Welcome to Brighouse High School and to the new academic year, 2020-21
When I was writing my first welcome message as Headteacher in the summer of 2019, I do not think any of us could have anticipated the particular challenges of the year ahead. However, the way that our students, staff and community have responded to those challenges has truly shown the strength of our school and the community which we serve.
I am under no illusion that the coming months and year will be any easier, but I know that together we can continue to work through the problems and celebrate the successes as we move forward.
Although the traditional exam season was significantly disrupted this year, that must take nothing away from the incredible achievements of our students who have worked hard for many years to secure the richly deserved outcomes from the Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 examinations. As always, I am delighted to say that Brighouse High School students are heading into the wider world to embrace their next challenges, whether that be with us for two more years in our sixth form, in college, university or employment and the school continued to strengthen the qualification outcomes in many key areas. In our vibrant and successful sixth form college there were some outstanding results in academic and vocational qualifications and our post-16 students moved on to their places in higher education, employment or training. In key stage 4 we were delighted to see that almost 80% of our students achieved the important GCSE benchmark qualifications in English and Maths, the vital springboard into their next stages in education and life beyond school.
As always though I am sure that you will agree that our school is about so much more than just qualifications, important as they are. From the moment our Year 7 students step foot across the threshold our students are challenged to aspire and achieve within a warm, caring and supportive environment where we aim to take small steps every day to becoming better at what we do well and work hard to improve in areas where we can achieve more. The opportunities within and beyond the traditional curriculum are rich and diverse at Brighouse High School and we encourage all of our students to become part of our community and build on the sense of togetherness which is so important to us and importantly recognised by those who visit us. Again, I know that the current situation will make that challenge harder this year but we will work together to ensure that the experiences for our students continue to be of the highest quality.
Our successes have always been built on a strong partnership between our students, staff and the community and this is still the cornerstone on which our future successes will be built. Strong classroom practice within an appropriate and personalised curriculum, positive ethos and behaviour, a sense of place in the community and society as a whole with support from home will be the key to successful outcomes for all.
So, welcome once again and we look forward to taking those small steps every day, together, in the challenge of another year.