Upper Batley High School was delighted to welcome footballing legend Gary Neville to their school on Monday 19th September. Gary Neville is one of England’s most decorated players with 85 caps and he was Manchester United’s captain for five years. Gary is well known for his high work rate. Professionalism, determination, team work and consistency and these were the key messages he discussed with boys at Upper Batley High School.
Gary visited the school as part of their high achieving Going for Gold campaign where they stretch and challenge all boys to be the best that they can be and achieve goals in all areas of school life.
Upper Batley High School is a high achieving school for boys in Kirklees and Headteacher Sam Vickers said “We are absolutely thrilled that Gary Neville chose to visit our school this week to support our high achievement initiative. It was a wonderful opportunity for learners (and staff) to meet a football legend and see how successful individual people can be when they work hard to achieve their goals. We were thrilled this summer to achiever a very high Progress 8 (the Government’s new performance measure for secondary schools) and we put this success down to our whole school achievement ethos. Our boys are all given challenging targets and we support them through motivational speakers such as Gary Neville, outstanding teaching on a daily basis and on-going support and guidance. We also throw in a few rewards along the way. Our school’s achievements have been recognised nationally and we have achieved the accolade of being a ‘Beacon of Success’ school in the North of England due to our high achievement. Gary spoke to the boys, answered questions, signed autographs and posed for photographs. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the success of our boys.