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Bradford pupils get the chance to quiz a Star Wars star

Pupils at a Bradford primary school got the chance to carry out their own exclusive interview with a movie star as Riz Ahmed took part in a question and answer session with them on Skype.

The event has been organised by Beckfoot Heaton Primary School to introduce inspiring role models to the children and get them to think about their own futures.

The Star Wars star gave an inspirational speech to pupils telling them to always believe in themselves and pursue their goals before he answered their questions about his life as an actor and a musician and his plans for the future.

Ahmed is a real rising star in the acting world having played one of the leading roles, Bohdi Rook,  in the most recent Star Wars movie, Rogue One. He also starred in Nightcrawler and HBO’s The Night Of TV series.  He is a rapper performing under the name Riz MC and appeared on TIME magazine’s The Most Influential People of 2017 list.

The chance to talk to a film star face-to-face was organised through a teacher at the school, Khola Mir.

She said: “Part of our school ethos is to aspire to greatness. We really encourage our children to be the best versions of themselves and to have the courage to dream big. Riz is a fantastic role model and has helped to show our children that if you dare to dream and work hard success will be yours.”

Pupils asked Ahmed about what it was like being in a Star Wars film, how he coped with fame and how he overcame challenges.

He told pupils that the biggest obstacle they will face is what they tell themselves. He encouraged the children to believe in their ability to succeed. He was also asked whether he knew what his next step in life would be.

He replied: “I feel like so far I have been working on other people’s projects and acting in other people’s films. I really hope my next step will be to make my own films and tell my own stories and actually one of the stories I want to tell is set here in Bradford.”

He told pupils that if any of them pursued a career in films they might one day work together.

Beckfoot Heaton Primary School Headteacher Zoe Mawson added: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils. We want our children to know they can be great learners, great citizens and have a great future.

“But we also know that some children in our area face many challenges in making this a reality.  Many don’t have high aspirations and struggle to envisage what they could achieve in their life.

“We’re aiming to tackle these issues. We want the children to have a real sense of belonging, which builds their confidence and encourages them to aspire for greatness.  The hope is that Riz is someone that a lot of our children can identify with and begin to realise that success is not out of reach. We would like to thank Riz for showing our children that their future is in their hands.”

Fagley Primary flying high with outstanding Ofsted success

Staff and pupils at Fagley Primary School are celebrating being rated as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted.

In a glowing report the Bradford school was given the top inspection rating for the effectiveness of its leadership and management; the quality of its teaching and learning; pupils’ results; the personal development, behaviour and welfare of the children and for its early year years provision.

The report has been welcomed by the whole school community.

Head teacher Chris Parfitt said: “The report reflects the school ‘just as it is’ with sound statements reflecting the dedication and commitment of school staff and governors who are absolutely marvellous in their exceptional practice to enable every child to succeed and do their very best at school, at home and in the community, now and in the future”.

A group of Year 6 children read the report with a school governor and made the following comments:

“The report is fantastic – full of lovely comments about our school. The headteacher Mrs Parfitt, is a determined headteacher and she won’t stop until all children have achieved their standards. In her vision all pupils are stars in their own way”.

Inspectors said the headteacher’s vision that every pupil will make outstanding progress and aspire to be the best has helped to secure rapid improvements in the teaching and learning at Fagley Primary School.

The progress pupils make in reading, writing and maths by the end of their time in primary school is significantly above the national average.

Ofsted highlighted the exceptional curriculum which they say engages pupils very effectively. As a result, pupils at Fagley Primary thoroughly enjoy their education. The report also praises senior leaders for their work and governors who are said to be passionate in both their support for the school and their challenge of its leaders.
Inspectors say new staff are well supported in their roles and the quality of teaching is continuously improving.

Pupils and their families are cared for exceptionally well. Parents speak highly of the school and the support they receive from staff.

Ofsted said there are excellent relationships throughout school and behaviour is impeccable. Pupils are praised for respecting each other’s differences and work and play together harmoniously.

Judith Kirk, Bradford Council’s deputy director for education employment and skills said: “This Ofsted report is extremely positive about all aspects of school life at Fagley Primary School. Inspectors not only rate the education the school provides as outstanding but are also full of praise for the support and input of governors and parents and of the work and attitude of the pupils themselves. Everyone connected to the school deserves great credit.”

Fagley Primary School Ofsted
Head teacher Chris Parfitt said: “The report reflects the school ‘just as it is’ with sound statements reflecting the dedication and commitment of school staff and governors who are absolutely marvellous in their exceptional practice to enable every child to succeed and do their very best at school, at home and in the community, now and in the future”.

Pupils debate in competition

Pupils from schools across the district will put their debating skills to the test when they take part in this year’s Woolsack Debating Society Competition.

The event takes place at Cartwright Hall on Thursday 18 May at from 10.00am to 2.30pm.

The children have been working in teams made up of three schools, who work together debating as triads throughout the year, or single schools.

Each team has the opportunity to have two debates and judge one and these are marked using a standard scoring system.

The two teams with the highest points will then go head to head for the final debate. Debate topics are not provided before the day, although the final debate subject is made known to the pupils in advance so that they can do their research.”

The schools taking part include:
• Atlas Community Primary
• Green Lane Primary
• Dixons Manningham Primary
• Bowling Park Primary
• Eldwick Primary
• Crossflatts Primary
• Parkwood Primary
• Eastwood Primary
• Holycroft Primary
• Heaton St Barnabas Primary
• Rainbow Primary Academy
• Saltaire Primary
• Newby Primary

Michael Jameson, Bradford Council’s Strategic Director of Children’s Services, said: “The Woolsack Debating Society is now in its third year and is a great way of engaging children in healthy debate and reasoning.

“This also gives the young people the opportunity to learn how to research the final debate project to give them the information needed to take part.”

This project is part of the Language 4 Learning strand, set up many years ago in Bradford and also Voice Bradford a project funded by Bradford Council which has created six Oracy Hubs which coordinate the sharing of the good practice across our schools.

Enter a magical world of storytelling, dancing and wonder in this Bookstart adventure, specially for under-5s and their parents and carers

Bookstart Enchanted Adventure at the National Science and Media Museum

Join us to celebrate 25 years of Bookstart with a morning of storytelling, live shows, a visit to Wonderlab, and a special guest appearance by Bookstart Bear!

The adventure starts with a story, Every Bunny Dance; find out how every bunny dances in this charming tale of friendship. Follow us to the Enchanted Wood where you will step into a world of light, shadow and fairies.  Finally, explore Wonderlab, where what you see and hear is only the beginning.

You will be able to join the library at the event, and will also receive a free Bookstart book.

A partnership event between Bradford Libraries and the National Science and Media Museum.

To book, quote Bookstart when you fill in our educational booking form.

  • Tuesday 06 June 2017 10.00- 12.00

Children on traffic warden duty to stop irresponsible parking

Primary school pupils took the role of traffic wardens outside their school last week as part of a project to stop people parking irresponsibly.

The children from St Winefride’s Catholic Primary Academy, dressed up in police and warden uniforms whilst they issued pretend parking tickets during the school run.

The tickets were in official parking ticket pouches, but inside will be leaflets about good parking practice, road safety and using a mobile while driving, designed and produced by pupils on the School Council.

The children were accompanied by school staff from St Winefride’s, Bradford Council Wardens and West Yorkshire Police.

Concerns about poor parking led to the School Council being asked to lead the campaign and have invited parents in to school for tea and coffee to meet with wardens.

Parents will also receive a parking leaflet from Bradford Council’s Road Safety Unit.

The School Council will be hosting an assembly and devise a quiz for pupils with prizes related to road safety.

Head of School Louise Walsh said: “St Winefride’s Catholic Primary Academy is committed to ensuring all children are made aware of their responsibility in arriving at and leaving school in the safest way possible.

“This road safety initiative will provide the children with an invaluable insight into how to keep themselves protected and gain an understanding of the different roles of those entrusted with keeping the community safe.”


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Children on traffic warden duty to stop irresponsible parking

Memorial service to mark the 32nd anniversary of the Bradford City fire

Thursday, May 11 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Bradford City AFC fire disaster at Valley Parade.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Geoff Reid, will attend the memorial service on Thursday, 11 May to remember the 56 people who died in the disaster in 1985.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Lincoln will represent the city of Lincoln at the event. Bradford City were playing Lincoln City in their last home match of the season in 1985 when the fire ripped through the ground killing 54 Bradford City fans, two Lincoln City fans and injuring many more.

The service which starts at 11am will be conducted by the chaplain to Bradford City AFC, the Reverend Andy Greiff and the Lord Mayor’s chaplain Reverend Canon Sarah Jemison and supported by the Venerable Andy Jolley, Archdeacon of Bradford.

The service, which is attended by the relatives and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured, as well as local people, takes place at the Bradford City Fire Memorial sculpture in Centenary Square.

There will be a reading from the Bible and prayers will be led by the Reverend Canon Paul Maybury, Precentor at Bradford Cathedral, before the act of remembrance which will include a minute’s silence.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford will lead a wreath laying ceremony by laying a wreath on behalf of the city and the district. Wreaths will also be laid by the Mayor of Lincoln, a representative for Bradford City AFC, bereaved families and the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Once these wreaths have been laid, others who wish to lay their own wreaths or floral tributes are welcome to do so.

Following the laying of floral tributes, ‘Abide with Me’ will be sung by those present.

Fire engines will be parked on Centenary Square for the duration of the service and as with previous years, a garland of flowers will be placed on the “Memorial Bell” at the top of the civic staircase in City Hall. The bell was donated to the city by the fire service as it came from the first fire engine to arrive on the scene on the 11 May 1985.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Geoff Reid, said: “It is extremely important to the city and the district that we take time out of our busy lives to remember those who were affected and continue to be affected by the tragic events of 11 May 1985. This act of remembrance is so poignant each year and is even more so this year, due to the loss of Gerald Hodges, one of the three trustees who helped set up the Bradford City fire charitable trust, who died in April this year.”


Tour de Yorkshire – Stage 3 – 30 April 2017

Why not come down to City Park to wave off the riders on the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire before it makes its way through the district? Or why not watch the race as it goes through Lister Park, the streets of Saltaire or Victoria Park in Keighley.  Free family fun activities also available.

There are also fun activities for all the family in Lister Park, on the streets of Saltaire, in Roberts Park and in Victoria Park, Keighley.

Each park will have:

  • Rodeo bull or surf board simulators
  • Cycling themed face painting
  • Cycling arts and crafts
  • Under 5’s play area
  • Bouncy Castle and giant games

Lister Park, Roberts Park in Saltaire and Victoria Park also have other attractions.

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A3 Poster

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.






Green Lane Primary welcome the Tour de Yorkshire trophies at City Hall

Pupils from Green Lane Primary School joined Bradford Council’s Chief Executive, Kersten England and Coun Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, to welcome the trophies to City Hall.

People in the Bradford district were invited to see both the men’s and the women’s trophies which will be awarded to the winners of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.

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Pupils from Green Lane Primary School welcome the Tour De Yorkshire trophies

The trophies which feature a big golden Y have been designed and made by hand at world leading trophy makers Thomas Fattorini Ltd.

Thomas Fattorini Ltd was founded in 1827 by Antonio Fattorini, an Italian speaking immigrant who settled in Yorkshire. The family run business designed and made the FA Cup which was lifted for the first time in 1911 by Bradford City Football Club.

The current director of the company, Thomas Fattorini, designed both the trophies himself. The Y is made of brass and copper based alloy, which has been polished and gold plated. The base of the trophy is made from aluminium, which has also been polished and chrome plated.

It took around three to four weeks to make, and a number if craftsmen and women were involved with its design and manufacturing.

In 2016, the men’s trophy was won by Direct Energie’s Thomas Voeckler, while Kirsten Wild, of Hitec-Products took home the women’s trophy.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “We are so proud that Bradford has been chosen as the start for Stage Three of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire and that the route chosen will go through so many wonderful parts of our district on Sunday 30 April.

“This is the perfect chance for people to get up close to the trophies that will be lifted at the end of the race and will certainly build up enthusiasm and anticipation for the Tour de Yorkshire in our district.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The trophy tour is always a hugely popular event in the run up to race weekend and this year it will be even more special with the addition of the women’s trophy. I hope communities will come out to see the trophy and build excitement for the race.”

Stage Three of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire starts in City Park on Sunday April 30. It will then pass through Manningham, Frizinghall, Shipley, Saltaire, the bottom of Baildon, Menston, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ilkley, Addingham, Silsden, Riddlesden, Keighley, Cross Roads, Haworth, Oxenhope, Denholme, Mountain and Queensbury.

To view a route map and find out more information, visit:

Twitter:    #TDY

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Pupils from Greenlane Primary pictured with Chief Executive, Kersten England


Pupils Shine in Festival of Talent

The winners of the annual “Festival of Talent”  for young people across the district’s schools have been selected following the recent finals.

Singers, dancers and other entertainers from over thirty schools took part in the event.

The City of Bradford Festival of Talent was created by former Lady Mayoress Elizabeth Sharp as a way of for pupils to express themselves and show off their skills in a variety of fields outside the classroom.

Winners of the contest will join the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Geoff Reid at City Hall for afternoon tea, receive a trophy and perform at the Bradford Schools Prom next month.

The Winner of the Primary section of the City of Bradford Festival of Talent was Molly Softley from Wibsey Primary School.  The runner-up was Antoni Modlinski  from Low Ash Primary School.  Molly performed an exquisite contemporary dance while Antoni displayed his lovely voice in a song.

The Secondary section was won by the Bradford Academy Choir with a very polished choral performance.  The runner-up was Annabelle Parish, a lovely vocalist from Titus Salt School (Sixth Form).

Congratulations to all involved!