Spring 2016

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Autumn 2015

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Winter Fair – Thursday 3rd December 2015

Date for your diary!!!!


Kindness Day

Thursday 26th November was Kindness Day at Beechcliffe School.  Following up this week’s thought ‘What is kindness?’, everyone devoted that little bit of extra effort to show consideration and to help others.  Najm Khalid led the day and prepared a range of suitable PSHE related activities suitable for all classes. “Kindness is free, let’s pass it on.”

Rock Night

Wednesday 25th November was the evening of our third Rock Night rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza.  Thanks to Gail Rushton and her road crew for organising another fun event to add to the Beechcliffe social calendar.  The event raised a staggering £380.30 which will go to upgrade some of our sound equipment.  More than twenty pupils performed and it was rockin’.

Anti-bullying week

Anti-bullying week took place from 16th to 20th November with class based and whole school activities organised by Amy Waddington.  The week finished with a celebration assembly in which our six Beechcliffe Buddies were named.  These anti-bullying mentors serve to provide a pupil contact available to every other child in school so that any pupil who might feel unhappy but not want to speak to a member of staff can instead approach a friendly fellow student who knows how to support them appropriately.

Pink Day on 20th October

Our new teacher Simon Jones and his class organised a fund-raising day on Tuesday 20th October for Wear It Pink breast cancer charities. Pupils and staff wore pink clothes, ate pink buns and consumed pink drinks.  The day finished with a celebration assembly and we are pleased to announce that £136.21 was raised for the fight against breast cancer.

Skills Yorkshire Careers Fair

Sad to say it’s been a while since the Glory Days drew people from far and wide to visit Elland Road the home of Leeds United. But the annual Skills Yorkshire Careers Fair held on 14th October attended by Post 16 pupils from Beechcliffe was an opportunity to look at the wider picture of opportunities for young people and school leavers.  With display stands from  colleges near and far there was lots of information to gather plus the excitement of the presentation stands from the various Armed Forces.  Held in one of the busy hospitality suites at the football ground this made for an interesting trip and was an opportunity for pupils to operate in the hustle and bustle of a large public event.  Needless to say our pupils coped admirably and as always behaved immaculately.

Ladylike Fashion – Ladies Fashion & Pamper Night

Wednesday 7th October show starts 7.00pm (doors open 6.30pm)

Help raise funds for the school in a fun and relaxing way.  Pamper yourself and browse the stalls. Quality on-trend ladies-wear & accessories to compliment your wardrobe. Come along, bring a friend, relax and be pampered.  Tickets £1.

FAB Birthday Party

Thursday 1st October 2015  was the 1st birthday celebration of Friends at Beechcliffe which is our parents and friends organisations which has done some incredible work in its first year to raise fund for school and to promote fun social opportunities for pupils, families and others linked to the school.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Hip Hip Hooray!

McMillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 25th September Beechcliffe School joined in with the huge fundraising effort that is the McMillan Coffee Morning.  Pupils baked buns, biscuits and cakes and help organise and ‘serve on’ on the day – this in itself is a great opportunity to develop all kinds of skills.  Plus we raised £178.19 for a great charity.

Summer 2015

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Teaching Assistant Vacancies

Closing Date:  Thursday 17th September 2015.  Interviews:   Friday 25th September 2015

Job Application Form

Beechcliffe SNTA JD sept 15

Additional Information forSNTA Applicants Sept 2015 – Copy


Summer Fair – Friday 3rd July 09.30-11.30


Super Cars and Super Heroes – Sat. 20th June 11.00am – 4.00pm


Life Education Bus

On 7th and 8th May the Life Education bus will be visiting our school.  The bus will park up at school and will be visited by groups of children from each class over two days as part of their PSHE and RSE programmes.  Beechcliffe School and Life Education are working together to help children make healthier choices in life.

Spring 2015

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The Sultans of Swing

Friday 20th March 2015

Doors Open 19.15 – Show starts at 20.00

Live 20 piece BIG BAND, supper & raffle

Tickets £10 from Beechcliffe School (01535. 603041) or Julian (07720 389480)

All proceeds to Beechcliffe School adapted mini-bus appeal.

We have started the new term with events happening right from the word go.  Thursday 8th January 2015 saw our first Friends at Beechcliffe (FAB) coffee morning and this Thursday 15th January we are holding a Grandparents’ Day.  Grans and Grandpas are invited to come to school and spend either the morning or the afternoon in class and then also enjoy a buffet lunch while you are here.  Anyone interested please contact Lesley Fahy via the school office.


Autumn Term 2014

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Christmas Show 2014

As is now our tradition we ended the year with our Christmas Show.  We put on three performances, one for other schools and two for parents and families.  Each class contributed a musical performance either on their own or combined with another class.  Every single pupil was involved in some capacity with most pupils performing on stage.  As always the show was very warmly received by our audiences.

Christmas is coming.

Our thanks to Stephen H. Smith’s Garden Centre for supporting us with the donation of a lovely Christmas tree.


FAB up and running!


Friends at Beechcliffe was formally established this term as a ‘Friends Association’ by parents and staff at Beechcliffe School.

The purpose of the group is to raise funds for activities including holiday  and out of school clubs, and equipment/resources for pupils at the school.

We will soon apply for charitable status, which will bring many benefits including gift aid, donations through company matched schemes, being able to apply to certain trusts who only give grants to registered charities.

All parents, carers, guardians, and staff automatically become a member of FAB and we’d love you to get involved in any way you can.  You can help by:

- Attending one of our regular meetings to help plan and organise events or sharing your fund raising ideas

- Helping out at a fundraising event, running a stall, tidying up, setting up, publicity etc

Holding a sponsored event, donating goods for fairs, raffle prizes, collecting supermarket vouchers etc

Winter Fair 2014

Thursday 4th December at 1o.ooam is the date and time of this year’s Winter Fair which will be taking place in school – all are welcome.  Pupils, staff, parents and governors are already hard at work gathering bric-a-brac , baking cakes, making cards and all kinds of other preparations ahead of this event.  Beechcliffe’s new parent organisation ‘FAB’ – Friends at Beechcliffe are taking a lead in order to make this another special event.  Please come and support us in the run up to Christmas.  Contributions for any of our stalls are very welcome – please contact the school office.

For those about to rock we salute you!

On the evening of Weds 19th November Gail Rushton (teaching assistant & governor) organised a two hour rock fest at Beechcliffe School.  She was joined by pupils, their parents, other governors and friends generally to perform, live, their favourite rock and pop classics.  Our pupils have some fabulous musical talent and this evening, along with our other shows gives the pupils chance to perform, showcase their talent and build their confidence and self-esteem on stage.  Added to this everyone had a great time and a big raffle plus donations raised another considerable sum of cash for the school.  For those of you who rocked, we salute you.

Dashing Karen.

Staff member Karen Town is running the Abbey Dash 10K run in Leeds on Sunday 16th November and is being sponsored for school funds.  Doing the Abbey Dash is not a ‘flash in the pan’ where Karen is concerned because she has been training hard for several months building up her mileage pounding the streets in training.  Once again donations in support of Karen’s run are very welcome.  (Karen successfully completed the Abbey Dash in spite of not being too well on the big day.  Our thanks to her for the effort she has made to raise funds for our school).

Intrepid Mo Bros and Mo Sistas stride forth!

As Movember approaches Beechcliffe staff are cultivating thoughts of what style of moustache they will grow throughout the next month in support of awareness and fund-raising for men’s health issues.  Mick Hey as well as planning his top lip odyssey, has also arranged a sponsored walk for Saturday 15th Movember following an arduous 8 mile circular route around Sutton-in-Craven with a carefully selected finishing point at an establishment that will be able to provide nourishment for the weary walkers whose moustaches may be starting to droop.  Funds raised will be split between school and the Movember charity so please contact school if you wish to either join the hike or contribute to the fund-raising.  (Mick and his band of Bros and Sistas completed their hike despite some lousy weather.  Hill fog and rain on the day meant we were lucky none of them got lost up on the wild and windy moors.  Once again we appreciate our staff giving up their time for the combined benefit of the school and other good causes).

Tickled Pink!

The colour pink has a lot of significance in school but never more than this week.  Many of our pupils are used to having their work marked with comments written in pink ink which are used to identify things they need to do to make their work even better – Think Pink! Pupils also know that work marked with green ink highlights aspects of their work that they have done particularly well – Green is Good!  However today, 23rd October on the last day before half-term, all our thoughts are on Pink Day as we dress up (in pink) and raise funds for Breast Cancer.  A full day of exciting events are planned with a celebration assembly at the end of the day.  As always Beechcliffe pupils will be ultra-enthusiastic in their efforts to raise money for charity and it is fantastic how they are all so good at thinking of others.

Transition Evening 22nd October 2014.

On the evening of the 22nd October we held a Transition event alongside our autumn Parents’ Consultation Evening.  So, as well as being able to meet the teachers, mums, dads and carers were also able to meet a wide selection of the providers who work with our older pupils when they leave school.  On the night we had Bradford Careers, Bradford College, Craven College, HFT, Home from Home Care, Keighley & Craven People First, Leeds City College (Keighley), Northcliffe Environmental Enterprises Team (NEET), Shipley College, Waddiloves Healthcare and the Transition Social Workers from the Community Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities (CTLD).  Hopefully this allowed some useful discussions and information gathering to take place.

Eden Camp visit.

“It’s a long way to Eden Camp, it’s a long way to go.” This is what our Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils sang on the coach during their long journey to Eden Camp military museum near Pickering on their recent visit.  The visit was made in support of their work on World War II. It was well worth it though as the pupils got to see an iconic Spitfire as well as tanks, and trenches and air-raid shelters and such a lot of exciting stuff.  It was a super-effective way of learning about history and the whole day out was a memorable experience for staff and pupils.

Michelle Nichols writes:

“On Thursday the 16th of October 4 KS3/4 classes visited Eden Camp near Pickering. The visit was made to support pupil’s history work relating to World War II. After a long and noisy 2 hour drive the pupils arrived in time for lunch in the mess hut. The grated cheese sandwiches certainly made a mess!!!!

By far, the Blitz hut was the favourite, when inside the hut pupils got to experience a bombing raid on London at night.  It was very dark and the noise of the drones and bombs gave pupils the opportunity to discover what life was really like for children in World War II.  Some pupils visited this hut several times throughout the day.  Pupils also had the chance to go inside an Anderson shelter, into a German submarine, in the gun turret of a plane during a bombing raid and also into the trenches of World War 1.

Throughout the day the pupil’s behaviour was brilliant and all were a credit to the school and their parents.

Although it was a very long day pupil’s enjoyed all aspects of it and talked enthusiastically about the experience upon their return to school.

The return journey was a quiet one with many pupils (and a couple of staff) sleeping. The ones who were not sleeping were making very good use of Hannah’s supply of plastic bags!!!!”Eden Camp 2

Skills Yorkshire – the biggest skills event in the region.

On 15th October a group of Post 16 students visited Elland Road, Leeds for Skills Yorkshire which is the biggest skills and careers event in Yorkshire and Humberside.  The event provided lots of opportunities to try interactive activities and gather information from companies, industries, training and educational organisations. The day provided a very useful insight into the World of Work as well as being a source of information about some opportunities available to our students.  It was also attended by a vast number of young people from all sorts of schools and this made the day a valuable social experience too.

Parents’ Consultation & Transition Evening.

Wednesday 22nd October from 3.30 to 7.00 is the first of our Consultation Evenings for parents.  Letters will be sent home soon for you to book appointments with your child’s teacher to discuss how they have settled in at the start of the new school year.  As we have done for several years now we are also making this evening a Transition event at which parents can gather information and meet staff from providers and colleges who cater for our pupils once they leave Beechcliffe School.  The ‘exhibitors’ at this evening will be up and down our corridors outside the classrooms so that you can access them either before or after your appointments with the teachers.

Welcome back!

Welcome back to the new school year and in particular we welcome all our new pupils and their parents and carers.  We are also pleased to have Louise Marsh join our teaching staff and she will be working in Post 16.  We are looking forward to a year filled with exciting times for our pupils and regular events and opportunities for families to join us in school.  We have scheduled regular Coffee Mornings throughout the year and our first Parents’ Consultation and Transition Evening is on Wednesday 22nd October.  This event will be attended by colleges, service and support providers, careers, health and Social Services – all of whom may be involved in planning for pupils who will be leaving school this year.

Summer Term 2014

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Investors in Pupils

After much hard work from staff and pupils but in particular Margaret Allwood and Brian Milner (Governor) Beechcliffe School has been re-accredited as an Investors in Pupils (IiP) school.  Our delight at this accolade is summed up in a statement from the IiP inspector who said, “This is a school that clearly demonstrates a determination to change lives in a positive way.”

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Spring Term 2014

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Perfectly Purple

Pupils and staff welcomed a number of parents to the café which was busy from start to finish.  During the day pupils took part in cake decorating, t-shirt designing and a very competitive “Word Search” (hunting for words around the school).  A huge purple cake was kindly baked by our resident cake baker Patricia McGinn which was raffled.  Ahasmeer Iqbal was the lucky winner and took the cake home to share with his family.  We raised a staggering £374.01 on Purple Day which is going to Epilepsy Action.

The Colour Purple!

On Wednesday 26th March, Beechcliffe School is taking part in ‘Purple Day’ which is a worldwide event designed to raise awareness of epilepsy.  We aim to raise money to support Epilepsy Action, a national organisation based locally.  Purple Day will consist of a variety of purple themed activities throughout the school day, as well as a cafe which will run throughout the morning.  We invite you to join us for the case any time between 9:30 and 11:45am.


Please help make the day exciting by helping the pupils to wear something purple, dress up in a purple outfit or accessorize with purple items.  There will be a prize for the best dressed pupil.  We are asking for a £1 donation to help us raise some money for this cause.  If you would like to send an additional voluntary contribution, for the pupils to spend at the cafe that would also be greatly appreciated.  We would also appreciate any cakes or biscuits you would like to send in to help stock the cafe!

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!!!!!

Parents’ Support Group developments

On Thursday 6th March at our next monthly Coffee Morning (10.00-11.30), the new Parents’ Transition Support Group is to meet again.  The group met for the first time recently following an initial suggestion from Mrs. Denise Christy.  Denise asked school to look into providing an opportunity whereby parents could meet regularly to offer mutual support and share information.  The first meeting was very positive with a group of parents of both current and former pupils meeting to share their own experiences and to hear some useful information from Carole Beardmore of the SNOOP organisation.  Carole will be present at the next meeting when the anticipated discussion will be around managing Personalised Budgets and help will be provided in completing the relevant assessment forms.  There are also plans to organise future visits to local providers of activities for school leavers. This new group is open to all parents and there is an open invitation for you to come meet other parents in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere on March 6th.

I hope you will be able to join us.

Transition Coffee Morning 6th February 10.00am

Parents and carers are invited to attend our coffee morning this month with the plan being that parents of pupils who left Beechcliffe School last year can come too and meet with the parents of pupils who will be leaving perhaps this summer or the one after that.  We hope this will give you an opportunity to talk and share your experiences to help each other through the Transition process.  Also attending this month we have another parent and a worker attending from the Autism Support Group to talk about their work and Carol Beardmore from SNOOP who has information on the Transition process.  As always the Coffee Morning will involve Post 16 pupils in the planning, preparation and delivery of the event as part of their life skills programme.  Also we hope to provide a congenial atmosphere with some lovely cakes and buns!

Autumn Term 2013

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Reminder - 

School re-opens after the holiday on Monday 6th January 2014.

Happy New Year!


Watch out for the ‘baldy man’

James Moorhouse, who only last month was one of the intrepid Mo Bros (see Movember 2013 article) has now offered to perform yet another charity stunt.  On Friday 20th December during assembly on the final afternoon of the term, James will have his head shaved completely baldy by whoever is the highest bidder.  This is bound to fill everyone with merriment as they prepare to ‘hare off’ for their Christmas holiday and the money raised will be split between Cancer Research UK and our own minibus fund.

Christmas Show

As in previous years we are putting on a Christmas performance.  This year our show is called A Christmas Carol with a Twist.  We will be doing three performances which we hope you will be able to attend.










Tuesday 17th December at 10.15am for pupils from schools

Wednesday 18th December at 1.15pm for parents and carers

Thursday 19th December at 10.15am for parents and carers

Christmas lunch and raffle draw

On Friday 13th December the pupils and class teachers and assistants sat down to Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings served by Mrs. Pearson and other staff who are not class based.  The whole school were seated and eating all together on class tables with everyone sharing and being sociable together.  Afterwards the pupils worked off their Christmas pudding with a brief disco while all the tables were cleared away.  This was followed by our weekly assembly in which the BIG CHOCOLATE RAFFLE DRAW was made – the winning ticket belonging to Usmaan Hussain in Year 14.

Christmas Fair a huge success

The Christmas Fair on Thursday 12th December was possibly our most successful yet.  Each class planned and organised a stall so everyone was involved plus Governors and other friends of our school also had stalls too.   There was a café and games like Splat the Rat and Hoopla.  The whole event was organised to help raise funds for school and in particular as we start to save up for when we need a new minibus.

Investors in Pupils

Beechcliffe School is currently working towards obtaining an Investors in Pupils Award.


Investors in Pupils is an accreditation that can empower all pupils, increase motivation and contribute to raising achievement throughout our whole school.

At Beechcliffe School we value all of our pupils and strive to make school life as enjoyable and meaningful as we can.  Beechcliffe School is dedicated to this ethos and staff, caterers (kitchen staff), governors and AMEY staff are involved in ensuring this concept is maintained and adhered to.

Each class in school has regular targets, an Investors in Pupils board and a welcome booklet for new pupils and visitors.  Targets for individuals and class are set by the pupils and can cover a variety of concepts; learning, behaviour, attendance or classroom management.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Anti-bullying week 18-22 November

Beechcliffe School are embracing Anti-Bullying Week with a range of activities led by Amy Waddington and her class.  The theme of the week is ‘The Future is Ours – Safe, Fun and Connected’ with an emphasis on cyber-bullying.  Activities will include making Bully Shields in Key Stage 3, doing a rap or song in Key Stage 4 and making computerised posters in Post 16.  There will be a opportunity to ‘Talk to Pod’ on a Big Brother style video diary for pupils to share their anti-bullying ideas with friends and the whole week will end with an anti-bullying assembly on Friday.

Movember 2013

Beechcliffe’s more hirsute staff members are doing Movember again this year in support of mens’ health – knowledge is power, prevention is everything, early detection is key.  Following a very strict set of ‘tache’ growing guidelines they are growing moustaches.  Male staff and pupils taking part are called Mo Bros and female supporters are called Mo Sistas.  There is a charity collection box in reception and there will be fund raising activities in school towards the end of the month.


‘Transition’ is the term used in school when referring to planning and working towards what pupils will go on to do when they leave school.  Transition is rightly viewed as a really important consideration of our older Post 16 pupils.  This half term we have had lots of Transition activities taking place in school. 

Firstly Marcia Campbell has produced a comprehensive Transitions display in our largest meeting room where many of our Annual Reviews take place.  The display which includes photos of key individuals and support workers is intended to be a useful reference during discussions about Transition to identify the best options available to our school leavers.

On Tuesday 8th October Catherine Halliwell and Janet Knowles from Bradford’s Education, Employment and Enterprise came to speak to Post 16 about employment, interviews, health and safety and work experience.  Catherine and Janet provided a great afternoon session full really interesting activities.

On Friday 11th October we hosted a Post 16 Ready to Work day.  All the Post 16 pupils took turns in 6 different work based activities that included plastering, plumbing, electrical, joinery, baking and a craft project.  Everyone had a really engaging morning with lots of ‘hands on’ experiences for all the pupils.  Our special thanks must go to Tony Thompson and his team from In-Communities for the building trade activities and to Mike Armstrong from Sainsbury’s bakery, to Hannah Chesterman who is an art lecturer from Craven College and to Cameron Dale from the Education, Employment and Enterprise team.

Then on Monday 17th October a large group of Post 16 students visited the Skills Yorkshire and Humberside regional careers event held at Leeds United Football Club.  This event was packed with colleges, employers and providers who all had exciting activities on offer for the delegates such as reading the weather live on TV, riding a mechanical racehorse and sparring in a boxing ring.  The pupils had a great day and were left buzzing with ideas about the things they might do at college when the day for their Transition comes around.  Added to the excitement was a quick stroll around the stadium, a look in the football club shop and finally a team photo in front of the Billy Bremner statue.

Wow! What a jam packed week – see the photos soon to be added to the site.

But don’t think that that’s the end of it!  On Wednesday 6th November between 3.30-7.00pm we are holding a Transitions Event in conjunction with our Parents’ Consultation Evening.  Fitted around your appointments with the teachers you will be able to meet representatives from many of the colleges, providers and others involved in the Transition process for our school.  We think it is really useful for you to meet these people and to understand the Transition process even if you are not necessarily leaving at the end of this year.  We hope you will join us. 

Coffee cup full to the brim with donations for McMillan

Almost a week ago we held our first coffee morning of the new academic year raising funds for McMillan Cancer Support.  Our “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” raised a superb £183.27 which will help McMillan Cancer in providing practical, medical and financial support for people affected by cancer.  Classes baked a wide range of cakes and Marcia’s vocational group worked incredibly well in the café.

We would like to thank all family, friends, carers and all other visitors who attended the morning.  We really appreciated all the support and we hope you can attend our next coffee morning on Thursday 7th November at 10am.

Clean Car Crew!


Beechcliffe’s very own car washers took to the car park today with one job in mind; to make the staff’s cars GLEAM!  Students from Marcia’s class grabbed their buckets of soapy water & sponges and spent the morning cleaning cars until they looked as good as new.  The Clean Car Crew are hoping to raise enough money to pay for an afternoon of ten-pin bowling.  Best of luck everyone!

Phoenix and Friends visit Beechcliffe


A Birds of Prey display swooped into Beechcliffe School yesterday afternoon and a fantastic time was had by everyone who attended.  Phoenix the Falcon, Bobby the Kestrel and Sable the Black Barn Owl, to name a few, all came to visit with Jean-Pierre from Whizoo Birds of Prey.  Phoenix was arguably the star of the show after gliding above the audience high in the sky, going as far as Cliffe Castle, before returning to the amazed crowd in the school car park.  All the children were incredibly well behaved and you could tell they enjoyed stroking and holding their feathered friends as their faces truly lit up.

Warm Welcome


Welcome to all our new pupils and their families and carers.  Also welcome back to all our existing pupils.

Being the start of term we have other new faces too.  Jason Watkins has joined us and will teach in Post 16.  Also we have James Moorhouse who will be working in the school office.



Summer Term

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Term dates for September!!

We do hope you have a great summer holiday after we break up on Wednesday 24th July.  Looking ahead, the new school year starts for pupils on Thursday 5th September 2013.  For staff only, Wednesday 4th September 2013 is a training day. (The full term dates for 2013-14 are available on the Parents Info Base part of this website).

Leavers 2013

As always happens at this time of year we have the sad job of  saying goodbye to our leavers.  This year we have a ‘bumper crop’ with so many pupils leaving.  To Hussain Ali, Mamoon Ali, Benjamin Ashton, Robert Bartusiack, Danielle Booth, Jade Bradbury, Emma Brooksbank, Jack Chilton, David Costello, Suzi Firth, Charlotte Harris, Usman Hussain, John Hutchinson, Robert Sime, Ethan Starkey, Suzanna Tica and Jacob Wilkinson we wish you all the best and a happy future.

From the staff we are also saying goodbye to Julia Whatford, Freddy Bolt and Laura McGee who move on to other things and to Ken Chatwin who has retired.

Beechcliffe’s got Talent!

This was proven at our two recent summer performances which went down a storm with audiences made up of parents, carers, family members and other friends of the school.  This year’s summer show was a medley of dance and song that allowed pupils from all classes to grab some limelight.  Performances included a guitar band, a drum based rhythm band,  a musical montage through the decades of pop music, a ‘Whale Wash’ with superb costumes, a sixties hippy tribute with Makaton signing, the intricate manoeuvres of wheelchair dancing and by the time the encore was complete we had had more than one rendition of Agadoo.  As always when we put on these shows, huge credit was deserved by more than just the performers as sound, lighting, costumes and stage hands all played their part in creating the spectacle.

Beechcliffe School Prom

Wednesday 16th June was the night of the Prom.  This year’s theme was the Oscars with guests receiving the red carpet treatment, with a vintage car, paparazzi and media interviews. The event was all glitz and glamour with fun and food and dancing all on a beautiful summer evening.

Sports Day

The whole school recently took part in a Summer Sports Day which was organised by our own Post 16 Sports Leaders Group.  The Sports Leaders who have been studying a Level 1 and 2 programme delivered by Bradford Disability Sports & Leisure planned, organised and delivered a range of different challenges for all the other pupils in school. The sports events included javelin, curling, agility events, football skills and cricket.  Well done to all who took part and to the Leaders who put their newly acquired skills to good use.


The school cricket team recently played in the Yorkshire finals of a disability cricket competition.  The team had already won through the Bradford and West Yorkshire round of the competition to qualify for the finals and so found themselves faced with only the best six teams in the region as their opposition.  Losing only one of their games on the day and that only by the narrowest margins, the team just missed out on the final but won their play-off game to finish third overall.  This was a fantastic performance for Mr. Morgan’s team.

Giant Fruit

As part of Keighley Festival, Beechcliffe students were asked to contribute to the art exhibition.  Each class made a piece of giant fruit and these were admired greatly when on display at East Riddleston Hall. Naj and Margaret’s groups got to visit on the day. The fruits are now back on display at school.

Out and About

The school is definitely making the most of the warmer weather

Class 3 visited Salts Mill

Marcia took her group into Saltaire to visit the Mill to see examples of David Hockney’s art which  links with their pop art topic. The students appeared to enjoy the art as well as having their picnic lunch in Roberts Park.

Class 4 visited Hart Animal Sanctuary

The class had a marvellous day and had the opportunity to meet a range of animals including mini donkeys, chickens alpacas, dogs and goats. They were able to touch and interact with the animals ensuring everyone was able to enjoy the experience.

Rotary Club Trip to Lightwater Valley

This annual trip for Key Stage 3 students was on the 12th June. All the students were very excited and were allowed to visit the rides of their choice. Which entailed some of the staff having to be particularly brave. Another  big thanks to the Rotary Club.

Class 6 trip to Billy Bobs Ice cream parlour.

A great day were everyone enjoyed sampling the milkshakes and ice cream as well as playing in the hay barn.

Ofsted 8-9 May 2013

The report from our recent Ofsted is now published.  “This is a good school.”  “The behaviour and safety of pupils are outstanding.” Other key findings are listed on our Ofsted page.  Mrs. Pearson is delighted by the report and is full of praise for the pupils, teachers, governors and all the other staff for their immense contribution to the school’s success.

Class 2 Visits

Class 2 went to Skipton Castle on Thursday 16th May to view a castle after watching the story of Robin Hood in literacy lessons (traditional tales). We enjoyed looking around the different rooms which were to be found a castle, including the dungeon.  The class saw the very small slits (windows) through which we had seen arrows fired at the enemy in Robin Hood.  The students also saw the massive fire places where food would have been cooked for the large banquets in the great hall.  I have to say that the toilet was probably the favourite with all – the fact the contents merely went outside down the castle walls into the ‘moat’.  A very enjoyable trip.

We also visited Tropical World a couple of weeks ago – linked to our work on habitats. This was a very popular visit enjoyed so much that that the pupils wanted to retrace their steps at the end instead of merely leaving. They took many pictures of the different creatures and noted the different types of environments they were found in.   Mrs. Dixon 20th May 2013

Musical Performance

On Wednesday 15th May, Beechcliffe pupils were invited to take part in a YAMSEN music makers class as part of Wharfedale festival of performing arts!  This took place at Riddings Hall in Ilkley, where a group of 9 Beechcliffe pupils, performed the song ‘Hey Ho’ by ’The Lumineers’, in front of an audience.  We received a certificate for our participation and the judges said that they were ‘impressed by our use of percussion’ and that we have ‘strong vocals’ – Success!  A good time was had by all and we particularly enjoyed watching the other schools  performances.   Becky Williams 15th May 2013

NEWS: OFSTED are at Beechcliffe School Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th May 2013

Cross Country

On the 1st May twenty four of our students took part in a cross country running meeting at the Marley Athletics Grounds.  The sun shone and all involved took part enthusiastically in races against students from Southfield and Hazelbeck Schools.

Medal Winners

Medal Winners

University Link

Pupils have had some extra help with their PE lessons during the spring term.  Three teams of students from Leeds Metropolitan University ‘Carnegie’ have visited school to deliver sessions as part of our PE programme.  This initiative has provided some great lessons for our pupils and also a valuable opportunity for our teachers to share teaching ideas with one of the foremost sports institutions in the UK. Our students have also had the opportunity to enjoy the sports faciities at the Richard Dunn sports centre  with Carnegie students.

Anyone for Table Tennis?

Spring prompts growing independence.

With the advent of spring a number of the older pupils in school have taken advantage of the lighter nights to start Travel Training.  This initiative supported by Bradford Council and the transport companies provides trained support workers to help our pupils learn to make their way home safely using public transport.  For some of our pupils this chance to develop their independence is particularly valuable as they are preparing to leave school and go to college in September.

College transition days.

It’s the time of year for college visits.  For those of our pupils leaving school and considering college as an option, we run a programme of activities to support this transition.  Firstly groups of students have visited each of the three main destination colleges namely Craven College in Skipton, Shipley College and Leeds City College (Keighley).   Our careers support person Fiona Richardson has helped students to complete their college applications.  Once the applications are in, pupils get called to interview and then we also arrange ‘taster’ visits so the pupils visit their chosen college to do lessons and activities and to get them used to the college they will be destined for in September.

Sky’s the limit.

Sky with its background in sports broadcasting, have an initiative going in which they arrange for top sports performers to visit schools to inspire and motivate the pupils.  Beechcliffe School have been teamed up with Charlotte Hartley who is a recent Great Britain hockey player.  Charlotte visited school recently and in an assembly showed the pupils her Commonwealth Games bronze medal.  She talked about being determined and striving to be the best you can be.  It was fantastic for us all to meet such an inspiring personality.


Cliffe Castle make-over.

Pupils from our School Council who represent every class in school have been involved with a project to upgrade the play areas in Cliffe Castle adjacent to the school.  The pupils’ views have been sought about what they would like to see in the new areas and plans have been prepared for the project.  The construction work is starting soon and a group of School Councillors are due to visit the site in June to hopefully see their ideas put in place.

Spring Term

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Happy Easter

The end of another busy and snowy term. The staff and students at Beechcliffe would like to wish youi all a happy and restful Easter break. A reminder that school reopens to staff and students on the 15th April.

Red Nose Day

Beechcliffe joined in the fun in order to raise money for this charity. A group of singers went to Sainsbury’s to sing and entertain the shoppers.

Entertaining the shoppers

In school staff and students were challenged to come in dressed as a superhero. Others came dressed in pyjamas or in red. There was a cake raffle and a special dance by Emily’s class also a first appearance by our own boy band. Overall we raised £440.91 of which £266.45 was from singing at Sainsbury’s. Thanks to everyone for their support in this fabulous effort.

Ready for Work Day

On 8th March 2013 the Bradford Education Employment and Enterprise Team and representative from the James Motor Education Project, Interserve Support Services, Gesipa and White Rose Caterers helped stage a Ready for Work day at Beechcliffe.   Post 16 pupils were able to try out at a selection of work skills including vehicle safety checks, joinery assembly, metal fabrication and catering.  Special thanks to the employers who helped provide a fantastic morning of activities.

Checking the oil


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World Book Day

March  7th saw Beechcliffe School taking part in the annual World Book Day. A national event to encourage reading and students enjoying books. To see some images and find out more follow the link below

World Book Day

Internet Safety

On 7th March 2013 Beechcliffe held an internet safety and advice session for parents in conjunction with a regular coffee morning.  Parents were shown a video scenario from the ‘Thinkuknow’ (www.thinkuknow.co.uk/) and discussions took place supported by the schools CEOPs trained teachers.  For further support in relation to internet safety and awareness see the information on our parents page or contact Richard Malir or Emily Pearson at school..

Tropical World

In February students from Key stage 4 visited Tropical World in Leeds as part of their Plants topic.

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Healthy Schools

We are proud to say that our healthy schools status has been renewed. This recognises our commitment to promoting the health and well being of both staff and students.

Swimming Gala – Wed 27th Feb.2013

6 boys and 6 girls from the school took part in a swimming gala at Hazelbeck School on Wednesday 27th February 2013. Everyone joined in with great enthusiasm regardless of whether they were swimming a length of a particular stroke or collecting floating / sinking objects inc the obstacle races. The gala was against Hazelbeck and Southfield Schools with wins and losses for all. Many of the students recognised each other from previous galas and there was a good sense of camaraderie with everyone cheering the competitors on. In the end everyone was presented with medals  and certificates to remind them of their part in an excellent gala.

swimming-galaOur swimming team


Live Music Now

The first half term ended with a visit from a couple of very talented musicians, booked through the charity Live Music Now. The students really enjoyed the trumpet and piano combo and had staff reminising about the Lone Ranger .

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