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).
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.