Prom Celebration

Year 11 students celebrated their time at Boroughbridge High School with a Prom Event at The Bridge Inn on Friday 24th June. A variety of modes of transport, including a tractor and a stretch limousine, brought students to the venue and it was a great way for students and staff to mark the end of an era. We wish the class of 2022 well for the future!

It’s been a week of activities for International Week, led by our Head and Deputy Head students, inspired by Izzy. They took assemblies talking to students about how they could get involved in activities and help to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee to support the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

In Year 9 Geography lessons, students have researched geographical information about an unfamiliar country of their choice. This information will be used to decorate a plate that will form part of a larger display of shared knowledge on different places in the world. In Food Technology Year 8 have been cooking chow mein whilst Year 7 have been perfecting bechamel sauce.

In Computing, Year 7 have been learning about cell references in spreadsheets to create flags from different countries.

Historians have been looking at celebrations across the world, finding out what and how other cultures celebrate. Students have been using their findings to create a display of world culture and celebration.

Desks were moved out of the Music Room, so that Year 8 musicians had the room for energetic samba band performances, as they learnt about Brazilian mu

sic. This lunchtime the Music block was filled with African drumming when the new space was filled with a djembe circle, filling the octagon with lots of noise and energy!

In Year 8 PE, students were playing the national sport of China, table tennis.

At lunchtime Year 7 and 8 students experienced the East Asian art of o

rigami. A number of different shapes were attempted and they even had small frogs jumping around the room!

We’ve also had form time quizzes, a scavenger hunt where students discovered how to say hello in many different languages and an International door form competition.

In the Dining Hall, Year 11 students including prefects and Head and Deputy Head students held an amazing Bake Sale, raising just under £400. In total, students raised a massive £829.64 for the Disasters Emergency Committee to support the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

 

Year 8 Geographers take on plastic pollution

In Geography, Year 8 students have been learning about plastic pollution and the impact upon the world’s oceans. Students were inspired to create their own ‘Yorkshire souvenirs’ from waste items after learning about the innovative and creative ways that the Kenyan company ‘Ocean Sole’ are recycling one million flip flops per year. This drive to become more sustainable and increase our awareness of the fragile planet that we live on, prompted students to design and construct their own souvenirs for homework.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing our Head and Deputy Head Students

Introducing our Head and Deputy Head students who were elected by students and staff at the end of the Autumn Term. They have a really pivotal role in our school working with the Student Council and the Staff Team to effect change for the benefit of all at Boroughbridge High School. They have big plans of what they’d like to achieve and have already started to have an impact. Read on to find out more.

 

From left to right, Phoebe, Carli, Emilia and Izzy

Hey, I’m Carli, and I am proud to represent Boroughbridge High School as one of the Head Students. In this role I would like to promote equality amongst my peers, particularly by organizing an LGBTQ+ day, fundraising for a local trans youth charity. As a member of the LGBTQ family it is important to me to promote equality, providing a safe space in our school for people to be who they are. I am also looking to collaborate with other Head Students and Prefects to help boost their own ideas to help better the school. More than anything I would just like to be a role model to other students at the school, being someone others can look up to and talk to.

Hi, I’m Emilia and I am one of our Head students at Boroughbridge High School. It’s really important to me that every student here feels included, safe, and like their ideas and opinions are being heard. This is why I am looking forward to using my position to improve the school environment and to work with the prefects, head students and student council for the changes we would like to see within our school. One of my ideas for this year is to find a way to offer support to younger students on things such as how to revise; I also hope to open up an indoor space for GCSE students to revise.

 

Hi, my name is Izzy, and I’m Deputy Head student at Boroughbridge High School. Having recently moved to the UK from overseas, I bring world and cultural knowledge to our student team, as well as resilience and determination. I’m a keen musician and artist and I value any experiences that make me a more rounded young adult. My aim is to make sure students at this school recognise how capable they are and that it’s okay to get things wrong.

Hi, my name is Phoebe and I am one of the new Deputy Head students for this year. I love Boroughbridge High School and wanted the opportunity to help the school community as much as possible. During my time as Deputy Head Student, I hope to support and represent all students, making our school as good as I know it can be and a place where all students can feel that they are listened to and their ideas are taken on board. Personally, I would like to make sure that this year I can encourage and support the music and drama departments at Boroughbridge particularly, as I have been a part of them for many years and I consider them to be invaluable to our school, as well as implementing as many of the wonderful ideas that I know students from across the school to have.

 

We’ll look forward to updating you on their progress.

Children in Need Fundraising

On Friday 19th November, we carried out our annual fundraising for Children in Need. Rowan (Y8) won the cake competition, Harry (Y7) won Name the Teddy and Matthew (Y8) accurately guessed the number of sweets in the jar. This, along with a non-uniform day and sponging of teachers and prefects (our thanks go to Mr. Grierson, Mr Field, Amelia, Carli and Toby), has resulted in us raising a total of £614.30. Thank you very much for your kind contributions

‘Congratulations to Year 11’

It’s been a day of celebration at Boroughbridge High School as students collected their GCSE and BTEC results. Students have worked hard to secure some outstanding achievements.

In these unprecedented times, throughout two periods of lockdown, students quickly adapted to the challenges of remote learning maintaining their focus and putting themselves in a strong position to take on the new approach to assessment on their return. This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards.

The motivation of these students was such that many of them stayed on at school to complete National Citizen Service.

Notable achievements include Ella Brophy and Martha Charlton who each achieved eight Grade 9s and two Grade 8s and Poppy Beasley who achieved seven Grade 9s and three Grade 8s. All are going on to study A Levels.

Headteacher Kathryn Stephenson said, ‘It has been an absolute pleasure to congratulate students on their excellent achievements and we are very proud of the way in which they have approached the challenges of the last eighteen months, showing great resilience throughout. Along with their results, the skills that they have developed in these challenging circumstances will ensure their continued success. The results also reflect the commitment of the staff team, who have worked tirelessly, and the continued support of our parents, carers and governors. We are delighted that our students are now able to move confidently into further study, apprenticeships and employment and we wish them well for the future.’

A Level Success

We are delighted to report that students are celebrating some outstanding achievements in their A Level qualifications this year. Students have demonstrated great resilience, working with commitment throughout lockdowns and in school to secure excellent results.

For example, Bertie, who gained three A* grades will be studying Computer Science at Newcastle University following a gap year.  Kirsten who also gained three A* grades is going to the University of Bristol to study Engineering Mathematics. Harvey (A*AA) will be studying Medicine at the University of Manchester, Emma (A*AA) will be studying Psychology at the University of Lincoln and Izzy (A*AA) will be studying Environmental Science at the University of Manchester.

This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved an awarded by the exam boards.

 

Kathryn Stephenson, Headteacher, said ‘We are incredibly proud of the achievements of all of our students and of the way in which they have approached the challenges of the last eighteen months.  The results also reflect the commitment of our staff team and the continued support of our parents, carers and governors.  We are delighted to see students gain university places and employment of their choice. The class of 2021 will be producing the engineers, doctors, lawyers and psychologists of the future and we wish them well.’

 

 

Farewell to Year 13

Whilst Covid has dramatically changed the experience of Sixth Form for our Year 13 students they were determined, as they have been throughout, to make the most of their final few days.

They had a celebration trip to Flamingo Land, spending some quality time with each other and the staff who’ve supported them during their time in the Sixth Form. They had a great time and continued their celebration with a pizza party on their return.

On their final day they had a Leavers’ Presentation where staff and students had the opportunity to reminisce and celebrate all that they’ve achieved in their time at Boroughbridge High School.

Despite the challenges of the last two years, these students have shown remarkable resilience throughout and demonstrated their strength as a Year group team. This group of young people exemplify all that is in our mission statement, ‘To ensure that all students leave our school not only with the qualifications to access the next stage of their education or career of choice, but with the skills and confidence to make an active contribution to the communities to which they belong.’ Not only were their GCSE results two years ago above average but they have also developed the skills to ensure future success whilst having an incredible impact on our whole school community. They have performed at many concerts, supported in Key Stage 3 lessons, taken part in the appointment of new staff, led numerous lunchtime clubs for younger students and above all been excellent role models. So we give our thanks to Year 13 and wish them all the best for the future.

Poetry has been the focus in Year 8 English lessons where students have been writing poems to enter in the Miller Home competition open to all local schools. The challenge was to write individual poems with a focus on what makes living in Boroughbridge special. Having written their poems, students shared them and then began their own judging to establish their favourites. Mrs. Macadam was hugely impressed by the enthusiasm of students and the creativity that they displayed. In the top three were Year 8 students, Lily, Joseph and Kaela.

We were absolutely delighted to hear on Wednesday that Kaela had won first prize. Well done indeed!

 

Click Here To Read The Three Competition Poems