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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.

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.

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).

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.

Renaming of the Blenheim Centre

Our Blenheim Centre was officially renamed as the Jo Cox Conference Centre and our whole Upper Batley High School community were thrilled that Jo's family came along to support the event. Jo was an amazing woman, a true inspiration to others and a huge inspiration and friend to many in our school community. Her family have showed such strength of character and such compassion for others over the past 12 months,

UBHS receives an extra special Kirklees invitation

Upper Batley High School Boys were delighted to be invited to the official ceremony for the naming of the new Mayor Of Kirklees. A specially invited group of our boys were invited to attend the service at Huddersfield Town Hall and had front row seats. The boys saw how the Mayor comes into office and the Deputy Mayor and they were delighted to hear their speeches and hear the ambitions our new Mayor and Deputy Mayor have for our area over the next 12 months and for the charities they will support.

World Champion visits UBHS

Our year 7 boys were thrilled to have a visit from the ex World Skateboarding Champion Neil Danns. Growing up, Neil Danns represented his county as a footballer, but it was skateboarding that led to him becoming a top athlete. In a bus station aged 14, Neil heard some music and first witnessed skateboarders in action. He went home, built a skateboard from a plank of wood and his sister’s roller-boots and never looked back.

Neil became a completely self-taught skateboarder. His talent earned him sponsorship from a local shop and an introduction to the English Skateboarding Association.

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.