An all star guest list was seen today in school for our Interact group Charter Ceremony with the Rotary Club. This auspicious occasion saw members of the Rotary Club attend school to present our students with a lectern, gavel and block and their membership badges. In attendance at the event was also the Mayor of Kirklees, our local MP Jo Cox, Upper Batley High School governors and parents.
Our presentation evening this year was a roaring success with more guests than we have ever known- the school hall was absolutely jam packed full. We are thrilled that so many members of staff, friends of Upper Batley, Governors, parents and most importantly students (past and present) came along to celebrate the achievements of our amazing young men.
Oh What a night! Upper Batley High School learners have been awarded a magnificent award this week for the "School making the greatest contribution to enterprise education." We were the only high school in Kirklees to be nominated for this prestigious award and are delighted to be announced as the winners in 2015. Four of our students and three members of staff (I was very fortunate to be one of these ) were invited to an award dinner in Huddersfield and our students were presentedthis award by the Mayor.
Two members of our staff team and four students have spent the last 4 years raising money and collecting useful items to take to India. This trip has been a joint collaboration between our school and Batley Girls High School and it is a wonderful learning activity and a tremendous cultural experience. The students travel to India to work in a hearing impaired school where they
Wear something yellow for Children In Need has been a great fundraising activity in school. Students were tasked with being as creative as they could be to raise money for this superb charity. Our prefects organised the day with a huge array of stalls ranging from 'guess the number of sweets in the jar ' to a penalty shoot out, to sponge the teacher! Mr Farrar and Mr Cutler
Thank you to all of the parents, governors, staff and learners who supported our Macmillan coffee morning. A great time was had by all- eating cake, sipping coffee, tasting tea and devouring doughnuts. We managed to raise over £700 for Macmillan and our School Council are continuing to support this hugely worthwhile cause throughout the year.
On Friday 25th September we will be hosting an Open Morning as part of our Macmillan coffee morning. Our learners will be busy baking this week and the boys are organising our biggest coffee morning yet in order to raise money for cancer care. We hope you will all join us and bring along a cake, come for a coffee and make a donation to an incredibly worthwhile cause. Cancer has touched many of the families in our learning community and the Macmillan care is superb. We hope you will support this key event in school by coming along.
Thanks to all of the parents who came along to visit our school during Open Evening. Prospective parents were able to see our superb facilities, take part in exciting learning activities in every department area, try out the lunches and witness those big bangs in science!
Our school has a whole new look, new uniform and new image and was entirely repainted over the summer holidays with new computers installed. It is an exciting time to join our school and following our fantastic GCSE results in 2016 we really are the School of Choice for High Achieving Boys.
Welcome back to all our Year 8-11 learners and their families and a very warm welcome to all our new year 7 boys and their families. You have joined our school at a very exciting time as we have undergone a huge student leadership project where our boys have redesigned our school. Students at Upper Batley High School are incredibly talented and creative and they have renamed our school so everyone knows exactly where we are and what we offer. They've redesigned our prospectus and school magazine and have designed our superb new uniform and stylish PE kit. We are keen that all students make important decisions about how our school works.
This week our learners have been mixing with the stars when X factor contestant Danny Dearden came into school. Danny spoke to the boys about cyberbullying and how to stay safe online. Our learners were given the opportunity to ask him questions, hear him sing and they found out how to show respect to themselves and others by staying safe online.
We have also received a wonderful letter from Jo Cox MP this week praising the hard work and high standards in our school.
HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspectors) visited our school and said we are making rapid progress The HMI Inspector said he feels the school has moved forward significantly since the inspection in October under the direction of the new Headteacher.
Comments in the HMI report include how leadership in our school has improved since the appointment of the new Headteacher in October ‘The headteacher has a very clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the college and has put in place plans to address the areas for improvement.’
I am really proud to announce to all of our parents that Batley Business & Enterprise College is now in the Top 50% of schools in the UK for Pupil Progress following our results in summer 2014.
In 2013 we were in the Top 100 Most Improved Schools in the UK and now in 2014 we are in the Top 50% of schools in the UK. I can't wait to see what 2015 brings as we continue to go from strength to strength. We really are the best schools for boys in Batley.
I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended our presentation evening on Thursday. We had a record turnout from students, parents and friends of BBEC and the school hall was absolutely packed! You could really feel the BBEC Buzz.
It was wonderful to see the students who left us last year. They were so smart and we were really proud to present their certificates and celebrate their achievements with them. Well done boys and do keep in touch with us. We love to hear how your careers progress. Good luck to all of you.
Eid Mubarak to all our families celebrating Eid this weekend we hope you have a wonderful time. We have another wonderful week in school with many great things to celebrate. Our students are all smart and well equipped, they are working hard in their lessons and really 'Going for Gold' with our new target setting setting system. Keep up the great work boys!
We have had several visitors in school this week and they have all praised how calm and purposeful our school is, how great the lessons are and how friendly, polite and respectful our students are. I always feel immensely proud to be able to show people round our great school so that they can feel the BBEC buzz for themselves.
I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all of our Year 11 students who this week have been delivering their speeches to staff and students about why they believe they should be Head Boy at BBEC. The students prepared well and were outstanding in their delivery. They talked about learning and progress and how they could help younger students to fulfil their potential. The boys also offered a wide range of extracurricular activities such as sports clubs and activities, homework clubs, someone to talk to if you ever need a friend and much, much more. We can’t wait until the official vote on Monday! Watch this space for further details.