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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.

Careers Pathways

In January 2017 we launched our Career Pathways system. This work on careers links to our Going for Gold programme and is the next phase in our learners knowing where they are going in the future and where their education will take them.

Every learner has a Career Pathways guide that they work through with their Form Tutor during our morning ASPIRE time. The idea of this programme is that boys look at possible career routes they may be interested in when they leave school and they research the qualifications they will need to get there.

Fantastic Parents

On behalf of our whole staff team I would like to thank the parents who presented us with a beautiful carving of our school name following your trip overseas. It is an incredibly thoughtful gift and it is greatly appreciated by all of us. 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.

UBHS Valentine’s Special

Upper Batley enjoyed a valentine’s treat today with love hearts galore (plus lots of chocolate and pink lemonade). The theme for staff and learners was all based around the famous quote from Confucius “Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”.  We have a fabulous staff team who always go the extra mile for our boys because they love the work they do and they love making a difference in young people’s lives.

Community Coffee Morning

Mrs Dent and her “all-star” pop up café team ran a Community Coffee morning today which welcomed staff, learners and visitors alike. T3 was transformed to a space that Betty’s Café in Harrogate would have envied. Our boys served coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a plethora of cakes and buns. As well as showcasing our boys cooking talents, the purpose of the event was to raise money for the Jo Cox Charity- More In Common and the Ummah Welfare Society. We were thrilled that colleagues from both charities were able to attend.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Visits UBHS

We were thrilled to welcome Marcellus Baz to their school on Tuesday 8th February, 2017. Marcellus was awarded the BBC Sports Personality of the year ‘Unsung Hero’ award and he appeared on live television speaking about the power of his motivational work with young people to transform their futures and their life chances.

Marcellus and Nathan, a member of his team from Switch Up, Nottingham, spoke to the boys at Upper Batley about how high aspirations and hard work ensure you reach your goals. Marcellus outlined to boys the power of self-belief and self-motivation.

Oh what a night!

Batley has been taken by storm with our annual Presentation Evening.  This year saw our very own Mr Hazelwood ,resembling James Bond in his suave attire, as Master of Ceremonies. We were visited by the Men in Black and for the first time ever had a performance by the Upper Batley High School choir.

It was a marvellous evening to celebrate high achievement and excellent progress by past and present pupils. Speeches were given by our outgoing Head Boy Mohammed Raja, and our newly elected Head Boy Atyab Ranguni.

Upper Batley Bake Off

This week saw our staff and learners getting creative to raise funds for the poppy appeal. Assemblies have taken place all week highlighting the importance of the poppy appeal and why we should always remember those people who lost their lives in past and present conflicts.

Our boys read poems in assembly and organised tributes, our School Council sold poppies and collected donations. On Monday 14th November it was time for our staff to get creative and demonstrate their cookery talents. Watch out the Great British Bake Off as Upper Batley High School could have a few entrants. Thanks to all of you who donates to support our appeal.

Restart the Heart

Our year 7 learners had a fantastic day learning all about life saving first aid techniques. Our very own highly qualified Mrs Farrar, Mr Farrar and Ms Shillito, all worked with our boys to teach them how to treat someone in a potentially life threatening situation. The boys learned all about CPR and practiced their skills on human dummies. This activity was organised by the  British Heart Foundation and the St John's Ambulance staff were amazing.

One boy said "I thoroughly enjoyed today and learned a lot. I feel much more confident now in terms of what to do in an emergency

Record Breakers

I am delighted to announce that this year we have a record number of year 6 learners wishing to join our school community in September 2017. Parents had to select a school for their son by 31st October and we are thrilled to announce that we have over 100 first choices this year.

We look forward to welcoming all of those boys into our school community next year. Those parents have all done their research and know we are the school of choice for high achieving boys in Kirklees.

We achieved excellent GCSE results again in 2016 with fantastic progress results. We are a nurturing school where young men receives only the very best care, guidance and support as well as nothing but the highest quality teaching.

Opportunity to visit our amazing school

Thank you to all parents/ carers and young men who have visited our school over the past month during our Open Evening events. We have seen a record number of visitors and parents have had the chance to visit our wonderful school and see our excellent facilities.

Families have been able to take part in science experiments; observe design technology practicals; try out Futsal and have a go on a trampoline; draw & paint, visit the Forest School and the Barnyard and much more.

Students visit Old Trafford

On Thursday 29th September a group of learners and staff visited Old Trafford to see the Manchester United game. This was an amazing learning experience for our boys, despite the late night. Well done to Mr Cutler for organising this activity. Two coach loads of excited learners (and staff) departed from school at 4.30pm and a great night was had by all. Gary Neville visited our school recently and it was super for the boys to see the very pitch he played on for all those years that he was Manchester United captain. Gary talked about hard work, effective team work and determination to achieve your goals.

Gary Neville at UBHS

This week we were delighted to welcome Gary Neville, one of England’s most decorated players, to our school. Gary is a hugely successful footballer with 85 caps playing for England 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 our school as part of our high achieving Going for Gold campaign where we stretch and challenge all boys to be the best that they can be and achieve their goals in all areas of school life.

Welcome Back

Welcome back for a new and exciting term at Upper Batley High School. Our excellent GCSE results prove we really are the school of choice for high achieving boys in Kirklees. Our excellent progress results also prove that despite the governments disappointing announcements about grammar schools this week, non-selective schools can and do provide a very high qualityeducation for young people with many of our boys achieving the top grades of A*/A at GCSE. As well as high academic

GCSE Results 2016

Upper Batley High School has yet again achieved record GCSE results in 2016.  This summer sees the start of the government’s new Progress 8 measures and our school has achieved excellent results (0.31) showing exactly how much value we add to a child’s education by them choosing to study here with us. In sending your son to study at Upper Batley High School he will achieve at least one third of a GCSE grade higher than if he had attended another similar school. This endorses the fact that our school is the school of choice for high achieving boys.