End of Year Procedures

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6 June 2017

Dear Parent or Carer

Please find outlined below the end of year procedures, which will take place from the 15th of June.

Thursday 15th of June will be the last day of the current timetable.  Students’ successes will be celebrated during assemblies, by year group, throughout the course of the day. This will also be the last official day for our Year 11 students. They will take part in the final assembly of the day finishing at 2.45 pm.

Friday 16th of June is a training day where the school will be closed to all students with the exception of examinations. All Year 11 students will be expected in school for their Physics examination in the morning, for which they will report directly to the school hall at 8.30 am. Students who have examinations in the afternoon will be provided with a quiet space to revise, supported by a member of the technology department.

Monday 19th of June is the first day of the new timetable.

Improvements to the school day will see registration move to the start of the day. At the same time, ALL tutor groups throughout the school will be re-organised and different year groups will be given specific entrances to the school.  This will enable the school to zone year groups in specific locations for morning tutorial.  On June 19th students will have an extended form period, which will run until 9.40 am, where they will receive planners and new timetables as well as meet their form tutor. The rest of the morning will be taken up by assemblies, where I will talk to students about expectations for the coming year. All students will then be in lessons for the afternoon.

Please see below the full morning timings of the new timetable which will run from the 19th of June onwards:

Registration:       8.20 – 8.40 am

Period 1:              8.40 – 9.40 am

Period 2:              9.40 – 10.40 am

Morning break: 10.40 – 11.00 am

Period 3:              11.00 – 12.00 pm

Afternoon periods remain the same.

Yours sincerely


Mr J Richardson


A copy of this letter can be downloaded here


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Timetable Rollover – June 19th

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As we break up for the half term, we are excitedly looking forward to our timetable rollover on the 19th of June. This will be a great opportunity for our students to make an early start on next year’s work, which is particularly important for those starting GCSE and BTEC courses. Please don’t forget that school will be closed on Friday June 16th for staff training, except for those students sitting external examinations.


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Priestthorpe Primary School in Bingley and Phoenix Special Primary School in Keighley propose to Join Beckfoot Trust

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Consultation – Your View Counts

We want you to know that a consultation is being launched today over plans for Priestthorpe Primary School in Bingley and Phoenix Special Primary School in Keighley to become academy schools and to join Beckfoot Trust.  Full details of the proposal are explained in the consultation leaflet that can be downloaded http://www.beckfoot.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Priestthorpe-and-Phoenix-Consultation-Leaflet-Website-May-2017.pdf

We would welcome your views.  The consultation ends on Sunday  9th July 2017.

You can provide feedback by email, by post or by phone to Priestthorpe or Phoenix schools or preferably by contacting Beckfoot Trust directly:

Email:   feedback@beckfoot.org

Post to:   The Beckfoot Trust, Wagon Lane, Bingley Bradford BD16 1EE

By phone initially to:   The Beckfoot Trust Administrator on 01274 771444

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Arrangements for Ramadan

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With the period of Ramadan starting next week we wanted to make you aware of what is available for those students who will be fasting during school hours.

  • The prayer room next to the Student hub will be available as usual during break times for students to use.
  • The main hall will also be available at break and lunch for those students who wish to find some quiet to go.
  • Parents may also want to inform their child’s year team of anything they wish to be taken into consideration during fasting hours.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s year team.

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Mr Richardson Appointed to Permanent Headteacher Role

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The Beckfoot Trust are delighted to announce that Jeremy Richardson has been appointed to the permanent headteacher role at Beckfoot Thornton School. Jeremy is highly experienced. He has led schools, been an Ofsted HMI Inspector and led national educational initiatives. In recent times he has been working for the Beckfoot Trust in an Associate Director role.

This is an immensely important appointment. The challenge for Jeremy and his team is to rapidly improve the school’s performance so that all students can enjoy learning, be proud of their school and achieve academic outcomes that will place them in the top 20% of similar schools. We want to make Beckfoot Thornton a remarkable learning environment for young people to learn within.

Jeremy would like to convey the following message to parents:

“I plan on being the headteacher of Beckfoot Thornton for years to come, and will build a true community school that effectively meets the needs of all students through great teaching and behaviour, so that all students can be proud of their school. We will create a school where all students feel safe and happy and achieve excellent outcomes.

Together we shall tackle the challenges ahead with pace and the confidence that we can bring about rapid change. This also marks a new chapter in my career, and I am excited about embarking on the journey that will see Beckfoot Thornton become a hub of our community and a beacon for excellence.”

I know that Jeremy is hugely excited by the opportunity to lead this fine school and is already strongly attached to the Beckfoot Thornton community.

Yours sincerely,

David Horn

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