Heads blog 11th October 2018

Aiming High

I can’t believe that we have nearly come to the end of our first half term already. There has been so much happening this half term and it has set the bar now for the rest of the year.
Some of our GCSE students had a day visit to Cambridge University on Tuesday to help them with their ambitions and aspirations for the future. Students from this school go to the top Universities and we wanted to show some of our next students coming through that they can do it too. The Y11 students thought it was a genuinely wonderful day and their eyes were wide open at everything that they saw and experienced. One Y11 student said ‘I will literally go to every period 6 session (after school revision Mon-Fri) if it means that I can go to somewhere like this’. You CAN go somewhere like this – we are with you all the way.

Our Y11 students went to York to see the play ‘Inspector Calls’ last week during the evening. This is on the GCSE English Literature paper that the students will sit in May/June so they had great first hand visual learning by seeing the book come to life on stage. Many of the students had not been to a theatre before and I know they got a lot out of this as the ‘penny dropped’ about this book.

We are thrilled to announce that we are doing our first school production in the new building in March. We are lucky enough to be performing High School Musical and students should look out for the start of rehearsals coming soon!

For students to have the best success that they can do home and school need to come together whenever possible. We hope that you will like our new look Parents Evenings, a first for 2018-19 and in the new school. Each year group has a designated evening just for them, starting from 3.40pm to 6.30pm. Students need to come in with their families and we expect everyone to be there. There will be careers stalls and other things going on too at these evenings. Teachers will be celebrating all the good aspects of our students learning and wider school achievements and identify two things that they can further improve on. I hope to see you there – Y10 is first on 1st November.

Our sports teams have been out in full force over the course of this half term. Watch out other schools! Loads of our students are involved in sports clubs and teams and this is a real credit to them as you get so much from being part of a team. Highlights include: Y10 and Y11 boys football qualifying for the Bradford North finals, the Y8 and 9 rugby league teams were Bradford winners and have now qualified for the 'Champion Schools' regional competitions. Sienna Thompson has been selected for U15 Bradford Netball and she is only in Y9! Zak Dimitrijevic and Jack Walton are both top 30 finishers in the English Schools X-Country Championship. Awesome stuff!

I will finish with our great Y7 students who have settled into school life so well. You should all be very proud of yourselves and we love you being here! They have been working hard to get 100% attendance and attitude towards learning scores of a 1, which are recorded every lesson in their planner. They look so smart coming into assembly. Some of our Y7 students have been up in Scotland at Kirkcudbright outdoor pursuits centre and have really developed their independence skills and team work. Keep getting involved Y7, you will get so much more out of school life.
Good luck to Y9s who have their assessment week from Monday 15th October – you must do your revision over the weekend and during the evenings nest week. You have lots to do – remember you are in Year 1 of your GCSEs so these a very important. Don’t be the one resitting!

What is next? What are you going to get involved in? Have a great weekend.
Miss Smith, Head of School

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