Message from the Head

Welcome to our website. I hope it provides you with all the information you need about the school and also captures the unique ethos that makes Beckfoot Upper Heaton special.

Our school motto created by students is ‘Enjoy - Learn - Succeed’. We are totally student centered. We expect every ‘Beckfoot Upper Heaton learner’ to enjoy school, be successful academically and become self-disciplined, outward looking and selfless young adults. Our culture is celebratory and aspirational.

Our aim is to create an outstanding comprehensive school. We passionately believe that every young person has talent and it is the job of a good school to ensure that they fulfill it. Our curriculum has breadth, focuses on core skills and provides a route forward for every learner. We are extremely proud of the added value we achieved for all groups of learners both at GCSE and A Level in year 1 and our collective aim is to continue to build on this year on year going forward.

The key to our success is a new team of staff who demonstrate absolute commitment to the vision and values of the school. Great teaching sits at the heart of all we do. Relationships matter. We only appoint teachers who relate well to young people, plan lessons and assess learning effectively so that we can guarantee that students feel valued, can enjoy learning and make great progress. In 2015 the Beckfoot Trust was awarded ‘Teaching School’ status. This will support us to further develop recruitment of the next generation of teachers, create high quality professional development opportunities for our staff and train up future middle and senior school leaders.

Alongside our teachers is an exceptionally talented support for learning team. They free the teachers up to teach and be they administrative, personnel, pastoral, technical or site staff, they embrace fully the values and vision for the school.

The relationship with our parents, community partners, primary school feeder schools, colleges, universities and industry is fast evolving and will help to ensure the support every learner receives is first rate.

In 2015 we became part of The Beckfoot Multi-Academy Trust. We are very proud to be at the heart of trust developments over the past twelve months and our relationship with Beckfoot School is one of our greatest strengths.

In January 2017 we will move into our new state of the art school. We are all so excited about this and the enhanced opportunities it will provide to both our students and local community. As well as a stunning new main school building we will also have a new Sports Centre, multi-use games area (MUGA) and playing fields.

Finally, what stands out about Beckfoot Upper Heaton is its soul. Our students come first. It is a very special place to learn and work. It is calm, has warmth, a strong sense of community and shared values. It is a school where all can feel safe and confident to feel proud of their achievements. It is a happy place that works hard to prepare our students to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Simon Wade

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