We have reached the holidays after a very busy half term in which we have seen our students continue to shine across a whole range of activities.
The BSL elections resulted in a new group of leaders, who will drive the development of a variety of student led themes including student welfare, charity events, a STEM group, and of course the Buzz team. In addition a ‘Trust’ group will start to work with student leaders across all the Beckfoot Trust Schools. Wider Learning Days have enabled students to work on subject specific themes, with Mr Horn playing a great ‘Scrooge’ for the Year 9 English Day. Students have been involved in numerous sporting events, including the ‘Kwik Cricket’, getting medals for third place and the Bradford Schools Games, which are taking place today. As support for their GCSE Literature work, Year 11 have been watching a production of ‘An Inspector Calls’ this afternoon and have had the opportunity to question the characters at the end of the performance. There have also been trips out, Duke of Edinburgh training events, Borneo expedition preparation and a whole lot more.
Alongside all of this has been our usual focus on learning, with the addition of period 6 support and revision classes for Year 11, 12 and 13. Busy times indeed. After the holidays we have mock exams for Year 11 and post 16 students, so many of them will be spending some of their half term holiday working to the revision timetables they have planned. I always feel that the exam ‘countdown’ starts at February half term and this is where we see the students become more mature in their focus and more determined in their effort as they look towards achieving their future goals.
There’s one more thing I would like to mention. On Tuesday afternoon (Valentine's Day), a good hour after the end of the school day, one of our students was taking single roses around to those teachers and support staff who were still working. She handed me, and lots of others, a rose and said ‘This is because everyone is so nice and I love our school’. Working with young people is always rewarding, but it doesn’t get more special than that!
We have a ski trip on the way to Austria and a football tour on setting off to France tomorrow. I hope those involved have a great time and to everyone else, enjoy the half term!
Head of School