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Governors Blog

I was pleased to help again this week with interviewing for three more members of our teaching staff.

We interviewed four candidates for three posts, one in PE and two in English, and appointed three more amazing teachers. 

Two of the candidates are already in school as part of their teacher training so we had a good idea about their abilities and potential. They were, however, still put through the full selection process of being observed teaching, being interviewed by some of our learners and a formal interview with Ms Vickers and myself.

So, congratulations to Zahra Wasib (English) and Daniel Bamfield (PE) who will join our staff team as soon as they finish their teaching courses. Both had fantastic lessons and interviews and it is very pleasing to see that ambitious young teachers with great potential want to join our great team. I'm sure they will both be outstanding and help further improve the already rising standards in our school.

The third appointment is Chris Toole who is a more experienced teacher having joined the profession after a successful career in financial services. He also will be helping to raise standards in English by working with smaller groups of learners. Again, we were highly impressed with his teaching and interviews and look forward to him joining us after Christmas.

It is very rewarding and a testimony to our school that such great teachers want to work with us at UBHS and further strengthen our super staff team.
Onwards and upwards!

Geoff Alvy
Governor

 

GETTING TO OUTSTANDING

An ambition shared by by all associated with Upper Batley High School and not least by governors is to get a rating of outstanding by Ofsted. This is not about attaching a label but in everything the school does there is a great sense of purpose to become better and better so that our boys are given the best possible start in life. To this end the Governing Body has developed a range of committees and regular meetings with the objective of closely monitoring the quality of learning across the school.

This is something that demands the serious attention of any group of governors and I am able to report that Mr Goora and myself attended an excellent training event this term around monitoring standards. One of the things we learnt is that we already do this rather well but nonetheless were able to pick up some valuable learning lessons as to how we can become more effective. As the time for New Year’s resolutions draws near you can be assured that governors are resolute in their mission that we will support and challenge our brilliant staff team at Upper Batley High School to continue our journey to outstanding in 2018.

Alastair Megahy
Vice Chairman
Upper Batley High School Governors

SHAPING TOMORROW’S SUCCESSFUL MEN

It was a great pleasure to attend the Careers Convention that took place at school on 30th November. The event was part of a continuous programme to help our boys make informed choices about how they can translate their skills, dreams and aspirations into a future career.

There were about 30 providers advising and exhibiting which included colleges, universities, and both local and national employers. It was great also to see so many parents in

attendance. Acknowledgments and thanks to Mr Sherrard, Mrs Brackley and Mrs Grogan for organising and co-ordinating this event. The Governors at Upper Batley High School are proud of how the staff team go the extra mile to enable our boys to reach and expand their potential. This is a shining example of this.

Alastair Megahy
Vice Chair
Upper Batley High School Governing Body 

Presentation Evening 

I was very pleased to attend the Presentation Evening recently when a hall full of learners, parents and families saw some of our amazing boys being presented with awards and certificates for outstanding contributions to school and community life. 

It was fantastic to see so many people celebrating the achievements of the school on such a cold evening.

The whole event was very uplifting with speeches from the guests of honour, Ms Vickers, last year’s Head Boy Atyab Ranguni and this year’s Head Boy Adam Karolia.

My favourite part of the evening was a performance by the school choir accompanied by a drumming group.  I can’t remember even in my long association with the school there being a school choir before so congratulations to the singers and drummers and to our new music teacher Mr Rodwell for organising and rehearsing them. Also thanks to Mr Hazelwood for organising a super event.

Earlier that week I had helped with interviews for an Assistant Head Teacher to further strengthen our Senior Leadership Team.  This was an internally advertised vacancy and two candidates were interviewed.  Both proved to be excellent and demonstrated their strengths, experience, achievement and enthusiasm for the school. It was difficult to separate them.  After consideration it was decided to appoint both so congratulations to Mr Sherrard and Mr Farrar.

Geoff Alvy.  Governor.