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Beckfoot Trust is an organisation that links a group of local Bradford schools together so that they can collectively improve the life chances for young people within their schools. Our aim is to create a group of truly remarkable schools each with a genuine comprehensive intake. They will be wonderful places for young people to learn and grow up in. We want to make a difference. We want to create something special.





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The things they will always remember

In this week’s blog I want to share with you two incredibly special events in our calendar that took place since I last wrote, namely the Senior Concert and the Year 11 Prom. Both were incredibly special and will undoubtedly provide memories to last a lifetime. 

The Senior Concert took place last week to a sell-out audience. It was a kaleidoscope of musical excellence but also the final time that many students would perform as Beckfooters after 7 years with us. For that reason, I always look forward to the evening with emotions of excitement and sadness.

Senior ConcertThe evening itself was wonderful. The talent we have at Beckfoot under the guidance of Mr Stimpson, Mr Lee and their team is incredible and the energy they bring to these evenings is palpable. The music was wide and varied with superb song choices a feature of the evening alongside, of course, amazing musical ability made up of soloists, ensembles and duets.

They played versions of Elton John and The Eagles songs. The Year 13 students took centre stage and showed what is possible after 7 years at Beckfoot such was their confidence and command of the stage. They finished with an Abba song with a choreographed dance routine to match and it was so special. Sat there watching them reminded me of how lucky we are to have such students in our school but also how privileged we are to be able to share a small part of their lives for a very short time.

Last night it was the turn of Year 11 to be in the spotlight. Over 250 students dressed up and descended upon the Mercure Bankfield hotel for their Prom. Almost all of the staff came to see them arrive, cheer as they emerged from the chosen transport and spend a bit of time with young people they know and love. To me that is so fantastic and I love that our students and adults were happy to be together last night because of the relationships that have been formed over many years.

They arrived in big cars, little cars, tractors and there was even a procession of Harley Davidson motorcycles. The reception the students gave to each other was humbling to observe and a time in my headship that I will never forget. They had a wonderful evening in the suits and dresses. They looked incredible as they mingled, posed and danced. The Year 11 band performed live which was a first for us and there was even a flash mob.


They were so excited about the evening and I sincerely hope they enjoyed every minute. I am so grateful to Mrs Powell, Mr Wheeler and the prom committee for making it happen and I am also hugely grateful to all the students and families who said thank you and made it feel even more special.

Today they go to Flamingoland as part of the pre exams planned break. The weather promises to be kind and today they will also create more memories.

I know they are ready for what lies ahead over the next few weeks and I know it matters to them to finish 12 years in school with something to show for their time and efforts. After today it is all about hard work and staying focussed and calm. We will be there every day for them because they deserve that and we will remind them as often as we need to just how amazing they are and the things they can achieve if they really want it.

Take care

Simon Wade, Headteacher

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