Head’s Blog

What a fantastic term and a simply amazing last week which has showcased the learning success of our students alongside extraordinary talent, caring and sharing within and beyond the school community.

The Christmas concert surpassed all of our (already very high) expectations. With over 200 students performing, we witnessed talent beyond belief, Post 16 students leading the development of Year 7 and 8 students and both group and individual performances at a professional standard.

We have had our first ‘Red Carpet’ Rewards events this week. The weather led to postponement of the football, but the students have enjoyed 200 pizzas, 700 bars of chocolate, 2 film sessions and a tea party.

You may have seen the report in the Telegraph & Argus about our Year 11 Health and Social Care students who organised a Christmas party for elderly local residents. It was a huge success, but it didn’t stop there. Two students, Sumara Gilmore and Naomi Earnshaw sent me an email expressing how the event made them want to do more. So, they organised a collection in school, bought Christmas gifts and took them to the residents to make sure that ‘they all had a Christmas present to open’.  As part of their GCSE food course, some Year 10 students cooked a Christmas lunch this week. It was delicious and demonstrated fantastic skills!

Led by Tom Darling (Assistant Headteacher), Beckfoot School can now take part in World Class School Assessment. Naomi Calvert reached the final of the World Class School essay competition and a group of students enjoyed a day in Cambridge as well as attending the awards ceremony. You will have seen the information about a wealth of other successes on this website.

Leadership Team have also had one-to-one chats with all our Year 11 students this week. We are making sure that every individual has the targeted support, is aware of the extra-curricular learning opportunities available and is in the best possible position to secure their future learning pathway. It has been an absolute privilege to chat with such mature and self-aware young people, who are taking responsibility for their own learning.

And today? Christmas jumpers, pantomimes and staff entertainment, which will raise funds for several local charities.

Please enjoy the photographs below, which will give you a flavour of some of the events in the last week.

I hope you all enjoy the holidays, wish you a Happy Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

Gill Halls


 

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