|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.
Fes Batista visited the school during the weekly celebration assembly to talk to the children about anti-bullying. Batista is an anti-bullying activist who trains and lives in the United States of America.
The young boxer who was born in Huddersfield moved his career to the states and begun making a splash in the world of boxing. Batista, when not training, spends the rest of his time working and promoting the World Boxing Council’s Anti-Bullying programme.
Batista is no stranger to Russell Hall Primary as he has visited the school before to speak on the issue of bullying. He told the children boxing turned his life around after he had experienced being bullied when he was young.
The assembly included an anti-bullying song that was sung by three of Russell Hall’s students. Fes Batista then ended the assembly by donating his famous shades.
Deputy Headteacher, Heidi Higgs said:
“It was great to have Fes Batista come and talk to the children about bullying.
“Fes has worked with the school for several years and has helped to ensure that the anti-bullying culture remains high profile at Russell Hall.”
Follow Russell Hall Primary on Twitter: @russellhallps
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
Staff and pupils at Bowling Park Primary School are delighted to receive their second good Ofsted result following an inspection in March this year.
The result reflects the continued and sustained improvements that the school have undergone in the last few years.
In 2008, two schools, one based at Usher Street, and one based at New Cross Street were merged to create the new Bowling Park Primary.
Before this, both schools were struggling to achieve and Usher Street Primary had been in special measures for a number of years.
Since the merger, and the appointment of their new principal, Stuart Herrington, the school has come on in leaps and bounds.
This most recent inspection highlights how far the school has travelled to become a caring, hard-working and fun place to learn.
The Ofsted team noted that the school’s principal, leadership team and governors are “unwavering in their determination to ensure that every child is nurtured, cared for and inspired to learn”.
Inspectors were particularly impressed with children’s knowledge and ambitions for later life, adding: “Together, you have all been successful in enabling pupils to overcome barriers to learning. You have raised their aspirations and improved their life chances”.
The school was also pleased with the response from parents, who have always been very supportive. One parent described Bowling Park as, “a caring, stimulating environment”. They went on to say: “The team consistently challenge my children to progress and achieve their potential.”
In their inspection in 2008, Bowling Park Primary were advised to develop maths and the quality of teaching. In their most recent inspection Ofsted notes that “significant improvements” have been made.
Principal Stuart Herrington said: “Everyone at Bowling Park Primary is delighted with this report which we feel captures the strengths of our school. The school, staff, children and families are now looking forward to a very bright future, filled with lots more exciting learning and continued improvements.”
St Matthew’s CE Primary School was recently presented the prestigious Leading Parent Partnership Award.
The school has worked hard over the last two years to gain the award which, among other things, will be used by St Matthew’s to show to Ofsted inspectors that the school has “an outstanding and sustainable programme for parental engagement.”
In 2015 the school gained the Engaging Families Award and has built on that to achieve LPP accreditation last year. They say engaging with parents is a “top priority for the school.
Kay Remmer, Acting Headteacher, said: “In the last few years we have increased and improved parental engagement with all parents and also with Eastern European families who are new to English.
“Parents play a vital role in supporting their children at school and so it is important they are embraced as part of the whole school community.”
Diane Lock, the school’s Parent Liaison Co-ordinator, and Afsheen Kauser, a Parent Governor, have played a key role, alongside Mrs Remmer, in organising the parental engagement programme and developing the detailed portfolio which was part of the accreditation process.
The school has provided training courses for parents in ICT, English and maths and holds awards ceremonies at which the pupils applaud their parents for gaining qualifications. This has led to many more parents being able to help their children with homework and improve their own life chances.
Some parents have used the school courses as a stepping stone to further education or to acquire training leading to work.
During the school year, there are various events which involve parents such as the Dads in School Days, an annual communal lunch and a number of fundraising events. A popular event is held in November near Remembrance Day when families plant bulbs in the school grounds and remember deceased family members.
|Pupils at Green Lane Primary School will be recognised for their “weekend” working in a bid to prepare them for the upcoming Key Stage 2 SATs.
The pupils attended weekend booster classes in maths, English and Science to help them be more prepared for the SATs which take place in May. The weekend classes were spread over a nine-week period. However, the pupils were not alone as their mums were also in school with them, doing their own learning! The ‘mums’ attended development sessions where they learned about cyber bullying, First Aid and Health and Safety.
The Deputy Lord Mayor, Coun Alun Griffiths, will present pupils and their mums with certificates for their attendance and efforts at these weekend sessions, on Wednesday 26 April, in the Banqueting Suite in City Hall.
The school worked in partnership with grass-roots organisation, NEESIE, who organised the booster classes and the ‘mothers’ empowered’ sessions. NEESIE provides supportive networks and help for single mothers.
Deputy Lord Mayor, Coun Alun Griffiths, said: “I am really looking forward to welcoming the pupils and their mums. It is really pleasing that so many pupils were keen to put in this extra effort in their own leisure time to prepare themselves in advance of the Key Stage 2 tests.”
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.
Pupils are getting together to write songs with the help of musician, Roger Davies as they prepare to perform at BBC Music Day in June.
The pupils in year 5 and 6 from Keelham Primary School, Dixons Music Primary School, Marshfield Primary School and Feversham Primary Academy will sing four songs together at the event in City Park.
Roger Davies – a guitarist, vocalist and harmonica player – is hosting singing and song writing workshops with the children ahead of BBC Music Day.
In preparation for the event, Mr. Davies will visit each school and host rehearsals to enable the pupils to practise for the event.
It has been confirmed that one of the songs will be written with the help of the youngsters and will be called ‘Bradford City Serenade’.
Other songs which will be performed are: Bradford Born ’N’ Raised, as well as On Ilkla Moor Baht ’At and Lou Reed’s Perfect Day.
BBC Music Day takes place in City Park on Friday, 9 June.