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UPDATE: Teen arrested after teacher stabbed

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SCENE: Dixon’s Kings Academy in Bradford

SCENE: Dixon’s Kings Academy in Bradford

Teen arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

A 14-year-old student from Dixon’s Kings Academy has been arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder after stabbing a teacher this morning.

The 50-year-old male teacher, understood to be Vincent Uzomah, was stabbed at 8.55am according to West Yorkshire Police, and has been taken to hospital where his condition is described as ‘stable’.

Police searched for the 14-year-old male throughout the day and confirmed his arrest after 4pm.
Det Supt Simon Atkinson, from West Yorkshire Police, said the teacher was attacked in front of other pupils.

“There were a number of pupils who witnessed this incident, which took place in a classroom, and they are currently liaising with specially trained officers who are obviously supporting them at this difficult time,” he said.

“This is believed to be an isolated incident and the police are continuing inquiries to establish the facts.”

In a statement the school’s website, they said: “There has been an incident at Dixons Kings Academy this morning. The police and the academy are working together to investigate the incident.
“There is currently no ongoing risk to pupils or staff at the school.

“The school is continuing to operate as normal and police officers, including safer schools officers, are on site to support staff and students.”


Parents ‘toast’ to breakfast initiative

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YUM: Pupils at Thornbury Primary School receive their toast and juice, prepared by a team of volunteers, every Friday morning

YUM: Pupils at Thornbury Primary School receive their toast and juice, prepared by a team of volunteers, every Friday morning

Friends of Thornbury continue ‘earning their crust’ with morning fundraisers

A team of parents from a Bradford school have raised more than £1,400 by selling toast and juice to pupils every Friday during their weekly ‘Crust sessions’.

Volunteers at Thornbury Primary School, have been taking part in the fundraising activity for almost a year now, with all money raised reinvested back into the school.

On average, they make around £70 per week selling 280 slices of toast and about 220 cartons of juice to the children – something which on these cold winter mornings goes down a treat.

The parents toast and butter bread, store it in microwave ovens on trolleys and, with the juice packs, wheel the tasty treats to the playground for the Key Stage 1 break at 9.45am and the Key Stage 2 break at 10.15am.

The parents are all members of the Friends of Thornbury Primary School group and head teacher at the school, Clare Daddy, praised them for all their work.
She said: “The children love the Friday Crust. When they see the parents coming with the trolleys they shout ‘It’s the toast ladies’.

“The Friends of Thornbury Primary are an asset to the school. They raise money through the Friday Crust and other activities. They have held other successful fund-raising events and their efforts are really appreciated.”

Nasreen Khan, a mother-of-three whose children attend the school, brought the initiative to Thornbury after seeing a similar project being run at Westbourne Primary School.

“Since we’ve been doing this every Friday morning, the response from the children has been fantastic,” she said. “They all look forward to it and we feel like celebrities when wheeling in the trolleys because they love seeing us.”

Nasreen added that because Friday’s are only half-days at Thornbury, the crust sessions are even more important for the pupils.

“School finishes at 12.20 here on a Friday and some of the kids go straight off to an afterschool club which won’t finish until around half past one,” she continued.

“For this reason, the toast is very important because it might be the only thing they eat between breakfast and going home.”

Other works that the Friends of Thornbury group held previously include a Ladies Night fundraiser and the sale of arts and crafts kits to parents and pupils.



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Frizinghall primary School was awarded a rating of Good with Outstanding features

Frizinghall primary School was awarded a rating of Good with Outstanding features.

Bradford school praised by assessors

Teachers and pupils at a primary school in Bradford have been celebrating this week after receiving a glowing reports from the education inspectors, Ofsted.

Frizinghall Primary School was found to be ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features following a visit by officials earlier this year.

In a glowing report the Ofsted inspectors judged all areas in the Bradford Council school to be good with outstanding leadership and management and also gave the ‘school’s systems for keeping pupils safe and secure’ its top accolade.

The report says: “The inspirational headteacher is very well supported by a strong team of leaders and an excellent governing body.  They have ensured that standards have risen consistently in the last three years.”

Pauline Chilvers, the ‘inspirational headteacher’ who was singled out by assessors, said it was a great achievement to see the results and all 400-plus children and staff should be proud of themselves.

Ms Chilvers said: “We are delighted with this latest report which has seen us sustain the good overall judgment since the last inspection.

“We are particularly pleased with the outstanding elements and also that ‘parents have a very positive view of the school and hold it in high regard’.

“To see a school with such a mixed community as ours succeed as well is very pleasing for our local community.”

Pauline Chilvers, headteacher at the school was labelled ‘inspirational’ by Ofsted inspectors

Pauline Chilvers, headteacher at the school was labelled ‘inspirational’ by Ofsted inspectors.

Also highlighted in the official report was the quality of the curriculum on offer, described as ‘exciting’ and one which ‘prepares pupils well for life in modern Britain’.

The quality of the teaching was also praised, form the leadership roles to the speed of learning.

David Servant, Chair of Governors at the school, said: “I am pleased that the Ofsted inspectors have rated Frizinghall Primary a good school and recognised the achievements and progress made by the pupils.

“This has been made possible by the dedication and hard work of the headteacher , staff and governors of the school.”

Meanwhile, Cllr Ralph Berry, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, said it was great news for the two-form entry establishment.

“This is great news for Frizinghall Primary School and all the pupils, staff, governors, parents and the wider community who have worked so hard to bring about this positive outcome should be justly very proud,” he added.


Serious seven

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JLT TEAM: Chairman, Hamidur Rahman Chowdhury; Vice-Chairman, Ayaaz Ashraf; Adam Hussain; Hannan Shafique; Uzair Patel; Milan Demetar and Wajahat Ali.A team of seven students at a local secondary school are paving the way for a new style of teaching, and results already show the programme is working.

Belle Vue Boys’ school, on Thorn Lane, launched the Junior Leadership Team (JLT) three years ago and with the school continuing to show improvement year on year, it seems the future is bright for the Bradford establishment.

The JLT was set up to give the student body a voice and are a mirror image of the senior leadership team. They discuss the same issues as their seniors and have regular meetings with the head of each subject to discuss different ways lessons can be improved to benefit the pupils.  More than 550 young people attend the school and sixth form, yet it is a team of just seven, made up from pupils in Years 8 to 11, which make up the JLT.

Covering subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, Music and P.E, plus many more, the team are a self-titled ‘strategic organisation’ whose aim is to, as their slogan says, ‘Expand Excellence’.

Chairman and Year 10 pupil, Hamidur Rahman Chowdhury, explained how he became head of the student body and changes, which have already been made under the current team’s tenure.  He said: “It was Mr Wrightson (assistant head teacher) who actually approached all of us to join the JLT and we all jumped at the opportunity.

“Our slogan basically sums up what we are trying to achieve, in that we are expanding excellence from one subject or department to another one. We take good things which may be happening in English and do it in other lessons so we explode all these positives things across the school.

“Each student has been assigned a role for a department, whereby we have a meeting with that subjects head and discuss we can take Hamidur, who is also Subject leader for English, added: “So far we’ve changed our uniforms; they’re completely different from normal ones, as we are the student voice and we feel we need to stand out.

“All the feedback has been really good and there is a positive buzz going around the school because of people wanting to join the JLT.

“We are currently working on a teaching and learning prospectus a booklet to show other schools what the JLT is and what the good things about this school are.”

The team may only make up a small percentage of the school’s population yet there are now plans to hopefully expand the project to involve almost 50 students.


A wider committee could be setup to allow more pupils to get involved with how the school is run and according to head teacher, Mr Colin Willsher, this is something which would only enhance the current programme.

He said: “I have been really impressed with the team and their commitment to it all. How serious they take it is fantastic but most of all there clear sense of what they want to be done differently in the school is very reassuring.

“Gone are the days when this school was run by adults for adults. I think this is now a school which is increasingly not only run for young people but also by them as well with them having their decisive say in the way things are run here.”

Assistant head teacher, Mr Graeme Wrightson, has been at the school for five years and commutes every day from York. He has played an important part in running the JLT for the past three years and spoke of how the group’s progress is reflective of that of the schools.

“Belle Vue has been progressing every year that I have been here,” he explains.

“Validated data from three year average, show that we have gone from 29 per cent attaining A*-C grades in GCSE to 44 per cent.

“Having the student voice is absolutely paramount for us. If we put the students at the heart of everything we do we look at the school from their eyes and see what they experience meaning we can then look to progress in the areas which require improvement.

“Their work is absolutely crucial in the future success for this school.”

He added: “We’ve had other head teachers from other schools visit as part of the Bradford Partnership Review, which is an authority inspection framework.

“Everyone who has come in contact with our JLT have said they would like to do some work with them as well so I do see it even catching on in other schools.”