Bradford, United Kingdom
About Parkside School
Thank you for your interest in Parkside School. We are a forward thinking and outward facing school. In recognition of the excellent practice being undertaken here at Parkside School, we were nominated / shortlisted for the following awards:
· The Telegraph and Argus Education Awards – in the category of Teaching Assistants (winners);
· PE School Games Award (silver);
· Sky Sports Award for Education (top 10 schools nationally);
· Teacher Development Trust Silver Award – for professional development;
regional winners - North Winners - School/College of the Year - Outstanding Careers Support;
· CEIAG national runners up - School/College of the Year - Outstanding Careers Support;
· STEM: Secondary Science Silver Award (one of only two Yorkshire schools awarded this nationally recognised award);
· Robotics Challenge: Regional winners/national finalists (design winners);
· F1 in Schools: Research and Development/Verbal Presentation Award;
· Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science and Technology;
· Dame Kelly Holmes Programme.
Parkside School is situated in a rural location, close to Haworth, West Yorkshire. The school emerged out of the wide scale reorganisation of education in the Bradford district that took place in 2000. The school made an immediate impact on the educational landscape by being oversubscribed in Year 7, a situation which has remained the case throughout its history to date. Its students are below the national average ability on entry and currently progress and outcomes are good or better.
Our vision for Parkside School and therefore our aim as a leadership team, governing body and staff is that Parkside School should visibly and substantively impact on the community it is embedded within. This impact should be important, meaningful and considerable. This means young people from Parkside should develop into well-rounded young people who know how to keep themselves safe. They should be students who have a personal and specific hope for the future which they can articulate, believe in and share with others; students who can empathise, critique, protect, love, inspire, make, design, explore and understand; students who are willing to try things they have never done before, do things they don’t want to do and be willing to reinvent themselves to become the best that they can be. We will achieve this through:
· Excellent personal development
· Excellent partnerships for learning
· Excellent achievement
· Excellent preparation for the future
and through the shared values of courage, well-being focus and resilience
We are what we repeatedly do; excellence therefore is not an act but a habit.
There are 10 critical success factors in our journey from good to great
1) We must secure and promote an ethos that recognises and rewards the achievements of all of our pupils and one that is based on strong and effective relationships
2) We must continuously improve academic results to a level recognised as excellent by staff, pupils, parents/carers the local community
3) We must have staff who are healthy, well-motivated and effective
4) We must have a high-quality standard of teaching in a pleasant, healthy safe and stimulating learning environment
5) We must secure the funding needed to develop the best human, technological and physical resources
6) We must ensure that the community recognises and values the school’s quality and high standards
7) We must have a curriculum that meets the academic, vocational, personal, well-being and social needs of all of our pupils
8) We must continually evaluate progress and ensure that planning and target setting secure school improvement
9) We must create an organisation that effectively promotes personal and community improvement
10) We must develop young people who are agents of change and who are taught about the challenges facing our world, their causes and how they can influence these for the better
The whole School Priorities for 2020/21:
· Literacy and Reading
· Assessment for Learning (SSAT programme)
In terms of moving the school forward, there is a fundamental need for the school to work with its parents / local community and secure a joint vision for the students. The truly inclusive ethos that I firmly believe in, can only happen if the partnership between school and its community exists.
In essence there are three overarching areas within a school that need leading and managing in order to drive school improvement forward;
All of the staff at Parkside are passionate about the potential offered by school and the positive impact on the lives of our young people. We have an outstanding commitment to success, underpinned by strong moral values and unremittingly high expectations.