Headteacher’s Blog: 18th January 2019

On a dark but unseasonably warm Monday morning, Years 10 and 11 were transported forward to Thursday 23rd August and handed their GCSE exam results, based upon their recent Progress Exams. There were murmurs of delight but also some sighs of disappointment. Students were then brought back to 14th January as Mr Grierson reminded them of the opportunity that they have over the next few months to work hard in order to gain grades that they’ll be proud of and which will enable them to access their next step. Further conversations took place at the very well attended Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday. A reminder that we’ll look forward to welcoming Year 11 students and their parents to our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 30th January from 6.30 – 8p.m.

Year 10 students and their parents will have the opportunity to have similar discussions about their progress at Parents’ Evening next Wednesday (23rd) from 4-6.30p.m.

Talking of next steps, on Wednesday, we were delighted to welcome the York Army Careers Adviser who came to talk to Year 11 students about the wide range of careers and entry requirements for all of the services and how to apply to the Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College in Loughborough which focuses on STEM courses.  Angie Rainbow, our Careers Adviser said ‘It was both interesting and inspiring to discover the wider range of opportunities available to our students at the post-16 stage in their education.’

Sporting success this week has included Year 8 footballers winning their match against Harrogate Grammar School in the first round of the Harrogate and Craven cup. It was a thrilling match with the Boroughbridge High School team finally winning on penalties. Meanwhile, the Year 9 basketball team were Area runners up. Well done to both teams!

The January Governing Board meeting took place on Thursday evening when our newly elected Parent Governor, Emma Lonsdale, was welcomed. Items on the agenda included an update on Teaching and Learning and a review of Consequences data. You can find out more about our Governing Board at http://www.boroughbridgehigh.com/about-us/governors/

Assemblies this week for all year groups have focused on our Boroughbridge High School standards, reinforcing that safe and happy students are successful. Students were reminded of how our standards around maximising learning time, behaviour both inside and beyond the classroom and uniform enable us to operate effectively as a community.

Have a lovely weekend.