It’s week 2 of the GCSE exams and our Year 11 students have been incredible in their approach and attitude to each exam taken. It really matters to them and their futures. They have committed fully to their preparations in recent weeks and understand that each time they enter the exam hall it is with the sole intention of changing their lives. We have just over two weeks remaining and what I know, for sure, is that each of them will be fully supported towards doing their very best and achieving the success they deserve. The staff have been wonderful in their support for the boys and I know it matters dearly to them that each of our young people do well and get their life beyond BUH off to the best possible start.
Also, at this time, we are busy preparing for the next academic year. We have a training day on Friday 14th June and we will be using that time to come together as a school community to determine our next direction of travel as a school. On the day we will aim to create our next Strategic Vision and, in doing so, ensure that the future of the school continues to be bright and totally focussed on young people.
When our students return to school on Monday 17th June they will have moved up a year and begin their learning in earnest. I love our June 2 June timetable. It takes away the dead time that can be associated with the summer term of old. It provides a real stimulus for our students to continue to learn, challenge themselves and be more mature as they move through school. It’s unbelievable that we have reached this point in the year so soon and I am excited for our students who can’t wait to move forward before many of their peers in other schools.
In other matters, our Year 7 students recently attended a Science Chemistry competition as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Our students spent a day at the University of Bradford taking part in a wider range of activities related to Chemistry and ran out winners against a host of other schools from the state and private sector. It is an incredible achievement and we are so very proud of those who were involved.
A group of students have gone to this year’s Hay Festival in Wales as part of the Bradford Literary Festival School Exchange. They will be spending three days/two nights taking part in a range of literature based activities and meeting a number of celebrated authors including the well know comic, Harry Hill. It’s an amazing opportunity to experience a world beyond our school and be inspired by likeminded students and adults.
Lastly, I am sure that, by now, everyone is aware that I will be leaving Beckfoot Upper Heaton at the end of July to take up the headship at Beckfoot. I want to thank everyone that has been associated with our school over the past four years for everything they have contributed to our journey. It has been a complete and utter joy and I shall dearly miss the school and the people that make this such a special place.
We finish for half term today, I hope it is a restful and safe few days away from school. We re-open again on Monday 3rd June and very much looking forward to welcoming all staff and students back to school then.