Cancellation of Sweeper Bus

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It is with much regret that the school is having to cancel the 4.00pm sweeper bus at the end of this term. Financial pressures on schools are constantly increasing and the cost to the school of the sweeper bus service can no longer be justified.  The number of students using the service, since September 2015, have steadily declined to such a level that the amount of subsidy paid by the school to keep the service running cannot be sustained in the present economic climate.

We still like to encourage as many students as possible to continue taking part in the varied extra-curricular activities the school offers, as taking part in these activities enriches the daily curriculum and provides the students with a well-rounded education.

Students will now obviously need to make alternative arrangements to get home after extra-curricular activities if they had previously used the sweeper bus service.

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Raspberry Jam @ Beckfoot Thornton

Raspberry Jam at Beckfoot Thornton, sixth form area, Friday 28th April 17:30-19:00; book a ticket at to avoid disappointment as limited spaces available.  Light refreshments.  Everybody welcome, years 7-11 please bring a parent/carer, older sibling or relative.
The Jam is being led by Alan O’Donoghue using Raspberry Pis to explore the world of coding.

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NCS Challenge Opportunity!

Representatives from the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme will be visiting Beckfoot Thornton in February and March to give Y11/12 students the chance to sign up for an exciting Summer opportunity.

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NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for students in Y11 and Y12 that builds skills and confidence whilst helping them get ahead in work and life. It’s a fun, productive and challenging way to spend part of their summer holiday. NCS is recognised by UCAS and the experience is great to demonstrate skills to universities, colleges and future employers.

The part-residential programme runs for approximately 3 weeks of the summer holidays. Each NCS place is valued at over £1,300 but due to government support we ask for no more than £50, with financial support available if needed.

To find out more and secure a place, visit

Many congratulations to the 66 students from Beckfoot Thornton who took part in NCS in 2016. They are now part of a network of over 200,000 NCS graduates across the UK, opening up doors to a wealth of exclusive internships, volunteering and skills opportunities. Good luck with your next steps!

NCS in Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield is delivered by The Challenge, a national charity that is committed to working with Beckfoot Thornton to ensure current and future Y11s and Y12s have the opportunity to participate and to share their NCS achievements with the school and wider community.

 If you have any questions about the programme please get in touch with NCS Engagement Coordinator Sonya Kumar on or 07867 605 633

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Year 7 Footballers in Bradford Schools Final

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Our Year 7 Football Team represented the school in the Bradford Schools Final last night, beating Grange 3-0 and Immanuel 1-0 to get there.

Unfortunately a strong St Bedes side pipped us to a 1-0 defeat in the final, however the boys played extremely well and were a credit to the school. It was a privilege to host the final here at Beckfoot Thornton, and great to see how much the facilities we have here are valued by the wider community.

Well done to the Year 7 Football Team!



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Important information about the Year 10 Parents Evening

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Dear Parents,

 As you may know, the school is changing the time when students start GCSEs from Year 10 to Year 9. This means that we have to run an options process for our Year 8 students. In order to for this to happen we have needed to bring the Year 8 parents’ evening forward to Thursday 26th January, which was the date of the timetabled Y10 parents’ evening.

 As a result, we have had to move the Year 10 parents’ evening back to Thursday 16th February.

 I apologise for the fact that we are only just contacting you about this change but unfortunately, there was a breakdown in our systems and the initial communication about this change was not sent to you earlier.

 This year we have introduced a new online booking system for parents evening and 2 weeks before the evening you will be receiving an email with details about how to log on to our system to make appointments with staff.

 Please accept my apologies for our the lateness of our communication and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday 16th February

 Rob Browning



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