|Around 250 children will take part in a costume parade to celebrate the completion of the refurbishment of Cliffe Castle Park, which has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players.
The children from six Keighley schools will march alongside Romans, Victorians and the ‘Spirit of the Future’ around the newly restored pond, marble fountains and new planting towards the glass show house on Thursday (29 June).
After learning about the contents of a recently recovered Victorian time capsule, the children took part in a workshop inside Cliffe Castle Museum to gain ideas from the exhibits of what to include in a new time capsule.
This will be presented to Bradford Lord Mayor Coun Abid Hussain before being buried for 50 years in the domed palm house.
The £4.5 million restoration of Cliffe Castle park is due to be completed by the end of next month with further celebrations planned.
Bradford Council successfully bid for £3.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s “Parks for People” programme to carry out the work which started a year ago.
The project has been designed with support from volunteers in the Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group.
Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “This promises to be a great day for our young people to enjoy the culmination of this amazing project and for the rest of us to appreciate the value of both the museum and park at Cliffe Castle.
“They are tremendous assets for Keighley and the wider district. They can both be used by local schools to support a whole range of ways that help classroom teaching.
“It’s marvellous to see everything coming together and the whole area starting to take shape in its full summer splendour.”
Schools taking part in the parade are: Eastwood Community School, Haworth Primary Academy, Merlin Top Primary Academy, Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary, Riddlesden St Mary’s CE Primary, The Holy Family Catholic School.
|Around 72 children from 12 schools across the Bradford district are taking part in a cycling relay as part of national Bike Week.
The Schools’ Yorkshire Tour relay sees pupils from primary schools in the district pass a baton over 35 miles of the 395km (245 miles) route.
The event has been organised by the ten Yorkshire local authorities in partnership with Sustrans and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and supported by YPO.
A baton is being passed by school children and young people from school to school and local authority to local authority along the route across Yorkshire.
The event started in Sheffield on 12 June and has already passed through Barnsley, Wakefield, Doncaster, East Riding and York. It will pass through North Yorkshire, Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale before ultimately finishing in Leeds on Tuesday 27 June with a celebration event.
The route will use cycle lanes and numerous off-road cycleways as much as possible. A number of famous landmarks will form the backdrop to the baton handovers, including in the Bradford district the original Woolpack Inn at Esholt made famous by the long running television programme Emmerdale, Salts Mill, Bingley’s Five Rise Locks and the iconic Haworth Main Street.
Pupils from Bradford will take part in Stage 11 – Leeds to Bradford and Stage 12 – Bradford to Calderdale.
Children from Baildon C of E Primary School will welcome the baton to the Bradford district at the famous Woolpack Inn in Esholt where they will receive it from pupils from Yeadon Primary School on Thursday 22 June at 2pm.
The baton will be taken to Byron Primary School, Barkerend for pupils from the school to start Stage 12 on Friday 23.
Stage 12 will start at 8.30am where pupils from Byron Primary School, will cycle down the Leeds Bradford Cycle Superhighway passing the baton to pupils from Rainbow Primary School, Bradford in City Park.
The next stop will be the Canal Road Greenway where pupils from Sandal Primary School, Baildon will take the baton along the Greenway to Salts Mill before handing it to children from Wycliffe C of E Primary School, Shipley.
The baton will then be taken along the Leeds Liverpool Canal and be passed to children from Riddlesden St Mary’s Primary School at Bingley’s Five Rise Locks. The pupils will then cycle along the canal to their school where they will be met by pupils from Eastwood Community School, Keighley, to hand the baton on.
The baton will then go to Parkwood Primary School, Keighley, Worth Valley Primary School, Keighley and Oakworth Primary School before being taken to Haworth.
In Haworth pupils from Haworth Primary School and Lees Primary School will take a tour of Haworth, including the children tackling the famous setts of Haworth Main Street.
Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “There is a real passion for cycling in Bradford district at the moment and I’m sure the children taking part in this event will have a great time, cycling with their friends and also meeting children from other schools.”
Pupils from the schools taking part in the cycle relay have also been given the opportunity to take part in a Twitter slogan competition – the winners of which will be invited to attend a celebration event at Leeds Civic Hall on 27 June 2017.
Thursday 22 at 2pm at The Woolpack Inn, Esholt, BD17 7QZ
Friday 23 8.30am to 2pm
9am – City Park, Bradford, BD1 1HY
9.30am – Gaisby Lane junction with Canal Road Greenway
10am – Salts Mill on Leeds Liverpool Canal by Victoria Road bridge BD18 1AE
10.30am Five Rise Locks in Bingley, Beck Lane Bingley BD16 4DS
11am Riddlesden St Mary’s Primary School, Riddlesden, BD20 5AB
12.15pm Parkwood Primary School, Keighley, BD21 4QH
12.45pm Worth Valley Primary School, Keighley, BD22 7AX
1.30pm Oakworth Primary School, Oakworth, BD22 7HX
2pm Haworth Primary School, Haworth, BD22 8DW
Pupils from Lees Primary School, Cross Roads and Haworth Primary School will cycle round Haworth including tackling Haworth Main Street.
|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 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.”
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|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.
Four young people who have special needs were presented with travel training awards by Coun Cath Bacon, at Beechcliffe School before half term.
Kieron Negri (aged 18) and Harris Roberts (aged 17) were awarded their ‘twelve months safe’ awards.
Lucy Hargreaves, (aged 18) received her ‘six months safe’ award, while Hasnain Raza (aged18) received his 3 month safe certificate.
Travel training is a structured and planned way in which children and young people can learn about travel so they can make their first step towards independence. It includes learning about walking routes and all forms of public transport including buses and trains.
Bradford Council’s Travel Training Unit works with disabled and non-disabled children and young people who require support, assistance, mentoring and training to plan and use public transport.
The unit supports children and young people on a one-to-one basis or in small groups planning and practising journeys. They also help with learning associated tasks and skills to enable students to travel independently to and from school.
Nasreen Parveen, Hasnain’s mum, said: “Travel training has really helped with Hasnain confidence. We are proud of him with the way he travels to and from school. We would like to thank you everyone who has helped Hasnain, he’s had great support.”
Coun Cath Bacon said: “I’m delighted to be presenting these awards to these amazing young people. It’s a brilliant way for them to gain independence and confidence.”
Coun Val Slater, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council and portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “It’s good to see that more young people are benefiting from travel training. It’s a great way in which we can help young people gain skills that that will help improve their lives.”
Picture shows left to right back row: Hasnain, Keiron, Steve (trainer). Left to row front row: Joy (Trainer), Lucy, Glenys (Trainer) and Harris.
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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This February half term the hit franchise YO-KAI WATCH takes over the National Media Museum in Bradford for nine days of FREE family activities (18 – 26 February).
Visitors will be able to design and use their own cardboard game controllers, meet character Jibanyan who’ll be making daily appearances at the Museum, and play the latest game for Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo 3DS.
And every child who completes the Yo-kai trail during the Half Term Take Over will receive a FREE toy Yo-kai Watch to keep! (subject to availability*).
YO-KAI WATCH, a hugely popular animation and video game series originating from Japan, tells the story of Nate, Katie and the mysterious Yo-kai who wander around our world and are actually invisible to most people. Usually Yo-kai have no bad intentions, but when something goes wrong in everyday life it’s often because one of them is making mischief.
Anyone wearing a Yo-kai Watch can find hidden Yo-kai, befriend them, interrupt their mischief, or call upon their powers when they need their help.
February half term at the National Media Museum sees a host of free activities and events inspired by YO-KAI WATCH, including a Nintendo 3DS gaming area, the chance to hunt hidden tribes in a Yo-kai trail, play along in a 3DS pop-up quiz, and take part in creative activities the whole family can enjoy together.
The Museum will be split into zones relating to Yo-kai tribes: ‘Heartful’, ‘Mysterious’, ‘Charming’ and ‘Brave’, each offering its own set of activities: creating a 3D paper character head to take home in the Heartful zone; designing a cardboard game controller which can be used with the ‘Makey Makey’ programming kit to control characters on a computer screen in the Mysterious and Eerie zones; taking a break to read, draw or relax in the Charming zone, or trying out Nintendo’s YO-KAI WATCH on the Nintendo 3DS and chatting to gaming experts in the Brave zone.
Georgina Cooke, Programme Developer at the National Media Museum, said: “YO-KAI WATCH is a huge hit with children around the world, and given its popularity it’s fantastic to have the video game take over the Museum for February half term.
“We’ll be giving away toy Yo-kai watches and there are other big prizes form the YO-KAI WATCH universe to be won, in addition to activities for the whole family to enjoy. Discover the Yo-kai tribes, play the latest game and watch episodes of the TV series on the cinema screen. And best of all, it’s all free.”
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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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.”