A School Working in Partnership

(Featured photo: Transitions Workshops on Friday 22nd June)

What has struck me this week has been the variety of examples that I have come across where we have been involved in others from outside Beckfoot Oakbank. These experiences make the school and the students in it, even better and long may these links continue.

On Tuesday many of our staff headed across to Beckfoot to take part in the professional development conference held by Beckfoot Trust. Our teachers and support staff had the chance to collaborate with the other 10 schools in the Trust with a specific focus on the importance of their professional development. It was great to see so many colleagues there.

27 student leaders across Y7, 8, 9 and 10 have worked with our Primary Schools this week. They have supported the Transition workshops held on Friday and made our new Y7 students feel very welcome. As I keep reminding students, it is important that everyone involves themselves in things. It has been lovely to meet all the new Y7 students, we are very much looking forward to you coming.

Our sports teams have competed against many other schools this week. It is great that we offer such a wider range of sports for our young people to get involved in. Thanks to all the staff and KRUFC for attending and hosting our annual sports presentation evening last week. On Tuesday we entered the Yr10 West Yorkshire Schools Athletics at Hanson school. Both the boys and girls teams finished 3rd which is a great achievement. The Year 9 cricket team beat Beckfoot and Beckfoot Upper Heaton in the inter-cricket competition on Thursday. Brilliant! Year 7 boys rugby were winners of the recent rugby league festival and have been selected to represent Bradford Bulls at an upcoming RFL event in Warrington. Partnership working at its best.

After weeks of reading and debate, along with students from thousands of schools across the country who were shadowing the CILIP Carnegie Award, Beckfoot Oakbank students from Years 7, 8 and 9 celebrated as they watched a live stream of the awards ceremony from the British Library in London. The students had read all the 8 shortlisted books, and each had argued for their own personal favourite including "The Hate U Give" which took the CILIP Amnesty Award, and then saw Geraldine McCaughran win with her novel "Where the World Ends". We've also had one of our Y8 girls make it through to the second round of Radio 2's 500 Words story contest this year and one of our Year 11 students has been nominated for the national Student Librarian of the Year award.

Keep working with others and going to other places. Collaboration benefits us all. Have a great week.

Tina Smith

Head of School

Students involved in the CILIP Carneige Award (reading and debating)



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