Headteachers Blog – 25.11.22

Headteacher’s Blog – 25th November 2022

Assemblies this week, led by Mr. Grierson, have started with the statement ‘Scotland won the World Cup in 1966.’ with students being asked if they thought this statement was true or false. With some variance of opinion, Mr. Grierson revealed that it was indeed fake news and discussed with students about how to check out if the things that they are reading on social media are true following four points;

  1. Check the source
  2. Watch out for fake photos
  3. Check the story is in other places and
  4. Look for other signs such as lots of ads popping up when you press the link.

If you’d like to find out more, go to https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/reading/b1-reading/how-to-spot-fake-news

Key Stage 4 students had an assembly on knife crime which has been delivered across schools in North Yorkshire by Martin Powell (Police mentor). It was very powerful message as he shared a case, captured on CCTV, in Scarborough where all five young people involved were jailed for a single fatal stabbing.

As the weather is now decidedly autumnal, a reminder that there are a number of clubs that students can attend at lunchtime. An outline can be found at


A Key Stage 3 History Club has been added this week and will take place every Thursday in B5 at 12.40p.m. Students will have the opportunity to make their own coat of arms.

Progress (mock) exams for students in Years 10 and 11 got underway this morning with the Food Exam followed by Biology this afternoon. They’ll continue next week. The timing of these is critical as it enables teachers and students to identify their strengths and areas that they need to work on and the outcomes will support teachers with their planning in the coming weeks.

In Sporting news this week on Monday we had 39 students participating in a Harrogate and Craven Cross-County event hosted by Ripon Grammar School whilst, yesterday afternoon, Year 10 boys took part in a football tournament hosted by Rossett School. We also took the opportunity on Monday for a school community viewing of the England match.

Year 7 and 8 students are currently in the middle of their Readathon. Watch out for the letter from Mrs. Wellock giving more information about our strategies to support students in developing a love of reading.

Thank you to the parents who attended the Curriculum Information Evening last night. We discussed curriculum but also so much more and it was incredibly helpful to gain feedback on many aspects of school life.

With the festive season almost upon us, this morning Mrs. Skilbeck took some Year 7 students to perform at the Ripon Cathedral Christmas Fair.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Headteacher’s Blog – 18th November 2022

Well, what a week for weather! However, showing great resilience were the Year 8 girls’ football team who, on the wettest of wet days, went to Rossett School to take part in a football tournament. Playing against much larger schools than BHS, they finished joint 3rd out of 6 teams with 5 goals scored by Millie, Neve (3) and Phoebe. Well done team!

Building resilience in our school community was one of the themes of our Professional Development Day with sessions led by the Wellbeing in Mind Team who have a base at Boroughbridge High School. We had a reminder of the NHS five steps to mental wellbeing which are strategies relevant for all.

In the afternoon, we reflected on our progress as a school against our whole school objectives since our Ofsted Inspection focusing specifically on Curriculum, Retrieval Practice and Reading. As you’re aware, we now have our Curriculum Maps online (https://www.boroughbridgehigh.com/curriculum/subjects/) and retrieval practice to check what students have learned and remembered is part of our every day learning and lesson planning across the curriculum.

We’ve also continued to develop our curriculum and, if you’re interested in finding out more about our curriculum, we have a Parent Information Evening next Thursday at 6p.m. Please e-mail schooladmin@boroughbridgehigh.com to book a place.

Our focus on reading has been further developed through strategies such as the Readathon and BookBuzz for Years 7 and 8 whilst, across the school, all form classes spend time reading. Departments have developed strategies to promote reading within their areas and we’re currently integrating strategies into our lesson planning.

And we’ve had a great Children in Need day today with our non-uniform day and a break and lunch Bake Sale raising £438.63 which will be used by Children in Need to fund thousands of charities and projects in every corner of the UK, that support children and young people to feel and be safer, have improved mental health and wellbeing, form better, more positive relationships and be given more equal opportunities to flourish.

Have a lovely weekend!

Headteachers Blog – 11th November 2022

Headteacher’s Blog – 11th November 2022

With Remembrance Day on Sunday, assemblies this week have focused on the
importance of Remembrance Day whilst also sharing the symbolism of the poppy
and reminding us of the sacrifices which have and continue to be made. We’ve
also been selling poppies, raising funds for the Royal British Legion who provide
a lifeline for serving personnel, veterans and their families. Today at 11a.m. we
observed the two minutes silence. On Sunday I’ll be accompanied by Atlanta,
Becky, Emily and Savannah at the service at St. James’ before they lay the
wreath at the war memorial. It’s a privilege to participate in such an important
event in our community.

We were delighted to welcome Years 9 and 10 parents, carers and students to
the Duke of Edinburgh Award meeting on Wednesday. Students have the
opportunity to get involved in the Bronze Award in the coming weeks. It will be
led by Mrs. Murphy with Mr. Field and Mr. Lough supporting. Thinking ahead to
the expedition, if you have any walking or camping kit that is in good condition
that we could have to loan to students, it would be greatly appreciated. Please
e-mail schooladmin@boroughbridgehigh.com

Next week, on Friday, we’ll be fundraising for Children-in Need with a non-
uniform day. You can make a donation on Parent Mail. The School Council are
currently finalising the other fundraising events and students will hear about
them shortly.

A reminder that it’s a Professional Development Day on Wednesday 16 th
November when students do not attend school. On that day, staff will be
working with the NHS Wellbeing in Mind team on building resilience across our
school community before evaluating progress made against the school priorities
and identifying next steps for development.
Have a lovely weekend!

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Headteacher’s Blog – 4th November 2022

So, we’ve had a busy week following our half term break. Assemblies this week have been a great opportunity to celebrate the positive contributions that students made during the first half term with the top 20 reward point winning students being announced. You’ll have received a congratulations letter if your child is one of them. Students can continue to collect points which will lead to bigger rewards later in the year.

Winning forms were 7MG, 8SF, 9DR, 10BW and 11JW so, as you can imagine, the competition is now on for the top spot by Christmas.

Our excitement on Wednesday was a trip for 47 students and 4 staff to the LNER Community Stadium in York not only to watch two International Rugby League matches as part of the Rugby League World Cup but also, as you can see, to act as flag bearers whilst the national anthems were played. It was a great privilege to do this and students and staff also had a fabulous time watching the two matches; New Zealand Women v France Women and Australia Women v Cook Islands Women.

We’re ready to restart the Duke of Edinburgh Award at BHS. Mrs. Murphy spoke to students in Years 9 and 10 about the opportunities that this can bring and how they can get involved. There will be an Information Evening for interested parents and carers at school on Wednesday 9th November at 6p.m.

We had Year 10 online Parents’ Evening on Thursday and next Thursday, it’s the turn of Year 11. Both of these year groups received information this week about their Progress Exams which start in a few weeks’ time.

As you’re aware, we’ve been working with the Wellbeing in Mind Team for over a year now. Overleaf you’ll find out more information about how we’re working together to support our young people.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Headteacher’s Blog – 21st October 2022

We started the week with our Year 7 Tutor Evening where form tutors, parents, carers and students discussed the first few weeks at Boroughbridge High School. It was great to see how well Year 7 have settled in. There was further excitement for them on Wednesday, and on Friday for Year 8, when the Readathon was launched along with Book Buzz.

The Readathon is organised by Read for Good whose mission is to improve the outcomes for all children in the UK by encouraging    and enabling children to develop a love of reading. By taking part, students also raise money to help seriously ill children whilst also earning free book vouchers for their school at the same time! You can find out more here https://readforgood.org/ You’ll no doubt be asked for sponsorship in the coming days and weeks.

A few weeks ago, students had selected their book of choice as part of the Book Buzz scheme launched by the Book Trust. You can see the whole range here. https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes-and-campaigns/bookbuzz/students/bookbuzz-books/

Luckily the Book Buzz books had arrived so students were presented with their new book of choice which, for many, was the first of the Readathon. Choices were wide and varied!

Following on from that, on Wednesday afternoon, Year 7, as part of their English curriculum had a movie afternoon.

In assemblies this week, we’ve been celebrating all that we’ve achieved during this half term before revisiting our standards to ensure that everyone in our community is safe, happy and successful.

With tracking data being published for Years 10 and 11 this week, a reminder that there is an online Year 10 Parents and Carers Evening on Thursday 3rd November with Year 11 on Thursday 10th November.

So, as we reach the half term break, I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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Headteacher’s Blog – 14th October 2022

Wednesday evening was one of the highlights of the school year as we welcomed Year 5 and 6 students and their parents and carers to our Open Evening. During the presentation in the Hall, Year 7 students, Eva, Michael, Olivia and Tristan confidently spoke to the large audience about their positive experiences of joining Boroughbridge High School. Having heard the vision of the school, and the underpinning values, visitors were then able to see for themselves how this translates into reality by touring each department. They also met over 100 student volunteers, who were leading activities across the subject areas and answering questions about our school. Activities included a Maths Trail around school, joining the English Team at ‘Darkwood Manor’ for some creative writing inspiration, watching a rehearsal by the Key Stage 3 Drama Club and seeing our Musicians in session. In Computing students could discover what was inside a computer and in Chemistry and Physics bubbles were being ignited whilst in Biology, hearts were being dissected. Sports Leaders led challenges in the Sports Hall. Following a food theme, Halloween breads were being made and sampled in Food Technology whilst French delicacies could be requested at Le Café de Boroughbridge with Modern Foreign Languages. There was also the opportunity to sample some of the school menu! In RE philosophical questions were being asked, map skills developed in Geography and an in-depth exploration of sources used in History. Artists at work could be observed and colourful plastic creations made in DT. All in all, it was an incredibly energetic evening and it was great to be able to welcome new families along with those who have or have had older children in the school. We’ll look forward to welcoming Year 6 back into school for our three Induction Days in July!

Earlier in the week our Year 7 Geographers had an excellent time visiting Boroughbridge to investigate the hypothesis, ‘Boroughbridge is a resort’. With clipboards at the ready, students completed traffic counts, pedestrian counts, a land use map and field sketches. They’re now presenting and analysing their data in lessons before they draw their conclusions.


We’re really impressed with the way in which Year 7 have settled into the Boroughbridge High School community and parents and carers will have the opportunity to meet with their child’s Form Tutor on Monday to discuss how they’re getting on. If you haven’t yet signed up for an appointment then please check Parent Mail for your log-in instructions.

Assemblies this week have focused on our first Progress Review Point where students and parents and carers will receive data about progress, attitude to learning, behaviour for learning and homework. Mrs. Bloomfield talked about how important it is to work hard every day in order to secure success.

We welcomed PCSO Phil Wright into school on Thursday to talk to students in Years 8 to 11 about exploitation risks in our locality including cyber bullying and vaping with a focus on ensuring that our students know how to keep themselves and others safe. It’s great for our students to hear from someone who is working so closely within our community and the areas identified are followed up in our PSHCE curriculum.

With the fact that over 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK every year, today, all of Years 8 and 9 have been involved in Restart a Heart day where they’ve learnt CPR, a simple life saving technique given to someone in cardiac arrest. It aims to take over the job of the heart and lungs by keeping blood and oxygen flowing through the body. The aim is to teach CPR to 30,000 students and it’s great to know that 175 of these are Boroughbridge High School students. We were delighted to welcome our local MP, Andrew Jones, to see the team and our students in action.

Have a lovely weekend!

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Headteacher’s Blog – 7th October 2022

One of our missions this year is to ensure that our curriculum is fully enriched now that we no longer have any restrictions and, in the first five weeks, we’ve certainly done that!

GCSE Geographers have been to the Holderness Coast, students across the year groups have been to the Urban Bike Park in Leeds, Year 8 have been on their Humanities trip to Helmsley Castle and Rievaulx Abbey. Yesterday BTEC Travel and Tourism students went to explore Alton Towers as a tourist attraction and, next week, Year 7 Geographers will be going into Boroughbridge to explore the hypothesis ‘The function of Boroughbridge is a resort town.’ They’ll be carrying out land use surveys, environmental quality surveys and traffic counts to draw their conclusions. Highlights later in the academic year include a Year 9 trip to Bewerley Park and a Year 7 visit to Normandy.

Sports fixtures have begun in earnest with Year 8 boys football at Malton School and Year 7 and 8 girls football against Rossett School at Boroughbridge. The Netball teams have also made an impressive start with two wins for our Year 7 and Year 10 team.

Black History Month has been the focus of assemblies this week with History lessons in the coming weeks exploring this important area further.

This week saw the appointment of our new Key Stage 4 Prefects who proudly accepted their badges, marking their new role. This is such an important student leadership role in our school community and we look forward to working with them during the year and watching them develop their leadership skills. They will begin by helping our younger students welcome Year 5 and 6 children and their parents for our Open Evening. And so, a reminder that next Wednesday (12th) is our Year 5 and 6 Open Evening. In order to prepare for the event, we’ll be closing school at 1.30p.m. and will look forward to welcoming our students back into school to take part in Open Evening.

Have a lovely weekend!


Headteachers Blog – 30/09/2022

Headteacher’s Blog – 30th September 2022

Making the most of the great outdoors were the GCSE Geographers who took on the Holderness Coast on Monday visiting Hornsea. Mrs. Bauwens reports ‘The GCSE geographers visited the east coast on Monday in order to study how coastal erosion is being managed. The day started clear and there were amazing views of the soft cliffs slumping into the bay to the south of Hornsea. Despite challenging weather later in the day, the group persevered and collected data (albeit on soggy paper!) to help them answer the question ‘Is hard engineering controlling longshore drift at Hornsea?’ in lessons.

Leeds was the destination for students across the year groups on Tuesday. Mr. Field reports, ‘Pupils enjoyed their mountain bike adventure at Leeds Urban Bike Park this week after the extreme heat postponement.  The pupils received coaching from Liam who is a professional BMX rider pushing to represent Ireland at the future Olympics, they were taken through some basic bike handling skills before taking on some of the challenging terrain at the park.  Within a short space of time the pupils’ confidence and ability had grown and they took on the park features with aplomb.  The session culminated in the pupils tackling the BMX track section of the bike park, this proved to be an exhilarating end to the session with each pupil challenging themselves by taking on various sections of the track.  The trip ended with lots of smiles and lots of desire to head back to the bike park in the very near future.’

Coming up for students in Years 8 and 9 on Friday 14th October is a ‘Restart a Heart’ session led by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. We’ll let you know how they get on.

Today the School Council have been fundraising by having a Macmillan Coffee morning raising an amazing total of £250.56.

In assemblies this week, we’ve been celebrating European Day of Languages with amazing facts such as ‘More than half of Europe is Bilingual’ and ‘French was the official language of England for over 300 years (between the Norman victory at the Battle of Hastings (1066) and the end of the 14th century).’ You can find out more at https://edl.ecml.at/

So, with that in mind……Bon week-end!

Headteachers Blog – Sept 23rd 2022

Headteacher’s Blog – 23rd September 2022
As GCSE and BTEC options started in June, with the new timetable, they’re now well underway with students developing and building upon knowledge at a rapid rate.

In Food theory lessons, students have been exploring the difference between macronutrients and micronutrients whilst in practical lessons they have been developing their practical skills by making lasagne, homemade custard, cheese sauces and cheesecake. Hopefully, some of it made it home for tea!

Health and Social Care students have completed their draft of their first assignment/coursework piece entitled “How Life Affects Us” where they have chosen a person and written about their stages and developments in their lives. They’ve selected some interesting subjects such as Ozzy Osbourne, Ariana Grande and Lady Diana.

In Geography GCSE lessons students have been exploring the urban environment of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. They’ve been looking at the challenges and opportunities of living in this vibrant city and in particular how we can improve life for people living in the slums. They’ve got an exciting fieldtrip to look forward to next week but to a location closer to home!
Up in RE, students have been studying the ways in which Sikhism promotes equality and the Christian concept of God whilst in DT, students are working on Non-exam assessment content in preparation for their long assessment. They’ve looked at the theory associated with research and analysis to help with this. They are currently recapping drawing techniques.
In the Business world students have been exploring external influences on business, looking at how the economy and, in particular, interest rates and employment affect businesses. A definite topic of the time! In Computer Science, students are looking at the topic of computers from how the CPU works to types of secondary storage and software.

In French, students have been expressing their opinions on family and marriage as well as consolidating key grammatical concepts in the present and past tenses.

In GCSE Art students have been working on developing their skills in drawing & painting working with watercolours, acrylics, mixed media collages and lino printing.

In other news, the Scholastics Book Fair which has been held on Thursday and Friday has generated a great deal of interest with students buying their next good read.

We’re also thinking ahead to Year 5 and 6 Open Evening which we’ll be holding at school on Wednesday 12th October from 6 until 8.30pm. In order to prepare for the event, we’ll be closing school at 1.30pm. We’ll be looking forward to students coming back for the evening to show just what makes Boroughbridge High School a great place to be.

As part of the Open Evening, Miss Whiles is hoping with her classes to produce a local history display. Students are going to include the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Boroughbridge, the 40 year anniversary of the school and possibly some Archie White information. Student helpers will be working on the research for this as part of our Open Evening activities and you should have received the letter asking you to share your stories, memories and photos of the town and school if you attended. Please help if you can!

With best wishes for a lovely weekend!


Headteachers Blog 16th September 2022

Headteacher’s Blog – 16th September 2022

On Tuesday when it was a sunny morning with an autumnal nip in the air, Year 8 embarked upon their Humanities visit to Helmsley. Playing an integral part of their studies of England in medieval times they visited Helmsley Castle and Rievaulx Abbey whilst also carrying out Geography fieldwork in the centre of Helmsley enabling students to put their knowledge and skills into practice. As you can see, they had an excellent day and Miss Whiles commented, ‘The students were an absolute pleasure to be with. All listened to and followed staff instructions, were respectful to members of the public and engaged really well with the activities at each site. I am really proud of each and every one of them, they were a real credit to Boroughbridge High School.’

Fun and fundraising was at the fore for three of our Year 10 students, Nathan, Madison and Joe who took part in the York Pretty Mudder 5K last weekend, raising over £300 for charity. Very well done to them all.


We’ve had Expectations Evenings this week. Thank you to those Parents and Carers who were able to attend. It was great to be able to meet Face to Face, to share more about what we’re doing and developing at school and to hear your feedback and suggestions. Summaries will be sent out next week.

We will be holding a Scholastics Book Fair on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd September in the school library. The book fair will be open 1-1.30pm and 3.45-4.15pm for students to browse and purchase any books that they would like. Parents and carers are welcome to call in to the after-school session too.

Following the very sad news last week of the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II, bells rang out across the country at noon on Friday. Alice, in Year 7, had the great honour of being part of the team who rang the bells at Ripon Cathedral. Alice practises weekly and was immensely proud to be part of such a special and important event. As a school we have recognised the remarkable dedication that HM Queen Elizabeth II has shown in her role for more than 70 years by talking with students about her legacy and celebrating her extraordinary life. School will be closed for the Bank Holiday for her State Funeral on Monday 19th September.

Take care.