04/10/19

It’s October already! Where have the last 5 weeks gone?

Since my last blog we have had our Open Evening. The building came to life and was filled with a fizz and excitement about learning and opportunity. We had over 250 student volunteers to show off their school and I loved the fact that so many of them were in Year 7 and only a few weeks into their Beckfoot journey. Over the course of the evening I had the immense privilege to speak to almost 1700 people and share with them a little about who I am, what I stand for and, more importantly, why our school is a truly remarkable learning environment. The feedback we have received about the experience of those who visited has been humbling and excites me about the future.

Several Year 8 students took to the seas for a week’s sailing aboard the James Cook ship. Read about their fantastic adventure here. Thanks so much to Mr Sandercock for providing such an incredible opportunity for our students.

Voice 21 have been to school and completed an audit of our Oracy provision across school. They saw so many wonderful lessons and met some very special students throughout the day. We have a greater understanding of what is possible and can be done to ensure we are providing the necessary opportunities for all students to become confident communicators. This is innovative and important work. Watch this space in the months ahead.

Our annual Jeans for Genes day was spearheaded by our student leaders working alongside the Science faculty. They hosted a week of assemblies to talk about the charity and the many events that would be happening around school. We raised a colossal £1500.

Our SPA (Sport and Performing Arts) enrichment programme is up and running providing a wealth of opportunities for students to be involved in sport, music, drama, art and a whole host of other activities. There are also trips and visits including a recent visit to Old Trafford to see Manchester United play against Rochdale.

I’m always delighted to hear our sports results and the many student success stories beyond school. We have a recent British Motorsport Rotax Minimax champion (Archie, Year 10), a Yorkshire badminton champion (Sian, Year 10) and a recently selected Bradford Schools Netball player (Jess, Year 10) in school and we are very proud of their achievements. Please do look at our website/Twitter feed for all the latest news and please continue to let us know about the achievements of students beyond our building.
This school is incredibly special and full of the most amazing staff and young people. I have loved being back.

Thank you for reading.
Simon

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