Ready Steady Cook House Competition

Twenty four students from KS3 took part in the Ready Steady Cook competition on Thursday 4 May. Most teams were divided into a ‘senior’ and ‘junior’ group but all worked fantastically as a team. The students were given a series of surprise ingredients as well as access to a general stock of other items. In the first hour of the competition time was spent researching recipes, writing a menu and organising resources ready for cooking. The brief was to create a starter and a main or a starter and a dessert; the level of challenge and creativity shown was superb.

Once the first hour was up it was off with the cooking, two hours to create their dishes and wash up and clear up; the latter part being all-important if they wanted to score maximum teamwork points. Benstead took an early lead with two very independent and well-coordinated teams. Akroyd’s senior team showed great resilience when one of their recipes turned out badly and they had to start again…still producing more dishes than any other house in the end. Some great teamwork was seen in Lee as (like Benstead) they had one team made entirely of Year 7s who worked so hard to compete with their older opponents. Talbot had a slow start but ended up producing some great food…with a little support from staff.

The finished dishes looked splendid and were a real credit to students, especially our younger cohort who have not taken part in this competition in previous years or may not even have previously studied Food Technology. Each team was ranked individually then an overall place was assigned, Akroyd lost some points at the end of the competition for poor team work when clearing up. This resulted in Benstead being declared champions with Akroyd and Lee splitting the second place points and Talbot in third overall. Well done everyone, it was a fantastic competition.

Individual team rankings below / 8


Joint 7th
Joe Hartley 7ARD
Laura Mbangsi 7CAH
Zain Ali 7AFG

Paige Thornton 9CMB
Mia Butler 9CMB
Alex Speight 9SC


Arooj Hussain 7CJP
Molly Lawford 7CJP
Rebecca Martin 7SHU

Nimara Amjad 7CJP
Lily Sissons 9SC
Hana Gulamussain 9SC


Saarah Patel 7CJP
Leo Cameron 7CJP
Caitlan Davis 7SHU

Eesa Motara 8SGM
Freja Rix 8AXH
Naimh Cameron 9CMB


Joint 7th
Hafsah Nadeem 7CJP
Logan Wilby 7ARD
Samah Lala 9SC

Lily Rodriguez Farnhill 9SC
Hawwaa Laher 7AFG
Halimah Ravat 8FRL

Memorial Paving Stone Unveiling Ceremony

Unveiling Ceremony
Horace Waller VC (KOYLI)
Memorial Paving Stone
29 04 2017
Dewsbury Memorial Gardens

In August 2016 the government announced plans to unveil commemorative paving stones, to honour those awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) in WWI.

Private Horace Waller was awarded the VC for his actions carried out in April 1917, he was posthumously awarded the VC in June 1917. He attended Batley Grammar School from September 1009 to July 1915.

Along with members of 3 Rifles, Y Company (The Rifles), The Veterans Association, Army Cadet Force and members of Batley Grammar School Combined Cadet Force Led By Lt Col G Dawson, were asked to take part in the unveiling ceremony held at Dewsbury Remembrance Gardens.

Members of the CCF were asked to provide Ground Markers and a cadet to read Private Waller’s citation. (Cadet Lance Corporal Lewis Khan)

Year 11 Cathedrals Visit

In April, Year 11 full course Religious Studies students visited Liverpool’s Anglican and Roman Catholic Cathedrals. The visit was arranged to benefit students’ work in the second of their two GCSE RS units, Religious Expression in Society, where students consider religious architecture, art, literature, media and music. The students, the largest group ever taken on this annual trip, spent an hour at each of the venues, each remarkable and unique in their design.

Gym and Dance Show

Wednesday 5 April saw the fifth annual Gym and Dance show take place. This year we were proud to represent gymnastics and dance routines from Priestley House, Secondary Phase and our special guests this year Panache. Panache are an external gymnastics company who use our sports facilities to run their gymnastics club on a weekly basis. All gymnast wowed the audience with their amazing gymnastic skills in the first half of the show. The dance section of the show represented many dance styles this year from contemporary to street dance, Bollywood to Irish dancing. The night was very much a pupil lead occasion as all dances and gymnastics routines where choreographed by the students themselves, which demonstrates their enthusiasm to be part of extracurricular activities at the school. The night was also enhanced by pupils from Year 11 comparing the show and being responsible for the lighting and music. On behalf of the PE department many thanks to all pupils who participated, Panache for being special guests and above all the parents for their support on the night.


Year 2 Football Skills Event

On Wednesday afternoon, the Year 2 class and pupils from 8 local schools took part in a skills session on the back field. The activities were led by coaches from Premier Coaching. The pupils all had a fantastic time and learnt some new  footballing skills. They practised passing the ball, dribbling, goal-keeping and even played some 5-a-side matches.