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Titus Salt School pupils’ progress is sustained for six years

Pupils at Titus Salt School are priding themselves on sustained progress for the last six years.

The school in Baildon also has no students who have become NEET (Not in Education, Employment and Training), which means that every pupil in Year 11 or in the sixth form has a placement in education or employment/training when leaving school.

Zero percentage of NEET students is one indicator of how well a school prepares its pupils for further learning, work and training.

All pupils have progressed to a high quality destination, with the number of students going to a Russell Group University doubling the national average figure in 2016.

Each Titus Salt School pupil has a personalised programme of careers education, advice and guidance including opportunities for work experience, studying local enterprises as part of coursework and case studies and partnership work with employers to develop their skills, qualities and talents e.g. interview practice with Laing O’Rourke, CV building and drafting personal statements with University of Newcastle.

The school works with Prospects to ensure pupils receive impartial and high quality careers advice.  Recent developments include sponsorship from Costain plc to extend our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) provision and also the involvement of Leeds Ahead who support the delivery of enterprise education and skills.

Picture show students Matthew Mackereth-Hamilton and Hetty Pickles

Register now for postal and proxy votes

Anyone who happens to be away on 8 June, has just a week to register for a postal vote.

Bradford Council is reminding people that if they are on holiday, out of the country, at a music festival, or for some other reason are unable to get to their local polling station, they have until Tuesday, 23 May to register for a postal vote.

This means that they don’t miss out on voting in the general election.

Alternatively, people who are away or unable to get to a polling station, e.g. if someone is disabled or a member of the armed forces can apply for a proxy vote. This means that they can appoint someone to vote on their behalf. The proxy has to be someone who is registered to vote in the same election.

The deadline to register for a proxy vote is Wednesday, 31 May. (If you already have a postal vote and wish to change this to a proxy then the deadline to do this is Tuesday, 23 May)

Kersten England, Chief Executive of Bradford Council and Returning Officer, said: “There are many people who for a range of reasons will be unable to vote in person. But this should not stop them from taking part in the election. A postal or proxy vote means they can still have their say.”

To register for a postal or proxy vote, go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact Electoral Services on Electoral Services on 01274 431360.

Ingrow Primary School retains its good status

Ingrow Primary School has been judged to be good by Ofsted for the second time in five years.

In a glowing report the inspectors found that the “leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.”

The partnership between the Executive Headteacher and the Head of School was praised for “bringing about improvements to teaching and learning as well as addressing areas identified for improvement at the school’s last inspection.”

Leaders have raised expectations of pupils’ outcomes, and improved the quality of teaching, learning and assessment through good-quality professional development for staff and sharing in good practice at other schools.

The report acknowledges the “school’s inclusive support for some of the most vulnerable pupils” which has resulted in improved attendance and attitudes, and it notes how pupils “are keen to take on responsibilities as a school councillor or digital leader.”

Angela Vinnicombe, executive headteacher, said:  “This is a fantastic achievement for our school. I am so proud of everyone in the team.

“I am pleased that despite disruptive building work during the last two years, Ofsted has recognised that our focus on raising pupils’ achievement did not fade.

“The report reflects Ingrow Primary really well and highlights the many aspects that make our school, and our Federation with Long Lee Primary, a good one.

“Congratulations go to all pupils, staff, governors and the wider community in helping us achieve this positive outcome. We really do have a fabulous team working hard to ensure the best possible education for the children at Ingrow and Long Lee.”

Michael Jameson, Bradford Council’s Director of Children’s Services, said:  “This is great news for Ingrow, and indeed for the federation with Long Lee Primary School.  All of those who have worked so hard to maintain this good judgement should be very proud.”

Other comments in the report include:

  • Governors bring a range of expertise … which provides good support and challenge.
  • The school promotes good citizenship skills and pupils understand and show respect for people’s differences.
  • Pupils’ personal development and good attitudes to learning have been pivotal in raising aspirations.
  • The school has been successful in creating a culture where pupils take responsibility for their own learning.

 

 

Parents reminded that school place offers will be made next week

Parents of children who are set to start in reception in primary school from September this year will find out next week which school their child has been offered a place at.

This year National Offer Day takes place on Tuesday April 18 because of the Easter Holidays.

Bradford Council will be sending out emails to parents from 9am on Tuesday.  People should expect to receive two emails. The first will inform them which school their child has been offered a place at and the second will contain the formal offer letter, acceptance slip and important dates for parents.

Anyone who has not received their emails are advised to check their spam and junk folders  before contacting Bradford Council’s Admissions Team from April 19.

Parents who applied through an individual primary school’s online system or on a paper form will be sent their offer letter by 1st class post on April 18.  Allocations will not be given over the telephone.

Bradford Council’s Admissions Team encourages parents to put forward five preferences to maximise their chances of getting a place at a preferred school.

This year the council has handled more than 7,500 applications for reception places in Bradford district primary schools for the 2017/18 academic year.

Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills Coun Imran Khan said:  “We know that discovering where a child will be starting school is a big moment for every family and we work hard to ensure that as many pupils as possible are allocated to one of their preferred schools.

“Since 2010 we have also provided 8,500 additional places at primary schools to ensure the district can meet the demand and we are constantly revisiting where more places might be needed.”

National Offer Day for primary school places normally takes place on April 16 but it has been put back to Tuesday April 18 this year because of the Easter Holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

Children set to celebrate their love of reading books

[Pictured above: Pupils from Dixons Marchbank Primary School celebrating World Book Day]

Children from schools across the District will be celebrating their love of reading and books by taking part in World Book Day today.

Whether you grew up with Charlotte’s Web and the friendship that grows between Wilbur, a runty pig, and Charlotte, a heroic spider,  the Famous Five or Harry Potter; there is nothing quite like delving into a good book.

And for many it blossoms into a love that lasts a lifetime. This is why World Book Day has become the annual celebration of books and reading and the time to encourage children to discover the magic inside the pages.

The event was first marked in the UK in 1997 amid concerns over reading and writing standards in schools.

World Book Day marks its 20th anniversary this year and organisers say the event is ‘a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, reading’. The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

Schools and nurseries are sent packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.

Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd some 15 million book tokens will be distributed. Children can take their voucher to a local bookseller and use it to pick one of ten exclusive, new and completely free books. Or, if they’d rather, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club.

Since the campaign began, around 13 million £1 books have ended up in the hands of eager young readers.

This year’s 10 offerings cater for all ages from pre-school through to young adults in a bid to give as many as possible the chance to join in the fun. The titles for the nation’s youngest book lovers feature beloved characters Peppa Pig and extra-terrestrials from the Aliens Love Underpants series.

For readers at Key Stage 1, Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks has contributed a new Princess Mirror-Belle title and Martin Handford has made one of his Where’s Wally? adventures available.

They can also pick up some tips from Horrid Henry or catch up with the Famous Five, whereas Key Stage 2 readers are able to enjoy something new from beloved British authors David Walliams or Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Young Adult titles will come from Michael Grant and David Almond.

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills said:

“We hope that World Book Day celebrated in schools creates readers for the future by igniting a love of books and reading in children and young people.  Bradford Council’s

Libraries are hosting a number of events which can be found here:  www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries.”

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Pupils at Worthinghead Primary School dressed up as their favourite book characters

 

Bradford Dragonboat Festival 2017 launch – 28 February

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Geoff Reid will be launching the Bradford Dragonboat Festival for 2017 at a special event in the Mirror Pool of Bradford’s multi-award winning City Park on Tuesday 28 February at 12 noon.

He will be joined by representatives from last year’s winning team, Red Phoenix, paddlers from teams who already signed up to take part, as well as council staff who have volunteered to support the festival in their own time.

There will be three full-size Dragonboats on display in the Mirror Pool for people to get an idea of what the festival will be like.

The festival raises money for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal which this year is raising funds for YoungMinds.

YoungMinds helps children, young people and their parents to find out about the mental health and wellbeing services that are available to them. They also run a helpline for parents worried about the mental health of their children and HeadMeds which is a website about mental health medication for young people.

The Festival which is now in its 3rd year is set to become even bigger and better as it moves to a three day format run over the weekend of 5, 6 and 7 May.

Friday will be specifically for young people and schools and it will be the first of its kind in the UK. The competition will be open to teams of young people aged 11 to 17 (or 25 for people with disabilities). This competition has particular links to the Lord Mayor’s charity YoungMinds, which focuses on support with mental health issues for young people.

Saturday is the main charity day for community teams. Last year 900 people in 45 teams came from across the Bradford district to race in the largest event of its type in the UK. It raised over £43,000 for last year’s Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Sunday will be a day for corporate teams with the aim of getting teams from large organisations from across the UK to come to Bradford and race.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Geoff Reid, said: “The Bradford Dragonboat Festival is a fantastic event. It is delivered by volunteers and is a whole community festival, planned, designed and delivered by the community, for the community, involving the community and raising funds for the community. We still need teams to take part as well as a vast army of volunteers. Anyone interested should please visit the website and register their interest.”

For more information visit www.bradforddragonboatfestival.co.uk

 

Fantastic family February half-term holiday swim offer

Families can take advantage of a fantastic swim offer from Bradford Council and swim from just £8 during the half term holidays next week.

The family swim offer will be available between 20 and 26 February at all Bradford Council pools.

The £8 offer is available for one adult and up to three children for swimming at all council-run pools in the district. Families of two adults and up to two children will be able to swim for £10. The offer is available at Richard Dunn Sport Centre, The Leisure Centre Keighley and Bingley, Bowling, Eccleshill, Ilkley (indoor pool), Queensbury and Shipley pools.

Richard Dunn Sports Centre also has a special offer of £15 for families wanting to both swim and slide.

Coun Sarah Ferriby Bradford Council Executive Member for Environment, Sport said: “It can be hard to find inexpensive things to do as a family during the half term holidays and this offer really cuts down the cost of a trip to the swimming pool.”

Children are classed as under 16. Please check exact times as they may vary slightly at different pools.

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Pupils raise money for life-saving Defibrillator

Pupils at Thackley Primary School hosted ‘Save a Heart Day’ on Valentine’s Day in order to raise money for a life-saving Defibrillator.  The school hopes to raise enough money to buy a defibrillator to be kept outside the school grounds and available to the public 24 hours a day, meaning residents and anyone at school can get the help they need in an emergency.

The school took part in the ‘Save a Heart Day’ with a series of fundraising activities which included all the children coming to school wearing red or pink, a fantastic Valentine’s bun sale and a raffle for a teddy bear and Valentine’s hamper!

The school has also received generous donations from the local community & businesses of which they are very thankful, Jigsaw Out of School and Holiday Playscheme, The White Bear Public House, and parent Tracey Hall who made & sold heart shaped cakes.

Kate Bainbridge who is a KS2 teacher at Thackley Primary School and leading on the fundraising said:

“Thackley Primary School hopes to raise enough money to buy a life-saving defibrillator for the school and wider community.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the UK’s biggest killer, killing 100,000 every year, and 15 young people every week.  Having a defibrillator at the school for us and the local community increases a person’s chances of survival to between 70 and 90 per cent.”

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills said:

“Congratulations to the staff, pupils and parents at Thackley Primary School on raising funds to go towards this life-saving equipment.  We hope they reach their goal to fund the defibrillator.

Hopefully this will not need to be used but it is reassuring for the school and the community that the defibrillator is available if required”.

To make a donation, please contactMrs. Annette Patterson, Head of School T 01274 414437.

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Community Award for Shirley Manor

Pupils at Shirley Manor Primary Academy were rewarded for their Community Project following the support they provided to people in a local care home suffering with Dementia. 

They won the Young Active Citizen Award in the Telegraph & Argus’ Community Stars Award at the end of last term. 

The school’s Year 4 pupils (now in Year 5) had been taking part in the Archbishop of York scheme which required them to do a Community Project.  This coincided with a visit to the school from Dementia Friends who taught the children about the effects of the condition and how to help sufferers. 

Following the visit one of the pupils, Jake Lee, discussed this with his mum who works in a Dementia Care Home.  Mrs Lee asked school if they would assist Rastrick Care Home with its Doll Therapy Scheme for Dementia sufferers – a non-pharmacological intervention aimed at reducing behavioural and psychological disorders in patients who are institutionalised.  

The children originally chose to collect dolls and donations of money in order to buy some dolls for the home’s Doll Therapy scheme.   

The School’s Learning Mentor nominated the class for the award which was presented to them by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Geoff Reid and Lady Mayoress, Chris Reid. 

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Working together to improve education

Headteachers, businesses and community leaders from across the district met at a special breakfast conference this week to look at practical ways of working to together to raise education attainment.

The conference focused on Bradford’s Education Covenant, which looks at how everyone in our community can work together to help drive up education standards across the District.

The covenant sets out what the Council needs to do to raise education achievement, and where the community can help. The covenant’s education ‘ask’ wants schools, pupils, parents, governors and businesses to see how they can help in supporting children and young people’s education.

The conference looked at practical steps that businesses, schools and the community can take to make a difference, whether it’s providing work placements or helping with volunteering.

Coun Imran Khan, Portfolio Holder for education, employment and skills, said: “We’ve made good progress on many areas of our education covenant and the Government has recently recognised Bradford as a place of educational opportunity. We need to live up to this expectation and this conference is about bringing together sectors of our community to look at practical steps we can all take to help raise education standards. We have a young and vibrant district with huge potential and whole of Bradford needs to come together to realise that potential and play a part in the districts education success.”

Michael Jameson, Strategic Director of Children’s Services, said: “Learning starts at birth and continues for life, both inside and outside the classroom. The covenant is a way in which we can make sure we have a joined up approach to the whole range of education our children receive.  It takes a community to raise a child and everyone has a role to play.”