We are an aspirational, ambitious and forward thinking learning community dedicated to educational success. We strive for excellence in everything we do and we are committed to securing great futures and the best life chances for every young man in our care. We aim to give our learners who are from various backgrounds the education they deserve to transform their lives.
I am new in post and have had the privilege of leading Upper Batley High School since October 2014. I have a passion for our learners, our staff, our whole school community and our shared success. We are currently in the process of transforming standards in our school, rapidly improving and driving forward. We are highly ambitious about what we can achieve here. We believe in a 'can do' culture and every member of our learning community being the best that they can be.
I have a clear vision for our school and am very privileged to lead a great team of staff to help ensure our vision becomes a reality as we Educate Tomorrow's Successful Men. We develop leadership opportunities at all levels with staff actively contributing their ideas in developing new ways of working to move our school forward. It is a real team effort here at UBHS.
I believe we already deliver a great educational experience for our learners and we have some of the best pastoral care there is in Kirklees if not the country. Our learners come from a local, tight knit community which deserves a school that is outstanding in every way. Our shared goal is to deliver this over the next few years. We are committed to developing skills, independence and resilience in our learners so that they will be successful both academically and personally. Good learners know what to do, when they don't know what to do! As a great man once said; Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.
Make no mistake; there is a journey to travel. We have made significant improvements in the quality of teaching to deliver effective student learning and progress. This together with the overwhelming staff commitment to rapidly move forward with a 'no excuses culture' means we are now in a very strong position now to achieve our ambitions.
We have been awarded 'Top 100 Most Improved Schools in the UK' and in 2015 our GCSE increased significantly to 55% of our learners achieving the highest A*-C grades at GCSE including English and mathematics. The majority of our subjects are above national average for boys and we were one of only 6 schools in Kirklees to exceed their challenging targets set by the council. We made more progress than any other school in Kirklees this year thanks to the hard work of our staff and learners.
Above all, I thoroughly enjoy working with the young men at Upper Batley High School. Creative, lively, energetic and with a lot to say, they inspire me every day. Our learners say they feel safe at our school and they enjoy coming here. Parents are very supportive of our work and would recommend our school to others. We work together to ensure our learners achieve and succeed.
We offer an open invitation to visit our school and see first-hand the passion, dedication, drive and determination our whole school community shares in our pursuit of excellence. Come along to visit and you will both see an ethos of hard work, ambition and high aspiration. You can really feel the Batley Buzz. We look forward to showing you around our school.
Ms Samantha Vickers