses and special lanyards for the day. It was a joy despite the weather and we raised our biggest ever total which was in excess of £700. Thank you to all our staff, students and families who supported this in any way.

Friday was also busy because of the various other events we had on in school. We had a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) day for Year 8 with Ms. Lowther leading the way with an external provider. It was very cool and the students loved the various tasks and learning throughout. We also had Arnold Laver come in and talk to our Year 10 students about apprenticeship opportunities and the various ways of getting into a career with them. Finally, we had the Samaritans in to work with Year 9 as a chosen charity for our First Give work. It was a busy day but one that makes our school so special as we continue to broaden horizons for our students and provide them with yet more opportunities to experience the world beyond BUH. Thanks to all the staff involved and to Ms. Armitage for her co-ordination of the various events.

Lastly, attached to this Blog is a copy of our latest parental survey analysis. Thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to complete our Trust survey. I am thrilled with the feedback but I also recognise that we are not perfect and still have much work to do to get to where we want to be as a school. We will continue to seek your views annually and I am hopeful we can continue to meet your expectations of us as we move forward. If not, then I am sure you will let me know.

I will be in touch again soon.

Simon

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