Headteacher’s Blog – 1st March 2024

In preparation for World Book Day next week, in assemblies, Mr. Cockerill has been talking about the value of reading in supporting positive mental health and wellbeing before looking at some of the books which have had a significant impact such as ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.

Last night we were treated to the KS4 Performing Arts Showcase, which was a thought provoking piece of Theatre in Education about truancy. It had a strong message that really made the audience think about the importance of regular school attendance and how it can affect your life as a result of making the right choices in these formative years. The students’ performance was excellent and feedback received from students and parents was lovely to listen to. Mr West said “I couldn’t be more proud of every one of them. They have worked so hard to make this an energetic, vibrant and colourful performance, that sent an important moral message, and that is exactly what they delivered. They richly deserve the praise and results they have worked so hard to achieve”.

Rugby has been the focus for 30 students this morning as they headed off to the LNER Community Stadium in York to watch the England rugby team train in their preparations for the Six Nations match against Ireland. The training involved the full England squad led by Steve Borthwick. Students had a great time watching international level sport in our locality.

Earlier in the week Mr. Field reports that ‘The Year 8 and Year 9 rugby teams took their chance to shine in the recent York Schools’ 9 a side rugby tournament.  The boys impressed the York Knights’ staff with their resilience and positive gameplay throughout all of the games.  The boys played games against King James’s, Manor, Tadcaster Grammar, York High and Joseph Rowntree. There were some positive results for the boys in some tough competitive matches against strong competition.’ We are really proud of the commitment shown by the boys and by the fact that we were the only school to field two teams in the tournament.

We’ve got an exciting couple of weeks coming up for Year 9 as they personalise their curriculum further by choosing their GCSE options. The whole process starts with their Taster sessions on Monday and Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, continuing to support Year 11 with their post 16 choices this week we had visits from Ask Apprenticeships. On Monday, in assembly, they explained a little bit more about apprenticeships for both post-16 and post-18 pathways. Then on Thursday, during PSHCE, they helped those students interested in apprenticeships to sign on to the National Apprenticeships website and begin searching and applying for their next important step.

In Science club this week, Miss Camy reports that students tried a little bit of levitation! They placed slices of lemon in a bowl of floating water, stuck 3 matches into the lemon, lit them and placed a beaker over the top and, hey presto, floating lemons!’

You’ll be aware that next Friday is our BHS Big Quiz night, the first event organised by the newly formed Friends of Boroughbridge parent/carer group. Tickets are available on Parent Mail and at Reception for £10. We hope to see you there.

Other upcoming events include our Parent Information Evening on Thursday 7th March at 6p.m. which has a focus on Wellbeing and supporting students with exams. This will be most appropriate for parents and carers of students in Years 10 and 11. As usual, there will also be an opportunity for you to ask general questions about any aspect of school life. A reminder that our next Professional Development Day is on Thursday 14th March when students do not attend school.

Finally, if you haven’t completed the Behaviour Survey that we circulated a couple of days ago then please look out for the link that we resent today via Parent Mail. We have had 78 responses so far. We’d appreciate your responses by Wednesday 6th March. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend!