Headteacher’s Blog: 12th October 2018

The week began well with a 6-0 victory for the Year 11 football team playing against Ripon Grammar School in the England Schools’ Cup for schools with 65 or fewer boys in a year group. Not to be outdone, on Tuesday evening the Year 8 team returned, celebrating a 7-0 victory against the same opponents. Well done to both teams and good luck for the next round when they’ve both been drawn against St. Aidan’s Academy in Darlington.

Thanks to those parents who are trialling My Child at School and for your time in attending the meeting on Wednesday to find out just how it all works. More information for all parents will follow in due course.

On Thursday morning, as the news bulletins were reporting that ‘school Ofsted inspections in England are going to put more emphasis on what’s taught rather than exam results’, two of Her Majesty’s Inspectors were signing in at Reception having selected Boroughbridge High School as one of the schools in which to carry out their research. We are delighted to have contributed to this national research and to share the approaches that we’re taking.

It’s worth saying at this point that we’re really proud of what your children are achieving on a daily basis and the positive impact that our Stage not Age curriculum at GCSE is having on the outcomes of our students.

Over the last week or so, Mr Grierson and I have been out visiting Year 6 in our partner primary schools. We’ve taken two Year 8 students, who were former students, with us so that they can answer Year 6’s questions about the move to Boroughbridge High School. Many of the Year 6 students have already visited us on a Year 5 experience day, so it’s been lovely to go and visit them in their schools. It’s also been a pure delight to witness the joy of our Year 8 students at revisiting their Primary School, seeing their old teachers and remembering many happy times. Whilst answering the many and varied questions posed by Year 6 our students have genuinely demonstrated how proud they are to be part of the Boroughbridge High School team.

We’ve invited Year 6 and their parents to our Open Evening which takes place next Wednesday (17th October) from 6 to 9pm. A reminder that school closes at 1.30pm on that day. Many of our students will, of course, be returning in the evening to play an active part in Open Evening.

If you’re interested in seeing the high quality GSCE Art produced by students last year, you can visit the Art Exhibition in D2 (the room just inside the Sixth Form block) from 6-9pm whilst Open Evening is taking place.

So, at the end of another busy week, I think that we’ve all just realised that there are only ten school days until half term. How time flies!

Have a lovely weekend.