Batley Grammar School Achieve Sainsbury’s School Games Gold

Record Number of North Kirklees Primary Schools

Attain Prestigious School Games Mark.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust, to reward schools for their commitment to the development of sport, competition, health and wellbeing initiatives across their school and into the community.

St John Fisher School Games Area are delighted to announce that a record number of nineteen local Primary Schools have achieved the School Games Mark Award for the 2016/17 academic year. In addition, for the first time ever, four schools from North Kirklees reached the prestigious Gold level.

With numbers in excess of 30,000 young people competing in local School Games and Partnership intra and inter-school competitions last year, we are extremely proud of our schools and their pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made all competitions possible.

As part of the application process, schools have to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are delighted that the hard work of everyone at these schools have been recognised and rewarded this year.

A special thanks to all those PE staff, Primary link teachers and support staff at all the schools who work tirelessly in providing sporting opportunities for their pupils.

Gold Award: (4) Batley Grammar. Holy Spirit, Field Lane, St Patricks (Birstall),    

Silver Award: (9) Batley Parish, Bywell, Hanging Heaton, Headfield, Orchard Ac,         Staincliffe, Thornhill Juniors, Westmoor, Windmill.    

Bronze Award: (6) Carlinghow, Eastborough, Hyrstmount, Overthorpe, Ravensthorpe, St Paulinus.



Year 5 Corrulute workshop

On Monday 09 October, Mr Neil Turner came into school to work with the Year 5 class. All the children spent the day making their very own musical instrument! The corrulutes come in kit form and the children had to use a range of skills to build them including: sanding, measuring, screwing, threading wires. They are now learning to play them as part of the music curriculum this year. We look forward to inviting parents into school for the first performance!

A Former Teacher pays a visit

Bob Ellis returns to school 50 years to the day after having first started at Batley Grammar School

When the new Year 7 students at Batley Grammar School started school last week they were paid a visit by a former teacher, Bob Ellis, who was remembering this day 50 years ago when he started as a new teacher at Batley Grammar School.
Bob moved to the area from the south of England having studied at Loughborough University. He joined the school as Head of PE and remained in post for 38 years, such was his fondness for the school, the job and the hundreds of students he taught.
He was given a tour of the school impressed with the many changes and developments that had taken place in recent years and yet pleased that the school had chosen to retain many of the traditions of its 400 year old history that he had always valued.
Bob is pictured with two year 7 students, Isaac Hartley and William Ghosh, both of whom have fathers who attended BGS and were taught by him: Alistair Hartley (now Chair of Governors) and Robin Ghosh (a trustee of the BGS Foundation Trust).
The school would like to wish Bob a very happy 75th birthday this week and many more years of a happy and well-earned retirement!

Youth Health Champions

Eight students in Year 9 have spent four days training to be Youth Health Champions. This is a Level 2 course run by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in conjunction with Food For Life. As well as developing their knowledge of local health improvement facilities and their understanding of health issues the students worked as a group to develop their skills in research and presenting to an audience. The students will be running campaigns in school next year to help develop a healthy lifestyle at Batley Grammar School.

Primary Sports Day

On Wednesday 05 July, Primary Phase pupils took part in their annual sports day and family picnic. Despite a bit of rain over lunchtime with the picnic moving into the sports hall, the children had a fantastic time. There were some very determined competitors in the sports events and it was lovely to see parents and children joining in together with activities after the picnic. Thank you to all the staff for their hard work over the day to make sure everything ran smoothly and thanks also to all the parents who shared their picnics with staff to make sure we all had lunch!
It was a really enjoyable day and we hope next year we can do it again!