Pens at the ready!

This is the fourth year running that our school community has celebrated National Writing Day which meant stopping whatever we were doing at 11:30pm and getting creative!

The theme this year was connection – something which has evidently become more important in the last 15 months to many of our pupils and staff – and the task was to ‘Fill the Box’. In previous years, we’ve tasked ourselves to freewrite for a certain number of minutes but this year, we challenged ourselves to say as much as we could with a limited space. Every pupil had a post-it note to fill and with a bit of help from Karl Nova ( there was no stopping them.

We received word splurges, short stories, poems and quotes and had the privilege of spending the afternoon with published writer Andy Craven-Griffiths and First Story’s Regional Organiser Andy Hill looking through all of the brilliant entries. We agreed, we laughed and we even got emotional after reading some responses and we wanted to be able to share them with you too. Here are some of our favourites and you can read more by clicking on the link below:

‘Dear BT,
Please fix your Wi-Fi connection’ 

‘I am connected to my dog. She doesn’t like strangers, children, bikes, dogs, brooms, vacuums, cars, hairdryers, blenders, brushing her teeth, cucumber skin or people looking at her. But she does like me so that’s cool.’

‘I’m disconnected. There’s no thought about it. All the uncertainty in the world, that I am now beginning to feel in myself. Absolutes are transforming to maybes and the maybes drowning in the sea of endless conflict floating around in my head. Though I still find small flickers of hope, lifeboats dragging my thoughts to dry land. My friends. The reason my connection is holding on.'

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Picture: Andy Craven-Griffiths

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      We are keen to be ‘community partners’. Students and staff are active members of local focus groups and attend local forums. As the lead secondary school within the Shipley Achieving Success (SAS) partnership we are proactive in our support with young people and their families. Our Extended School provision is wide ranging and offers opportunities to engage in after school and holiday clubs together with a wide range of workshops.

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      We are proud of our comprehensive school principles and our daily work is centred on four key values; summarised as together we can make a difference; resilient to change; ambitious to excel and caring for the lives of individuals. We are a school with great aspirations; proud of our history and heritage, yet always looking to the future – celebrating student well-being, high academic standards and achievement for all. Success at school is the result of students, parents/carers and teachers working together.

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