Boroughbridge High School has been recognised for its outstanding careers work. The school has been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard by Prospects.  The national Quality in Careers Standard is awarded to schools and education providers who can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after school.

Boroughbridge High School is an OFSTED rated Good school, continually working to improve the chances and opportunities of all the students. Recognising the importance of preparing students for their future careers the school began working towards the national Quality in Careers Standard.

More than 1,100 schools and colleges are already voluntarily working towards or have achieved the national standard for careers. There is a statutory duty to ‘secure independent careers guidance’ for all students from year 8 onwards and the Government also recommends that all schools should be required to work towards the national Quality in Careers Standard.

Achieving the national Quality in Careers Standard shows the head teacher, governors and leadership team at Boroughbridge High School embrace, promote and endorse quality careers education and recognise the part it plays in the overall success of the school and its students. The school offers a range of activities to introduce students to the world of work and help them make decisions about life after school which includes opportunities for mock interviews, bespoke workshops, visiting regional careers events and meeting employers in the workplace.

Kathryn Stephenson, Headteacher at Boroughbridge High School said:

‘We are delighted to have achieved the national Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Prospects. At Boroughbridge High School, we strive to ensure that all students leave our school, not only with the qualifications that they need to access the next stage of their education or career of choice, but also with the skills and confidence to make an active contribution to the communities to which they belong. This award has supported this aim by providing us with a flexible framework that enabled us to audit our work on careers and ensure our students are receiving advice, practical support and experience to confidently take the next steps.’

To find out more contact the School on 01423 323540 or

Former Pupil on BBC Countryfile

Former Pupil William Somerville appears on BBC Countryfile

Will works for The George Farm Vets in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.  He attended Boroughbridge High School from 2000 to 2007 completing A Levels.  He then studied at Nottingham University.  Will appeared alongside Adam Henson on BBC Countryfile programme on Sunday 6 January. The episode was dedicated to the work of a veterinary


The journey began in February when Bertie’s group (York Music Forum) competed at St. Aidan’s. Having secured a place at the national festival of Music for Youth at Birmingham Town Hall in July, they were selected for the Youth Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. They performed last week and you can see Bertie in action at  What an achievement!

It’s been a pleasure to have heard Bertie perform at many school events and concerts over the last five years and we’ll look forward to his next performance.

Marking the Armistice Centenary

Marking the Armistice Centenary

In order to commemorate the centenary of Remembrance Day, the SEN team produced this display showing their own relatives and where they fought in the First World War.

On Wednesday 24th October, Year 12 and 13 Photography, English and History students made the journey to Whitby to carry out a range of A Level activities.


Historians were considering what can be determined about a site’s history through its architecture, exploring the old and new town, using their vast contextual knowledge to draw conclusions.



The Photographers were developing their skills in what can only be described as a stunning location and English students retraced the steps of Dracula whilst reading the text. Don’t worry though, despite this plethora of activity, there was still time for fish and chips for lunch!

D of E Bronze expedition is a success!

On an autumnal October weekend, eight students set off on their Bronze Practice Expedition around Castle Howard and the Howardian Hills. As you can see, much fun was had by all and the report from their trip leaders was that they’d had a very successful expedition with all students working really hard and pushing themselves in all areas.

Well done everyone!

STEM excitement

It was a great privilege to welcome a group of ten Headteachers from Australia, Romania and Denmark to see the research science projects that our Key Stage 3 and 5 students have been carrying out under the enthusiastic supervision of Mr. Inglis. Alongside them were students from Richard Taylor Primary School. Students not only did a presentation about their projects but also engaged the visitors in a number of experiments. Mr. Inglis is hoping to spread this innovative research approach across more schools in Yorkshire. We’re grateful to the Institute for Research in Schools for their funding which enables Mr. Inglis to work on this for one day a week.


Macmillan Coffee Morning

Staff and Sixth Form students enjoyed a coffee, cake and chat as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee morning raising £138.52 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thanks to Lydia, Deputy Head Girl, and her team for organising the event.


GCSE Results – record number of top grades

Students, staff and parents at Boroughbridge High School were celebrating excellent results today with a record number of top grades. Year 11 students are the first to follow an innovative Stage not Age curriculum where they completed two of their optional GCSEs at the end of Year 10. Many of the results gained last year were above the national average and students have continued to go from strength to strength.

Headteacher Kathryn Stephenson said ‘We are delighted that the hard work of students is reflected in their results and that they are able to move confidently on to further study, apprenticeships and employment. It was great to see so many students celebrating their success with their families and look forward to welcoming many of them back to our Sixth Form in September.’