Girls’ school celebrates bumper year

PRIZE WINNER Sumayyah Batha won the prize for overall achievement. With executive headteacher Jackie Eames.
PRIZE WINNER Sumayyah Batha won the prize for overall achievement. With executive headteacher Jackie Eames.

Teachers, pupils, students and families gathered to celebrate an outstanding year at Batley Girl’s High School (BGHS).

Monday’s celebration evening highlighted the school’s successes in this year’s GCSEs, an oustanding rating from Ofsted and a 100 per cent A level pass rate.

STAR STUDENT Asmaa Rasool recieves the prize for overall transformation from executive headteacher Jackie Eames.

STAR STUDENT Asmaa Rasool recieves the prize for overall transformation from executive headteacher Jackie Eames.

BGHS was the most improved school in Kirklees following this year’s GCSE results, which saw 71 per cent of pupils achieve five A*-C grades including English and Maths, and 99.5 per cent achieve 5 A*-C results.

The Birstall school’s value added score was 1033, placing the school in the top five per cent of schools in the country.

And as reported in the News, Ofsted gave the school an outstanding rating in October.

Executive headteacher Jackie Eames said: “It was a delight to see such a gathering of family, friends and colleagues at the event, all of whom had a vital part to play in supporting our students and ensuring their success.

CELEBRATION EVENING Executive headteacher Jackie Eames gives her speech.

CELEBRATION EVENING Executive headteacher Jackie Eames gives her speech.

“We are very pleased that so many former Year 11 students joined our sixth form to continue their learning journey with us in our fabulous new sixth form centre.

“The grading of the school as outstanding across all categories was clearly something to celebrate on this evening of celebration!”

Certificates and prizes were presented to pupils and students with special prizes for pupils that showed outstanding citizenship and perseverance.

Guest speakers includedKulvinder Reehal of Cummins Turbo Technologies and Ruth Neville of the University of Huddersfield’s social care department, who spoke about ongoing sexism and its impact on women’s achievement. tunities.

Mrs Eames said: “She urged, as do I, our high achieving and talented young women to bravely confront any impediments to their futures and get the higher education, lifestyle and professional roles their achievements deserve.”

Guests at the celebration evening included representatives of the Rotary Club, who presented a cup for community service, Mayor of Kirklees Coun Martyn Bolt and staff from Cummins Turbo Technologies in Huddersfield and Warwick Road Junior Infant and Nursery School in Batley.