Children at Dixon’s Marchbank Academy learned about the dangers of going onto building sites and into buildings to play.
Reshape Construction, a company involved in building social housing for Bradford Council recently visited the school to pass on information to the children about the dangers which construction sites pose, especially as the school holidays are now beginning and children have much more free time.
A partnership of neighbouring Bradford schools say joining forces is helping to drive up standards for the thousands of pupils across their postcode area.
The BD3 Achievement 4 All consists of ten primary schools, a special school, a secondary school and two children’s centres.All of the primary schools which have been inspected by Ofsted in the group have now been rated as being good .And the school leaders in the partnership say they are committed to driving further improvements with a major focus on improving pupils’ reading in key stage two as they reach the end of primary school.
The BD3 schools work together on a range of areas including reading, science, moderating each other’s marking and work, supporting newly qualified teachers and developing early years teaching.
For the past two years the partnership has been chaired by former Bradford headteacher Sara Rawnsley.
She said: “There is a deep commitment to work together for the benefit of everyone in the partnership.
“There are academies and council maintained schools, we have children’s centres, primaries, a special school and a secondary but everyone is open to working together and sharing what we do to drive improvement.”
The schools in BD3 Achievement 4 All are Peel Park Primary, Westminster CE Primary, Barkerend Primary, Byron Primary, Lapage Primary, Dixons Marchbank Primary, Killinghall Primary, Thornbury Primary, St Mary’s and St Peter’s Roman Catholic Primary, Feversham Primary, Delius Special School, Carlton Bolling College, Barkerend Children’s Centre and Mortimer House Children’s Centre.Peel Park Primary School, in Undercliffe, is one of the latest schools in the area to celebrate Ofsted success after it moved from Requires Improvement to Good in the inspection report published in May which praises all areas of its work.Byron Primary and Dixons Marchbank Primary also enjoyed success with good Ofsted reports this year while Lapage Primary, St Mary’s & St Peter’s Roman Catholic Primary, Feversham Primary and Delius Special School are all rated as good as well.
Peel Park Headteacher Lloyd Mason Edwards said: “BD3 schools have worked in partnership for a long time but in recent years there has been a real focus on improving teaching and learning and improving attainment.
“There is a shared ethos across our schools and everyone is open to sharing what we do. I do think a lot of our success is down to the partnership. It has helped to improve our teaching and learning. We work together in lots of different areas.
“We have worked on professional development of our staff, special educational needs teaching and working on support for pupils who are new to English.”Gill Edge, the headteacher at Killinghall Primary School said another benefit of the partnership had been the way in which it allowed schools to to support new teachers starting their careers.
“Sara Rawnsley who chairs the partnership has developed school courses for newly qualified teachers and recently qualified teachers to support them in their first years in the job. This makes a real difference for the schools as it has meant we are retaining more of the teachers who start their careers in BD3. Retaining and developing teachers allows schools to develop a stable and established workforce which makes a real difference for us.”
Mrs Rawnsley added: “The courses provide mentoring and support to teachers starting their careers and it helps to improve their resilience and their ability to develop their practice. The partnership has meant that each year NQTs are part of a network of teachers who are starting together across BD3 schools. They are not on their own and feel a part of something bigger.
“By coming together with a shared focus for raising standards all of the schools and settings in our BD3 partnership are having a real impact on the lives of our young people.”
Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills said: “This shows what can be achieved when schools work in partnership. We know that across the Bradford district our school staff share the same passion and commitment to achieving the best outcomes for our young people.
“The BD3 Achievement 4 All partnership shows what can be achieved and as both executive member for education and as a local ward councillor I look forward to their future successes.”
Parents, local mosques and churches have been invited to join hundreds of pupils and staff on a Peace Walk to celebrate diversity in Bradford and around Miriam Lord Primary School.
The walk has been planned for Friday 21 July, 2017 and is being held following recent terrorist events in Manchester and London.
The Peace Walk was suggested by Year 6 teacher Stefanie Deciacco as an additional way of commemorating sad and tragic events. The school already discusses events, such as the Manchester terrorist attack, in class and has held Silences to honour the dead, bereaved and injured.
All 440 pupils and 45 staff will be involved in the walk which will end with the walkers singing Bob Marley favourite “One Love” in the school playground. A recording will be made and the song and played again on Miriam Lord Radio.
Leading up to the event, pupils will be involved in discussion about why the Peace Walk is taking place. They will also be making placards with peace slogans and a wide banner saying “Miriam Lord Primary Peace March” which will be at the front of the walk, so people passing by know what’s happening.
Bryan Harrison, Executive Headteacher at Miriam Lord, said: “With social media, children very quickly know what happens around the world. They are curious about events like the terrorist attack in Manchester and want to know more, but unfortunately, the messages they hear are not always unbiased.
“In school, we are always open to children’s questions and ready to talk about their worries. The purpose of the walk is to show that we are proud to be part of our community and to celebrate the diversity of the people who live in Bradford.”
Those who made exceptional contributions to Bradford Council Libraries’ annual Rhyme Challenge received awards at a special event this week.
Over 3,500 families successfully completed this year’s challenge, ran by Bradford Libraries and Early Childhood Services at the council. It was put out to 300 childcare and library settings across the district. This year saw a 75 per cent increase in uptake.
The Rhyme Challenge, which ran between September 2016 and March 2017, sets children under five and their families the task of learning five rhymes. They then receive a certificate for their hard work.
Of those who took part in the challenge, 92 per cent of parents felt that it had increased their child’s speech and language development. Of the staff and volunteers who oversee the challenge in childcare, toddler groups and library settings, 100 per cent felt the challenge was beneficial to the families they work with.
The awards ceremony recognised the collective efforts of individuals and groups in organising the challenge and those who have gone the extra mile. The Lord Mayor of Bradford Coun Abid Hussain presented the awards and guest speaker was Christina Gabbitas, poet/author and winner of the Yorkshire Women of Achievement Award 2016. Children from Netherleigh & Rossefield School Nursery School sang and there was a rhyme time session with Dave Morrison from BHT Education & Training
The award winners were:
Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge Best Practice Individual Award
Winner – Bridget Izod – Development Officer Support, Bradford Libraries
Runner up – Lois Partington –Foundation Stage Manager, Netherleigh & Rossefield School
Other nominations included: Jessika Osborne – Volunteer, Airedale & Wharfedale Children’s Centre Cluster
Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge Best Practice Libraries Award
Winner – Idle Library
Runner up – Keighley Library
Other nominations included: Bingley Library, City Library, Clayton Library, Eccleshill Library, Ilkley Library
Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge Best Practice Toddler Group Award
Winner – St Theresa’s Playgroup, Queensbury
Runner up – Buttershaw Christian Family Centre
Other nominations included: St Andrews See & Know Group and Wibsey Methodist Toddler Group
Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge Best Practice Setting Award
Winner – Fagley Primary School
Runner up – Sandy Lane Pre-School
Other nominations included: Al Hikmah School; BHT Early Education & Training; Copthorne Primary School; Greengates Primary School; Grove House Primary School Nursery; Highfield Pre-School; Lidget Green Primary School; Netherleigh & Rossefield Nursery School; Nightingales Day Nursery; Our Lady of Victories Primary School; St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School; Strong Close Nursery School; Wibsey Methodist Pre-School
Bradford Libraries Rhyme Challenge Best Practice Children’s Centre Award
Winner – South Bradford Children’s Centre Cluster
Runner up – Airedale & Wharfedale Children’s Centre Cluster
Other nominations included: Bradford West Children’s Centre Cluster and Lister Park Children’s Centre Cluster
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
Parents in Bradford have the opportunity to apply early to get up to £2,000 per child, per year, through the Government’s new offer for working parents: Tax-Free Childcare. Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds can also apply early for 30 hours free childcare, to secure their 30 hours place starting in September 2017.
People are urged to register their interest and apply early (by 19 April).
There will be a host of Easter themed activities taking place in Bradford Libraries this month.
The free family activities will include Easter egg hunts, crafts and competitions.
Shipley Library will have Easter stories and making Easter baskets on Tuesday, 11 April at 2pm and on Tuesday, 18 April at 2pm there will be bunny ears craft.
Easter stories and crafts will be taking place at Ilkley Library on Wednesday, 12 April at 10.15am.
Keighley Library will have a design an egg competition on Wednesday, 12 April at 11am until 11.45am and Saturday, 15 April at 11am until 11.45am.
Laisterdyke Library will be having stories and making birds nests on Thursday, 13 April at 3pm.
Easter stories and Easter basket crafts will be on offer at Manningham Library on Thursday, 13 April at 2pm and Thursday, 20 April at 2pm.
Wibsey Library will have Easter stories and crafts on Thursday, 13 April at 2pm.
Bradford City Library will have Easter storytime and crafts on Saturday, 15 April at 11am.
Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “There are plenty of fun activities taking place in our libraries throughout the district during the Easter holidays. There is something for everyone to enjoy and we hope that people will come down to their local library to see what is on offer.”
For more information contact Susan Brewster-Craig, Bradford Council’s Development Officer Early Years and Bookstart, on 01274 433684.
A collection of more than a hundred Roman coins believed to be over 1500 years old which were found locally can now be seen in a display at Cliffe Castle Museum.
The collection of Denarii currency was unearthed locally with the oldest of the coins dating back to AD 78 during the reign of Emperor Vespasian.
Initially a few coins were unearthed by local detectors. One of the finders reported the discovery to the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s local Finds Liaison Officer who arranged for an archaeological dig, which resulted in the rest of the hoard being located in 2014.
Because the coins are over 300 years old, they were declared as Treasure under the terms of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and subsequently purchased for Cliffe Castle Museum with help from the Friends of Cliffe Castle.
Maggie Pedley, Bradford Council’s Head of Service for Museums and Galleries, said: “This is an amazing find and we are delighted that one of the detectors, Stephen Auker, brought his discovery to the attention of the Scheme, meaning that a full scale archaeological dig could take place.”
Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “This is great news for the Museum and for the district. We believe this find is part of a much larger find initially made in the 1770s.
“We hope that many people will visit Cliffe Castle Museum and witness these historic coins known as the Riddlesden Hoard.”
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.