We are delighted to have been awarded official Computing Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), in order to provide support for primary and secondary computing teachers in schools across West Yorkshire. As an NCCE Computing Hub, we are very much looking forward to supporting schools and colleges within the region to ensure that all young learners (including our own at Bingley Grammar!) have access to excellent Computer Science provision, to improve their future prospects.
Our Computing team went through a rigorous selection process demonstrating their expertise, enthusiasm and commitment to computing education becoming the only lead hub school in West Yorkshire!
Our Headteacher Mr Weston and Deputy Headteacher Mrs Dean have been recognised for their contributions to teaching by being accepted as one of 262 leading educationalists across the country as Fellows of the Chartered College of Teaching. As Fellows of the Chartered College of Teaching our Senior Leaders are invited to take part in roundtable discussions with high profile figures from the world of education and have a voice with key decision-makers.
As part of Bingley Grammar School's ongoing commitment to staff development and Continuous Professional Development, the school is a member of the Teacher Development Trust. The school works with this organisation to audit its provision, develop opportunities for staff development and to keep updated about the best practice in this area.
We are very pleased to announce that Bingley Grammar School has received the Specialist
Schools and Academies Trust Cultural Diversity Quality Standard award and Parent Engagement Quality Standard award.
In Nov 2014 an external assessor visited Bingley Grammar and the school was awarded gold standard. The assessor met with parents, staff and students and was extremely impressed with the work the school has done with cultural diversity and engaging parents.
Bingley Grammar School has been working with the RSC since 2013. Through the partnership we have improved how our students experience, engage with, and take ownership of the work of Shakespeare.
NACE specialises in working with schools and teachers to improve learning for able learners.
Founded in 1983, NACE is recognised nationally and internationally as the UK’s leading independent education organisation in the field of education for able learners.
Through its valuable network of members NACE provides high quality guidance, support and training, enabling teachers to attain the best from able learners in the everyday classroom, whilst enabling all learners to flourish and achieve.
In November 2014 we set up the Bingley Grammar School eco-committee to look at how we could improve our schools sustainability. The committee is student led so anyone who wants to come along and share ideas they are more than welcome.
The eco-committee completed an environmental review covering nine aspects of sustainability – Waste & Recycling; Litter; Energy; Water; Transport; Healthy Living; Biodiversity; School Grounds; Global Citizenship. Having done this the committee formed an action plan for how they can improve our school.
The work we have done so far has earned us an eco-schools bronze certificate - our next aim is to achieve a silver award.
The Fair Aware Award is the first Fairtrade Schools Award, which we gained after covering issues around Fairtrade and identifying Fairtrade activities going on in school.
Our established partnerships and collaboration work with schools in Nairobi, Kenya have earned us the Intermediate International Schools award given to us by the British Council. The Award seeks to celebrate, develop, recognise and accredit outstanding practice in the international dimensions of teaching and learning.
We have been recognised as improving pupil knowledge and understanding of global issues and their role within the global society which leads to a deeper curriculum understanding.
Miss Shah, Teacher of RE, was awarded the Secondary Teacher of the Year Award for her fantastic extra-curricular work including running various clubs such as the Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award group and Amnesty Youth group within school. Miss Shah has also made a big difference to our school community by introducing us to Holocaust survivor Arek Hersh and his wife Jean who have shared Arek's harrowing story with so many of our students.
Mrs Puddy was shortlisted and highly commended for the Secondary Teacher of the Year award, recognising her many years of inspirational teaching.
Bingley Grammar was shortlisted and highly commended for 3 different awards; Miss Shah for the Teacher of the Year Award, our links with the National Citizen Scheme for the Volunteer of the Year Award and our Year 7s and 8s for the Community Involvement Award, for their fundraising and interior design work with the BRI's new Children's Ward.
Bingley Grammar was awarded the Business in Schools Award for our highly successful partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company. We are now a “hub” for schools in the local area and so far our partnership has benefitted over 4000 students.
Mr McGregor, Head of PE, was awarded the Secondary Teacher of the Year Award for his fantastic work with our Kenyan Partner School as well as his work here at Binlgey Grammar.
Bingley Grammar was awarded the Community Involvement Award for the running of Bingley Bright Sparks. Our community playgroup (Bingley Bright Sparks) is hugely beneficial to our students studying GCSE Child Care, BTEC Children’s Play, Learning & Development and BTEC Health & Social Care giving masses of opportunity to observe and interact with pre-school children and use as examples in their coursework. It is also a valuable community group which is always a vibrant and busy place to be on a Monday and Wednesday morning.
As part of the Pixl group we benefit from purposeful conferences and networks of people complemented by online resources, training opportunities and development programmes.
PiXL aims to support the promotion of excellence for students by drawing on experienced, energised and highly-skilled subject associates in Maths, English, Science - and now all other Ebac subjects - to offer high-quality support to schools both with ideas and the production of high-quality resources and training.
Bingley Grammar School is part of the growing network of schools who are interested in sharing the PiXL principles and methods with link schools abroad. Our partnerships with schools in Nairobi, Kenya have been developed and supported through Pixl International.