June 2 June

Tomorrow we arrive at the end of yet another academic year and it’s been wonderfully successful and, indeed, eventful! Our students have the day off and the staff will be busy preparing for Monday when every student moves up a year and we begin our June 2 June timetable 2019-20. It’s exciting, challenging and absolutely the right thing to do. Our students are ready to make the change and many are desperate to move up well before their friends in other schools. I expect their standard of work to be outstanding and to reflect a more mature attitude to learning in all cases. I know they are ready for this and will continue to benefit hugely from this initiative.

Tomorrow also marks the end of GCSE exams for this year. I cannot tell you how proud we all are of the Year 11 students. They have been calm, measured and incredibly determined to do their best. It’s a difficult time but they have been in school, learning and preparing alongside their teachers who desperately want the very best for each one of them. There is nothing we can do to alter anything at this stage but I know the majority have done their best and deserve to do well; fingers crossed they will.

We have been very busy over the past couple of weeks in particular. Monday saw the culmination of months of hard word by Year 9 students when our First Give charity work came to a conclusion. Our students have been working with various charities of their choice and seeking to better understand their work as well as raising much needed money for them. They had to present on their work around social issues and how the charity helps to combat those everyday. They have worked with Bradford City on their disabled football scheme, Yorkshire MESMAC on the issues facing the LGBTQ community and the Samaritans amongst others. Such was the quality of their presentations the judges had a difficult job to decide on the eventful winner which was the Samaritans. They were presented with a cheque for £1000 to support their incredible work and continue to make a difference. A huge thank you to Ms. Armitage, the tutors and, of course, the students for their time, commitment and enthusiasm for the project. Roll on next year!

Yesterday we took approximately 100 students to Lightwater Valley as part of their reward for getting most things right this year. Despite the weather they had an incredible day and had lots of fun. I love the fact that we get to provide such opportunities for our students and catch them getting it right regularly. Thanks to Mr. Midgley and his team for organising the event.

Lastly, on Wednesday of last week we hosted the SSAT achievement awards here at Beckfoot Upper Heaton. It was an honour to be asked to do so and we did our school, Bradford and the North very proud. Schools from across the North of England were in attendance, including ourselves, to receive their Educational Outcomes award from Sue Williamson, CEO of SSAT. It was such a privilege and an honour to be in such prestigious company but we deserved to be there and we accepted our framed certificate willingly! It will be displayed in our entrance very soon so do please come and have a look.

That’s all for now.
Simon

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