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Headteacher's Welcome


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 young men from every background the education they deserve to transform their lives.

I have had the privilege of leading Upper Batley High School since October 2014. I have a passion for my learners, my staff, our whole school community and our shared success. We have transformed standards in our school and we continue to improve rapidly. 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.

In 2017 we have achieved strong results under the new measures (9-1 grading system)and we achieved the PSHCE charter mark for our excellent work in PSHCE (Personal, Social and Health Education),  as well receiving local and national recognition for our work on Careers Education. In 2016 we were afforded the title of a Beacon of Success school for the excellent progress our learners make. We have seen rapid improvements in our GCSE results over the past 3 years achieving Progress 8 above the national average in 2016 and we have been awarded 'Top 100 Most Improved Schools in the UK' for our rapid progress. Many of our departments now achieve way above the national averages.

Above all, I thoroughly enjoy working with the young men at UBHS. Creative, lively, energetic and with a lot to say, they inspire me every day.  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 firsthand 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