Headteacher’s Blog – 8th September 2023

I hope that you and your families have had a lovely Summer. We had a successful Summer at Boroughbridge High School, celebrating with Year 13 and Year 11 students as they collected their results and shared with us the many destinations that they are going on to. We wish them well for the future and look forward to welcoming them back to our Awards Evening at the end of the Autumn Term. Because of our Stage not Age approach, Year 10 also got two of their GCSE/BTEC results. Their results, along with the experience of completing their two qualifications, puts them in a strong position to embrace the challenges of Year 11.

Having an incredibly successful summer was Sid in Year 8 who you may remember from an earlier blog was in training for the 8th World Dwarf Games in Köln in Germany which is an event specifically for people with all forms of dwarfism, held every four years. The event took place over 10 days of competition and Sid was one of over 520 competitors from 29 countries. In an all-round inspiring competition, Sid did his country proud and returned home with a remarkable 8 medals from both team and individual events; Gold individual breaststroke, Gold individual backstroke, Silver individual 100m IM, Silver team sprint relay, Silver team football, Silver team basketball, Bronze individual freestyle and Bronze individual discus. Our congratulations go to him.

We’ve had a really smooth start to the term, helped by the fact that we start our new academic year in June so the majority of students had already experienced four weeks of their new timetable before the Summer break. It’s also been great to welcome our new Year 7 students who are settling in well following their three Induction Days in July with many also attending Summer School.

We’ve taken the opportunity of a new term to reinforce our expectations. A key focus has been on Behaviour for Learning, introducing our expectations for the three different elements of learning: whole classwork, group and pair work and individual work. Thank you for your support in ensuring that your child has returned to school in full uniform – it’s appreciated.

On Monday, we were delighted to welcome to the staff team Mr. Atkinson (Head of Geography), Ms. Gogoi (Maths), Mr. Jackson (Music), Miss Kelly (English), Ms. Llaurado (MFL) and Mrs. Wright (GTA).

Looking ahead, next week students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will have assemblies on the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme with an information evening for parents/carers and students at 6.30p.m. on 20th September.

A reminder that next week ‘Expectations’ Evenings will be held for Parents and Carers at 6p.m. on Monday 11th September for Year 7; Tuesday 12th September for Years 8 and 9; and Wednesday 13th September for Years 10 and 11 where you’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions that you have about our recent Ofsted inspection. Please e-mail schooladmin@boroughbridgehigh.com stating which evening you wish to attend.

Have a lovely weekend.