Co-Heads’ Blog: 16 December 2019

It’s been a fantastic term, and we always seem to have more to share than we have time for.

We held a mock General Election (with around 600 students registering their vote) last week – to get our students thinking about the impact of politics on their lives.

It was a busy week indeed as we also held two fantastic events which were very much enjoyed by all. Celebration Evening took place for former Year 11 and Year 13 students to celebrate their success from the previous academic year. We are particularly proud that our record-breaking Year 13 A Level results were in the top 25% nationally. The GCSE outcomes were superb and we are at the top of the Kirklees provisional league table for Progress scores. East Meets West, is an annual event where students and external guests celebrate our deep respect for the values we all share of peace, love, hope and charity. We also share the pride we feel in the communities of Batley, Dewsbury and Spen, for their united to resolve champion ‘We have more in common than that divides us’. Songs were sung, poems were read and there was also an art display where Year 7 tutor groups had explored and creatively expressed inspirational people who embody humility and resolve.

In November, two of our students visited the Battlefields in Belgium and France, and found it invaluable with profound learnings. They were moved by what they saw and, whilst it was saddening at times, it was an extremely worthwhile experience. One student said: “This battlefield experience was incredible. It is one of the best field trips I had ever been to. I had learnt various fascinating facts that I didn’t know about before” … “and I can’t wait to share what I learned with so many other people. Thank you very much for the amazing opportunity.”

Our Year 12 and 13 Chemistry and Applied Science students attended the Chemistry in Action Conference at the University of Salford on Monday 9th December. Speakers presented an array of topics including; personalised cancer treatment, energy storage for a sustainable future and how chemistry can save you after an apocalypse. Our students enjoyed experiencing a university environment and found the day both interesting and thought provoking.

The Anne Frank Trust came into school recently and filmed three of our students who are ambassadors for the Trust. The film will be shown at the Hilton Hotel London on Holocaust Memorial Day next year as a commemoration of 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz and the death of Anne Frank.

We’ve also had a several of reward trips. Year 7 students who had an excellent attitude to learning, as well as engaging with the Accelerated Reader programme were nominated by their English teachers for making an exceptional start to Year 7, had a reward trip to the Theatre Royal Wakefield for the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime. There is also a rewards visit planned this week for Year 12 and 13 to Xscape in Castleford.

To end on two fantastic good news stories; we have now been awarded the prestigious Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA).

Enjoy the break – see you in the new year!

Very best wishes,
Julie and David