Co-Heads’ Blog: 26 February 2020

Welcome back, we hope you’ve all had a lovely break! As we look ahead to the rest of the spring term, we’ve also been reflecting on the previous half term and the various activities that took place.

During January our Year 7 students attended a STEM careers event, which was organised and hosted by Leeds Beckett University with Gatsby Education and STEM Learning UK. Year 9 students also visited Leeds Beckett University to explore the campus and learn about life there. It was a great opportunity for them to start thinking about their future education options and their opportunities once they leave school. Our partnership with Leeds Beckett University goes from strength-to-strength and we are grateful for their continued support.

The Co-Heads celebration lunch with students also took place in January to recognise those students who’d contributed to the school or who had made significant achievement outside of the curriculum. The achievements included being excellent prefects, young carers, supporting school and community events and having literature published.

We launched our ‘Raising Aspiration, Realising Ambition’ project with Ruth Pitt (media executive and former journalist) last week with staff and students, which will provide a mentoring programme for students in Years 9, 10 and 12. This is a high profile initiative which is having a significant impact on careers opportunities for 90 of our students.

Our fifth annual Question Time event took place last week with a high-quality panel who were put through their paces with challenging questions set by the students at the school. The panel consisted of Tracy Brabin (Labour MP), Charlotte Goodwin (Conservative Councillor), Baroness Pinnock (Liberal Democrat Life Peer), Richard Beardsworth (Head of School, POLIS, University of Leeds) and Andy Bateman (Lecturer in Counselling, University of Bradford). Our student hosts also made a vital contribution to the debate and attendees included Sixth Form students, School Council representatives and Parents’ Forum.

During half term the school provided a venue for the British Youth Music Theatre free audition and workshop day for local talented young people, many of whom might not be able to travel to London to take part in such opportunities. The event was also supported by Creative Scene and sponsored by the GMB, and proved to be a great success.

We look forward to another exciting half term and we’ll be updating you shortly with more news.

Very best wishes,
Julie and Dave