Raspberry Jam @ Beckfoot Thornton

Raspberry Jam at Beckfoot Thornton, sixth form area, Friday 28th April 17:30-19:00; book a ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beckfoot-thornton-raspberry-jam-tickets-33115195441?aff=eac2 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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Year 12 Work Experience

I am sure you will be pleased to learn that year 12 will have the opportunity to complete a Work Experience Placement. All Year 12 students will be on placement for two weeks, MONDAY 10th JULY 2017 – FRIDAY 21st JULY 2017.

All students will complete an application form in school where they can state 3 preferences of types of work they would like to do and name any companies they would like me to try and get a placement at although this cannot be guaranteed.

In order for your son/daughter to secure a placement with a company in an area they are keen to work in we STRONGLY RECOMMEND they approach companies themselves and set up their own placement.  They will need to complete an Own Placement form and we require a representative from the company to complete the relevant sections.

We have to ensure all placements are approved for Health & Safety and this process can take up to 4 months. The checks are carried out by qualified Health & Safety personnel and confirmed through Bradford Council’s Work Experience Team.

Pupils will NOT be allowed to attend their placement unless we have this approval.

To that end the completion of Own Placement forms with confirmation from companies of their pledge to take your son/daughter on placement needs to be completed soon. Own placement forms will not be accepted after Monday 10th March 2017.  Students need to see me in the Careers Office if they have a problem getting the company to sign the form by 10th March so I am aware they are arranging a placement and I don’t book a placement for them. As school now have to pay for the placements, if students don’t inform me they are looking for a placement and a place is booked for them I will not be able to change the placement.

Application Form


Employer OP Form

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The Poetry Trials 2016

This year, 8H/ En1 and 8B/ En3 rose to the challenge of writing passionately and creatively, through the form of verse! A number of students took pen to paper and entered the national Young Writers’ Poetry Trials competition, competing with thousands of other students from all over the UK.

After working hard to craft imaginative and perceptive poems, covering a range of issues such as racism, segregation and bullying, I am delighted to announce that a selection of our students have been chosen for publication within a special anthology!

Our students now have the opportunity to win an amazing Apple prize bundle, as the best poet in the book will be put forward as a finalist and invited to make a video reading for The Poetry Trials final. This is an amazing achievement and we are so proud of the hard work of all students who entered. What a brilliant end to a brilliant year! Keep up the great writing!

Congratulations to: Molly Wells, Chloe Hug, Chloe Hall, Amelia O’Hanlon, Brooke Carroll, Isabelle Doyle, Luca Atkinson, Adam Waheed, Patrick Lythgow, Casey Garrod, Josh Routledge, Rafia Hussain, Madiah Collector, Becky Daley, Cara Shepherd, Neha Sandhu, James Elles-Arnison, Luke Goule and Jessica Hiley.

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Bookshop Visit

The school library was recently awarded a small grant by the Siobhan Dowd Trust in recognition of the different things we do to encourage reading for pleasure amongst our young people. Some of our year 8 students were then given the task of using this grant to buy new books for the library! We visited Salts Mill bookshop where they carefully picked some great new fiction books. These books are now being added to our collection ready for all of our pupils to enjoy.

Miss Billingsley

Learning Resources Co-ordinator

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GCHQ CyberFirst Girls

Year 9 and 10 female computer scientists were invited to a Girls Development Day at Bradford University recently, learning all about Cyber Security as part of a GCHQ scheme to get more girls into Cyber jobs.  The event hosted a range of women in industry delivering workshops and talks about their jobs and different aspects of computer science security.  Emily Rushworth won a prize for her well thought out responses to questions during the opening talks.  Workshops included an informative look at how information travels across the Internet using Lego™ as well as discovering the ease in which information can be intercepted with simple freely available software.  The girls learnt about encryption using software they are familiar with such as WhatsApp.  They then excelled in a session on digital footprints where they searched for online information about themselves; considering the implications of their online reputation and the effects this could have on their employability.  The final session saw a discussion on what phishing is with useful advice about how to protect yourself and your family before creating the perfect phishing scam.  Two of our students were successful in winning a chocolatey prize for best design.  Unfortunately due to the presence of GCHQ we weren’t allowed to take photographs but the girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to participating in the Cyber Security competition for girls commencing September this year.  So watch this space… with the high calibre of girls on the course we are sure to have some winners.

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Rock Challenge!

Although we were not winners this year (again) our second place means that we are one of the most successful schools at Rock Challenge in the North of England at the highest level of ‘Premier’ school.  In the last 5 years we have been placed in the top three 4 /5 occasions and have won the competition 4 times since 2002.  We came 2nd in 2014, 1st in 2015, 2nd in 2016.

This year our piece was called ‘Suited’ and was inspired by a pack of playing cards.  Most  schools in the competition have a heavy involvement from the performing arts department who direct the choreography / drama / design etc…. Here at Thornton we pride ourselves on encouraging our 6th form students to plan and lead the ideas covering the choreography, music, set, lighting and costumes.  They work with up to 80 students on the piece, which builds a great community spirit and develops strong leadership qualities in our students.  The students then create the whole 8 minute dance themselves with staff overseeing key elements of the production in an advisory capacity.  This student involvement makes our recent successes all the more poignant.

Samuel Purchon and Shannon Hopps (yr 13 students, choreographers and leaders for our piece)

“We have been part of the schools rock challenge team for 7 consecutive years and feel proud of the schools success of being titled the Northern Premier Champions twice.  We were the reigning champions and we are proud of  the talent that the students in our school possess with this year’s work ‘suited’.  A great sense of pride towards the piece is felt amongst us older students since we take on the more challenging roles as leaders creating the various elements of the work from choreography to design.  We love working as a team and inspiring the younger students with our amazing ideas.  We are glad that we have had the opportunity to be involved with such a great competition in Rock challenge.”

If you are interested in being in the Rock Challenge team then keep your eyes peeled for audition dates in the Autumn term.  Boys it would be great if we could get more of you involved, so don’t be shy and give it a go!

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STEM Big Bang Fair

Seventy Y7 and Y8 girls headed to Doncaster Racecourse on Tuesday 28th July to visit The BIG BANG FAIR Yorkshire & Humber. This is a national STEM event to encourage students to consider Science and  Engineering based careers. As well as finding out more about STEM careers we met a genetically modified guinea pit – a skinny pig! – changed wheels on racing cars, toured the Milky Way in a planetarium, built bridges and tower blocks, did some virtual welding and … well the list goes on…! Most importantly the girls met young female – and  a few male  – role models working in well paid STEM industries where girls are still very underrepresented. Everyone got stuck to the activities and, as you would expect, the girls were enthusiastic TGS ambassadors.

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A world champion!

Courtney Gallagher-Rivers a year 12 student came back to school this week as the new WUKF World Champion after competing in Dublin this weekend against the best karate athletes in the world.  Courtney had 6 fights over the weekend against opponents from Romania, Italy, Slovakia, South Africa, Poland and Czech Republic and she won all her fights to take the title.

Congratulations from everyone at TGS!  We are very proud to have a World Champion in the Sixth Form.

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