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Headteacher's Blog  

Better than Brexit

Last week was a very exciting week for staff and learners at Upper Batley High School as our whole learning community voted for who they would like to be the next Head Boy.

Although lots of boys applied, four young men made it to the shortlist and they were all truly fantastic when they made their speeches. Trying to decide on just one boy to represent our school in this prestigious leadership position is a tough call. The boys all have so much to offer and all four of them are winners in my mind by making it this far in the selection process.

The vote will be announced during local democracy week and I look forward to working with the successful candidate as we continue to develop our school. Upper Batley High School is the school of choice for high achieving boys in Kirklees and the Head Boy’s main role is to represent our ever increasing in size learner population and work with myself, the senior leadership team and the governors. 

Watch this space to find out the name of the winner and to hear their maiden speech.

Outstanding Achievements at UBHS

I was absolutely delighted to personally serve a special rewards lunch to the highest achieving learners in the school this week. The award winning boys had 100% attendance, no negative behaviour points and outstanding progress this term. Myself and Mr Kang, the Deputy Headteacher, treated the boys to a special fish & chip Friday lunch and first class table service.

Upper Batley High School is celebrating excellent GCSE results in 2017 and a record intake of learners into its High Achieving learning community.

We are incredibly proud of our high achieving boys. They have high aspirations, exciting career goals and they work hard each and every day to achieve these. The Leadership Team are thrilled to reward them and praise their hard work and high achievements. Our school places a huge emphasis on high achievement and outstanding careers education. We have just been awarded the Careers Chartermark for our outstanding provision in careers education. We are the school of choice for high achieving boys in Kirklees." 

Tracy Brabin, MP Visits our Successful School 

What an amazing first week back for the whole Upper Batley High School Team. We achieved great GCSE results in 2017, with 100% pass rate and every boy leaving us with qualifications to go on to further education, employment or training. Well done to the whole team! We also have a record number of year 7 boys joining our team this September as our reputation for high academic standards coupled with exemplary behaviour and pastoral care, spreads far and wide.

We were also delighted to welcome Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley & Spen. Tracy came to congratulate the boys on their hard work and to talk to them about Global Citizenship. Tracy and her friends from Global Enterprise chatted to our boys about what they can do to make our world a better place. The School Council are now buzzing with ideas and enthusiasm. 

Going for Gold

As all parents know we have only the very highest expectations for your son and what he will achieve during his time with us. He needs to have his full uniform and equipment each and every day so that he is equipped to learn. When our MP Tracy Brabin visited us last week she was blown away by how smart our boys are. “Dress smart think smart” is part of our motto.

Your son has his targets for this year and we expect him to work towards achieving his Gold targets (hence the Going for Gold) by the end of this academic year. Who knows he may even beat those targets and achieve a Platinum special award. Some boys did last year! Let’s go for it and between home, school and our boys themselves we will have a hard working and high achieving year this year!

Only effort grades of O (Outstanding) and G (Good) are accepted at Upper Batley High School. Your son now has 6 weeks until his first progress report. Let’s reach for the stars and Go For Gold! 

Step Into The Future in Batley

On Thursday 29th June Batley saw a fantastic parade of over 1000 people throughout the town centre. The parade was led by a samba band and Brazilian drummer and 22 different schools were represented. The parade was a visual spectacular with every school wearing a different coloured TShirt and carrying their own individually designed unique banner.

The children were all from year 6 & 7 and this event was part of a transition project for young people across Batley and Birstall. The children walked from Batley Market Place up to the Bull Dogs Stadium where they took part in a wide range of different activities including art, music and dance. They all performed a song together and several children made speeches about what community means to them. This event was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and showcase the diversity, skills and talents our fantastic community has to offer. Thank you to everyone who attended the event to show your support. Batley & Birstall are fantastic places to live and work.

Celebrity Visits Batley

Eddie Izzard visited Batley with over 500 others to complete a special running course

around Oakwell Hall, in memory of Jo Cox. Over 200 people entered the family fun run and over 300 took part in the 6.5km run. Eddie showed his running stamina and ran in both races together with Jo Cox's family and friends. It was a wonderful day to celebrate Jo's life and everything she stood for and bring our community together in a superb family event. Well done to all of the More In Common organises and the Friends of Oakwell Hall (a truly magnificent location).

Several events have been held this weekend in memory of Jo Cox and all of the people who lost their loved ones in the horrific Grenfell Tower fire and the attack on the mosque at Finsbury Park. A vigil was held at Batley Town Hall on Saturday at 5pm. Thank you to everyone from our community who attended any of these events to show your support.

Big Iftar and Great Get Together

Batley Market place saw hundreds of people attend a Great Get Together by day and a Big Iftar event in the evening. The market place was trimmed with red and white gingham and the sun shone brightly. The events started at 9am and ran through until 12.30am- the people of Batley & Spen came in their hundreds to show their tremendous community support. More than 140,000 Great Get Together events were held up and down the country.

It was joyful to see thousands upon thousands of photos of people across the country celebrating community and togetherness. Sometimes we just need an excuse to get together, and when we do, it’s clear that there’s much more that unites us, exactly as Jo said in her maiden speech. These events are not political but rather designed to show the rich diversity our communities offer and show all terrorists, no matter where their hate comes from, that they will not divide us and we will not cower. Together we can create a platform to focus on the things we have in common and bring our communities together. That is a legacy that Jo would be proud of.