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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…

Claire Young with two of our students on 15th January 2016

Claire Young spoke to Students at Batley Girls’ High School

Claire Young visited Batley Girls’ High School to address our students on Friday 15th January 2016. Speaking passionately, Claire sent out a powerful message of: “Making no excuses, Keep trying and never give up when things don’t turn out right, To be successful you have to get out of your comfort zone and have a go.” Students felt inspired by her and asked questions following her speech. Thank you to all staff for helping this go smoothly and students for their behaviour. Read more about Claire Young here.

Virtual Art Gallery Videos

This playlist is a set of videos that take you around some of the work that has been on our walls and display boards since July 2015.

Students Celebrate Success at Celebration Evening

A level and GCSE students attended the Batley Girls’ High School Celebration Evening event on Monday 14 December to receive their certificates and prizes. Co-Heads Ann McCall and Julie Haigh commented that, “This was a wonderful event and testament to the hard work of all our students and staff. We would like to congratulate each and every member of our school community for another set of outstanding A level and GCSE results”. Shauni Sanderson from the University of Leeds was Guest Speaker and spoke of her personal, inspirational journey into the world of academia. She also said that, “Batley Girls’ is a special place and one that has a great connection with many staff at Leeds – it’s a joy to work with students that are so kind, considerate and curious”. A number of dignitaries were present in the audience, including the Mayor and Mayoress, Governors and representatives from partner…

Sixth Form and Year 10 at ‘Question Time’

Batley Girls’ High School’s first ever ‘Question Time’ event was a great success as 450 students put a variety of distinguished guests through their political paces. With a panel including Jo Cox (Labour MP for Batley and Spen), Craig Whittaker (Conservative MP for Calder Valley), Baroness Pinnock (Liberal Democrat Life Peer and Kirklees Councillor for the Cleckheaton Ward), Liz Ward (Ambassador for the international WE Day organisation) and Aaisha Raja (Batley Girls’ Student Political Lead), this proved to be a very high profile debate. The questions were set by Sixth Form and Year 10 students and included a rigorous discussion of the air strikes in Syria, tuition fees, the voting age and whether we still need feminism. Deputy Head, David Cooper, stated that, “We believe as a school that this kind of event is vital in order to stimulate genuine political debate and discussion of the major issues we are…

BGHS East Meets West Peace And Harmony

East Meets West: Peace and Harmony

Batley Girls’ High School held its annual ‘East meets West’ event in December. The theme was ‘PEACE and HARMONY’. Never has there been a more poignant time to consider the power of PEACE and the need for HARMONY. Here at Batley Girls’ High School, respect is manifested in how we treat each other and respond to the challenges/plights faced by fellow human beings, and we know that how we interact with our neighbours, be it locally or globally, makes us who we are. When the world sometimes seems to have gone mad and is difficult to understand, we as a community, as a school of sanctuary, stand together, showing respect to all and demonstrating how to live in PEACE and HARMONY. The evening provided us all with an opportunity to take time out of our hectic lives to consider and reflect upon what is important, and nothing could be more…

Indiability 2015: A Life Changing Experience

Ten students from Batley Girls’ High School and Upper Batley High School have recently returned from a life changing visit to India. The students visited and stayed at a school for the deaf and hearing impaired in Navsari and also a school for the blind and visually impaired in Saputara. They worked with students with various disabilities, helping them to undertake many activities including sports, arts and crafts, music, drama and teaching English. In order to make the visit possible, the students from Batley Girls’ and Upper Batley High Schools spent three years fundraising and, as a result, the schools in India were also able to benefit from a donation of funds towards a physiotherapy room and for meals on a special day every year. Zainab Patel, a Year 13 student at Batley Girls’ High School, has recorded her memories. “This experience was immensely rewarding as we forged unforgettable friendships…

Batley Girls' High School Big Day out Malham Photo.

The Big Day Out 2015: Regional Heritage

Exploring our Regional Heritage The start of the Autumn term featured a whole school event, involving approximately 1,000 students, called ‘The Big Day Out’. All our Key Stage 3 and 4 students, accompanied by staff, parents and Governors of the school, left Batley Girls’ in a total of 24 coaches to embark upon a variety of educational visits, focusing on team building and our inspirational regional heritage. Year 7 experienced the cultural and geographical heritage of Yorkshire with a tour of Haworth and the Brontë Parsonage as well as a visit to Cartwright Hall and an historical treasure hunt around Lister Park. The students found out about the legacy of the Brontës, which next year sees the start of bicentenary celebrations of the Brontës’ births. In addition, the experience will also link to a module that students are studying in English. Students had the opportunity to walk on the moors…