Autumn Term Review
12th December 2017
As we approach the end of what has been a very busy term, I wanted to write to you to revisit the achievements of the past few weeks and confirm arrangements for the forthcoming months.
This has been yet another very successful term, following on from our phenomenal results in the summer, which once again placed Baysgarth in the top 10% nationally on the government’s number one headline measure of Progress 8! This continued hard work and commitment from staff and students has cemented our position as the highest performing local school in relation to student progress.
October 2017 saw our Ofsted inspection which concluded that the school ‘has gone from strength to strength’ and is making ‘good progress on the journey to outstanding’. Ofsted confirmed that ‘overall progress was in the top 10% nationally [and] current pupils are making strong progress in all year groups. Inspectors also commented that ‘staff demonstrate a shared commitment to meeting high aspirations ‘ and noted that students had said they are ‘serious about their learning, proud of their new school building and motivated to strive for success’. The full report is available to download from the Ofsted website – www.reports.ofsted.gov.uk.
October also marked the one year anniversary of moving into our new building and saw ‘Our Grand Opening’ event, which welcomed the local community into the school, to take part in lots of exciting activities and showcases. Our excellent educational facilities are complemented by a high quality Sports Village that is enhancing our position at the heart of the community. With an investment into the local community of nearly £1 million, the final phase of the build reached completion, with the official opening of the 3G football pitch which took place on Friday 8th December. Our state of the art facilities are available for local organisations and groups to let – more information can be found on our website!
Alongside this, we recruited 180 students into Year 7 this year, filling our allocation for this cohort, and the fact that Baysgarth will be full for every Year 7 cohort from now on is another sign that the local community has put its faith in us as the best all-round school in the local area.
In September we launched compulsory Period 6 intervention sessions for Year 11 students, to support pupils to achieve the best outcomes next summer. We have also introduced Expert Learner and Enrichment activities for Key Stage 3 students, who have created some fantastic examples of Flipped Learning work this term.
Our ambition for academic excellence is complemented by our strong extracurricular programme and our desire to give students experiences that they would not normally have access to, such as the trip to Mongolia and China that took place this summer. The main purpose of the 21 day expedition was for 14 students to help the orphans and disadvantaged children in the city of Ulaanbaatar. April 2017 saw a group of 15 students visit the Big Apple, for a ‘New York Movie Moments Experience’, where they were asked to re-create cinema history on location in all five boroughs of the city. We also have a ski trip to Italy scheduled for February 2018 half term and many other exciting opportunities throughout the year.
Additionally we are very proud of our fundraising for good causes such as the wonderful efforts that were made for Children in Need last month. Friday 15th December sees another fundraising effort with our Christmas Jumper Day. Students can pay £1.00 to come to school in non-uniform and a Christmas jumper and should they wish to participate in cake sales and other fundraising activities that are taking place during the day, will need a little extra money. The money raised will be shared equally between the ‘Save the Children UK’ charity and a local former Baysgarth pupil. Aaron Winstanley, who left the school in 2004, was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer last year, and family and friends are currently trying to raise £150,000 to fund Immunotherapy treatment. Further details can be found at www.christmasjumperday.org and www.aaronsbattle.com.
Students will also be able to purchase a Christmas lunch along with a festive pudding for £2.40 on the last day of term (drinks are to be purchased separately).
The spring term does not begin with a teacher training day so we expect all students to be on site by 8.25am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. They will begin with tutor time on that day to brief them on what is to come during the spring term and to inform them of some minor timetable changes that reflect our new staff.
We have two new members of teaching staff joining us in January 2018; Miss Dolby in Science and Mr Wilson in the Humanities department. Alongside this, we have recruited to our Governing Body, in Co-Opted Governors, Mike Wedgewood, Helen Harris and Cynthia Edwards, and Parent Governor, Mrs Goulthorpe.
You can keep up to date with everything happening at the school via our website, on our Facebook page or via our mobile app, which you can download for free on the App Store and Google Play!
I want to thank you for the support you have given the school over the last term; working closely together we are making a real difference to the lives of our young people. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our families – take care and have a safe and fantastic break!