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Read the blog from our Headteacher Ms S. Vickers to find out more about what is happening each week at UBHS.

The Tour comes to Birstall

What a fantastic weekend with the Tour de Yorkshire coming  through Birstall. The town centre was absolutely full of people and the atmosphere was superb. People lined the streets to see the riders fly past and there was a real buzz in the air.

The Tour de Yorkshire was re routed this year to come through Birstall in memory of Jo Cox ,MP. Upper Batley High School were there on Sunday, together with Jo's family, to run a community event where we served up samosas, cakes and buns galore and healthy fruit (of course!).

Celebrity visits Batley

Eddie Izzard (comedian and marathon runner) visited Batley on Saturday to help us promote the Great Get Together. Our very own Bilal and Mr Sherrard were there and had tea and cakes with Eddie and Jo Cox's family. The Great Get Together is a national event being organised by Brenda Cox- Jo Cox's husband. Events will take place up and down our country to celebrity diversity and bring communities together.

The Easter Bunny visits UBHS

On Friday 7th April our staff were surprised when the Easter bunny took time out of his busy schedule to "hop" into our staff team briefing. The Easter bunny had apparently heard all about the great work being undertaken at Upper Batley High School and wanted to show his appreciation for the team and present them all with their very own chocolate egg.

Talented Parents

A parent with an absolute creative talent has wowed us with an amazing gift this week. We work hard at Upper Batley High School to ensure every single young man in our care receives only the best possible education,care, guidance and support. It was lovely this week to be presented with a fabulous and inspirational gift made by one of our parents. Thank you SO much.

Art Attack

The GCSE art exams have been taking place and our boys are getting incredibly creative. The boys have a 10 hour controlled piece of work and they have to be as creative as possible around the set examination theme. It is a high pressured time s 10 hours sounds like a lot but the time flies by. We can't wait to see their finished pieces of work.

Reach for the stars

Our rocket designing team reached the qualifies of the UK Rocket Launching championships and had an amazing day. The boys had to design and build their own rocket and then launch the rocket and ensure the rocket and pay load came down safely. What an amazing event to take part in and well done to Mrs Dent ,

Les Miserables

Congratulations to three of our boys who each made it through the Les Miserables auditions and have secured a part in the actual production. We are thrilled for them all. Two of the boys have chosen to have parts on stage and one in the production team. The musical will be performed at Blakeridge Mills in August 2017,

Treading the boards

Top London theatre director Nick Evans has visited our school this week to find future stars. Nick is holding auditions across West Yorkshire to find stars for his Batley performance of Les Miserables. Nick has been chosen by MP's to stage a Batley production of Les Mis that will be performed in August 2017 at Blakeridge Mills. Les Miserables was Jo Cox's favourite musical and MPs' including own Tracy Brabin are championing this production in memory of Jo  Cox. We are thrilled that

BBC selects Upper Batley High School

Our team of budding journalists have been working hard on their entry to this year's BBC School News Report. As a result of this hard work and dedication they were selected by the BBC to visit the studios in Leeds and appear on the Look North programme with Harry Gration on the red sofa. Our boys were fortunate to receive a full tour of the studios, receive great careers advice from the BBC team, present the weather, meet the lunch and evening team and see the whole behind the scenes production. The boys were able to present the lunchtime edition of Look North themselves and use the cameras etc.

Careers Pathways

In January 2017 we launched our Career Pathways system. This work on careers links to our Going for Gold programme and is the next phase in our learners knowing where they are going in the future and where their education will take them.

Every learner has a Career Pathways guide that they work through with their Form Tutor during our morning ASPIRE time. The idea of this programme is that boys look at possible career routes they may be interested in when they leave school and they research the qualifications they will need to get there.

Fantastic Parents

On behalf of our whole staff team I would like to thank the parents who presented us with a beautiful carving of our school name following your trip overseas. It is an incredibly thoughtful gift and it is greatly appreciated by all of us. We work hard at Upper Batley High School to ensure every single young man in our care receives only the best possible education, care, guidance and support.

UBHS Valentine’s Special

Upper Batley enjoyed a valentine’s treat today with love hearts galore (plus lots of chocolate and pink lemonade). The theme for staff and learners was all based around the famous quote from Confucius “Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”.  We have a fabulous staff team who always go the extra mile for our boys because they love the work they do and they love making a difference in young people’s lives.

Community Coffee Morning

Mrs Dent and her “all-star” pop up café team ran a Community Coffee morning today which welcomed staff, learners and visitors alike. T3 was transformed to a space that Betty’s Café in Harrogate would have envied. Our boys served coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a plethora of cakes and buns. As well as showcasing our boys cooking talents, the purpose of the event was to raise money for the Jo Cox Charity- More In Common and the Ummah Welfare Society. We were thrilled that colleagues from both charities were able to attend.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Visits UBHS

We were thrilled to welcome Marcellus Baz to their school on Tuesday 8th February, 2017. Marcellus was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the year ‘Unsung Hero’ award and he appeared on live television speaking about the power of his motivational work with young people to transform their futures and their life chances.

Marcellus and Nathan, a member of his team from Switch Up, Nottingham, spoke to the boys at Upper Batley about how high aspirations and hard work ensure you reach your goals. Marcellus outlined to boys the power of self-belief and self-motivation.

Oh what a night!

Batley has been taken by storm with our annual Presentation Evening.  This year saw our very own Mr Hazelwood ,resembling James Bond in his suave attire, as Master of Ceremonies. We were visited by the Men in Black and for the first time ever had a performance by the Upper Batley High School choir.

It was a marvellous evening to celebrate high achievement and excellent progress by past and present pupils. Speeches were given by our outgoing Head Boy Mohammed Raja, and our newly elected Head Boy Atyab Ranguni.