A highlight for Blackburn Central High School this term was the visit from Her Majesty’s Ofsted Inspectors. I am delighted to tell you that they have judged BCHS to be a good school.
I was very proud to show the two inspectors around our amazing school, they observed lessons, spoke to students, staff and governors, and looked through lots of the students work.
Their report was overwhelmingly positive, and they praised our ethos and values: “The school feels like a family and the pupils are happy. Leaders are approachable, yet have very high standards for both staff and pupils.”
“The school is continuing to grow in size and popularity due to the strong links and trust you have developed with the local communities you serve. You have worked tirelessly to create a safe environment for pupils, where they enjoy their learning and are developing into confident young people, well equipped for life in modern Britain.”
We have grown so much since we opened in 2012 that we are now almost full. We have a reserve list of students waiting for places at BCHS, and just a few places available in Year 9.
BCHS continues to thrive in our community, our choir sang for patients, staff and visitors at Royal Blackburn Hospital; we hosted a delightful Desi Dinner, which was a colourful event of exotic fragrances and tastes. As part of their careers exploration our Year 8 students spent a few hours “speed dating” with directors from a number of local businesses. This July we will be hosting a Summer Bazaar, and welcoming future Year 7 students with our Summer School.
“The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils at Blackburn Central High school is particularly strong. Pupils are tolerant and have respect for each other, regardless of background, nationality, race or religion. The community and family ethos of the pupils and staff at the school is tangible.”
We are proud of our diversity and inclusivity, and proud of our students who told inspectors “…that they feel like they ‘all get along like one family, with one voice’. Pupils are particularly proud of the charity work they do and display genuine care and compassion to those less fortunate than themselves.”
Whilst the attendance rate of our students is in line with the national average, we still want to improve it, and I urge parents and carers to help us. Too many families are taking extended holidays during term time, if these are not authorised parents could risk losing their child’s school place or face a fine from the education authority.
We are now well into the exam season with the usual mixture of relief and anxiety; we wish all of our Year 11 students every success with their examinations. Students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be sitting their end of year exams this June.
Muslim members of our community began observing Ramadan in June, can I please ask parents to ensure your children fast in a healthy manner. We’ve provided some advice on staying healthy during fasting on the BCHS website.
Finally all at Blackburn Central High School send love and prayers to everyone affected by the Manchester and London tragedies. We have provided a book of condolences for our community to sign in the reception area.