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High Park School receives Autism Accreditation

High Park School is the first school or organisation in Bradford to be awarded Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society.

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families.

The award was given in recognition of the school’s good autism practice.   Autism Accreditation is an autism-specific quality assurance programme. It was set up in 1992 to improve the support available to autistic people in organisations throughout the UK and across the world, including local authorities, NHS trusts, education authorities, local autism societies and private companies.

To gain accreditation, organisations have to meet a standard of excellence and follow a framework for continuous self-examination and development. Over 500 organisations are now accredited.  The National Autistic Society’s Autism Accreditation programme was launched over 20 years ago and sets extremely high standards, which the school has worked incredibly hard to meet.

Being autistic means you feel, hear and see things in a different, often more intense, way to others and may struggle in certain social situations. More than 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and it will affect each one of them slightly differently – some go onto successful careers while others need intensive support to go about their daily lives.

Find out more about Autism Accreditation on The National Autistic Society website: http://www. autism.org.uk/accreditation

Principal, Ann Andrew, is pictured with one of the students who is holding the award.

Spooky goings on in the markets in Bradford

Bradford Council’s markets team has organised several events to help shoppers to celebrate Halloween.

Oastler Shopping Centre – Saturday 28 October 12.30pm-4.30pm

The Young Master’s Visual Art School will be running a ‘mummy-making’ workshop. Under threes will be able to make a masking tape mummy and older children will be able to make their very own 3D repositionable mummy.

Local artist Musarat Raza, who is based at Cartwright Hall, will be running a Halloween mask making workshop for children of all ages.

There will also be a Halloween grotto where children can have their faces painted. Scary ghoulish characters will be parading the market. 

Oastler Shopping Centre – Friday 27 October 12-2pm

The Ministry of Food will have a live demo in the middle of the market showing people how to make pumpkin, spinach and chickpea curry. 


Keighley Market Hall – Saturday 28 October 10am-3pm

There will be a Halloween themed grotto where children can have their faces painted and spooky characters will parade the market hall. Traders will also getting into the spirit of the occasion by dressing up and handing out sweets.

Kirkgate Market, Bradford – Saturday 28 October 12-4pm

Kirkgate Market’s Joke Shop will be creating a large Halloween themed stall in the market providing a wide range of Halloween related items, including great fancy dress and accessories at great prices.

Children will also be able to get their faces painted and scary characters will roam the market floor to bring goose-bumps to shoppers.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “Our markets team have lined up a great range of attractions to help families to celebrate Halloween, with something for everyone at these events.” 

Civic Reception held for the Bradford Bulls Ladies Rugby League Team

Bradford Bulls Ladies’ Squad made history this weekend by becoming the winners of the first Women’s Super League Grand Final.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Abid Hussain, welcomed the team to City Hall on Tuesday 10 October for a Civic Reception to mark their all-conquering season.

The Ladies beat Featherstone Rovers 36 points to six in the Women’s Super League Grand Final at Manchester Regional Arena, last Saturday.

The Bulls completed a league and cup double after also beating Featherstone 50-16 in the Women’s Challenge Cup final in July, and went through the whole season unbeaten.

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Bradford Bulls Ladies Rugby Squad Civic Reception

Coun Abid Hussain said: “Bradford has a long and proud tradition in rugby league. It is therefore fitting that the fantastic Bradford Bulls Ladies  team have become the winners of the first ever Women’s Super League Grand Final, writing a new chapter in our district’s sporting history.

“I hope their achievements will inspire others to take up this great sport.”

In addition, several of the Ladies have been selected to represent England Rugby League at the inaugural Women’s Rugby League World Cup.  We wish them all the very best of luck!

 

Get in early and snap up the best Christmas cards!

Get in early and choose your favourite charity Christmas cards from the excellent range on sale at the visitor information centres (VICs) in Bradford, Haworth, Ilkley and Saltaire.

Every year the Council supports cards for good causes which pays the charities at least 70p in every pound from their card sales.

Charities to benefit include the British Heart Foundation, Epilepsy Action, Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Macmillan and NSPCC.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “Start shopping now and take advantage of the wonderful selection on offer. The popular designs do sell out quickly so get down to the VICs as soon as you can.”

The Visitor Information Centres are open 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday with Haworth and Saltaire also open on Sundays from 10am – 4pm.

To keep up to to date with what’s new from the Visitor Information Centre and what is happening around the district follow them on Twitter @VisitBradford, Facebook/visit bradford and Instagram VisitBradford.

To see more details about the Christmas events planned around the district, log on to www.visitbradford.com/christmas.

Bradford Council to boost voter registration

Bradford Council is urging residents not to get caught out and ensure they are registered to vote.

Throughout October the council will send out reminder letters and canvassers will visit properties where people haven’t responded.

The local authority will run an online and street poster campaign encouraging groups which are traditionally under represented on the electoral roll.

Registration allows people to vote in elections and referendums, positively contributes to credit scores and is a legal requirement.

Bradford district’s voter electoral registration rates are higher than the national average of 2.5% and have increased by 4.9%.

However, Bradford Council wishes to ensure as many people as possible take part in democratic processes.

Registration only takes a few minutes and can be done online at gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling 01274 43 2287.

All people need is their name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number.

Kersten England, Electoral Registration and Returning Officer for Bradford district: “We are working hard to ensure as many people as possible are able to vote in elections and referendums.

“If an election is called and you’re not registered, you won’t be able to vote.

“Registering only takes a few minutes.

“Your vote matters! Don’t lose it.”

 

 

Chewing gum campaign

Shoppers outside the Broadway shopping centre tomorrow (Thursday, 5 October) will see the launch of a new campaign to tackle the problem of chewing gum on pavements and roads.

Bradford Council will align with a national campaign organised by the Chewing Gum Action Group to change behaviour and make people think twice before dropping their gum on the floor.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Culture and Sport, said: “Dropped chewing gum is a significant messy problem for Bradford.

“It is very costly and time consuming to remove and the process of removing it can also damage the pavement or road.”

Since mid-July, eight private enforcement officers have been patrolling the streets of Bradford and issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to people who drop litter, urinate and spit, as well as Dog Control Order offences.

They have already fined people for discarding gum and the new campaign will explain that discarded chewing gum is litter.

Following the city centre launch, the campaign will be rolled out to Shipley and the rest of the district.

Coun Ferriby said: “This is a problem affecting every urban area. Bradford is no different than any other town or city.

“Chewing gum is harder to remove than litter that can be swept up, and this campaign is intended to raise awareness to people that chewing gum is litter – once it goes down on to the pavement it stays there.”

“It doesn’t look good, it’s sticky, it takes some removing and people may not realise that this type of littering is harder to remove.”

She added: “The solution is to put it in a piece of tissue, put it your pocket or put it in the bin.”

Council officers will be using posters, banners, lamppost stickers and other promotional material to try and raise awareness of the problem and to make people think about helping with the solution.

 

Stay Well this winter – getting the flu vaccination

Those at risk from the flu across the district are being asked to stay well this winter by getting their flu vaccination to protect themselves, and loved ones, this winter.

This year’s flu season has now started and those invited to get a flu vaccination, by their GP or employer, are being urged to take up the offer to prevent the spread of flu across the district.

GPs across the district are in the process of inviting people to have their flu injection. This includes all pregnant women, children aged 2 and 3, people aged 65 and over; and those with long term health conditions who are eligible.

People in the clinically ‘at risk’ groups are 11 times more likely to experience complications if they get the flu than a ‘healthy person’. This includes those suffering from heart, lung, liver, kidney, spleen or neurological diseases, diabetes, stroke or a lowered immune system.

Anyone with a BMI over 40 will also qualify for a free flu vaccination.

All 2 and 3 year olds are being asked to take a safe and effective nasal spray vaccine to protect them and help prevent the spread of flu to family members. School Children in Reception and school Years 1 to 4 will also be able to get the nasal spray vaccine as part of a schools vaccination programme.

If you haven’t received a letter or are a main carer of an older or disabled person you should contact your GP to check if you qualify.

Anita Parkin, Head of Public Health for Bradford Council, says:

“If you receive a letter from your GP or employer, it’s because you need to protect yourself from the flu. Making an appointment to have a quick and simple vaccination is a lot quicker than suffering from the flu for several days.”

“It’s not just a cold. Flu is very contagious and can be a really serious illness. If you’ve been sent a letter it is because you are at higher risk from complications that can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.

“Having your flu vaccine doesn’t just protect you; it helps stop the flu spreading to other people who may be even more vulnerable than yourself.”

Mary Law, Screening and Immunisation Manager at NHS England (West Yorkshire) said:

“Even if you’ve already had a flu jab in previous years, you need another one this year. This is because the viruses that cause flu are always changing.

“We would particularly encourage older people, adults and children in at risk groups and mums-to-be to make sure they have their flu jab to protect themselves.

“For mums–to–be this protects themselves and their unborn babies as flu can lead to serious complications in pregnant women. National guidance states the vaccine is safe throughout pregnancy and can protect newborn babies up to about four to six months from birth.”

For most healthy people not in at risk groups, flu remains a mild illness and generally they will recover in a few days after getting lots of rest, drinking plenty of fluids and using over-the-counter remedies such as paracetamol.

You can also prevent the spread of the virus by always carrying a tissue and using them to catch coughs or sneezes, disposing of the tissue and then washing your hands.

If you aren’t getting any better then stay at home and call your doctor or call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.”

The vaccine for all children aged 2-17 is a safe and effective nasal spray which provides a more effective protection against flu vaccination in this age group. Children, who are allergic to eggs, have severe asthma or a severely weakened immune system will be offered an injection.

Selected local pharmacies are also offering the flu vaccination free to at risk groups who are registered with a GP. Anyone not at risk can also get the injection, although a charge will apply.

Those eligible for the Flu vaccinations:

  • everyone aged 65 years or over
  • all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
  • All those aged two and three years old on 31 August 2017
  • All children in reception class and school years one, two, three and four
  • Everyone from six months to less than 65 years of age who has a serious medical conditions: chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5, liver disease, splenic dysfunction, neurological disease or diabetes a weakened immune system due to disease or treatment
  • everyone living in a residential or nursing home
  • everyone who cares for an older or disabled person
  • all frontline health and social care workers
  • anyone with a BMI above 40

The list above is not exhaustive and if you are still unsure, ask your doctor.

For more information on seasonal flu or vaccinations visit NHS Choices:

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/pages/introduction.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx

Consultation launched over increasing pupil numbers at Carlton Bolling College

 
Bradford Council is consulting on proposals to increase the number of pupils aged between 11 and 16 at Carlton Bolling College and to close the school’s sixth form.

If the plans are approved the school would take on an extra 60 children in year seven each year, increasing its pupil admission number to 300 to provide much needed extra places for 11 to 16-year-olds in the area.

The proposal also includes plans to close Carlton Bolling College’s sixth form from 2019.

A review carried out by the Department for Education on sixth form provision proposed the launch of new tech level qualifications which are equivalent to A-levels.

It is expected that schools will need additional resources to deliver these new courses. Carlton Bolling College is requesting permission to close their sixth form as it is thought it would be difficult for the school to provide this new range of technical qualifications in future.

Bradford Council has also commissioned a review of post-16 education which found that the district would be better served by the creation of a small number of large sixth form colleges and a reduction in the number of small school sixth forms.

The council believes this model would be more financially sustainable and able to provide a wider range of courses for young people in the district.

The Education, Skills and Funding Agency has already approved the opening of two sixth form colleges in Bradford for 2019 which will provide 2,000 places.

The consultation for the proposed changes at Carlton Bolling College is underway and runs until October 20. A full analysis will be carried out and a report with recommendations will be made to the Council’s executive in December 2017.

If the proposals are approved the sixth form would close in 2019.

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills said: “We are committed to ensuring we provide enough school places across the district. Carlton Bolling College is an improving school which has just moved into its new building. Allowing it to expand its intake will help to ensure we can meet the demand for places in Bradford East.

“We are confident that moving towards a system where Bradford is served by a small number of large sixth form colleges will improve the results and life chances of our young people and will be a positive step for the district.”

Online responses can be made on the consultation section of Bradford Council’s website: (https://www.bradford.gov.uk/consultations/current-consultations/consultation-and-engagement/ ) under current consultations.

People can also take part in the consultation by email  to: educationconsultation@bradford.gov.uk quoting changes to Carlton Bolling College.

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Abbey Green Nursery School is praised by Ofsted

Children at Abbey Green Nursery School & Children’s Centre continues to receive a good standard of education as Ofsted inspectors judge the centre to be good for the fifth consecutive time.

The Bradford Council school has sustained its Good status, in every inspection, since it was inspected in 2004; 13 years ago.

In a very complimentary report, the inspector found “the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the nursery since the last inspection” which was in April 2014, also saying “You and your staff have high expectations of what children can achieve.”

Children demonstrated how “caring and inclusive” they were in their behaviour; helping other children to put aprons on for play sessions and “displayed confidence in using sign language to communicate with other children.”

“The Local Authority has recognised and values this inclusivity and is currently designating the nursery as a special needs resource base.”

Staff have addressed all the recommendations from the previous inspection and other comments in the report include:

  • Phonics is taught very well.  Children enjoy the activities, and are skilled at knowing the sounds letters make.
  • You have continued to develop the Governance of the Nursery.
  • Partnership working with parents is very strong.
  • …”adult classes delivered by the family and community team in the nursery have helped them in developing their knowledge of English, and so help them support their children.”

Headteacher, Margot Dixon, said:  “We are delighted with this latest report as it is clear that Ofsted see the school as we do.  Pupils, staff, parents and Governors are delighted that our continued hard work has paid dividends and we are all extremely pleased with this outcome.”

Chair of Governors at the School, Khalid Mahmood, said: “I am delighted that the continuing dedicated and hard work of staff has been rewarded and that the Inspector recognised that our children are making great progress.”

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills, said:  “This is excellent news for Abbey Green.  Five consecutive Good Ofsted inspections is a fantastic achievement and all those who have worked so hard to bring about this result should be justly very proud.”

 

Council seeking sponsor for new social, emotional and mental health free school

Bradford Council is looking for a sponsor to run a new special free school for pupils with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs.

The new school is being created in Bradford after the council successfully bid with partners in the district and neighbouring councils for Education and Skills Funding Agency funding.

The free school will offer whole life services based around excellent education, family care and work-life support with space for 72 pupils and a 12 bed residential facility.
Bradford Council is now inviting applications to run the new school.  The council is hosting an event this week to share its vision with prospective sponsors.

Representatives from Social Care,  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and neighbouring local education authorities will also be attending.

The event takes place at the Ernest Saville Room in City Hall from 10am to 1pm on Friday September 22.

Applications to run the new school can be submitted at any time before noon on November 24 this year.  The Council cannot grant a deadline extension. Any organisation wanting to submit a bid should register their interest first.

The new school is set to be built on the former Rhodesway playing fields site on Lower Grange, Bradford.

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s executive member  for education, employment and skills, said: “This new free school will play a key role in our provision for pupils with special educational needs.  We are looking for an organisation which can fulfill our vision for a school which provides  whole life services based around excellent education, family care and work-life support. We believe this school can make a real difference to the lives of young people who will benefit from this support.”