Remembrance Day 2020

Remembrance Day 2020


This a very important time of year for our community and so we are finding ways, despite current challenges, to mark Remembrance Day taking on the British Legion’s theme for 2020 to pay tribute to the men and women of the Second World War generation and to those of today’s who have served and sacrificed to defend our nation. Whilst we are unable to attend a Remembrance Service this year, we have laid a wreath at the war memorial in Boroughbridge. We will also be marking two minutes silence across school at 11am on 11th November. Each form group has been making their own poppies to decorate classroom windows and, in Key Stage 3 Art lessons, students have been developing their own take on the poppy symbol as you can see.

In a year that will never be forgotten, we are delighted that the hard work of our staff and students over the last couple of years has been recognised and that our students can now progress to the next stage of their life.

Mrs Penny Town, Head of Sixth Form stated “ We are so proud that all our university applicants got their first choice university place, including top Russell Group Universities such as Liverpool and York. Our small and supportive Sixth Form continues to add value and improve the life chances of our young people.”


Miss Stephenson, Headteacher said “It’s important that we celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of our young people who have worked so valiantly during these most unusual of times.   Our thanks also go to our families, staff and governors for their continued commitment and support.”

Taking on the great outdoors for Wellbeing morning


Mr. Woodward writes, ‘We all know that running benefits our physical health, but the benefits to our mental health are sometimes overlooked. Year 10 and 11 found out how neuroscience has shown links between running and increased brain capacity, levels of concentration, focus and feelings of well-being through the release of endorphins and endocannabinoids. Having discussed the benefits of distance running in developing a resilient state of mind which keeps going despite difficulty, we put this knowledge into practice and went for a 12km run around the local fields, paths and tracks. The route was muddy. Really muddy. However, spirits only heightened as the mud and exhaustion levels rose, further proving the point the distance running in a natural environment is good for both the body and the mind: a vital lesson to be remembered by our GCSE students as the approach they progress exams next week and the “real thing” in just a matter of months. ‘

Service Children’s Remembrance Service

Service Children’s Remembrance Service

Along with more than 500 other children, on Friday morning (8th) eleven students from across Years 7 to 9 represented the school at the annual Service Children’s Remembrance Service at Ripon Cathedral. Deborah (Year 9) was the standard bearer for the Royal British Legion’s Military Kids Club showing great confidence and pride. It was a great privilege for Boroughbridge High School to take part in this event.

Year 10 History Club at the Green Howards Museum

Year 10 History Club at the Green Howards Museum

Written by Amara ‘This Monday, we were fortunate enough to have a visit to the Green Howards Museum in Richmond. The Y10 History Club prepared a poster about Archie White, who was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal during the First World War, especially for the day; the poster was made into a banner which will be proudly displayed in school. The students were able to spend the 2 minutes silence with students from other local secondary schools and members of the Armed Forces. Well done to the students who participated in the poster project and many thanks to the individuals at the museum for giving us such a great opportunity.’


Careers Event Leeds

Year 11 – Skills Yorkshire Careers Event and Year 12 – University & Apprenticeship Fair, Leeds – October 2019

Students in years 11 & 12 had the opportunity to visit these regional events. Each event is aimed to provide students with relevant information which compliments their current option and career needs. Students had time to look round the many stands, collect information, network, attend seminars and try practical tasks. Highlights included the large range of practical activities on the NHS and Army stands and the creativity of the Performing Arts Hub and Intuitions Hair and Beauty. Year 12 students gained valuable knowledge about the UCAS process and writing personal statements in the seminars. Students returned to school with bags of useful information which will assist them in making informed choices at Post-16 and Post-18 points.

£222.32 raised for Macmillan

Sixth Form students took the lead in baking and making to organise a coffee morning as part of the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’, raising £222.32 for Macmillan. Thanks to the parents, staff and students who supported the event.


GCSE Success

It’s been another excellent year for Boroughbridge High School students as they, along with staff and parents, have been celebrating another set of impressive GCSE results today.  The top grades of 7 – 9 made up almost a quarter of grades awarded.  An impressive 15 students gained at least 1 Grade 9, across 15 subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Language, Maths, French, Italian, Russian,  Food Technology, Geography, History, PE, RE, Music and Art.

There are many individual success stories including Bertie, who achieved an amazing 7 Grade 9s, putting him in very exclusive company of 0.1% of students who sat their GCSEs this year.  Bertie, who is starting his A Levels at Boroughbridge High School Sixth Form in September said ‘I am so surprised and proud of my results. Staff have been amazing, supporting me through school and I’m really looking forward to coming to start my ‘A’ Levels here.’

Students have followed 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 built upon this high standard with a higher proportion of students securing the highest grades.

Headteacher Kathryn Stephenson said, ‘It has been an absolute pleasure to congratulate students on their achievements which is a clear recognition of all of their hard work. We are delighted that our students are now able to move confidently into further study, apprenticeships and employment and we look forward to welcoming many of them back into our Sixth Form in September.’


Success for A Level students

Staff, students and parents at Boroughbridge High School are celebrating another year of very good A Level results. Students achieved a 100% pass rate in the vast majority of subjects offered including Maths, English Literature, Physics, Arts, Business Studies and Humanities subjects.

Key highlights include 100% of students achieving a grade ‘A’ for Mathematics and over 50% of students achieving high grades in a number of subjects including, Religious Studies, Health and Social Care, Business Studies, Fine Art, Physics and Sociology. In addition to Maths, students also achieved ‘A’ grades in English Literature, Geography, Health and Social Care and Religious Studies.

As the photo shows there are many individual success stories of students who have successfully obtained the grades needed to progress on to university.

Headteacher Kathryn Stephenson said “We are very proud of the achievements of our students and congratulate them on their success. It’s so rewarding to see students gain university places and employment of their choice. The results also reflect the continued support of our families, staff and school governors. The class of 2019 will be producing the engineers, economists, graphic designers, mathematicians and artists of the future and we wish them well.’’

Head of Sixth Form, Penny Town added “I am delighted that so many of our young people have achieved such a great set of results.”

Year 11 Speed Networking Challenge

Following preparation in PSHEE lessons, Year 11 students had the opportunity to engage with a range of employers in a Speed Networking activity organised with the support of NYBEP.   They met a range of employers and asked questions about their career and the organisation they currently work in.  Later in the day, students worked on Planning a CV and Personal Statement.  They will continue this work in September, when they visit a Regional Careers Event and have meetings with the School Careers Adviser regarding their individual Post-16 Options.

Student comments on the experience include:

What have you enjoyed most about today?

“ Seeing a variety of jobs”, “ Having an ideas of what I would like to do”, “learning new things”, “learning about different jobs”, “employers can be friendly and interesting”.

 What you will remember?

“The importance of having the right attitude”, “the experience of talking to employers”, “learning more about the skills needed for different jobs”.

 What might you do/change because of today?

“How I present myself”, “my attitude towards school”, “look into things I wouldn’t before”, “I would do research in a particular job that I am interested in”, “Aspire to become more”

Employers included – The Army, RAF, Intuitions Hair & Beauty, BAM Nuttall, Wolseley UK, NYCC, Building & Preservation Northern Ltd, North Yorkshire Construction Group, Plantlet Culture, Reed Boardall, Ellis Bates and Yorkshire Bank.

Employers commented on how engaged students were, they had thought about their appearance and what to ask.  One commented “I wish there were activities like this when I was at school”

Staff involved in the day also appreciated the opportunity to link up with employers.  Over break they talked about the variety of opportunity in the organisations.  It has provided them with a new connection between teaching young people in the classroom and understanding the requirements of employers.