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Dear Batley community members There will be a free community fun day in Batley on the last Saturday of the summer, a free back to school party for local families. Please see the attached flyer in this link. The event is on September 3rd at Upper Batley High School and is part of Hope Not Hate’s More In Common work, which is all part of the work being done in respect of Jo Cox’s legacy.

98.8% pass rate at Level 3

  Batley Girls’ High School has achieved a 98.8% pass rate at Level 3. Students performed incredibly well across their subjects, particularly in English Language, History, Modern Foreign Languages, Maths, Science, Health & Social Care, Psychology, Sport and Art & Design. Many individuals achieved exceptionally well, securing their places at prestigious universities both locally and nationally. Gaining particular credit were Zainab Patel who achieved three A grades, Safiyyah Hafiji – A,A,B; Aaisha Raja – A*,B,B; Humayra Rawat – A*,B,B; and Khadijah Valimulla – A,B,B; while Hafiza Dean achieved three Distinction* grades. The Co-Heads, Ann McCall and Julie Haigh, commented that they were very proud of the students and staff and pleased to see that all their hard work had paid off. They look forward to seeing the vast majority of students taking up their university places. A huge thank you to the students, their families and our staff for continuing…

Batley Girls' whole school community mourn the tragic loss of Jo Cox


STEM week ends on a spectacular note: Sound and Music

After weeks of organising and working towards the STEM week, it now has come to an end. But it ended with an unforgettable occasion. Professors from Huddersfield University joined us to give us an insight into the science behind music. The presentation on the physics of music allowed us to understand the notes in music better, in addition we also learnt about the different frequencies and how sound travels. This was an awesome experience and was totally worth it.   I hope you all had an awesome STEM week like we did.

School Show: ‘Wuthering Heights’ review

‘Wuthering Heights’ review Review by Hafsah Latif – our Year 9 Expressive Arts roving reporter Batley Girls’ High School performed an adaption of the famous Emily Brontë novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ as a play, putting an original spin on it and making it new and refreshing to the younger generation. I saw the show on Friday 18 March when the school staged its final performance for 170 local BBEST students and their teachers. This year the school also put on a matinee performance on Thursday 17 March, as well as the normal evening show, so that senior members of the local community and Year 7 students were able to attend, and also those who could not always come out to an evening showing. I thought this was a really good idea as it catered to the needs of all areas of the school and local community. The show also raised £375…

Alumnae: Tea and Memories

The first Alumnae Society event for Batley Girls’ took place at the end of term, for all former students and members of staff of Batley Girls’ High School & Sixth Form College, Howden Clough, Batley Girls’ Grammar, Foxcroft Girls’ Secondary Modern and Princess Royal Secondary Modern. Friends and colleagues from past school days were delighted to catch up with each other as they gathered in the Eames Suite to swap stories and enjoy a vintage style traditional tea. Joined by the Co-Heads and current members of staff, guests were able to look at huge bright displays of pictures from our archives, sift through tables spread with photograph albums, look at newsletters and record their best memories from school days. Student ambassadors from our current sixth form provided guided tours of the school for our Alumnae visitors, which for some proved to be highly nostalgic and emotional, and many were able…

KS4 and Sixth Form Students Visit Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament After a long and tiring journey to London , we went straight to the Houses of Parliament, with Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, who gave us an insight into what it is like to be a female MP. Everyone was a little overwhelmed by the security where we were surrounded by police reminding us that we weren’t allowed scissors, knives or pepper spray. As it was Women’s International Day we had an opportunity to ask Jo lots of questions about women in Parliament, opportunities and barriers. Did you know there are more women in the House of Lords than in the House of Commons? We were guided by Erica, a knowledgeable person on the history of Parliament. It was very interesting to hear about the history of Westminster and the monarchies. We then went sightseeing and even got a chance to go to Platform 9…

World Book Day 2016

An Amazing Day! World Book Day 2016 was another great success with staff and students alike wearing some amazing costumes.  Students across all the year groups enjoyed whole school tasks and competitions such as World Book Day quizzes and a Treasure Hunt to find all the teachers who had dressed up, as well as book themed lessons. Lower school students and two visiting Year 4 classes from Windmill Lane Primary School also had the chance to take part in some wonderful workshops by a talented range of visitors.  Students loved Cassandra Wye’s storytelling session and Cassandra was very positive about all the staff and students and how willing they were to take part and enjoy the session.  Steve Hutton, who has recently illustrated a new edition of Peter Pan, worked with the students on how to tell stories using pictures and how to create characters. Shantha Rao from Annapurna Dance…

Leeds University Visit for Year 12 Art students

On Tuesday 1 March, twelve Year 12 students set off to the University of Leeds to discover what life at a university is really like and what to expect from Further Education. They had the opportunity to speak to current students, meet the Head of the course and the Head of the university, explore the studio spaces, tour the campus and sample food from the vast canteen. In the afternoon the students began making some of their own artwork and the Head of the course, along with the university students, offered a group critique. Themes of Art’s place in society and who an artist really is, amongst other philosophical issues, were discussed. The students had a brilliant time and really felt enlightened by the visit. Some were already planning their application by the time they left.

Year 12 Fine Art Visit to the West Yorkshire Print Workshop

Year 12 students visited the West Yorkshire Print Workshop in order to work with the artist Helaina Sharpley. Helaina, who is a practising artist and designer specialising in wirework and wall art, shared her business knowledge, her sources of inspiration and taught Year 12 Art students new techniques and skills as part of their visit to the West Yorkshire Print Workshop. Helaina’s workshop is the starting point for a series of lessons where Year 12 students will be working with the artist to produce a collaborative public art piece for permanent display in school. Narjis Khan said: “She told us her journey through school and how she has reached where she is now. We were able to experiment using the wire and the technique she uses to create tea cups and saucers. It’s a different style to what we’ve all usually worked with and is a form of work that I…